We have had to delay the meeting from its usual Monday time because of resource availability at the Roslindale Community Center. Please join us there this evening.
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!
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
- the rights protected by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons, i.e. human individuals, only and
- 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 http://www.wethepeoplemass.org.
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.
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 https://bostonward19dems.org. Further information about the Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention is available at http://www.massdems.org/caucuses/state-caucuses-convention.
Farewell, Gordon, you fought the good fight for justice. Thank you for all of your wisdom and guidance.
Click here for Gordon’s obituary.