Massachusetts Democratic State Committee Activities
We are planning to introduce four petitions for platform amendments at the Democratic State Convention on May 13-14:
Discussion all week at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pdama/
Final logistics teleconference: Thursday May 12, 9:00 PM, 605-990-0200 conference code 277593#
- Instant Runoff Voting - Petition Coordinator: Jesse Gordon (617) 320-6989
- Against the Iraq Occupation - Petition Coordinator: Bruce Taub (617) 529-7129
- For Voting Reform - Petition Coordinator: Ed Loechler (617) 543-8117
- Restoring the section "America and the World" - Petition Coordinator: Lesley Phillips (810) 394-1317
- Mass Scorecard - Informational Flyer coordinator: Katie Wallace (617) 461-4605
How to Gather Signature and Win Amendment Floor Votes for 2005
- To get floor votes on these amendments, we need to gather 500 delegate signatures before 10 AM on Saturday morning.
Please come on Friday evening and Saturday morning for as many hours as you can. Logistics:
- Gather at 6 PM at the Doubletree Hotel, next to the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, at Bruce Taub's room. Cell phone 617-529-7129.
- You can pick up petitions at 6 PM, or (preferably) print them yourself from the links below. You can go directly to the events listed below in the Convention Events section.
- If you arrive after 6 PM, call Lesley Phillips at 810-394-1317 or stop at her room at the Doubletree Hotel. Lesley will advise you where you will be most useful.
- Call the coordinators listed above if you need more petitions. Bring petitions back to Doubletree (or keep them until Saturday morning).
- CPPAX tables will be set up in Convention hall AND on grassy knoll outside of Tsongas Arena on Satruday morning. Stephen Gaun will be at one; Debbie Nicholson (617-905-2706) at the other; Jesse Gordon will run between them (617-320-6989)
- Starting at 8 AM Saturday morning, CPPAX table is destination of all petitions -- deadline 10 AM! -- and Bruce & Lesley's Doubletree rooms are sources of paperwork.
- PDAMA Discussion Group - Logistical Planning
- Convention Events - schedule for Friday and Saturday
IRV Petition for 2005 (proposing that Instant Runoff Voting be included in the Democratic Party Platform)
- IRV info sheet, online - Need 3,000 copies of the one-page combined form
- IRV Onesie, online - For you to read - also see MassIRV and FairVote.org for background on IRV
- IRV Petition, online - Petiton to use at the Convention - come on Friday evening April 13, and 8 AM Saturday morning April 14, to Tsongas Arena, Lowell!
- IRV Onesie, MS-Word - For you to download - ask delegates to sign these prior to the convention
IRV Onesie, PDF
- Petition to use at the Convention - (MS-Word) - (PDF) - come on Friday evening April 13, and 8 AM Saturday morning April 14, to Tsongas Arena, Lowell!
Massachusetts Democratic Party Primer
How to get elected & affect change in the Massachusetts Democratic Party, 2005-2006
Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform
2005 hearings, testimony, and Convention petitions
Take a look at the testimony below, and write in support of these comments, or write your own based on them. Please email lots of comments on the platform to: firstname.lastname@example.org by March 10!
|Or mail to this address:
Or fax to: (617) 472-4391
Or email, mail, testify, AND fax!
|Massachusetts Democratic Party
SAR Building, 4th floor
10 Granite Street
Quincy, MA 02169
- Platform hearing schedule - dates and locations
- Contact lists for: Platform Committee - State Committee - Municipal Committee Chairs
Click on a section title below for the text of the current (2001) platform, then click on the person's name for their suggestions as to how that section should be changed for 2005.
- Preamble - Statement of Principles
Jesse Gordon: Correcting a factual error by party leadership on typical platform lengths.
Fred Berman: Proclaiming that the platform should stand for something.
Francie Nolde: Supporting a platform in 3 sections: Values, goals, and details.
Cambridge Ward 6 Committee: Opposing any effort to remove specificity from the platform.
Sam Seidel: Supporting a platform made out of real planks
Shai Sachs: Supporting specifics in the platform PLUS opening with a statement of principles.
Jesse Gordon: Supporting a full platform instead of just a statement of principles.
Governor's Councillor Peter Vickery: Supporting the existing format of the platform.
Fred Berman: Supporting a Party infrastructure to defend Democratic vision and principles.
Jesse Gordon: Supporting implementation of the Accountability Amendment and the Mass Scorecard.
- Part I - FAMILIES & CHILDREN, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY
Quinton Zondervan: Supporting part-time day-care.
Radhika Nagpal: Supporting gender-equal parenting.
Jesse Gordon: Supporting same-sex marriage planks and rescinding the 1913 marriage ban.
Radhika Nagpal: Supporting Social Security reforms.
