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Woburn Democrats Endorse “Yes” on Questions 1 & 4

Committee voted to endorse both at recent Fall meeting

The Woburn Democratic City Committee (WDCC) voted to endorse a “YES” vote on Questions 1 and 4 that will appear on the ballot this Fall.

“I am glad that the Woburn Democratic City Committee took the action to endorse both these important ballot questions,” said WDCC Chair Jennifer Baker Jones. “A YES on Question 1 in support of the Fair Share Amendment gives us the opportunity to improve both our schools and roads, while a YES on Question 4 maintains the legislative action taken to allow Massachusetts residents who cannot provide proof of lawful presence in the United States to obtain a standard driver’s license. Better schools and safer roads make for a better Commonwealth.”

A YES vote on Question 1 creates a Constitutional amendment to the state’s Constitution, imposing an additional 4% tax only on incomes over one million dollars to be used by the State Legislature solely for the appropriation towards education and transportation.

Voting YES on Question 4 upholds the current law passed this session by the State Legislature which allows all residents of Massachusetts to obtain driver’s licenses or learner’s permits despite their immigration status; ensuring all drivers on our roadways are properly trained and have the ability to purchase insurance.

To learn more about each of the questions on the ballot this Fall please visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ website at VoteInMA.com. For more information on the Woburn Democratic City Committee please visit their website at WoburnDems.org.

WDCC October ’22 Newsletter

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Election Day is Around the Corner!
The State and Mid-Term Elections are fast approaching!  Please read through this newsletter for ways you can get involved, including a party!  Every campaign is looking for volunteers – check the opportunities below or visit Mobilize for a particular candidate you want to help – taking action makes things happen!

WDCC Unity/GOTV Event
Wednesday, October 19, 7-9PM @ Woburn Country Club

Join us for a festive evening to mark the kick-off of voting in the November State election!  All Democratic Candidates for Statewide Office and District Office have been invited – meet the candidates and make plans with your fellow WDCC members and friends to Get Out the Vote to elect Democrats across the ballot in November!

Tickets are $15 per person.  Order tickets through ActBlue here.  Please try to RSVP/get your tickets by October 10 to help us plan our number of guests (tickets will still be available up to the event).  Contact Chris DiMeo with questions by email.

Fall Woburn DCC Meeting Re-Cap
Thanks to everyone who was able to join us on Saturday, September 24 for our Fall WDCC meeting.  Our business meeting lasted about an hour – we welcomed new members to some of our Ward Committees; passed our new by-laws for our organization; and we voted to endorse YES on Question 1 and YES on Question 4 on the November ballot.

Question 1 Information: Secretary of the Commonwealth
YES On Question 1 Fair Share Amendment Campaign

Question 4 Information:  Secretary of the Commonwealth
YES On Question 4 Campaign

DRAFT minutes of the September 24, 2022 meeting

New by-laws on the WDCC website (bottom of page)

Action items heading into November
There are lots of ways to volunteer to help get Democrats elected in November.  Check out these opportunities in Woburn and surrounding communities!

Team Healey is hosting virtual phonebooks every Wednesday and Thursday evening! Click here to sign up.

Team Healey will be canvassing and doing standouts all over Massachusetts until Election Day! Click here to sign up for ones near you.

Support campaigns outside of Massachusetts with the MA Organizing Hub and the DNC.  Click here to sign up.

Woburn stand-out for Maura Healey – contact Carol Youngclaus for dates and info, and follow the Woburn Team for Maura page on Facebook.

Help Flip a Nearby State House Seat – Canvass for Teresa English!
The 22nd Middlesex State Representative District (Billerica) has been represented by a tea party Republican for the past 12 years and is the only district in the Senate District held by a Republican. 2022 is our opportunity to flip this seat!  An Air Force veteran and a history teacher, Teresa English is a fantastic candidate who’s running a strong and positive campaign and can win with our help. Please join other Democrats from across the region to canvass for Teresa on Sunday, October 9 at 3:00 pm. Sign up here. Other canvass and phone bank times are available here.

Early Voting and Vote by Mail in Woburn
Early voting for the November Election will be available on the dates/times outlined below.  The last day to register to vote ahead of the election is October 29.  Vote by Mail will also be available for the November election.

