The Interim Coordinating Committee (ICC) was established to help in the formation of Our Revolution in Massachusetts (ORMA). Initially comprised of elected Sanders Democratic Convention delegates, after an organizational meeting in Westport, MA in October, 2016, the committee expanded to include other progressive supporters of Senator Sanders’ platform. ORMA then held a more expansive public launch meeting on January 28th, 2017 in Worcester, MA. The ICC, which began with five members and now numbers twelve, will continue to serve in an interim capacity until a more democratically elected, statewide, diverse and representational body is in place.
Minutes of ICC meetings are posted here. To contact the ICC, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org and mark your message as directed to the ICC (Posts to this address will be moderated and typically delivered in 24 hours). For other inquires contact email@example.com.
Peter Corbett (Shutesbury, MA) is a psychotherapist/social worker in Northampton. He is originally from Burlington, VT and, after graduating from UVM in 1980, was one of the core community organizers when Bernie Sanders was elected Mayor in ‘81. He continued to work as an organizer until 1983 when he moved to Boston to get his Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology at Harvard’s Ed. School. He has lived in Western Mass since 1987 where he raised his 2 children, was a member of Psychologist for Social Responsibility, earned an MSW from Smith College in ‘95, and set up his private practice. Consistent with his work as an organizer, Peter has long been committed to helping his clients find ‘empowerment in the context of all relationships’. Unable to resist his activist roots, he re-entered the world of organizing when Bernie decided to run for President. Peter raised $3000 for Bernie’s campaign with a ‘fun’draiser riding a unicycle (the ‘one wheel of true democracy’) from Burlington, Vt to the White House in November, 2015. Peter was a Bernie Delegate to the DNC in Philly in 2016 and a strong belief in the importance of organizing work. Interim Coordinating Committee (ICC), Field Affiliate & Support Team (FAST) Planning Committee, Our413Revolution; the regional affiliate for western Mass
Passionate issue: Single Payer Health Plan and Ranked Choice Voting
Kevin Costa (Fall River, MA) is a politics and economics analyst for Radio France International (RFI has broadcast facilities in dozens of countries around the world, and broadcasts in fifteen languages.) The financial crisis, the great recession, the restructuring of the global financial infrastructure, and the crisis of the Euro, has been the focus of Kevin’s work. Kevin is also the founder and moderator of online discussion forums on Economic Policy, Health Care Policy, Post-Ferguson Race Relations, and the Crisis in Ukraine. He also regularly serves on panels at the annual meetings of the New England, Northeastern, and American Political Science Associations; and, on an ad hoc basis, at a variety of other conferences at home and abroad. Interim Coordinating Committee (ICC)
Michael Gilbreath (Wayland, MA) I began my political life at age 7 silk-screening “Freedom Now” T-shirts in 1959. Licked envelops for the United Farm Workers in 1967. Got “Clean for Gene” in 1968; Co-coordinated Roslindale for Mel King Mayoral campaign in 1983; Volunteered for Jesse Jackson in 1984 & 1988; Provided weekly food deliveries to Occupy Boston in 2013. An active member of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) since 2007. Joined the PDA “Run Bernie Run” campaign in 2014, and organized the first MetroWest Sanders for President event in June 2015. Served as a Sanders Delegate and one of 3 delegate “whips” for MA during the 2016 convention. Currently Chair of the Wayland Democratic Town Committee, and member of the MA Democratic State Committee representing the Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex (NBM) district (Wayland in the north to Attleboro in the south). I work at Brandeis University as a senior administrator; previously employed in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment and Prevention fields. It takes a community to raise a revolution. “… when people stand together: black and white, Hispanic, gay and straight, young and old, men and women — when we stand together, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish.” – Bernie . Interim Coordinating Committee (ICC)
Cole Harrison (Roslindale, MA) is executive director of Massachusetts Peace Action (MAPA), whose membership and budget has tripled in his 7 years on staff. MAPA endorsed Bernie early, worked for him in the Massachusetts primary, and helped convince national Peace Action to endorse him. He’s on the steering committee of the national and Massachusetts People’s Budget Campaigns and also works for nuclear disarmament, against U.S. wars in the Middle East, for Palestinian rights, and for climate, economic, and racial justice. He is a former software engineer and was a manager and director in the search engine company Ask.com. Interim Coordinating Committee (ICC), Communications Committee (co-chair)
Jared E. Hicks (Dorchester, MA) 26-year-old Millennial. Volunteer, Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign (NH, MA, ME, RI, CT, NY, NJ). At-Large Delegate, 2016 Democratic National Convention. New Member, Boston Democratic Ward 17 Committee. Volunteer, No on 2 Campaign. Volunteer, Bill Humphrey for Governor’s Council Campaign. Field Staff, Mike Connolly State Representative Campaign (Cambridge & Somerville). Field Manager, Zephyr Teachout Congressional Campaign (NY-19). Proudly associated/in alliance with Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Mass Peace Action (MAPA), Black Lives Matter Cambridge, Brand New Congress (BNC), Justice Democrats, Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N), Voter Choice MA (RCV), Dorchester People for Peace (DPP), Jobs with Justice (JWJ), Progressive Mass (PM), Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts (PDM), Mass Alliance, Mass Action Against Police Brutality, Pass Mass Amendment, Mass Nurses Association (MNA), Mass Teachers Association (MTA), 350 Mass, Mass Power Forward, Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), Movimiento Cosecha, City Life/Vida Urbana, Right to the City, Fight for 15, Moral Revival, Working Families Party, National People’s Action, labor unions, and others in the movement for positive change.
