Sunday, August 23, 2015

Teacher on the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) forbidden, by law, to have public school educators serve as members
YES, you, as well as many people, may be shocked to learn that: :" current law forbids public school educators from serving as members of the BESE — the board that governs our profession,” said MTA President Barbara Madeloni. “Most educators are not even able to attend board meetings because those meetings are almost always held during school hours. Currently, individuals who stand to profit from decisions made by the BESE are welcome to hold seats on the board, but no place is designated for professional educators."
There is a high school student on the board, and there is one labor representative, but there is not one active teacher or paraprofessional."
“It’s time for the BESE to include the experts in the field on the board that governs them,” Madeloni said.
H. 375 and S. 269 are House and Senate versions of a bill that would add two educator representatives to the BESE — one nominated by the MTA and the other by AFT Massachusetts. These will be among the bills heard by the Joint Committee on Education at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, in Room A-2 of the State House.
YOU can help by get representatives on the board by:

Clicking here for a link to a petition to be signed by currently active preK-12 educators.
Clicking here for a link to a petition to be signed by retired educators, higher education members, parents and others who support the proposal..
Thanks for your attention.

Sherley A. Phillips
24th Senate District Coordinator: Sen. Brian Joyce
Bristol, Norfolk and Plymouth Counties

Monday, August 10, 2015

Bridgewater DTC August Meeting

Join the Bridgewater Democratic Town Committee for our monthly meeting Wednesday (yes, Wednesday) evening at 7PM. Agenda includes:

1. 4th of July Recap
2. October Event
3. Re-Organization
4. Autumnfest
5. State Convention
6. Rita Dziergowski Scholarship
7. Town Committee Nomination Sheets
8. Membership/Voter Registration Drive

We look forward to seeing you for our busy night of business! See you there and bring a friend!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Voting Rights Act Celebration

Please join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant milestones of the Civil Rights Movement: the signing of the Voting Rights Act. This event will honor the achievements of this movement, as well as the crucial work we have left to do.

Voting Rights Act Celebration

Thursday, August 6, 2015
Hanover Theater
2 Southbridge Street
Worcester, MA 01608

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Massachusetts Democratic Leadership Summit

Massachusetts Democratic Leadership Summit

Saturday, July 11, 2015
SEIU 509
100 Talcott Ave, Watertown, MA
with a 1965 Project Voter Registration Event to follow
Lunch will be provided

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Equal Pay is a Right

Equal Pay isn’t a privilege. It’s a right. Women should not be making less than their male counterparts in the workforce when they’re putting in the same day’s work.

Massachusetts has always been at the forefront of the fight for equal pay. In 1945, we were first in the nation to require it, and that was 70 years ago.

I have been fighting to get equal pay for equal work passed at the federal level. I cosponsored historic legislation to bring us closer to pay equity. And 52 years ago this month, President John F. Kennedy signed the federal Equal Pay Act into law.

But we’re not where we need to be. Radical Republicans in Congress continue to block efforts that would close the wage gap for good, dismissing the problem and holding women back.

Join my Democratic colleagues and me in renewing the fight for equal pay. Sign the petition today.

Women make up more than half of our workforce. Families are relying more heavily on women’s income to make ends meet. And yet as we rely on women more, they continue to get paid less.

This inequality doesn’t only affect women. It hurts our economy. It holds families back. It makes it more difficult for folks to pay their bills, let alone save for retirement or for their children’s education.

In today’s day and age, wage discrimination is entirely unacceptable. And while Republicans claim to care about the economy, they turn their backs on equal pay for equal work.

Join me and my Democratic colleagues in calling for equal pay for equal work. Sign the petition today.

Together, we can make the gender wage gap a thing of the past.

Thank you for your help.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Rita Dziergowski Scholarship Application Available

The Bridgewater Democratic Town Committee is pleased to announce that the application for our Rita Dziergowski Scholarship is now available. This scholarship is a $500 scholarship awarded to a graduating senior looking to further their education in college.

For a copy of the requirements and application, please email