Early voting in Woburn will take place at the Old Wyman School, 679 Main Street.  The following early voting schedule was confirmed with Woburn City Clerk Lindsay Higgins:

State Election Early Voting
– Saturday, October 22nd 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Sunday, October 23rd 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Monday, October 24th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Tuesday, October 25th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Wednesday, October 26th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Thursday, October 27th 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
– Friday, October 28th 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Saturday, October 29th 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Sunday, October 30th 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
– Monday, October 31st 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Tuesday, November 1st 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Wednesday, November 2nd 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Thursday, November 3rd 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
– Friday, November 4th 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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WDCC September ’22 Newsletter

See you Saturday! Fall WDCC Meeting
Saturday, September 24, 9:30 @ American Legion

We’ll hold our fall meeting on Saturday, September 24 at 9:30AM at the American Legion, 194 Lexington Street.  Our meeting will be in person – should you require accommodations, please email woburndems@gmail.com as soon as possible so we can assign volunteers for assistance. 

Agenda:
Doors open at 9:15AM for Coffee and Refreshments
Call to Order and update:  Jennifer Baker Jones, WDCC Chairperson
Attendance/Ward Meetings to elect new members or changes in officers – Ward Chairpersons
Reading and Acceptance of Minutes of the April 9, 2022 Meeting – Jennifer
WDCC Treasurer’s Report – Phyllis Norwood, WDCC Treasurer
Presentation of the By-Laws Committee and proposal of new by-laws – Anthony Langone, WDCC Vice Chairperson, By-Laws Committee Chairperson
New Business: October 19 WDCC Unity/GOTV Event at Woburn Country Club – Margaret Valentine and Carol Donovan, Event Co-Chairs
State Committee Reports: Carol Donovan and Pat Deal
Speaker: Fair Share Amendment/Ballot Question 1 Presentation – Ed Dube and Jonathan Cohn  
Adjourn

Materials:
Minutes of the April 9, 2022 Meeting
Proposed new by-laws

Members of the By-Laws Committee: Anthony Langone, Jr., Chair; Pat Deal, Carol Donovan, John Heslin, Jennifer Hess, Jennifer Jones.  Please direct any questions you have on the proposed by-laws to Anthony Langone.  The Massachusetts Democratic Party and their counsel have reviewed our by-laws and found them compliant with the Charter of the state party.

Save the Date – WDCC Unity/GOTV Event
Wednesday, October 19, 7-9PM @ Woburn Country Club

Join us for a festive evening to mark the kick-off of voting in the November State election!  All Democratic Candidates for Statewide Office and District Office have been invited – meet the candidates and make plans with your fellow WDCC members and friends to Get Out the Vote to elect Democrats across the ballot in November!

Tickets are $15 per person and will be available for sale at our September meeting (cash or check made out to Woburn Democratic City Committee).  Order tickets through ActBlue here.  Please RSVP/get your tickets by October 10.  Contact Chris DiMeo with questions by email.

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WDCC August ’22 Newsletter

Save the Date – Fall Meeting
Saturday, September 24, 9:30 @ American Legion

We’ll hold our fall meeting on Saturday, September 24 at 9:30AM at the American Legion, 194 Lexington Street.  Our meeting will be in person – should you require accommodations, please email woburndems@gmail.com as soon as possible so we can assign volunteers for assistance.

Our fall meeting will be very important for two reasons:

1) the State Election is ahead – our post-primary meeting will focus on organizing to support Democrats in their races into November!

2) the WDCC membership will be presented with the By-Laws Committee Report with revised WDCC By-Laws for a vote. The new by-laws reflect the most recent Massachusetts Democratic Party Charter and will bring our committee into the modern era.

Regarding the by-laws, our new by-laws include that any changes to the by-laws must be circulated to the members 30 or more days in advance of the meeting when a vote will be held.  To meet that requirement, the proposed by-laws are included here for your review and are also posted on our website, www.woburndems.org. Members of the By-Laws Committee:

– Anthony Langone, Jr., Chair; Pat Deal, Carol Donovan, John Heslin, Jennifer Hess, Jennifer Jones. 

Please direct any questions you have on the proposed by-laws to Anthony Langone. The Massachusetts Democratic Party and their counsel have reviewed our by-laws and found them compliant with the Charter of the state party.

Also planned for our September meeting, for any members of our Ward Committees who found your ward was changed due to reprecincting, we will formally move you to your new ward and complete the membership paperwork.

