Vote by Mail Training

MassDems is holding the following training, which will be key to our voter registration outreach effort. Please sign up and attend. Thank you.

SAVE THE DATE: Vote by Mail Training

On Friday, July 24, 2020 at 6:30p, we’ll be hosting our first vote-by-mail training! Leading up to the September 1, 2020 State Primary and the November 3, 2020 General Election, we’ll be putting on a series of vote-by-mail trainings to teach voters how to submit their applications, fill out their ballots, and return their ballots on time to make sure their vote is counted. All voters, community leaders and others are all welcome to join and learn.


Boston Mobilizes Maine – Day of Action July 9 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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On behalf of MassDems, thank you all for coming together for a day of action to help the Maine Dems.

We are so thrilled to be helping our neighbors flip the Senate and defeat Susan Collins.

We’re getting closer to Maine’s Senate primary, and for the first time in three decades, Maine Democrats have the largest bloc of registered voters in the state.

Susan Collins is key to the Republicans holding the Senate and Trump is targeting CD-2’s electoral vote, so their Party is investing heavily in Maine. A big turnout in their July 14th primary would show Susan Collins, Mitch McConnell, and President Trump how fired up Democrats are to flip the Senate and take back the White House–and that they have a lot to lose this November.

Each shift includes training and dial time. Volunteers will go over the plan to win Maine in 2020, the current voter contact script, and how to use Maine’s virtual phonebanking tools. These trainings will be held over a Zoom video conference. 

Here is the Boston Mobilizes Maine Sign Up Link
-Thursday, July 9th- Shift 1: 5:00-6:30 PMSign Up HereShift 2: 6:30-8:00 PM Sign Up HereMaine Dems X Mass Dems Week of Action Toolkit

Nigel C. Simon
Political Director – Massachusetts Democratic Party
w. 617.939.0800 | c. 617.230.9243


We’re getting closer to Maine’s Senate primary, and for the first time in three decades, Maine Democrats have the largest bloc of registered voters in the state.

Susan Collins is key to the Republicans holding the Senate and Trump is targeting CD-2’s electoral vote, so their Party is investing heavily in Maine. A big turnout in their July 14th primary would show Susan Collins, Mitch McConnell, and President Trump how fired up Democrats are to flip the Senate and take back the White House–and that they have a lot to lose this November. 

That’s why, during the week of July 6th, we’re joining forces with the Maine Democratic Party to check in on voters as part of a week of action. 
 JOIN THE MAINE DEMS X MASS DEMS WEEK OF ACTIONWe’ll be sending out more information over the next week, but sign up for a shift now to be the first to hear about updates. More details are listed at the bottom of this email, or click here to sign up through Mobilize. 


Veronica Martinez
MassDems Executive DirectorSWING STATE UPDATEFrom electing Joe Biden and taking back the White House, to defeating Susan Collins in Maine, and protecting the Democrats in the U.S. House, here’s your weekly round up of how Democrats are turning out voters and taking on Republicans across the country.Flip the Senate

NEW HAMPHSIRE: Shaheen will face anti-abortion foe in 2020“U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, rose to political power from a career of championing abortion rights as a strategist and field organizer 30 years ago.

To win her third term in 2020, Shaheen will have to get by the most vocal anti-abortion nominee she has faced in all her past campaigns for federal office.”

MAINE: Abortion Rises as a Pivotal Issue for At-Risk Senate Republicans
“When Ms. Collins, a Maine Republican, cast a decisive vote to confirm Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in 2018, she did so on the premise that he would uphold precedent to preserve abortion rights. But on Monday, Justice Kavanaugh dissented from a decision that did that, arguing that the court should have ruled differently than it did in a nearly identical case four years ago.”

MAINE: Democrats take lead in voter registrations in Maine
“For the first time in more than three decades, Democrats have the largest bloc of registered voters in Maine, with more than 40,000 new party members enrolled since the last presidential election cycle in 2016.

Over the same four-year period, Republicans have added fewer than 6,000 new members, according to voter registration data from the Secretary of State’s Office.”

Take Back the White House

BIDEN CAMPAIGN: PPP poll finds Biden leading in Georgia
“Joe Biden has opened up a 4-point lead over President Trump in Georgia, according to a new poll released on Monday, suggesting that the former vice president is making gains in a state long considered a safe bet for Republicans.”THE LOCAL LEVELLeading up to November, we’ll be sharing all the ways down-ballot Democrats are making headlines in Massachusetts. First, we’d like to introduce you to a couple of Democrats fighting for us in purple districts.Meet Becca.

