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 resolutions@massdems.org, 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 alex.d.pratt@gmail.com or MassDems Executive Director Veronica Martinez at veronica@massdems.org.

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

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 www.gormleyfuneral.com 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 http://www.wethepeoplemass.org.

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.