Early Voting and Vote by Mail in Woburn
Early voting for the primary election starts this weekend!  The last day to apply for a Vote by Mail ballot is Monday, August 29. If you have students returning to school, or you are traveling over the September 6 election date, please consider early voting or vote by mail so you don’t miss your opportunity to support candidates in the primary!

Early voting in Woburn will take place at the Old Wyman School, 679 Main Street.  The following early voting schedule was confirmed with Woburn City Clerk Lindsay Higgins:

 State Primary Early Voting
– Saturday, August 27th 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Sunday, August 28th 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Monday, August 29th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Tuesday, August 30th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Wednesday, August 31st 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Thursday, September 1st 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
– Friday, September 2nd 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   

State Election Early Voting 
– Saturday, October 22nd 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Sunday, October 23rd 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Monday, October 24th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Tuesday, October 25th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Wednesday, October 26th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Thursday, October 27th 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
– Friday, October 28th 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Saturday, October 29th 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Sunday, October 30th 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
– Monday, October 31st 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Tuesday, November 1st 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Wednesday, November 2nd 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Thursday, November 3rd 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
– Friday, November 4th 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If you choose to vote by mail, you can mail your ballot (recommended to allow 7 days for out of town), hand deliver your ballot to the City Clerk’s Office, hand deliver your ballot at the polling place during any early voting hours, or use one of the lockboxes at the rear/accessible entrance to City Hall (one box is installed on the building; one is a freestanding lockbox – both are checked several times a day and both are secured). 

You can check the City of Woburn website for information about early voting and Vote by Mail – right now they are providing links to the Secretary of State website for applications and information.  The last day to apply for a mail ballot for the primary is Monday, August 29.  Check your voter registration status and polling location hereDue to reprecincting in Woburn, your polling place/ward may have changed.

Apply to vote here.

Thank you to those of you who will be working the polls on election day and early voting!

Governor’s Council District 3 Debate
The League of Women Voters is hosting a debate for Governor’s Council District 3 Democratic Candidates.  Woburn is part of District 3.  Incumbent Marilyn Petitto Devaney and challenger Mara Dolan will participate in the event on Tuesday, August 30 at 4p.m.  The debate will be recorded by NewTV.org (Newton Public Access) and will be distributed across the District 3 area and will be available on the local LWV websites.

Questions can be submitted in advance to GCd3questions@gmail.com.  Below is the advertisement of the event provided by the League of Women Voters.



Democratic Candidate Debates – Recordings
WBUR, WCVB and The Boston Globe recently co-hosted debates for Democratic candidates for Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and Auditor in advance of the primary election.  Here are links to each hour-long debate:

Lieutenant Governor – August 16, 2022, WBUR

Attorney General – August 10, 2022, WBUR

Secretary of State – August 8, 2022, WBUR

Auditor – August 3, 2022, WBUR

Inflation Reduction Act Delivers for Massachusetts
Following is from MassDems about how the Inflation Reduction Act will help in Massachusetts:

The Inflation Reduction Act Delivers Affordable Clean Energy for Massachusetts

The Inflation Reduction Act is the most significant legislation in U.S. history to tackle the climate crisis and strengthen American energy security. It will lower energy costs for households and businesses, create manufacturing jobs for American workers, and deliver a clean, secure, and   healthy future for our children and grandchildren. The savings, jobs, and other benefits provided by this legislation will reach communities across Massachusetts.   President Biden promised to combat the existential threat of climate change and build a clean energy future that creates jobs, advances environmental justice, and lowers costs for families. He’s following through on that promise with the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. 

•    LOWER ENERGY COSTS: The Inflation Reduction Act will make it more affordable for Massachusetts families to purchase energy efficient appliances when they need to, make repairs around their homes, and save money on their utility bills each month, through: Rebates covering 50-100% of the cost of installing new electric appliances, including super-efficient heat pumps, water heaters, clothes dryers, stoves, and ovens. In Massachusetts, millions of low- and moderate-income households are eligible for rebates. Rebates for households to make repairs and improvements in single-family and multi-family homes to increase energy efficiency. Tax credits covering 30% of the costs to install solar panels and battery storage systems, make home improvements that reduce energy leakage, or upgrade heating and cooling equipment. No income limits apply. For solar, uptake projections estimate that over 90,000 additional Massachusetts households will install rooftop panels as a result. Tax credits covering 30% of the costs of community solar projects—owned by local businesses that sign up families to save on their electric bills—with additional bonus credits of 20% for projects at affordable housing properties and 10% for projects in low-income communities. Grants to help state and local governments adopt the latest building energy codes, which would save the average new homeowner in Massachusetts 2.4% on their utility bills—$73 annually.

