Wednesday, April 26, 2017

YDMA 2017 Convention Elections

The Young Democrats of Massachusetts invite you to take part in the organization’s annual elections at the 2017 Annual Convention on Saturday, May 13th, 2017. The Convention will take place on the MIT campus at 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.

Elections for organizational leadership will occur at this session and will be administered as dictated by the Charter and Bylaws. The proceeding information shall dictate how the electoral process will be governed.

Those who are permitted to vote in the 2017 elections are individuals who:
  • Have attended at least one YDMA event in the last calendar year.
  • Are registered democrats.
  • Reside within the Confines of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The following positions will be up for election at the 2017 Convention:
  • President (formerly titled Chair)
  • Vice President (formerly titled Vice Chair for Programming and Policy)
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Membership and Outreach Director
  • Communications Director
  • Diversity and Inclusion Director
  • Political Director
  • Public Policy Director
  • YDA Committeeman and Woman
  • Four (4) At-Large Directors
  • Public Service Director
  • Events Director
Descriptions of the roles and responsibilities for each position up for election may be found in the following Google Doc: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z8kmbuU8K4_Q93TtvqaMKVxNvKHSabMiK--YN0D5X0w/

The following positions are not up for election at the 2017 election:
  • Vice Chair for Admin & Finance (role eliminated at recent Charter Convention)
  • DSC Committeeman and Woman
  • Chapter and Caucus Chairs
Candidates who wish to run for any office up for election must:
  • Submit a statement of no more than 250 words to the YDMA secretary (Zachary Agush) no later than May 3, 2017, 10 days before the convention, which will be shared with the Membership-At-Large. Those who do not submit a statement will not be denied the ability for office to run from the floor of the convention.
  • Be nominated and seconded. Only those individuals deemed eligible to vote in the convention have the right to nominate a candidate for office. The nominee must accept the nomination, either verbally in person, or in writing if not present.
Proceedings of the Election segment of the 2017 Convention:
  • Equitable time for speaking and questions by candidates may be provided by appropriate motion.
  • The election for each office in sequence shall be conducted before opening the floor to nominations for the next office.
  • Contested elections shall be determined by ballot, and uncontested nominees may be elected by acclamation. Ballots shall include the preprinted names of candidates who declared before the deadline and write-in spaces for names of candidates nominated from the floor. The terms of those elected shall commence immediately upon the adjournment of convention.
Note: During the Elections segment of the Convention, the Secretary of the YDMA shall be deemed the presiding officer.

An agenda of the Convention is being finalized and will be distributed to the Membership-at-Large in the coming weeks. Copies of the Charter, as revised on April 11th, 2017 will be available for review by the Membership.

All attendees are encouraged to pay their Membership Dues ($35) or Membership Dues Plus ($35 + $10 cover for lunch at Convention) as soon as possible. You may pay here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/ydamconv17

If you have any questions, please contact Zachary Agush, YDMA Secretary, at zachary.agush@gmail.com.



We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Annual YDMA Convention!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

MassDems Platform Committee Public Hearing

On April 27, 2017 the Massachusetts Democratic State Platform Committee will be conducting a hearing to get input from Democrats on the development of the state platform. The hearing will be held at 80 Perkins Avenue in Brockton from 7PM to 9PM.

Take the Bus to the Boston March for Science

Saturday, April 22nd
Take the Bus to the Boston March for Science

BUS DEPARTING: D'ANGELO'S in Brockton (739 Belmont St.) at 11:30 a.m.

Members of Resistance United on why they are supporting the March for Science
Maria Fortes, "Massachusetts has set clear goals to address climate change. Without funding scientific research, we will fail to deal with the problems that go along with climate change - rising seas, lengthier droughts, and extreme natural disaster events. It is science technology, engineering and mathematics that will lead the way toward addressing these issues. We must dedicate resources to these fields if we intend to win."

