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)

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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.

 

Medford ward caucuses

The Medford Democratic ward caucuses will take place Saturday, February 24, 2018. The caucuses begin at 10am; registration opens at 9:30.

Locations are based on ward (look up your ward). If you or someone you know needs special accommodation, please notify the listed contact:

Ward 1: Alden Chambers, City Hall, 85 George Hassett Drive
contact: Michael Ruggiero, mcruggs@gmail.com

Ward 2: Lee Room # 201, City Hall, 85 George Hassett Drive
contact: Zac Bears, isaacbears@gmail.com

Ward 3: Conference Room, Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, 170 Governors Ave.
contact: Stephen Russell, stephen.routsalainen@gmail.com

Ward 4: Halligan Hall Room 111 A, Tufts University,  161 College Ave.
contact: Sharon Guzik, sguzik@comcast.net

Ward 5: South Medford Fire Station, 0 Medford Street
contact: Michael DiBendetto, micdbntt@yahoo.com

Ward 6: Cafeteria, Brooks School, 388 High Street City Hall, 85 George Hassett Drive
contact: Henry Milorin, henry.milorin@verizon.net

Ward 7: Alden Chambers, City Hall, 85 George Hassett Drive
contact: Brian Chamberlain, bchambe653@aol.com

Ward 8: Room # 207, City Hall,  85 George Hassett Drive
contact: Maxim Weinstein, max@virtualmax.com

The caucuses are used to select delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention. This year’s state convention will be held June 1-2 at the DCU Center in Worcester, where thousands of Democrats from across the state will come together to endorse Democratic candidates for statewide office, including constitutional officers and gubernatorial candidates.

The caucuses are open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Medford. Pre-registered Democrats who will be 18 by September 18, 2018 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 may apply to be an add-on delegate at the caucus or at www.massdems.org.

Candidates nights Oct 12 & 18

The Medford Democratic City Committee and the Medford Ward 6 Democratic Committee will be hosting two candidates nights for the upcoming municipal election:

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
7:00 p.m.  Mayoral Candidates
8:00 p.m.  School Committee Candidates

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
7:00 p.m. City Council Candidates

Both events will take place at Medford City Hall, in the Alden Chambers.

All candidates have been invited to share their vision for the city and the office for which they are running.

The candidates nights are open to all and will be broadcast on local access channel 22 (Comcast) or 43 (Verizon).

Ward 8 meeting June 1

The Medford Ward 8 Democratic Committee will have its next meeting Thursday, June 1, at 7pm. It will take place at the home of ward chair Maxim Weinstein, 57 Ashland Street. All are welcome.

Ward 8 includes parts of Medford Square and South Medford. If you vote at the Senior Center on Riverside Ave or the VFW on Mystic Ave, you’re in ward 8. See WhereDoIVoteMA.com to find your ward.

Ward caucuses March 25

The 2017 Medford Democratic Ward Caucuses will be held Saturday, March 25.

The purpose of the caucuses is to elect delegates to the Democratic State Convention, which will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Tsongas Center in Lowell DCU Center in Worcester.

Date: Saturday, March 25
Time: 10:00am
Place: Alden Chambers, Medford City Hall

All registered Democrats are eligible to vote at the caucuses.

Registration will open at 9:45am and will continue until all persons presenting themselves by 10:15am are registered.

Ward caucuses & organizational meetings

Ward caucuses and organizational meetings for all wards will take place on Saturday, March 5, 10am at Medford City Hall.

The ward caucuses will elect delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Convention on June 4 in Lowell.

All Democrats are welcome to attend the caucuses. Only those registered as Democrats at an address within the ward as of January 31, 2016, will be eligible to vote in the caucus or to be nominated as a delegate.

Note: These are not the caucuses to elect delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Those will take place on April 9. See MassDems.org for more information.

The organizational meetings will be used to elect officers for each ward committee and for the Medford Democratic City Committee. Again, all Democrats are welcome to attend. However, only current members of the ward committees will be eligible to vote for officers. Those interested in becoming new members of the ward and city committees are encouraged to attend.

 

Introductory meeting February 21

The Medford Ward 1 and Ward 8 Democratic Committees will be hosting an introductory meeting on Sunday, February 21, at 4pm. Come learn how to get involved in your Democratic Party!

Date: Sunday, February 21
Time: 4pm
Location: 57 Ashland Street, Medford

For more information, contact Max Weinstein (781-391-6985, max@virtualmax.com) or Michael Ruggiero (781-866-2191, mcruggs@gmail.com).

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