•    GOOD-PAYING JOBS: In 2021, there were already 113,409 Massachusetts workers employed in clean energy jobs. The Inflation Reduction Act will expand these opportunities, bringing an estimated $11.4 billion of investment in large-scale clean power generation and storage to Massachusetts between now and 2030. It provides a historic set of tax credits that will create jobs across solar, wind, storage, and other clean energy industries. These credits include bonuses for businesses that pay a prevailing wage, so that Massachusetts workers earn a good paycheck as we build the clean energy future in America.

•    DOMESTIC MANUFACTURING: Manufacturers employ 232,500 workers in Massachusetts, and the Inflation Reduction Act will help us make the technologies of the future at home—supporting local economies and strengthening supply chains. The Inflation Reduction Act will boost U.S. manufacturing of clean energy and transportation technologies, as well as investments for a new Advanced Industrial Facilities Deployment Program to position America to lead the growing global market for clean steel, aluminum, cement, and more. 

•    SMALL BUSINESSES: Massachusetts is home to 715,425 small businesses, representing 99.5% of all businesses in the state, and the Inflation Reduction Act will help them save money. Commercial building owners can receive a tax credit up to $5 per square foot to support energy efficiency improvements that deliver lower utility bills. Other programs that will benefit small businesses include tax credits covering 30% of the costs of installing low-cost solar power and of purchasing clean trucks and vans for commercial fleets.

•    ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The Inflation Reduction Act will make it easier and cheaper to purchase an electric vehicle, with upfront discounts up to $7,500 for new EVs and $4,000 for used EVs, helping middle-class Americans skip the gas pump and save on fuel costs. In Massachusetts, millions of people will be eligible for these discounts. Massachusetts recently submitted a state plan for using funds from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to build out EV charging stations along highways.

•    CLEANER AIR: The Inflation Reduction Act will significantly reduce pollution, resulting in 100,000 fewer asthma attacks in America in 2030, and position the U.S. to achieve President Biden’s climate goals. Lowering greenhouse gas emissions will not only avoid costly climate impacts from more extreme weather, but also improve local air quality—preventing premature deaths and reducing air pollution. In addition to reducing pollution across the economy, the Act will benefit communities most in need of cleaner air, with in environmental justice block grants, investments for cleaner buses and trucks, and a Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator that will prioritize emissions-reducing projects in disadvantaged communities.

•    RURAL OPPORTUNITIES: The Inflation Reduction Act supports climate-smart agriculture practices, which will help Massachusetts’s 7,200 farms lead on climate solutions and reward their stewardship. Electric cooperatives will for the first time be eligible for direct-pay clean energy tax credits.

•    RESILIENT COMMUNITIES: The Inflation Reduction Act will upgrade affordable housing, including projects that boost resilience in the face of intensifying extreme weather. In Massachusetts, tens of thousands of people live in affordable housing units that are eligible for upgrades like flood-proofing and storm resistance, as well as clean energy and electrification. A new Neighborhood Access and Equity Grant Program includes support for transportation projects and planning to protect against flooding, extreme heat, and more. The Inflation Reduction Act also invests in strengthening America’s forests, including programs focused on preventing wildfires and for tree planting projects that help protect communities from extreme heat.

Are you volunteering to help Democrats win by sending postcards, phone banking, canvassing or any other activity? Send and email to WoburnDems@gmail.com and let us know what action you are taking – we might be able to send more volunteers your way!

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WDCC July ’22 Newsletter

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Save the Date – Fall Meeting
Saturday, September 24, 9:30 @ American Legion

We’ll hold our fall meeting on Saturday, September 24 at 9:30AM at the American Legion, 194 Lexington Street.  Our meeting will be in person – should you require accommodations, please email woburndems@gmail.com as soon as possible so we can assign volunteers for assistance.