Elected in an iconic 2018 victory, Senator Becca Rausch is an effective agent of positive change. Since her election, she’s been working for reproductive health and justice, public health improvements, combating climate change, voting rights, protecting against discrimination, and good government. Learn more about Becca here. Meet Tram.

Tram Nguyen came to MA at 5 years old as political refugees from Vietnam. Support from the community led her to dedicate her life to advocating for those who can’t advocate for themselves, first as a legal aid attorney, and then, after flipping the 18th Essex district in 2018, as State Rep. Learn more about Tram.UPCOMING EVENTSDefeat Susan Collins and turn Maine bright blue by helping GOTV before Maine’s primary. Each shift includes training and dial time. You’ll go over the plan to win Maine in 2020, the current voter contact script, and how to use Maine’s virtual phonebanking tools. These trainings will be held over a Zoom video conference. If you have any questions, please reach out to Erin Buechele at Shifts are listed below: 
Mon. 7/6, 5:00p: Sign up
Tue. 7/7, 12:00p: Sign up
Wed. 7/8, 5:00p: Sign up
Thu. 7/9, 12:00p: Sign up

DNC Platform Drafting Committee Hearings

DNC Chair Tom Perez and Platform Drafting Committee Chair Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced today a series of virtual hearings. The hearings are designed to allow the Drafting Committee to engage in a robust dialogue with Americans from all walks of life on the ideas and solutions that will best articulate our party’s vision for the country.

The Platform Drafting Hearing and Meeting details are provided below and will be livestreamed on the DNCC’s YouTube channel.
June 29 at 5-8pm ET
July 1 at 5-8pm ET 
July 2 at 5-8pm ET
Additional information about the ways for interested parties, allied groups and members of the public can provide their ideas on the platform will be announced in the coming days.

Local Community Activist to Be Honored During 17th Annual Commonwealth Heroines Awards

June 23, 2020

|Representative Liz Malia

BOSTON – On Wednesday, June 24, The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women in a virtual ceremony instead of at the State House, will honor this year’s Commonwealth Heroines Class of 2020, which includes Ms. Cynthia A. Johnson of Boston, nominated by Representative Liz Malia (D-11th Suffolk), for her lifelong commitment to serving and elevating her community. Ms. Johnson will be honored along with 133 other Commonwealth Heroines from around the Commonwealth and the Commission will share a slideshow provided through a link on their social media platforms.

For over 37 years, Ms. Cynthia A. Johnson remains an active and involved community activist. Her heart is as large as her creative mind, and her passion for supporting families grows stronger each day. In 1983, Ms. Johnson joined the local tenant taskforce called Archdale Tenants on the Move, Inc. (ATOM), a nonprofit organization, formed by a group of single mothers living in the Boston Housing Authority’s Archdale Family Housing Development. The members organized and advocated on behalf of the residents and their families, and successfully held accountable those responsible for improving the housing conditions.

As a member of the ATOM taskforce, Ms. Johnson learned valuable skills that eventually lead to her ascension as the chairperson.  As the Chair of ATOM, and with the help of the late and then former City Councilor Thomas M. Menino and former State Representative John McDonough, she lead the collaborative effort to secure funding to improve the interior and exterior of the buildings and the grounds.

Later in 1989, Ms. Johnson and the taskforce secured funds to reopen the Recreational Center, now known as the BCYF Thomas Menino Community Center, which was closed for over 10 years and slated to be torn down. Once reopened in 1991, she was instrumental in creating new by-laws and a 501c3 status for the Community Center. Cynthia continues to advocate for the residents of Archdale as a board member – and today – as the Administrative Coordinator of the Center.

It is Ms. Johnson’s vision, leadership and steady hand, in no small part, that keeps the Archdale community connected and strong. From supporting new, innovative programming and events to providing a stable and safe gathering place for young people and their families, she is certainly a commonwealth heroine to appreciate and celebrate!

About the Award:

Each year the Commission on the Status of Women gathers nominations from across the state for women who make outstanding contributions to their organizations and communities. The Honorees are nominated by state legislators as a means of recognizing women for their previously unnoted yet valuable community contributions.

The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t always make the news, but truly make the difference. They are the women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community has them.   

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance women of the commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities. The MCSW provides a permanent, effective voice for the women of Massachusetts.

Boston Public Health Commission is hiring

Please pass the following request to anyone who may be interested:

Help us end homelessness!

