Hello from Progressive Massachusetts. This is our/my first “official” post but we/I intend to be regular contributors and look forward to actively engaging with you on the issues of concern to many of us.
Progressive Massachusetts is a new(ish) grassroots progressive organization built from the ground up by organizers and activists from across Massachusetts. Many of the founders came out of the original Deval Patrick campaign but have worked actively in efforts before and after.
We intend to organize around progressive issues in Massachusetts, help elect and support progressive candidates for public office who are committed to making a difference on these issues, and hold elected officials accountable to progressive positions and values. Progressive Mass is working to move Massachusetts toward a future where the values of equal opportunity, social and economic justice, consumer and environmental protection, health care as a right, equal access to quality public services, respect for all residents and accountable and transparent government are given top priority.
Enough of the usual blah blah introduction. Here’s what we’re doing right now –
We’re developing a scorecard of the last legislative session so you can see how everyone who is still on Beacon Hill voted – when there were roll call votes (not so many – and we need to change that). We’ll keep the scorecard updated this session as votes are taken.
We’re working with the Campaign for our Communities to make the case for new revenue. We have members in places like Norwood, Leominster, Needham – not just the usual places – Cambridge, Somerville – who are meeting with their reps to encourage them to support the Act to Invest filed by Jim O’Day and Sonia Chang-Diaz.
We’ll be pushing for election reform – supporting Jamie Eldridge’s bill which would: 1) Allow eligible citizens to register to vote or update their registrations online through a secure website — saving towns and cities thousands of dollars in processing costs. 2) Ensure that our voter lists are up to date by using the US Postal Service National Change of Address Database to identify voters who have moved and appropriately update the voter list. 3) Allow 16 and 17 years to preregister to vote so that they are immediately able to vote on day they turn 18 AND MOST IMPORTANT 4) Allow eligible citizens to register and vote on Election Day.
Recently, we worked with a group of progressive legislators – Sciortino, Lewis, Chang-Diaz, Eldridge, Wolf – to create a platform of sorts which we are calling a Compact for the True Commonwealth – hey, so we ripped off Newt for a good cause. Let us know what you think of the Compact.