Our fall meeting will be very important for two reasons:

1) the State Election is ahead – our post-primary meeting will focus on organizing to support Democrats in their races into November!

2) the WDCC membership will be presented with the By-Laws Committee Report with revised WDCC By-Laws for a vote. The new by-laws reflect the most recent Massachusetts Democratic Party Charter and will bring our committee into the modern era.

Regarding the by-laws, our new by-laws include that any changes to the by-laws must be circulated to the members 30 or more days in advance of the meeting when a vote will be held.  To meet that requirement, the proposed by-laws are included here for your review and are also posted on our website, www.woburndems.org.  Members of the By-Laws Committee:

– Anthony Langone, Jr., Chair; Pat Deal, Carol Donovan, John Heslin, Jennifer Hess, Jennifer Jones. 

Please direct any questions you have on the proposed by-laws to Anthony Langone.  The Massachusetts Democratic Party and their counsel have reviewed our by-laws and found them compliant with the Charter of the state party.

Also planned for our September meeting, for any members of our Ward Committees who found your ward was changed due to reprecincting, we will formally move you to your new ward and complete the membership paperwork.

Early Voting and Vote by Mail in Woburn
Early voting and Vote by Mail is coming soon for Woburn voters.  You may have already received information in the mail from the Secretary of State to apply for Vote by Mail.

Early voting in Woburn will take place at the Old Wyman School, 679 Main Street.  The following early voting schedule was confirmed with Woburn City Clerk Lindsay Higgins:

 State Primary Early Voting
– Saturday, August 27th 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Sunday, August 28th 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Monday, August 29th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Tuesday, August 30th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Wednesday, August 31st 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Thursday, September 1st 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
– Friday, September 2nd 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  

State Election Early Voting  
– Saturday, October 22nd 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Sunday, October 23rd 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Monday, October 24th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Tuesday, October 25th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Wednesday, October 26th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Thursday, October 27th 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
– Friday, October 28th 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Saturday, October 29th 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Sunday, October 30th 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
– Monday, October 31st 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Tuesday, November 1st 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Wednesday, November 2nd 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Thursday, November 3rd 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
– Friday, November 4th 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If you choose to vote by mail, you can mail your ballot (recommended to allow 7 days for out of town), hand deliver your ballot to the City Clerk’s Office, hand deliver your ballot at the polling place during any early voting hours, or use one of the lockboxes at the rear/accessible entrance to City Hall (one box is installed on the building; one is a freestanding lockbox – both are checked several times a day and both are secured). 

You can check the City of Woburn website for information about early voting and Vote by Mail – right now they are providing links to the Secretary of State website for applications and information.  The last day to apply for a mail ballot for the primary is Monday, August 29.  Check your voter registration status and polling location hereDue to reprecincting in Woburn, your polling place/ward may have changed.

Apply to vote here.

Thank you to those of you who will be working the polls on election day and early voting!

Massachusetts Democratic Party Action:Day of Action Canvass in New Hampshire, Saturday, July 30
The Mass Democratic Party Women’s Outreach and the Campaign Services Sub-committees are co-hosting a trip to New Hampshire for their state-wide Weekend of Action.  Join friends from Massachusetts on Saturday, July 30th in Nashua at 10AM to canvass, phone bank and talk to as many voters as possible to make sure they come out to vote on November 8th and keep New Hampshire BLUE.  

To join them, sign up here.  When asked which organization you are joining, please list Mass Dems.  If you have questions, reach out to DSC members Mehreen Butt or Amanda Smith.

If you are interested in volunteering locally, or if you are organizing for a candidate or issue, email WoburnDems@gmail.com and let us know!

Be SMART for Gun Safety Presentation August 17, 7-8:30pm, Woburn Public Library
WDCC Member Diane Scinto shares the following program information:

Be SMART program helps parents/caregivers normalize conversations about gun safety and steps to prevent gun deaths and injuries in homes. Sadly, the leading cause of death for children and teens are caused by firearms. 

Many parents are concerned about their children’s safety. This event evolved because parents in our community requested some guidance. So, please share the invitation with family and friends who will find this information helpful.

It is very important that everyone use the RSVP Link: https://tinyurl.com/2sby74ar

What is planned for the presentation?
*Learn about one family’s tragedy.
*Explaining the Be SMART steps
*Demonstrating role playing activity on how to ask about firearm storage for the safety of children and teens visiting.
*Information about secure storage notification policies in MA schools.
*Hearing from law enforcement about MA safe storage laws.



