Another Honor for Henia Handler!

Henia Handler has been a long-time member of the Ward 19 Democratic Committee, with a very long list of accomplishments. When she retired recently from full-time work, she was honored by presentations from Mayor Walsh, Representative Malia, Councilor O’Malley, and many others. While she was unable to receive those in person at the caucus in March, she was able to receive them at a Committee meeting from Representative Malia as well as Committee Co-Chair Karen Payne. We look forward to may more years of Henia’s energy, wisdom, and sage advice!


Mary Mulvey Jacobson Obituary and Services

We are sorry to report the death of our long-time member and friend Mary Mulvey Jacobson. The following notice will appear in The Boston Globe on Tuesday, May 23, 2017:
MARY MULVEY JACOBSON Obituary Condolences                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MULVEY JACOBSON, Mary On May 20, 2017. A great loss to all that knew her and loved her. Daughter of the late Thomas and Julia Mulvey. Predeceased by her husband Carl Jacobson. Devoted sister to Martin and Karen Mulvey of Seattle WA, Matthias and the late Rosemary Mulvey of Weymouth, Helen and John Connors of Jamaica Plain, Theresa Bundy of Beaufort SC, Tommy and Jacki Mulvey of West Roxbury, Maggie and Chris Kelly of Dedham and the late Rita Mulvey. Mary was a loving Aunt to Michele Connors, Michael Mulvey, Patrick Mulvey, Christopher Mulvey, Elizabeth Mulvey, Connor Mulvey, Meaghan Mulvey, Aidan Kelly and Quinn Kelly. Great Aunt to Matthias Mulvey and Asher and Hudson Mulvey. Stepmother to Eric and Karl Jacobson. Devoted friend to Susan Connelly of Franklin. Mary was the President of the West Roxbury Business and Professional Association, Chairperson on the boards of the Parkway YMCA and Ethos, President of the Irish Social Club. She was a member of the Ward 19 Democratic Committee for 20 years. Mary was also involved in numerous other community organizations. There are far too many to mention. Funeral from the William J. Gormley Funeral Home, 2055 Centre St., West Roxbury on Friday, May 26th at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Theresa of Avila Church at 10 o’clock. Visiting hours Thursday from 3-8pm. Relatives and friends invited. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made in Mary’s memory to the Parkway YMCA, Family in Need, 1972 Centre St, West Roxbury MA 02132. For directions and guestbook William J. Gormley Funeral Service 617-323-8600

Ward 19 Committee renews support for We The People Act

The Ward 19 Democratic Committee, at its the April 3, 2017 meeting, voted to renew its support the We The People Act, and to commit to activities to further passage of the act.

The We the People Act is a joint resolution pending in the Massachusetts legislature, introduced by Sen. James Eldridge and Rep. Cory Atkins, that does two things:

  • First, it calls on Congress to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution asserting that
    1. the rights protected by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons, i.e. human individuals, only and
    2. Congress and the states shall place limits on political contributions and expenditures to ensure that all citizens have access to the political process, and the spending of money to influence elections is not protected free speech under the First Amendment.
  • Second, if Congress fails to propose such an amendment within six months, the We the People Act puts Massachusetts on record calling for a convention of the states for the purpose of proposing the amendment.

The Act was introduced in the last session of the Legislature but did not make it out of committee. It has been resubmitted in the current session. It has been modified to limit the convention, if called, to consider only the proposed amendment.

The Ward Committee thanks Laura Gang of We the People Massachusetts for providing updated information at the meeting.

For full details, please visit

State Democratic Convention Updates

The convention will be held at the DCU Center in Worcester on Saturday, June 3, 2017, starting at 10:00. Some important upcoming dates:

  • The Boston platform hearing will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 7:00 pm, at the Boston Teachers Union, 180 Mount Vernon Street, Dorchester.
  • Deadline to for delegates to register for the convention, without a late fee, is Friday, April 7, 2017.

For a list of Ward 19 convention delegates, see the “Caucus Results” blog post below. There has been one change: Mike Benac has withdrawn as an alternate due to a conflict.

The Ward 19 Democratic Committee is organizing a meeting, to be held before May 6, to discuss items to submit to the platform committee. As soon as we have a location and date, we will post that here.

Caucus Results: Delegates to State Democratic Convention

Ward 19 (Jamaica Plain/Roslindale) Democrats convened on Saturday, March 11, 2017 to select delegates to the upcoming Massachusetts Democratic State Convention 2017.  We are pleased to announce the results and congratulate our delegation:

  • Female Delegates: Sandy Bailey, Ann Clarke, Kerry Costello, Ziba Cranmer, Judy Coughlin, Marcelle Grair, Radhika Khetani, Nikki Kong, Altagracia Peguero, Helen Raizen
  • Male Delegates: Ed Burley, Tyler Crosby, Edmund Crotty, Jeffrey Jacobson, David Kaplan, Carmel Levy, Robert Ricles, John Riordan, Ruben Rodrigues, Bill Shaevel
  • Alternate Delegates: Mike Benac, John Broussard, Cathleen Cisse, Alicia Scahill
  • Committee Co-chairs: David Ofsevit, Karen Payne

At the Convention, delegates will approve the platform which defines what the party will stand for in upcoming elections, hold breakout sessions on organizing and running political organizations, and have opportunities to meet and talk with candidates in this fall’s elections.  The Convention will be held at the DCU Center, Worcester on Saturday, June 3, 2017, beginning 10:00 am. Note that the location has been changed.

The caucus was very well attended, and we did not have time to do the scheduled training on how to use  Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda.  Citizens are using Indivisible strategies to advocate their positions with their elected officials at meetings and Town Halls across the country.  Ward 19 is pleased to offer this training for Ward 19 Democrats and to encourage use of Indivisible.  We have postponed this to our upcoming business meeting on Monday, April 3, 2017, at Farnsworth House, 90 South Street, Jamaica Plain.

Further information about the Ward 19 Democratic Committee is available at  Further information about the Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention is available at


Committee Endorsements of Ballot Questions

After a large turnout at the Issues Forum on Thursday, October 13, the Committee voted on Monday, October 17, to take positions on the current ballot questions:

  1. Additional slots-only casino license: NO
  2. Authorization of up to 12 new charter schools per year: NO
  3. Prohibit certain methods of farm animal containment: YES
  4. Legalize recreational marijuana for individuals at least 21 years old: NO POSITION
  5. Community Preservation Act in the City of Boston: YES

A two-thirds vote is required for the Committee to take a YES or NO position. Question 4 did not have such a margin in either direction.

For more details on the first four ballot questions, which are state-wide:

For more details on the Community Preservation Act: