Forums

Strengthening Our Democracy: Taking Action at the National, State & Local Levels

This three-part series of interactive forums will explore both the obstacles and the opportunities that confront our democracy and the Democratic Party on the national, state, and local levels. Following analysis and first-hand perspectives from a diverse and accomplished panel of speakers, attendees will have the chance to engage in a breakout strategy session of their choosing, coming away with specific insights and action items that will equip both experienced activists and first-timers alike with concrete ways to make a critical difference.

May 6th | Strengthening the Democratic Party – and Democracy – for the 2022 Midterms

The first forum was held virtually on Thursday, May 6th. Featured contributors included former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Co-Chair of American Bridge 21st Century, Tony Mack of Movement Voter Project, Herb Meisner of Common Cause, and author Steve Almond. Breakout sessions were facilitated by Susan Labandibar of Swing Left Greater Boston, Marlene Silva of Mass Dems Organizing Hub, and others.

Click here for a list of resources you can use to follow up from the May 6 forum.

Questions explored included: Where is our nation headed? Which steps can each of us take to protect and strengthen our democracy, and how do we assemble a broad, inclusive coalition that will work to ensure equity and justice for all? And what can the Democratic Party do — amidst a global pandemic, our country’s racial reckoning, the climate crisis, and an increasingly polarized public — to grow its ranks and more effectively combat existing threats to our democratic system?

June 3rd | Ensuring a Democratic Victory in the 2022 Massachusetts Gubernatorial Race

Join us for our next forum, on Thursday, June 3, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Panelists will include political strategist Wilnelia Rivera, who led Ayanna Pressley’s successful congressional campaign and was recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Bostonians by Boston Magazine, and Lezlie Braxton Campbell, President of the Young Democrats of Massachusetts.

Questions to be explored include: Why is it so important – and so historically difficult – to elect a Democratic Governor in the state of Massachusetts? As the field of gubernatorial candidates begins to take shape, how can each of us help to ensure that a Democrat wins next year’s race?

June 17 | Local Actions, More Voices

Our final forum this spring, on Thursday, June 17, will include panelists State Senator Cindy Friedman of the 4th Middlesex District, and Zane T. Crute, President of the Mystic Valley NAACP. Our moderator will be veteran journalist David Whitford.

Questions to be explored include: How do we overcome the barriers that prevent or discourage people from taking part in our democratic process, from the fundamental act of voting to being more fully involved? How do we expand the activist base and ensure a meaningful place for those not typically engaged in electoral politics?

We thank our co-sponsors, who include the Democratic Committees of Belmont, Boxborough, Brookline, Concord, Lenox, Lexington, Malden, Watertown, and Weston; Indivisible Acton Area; Indivisible Billerica Tewksbury Wilmington; Our Revolution Arlington; Swing Left Greater Boston; Voter Choice Massachusetts; and Young Democrats of Massachusetts.

Thank you to Danielle Laquer for creative design contributions.