Update: Watch our Climate Change Forum on ACMi TV

You can now view the forum “Taking Legislative Action: Our Environment, Our State House” by going to https://acmi.tv/videos/climate-change-legislative-forum-february-16-2020/.

This forum, which was sponsored by the Arlington Democratic Town Committee, was held on January 14 at the Robbins Library in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Representative Dave Rogers of the 24th Middlesex District, Representative Sean Garballey of the 23rd Middlesex District , and Ms. Cabell Eames, Legislative Manager and Political Director for 350 Mass, discussed bills addressing climate change that are currently before the Massachusetts legislature:

  • H.2836/S.1958: An Act Re-Powering Massachusetts with 100% Renewable Energy, sponsored by Rep. Garballey, Rep Marjorie Decker, and Sen. Jamie Eldridge
  • H.2810: An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions, sponsored by Representative Jennifer Benson
  • H. 3008/S.2106: An Act to Advance Modern and Sustainable Solutions for Transportation, sponsored by Representative Lori Ehrlich and Senator Eric Lesser
  • H. 826/S.453 An Act Relative to Environmental Justice in the Commonwealth, sponsored by Representative Adrian Maduro and Senator Sal DiDomenico
  • H.761/S.464: An Act Relative to Environmental Justice and Toxics Reduction in the Commonwealth

All of these bills are supported by Mass Power Forward, a consortium of grassroots organizations from across the state addressing climate change issues.


At Town Day, Arlington Votes for Warren with Jelly Beans

Who needs a straw poll? We have jelly beans! We invited anyone who visited the Arlington Democrats booth at Town Day to cast a vote — with a jelly bean — for the Democratic Presidential candidate of their choice. The results (drum roll) are below. Congratulations to Elizabeth Warren!

Elizabeth Warren 422
Pete Buttigieg 99
Bernie Sanders 89
Kamala Harris 83
Joe Biden 61
Andrew Yang 32
Cory Booker 22
Amy Klobuchar 16
Julian Castro 13
Beto O’Rourke 11
Total = 848

Thanks to everyone who stopped by! See our Facebook page for photos.


Arlington Democrats Support Green New Deal

At its meeting on June 13, the members of the Arlington Democratic Town Committee unanimously voted in favor of a Resolution to Support the Green New Deal.

In taking this action, Arlington Democrats joined with party members in other towns – Framingham, Wayland, Concord, Chicopee, Hudson, Cambridge, and chapters in Boston – who submitted their own resolutions to the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee.

The State Committee in turn passed a resolution in support of the Green New Deal that was sent to the Democratic National Committee.

In taking this action Arlington Democrats are supporting the efforts of Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, who are providing national leadership on climate change initiatives. We are also supporting local legislators Rep. Dave Rogers, Rep. Sean Garballey, and Sen. Cindy Friedman in the work they are doing at the state level.

The text of the resolution follows.

A Resolution by the Arlington Democratic Town Committee calling for the US Federal Government and the Massachusetts State Government to pass a Green New Deal, and for the Massachusetts Democratic Party to endorse and advocate for the Green New Deal.

WHEREAS, an October, 2018 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report states that we have only until 2030 to limit devastating global warming and avoid the most serious ramifications of climate change;

WHEREAS, the October, 2018 IPCC report also makes clear that every bit of warming matters, so every fraction of a degree less of warming will save lives and pay dividends across the world’s economies;

WHEREAS, the world is already experiencing serious, costly, and increasing impacts of climate change, including more intense storms, unprecedented flooding, and persistent wildfires;

WHEREAS, an inadequate response to climate change will increase economic and environmental disruptions. These include, but are not limited to severe storms, longer and hotter heat waves, worsening flood and drought cycles, growing invasive species and insect problems, accelerated species extinction rates, rising sea levels, increased wildfires, and a dramatic increase in refugees from climate impacted lands; and in Massachusetts alone, we face the coastal erosion of Cape Cod, shifting ranges of native tree species, forced migration of native birds, and rising infestation of ticks and other disease-bearing insects in areas we enjoy for recreation.