Be part of the solution and help end homelessness in Boston.

Looking for talented and committed individuals to join the Homeless Services Bureau’s Operations Staff.

Fill-in Counselors
Requisition 1184
Varied hours, schedules and locations as needed, Hiring for day, evening and night shifts. Part-time and full-time hours available.

Ensure the overall safety of clients and the environment. Respond to emergencies and crisis situations according to the appropriate policy. Assist in monitoring the daily operations of program/shelter. Duties may include distributing and collecting linen, monitoring meals, and performing rounds. Attend required meetings and trainings. Perform other duties as assigned.

To apply submit your resume and application using Requisition 1184.


Evening Update 
March 19, 2020

Dear Friends,

I write to provide you with some relevant COVID-19 updates from today.

Federal Updates 

  • Do Not Travel Advisory: The U.S. Department of State advised Americans to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and told Americans already abroad to “arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.” The department issued a “Level 4: Do Not Travel” advisory Thursday (3/19/20) afternoon, a step that comes after the federal government had already limited travel between the United States and Europe, and closed the Canadian border to non-essential travel. “Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice. Airlines have canceled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or canceled trips. If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe,” the advisory said.

  • Congress Passes Bill With $1B For MassHealth: The state’s Medicaid program is in line to receive an additional $1.08 billion under a coronavirus relief package that cleared Congress on Wednesday, March 18. The package would provide relief to MA as it braces for a possible surge in the number of people enrolling in MassHealth. The more than $1 billion in increased reimbursements would pad a budget of more than $16 billion at an agency that provides health coverage to nearly 2 million low-income and disabled residents. The federal share of the MassHealth budget is typically over $8 billion.

  • SBA Disaster Declaration: MA business owners will have until Dec. 18, 2020 to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan through the U.S. Small Business Administration after the agency approved Gov. Baker’s request for a disaster declaration and assistance. SBA assistance will be available throughout the state and in contiguous counties of neighboring states. Small businesses, private nonprofits, small agricultural operations and small aquaculture enterprises that have taken a financial hit since Jan. 31 as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic may qualify for the loans of up to $2M. The loans carry an interest rate of 3.75% for small businesses, and 2.75% for nonprofits. (Separately, the state launched a $10M recovery loan fund for small businesses.)

  • ‘Stern Warning’ For Scammers: U.S. Attorney for MA, Andrew Lelling, issued a self-described “stern warning” to anyone who might seek to exploit the coronavirus pandemic for their own financial gain. “As our communities take extraordinary measures to confront the coronavirus outbreak, some may view this as an opportunity to prey on the public’s fears and anxieties. The Department of Justice is now focused on cybercrime, sale of counterfeit goods, treatment scams and other healthcare and investment scams arising from the pandemic. My office will aggressively prosecute anyone engaged in this kind of activity”. Any resident who thinks they might be the victim of fraud or any other criminal activity related to the pandemic should contact Lelling’s office at or by calling 1-888-221-6023. Members of the public can also contact the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center by visiting

  • The Census has paused field operations for the 2020 Census until at least April 1. You can still send in your response by mailing back the paper questionnaire sent to your home or you can complete the Census online by visiting or over the phone by calling  844-330-2020 (or visiting to get the number associated with your preferred language).

State Updates 

  • This evening (3/19/20) just before 6 pm, the Governor activated the MA National Guard, which will bring new supply chain resources on board to respond to state and local requests for equipment, logistics, warehousing, and other duties.

  • The MA Trial Courts are closed to the public, except for emergencies through April 6.

    • As of today (3/19/20), an emergency order will permit judges serving on after-hours judicial response to issue emergency restraining orders, harassment prevention orders, and extreme risk protection orders for ten days (rather than making the orders returnable to court the day following issuance). For updates regarding the court’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit their website:

  • MassDOT is extending the expiration date of certain credentials to reduce the number of customers in service centers and AAA locations.

  • The Mass Cultural Council put forward five items they will be doing to help the cultural sector in managing financial disruptions.

  • Bottle Deposit Redemption: State is suspending enforcement of requirements around retailers accepting empty bottles that have a deposit (due to retailers being overwhelmed with demand right now). Customers are encouraged to hold on to their redeemable bottles to turn in at a later date, or recycle them.

  • MassPort: No more dine-in options; only grab-and-go options for passengers and employees. Logan Express Shuttles running for employees (Braintree & Chelsea, for example). Closed a Logan garage for employee parking only, so people can drive directly to work.

