For nearly a year, a group of actvists and organizers have been working hard to create a new, statewide organization that has the potential to have a major impact on Massachusts politics. Progressive Massachusetts is the culmination of a number of meetings and conversations throughout the state. I recently joined the Progressive Massachusetts planning committee, and given this community’s commitment to progressive policies and candidates, decided to reach out to my BMG friends for a favor: Will you join us for our kick-off meeting on October 2nd, from 2pm to 6pm at Lasell College in Newton?
For those curious about who’s behind the scenes, it’s a growing and diverse group who have been meeting informally for many months. They include Sarah Compton, Tony Mack, Monica Hinojos, David Sloane, Harmony Wu, Gloribell Mota, Mac D’Alessandro, John Bowes, Michael Jacoby-Brown, Margot Barnet, Peter Smulowitz, Cheryl Crawford, John Kleschinsky, Brigid Kennedy-Pfister and myself among many others.
Much more info after the flip.
I’ve heard stories about the amazing grassroots network that Governor Patrick created for his 2006 election. I was a small part of the huge grassroots network that helped propel President Obama to the White House. Two strong grassroots networks that came together and worked productively for elections that then were allowed to lay dormant after their candidates won. I know I’m not the only one to notice this. John Kleschinsky wrote an excellent “Open Letter to the Democratic party” about just this shortly after the election last November.
Given the breadth and depth of progressive political actors and organizers in our state, this doesn’t have to happen. We have many strong grassroots organizations and activists across Massachusetts, and there is so much we need to do between elections. By joining together to stay engaged, we can ensure that Massachusetts becomes the national leader we should be in enacting progressive policies.
Progressive Massachusetts argues that to create meaningful changes in public policy, progressives in every corner of the state must work together not only to elect progressive candidates, but to hold elected officials accountable to progressive values. Progressive Massachusetts will make that vision a reality with effective, ongoing, statewide organizing. It is open to anyone in Massachusetts who wants to see their progressive values turned into action.
Let’s be clear; Massachusetts current policy and politics do not match the progressive ideals of our citizens. Do you want a progressive income tax? Universal healthcare? How about the Bottle Bill? We have to start somewhere. These are just a few policy areas where Massachusetts should be an even more progressive example for the rest of the country. So many activists and organizations share the same goals. It only makes sense to work statewide in a coordinated way towards those common goals
Progressive Massachusetts is committed to empowering, educating, training and engaging actvists on an ongoing basis, to build a powerful grassroots network unlike any other in Massachusetts. The time has come!
Progressive Massachusetts will:
- take positions on public policies through a democratic process;
- organize members to effectively pressure elected officials to support these policies;
- and help elect and support progressive candidates for public office.
Progressive Massachusetts is open to all stripes of progressives, affiliated and unaffiliated: Democratic activists, members of labor unions or other grassroots organizations, lone progressives in your community, talented volunteer campaigners for progressive candidates. Join us!
TO MAKE A PROGRESSIVE MASSACHUSETTS, WE NEED YOUR VOICE AND YOUR ACTIVISM
- To reserve your place at the meeting/RSVP, register via Eventbrite
- Also, make sure you are in the loop– subscribe to our mailing list!
- Help build/spread the word: FORWARD an invitation to any progressive friends whom you think might be hungering for an organization like this!