Shai Sachs: Supporting raising the income cap for Social Security.
Quinton Zondervan: Supporting Social Security reforms.
Fred Berman: Supporting family sick leave and veteran's health choice.
- Part II - EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND OPPORTUNITY
Quinton Zondervan: Supporting more college loans and experimentation with educational improvement.
Radhika Nagpal: Supporting public schol reforms and teacher professionalization.
Fred Berman: Supporting vocational education and adult ed.
- Part III - HEALTH CARE, ACCESS & CHOICE
Radhika Nagpal: Supporting stem cell research.
Fred Berman: Supporting Mass Health, an anti-smoking campaign, and substance abuse treatment on demand.
Justin Klekota: Supporting stem cell research.
Quinton Zondervan: Opposing cloning and supporting a right to health care.
- Part IV - ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOBS & SECURITY
Fred Berman: Supporting supplementary education and a living wage.
- Part V - FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, TAX EQUITY, & PUBLIC STEWARDSHIP
Fred Berman: Ensuring adequate tax revenues and closing corporate tax loopholes .
- Part VI - SAFETY, JUSTICE & CRIME PREVENTION
Cambridge Ward 6 Committee: Strongly opposing the death penalty
Fred Berman: Supporting rehabilitation and re-integration.
Quinton Zondervan: Supporting community-defined gun rights.
Radhika Nagpal: Supporting responsible gun ownership.
- Part VII - HOUSING AND URBAN INVESTMENT
Fred Berman: Supporting a comprehensive effort to prevent and address homelessness.
- Part VIII - ENVIRONMENT, PRESERVATION & SUSTAINABLITY
Quinton Zondervan: Supporting renewable energy investment.
Radhika Nagpal: Supporting making Massachusetts an energy R&D leader.
- Part IX - POLITICAL PARTICIPATION & REFORM
Jesse Gordon: Supporting caucus participation for independent voters.
Cambridge Ward 6 Committee: Affirming the need for an open and participatory Democratic Party.
Lee Mintz: Supporting a voting reform package including Clean Elections, IRV, abolishing the Electoral College, and independent redistricting.
Governor's Councillor Peter Vickery: Supporting Instant Runoff Voting.
Quinton Zondervan: Supporting Instant Runoff Voting.
Jesse Gordon: Supporting Clean Elections / Fair Elections.
Ed Loechler: Supporting a package of voting reforms and safeguards for voting devices.
Jesse Gordon: Supporting Instant Runoff Voting at the 2006 gubernatorial convention.
- Part X - WORKERS’ RIGHTS AND FUTURES
Fred Berman: Supporting ergonomic standards and fulfilling pension commitments.
- Part XI - AMERICA AND THE WORLD
Bruce Taub: Calling for a rapid termination of the Iraq occupation.
Jesse Gordon: Opposing pre-emptive war.
Quinton Zondervan: Supporting a Department of Peace.
Fred Berman: Supporting Israeli AND Palestinian rights to a homeland.
Jesse Gordon: Opposing the PATRIOT Act.
This section of the website is sponsored by:
- The Progressive Democrats of America, Eastern Massachusetts chapter
- Bruce Taub, chair
- Nicoli Bailey, Marblehead
- Janet Crane, Salem
- Mike Gorse, Waltham
- Justin Klekota, Somerville
- Ed Loechler, Boston University
- Radhika Nagpal, Cambridge
- Lee Mintz, Back Bay, Boston
- Rev. Lesley Rebecca Phillips, Cambridge
- Quentin Zondervon, Cambridge
Massachusetts Democratic newsletters
Massachusetts Democratic State Committee candidates
- Eduardo Cardenas for Democratic State Committeeman, at-large male Affirmative Action seat
- Laura Carmen Arena for Democratic State Committeewoman, at-large female Affirmative Action seat (elected April 17, 2004)
- Lesley Phillips for Democratic State Committeewoman, Middlesex-Suffolk-Essex 4-year seat
- Jesse Gordon for Democratic State Committeeman, Second Middlesex & Suffolk 2-year seat
- Monica Palacios-Boyce for Democratic State Committeewoman, at-large female Affirmative Action seat (elected April 17, 2004)
Massachusetts Democratic Petitions
Massachusetts Democratic City & Town Committees
These websites are provided as a free service ("for free, forever") to the Massachusetts Democratic Party and to candidates for the the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee. These websites are sponsored and maintained by Jesse Gordon, without coordination with any campaign and without affiliation with any party body. Contact: Jesse at DemocraticStateCommittee.com, (617) 320-6989, 1770 Mass Ave. #630, Cambridge MA 02140. All Massachusetts Democratic State Committee members and candidates, and all Democratic City and Town Committees, may establish a website here, at no expense, by request to Jesse Gordon.