Our First Food Pantry Delivery: Thanks to All!

The response to our request for donations, to buy fresh fruits and vegetables to donate to the food pantries in Jamaica Plain and Roslindale, has been overwhelming and extremely gratifying. We made our first delivery today, assisted by Rep. Liz Malia and her minivan. What you see in the pictures is only half of the items; there was another carload.

Thanks to everyone who donated. Checks are still coming in, and we have collected enough to have at least one more full donation, and maybe more. Thanks especially to Esther Kaplan, who organized the subcommittee for this action, to Jane Bowers, Kerry Costello, Karen Payne, and David Ofsevit, and to Rep. Malia and her minivan.


Ward 19 endorses an Act of Service – a food drive to support local food pantries

This week we celebrate the Inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice-President Kamala Harris and welcome the incoming Biden/Harris administration. The Ward 19 Democratic Committee encourages you to join in the celebration. Many residents of Ward 19 have worked relentlessly for this victory and now we hope that ALL will participate in the celebration.

The Biden/Harris Inauguration consists of five days of events – mostly virtual.  On Monday, January 18th (MLK, Jr. Day) it encourages us to participate in a Day of Service.  Therefore the Ward 19 Democratic Committee (JP/Roslindale) is endorsing a campaign to support our local food pantries – the First Baptist Church in J.P. Food Pantry serving 300 families and the Roslindale Congregational Church Food Pantry serving 100 families and 150 elders. We encourage you to join in. 

Both Food Pantries state that their greatest need in the middle of winter is fresh produce – kale, swiss chard, sweet potatoes, berries, etc.  The food pantry campaign invites cash donations that will be used to bulk purchase requested fresh produce for delivery next week and beyond. 

Let’s be creative. So far: 

· Several Ward 19 members committed a portion of their covid relief check

· Another member is donating $46 in honor of the 46th President

· A member committed a portion of funds she intended to spend going to the Inauguration in D.C.

· Another committed what she would spend on coffee in a week if she was not working at home

Contributions of any size are welcome – 100% will be used to bulk purchase fresh produce for these food pantries! 

Please contribute by 5 pm on Wednesday, January 20th:

Via Venmo to @David-Ofsevit for Inauguration Food Drive (David is Co-Chair of Ward 19)


Via Paypal to ofsevit@alum.mit.edu


Via snailmail with checks made out to David Ofsevit mailed to 509 Centre St. Apt. 1, J.P. MA  02130

or contact Esther Kaplan at EKap1222@gmail.com to arrange for pick-up

If you prefer, sealed packages of rice and cans/jars of peanut butter, tuna, tomato sauce, beans and soup can be donated in a bin in the outer lobby of Curtis Hall (opposite the Monument). All donations will be delivered to these two food pantries.

Let’s join together as one community to enter a new era of good health and social equity with a government that works for all of us. Please share this with your networks.

For more information, contact: Esther Kaplan at EKap1222@gmail.com

Program of Inauguration Activities

We are excited to share all the great programming the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) has planned for the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris to celebrate the beginning of a new national journey toward an America united.

Over the course of five days of programming, “America United” activities will honor our traditions while safely allowing more Americans than ever before to participate from their own homes.

For our full schedule of events, please click here.

Saturday January 16th
America United: An Inauguration Welcome Event Celebrating America’s Changemakers: On Saturday, January 16, the PIC will host a welcome event to celebrate America, reflect and honor our history, and highlight the incredible diversity of the nation. Featuring musical performances, celebrity appearances, and remarks from some of the most popular leaders from across the country, the event will kick off five days of programming leading into the inauguration. The event will stream live on Saturday, January 16, from 7:00-8:30 PM ET at bideninaugural.org and on PIC social media platforms.

Monday January 18th
United We Serve: A Celebration of the National MLK Day of Service: On Monday, January 18, 2021, thousands of volunteers across the country will participate in the National Day of Service – an opportunity for all Americans to unite and serve at a time when the global pandemic calls on us to work together and support our communities. Find an event near you here.