  • MA Department of Public Health  – orders issued within the last 48 hrs:

    • LOCAL BOARDS OF HEALTH & EMS: 3/18/20 regarding the sharing of critical information with first responders: ORDER

    • PHARMACISTS & OPIOID MISUSE DISORDER MEDICATION: 3/18/20 regarding the administration of certain medications for the treatment of opioid misuse disorder: ORDER

    • PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS: 3/18/20, regarding the flexible reassignment of Physicians Assistants: ORDER

    • EMS CARE: 3/17/20 relative to Emergency Medical Services Care: ORDER

    • EMERGENCY CREDENTIALING: 3/17/20 implementing emergency credentialing and licensed staff transfer procedures for medical facilities in the Commonwealth: ORDER

    • MA ATTORNEY GENERAL 3/19/20 noon ~ “You can rest assured that the People’s Law Firm – the Attorney General’s Office – is here for you. Our employees are working remotely, but we will never stop working for the people we serve. I’ve included several important resources below to help answer any questions you have as we navigate this new reality. You can find more information on the office’s newly launched Coronavirus Resources hub. The office will be updating this page as the situation develops. We are here for you. We will get through this together. Be safe and stay vigilant.”

      • Earned Sick Time. Most workers are entitled to up to 40 hours of sick time per year. Massachusetts workers must earn at least one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked. If your employer is violating the law, call our fair labor hotline at 617-727-3465 or file a complaint online. More information can be found here, including multilingual options. You can also read our new Fair Labor Division FAQs for employee rights and employer obligations during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
      • Scams. Bad actors are attempting to exploit this crisis for their own monetary gain. We’re not going to let them. Be on the lookout for high-priced or low-quality products, Coronavirus scams, false or misleading information, and fraudulent charities. Please report scams immediately by filing a complaint or calling our consumer hotline at (617) 727-8400.
      • Health Care. The MA Health Connector opened a special enrollment period until April 25 for uninsured residents to sign up for health care coverage. Learn more here. You can also get your health care questions answered by the AG’s Health Care Division.
      • Immigrant Rights. The Trump Administration recently clarified that accessing COVID-19 testing and treatment will not make an immigrant a “public charge.” The full notice can be read here. I will continue to fight for the complete withdrawal of the rule.

Boston Updates 

  • The City of Boston launched a new daily text service with updates and information regarding #COVID19. This is a free service with the latest developments and information related to the #coronavirus. Text the keyword BOSCOVID to phone #99411 to opt-in.

  • The City’s Economic Development team created a website dedicated to information sharing. Please use as a guide to help small business with takeout options:

  • With schools closed to students until April 27 (unless otherwise determined), the City will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch meals for pick-up to all Boston students. View a map of meal sites for children and youth. Sites and meal times are subject to change. Please check back to confirm information before you head to the meal pickup site.

    • They are providing Chromebooks to BPS students who do not have consistent access to a computer at home. To make sure the process keeps everyone safe and does not create large crowds, BPS is scheduling appointments for at-home delivery of Chromebooks. Some principals have delivered them to their students directly. They expect to have the remainder delivered by Friday, 3/27. Families received an email with a link to fill out a request form on March 17. After filling out the form, they will receive an email and text message to schedule an appointment. Distribution of Chromebooks will take place over several days. Parents can fill out the survey at

  • While the City is continuing with street cleaning, they are no longer ticketing or towing for street cleaning. Other parking rules are in effect to ensure public safety (e.g. no parking in front of a hydrant or a pedestrian ramp), to ensure public access to business districts (e.g. parking meters), or to ensure parking access close to home (e.g. resident parking). The City will continue to review these policies.

  • On March 16, the City announced it would temporarily pause some non-essential construction. This is done to stem the current public health crisis and support the health of workers in the City. On a case-by-case basis,

    • City will review requests for exceptions to the temporary construction moratorium. These may be granted by the Commissioner of Inspectional Services for building-related work or the Commissioner of Public Works for street-related work. These will be granted if they support increased public health and safety. This policy is effective as of March 17 and will be reviewed at regular intervals. New projects cannot be started at this time unless they meet the criteria above. Any currently permitted and active construction project must be in a secure situation by Monday, March 23. This policy only applies to projects permitted by the City of Boston.

Other Relevant Updates 

  • Eversource announced they are postponing disconnections for nonpayments for residential and business customers across their electric, natural gas, and water operations.

