Get Out the Vote in Medford (or help swing a nearby district)

It’s time to GET OUT THE VOTE! Canvassing and phone banking activities are taking place in Medford multiple times per day from today through Election Day.

Swing Left is also organizing canvassing trips to Congressional swing districts in New Hampshire and Maine.

And, of course, don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, if you didn’t already vote early! Polls will be open 7am to 8pm. You can find your polling place here.

Canvassing and phone banking this weekend

There are multiple canvassing and phone banking opportunities throughout this weekend to support Elizabeth Warren, Maura Healey, Jay Gonzalez, Katherine Clark, and all our Democratic candidates.

Find the full list of dates and times here.

Photo of canvassers in Medford
Our Congressional representative, Katherine Clark, and state Senator, Pat Jehlen, joined in on one of the Medford canvasses last weekend!

Next weekend, and through Election Day, there will be additional events throughout the city to get out the vote.

City Committee meeting Oct. 24

AdamHurtubise_400x400The Medford Democratic City Committee will meet Wednesday, October 24, at 7pm, in room 201 (Richard E. Lee room) at Medford City Hall.

The guest speaker will be newly-appointed Medford City Clerk Adam Hurtubise. He will speak on early voting. Massachusetts is holding an early voting period ahead of the general election in November. Adam will explain Medford’s Early Voting Program.

Medford Ward 8 Dems announce endorsements

endorsementAt its September 13 meeting, the Medford Ward 8 Democratic Committee voted to endorse the full slate of Democratic candidates for the November 2018 general election:

US Senator: Elizabeth Warren
Governor: Jay Gonzalez
Lieutenant Governor: Quentin Palfrey
Attorney General: Maura Healey
Secretary of State: Bill Galvin
Treasurer: Deb Goldberg
Auditor: Suzanne Bump
US Representative: Katherine Clark
Governor’s Councillor: Terrence Kennedy
State Senator: Pat Jehlen
State Representative: Christine Barber (34th Middlesex) and Paul Donato (35th Middlesex)
District Attorney: Marian Ryan
Clerk of Courts: Michael Sullivan
Register of Deeds: Maria Curtatone

The Committee also voted to endorse the following positions on the state ballot questions:

Yes on question 1 (establishing limits for nurse-to-patient ratios)
Yes on question 2 (establishing a committee to research and recommend a Constitutional amendment establishing that corporations are not people and allowing regulation of campaign donations)
Yes on question 3 (affirming the current law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity)

Image by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images

Upcoming events

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Check out the latest issue of our newsletter for information about upcoming local events to #StopKavanaugh, unify the party post-primary, and protect our environment here in Medford.

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Primary election Sep. 4

From the City of Medford:

There will be a State Primary Election on Tuesday, September 4th.  There will be three ballots available on Election Day to those registered to vote, a democratic, republican and libertarian ballot.   These will include the race for Governor, Lt. Governors, Congress, State Senator, State Representative, Attorney General, Secretary of State, US Senator, Governors Council, District Attorney, Clerk of Courts and Register of Deeds.Those registered voters that vote at our public schools such as the Roberts, McGlynn, Brooks and Columbus Schools, please be aware that all schools will be in session and parking is limited.  Try to avoid peek traffic times in the morning and afternoon.  The polls will be open at 7AM and close at 8PM.

The last day and hour to register to vote for the September 4th Election is Wednesday, August 15th at 8PM. This can be done at the Registrars of Voters Office in Room 102 at City Hall. For a list of polling locations visit the City website  at medfordma.org. For further information please contact 781-393-2491.

Ed. note: You can find your polling location and see a sample Democratic primary ballot by entering your address at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/

Ward 8 Dems condemn VFW “All Lives Matter” sign

Update Aug. 18: About 50 people—including several members of the Medford Ward 8 Democratic Committee—showed up at this week’s city council meeting, with several speaking out about the sign. The council voted unanimously to move the November general election polling location for ward 8-2 from the VFW to the Senior Center on Riverside Ave. Note that the September 4 primary election will still use the VFW polling location. Thanks to all who attended and spoke up!

At its July 26 meeting, the Medford Ward 8 Democratic Committee unanimously passed a resolution condemning the “All Lives Matter” sign posted at the Medford VFW. The VFW is the polling place for residents of Medford’s ward 8, precinct 2, which spans from Medford Square to South Medford along the Main Street corridor. Committee member and secretary Mimi Gordon introduced the motion to adopt the resolution.