 2nd Annual Juneteenth Woburn Re-Cap
Thank you to our members who worked so hard to put on a fantastic Juneteenth Woburn event on Saturday, June 18 at the Woburn Public Library!  The attendance surpassed last year’s event, and so much more was included this year, such as food, music, beer garden, art exhibition, photo booth, not to mention two outstanding speakers: keynote speaker Michael Curry, Esq. CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and a discussion with Civil Rights Activist Dr. Bernard Lafayette. 

A very special thank you to Phil Gordon, Deputy Director at Social Capital Inc (SCI), for his outstanding effort to organize the event.  In addition to SCI and our Committee, several organizations joined in planning this year’s event including the City of Woburn, Woburn Public Library, St. John’s Baptist Church, Woburn Welcomes, Woburn MHS embRACE Club, Woburn MHS Spectrum Club and NAACP Mystic Valley Branch. 

We were joined by Mayor Scott Galvin, State Senator Cindy Friedman, State Representative Richard Haggerty, and State Representative Michelle Ciccolo, along with many members of City Council and School Committee and several candidates on the fall ballot. Woburn Public Media Center recorded the event which is available on YouTube.

Photos above: Juneteenth Woburn artwork by Joey James; art by Jasmine Milton; Dr. Bernard Lafayette’s discussion, moderated by Andrew Lipsett; Phil Gordon, Deputy Director of Social Capital Inc (SCI) and the lead organizer for Juneteenth Woburn; Keynote Speaker Michael Curry, Esq., CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.

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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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Massachusetts Democratic State Convention, Worcester, MA, June 3-4
The Democratic State Convention is less than a month away.  In the hybrid format this year, Delegates will vote on amendments and resolutions to the Charter of the State Party in advance of the Convention, and during the Convention will participate in endorsement voting of statewide candidates.  Delegates to the Convention should watch their email for communications from the Massachusetts Democratic Party throughout this month.

Volunteers are needed to help run a successful convention – if you are interested in volunteering for the Convention, MassDems would like to hear from you!  You can choose to volunteer virtually or in person and you can select your shift.  Trainings will be held online leading up to the event.  For more information and to sign up, click here.

You can view our Convention delegate list here.

Save the Date for 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 and others to provide educational programming and entertainment to celebrate the holiday.  Planning is underway for a great event featuring local artists, students and food.  

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.  We are excited to welcome him to Woburn for our Juneteenth event.

If you would like to make a gift to support this special community program of if you have a business interested in sponsoring the event, please reach out to SCI’s Deputy Director, Phil Gordon, for information and opportunities.  The committee is also welcoming local Black-owned vendors to participate in the event.  More information on Juneteenth Woburn and vendor opportunities can be found here.

April Meeting Review – Candidates Speak and Nomination Papers are Signed!
We had great attendance for our April 9 WDCC meeting with many more candidates than we anticipated joining us to address the group, and most importantly, to collect signatures for their nomination papers!  It’s been a big project for candidates to get signatures this year, so your effort to attend and sign papers for as many candidates as possible showed that Woburn Democrats are working to get Democrats on the ballot!

To review the draft minutes of the meeting and the list of candidates who joined us, click here.



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WDCC April ’22 Newsletter

Join us at our April Meeting! Saturday, April 9, 2022, 9:30-11AM,
American Legion, 194 Lexington Street


Don’t miss our spring meeting, this Saturday morning! We’ll have a few candidates with us, lots of nomination papers to sign, and it’s a great time to visit and say hi to our Woburn Democrats! Convention Delegates and Alternates elected last month will gather for a photo at the end of the meeting.

Agenda Items:
– Election of a Vice Chair for the City Committee as Steve Hurley is stepping out of the role (nominees must be male or non-binary as the Chair is female).
– Election of a new Ward 7 Chairperson as Sue Coakley is moving to Vermont.
– Ward Committee Meetings to add New Members – email your ward chair or woburndems@gmail.com to be added to the list of new members to be voted on to the committee.
– Signing nomination papers for candidates – candidates need signatures in order to run!

