Boston Ward 19 Democratic Committee Announces Endorsements for Upcoming Democratic Primary

After the on-line multi-ward forum last night, Wednesday August 12, members of the Boston Ward 19 Democratic committee met to endorse candidates for the upcoming Democratic Primary election on September 1, 2020. We have endorsed the following candidates for contested seats:

Registrar of Probate: Felix D. Arroyo
Member of Congress, District 8: Dr. Robbie Goldstein
U.S. Senator: Edward Markey

We also endorsed the following candidates running unopposed in the primary:

Member of Congress, District 7: Ayanna Pressley
State Senator, 2d Suffolk: Sonia Chang-Diaz
State Representative, 11th Suffolk: Liz Malia
State Representative, 15th Suffolk: Nika Elugardo

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Invitation: Multi-Ward Virtual Candidate Forum

Please register for the forum via the URL below. Once you use the URL, you will find further information about the forum.

If you register by Friday, July 31, you will be able to submit a question for the candidates. The forum committee will then combine questions for use by the moderator. 

Thank you, and we hope to “see” you on the 12th.

If the URL shown above doesn’t work, please use the following link to register:

Values Statement of the Ward 19 Democratic Committee

In light of the legacy of racism in our country and recent calls to action, we are taking time to reflect on the ways that we, as a ward committee, can do more to both understand and dismantle the persistent systems of oppression in our country.  While we seek to educate ourselves on the ways that structural racism has and continues to harm people and our communities, we are also committed to building a more inclusive and representative ward committee. We commit to turning our reflection into action and doing better to keep anti-racist efforts front and center in the work we do now and in the future. To do this work, we are committed to a framework of four types of activities to help us move forward:

  1. Inward Reflection: Undertake activities designed for members of the Ward Committee along with other interested parties to educate, discuss, reflect and assess. 
  2. Outreach for inclusive and diverse representation: Upon this inward reflection, develop methods to address racial justice and awareness in our community and increase and diversify participation in the Ward Committee.
  3. Accountability: In addition to community outreach, it is equally important that we hold ourselves and our elected officials accountable for upholding anti-racist ideals.  We plan to use a racial justice and equity scorecard to assess legislation and officials we support. 
  4. Actions: In order for progress to be made, we will also be proactive, in identifying places where we can take effective action.

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.