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WDCC January 2023 Newsletter

WDCC in 2023!  Be a Part of the Action!

The state elections are behind us and the Presidential primaries start in a little more than a year, but that doesn’t mean it will be quiet for Democrats in Woburn!  We’ve got some plans to keep up the energy through 2023, and we hope you’ll join us!  Our first meeting of the year will be a weeknight meeting by Zoom on  Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 7pm.


February Business meeting with special guest, State Senator Cindy Friedman
Wednesday, February 8, 7pm by Zoom

Our first meeting of the year will be a brief business meeting, then we’ll be joined by State Senator Cindy Friedman for an in-depth discussion on the Mental Health ABC Act.  It will be an opportunity to learn more about the process of passing legislation, as well as how this legislation will help Massachusetts residents.  There will be an opportunity for a Q & A following her presentation.  Advance registration for the meeting is required – sign up to receive the Zoom link.  

REGISTER FOR THE FEBRUARY 8TH MEETING HERE


WDCC 2023 Calendar (some dates TBD)

  • Winter WDCC Meeting – Wednesday, February 8 – Zoom REGISTER HERE
  • Spring WDCC Meeting – Early April, Date TBD
  • Save the Date for Juneteenth Woburn – Saturday, June 17 on Library Field
  • Woburn Democratic Caucus and MassDems Convention 2023 – it is anticipated that this year’s caucus window will be June/July – we’ll set a date as early as possible so you can make your plan to participate.  The MassDems Convention is expected to take place in September.
  • Summer/Fall – Nomination for Ward Committee Membership/Placing Names on the Presidential Primary Ballot for 2024 – more information available in August. 
  • Fall WDCC Meeting – Saturday, October 21

JFK Scholarships & Joe Moakley Internship Program

The following opportunity is shared by MassDems:

The Massachusetts Democratic Party is committed to developing the next generation of leaders! Apply today to the MDP JFK Scholarship & Joe Moakley Internship Program.

The MDP is offering scholarship and paid internship opportunities to students enrolled in college or post-secondary programs and 2023 college graduates and post-secondary certificate holders who are residents of Massachusetts and registered Democrats.

Please note that the internship program is a part time, in person internship that averages about 15 hours per week.

JFK Scholarship recipients are expected to be active participants in democratic organizing or other political work. JFK Scholarship recipients may intern with the MassDems. For more information on eligibility and application requirements, click here.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Applications with the following documents must be received no later than March 10th, 2023 at 5:00 PM (no exceptions) and must be submitted here.

If you have questions, please contact MassDems Executive Director Joe Sherlock at 617-939-0800 or by email at Hannah@massdems.org.

WDCC December 2022 Newsletter

2022 is almost behind us, but there’s more to do! Georgia actions, MA ballot recount & supporting Community

As we get close to wrapping up the year, let’s celebrate all the successes of the November election and how our WDCC came together in multiple ways to help make it happen! 

The Georgia election is next Tuesday, 12/6, and below are some actions you can take to push the Warnock campaign to a successful finish. 

If you are interested in the nuts and bolts of how elections work, MassDems has a special request for volunteers for a ballot recount in Massachusetts – the 2nd Essex State Representative race is going to a recount and volunteers are needed to monitor the process for the Kassner campaign.  You can find info here.

There are also several community events taking place this month in Woburn and we’ve shared some of them that our members are involved in organizing – we hope you can take part.


Woburn to Georgia – there’s still time to help!

It’s been great watching social media over the last few weeks to see how Woburn Democrats are getting active to help get Senator Warnock re-elected in Georgia!  Postcards and letters and calls and donations – all of it is going to help!  There is still time to make calls and text before the December 6 special election – here are some upcoming opportunities:

Calling:
Check multiple opportunities here
Some of the special events coming up:

Look for additional calling and texting opportunities here:
Check Mobilize.us for various opportunities

Donate to the Warnock Campaign


Woburn Dems Give Back, Winter Giving

The Woburn Dems Give Back committee has the following local giving opportunities to share for helping area residents during the winter holidays:

“Toys for Local Kids” – Margaret Valentine is collecting unwrapped toys and gift cards for this local drive run by St. Anthony’s, Woburn Fire and Police.  Drop off items at 22 Richardson Street.  Text Margaret with any questions: 617-462-7512.

Help with babies and families in need – Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home collection for Debbie’s Treasure Chest, donate diapers, baby clothes, baby essentials and pre/post natal items.  Bags and Tags available at Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street Woburn (opposite St. Charles Church) or shop and drop off.