Pattie Garrahy Robertson, "Our goal is to engage and facilitate virtual and real time actions focused on magnifying our voices and resources to political action and prioritized progressive causes. We have formed and continue to form breakdown groups called Huddles concentrated on such causes to ensure execution and action orientation. One of our key causes is the Environment (Climate Change) and we are proud to join our sister resistance groups today in Resistance United as we demand that our political leaders and policy makers enact evidence based policies in the public interest."

Ian Tompkins, “As a community strongly affected by the ongoing opioid epidemic in America, we support the use of evidence based and proven methods used by the national and international community to prevent and reduce the use of deleterious substances. We also support innovation in the fight against drug abuse, and seek to improve the means by which we rehabilitate these members of our society, make our communities safer, and improve people’s lives.

Richard Drolet, "Within the past several weeks, President Trump’s EPA Chief Scott Pruit overruled his own agency’s scientists to refuse to ban the use of “chlorpyrifos” manufactured by Dow Chemical which is known to cause brain damage in humans! This is why we need to rely on science to save the lives of our people and to save our planet! Allowing Dow Chemical to profit of our illnesses and deaths is clearly wrong, but the Trump administration doesn’t want to interfere with their ability to make profits off our misery! "

Jim Pimental, "A few years ago, the former owners of the Brayton Pt. Power Plant decided to close a plant, a decision that led to the loss of hundreds of good paying jobs and millions in lost tax revenue to the Town of Somerset. As the plant nears permanent shutdown, the Somerset Democratic Town Committee strongly urges the plant's current owner to work as cooperatively as possible with Somerset to redevelop the site into a hub of clean energy. We also urge the company to work with the displaced workers as much as possible through this difficult transition."

Chris Boerl, "We join with Resistance United to support the March for Science because we realize that for coastal communities like ours, sound, scientific research supports the foundation of our economy and culture. We are cleaning up New Bedford harbor, studying fish populations, monitoring water quality, cleaning up our beaches, saving the whales -- all of these initiatives are put in jeopardy when research is denied because of a political ideology and scientific study is disregarded and undermined. We will not allow this to happen and so we march because we are the Resistance, United.”

Haim Gal Moore," We are concerned about the public financing of research. Science touches everybody every day. Our society runs on good science. Every advancement, every technology we use, and many decisions are made because somebody cared enough to invest in it. A divestment from funding of the sciences is dangerous, not just in the short term, but would be devastating to the economic growth of the country, something that students rely upon. Democracy works best when people are involved, and part of being involved means sharing your values. This march is an opportunity to send a loud and united message that fact-based policies and funding for research are valued by the people."

Deb Fastino, "Based on the need to band together more than ever, Grassroots groups that popped up in response to the election have come together with local Democratic Committees and Community Groups to form Resistance United. Today we are supporting the science community that uses evidence based research to fight back against lies, fabrications, and misrepresentations now known as alternative facts. "

For more information contact:
Coalition for Social Justice, Deb Fastino: 508-982-3108
Indivisible Southeast Mass, Maria Fortes: 508-415-8385
Marching Forward, Pattie Garrahy Robertson: 401-641-2477
New Bedford Democratic City Committee , Richard Drolet: 508-801-2881
Our Revolution Southeast Mass, Ian Tompkins: 508-677-8263
President of the Biology Association, UMD: Haim Gal Moore: 617-851-6318
Somerset Democratic Town Committee, Jim Pimental:508-677-7358
We Won't Go Back New Bedford, Chris Boerl: 774-444-0303

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Progressive Massachusetts Breakfast Fundraiser

WHEN: April 06, 2017 at 8am

WHERE: MTA Building
20 Ashburton Pl
Boston, MA 02108

ABOUT: Every day, we are fighting for Massachusetts. From Beacon Hill to the Berkshires, Progressive Massachusetts is working to advance our legislative agenda for everyone in the Commonwealth. We mean everyone. Workers, families, immigrants -- we want to build a Massachusetts that is as diverse as it is inclusive.