  • The newly formed MA Life Sciences Emergency Supply Hub launched yesterday (3/18/20) to help coordinate efforts to try and bring additional supplies and resources to our state’s healthcare institutions so they can continue to test and treat patients with COVID-19.

Local Food Options for Seniors 

3/19/20 2:30 pm ~ From our reliable friends at Ethos in JP

“Here are some of the ways that Ethos is mobilizing to support our older neighbors: Consistent, daily delivery of Meals on Wheels (Globe article featuring our beloved Val Frias)

  • “Grab and Go” meals available daily at 31 community locations across Boston

  • Informational mailings and robocalls with up-to-date information on COVID-19 and safety precautions

  • Live streamed informational seminars

  • Wellness checks and assistance with grocery shopping

  • Medication delivery and medical transportation

  • Homemaking and home health services, which support home sanitization and personal hygiene

  • Mental health support

Our seniors are at higher risk because many depend on services and supports provided in their homes or in the community to maintain their health and independence. On average, one in four older Bostonians is living in poverty and facing food insecurity. Further, nearly two out of three seniors are experiencing four or more chronic conditions, making them even more susceptible to COVID-19.”

Be Conscious, Wise & Strategic 

Unless you are essential/critical response personnel, please stay home. If you are sick, stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care. If you show symptoms and desire testing, please contact your PCP. If you don’t have a PCP, call the Mayor’s hotline 617-534-5050 or the MA Dept of Public Health at 2-1-1, the state’s 24/7 hotline (operators fluent in Spanish and more than 150 other languages supported through an interpreter services line).

Repeatedly hearing about the pandemic can be upsetting. To stay emotionally healthy, listen to the experts and do your best to do what they say: take breaks from following news stories or scrolling through social media, take deep breaths, stretch, meditate, eat balanced meals, get enough sleep, avoid alcohol and drugs, and take walks outside. When you return home, wash your hands.

Anyone feeling overwhelmed with sadness, anxiety or stress, or who wants to harm themselves or others, can access the mental health, emotional support, and suicide prevention program Call2Talk by dialing 2-1-1. Call2Talk is also available by calling 508-532-2255 or by texting C2T to 741741.

Global: World Health Organization

Federal: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

State: Department of Public Health or 211

City: Boston Public Health Commission or 311

We are all in this together. If you have a problem that you think is urgent, reach out and we’ll do our best to try to help.

PLEASE continue to comply with social distancing guidance. It will help to slow the spreading of the highly contagious virus. I will continue to be in touch with information as I receive it. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at with any questions or concerns.



State Representative (11th Suffolk)
Assistant Vice Chair, House Ways & Means
State House Rm 238

Caucus suspended until further notice

We have received the following from the state committee. Until you hear otherwise, please assume that our March 21 caucus is affected by this announcement. We will post any updates here.

I wanted to let you know, the following statement was just sent out by the Massachusetts Democratic Party:

“In light of guidance provided by state officials at this afternoon’s press conference, the Massachusetts Democratic Party is temporarily suspending all caucuses scheduled to take place. In the event that this temporary suspension must continue for an extended period of time, the Party will develop a replacement to the caucus process. We will continue to follow the guidance of state and local health officials and will make a decision to end the temporary suspension based on that guidance. The Party has informed Senator Markey and Congressman Kennedy of this decision, and each supported the necessary decision by the state party to postpone the caucuses.”

Beginning with tonight’s caucuses, we are temporarily suspending scheduled caucuses. This is an evolving situation, and we’ll be monitoring the recommendations of state officials. I will provide more information in Thursday’s email.

Democratically yours,

Gus Bickford
Chair, Massachusetts Democratic Party.

Sample Ballots for Ward 19 for March 3 Primary Election, and Write-In Request

The following file: Ward 19 sample ballots contains images of the ballot you will see. There are 3 ballots, depending on your precinct. They differ only in candidates for State Committee.

The Ward 19 Democratic Committee recommends you vote for the entire slate of committee members. In addition, we strongly request that you write in the following two names and addresses in the write-in spaces, filling in the ovals to the right of their names:

  • Cathleen Prata
    24 St. Peter Street, Jamaica Plain
  • Wayne Yeh
    69 1/2 Boylston Street, Jamaica Plain

Please be careful to spell the names correctly. Cathleen has been a member of the committee for several years and is currently doing excellent work as our Clerk/Secretary. Wayne joins us as a member of the Young Chinese Democrats and will provide excellent access to that community. Their names do not appear on the ballot because of problems, since resolved, with their registration.