Medford Democratic caucus – March 7

DATE:   MARCH 7, 2020
PLACE:   MEDFORD CITY HALL, ALDEN CHAMBERS
START TIME:  10:00 A.M.

Registration opens at 9.30 a.m. 

This caucus is to elect delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Party convention taking place in Lowell on May 30.

Only registered and preregistered Democratic voters shall be allowed to vote in the caucus.

Pre-registered Democrats must be 16 years old by May 11, 2019, must be pre-registered by the time of the Caucus, and must provide proof of their pre-registration. 

Any person not shown on the Democratic registration list must either provide proof of Democratic Party registration (or pre-registration) or register (or pre-register) prior to the close of the caucus registration period.

Caucus registration shall open at 9:30 and will remain open until all persons presenting themselves by 10:15 a.m. have registered.

Note: This caucus is not related to the presidential election. Here’s information about the presidential primary election.

Together for Medford Breakfast

Citizen of Medford,

The Medford Democratic City and Ward-6 Committees cordially invite you, friends, neighbors, candidates and elected officials (past and present) to join us for a special breakfast gathering at Carroll’s Restaurant, on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at 10:00am. We are confident that you will make an extra effort to join us for our first ”Together For Medford Breakfast.”  It will be a great opportunity to interact with Medford stakeholders from every neighborhood of the City.

We strongly believe that we must keep the City moving in the right direction. The event is an opportunity to rally our citizen to demonstrate our love for Medford.

Everyone is welcome to attend.  Donation is $20.00 at the door (cash only).  

It is a great opportunity to interact with other fellow Medford citizen in addition of elected officials.

Please RSVP no later than 12/29/2019, so we can provide the restaurant with a total head count.

RSVP at 781-483-3455 or email us at ward6.medford@gmail.com

Sincerely,

Paul Donato
Medford Democratic City Committee, Co-Chair

Nancy White
Medford Democratic City Committee, Co-Chair

Henry Milorin
Ward-6 Medford Democratic Committee, Chair
Medford Democratic City Committee, Affirmative Action Officer

Bruce Kulik
Ward-6 Medford Democratic Committee, Vice-Chair
Medford Democratic City Committee, Treasurer

Christopher D’Aveta
Ward-6 Medford Democratic Committee, Treasurer 

Medford Candidates Night Forums

The Medford Democratic City Committee and Medford Ward 6 Democratic Committee will sponsor three Candidates Forum events over two nights. The dates are:

October 17, 2019:
Mayoral Candidates 7:00–8:00 p.m.
School Committee Candidates 8:30—9:30 p.m.

October 24, 2019:
City Council Candidates 7:00–9:00 p.m.

The events will take place at Medford City Hall in the Howard Alden Memorial Chambers on the 2nd Floor.

The event is free to the public. All the Medford candidates have been invited.

The purpose of these forums is to give each candidate an opportunity to address policy issues vital to our city’s future. These issues involve a range of crucial issues that include community planning, land use, infrastructure, environmental sustainability, streets and drainage, parks and playgrounds, economic development, school construction and maintenance, historic preservation, cultural enhancements, and public health, safety and zoning. We would like to know their respective priorities with respect to issues involving the environment, transportation, housing, and growth. And what actions will they take in these areas to enhance the quality of life for the people of our city.

The moderator for the forums is Henry Milorin, who is the Chair of the Ward 6 committee.

The public is invited to attend these informational events to see and hear the candidates running in the general election on November 5.

Ward 8 meeting July 18

The next meeting of the Medford Ward 8 Democratic Committee will be Thursday, July 18, at 7pm, at 57 Ashland Street.

All Medford Democrats are welcome.

Key agenda items will include:

  • planning for a voter registration drive at the Medford Square Market
  • proposal to endorse the Medford People’s Platform established by Our Revolution Medford

Ward 8 “meet your neighbors” event

If you live in ward 8 (i.e., you vote at the Senior Center or previously voted at the VFW), come meet your Democratic neighbors at a casual afternoon reception. This is not a fundraiser. It’s just a chance to meet some people and hear a little bit (really, just a little!) about the Democratic Party’s work in Medford.

Date: Sunday, April 28
Time: 3:00 to 4:30pm
Place: Home of Roger Wile, 54 Forest St (old Medford High School), unit 313
Parking: On Forest Street; please do not park in the building’s lot

Light refreshments will be served.

Questions? Email ward8@medforddems.org.

Medford Democratic Caucus May 11

Date: May 11, 2019
Place: Medford City Hall, 85 George Hassett Drive
Registration begins at: 9:30 a.m.
Caucus begins at: 10:00  a.m.

The purpose of the caucus is to elect delegates to the Democratic Issues Convention to be held at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield on September 14, 2019. All registered and pre-registered Medford Democrats are eligible to participate.

Attending the caucus, whether to run as a delegate or to participate in delegate selection, is a great way to learn more about the Democratic Party. Here are the full details about how delegates are selected.

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

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

Ward 8 open house & info session

Logo 200dpiSun, March 11, 2018 2:30–4:00pm
Salvatore’s, 55 High Street, Medford
Light refreshments will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

Join us to meet your neighbors and learn how we are working together for Democratic values like equal rights, investment in public infrastructure, sensible gun control, and limits on corporate greed—and to vote Trump and his supporters out of office.

Note: Medford Ward 8 includes much of Medford Square and parts of South Medford. Check WhereDoIVoteMA.com to find your ward. All are welcome, though the focus will be on ward 8.