Know Your Neighbor Woburn

12/4, 4-6pm, Studio Cafe, 327 Main Street, Woburn

Chris DiMeo, Ward 7 Chairperson and Elissa Milto, Ward 4 Committee Member, are spearheading this new community event “Know Your Neighbor Woburn” – open to the public, join the community on Sunday, December 4 at Studio Cafe for a light Middle Eastern dinner and learning about winter holiday traditions from around the world.  See the flyer above for complete details.


2022 Vigil of Remembrance and Hope

12/10, 4pm: Woburn United Methodist Church, 523 Main Street, Woburn

On Saturday, December 10th at 4 pm, there will be a community vigil in honor of all victims and survivors of gun violence.

The 2022 Vigil of Remembrance and Hope coincides with candlelit vigils organized nationwide around the date of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012 – ten years ago.

There are 110 lives taken by gun violence and over 200 injured daily. Together, we will honor all victims and survivors of gun violence and shine a light on the impact on families and communities.

In honor of Shannon Lee Meara, a victim of gun violence, her mother Arlene Evans Meara-King will share her memories about her daughter and the creation of the Shannon Lee Meara Foundation, a dating and domestic violence program for Woburn Memorial High School students.

Everyone is welcome to join the candlelit vigil on Saturday, December 10th at 4:00 pm at the Woburn United Methodist Church, 523 Main Street in Woburn.   

The vigil will also be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/UMCWoburn

Thank you to Ward 4 member Diane Scinto for her work on this annual remembrance and for sharing it with us.


Congresswoman Katherine Clark –
Democratic Whip for the 118th Congress

News article from The Boston Globe, Tal Kopan

WDCC November 2022 Newsletter

Election Day is less than a week away!

The State and Mid-Term Elections are fast approaching!  Please read through this newsletter for ways you can get involved – and don’t miss our stand-out on Saturday morning to bring awareness for the election and our Democratic candidates!  


WDCC Stand-Out for Democratic Candidates

Saturday, November 5, 9:30am-11am, Woburn Common

Join Woburn Democrats on Saturday morning for a stand-out/visibility opportunity on Woburn Common.  We’ll have signs, but you can also bring your own to make sure we have enough for everyone.  Come out and show Woburn that we are 100% behind our Democratic candidates!  We had such a great show of support at the Country Club on the 19th – let’s bring that enthusiasm out on Saturday!  Bring your friends!

Share the Facebook Event Link or RSVP at WoburnDems@gmail.com.


Take Action Before Election Day!

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

Attend the Boston Rally with Vice President Kamala Harris – Wednesday, November 2

Zoom Meet and Greet with State Auditor Candidate Diana DiZoglio – Wednesday, November 2, 5-6pm

Woburn Stand-Out for Democratic Candidates – Saturday, November 5, 9:30am-11am, Woburn Common

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.

Follow the Woburn Team for Maura page on Facebook.


WDCC Unity/GOTV Event 

We had a great turnout for our WDCC Unity/GOTV event at the Woburn Country Club on Wednesday, October 19.  Thank you to the committee who put the event together:  Co-Chairs Margaret Valentine and Carol Donovan and committee members Chris DiMeo, Anthony Langone, Andrew Lipsett, June Mackenzie, Phyllis Norwood, and Carol Youngclaus.  And thank you to so many of our membership who came out and who brought friends – it was a really fun night!  Don’t forget to carry the night’s enthusiasm through by making sure your friends and family vote for Democrats!

We were joined by candidates:

  • Kim Driscoll for Lt. Governor
  • Diana DiZoglio for State Auditor
  • State Representative Richard Haggerty
  • State Representative Michelle Ciccolo
  • Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan

Remarks on behalf of candidates were made by:

  • Carol Donovan on behalf of Andrea Campbell for Attorney General
  • Sheila Capone on behalf of Treasurer Deb Goldberg
  • Andrew Lipsett on behalf of State Senator Cindy Friedman
Andrew Lipsett on behalf of State Senator Cindy Friedman

Press Release: Woburn Democrats endorse YES on Questions 1 & 4

The following press release is posted at WoburnDems.org and ran in the 10/31/2022 edition of the Woburn Daily Times Chronicle:

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.


Early Voting and Vote by Mail in Woburn

Early voting is underway until Friday.  After that your options are Vote by Mail/Drop Box or voting on Tuesday, November 8 at your assigned polling place.  

Early voting in Woburn will take place at the Old Wyman School, 679 Main Street.  

Remaining Early Voting Times:
Wednesday, November 2 – 9am-4:30pm
Thursday, November 3 – 9am-7pm
Friday, November 4 – 9am-1pm

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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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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WDCC May ’22 Newsletter

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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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