City Committee meeting Oct. 21

There will be a general meeting of the Medford Democratic City Committee on Thursday, October 21, at 7pm. It will be held virtually via Zoom. All Medford Democrats are welcome, though only current Ward and City Committee members will be allowed to vote on business items.

Zoom information will be sent to current members prior to the meeting. If you have any questions, or if you are a non-member who needs the Zoom info, please contact your ward chair or email info@medforddems.org.

Medford Dems Caucus – June 17

The Medford Democratic City Committee will hold a caucus on June 17, 2021. The caucus is to
elect delegates and alternates to the 2021 Democratic State Convention.

The 2021 Medford Democratic caucus will be held virtually on ZOOM, to keep in line with
Massachusetts state health guidelines. Any Medford Democrat who wishes to participate may
register on-line at www.massdems.org – upon entering the MassDems site, scroll down
to ‘Scheduled Caucuses’ and find your Medford Ward number to sign up. After executing your
pre-registration on-line, you will receive an email confirmation with the link to join us on caucus
day.

This year’s state convention will be held on September 25th (location forthcoming), where
Democrats from across the state will come together to adopt a Party platform, discuss Party
business, and celebrate our successes as we prepare for upcoming elections.

The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Medford. Pre-registered
Democrats who will be 16 years of age by June 15, 2021 will be allowed to participate and run as
a Delegate or Alternate.

Youth, minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals who are not elected as a
Delegate or Alternate at the caucus may apply for a spot at www.massdems.org by August 6,
2021.

Statement and Position of the Medford Democratic City Committee on violence against the AAPI Community

The Medford Democratic City Committee is a group of dedicated volunteers working to support Democratic candidates, goals, and priorities at the local, state and national levels. We stand with the Democratic Party in supporting equity & fairness among all races.

We are heartbroken by the recent attacks on Asian Americans, and in particular last week’s murders of 8 individuals in Atlanta, Georgia, where six of the eight victims were Asian American women. We strongly condemn these senseless acts of violence and hate. While so many of us are still processing our shock, we remain strong and committed to supporting all members of our Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPI) community.

Action starts at the local level and that includes awareness, education, and commitment to seeking change. Reaching out to your elected representatives and making sure you’re voting in every election can combine in effecting the changes everyone seeks in helping to create a more equal and fair world.

The Medford Democratic City Committee is always open to all interested Democrats. We, as a committee, look forward to working with everyone in the community to create a better environment in which individuals and businesses in every corner of our city, people of every race and every political affiliation, can thrive. Please visit https://medforddems.org/ for more information about the group.

Stay safe!
The Medford Democratic City & Ward Committees

City Committee meeting October 15

General meeting of the Medford Democratic City Committee. All members and other Democrats interested in the committee’s activity are welcome. Please message us on Facebook or email info@MedfordDems.org BEFORE the meeting for the Zoom info.

Agenda:

  1. Call to order.
  2. Acceptance of Agenda
  3. Welcoming Message from MDCC Chair ‘Henry Milorin’
  4. Approval of meeting notes for 9/17/2020. (Secretary, Anne Hagerty)
  5. Treasurer report & Biden’s sign purchase – (Treasurer Bruce Kulik)
  6. Recruit and maintain Ward members (Input from ALL)
  7. Increase membership (In addition to Ward Chair, we need Ward Captain and Precinct leader.)
  8. List of Sub-Committee and officers:
    1. Communication & Outreach: Anne Haggerty, Nicole Morell, Alicia Hunt, Anita Tucker.
    2. By-Laws & Website Committee: Stephen Russell, Bruce Kulik, and Max Weinstein.
    3. Issues Committee: All members of the Executive committee
    4. Youth Outreach Committee: (Need members)
    5. Affirmative Action Committee: Chair Anita Tucker (Need members)
  9. Ward Report: Ward 2 – Chair Alicia Hunt, Ward 3 – Chair Stephen Russell, Ward 4 – Chair Sharon Guzik, Ward 7 – Jessica Webb, Ward 8 – Max Weinstein, Ward 6 – Chair Henry Milorin plus updates on Wards 1, 5.
  10. Communications – (How will you participate in the next 19 days to help the Markey and Biden/Harris campaigns?)
  11. Schedule next meeting for TBA.
  12. Adjournment.

Medford Dems endorse Ed Markey for Senate

The Medford Democratic City Committee recently voted to enthusiastically endorse Senator Ed Markey for a new term.

Senator Markey’s record of supporting issues that impact families of Medford and nearby communities has led to this endorsement. Below are just a few things that matter to so many Medford residents:

  • Housing – Markey has a track record of fighting for affordable housing – from his 2007 amendment to ensure that low-income residents in Malden were not displaced by expiring affordable housing requirements to the January, 2020 announcement that HUD had awarded grants totaling than $3.5 million to public housing agencies in Massachusetts
  • Education – Markey was the first in his family to attend college and knows the importance of quality educational opportunities for everyone. Amongst many actions, Markey wrote “The ABC’s of PCBs” report, exposing the existence of harmful chemicals in the building materials of many schools around the country. In 1996, he led on bringing broadband technology to schools and libraries across the country. Markey has supported the Head Start Program for years – ensuring comprehensive education, health, nutrition and other services are available to low-income families. The American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts has endorsed Markey, praising him for his advocacy on the behalf of students, teachers, and families across the state.
  • Climate – Markey is a longtime advocate in the fight against climate change. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. In 2009, he co-sponsored the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy & Security Act, aiming to cut global emissions by 17% through 2020 and up to 80% by 2050. He is currently Chair of the Senate Climate Change Task Force and in February, 2019 co-sponsored the Green New Deal with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
  • Equality – Markey’s support of our immigrant, minority, and LGBTI neighbors is long and well documented. He has long worked on behalf of the Dreamers, seeking a pathway to citizenship for them. In support of refugees, he introduced the GRACE Act and is actively working to address the growing refugee crisis related to global warming and climate change. In support of LGBTI community, he authored the GLOBE Act – broad legislation that could put the US in the lead, in the protection of LGBTI rights.
  • Economy – Markey has made it a cornerstone of his work, to help identify and develop opportunities for the citizens of Medford, Massachusetts, and the nation. Industries targeted for opportunities by the Senator include high tech, medical, clean energy and more. He’s a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship as well as the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and works tirelessly in the pursuit of job creation.