WHEREAS, the most negative impacts of climate change generally fall on frontline communities. Frontline communities are underrepresented communities, such as lower-income communities or communities of color. They bear the initial burden of climate change but are least equipped to adapt to these impacts;

WHEREAS, doing what is now necessary to adequately address the climate crisis requires a national mobilization of a scope and scale that is a historic opportunity to address inequities caused and exacerbated by the fossil fuel economy as well as virtually eliminating poverty in the United States;

WHEREAS, at least 45 U.S. Representatives endorsed a resolution to establish a Select Committee for a Green New Deal;

WHEREAS, a federal Green New Deal legislation would create a detailed mobilization plan to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, invest in communities on the frontlines of poverty and pollution, and guarantee a good job to anyone ready to make this happen;

WHEREAS, local governments calling for the federal government to pass a Green New Deal will demonstrate widespread popular support for necessary and just climate action;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Arlington Democratic Town Committee calls on:

(1) The Massachusetts Democratic Committee to endorse and advocate for all provisions of the Green New Deal, and

(2) the U.S. Government and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to pass a Green New Deal that would, by 2030:

● Dramatically expand existing renewable power sources and deploy new production capacity with the goal of meeting 100% of national power demand through renewable sources;

● Build a national, energy-efficient, “smart” grid;

● Upgrade every residential and industrial building for state-of-the-art energy efficiency, comfort, and safety;

● Eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacturing, agricultural and other industries, including by investing in local-scale agriculture in communities across the country;

● Eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from, repairing and improving transportation and other infrastructure, and upgrading water infrastructure to ensure universal access to clean water;

● Fund massive investment in the drawdown of greenhouse gases;

● Make “green” technology, industry, expertise, products and services a major export of the United States, with the aim of becoming the undisputed international leader in helping other countries transition to completely greenhouse gas neutral economies and bringing about a global Green New Deal.

As the scope of the Green New Deal presents a historic opportunity to virtually eliminate poverty in the United States and to make prosperity, wealth and economic security available to everyone participating in the transformation, the Green New Deal should aim to:

● provide all members of our society, across all regions and all communities, the opportunity, training and education to be full and equal participants in the transition, including job guarantee programs to assure living wage jobs to every person who wants one;

● diversify local and regional economies, with a particular focus on communities where the fossil fuel industry holds significant control over the labor market, to ensure workers have the necessary tools, opportunities, and economic assistance to succeed during the energy transition;

● require strong enforcement of labor, workplace safety, and wage standards that recognize the rights of workers to organize and unionize free of coercion, intimidation, and harassment, and the creation of meaningful, quality, career employment;

● ensure a ‘just transition’ for all workers, low-income communities, communities of color, indigenous communities, rural and urban communities and the front-line communities most affected by climate change, pollution and other environmental harm by ensuring that local implementation of the transition is led from the community level and by prioritizing solutions that end the harms faced by front-line communities from climate change and environmental pollution;

● protect and enforce sovereign rights and land rights of tribal nations;

● mitigate deeply entrenched racial, regional and gender-based inequalities in income and wealth (including, without limitation, ensuring that federal and other investments will be equitably distributed to historically impoverished, low income, deindustrialized or other marginalized communities in a way that builds wealth and ownership at the community level);

● include additional measures such as basic income programs, universal health care programs and any others deemed appropriate to promote economic security, labor market flexibility, and entrepreneurship; and

● deeply involve national and local labor unions to take a leadership role in the process of job training and worker deployment.


The foregoing resolution was adopted by the Arlington Democratic Town Committee on June 13, 2019.


Arlington Democrats Elect Delegates to State Convention

Democrats in Arlington held a caucus May 14 at the Robbins Library Community Room to elect delegates to the 2019 Massachusetts Democratic Convention.

Elected as delegates were Adam Badik, Robin Bergman, Maureen Crewe, Pauline Gardiner, Adam MacNeill, Pearl Morrison, Christine O’Connell, Paul Schlichtman, Paulette Schwartz, Marlene Silva, David Swanson, Stephanie Swanson, Alice Trexler, Jordan Weinstein, and Edward Witham.

Chair Aimee Coolidge will serve as an ex officio delegate. Other Arlingtonians serving as ex officio delegates are Patricia Deal, Heather Fowles, and James DiTullio, all of whom serve on the Democratic State Committee, as well as State Representative Sean Garballey and State Senator Cindy Friedman.

The Convention will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. Democrats from across the state will come together to discuss Party business and celebrate our successes as we prepare for upcoming elections. The fact that this date is the same as that of Arlington’s Town Day accounts for the small number of delegates; up to 37 could have been elected. Democrats are welcome to apply to be add-on delegates; go to
https://massdems.org/2019-convention-caucus-information/ for details.