Honored to serve the political revolution. I will forever feel the Bern, the struggle continues. May the Force be with us. Founding member of Our Revolution Massachusetts (ORMA), Interim Coordinating Committee (ICC), Field Affiliate & Support Team (FAST), Our Revolution Boston
Passionate Issues: Economic, social, racial & environmental justice
Karen Lee (Springfield, MA) was a field organizer on staff with the Bernie 2016 Presidential campaign and field director for the recent Governor’s Council 8th district race. Previous life before Bernie–marketing and event planning along with successful fundraising-auction experience and she’s a fan of music from the ‘90’s. She has a daughter who creates magic on the stage and screen and who lives in Minnesota where the arts are alive and blossoming. Interim Coordinating Committee (ICC), Data & Communications, Our413Revolution; the regional affiliate for western Mass
Passionate issue: Cancellation of Student Loan Debt
Lesley Phillips (Cambridge, MA) is a member of the Democratic State Committee and the Cambridge City Committee. Interim Coordinating Committee (ICC)
Linda Pinti (Cambridge, MA) is a member of the Democratic State Committee. Interim Coordinating Committee (ICC)
Mel C. Poindexter (Watertown, MA) – Member of the Democratic state committee since 2000, Co-chaired the Affirmative Action Committee, 2004-2006, Chair of the 2008 Massachusetts Delegate Selection Committee. Was the Vice Chair of the 2008 Massachusetts Electoral College, Member of former State Treasurer Steve Grossman’s Diversity Council, 2010-2014. Co-training director for 2012 Massachusetts Delegate Selection Committee, Member & Affirmative Action Officer, Watertown Democratic Town Committee. Former Vice President of the NAACP, Brockton chapter, Board member, Baystate Stonewall Democrats, severed as PLEO Delegate, 2016 Democratic National Convention and Member of the Democratic National Committee, 2017. Interim Coordinating Committee (ICC)
Nancy Stenberg (Easthampton, MA) is a school librarian by day. When the school bell rings she puts on her social justice super hero cape! Democratic politics peaked her interest when Deval Patrick entered the governor’s race back in 2004 and she hasn’t stopped since. A member of the state committee since 2006, she has served as co-chair of the Field Services sub-committee, spearheading trainings across the state on topics ranging from how to be a delegate to Votebuilder trainings. As a delegate and an alternate herself, she attended the last three national conventions, asked by the Sanders campaign in 2016 to be a member of the Platform Committee. Interim Coordinating Committee (ICC), Communications, Caucuses & Convention/DemEnter Program, Our413Revolution; the regional affiliate for western Mass
Passionate issue: Saving Public Education
Caterina Strambio de Castillia (Newton, MA) is a full time scientist, a mother of three, a critical thinker and a socialist originally from Italy. She has been politically active starting from 2001 in the anti-globalization movement, the anti-war movement and the anti-gun violence movement. She campaigned for Obama both in 2008 and in 2012. She volunteered and organized for the Bernie 2016 campaign from the GRASSROOTS including fostering ties between Newton4Bernie, Arlington4Bernie and Camberville4Bernie. After the primaries, she helped co-found Our Revolution Newton, she has contributed to laying the groundwork for creating long lasting ties between different grassroots groups, including OR Newton, Arlington and Cambridge and OR Massachusetts. In December 2016 she joined Socialist Alternative. Interim Coordinating Committee (ICC), Communication Committee, Planning Committee
Mike Tafe (Hingham, MA) Volunteer Organizer for Bernie Sanders (MA, ME, CT, RI, NY, NJ). Elected delegate to DNC 2016 for Bernie Sanders, disappointed by outcome. “No On 2” Organizer, satisfied with outcome. Hingham Town Democratic Committee, member. Penchant for button making. Field Affiliate & Support Team (FAST)