That’s why we want to invite everyone, including you, to our Breakfast Fundraiser featuring guest speakers Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni and State Senator Jamie Eldridge.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

YDMA Charter Amendments


The Young Democrats of Massachusetts will be holding a charter convention starting at 6pm on April 11th, 2017 at the Massachusetts Democratic Party's Headquarters (11 Beacon St., Suite 410, Boston, MA).

Amendments that have been submitted to the YDMA Secretary, Zachary Agush, between the initial announcement on March 15th, 2017 and 5pm on March 21st, 2017 have been compiled into the following Google document for review by the membership-at-large:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ip2CWdozpQkmfWasQ52QjPO14PaDo9o7xRzEOB1hd4M/edit?usp=sharing. 

 This review period will last until the charter convention is called to order on April 11th.

All amendments proposed in the Google doc will be brought to a vote at the convention and require a 2/3rd's vote to pass. Any amendment brought to the convention without being previously submitted to the Secretary for consideration can only be taken up by those present at the meeting by a 3/4ths vote.

If you have any comments or questions about the amendments under consideration, please contact the YDMA Secretary, Zachary Agush (zachary.agush@gmail.com)

Monday, March 13, 2017

How We Can Fight Back Against the Trump Agenda

Coalition for Social Justice Action Alert
Meeting

Indivisible Southeast Massachusetts
How We Can Fight Back Against the Trump Agenda

Thursday, March 16th, 6:00 p.m.
East Branch, Brockton Public Library
54 Kingman St, Brockton


Indivisible is a national movement created by former progressive congressional staffers who saw the Tea Party beat back President Obama’s agenda.
They see the enthusiasm to fight the Trump agenda, and want to share insider info on how best to influence Congress to do that.
We are using this guide, making it our own, and we are ready to get to work, how about you?

Please attend our meeting to discuss how we can work together to fight back against the Trump agenda.

For more information, please call Coalition for Social Justice Organizer Carlha Toussaint at 774-274-6483 or e-mail carlhatoussaint@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Fight for Equality

Women make up over half of the world’s population and today, International Women’s Day, we celebrate the progress that has been made and highlight the obstacles women still face around the globe. This Women's Day is particularly important because women and men, together in solidarity, are celebrating "A Day Without a Woman" action, to highlight women's economic power and its importance to our world's stability.

However, I believe in order to truly have gender equality we must make women's equality a priority every day of the year.

Long before taking office as your Treasurer, I believed that for society to be equal and just, we must empower all women and girls. As Treasurer, I have committed to creating programs and policies that would help erase the gender gap, break down barriers, and create opportunity.

From establishing the first of its kind, Office of Economic Empowerment to launching www.EqualPayMA.com, we have laid a foundation in the Massachusetts Treasurer’s office to provide women with the information and tools to aide them in achieving equal pay for equal work.

We have hosted Regional Wage Equality Roundtables and a Women in STEM summit, launched a Women’s Economic Empowerment Series, and created the Women in Finance Fellowship – All with the goal of wage equality and financial independence.

I was determined not just to talk the talk, but walk the walk. From leadership positions, where 3 out of 5 of my Deputy Treasurers are women, to every office within Treasury, women are being hired and are advancing. And our 12 week paid parental leave is just one example of the policies that support women and families. We even conducted an internal audit to ensure men and women are paid equally, and piloted a flex time schedule too.

I am proud of what we have done in the Massachusetts Treasurer’s Office to fight for gender equality, but our fight is far from over.

It is up to all of us to continue to move forward toward the goal of equality. We may take a small step or a large leap, but we must continue to move forward. Each woman we empower, each playing field that is leveled, each young girl who doesn’t see a glass ceiling, but sees an open door is a victory.

Please join me in continuing this fight for all of our mothers, sisters, daughters and granddaughters.

In solidarity,

Deb Goldberg

State Treasurer