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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.

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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.

CERTIFICATION

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jay Gonzalez vs. Charlie Baker

JAY GONZALEZ
WILL BE THE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR
WHO WILL WORK FOR ALL THE PEOPLE OF MASSACHUSETTS

Republican Charlie Baker endorses Trump’s MA campaign chair Goeff Diehl for Senator! Diehl has a long history of far right activism including fighting a women’s right to choose and opposing LGBTQ and worker’s rights.

Here’s what has happened under Republican Charlie Baker’s watch:

Economic Prosperity: Standard and Poor’s has downgraded the state’s bond rating for the first time in 30 years.

Transportation: We have the most commuter rail breakdowns in the country and serious overcrowding and delays on the MBTA.

Education: Baker opposed the “millionaires tax,” which would have devoted money to education. He sided with dark money on the defeated ballot question to expand charter schools.

Health Care: Baker tried to remove 140,000 people from Mass Health.

Public Safety: There has been systemic mismanagement of the state police, including payment for overtime shifts not worked and pay for commuting to work.

Immigration: Baker supported the ICE roundup of immigrants and planned to send the Massachusetts National Guard to our borders.

Energy and Climate Change: He continues to support new fossil fuel projects and has weakened the state Department of Environmental Protection through budget cuts.

We need Jay Gonzalez — he will fight for all of us.

Here’s what you can do:

  • VOTE for Jay and the Democratic slate on Election Day Nov. 6th
  • Urge your friends and family to vote as well
  • Share the real story of Republican Governor Baker
  • Volunteer with the Democratic campaign and attend local political events
  • Spread the word: http://sorry-charlie.com/
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Forum on Ballot Questions October 2

The Arlington Democratic Town Committee is sponsoring a forum with presentations on the three questions on the Massachusetts ballot. The event, free and open to the public, is on October 2 at Robbins Library at 6:45 p.m.

A B C’s of Ballot Questions 1, 2, 3:
Know Your November Ballot Questions

Tuesday, October 2nd
6:45 – 8:45 pm

Robbins Library Community Room
700 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington

Question 1: This proposed law would limit how many patients could be assigned to each registered nurse in Massachusetts hospitals and certain other health care facilities. The maximum number of patients per registered nurse would vary by type of unit and level of care. Donna Kelly Williams, President of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, and Ari Puri, who represents the Coalition to Protect Patient Safety, will discuss this question.

Question 2: This proposed law would create a citizens commission to consider and recommend potential amendments to the United States Constitution to establish that corporations do not have the same Constitutional rights as human beings and that campaign contributions and expenditures may be regulated. Ben Gubits, Director of Political Strategy for American Promise, will review this question.

Question 3: A YES VOTE would keep in place the current law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation. A NO VOTE would repeal this provision of the public accommodation law. Grace Stevens, author and trans activist, will cover this question.

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Concert for Candidates September 8

WHAT: “Song of Resistance”, a concert/fundraiser for Democratic congressional candidates
WHEN: Saturday, September 8, 8 pm
WHERE: Pickman Hall at Longy School of Music of Bard College, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge
WHO: Singers and instrumentalists from some of Boston’s brightest musical lights
HOW: Tickets $35/$60/$100/$250/$500

Charles Blandy of Arlington, a distinguished tenor and one of the co-founders of BlueMassGroup, is organizing the concert. It aims to raise $10,000 for five candidates for Congress who will resist the corruption and cruelty of Donald Trump’s administration:

Jared Golden (Maine 2nd district)
Annie Kuster (New Hampshire 2nd)
Democratic nominee fund (New Hampshire 1st; primary is on September 11)
Antonio Delgado (New York 19th district)
Beto O’Rourke (Texas, US Senate)

Purchase tickets via ActBlue: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/songofresistance

Musicians and program include:
Charles Blandy, tenor; Linda Osborn, piano
Copland: Old American Songs

Mara Bonde, soprano
Songs by Harold Arlen

Peggy Pearson, oboe; Diana Walsh, piano
Works by William Bolcom and George Gershwin

Kendra Colton, soprano: Songs by John Harbison

Elise Groves, soprano; Pamela Dellal, mezzo-soprano; Jason McStoots, tenor; Charles Blandy, tenor; Paul Guttry, bass
DeWert: Vox in Rama (A voice in Rama)
Byrd: Ne irascaris Domine (Be not angry, Lord)
Exsurge Domine
Non vos relinquam orphanos

Jesse Irons, violin
Program TBA

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