The sign was posted in response to the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which calls attention to the dramatically increased risk of violence—especially by law enforcement—toward African Americans. While the phrase “All Lives Matter” sounds innocuous on its face, the committee asserts that the phrase is a direct rejection of “Black Lives Matter,” making it offensive to blacks and other minorities, along with those supporting the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

“With this sign, the VFW sends a clear message that it doesn’t welcome those who stand up for underserved minorities,” said Maxim Weinstein, chair of the Medford Ward 8 Democratic Committee. “All Medford residents should feel welcome when they show up to exercise their right to vote.”

The committee is calling on the VFW to voluntarily take down the sign. The Medford Human Rights Commission previously requested the same, but the VFW refused. The committee also encourages concerned residents to contact the City Clerk and members of the City Council, asking them to change the polling location for upcoming elections if the sign is not removed. The committee suggested the new city DPW facility, which is near the VFW, as a possible replacement.

The complete text of the resolution follows:

Whereas the VFW at 114 Mystic Avenue Medford is the polling place for Ward 8, Precinct 2,

Whereas Mayor Stephanie M. Burke and the Medford City Council have declared Medford as a welcoming city in November 2016,

Whereas the All Lives Matter sign on the VFW building is not a welcoming sign and is in conflict with a welcoming city message,

Whereas the phrase Black Lives Matter was created to highlight the demonstrable evidence that black lives matter less than white lives in the criminal justice system,

Whereas black people are 3 or more times more likely to be stopped, arrested, convicted and serve longer terms for the same crimes as white people,

Whereas All Lives Matter was created as a criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement and has been espoused by many opposed to equality in the criminal justice system,

Whereas the All Lives Matter phrase offends supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement and its display in a polling site may make people uncomfortable about exercising their right to vote there,

Therefore the Medford Ward 8 Democratic Committee opposes the use of the All Lives Matter phrase and supports any and all efforts to remove the sign from the VFW, cover the sign on election day, and/ or move the polling site to a more neutral, welcoming location, such as the new DPW building.

Adopted by the Medford Ward 8 Democratic Committee
July 26, 2018

Canvass for Elizabeth Warren & Maura Healey Aug. 4 & 5

THIS WEEKEND: Canvass for Senator Elizabeth Warren and Attorney General Maura Healey

Team Warren and Team Healey have a number of canvasses planned throughout the state this weekend. Join them on Saturday or Sunday and talk to voters about why we are working hard to ensure they’re re-elected!

Canvasses Scheduled for Saturday, August 4

  • Holyoke (284 High Street) – 10 a.m.
  • Somerville (41 Chetwynd Road) – 10 a.m.
  • Groveland (5 Pinewood Lane) – 10 a.m.
  • Allston (1243 Commonwealth Avenue) – 10 a.m.
  • Acton (130 Main Street) – 10:30 a.m.
  • Worcester (29 Endicott Street, Suite 2) – 10:30 a.m.
  • Ashland (301 Pond Street) – 10:30 a.m.
  • Sudbury (326 Concord Road) – 10:30 a.m.
  • Belmont (95 Washington Street) – 10:30 a.m.
  • Malden (401 Pleasant Street) – 10:30 a.m.
  • Andover (36 Bartlett Street) – 1 p.m.

Canvasses Scheduled for Sunday, August 5

  • Waltham (494 Lincoln Street) – 11 a.m.
  • Woburn (69 Bedford Street) – 11 a.m.
  • Medford (495 Fulton Street) – 11 a.m.
  • Cambridge (70 Rindge Avenue) – 11 a.m.
  • Beverly (100 Sohier Road) – 11 a.m.
  • South End (100 Dedham Street) – 11 a.m.
  • Roxbury (15 Warren Street) – 11 a.m.
  • Norwood (685 Washington Street) – 12 p.m.
  • Westford (99 Plain Road) – 1 p.m.
  • Mission Hill (1524 Tremont Street) – 1 p.m.
  • Leominster (307 Whitney Street) – 2 p.m.
  • Gardner (221 Main Street) – 2 p.m.
  • Milford (31 Main Street) – 2 p.m.
  • Ipswich (65 Central Street) – 2 p.m.