Kicking Off Resistance Summer: Build, Engage, Activate, and Resist

Kicking Off Resistance Summer: Build, Engage, Activate, and Resist

From Gus Bickford, Chair, Massachusetts Democratic Party, (617) 939-0800

Since the announcement of our Massachusetts Resistance Summer initiative, we have solicited input from several of State Party subcommittees, formed Youth Advisory and Activist Advisory councils, and brought on a new Resistance Organizing Fellow, Lindsay Kenney. Earlier this month, we joined 125 Democratic organizers from across the nation at the DNC Resistance Summer conference in Washington D.C. and collaborated on ways to organize and win through grassroots initiatives.

Through these collaborative efforts, we are proud to launch a Massachusetts Resistance Summer program that channels the energy we have seen since Election Day and is focused on engaging and activating Democratic stakeholders and activists from across the Commonwealth.  We will continue to solicit input and feedback on our program to ensure we are united, as a Party, throughout the process.

This Saturday we will engage in our first day of Grassroots Action in Lynn.  State Senator and former Party Chair Tom McGee is running for Mayor against a Republican incumbent and we will be knocking on doors in the neighborhoods surrounding the McGee for Mayor Campaign headquarters (47 Myrtle Street) this Saturday, July 15 at 10 a.m. Let us know if you can make it by signing up here. Also, please share this information with your networks.

Also on the horizon is the special election for the Fourth Middlesex State Senate District, where Democratic nominee Cindy Friedman is running for the seat formerly held by the late Senator Ken Donnelly. Cindy will need our help heading into GOTV weekend and Election Day on Tuesday, July 25th. Click here to sign up to volunteer to make calls or canvass over the next two weeks for Cindy. Join us for:

  • Phonebanking next Tuesday, July 18 at Friedman Campaign headquarters (1306 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • GOTV Weekend July 22 – July 24 at Friedman Campaign headquarters (phonebanking and GOTV Door Hanger Shifts starting at 11:00 a.m. with shifts as late as 5:00 p.m.)
  • Fourth Middlesex Special General Election Tuesday, July 25th (shifts starting at 12:00 p.m. with shifts as late as 6 p.m.)

These are the first of many grassroots campaign activities we will be helping to organize as part of Resistance Summer. Many of you have been organizing tirelessly already, and we know that organizing starts with you. To connect with other activists in your area or post an event to our calendar, please visit www.resistma.com. We will be using this site to engage activists with organizations in their area, publicize events and updates and support progressive activism throughout the Commonwealth.

Finally, the Resolutions Subcommittee will be hosting a hearing on submitted resolutions on Monday, August 28th at 6 p.m. at the Plumbers Local 12 hall (1240 Massachusetts Avenue, Dorchester 02125). The resolutions that will be taken up will be posted online ahead of the hearing. Those in attendance that are interested in testifying in favor or against a resolution will be given 2 minutes to do so and must sign in upon arrival.

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