Candidates Joining Us:
– Mayor Kim Driscoll, Candidate for Lt. Governor
– Bret Bero, Candidate for Lt. Governor
– Quentin Palfrey, Candidate for Atty General
– Shannon Liss-Riordan, Candidate for Atty General
– Marilyn Devaney, Governor’s Council
– State Rep. Michelle Ciccolo
– State Rep. Rich Haggerty

Join us for coffee and refreshments!  Please feel free to bring a special treat to share!

Congratulations to Woburn’s Delegates! Successful virtual caucuses elect 21 delegates and 13 alternates

On Saturday, March 5th, Woburn Democrats caucused in two Zoom events – we had a great turn out and it was fantastic to meet so many new friends!  Lots of appreciation goes to our ward chairs, City Committee leadership and our volunteers who helped us run a successful event in a virtual medium – we all learned some new skills in the process.

The Add-On Delegate application is open until April 9 – if you or someone you know is interested in being a delegate and qualifies as youth (16-35), LGBTQ+, an underrepresented ethnic or racial minority, or is disabled, please use the Add-On Delegate application to apply.  If you use this application, please let us know at woburndems@gmail.com so we know you may join our delegation.

You can view our delegate, alternate and ex-officio list here.

Save the Date for Juneteenth Woburn 2022! Saturday, June 18, 2022, 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 and others to provide educational programming and entertainment to celebrate the holiday. 

Planning is underway and if you are interested in joining the planning committee which meets every other Wednesday at 6pm, please email woburndems@gmail.com for info.

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.  We are excited to welcome him to Woburn for our Juneteenth event.

If you would like to make a gift to support this special community program of if you have a business interested in sponsoring the event, please reach out to SCI’s Deputy Director, Phil Gordon, for information and opportunities.

Candidates Night Video Available
Woburn Public Media Center helped us share our March 1 Candidates Night event with the community by posting the video on their YouTube channel.  Check out the 19 candidates who joined us if you haven’t had a chance to watch yet! 

How are Massachusetts Democrats planning to win in 2022? Check out the Blueprint to ’22 and commit to volunteering this year!

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WDCC March ’22 Newsletter

Congratulations to Woburn’s Delegates! Successful virtual caucuses elect 21 delegates and 13 alternates

On Saturday, March 5th, Woburn Democrats caucused in two Zoom events – we had a great turn out and it was fantastic to meet so many new friends!  Lots of appreciation goes to our ward chairs, City Committee leadership and our volunteers who helped us run a successful event in a virtual medium – we all learned some new skills in the process.

The Add-On Delegate application is open until April 9 – if you or someone you know is interested in being a delegate and qualifies as youth (16-35), LGBTQ+, an underrepresented ethnic or racial minority, or is disabled, please use the Add-On Delegate application to apply.  If you use this application, please let us know at woburndems@gmail.com so we know you may join our delegation.

You can view our delegate, alternate and ex-officio list here.

Candidates Night Video Available
Woburn Public Media Center helped us share our March 1 Candidates Night event with the community by posting the video on their YouTube channel.  Check out the 19 candidates who joined us if you haven’t had a chance to watch yet! 

Join us at our April Meeting! Saturday, April 9 from 9:30-11AM, American Legion, 194 Lexington Street
Since we had to meet virtually for the caucus, we’ll plan for an in-person social gathering on April 9th.  Ward Committees will hold brief meetings to welcome any new members that wish to join.  Meeting in person will also give us an opportunity to sign nomination papers for candidates.  Save the date and plan to join us for coffee and to catch up!  

Woburn Dems Give Back Support for Ukraine
Woburn Dems Give Back joins Woburn Memorial High School embRACE Club to collect donations for Sunflower of Peace. To donate medical supplies, drop them off at the Main Office at WMHS by Thursday, March 10 or to Margaret Valentine 617-462-7512.  Items will ship overseas on Saturday.

Desired medical items:
Disposable masks & gloves
Hand Sanitizer
Band-aids, Gauze, and medical tape
Tylenol, Motrin, Aspirin
Medical scissors
Antiseptic ointment and wipes
Blood pressure cuffs and IV starter kit
First Aid kits

Another organization to consider is World Central Kitchen founded by Chef Jose Andres.  They are getting food and meals to the border areas surrounding Ukraine and within some regions of Ukraine.
Https://donate.wck.org/give/393234#!/donation/checkout

Please contact Margaret Valentine 617-462-7512 with questions or to learn more about Woburn Dems Give Back.