May 14: Caucus for State Convention

Arlington Democrats to Hold Caucus May 14

Arlington Democrats are invited to attend a caucus on Tuesday, May 14, at 7:15 p.m. in the Community Room on the lower level of Robbins Library, 700 Massachusetts Ave., to elect 37 delegates and 6 alternates to the 2019 Massachusetts Democratic Convention.

At this year’s state convention, to be held Saturday, September 14 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, thousands of Democrats from across the state will come together to discuss Party business and celebrate our successes as we prepare for upcoming elections. (Unfortunately, this date is the same as that of Arlington’s Town Day.)

Checkin for the caucus will begin at 6:45 p.m. All registrants who are in line by 7:30 p.m. will be accepted. The Community Room is accessible to the disabled.

The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Arlington. Pre-registered Democrats who will be 16 by May 11, 2019 will be allowed to participate and run as a delegate or alternate. The Arlington Democratic Town Committee welcomes participants.

Youth, minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals who are not elected as a delegate or alternate may apply to be an add-on delegate at the caucus or at www.massdems.org.

Delegates will be divided equally between men and women. The caucus will elect 18 male delegates, 18 female delegates, one delegate of any gender, 3 male alternates, and 3 female alternates. You must be present at the caucus to be elected, unless there are not enough candidates present to fill all delegate and alternate positions. If you cannot be present and you notify the chair in advance of your interest in running, two-thirds of those present may move to have your name placed in nomination.

For more information on the caucus or the Arlington Democratic Town Committee, please contact Chair Aimee Coolidge at 781-646-5339, visit our website at www.arlingtondems.org/, or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/adtcma.

For general information on the Convention or the Democratic Party, please call 617-939-0800 or email contact@massdems.org. Details on the caucus rules can be found at www.massdems.org.


Frances Moore Lappé Inspires Crowd

Noted author and activist Frances Moore Lappé addressed the issue of climate change and the importance of finding hope through democratic action. Speaking to an enthusiastic audience of over 150 people at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Arlington, Ms. Lappé offered an encouraging message for combating climate injustice and other social issues. Emphasizing the importance of community and collaboration she reminded the audience that “we are all responsible.” By working together we can fight the cycle of powerlessness. She cited the Green New Deal and the Sunrise movement of young people dedicated to combating climate change as current examples of important democratic movements. Offering a positive message for difficult times Ms. Lappé´ states, “It is not possible to know what is possible.”

ACMI, Arlington’s local cable company recorded the event, and it’s available on their web site at https://acmi.tv/videos/finding-hope-through-democratic-action/.

Climate Change in Focus is the first in a series of forums sponsored by the Arlington Democratic Town Committee. This event was presented by the ADTC along with First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Arlington. Several local environmental organizations were co-sponsors, including Mothers Out Front, Sustainable Arlington, Elders Climate Action MA, 350MA and Metro-North Node and the Sierra Club.


Climate Change Forum March 18

Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet and other books, will be the featured speaker at a forum, Climate Change in Focus: Finding Hope Through Democratic Action, on Monday, March 18th from 7 to 9 p.m. at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 630 Mass. Ave., Arlington.

This free event is presented by the Arlington Democratic Town Committee and by the Social Justice Committee of First Parish Church. Also participating are Mothers Out Front, Sustainable Arlington, Massachusetts Sierra Club, 350 MA plus 350 Metro-North Node, and Elders Climate Action Massachusetts.

The Book Rack of Arlington is providing books by the speaker for purchase and signing.

This is the first in a series of programs focusing on climate issues and what we can do as individuals and as a community.


Join AG Maura Healey March 13 in Arlington

Please join Democrats to welcome and support Attorney General Maura Healey at Common Ground Arlington, 319 Broadway, on Wednesday, March 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Suggested contributions start at $50. Please donate online and RSVP at info@maurahealey.com.

Your contribution is critical to helping Attorney General Maura Healey continue to lead the fight against the Trump administration’s dangerous policies and for progressive values here in Massachusetts.

She has brought major cases against the NRA to reduce gun violence and against Exxon Mobile to protect against climate change and promote clean energy. And she is leading the charge against Purdue Pharma for its role in contributing to the deadly opioid and addiction crisis.

In addition to these and other important legal battles, Maura Healey also spends time advocating for progressive values in MA and in other parts of the country. Her advocacy efforts, including Town Halls, are funded by her Committee. So please help support these efforts by making a donation and then come meet her in person.