For the above reasons, plus his continued advocacy on issues that impact all of us like child care, the opioid crisis, immigrants’ rights, net neutrality and consumer protection, the Medford Democratic City Committee stands in support of Senator Ed Markey and his pursuit of another term in the Senate. To learn more about Senator Markey’s campaign or to get involved, please visit http://www.edmarkey.com.

Statement and Position of the Medford Democratic City Committee on recent racial tension

Black Lives Matter

The Medford Democratic City Committee is a group of dedicated residents who work on a volunteer basis to support Democratic candidates, help register voters, and spread Democratic values at local, state and national levels, on priorities and goals identified respectively. We believe the Democratic Party has long stood for equity among all races and we are recommitting ourselves to do more in the fight to fix systemic prejudice and racism within our communities. Complicity is everywhere because our social systems fail to provide basic protections for people of color.

We are heartbroken with the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmad Arbery, and Breanna Taylor, just to name a few, and we strongly condemn all these senseless killings. We stand with the Black Lives Matter movement and all people of color in denouncing violence and hate.

Action starts at the local level and that includes political action; that is where everyone can help fix this negative environment. Your vote is one of the most powerful and important tools to effectuate the changes we have been waiting for too long.

If you are not yet registered to vote, we implore you to do so online. Please visit https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/ to register. The Medford Democratic City Committee is always open to all interested Democrats. We, as a committee look forward to working with everyone in the community to create a better environment in which individuals and businesses in every corner of our city, people of every race and every political affiliation, can thrive.

Stay safe!

The Medford Democratic City & Ward Committees

Medford Dems welcome new officers

Thursday night, members of the Medford Democratic City Committee elected new officers for the 2020-2024 term, via a public Zoom meeting. Outgoing Chairman Paul Donato and Co-Chair Nancy White thanked the participants of the meeting for their past support as well as for their commitment to continuing the work that Donato & White had overseen. In addition, the members of the committee all expressed their gratitude for the hard work that Chairman Donato and Co-Chair White had done for the
party & the city the last several years.

The hour-long meeting included the introduction of candidates for the offices of Chairman, Co-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Affirmative Action Officer. Where multiple candidates had expressed interest for an office, each were given time to introduce themselves and explain how they would help lead the committee in the next four years. Attendees broke off into individual Ward-based breakout sessions to vote on the office of Chairman. Once everyone returned to the main meeting the votes were tallied.

The newly elected officers are:
Chairman – Mr. Henry Milorin
Co-Chair – Ms. Nicole Morell
Treasurer – Mr. Bruce Kulik
Secretary – Ms. Anne Haggerty
Affirmative Action Officer – Ms. Anita Tucker

Newly elected Chairman Milorin thanked everyone for their participation and expressed his vision for moving the Democratic City Committee forward. Co-Chair Morrell also thanked the attendees and provided insight into how she sees the City Committee developing and helping members of the Medford community.

The Medford Democratic City Committee meeting is always open to all members and interested Democrats. All meetings, set times and locations will be posted publicly to social media, websites, community news sources, etc., to provide an opportunity for Democrats looking to get involved.

Election of citywide officers

Date:     Thursday May 14, 2020
Time:     7:00  p.m.
Where:  Virtual Meeting. A Zoom invitation will be sent to you a few days before the election. (If you are not a current member of a Medford Democratic ward committee and would like to attend, please email nanciedenise@aol.com.)

We are seeking candidates for the Medford Democratic Citywide  Committee for 2020-2024. The offices are:

  • Chairperson
  • Co-chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Affirmative Action Officer

The roles and responsibilities of each office are described in the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Chairs’ Manual.

Any eligible member interested in being nominated may submit his/her name and the specific office to Nancy White’s email address nanciedenise@aol.com before midnight May 7th, 2020. 

Note: The position of Co-Chairperson is to be the opposite sex of the Chairperson.  If there are no candidates for a specific office submitted by May 7, nominations will be taken from the floor during the May 14th meeting.

Eligibility to vote and run for office: Only duly elected or appointed ward committee members as of the individual ward’s re-organization meeting held during the month of April 2020 are eligible to vote or be nominated.

For more information about ward and city committee reorganization, see the Digital Reorganization Toolkit from the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

Presidential Primary Election 2020

The 2020 Presidential Primary Election will take place Tuesday, March 3. Polls will be open from 7am to 8pm.

Where do I vote? (This will also get you access to a sample ballot.)

In addition, early voting will be available, as described on the Medford website:

Early voting will take place in the Howard F. Alden Chambers, Medford City Hall, 85 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford, MA 02155, on the following dates and times:

Monday, February 24
8:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 25
8:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 26
8:30 a.m. — 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 27
8:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

Friday, February 28
8:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m

Note: The Medford Democratic Caucus taking place on March 7 is not related to the Presidential election.