Casey Arborway Project Update, Wednesday December 6

casey-arborway-logoMassDOT has scheduled a Casey Arborway Project Construction Update Public Meeting as follows:

Wednesday, December 6, 6:30-8:30PM, Boston English High School Auditorium, 144 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain

The meeting will focus on the integration of a new, permanent canopy to provide shelter to waiting riders in the Upper Busway at Forest Hills Station into the current construction contract and how this work will be completed.

A year-end report on the progress made at the Casey Arborway Project during 2017 and since the second series of construction meetings in the summer of 2016 will be provided.

All residents, abutters, local business owners, and interested commuters are invited to attend.

Check the project website for updates on upcoming work. If you have questions, please call or e-mail: 

Project Hotline: 617-571-7878


Video of candidates’ forum available

Ward 19, in collaboration  with Wards 8, 9, 10, and 11, hosted a Candidates Forum on October 4th at English High School. Both Mayoral Candidates and all eight At-large City Council candidates participated in Q&A.  Thanks to Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN) news anchor Chris Lovett for moderating the Forum, and to BNN Studio Manager for BNN Live David Palomares for providing these links to video of the Forum:

Public Hearing on We the People Act, Wednesday November 8

The Boston Ward 19 Democratic Committee has steadfastly endorsed the We the People Act. The committee has received the following request:

I want to thank your Democratic committee for endorsing the We the People Act. We have listed your committee on our webpage as an endorsing organization. I am writing to request that you share with your members this emailed announcement of the public hearing on the We the People Act, H.1926. This act is a call for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to clarify that Constitutional rights are exclusively for people, not corporations, and that money is not speech and consequently our government can place appropriate restrictions on financial contributions in political campaigns.

The Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017, at 2:00 pm in State House Hearing Rooms B1 & B2 for house bill, H.1926, the We the People Act.

We encourage your individual members to attend and speak in support of the House bill H.1926.

For those who want to show their individual support, but can not attend the hearing, they can email their support of H.1926 to the committee chairs.
Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs
Senator Michael Rush,
Representative John Lawn,

I hope you will share this email with your committee members.

Thank you.

Leo Immonen

Ward 19 Democratic Committee Endorses Candidates for Boston City Election

After the candidates’ forum on Wednesday, October 4, the committee met and voted the following endorsements. The general election is on Tuesday, November 7.

For Mayor: Martin Walsh

For Councillor-at-Large:

  • Domingos DaRosa
  • Annissa Essaibi-George
  • Ayanna Pressley
  • Michelle Wu

For District City Councillor:

  • Ward 5: Timothy McCarthy
  • Ward 6: Matt O’Malley

Special Election Help and Resolutions Committee Updates

Through Resistance Summer we’ve knocked over 4,500 doors with the help of 102 volunteer shifts throughout the Commonwealth. Last Saturday, we joined the 40,000 counterprotesters in Boston to stand up for equality and justice and denounce hate and bigotry.

There are going to be additional ways to continue to get involved with the Party to promote Democratic values and help elect Democrats up and down the ticket. We have a number of special elections in the state legislature coming up and we need your help. If you want to volunteer after the primaries, please sign up here.


Below is a message from State Committee Members Alex Pratt and Marianne Rutter, co-chairs of the Resolutions Subcommittee:

Dear Delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Convention,

On behalf of the resolutions subcommittee, we wanted to invite you to submit testimony on the sixteen proposed resolutions before us. Because thirteen of these resolutions were referred to us by the Democratic Convention in June, we feel strongly that delegates should be given the opportunity to submit testimony on these resolutions.

Testimony can be submitted through this online form, by email to, or in person at our hearing on Monday, August 28th at 6pm at UA Local 12 Plumbers and Gasfitters Hall (1240 Massachusetts Avenue in Dorchester). In-person testimony will be limited to two minutes. The deadline to submit testimony online or by email is 6:00 pm on Monday, August 28

The resolutions subcommittee will review the testimony and then discuss and vote on the proposed resolutions on a conference call on Thursday, August 31. Members of the public will be able to call in at (617) 917-5071 to listen to the discussion, but only members of the subcommittee will able to discuss and make motions on the proposed resolutions.

After those votes, we will submit a subcommittee report to the full Democratic State Committee ahead of its September 9th meeting in West Springfield. The DSC will then vote on the acceptance of that report.

Thank you in advance for your testimony! If you have any questions, please contact the Subcommittee Co-Chair Alex Pratt at or MassDems Executive Director Veronica Martinez at

Thank You, Senator Warren!

Massachusetts Democrats around the state are coming together to celebrate all of the great work our senior Senator does on our behalf starting tomorrow, August 1st.

Whether she’s fighting against the Republican plans to strip healthcare coverage from millions of Americans or protecting consumers and students from predatory banks, Senator Elizabeth Warren always has our back and now it’s time to have hers.

So, grab a few friends and organize a visibility. Dust off that old lawn sign and put it up for the day. Make a new sign to show your support.

If you’re on social media, share with your friends why you support Senator Warren. Change your profile picture to the graphic above for the day! Make sure to share your posts on Facebook and Twitter with us so we can reshare and retweet!

Let’s thank our senior Senator for all the work she does for us and for showing us what good government is all about.


Gus Bickford
Chair, Massachusetts Democratic Party