Democracy Summer Fellowship
Congresswoman Katherine Clark’s office shared a great opportunity for high school juniors, seniors and college students. Developed by Maryland Congressman (and law professor) Jamie Raskin and expanded across the country in partnership with the DCCC, this program is dedicated to training and educating the next generation of Democratic political activists, organizers, and leaders. 

As a part of this initiative, Congresswoman Clark is looking for dedicated high school and college students to join as Team Clark Fellows. Selected Fellows will participate in an exciting online seminar and curriculum designed by Rep. Raskin focused on the history of social and political change in America and the progress of political democracy while simultaneously training as organizers and volunteer activists with Rep. Clark’s reelection campaign here in MA-5.

The theme of this year’s academic seminar is “Political Democracy and its Enemies.”

Through the academic program, Fellows will learn from great activist heroes, both young and veteran political leaders, Democratic policy experts, and top political and community organizers across the country. Past Democracy Summer speakers have included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Civil Rights leaders Bob Moses and Rev. William J. Barber II, Prof. Laurence Tribe, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, among many others.

Fellows will participate in key organizing events and learn to phone-bank, text-bank, use social media to organize and educate, canvass, door-knock, fundraise, sign-wave, register voters, run effective field programs and build change in our country. Fellows will also be given a one-time stipend of $500 upon completing the program. More information and a program application can be found here – the application deadline is March 15, 2022.

How are Massachusetts Democrats planning to win in 2022? Check out the Blueprint to ’22 and commit to volunteering this year!

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WDCC February ’22 Newsletter

Woburn Caucus – Saturday, March 5
On Saturday, March 5, 2022, Woburn Democrats will convene virtually to elect delegates and alternates to represent Woburn at the 2022 State Democratic Convention.  Wards 1, 2, 3 and 6 will meet at 9:30AM; Wards 4, 5 and 7 will meet at 12:30PM.  Information on how to join the meetings is available at our website:  www.woburndems.org.  Please register for the Zoom meetings in advance of March 5.  Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7 will be electing 3 delegates and 3 alternates; Ward 5 will be electing 4 delegates and 4 alternates.
 
All Woburn registered Democrats or those 16 and older by February 4, 2022* who pre-register as Democrats are invited to participate in their ward meeting and may run as delegate or alternate during the caucus.  Youth (age 16-35), people with disabilities, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community not elected as delegates or alternates are encouraged to apply to be an add-on delegate at the caucus or by visiting massdems.org/caucus.
 
The 2022 Convention will be a hybrid convention, with in-person proceedings taking place alongside virtual participation options on June 3 and 4, 2022 at the DCU Center in Worcester.  Delegates will convene to endorse candidates for statewide office ahead of the September Democratic Primary.  The MassDems are closely monitoring changes in public health guidance and will update plans accordingly.

Register for Caucus A – Wards 1, 2, 3, 6

Register for Caucus B – Wards 4, 5, 7


*For those under 18 who wish to participate, please bring a copy of your registration receipt or email it to woburndems@gmail.com – we will have a list of Woburn’s registered Democrats available for checking eligibility, but we can’t check the voting status for minors.

Review the Preliminary Call to Convention document here – the Method of Selecting Delegates is on page 4.

Delegates and Alternates elected at the caucus will need to pay a fee of $75 to attend the Convention.  A fee waiver is available and will be provided to each delegate and alternate following the caucus.
Meet the Candidates!WDCC Candidates Night, Tuesday, March 1, 7-8:30pm, Zoom

Join Woburn Democrats in welcoming state-wide candidates to join us in advance of the caucuses.  Since our caucuses will be in 2 events and we’ll be using breakout rooms, the March 1 event gives us and candidates the opportunity to meet Woburn Democrats from across the City at the same time.  

Meet candidates running for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer and Auditor with each candidate given a slot to address Woburn Democrats.  Are you already supporting a candidate? Do you want to learn more before running as a delegate?  Do you want to get to know all the candidates who jumped in the race after the calendar flipped to 2022?  If you answered “yes” then you should plan to be with us!

Register to attend the Candidates Night Zoom on Tuesday, March 1
How are Massachusetts Democrats planning to win in 2022? Check out the Blueprint to ’22 and commit to volunteering this year!

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