WDCC June ’22 Newsletter

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Juneteenth Woburn 2022!
Saturday, June 18, 2022, 1-4pm, Woburn Public Library
The Woburn Democratic City Committee is again joining several area organizations in marking Juneteenth for the 2nd annual Juneteenth Woburn.  Social Capital Inc. (SCI) is leading the organization effort along with the City of Woburn, Woburn Public Library, St. John’s Baptist Church, Woburn Welcomes, Woburn MHS embRACE Club, Mystic Valley Branch NAACP and others to provide educational programming and entertainment to celebrate the holiday.  You can find information about the event here.  A limited number of Juneteenth Woburn tee-shirts are available for purchase (order before Friday for pick up inside the Library, or purchase at the event).

Keynote speaker for this year’s event is Michael Curry, Esq., CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.  Mr. Curry is past president of the Boston Branch of the NAACP and currently serves on the National NAACP Board of Directors.  He has a long career in healthcare and policy.  Dr. Bernard Lafayette will join also us via Zoom for a discussion of his role in the Civil Rights Movement.  This event will take place inside the Library on the main level, Richardson Gallery.  Questions for Dr. Lafayette are encouraged in advance or during the discussion.  

Timeline of events:
– 1pm: Opening Remarks, Juneteenth Proclamation reading by Mayor Galvin, Keynote address by Michael Curry, Esq.
– 1:30pm – Singing of “Lift Every Voice,” “Stand Up,” and “Rise Up”; WMHS Step Team
– 2pm – Dr. Bernard Lafayette Presentation and Q&A (ends at 3pm)
– 3pm – WMHS embRACE Club, student speeches and Spoken Word
– Ongoing:  Drop-in Craft Station; Drop-in Storytime Station; Local Artist Exhibitions by Colgan Johnson, Jasmine Milton, and Joey James; student art exhibition; Community Tables; Food and Vendors

Fair Share Amendment Forum
Earlier this week the WDCC Issues and Campaigns Sub-Committee hosted a forum on the Fair Share Amendment, a proposal to amend the Massachusetts Constitution, creating an additional tax of four percentage points on the portion of a person’s annual income above $1 million.  The new revenue, approximately $2 billion a year, would be spent on “quality public education and affordable public colleges and universities, and for the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges and public transportation.”

If you weren’t able to join us and would like to view the recording, you can find it at this link for a limited time (30 Days).  You can support the Fair Share Amendment by signing the Fair Share Amendment Vote Pledge.  If you are interested in volunteering on the effort, please reach out to Andrew Lipsett.

By-Laws Sub-Committee Update
The WDCC voted at our October 2021 meeting to call a sub-committee together to update our by-laws and to bring them up to date with the Massachusetts Democratic Party Charter which was passed in September 2021.  The committee has the following report:

Earlier this week, the By-Laws Sub-Committee of the WDCC submitted our draft revised by-laws to MassDems for review by their counsel.  Once we have their sign-off, we will notify our membership and plan a vote on the new by-laws in the fall.  The revision of the by-laws will be available for review for at least 30 days in advance of our date and will be distributed with the meeting notice and posted on our website.  Members of the by-laws committee will be available to answer any of your questions about the changes during that 30-day period and the day of our vote.  Membership in the WDCC is a requirement for voting on these by-laws.

Anthony Langone Jr., WDCC Vice Chairperson; Chair, By-Laws Sub-Committee 2022

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