The day will culminate in an hour-long celebration that will feature a diverse array of entertainers, inspiring speakers, and stories celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to service. The event will stream live on Monday, January 18, from 8:00-9:00 PM ET at bideninaugural.org and on PIC social media platforms.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the National Day of Service. If you haven’t signed up to volunteer yet, it’s not too late! So many volunteer organizations are in need right now, and our goal is to encourage everyone to find an organization they can volunteer with, not only on Monday, but throughout the year. Please join in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King by signing up to volunteer and spreading the word amongst your friends, family, and neighbors!

Tuesday January 19th
Nationwide COVID-19 Memorial: On Tuesday, January 19th, the PIC will host a memorial to remember and honor the lives lost to COVID-19 as part of inaugural activities. A Washington, D.C. ceremony on Tuesday, January 19, will feature a lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, and PIC is inviting cities and towns around the country to join in illuminating buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 p.m. ET in a national moment of unity and remembrance. The event will stream live on Tuesday, January 19, from 5:30-6:30 PM ET at bideninaugural.org and on PIC social media platforms.

Wednesday January 20th
Inauguration: On Wednesday, January 20, the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies will begin broadcasting at 10:00 AM ET. At noon, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris will be sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol.

Pass In Review: After the official swearing-in ceremony on the West front of the U.S. Capitol, the President-elect, Dr. Biden, Vice President-elect, and Mr. Emhoff will participate in a Pass In Review on the East front with members of the military. Pass In Reviews are a long-standing military tradition that reflect the peaceful transfer of power to a new Commander-in-Chief.

Arlington National Cemetery Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: The President-elect, Dr. Biden, the Vice President-elect, and Mr. Emhoff will visit Arlington National Cemetery following the swearing-in ceremony and Pass In Review at the U.S. Capitol following the Inaugural ceremonies. They will be joined by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Presidential Escort and Parade Across America: The President-elect will receive a Presidential Escort to the White House. This will be followed by a “Parade Across America,” which will be televised for the American people and feature diverse, dynamic performances in communities across the country.

“Celebrating America” Primetime Special: This will be the capstone prime-time program for the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris to celebrate the beginning of a new national journey toward an America united. This night will be hosted by Tom Hanks on January 20 from 8:30-10:30 pm. ET and will showcase the American people’s resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild. 

Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington will introduce segments throughout the night ranging from stories of young people making a difference in their communities to musical performances. Foo Fighters, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons, and Jon Bon Jovi will perform from iconic locations across the country, with additional performances to be announced. 
The program will be carried live by ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and PBS. It will be streamed live on PIC social media channels: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch. The PIC’s streaming partners, including Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW from Fox, and AT&T DIRECTV and U-verse, will also be carrying the program live.

Events will be live streamed at bideninaugural.org and on the PIC’s social media platforms, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Join Ward 15 for Mayoral Candidate Interviews

In a pubic webinar, the Ward 15 (Dorchester) Democratic Party Committee will interview the first two announced candidates for Mayor of Boston, Andrea Campbell and Michelle Wu, at the committee’s monthly meeting:

Saturday, January 16, 2021

10:00 – 10:30 AM Andrea Campbell interview
10:30 – 11:00 AM Michelle Wu interview
(11:00 – 11:30 AM Committee business meeting)

Join the meeting as a guest:
Or join by phone: +1 312 626 6799, Webinar ID: 839 4762 3545

(Find these links on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ward.15.dems, Twitter: @Ward15B

After the announcement of the nomination of Mayor Marty Walsh to be the next US Secretary of Labor, the city has become awash in rumors, guessing and speculation about who will become candidates to replace Mayor Walsh.  Councilors Campbell and Wu had already announced that they would be candidates.  It is believed that the Ward 15 interviews will be the first public opportunity to hear from mayoral candidates in the short sprint to the special election in the Spring.

The interview of candidates for public office is part of the annual cycle of activities in the endorsement process of the Ward 15 Democratic Party Committee.

Postcards for Georgia

We have finished writing, stamping, and sending 1000 postcards to Georgia voters, encouraging them for the upcoming special Senatorial election. More than 20 members, family, and friends helped in this important effort. With less than two weeks until the Georgia special election, we hope that we have made a difference. Thanks to all for for taking on and helping with this commitment!

We hope to celebrate 2021 with you at our first meeting, after the election but before Inauguration Day. Until then, we wish you and your families all the best for the holidays and the new year!

Karen Payne and David Ofsevit, co-chairs