Our Revolution Massachusetts (ORMA)

Newsletter #4: August 4, 2017

This week’s newsletter is jam packed with endorsements, state wide actions, campaigns, local activity, field news and more! Do you have a submission for the newsletterSend an email to: newsletter@ourrevolutionma.com (*Note submissions are edited for content and space)


Endorsements

(State wide)

PAUL FEENEY is our only statewide endorsed candidate. Paul is a candidate for State Senate, to replace Senator James Timilty, his former boss. Timilty is leaving his senate seat to serve as Bristol and Norfolk County Treasurer. If Paul’s name sounds familiar, it should! Paul served as the state chair for the Bernie Sanders campaign for both Massachusetts and Connecticut during the 2016 primary season. Let’s all get behind Paul as he pushes toward the finish line of the primary on September 19th!

How you can help: See Paul’s canvassing schedule and if possible, make a contribution.

Sign up here to make voter calls for Paul every Thursday

 

(Local)

Our Revolution Somerville (ORS)  In a city-wide meeting on July 30th, members gathered to consider municipal candidates for endorsement. Ten candidates received the threshold 60% vote of support to gain the ORS endorsement:

The final ORS campaign plan is still being hashed out, but volunteer organizers are already planning a dozen canvasses between now and November to knock on thousands of doors in support of the slate. To assist in this exciting unified effort, please sign up here or contact Rand Wilson via email: rand.wilson@gmail.com

Our Revolution Newton met On Thursday, July 27th and voted to endorse four candidates in the upcoming Municipal Preliminary Election taking place on September 12th. OR Newton strongly encourages its members to get involved in these contests by donating to the candidate of your choice and volunteering to assist in their campaigns, please contact: OurRevolutionNewton@gmail.com


Our Revolution State wide initiatives

Our Revolution is supporting two state wide initiatives and it’s a great opportunity for Affiliates and groups to tackle a concrete project with a meaningful impact. This is an easy and fun group action especially for new affiliates to jump right in.

1) Summer for Progress

National Our Revolution and Our Revolution Massachusetts have joined the coalition of organizations in a Summer for Progress. Members from around the state are taking action by attending town halls and reaching out to their representatives as a group activity. Our Revolution is calling all progressives to fight for the #People’sPlatform–eight bills currently in the House of Representatives that will address the concerns of everyday Americans. This campaign targets Democratic Representatives, demanding that they make good on the platform.

 

 

 

  • See this link for the Summer for Progress Action Guide  
  • See the platform and sign the petition here: summerforprogress.com
  • Go to congress.gov and check if your Representative already supports a bill from the People’s Platform (enter the bill number or narrative in the search function).
  • View the Summer for Progress trainings/workshop

First training is now available on line

Second training Thursday Aug 3rd at 5:30pm PT /8:30pm ET

Third training Saturday Aug 5th at 1:00pm PT /4:00pm ET

 

 

 

2) Raise Up Massachusetts It’s official. Raise Up is taking the campaigns of a $15 Minimum Wage and Paid Family and Medical Leave to the ballot in November 2018!

How you can help: Organize a signature drive! To qualify for the ballot, 200,000+ signatures are needed by December 6th of this year.  We’re committed to winning this agenda in the Legislature or at the ballot box sign up here to get involved.


ORMA Transition Team is Launched

On Saturday, July 29th, the Our Revolution Massachusetts (ORMA) Transition Team (TT)met all day at the Matthew John Whittall Lodge in Shrewsbury to form a team and begin the work of structuring a transition to a new ORMA, including an October founding conference.

Most of the 40 Transition Team members were representatives from ORMA Affiliate Groups.  A few others were unaffiliated, from regions without affiliates like Springfield and Medford, members from the Interim Coordinating Committee (ICC), and helpers from the Mission, Structure and Planning (MSP) team that organized the event.

After some team-building work, the Transition Team agreed on a new leadership structure and created five sub-committees. Look for an in-depth article in the mid-month issue of this newsletter. To reach the new Coordinating Team by email: transition@ourrevolutionma.com or read more at http://ourrevolutionma.com/transition-team.


Upcoming local Our Revolution Actions

Learn how Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) works! Concord area Thursday, August 10th Sign up here For more information contact: garretwhitney@comcast.net or call 978-369-2671

Join Our Revolution Massachusetts in Western Mass for Senator Ed Markey’s townhall in Springfield on Monday, August 7th. Visibility and petition gathering for Summer for Progress and People’s Platform.  Volunteers are asked to arrive at 5:15 pm. Sign up here

Contact Karen Lee  The413ORMA@gmail.com

(Springfield) Tuesday August 8th. PROTEST OUTSIDE GOVERNOR BAKER’S OFFICE against proposed legislation to allow state and local law enforcement to comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests. See event and actions


From the Field and Affiliate Coordination Team –  and that’s a FACT

The Field team is pleased with the many recent developments in Our Revolution Massachusetts (ORMA) as we move towards a Founder’s Confereence scheduled for this Fall. FACT is an arm of ORMA and your first stop with questions on how to get started as an Our Revolution Massachusetts group.

How can FACT help grow your affiliate?

  • The Field Team (FACT) offers a weekly Thursday team building on-line meeting for existing and newly formed affiliates –and new members are welcome! Contact petercorb2@gmail.com for more details or find an affiliate near you.
  • FACT can help your group get started in planning local and state actions or help with your first meeting. Has your group considered taking part in the Summer for Progress or Raise Up Massachusetts campaigns?
  • Look for a special letter later this month for how supporters of the Our Revolution Platform can engage in even more effective revolutionary organizing as members of an affiliate, or as unaffiliated supporters/members.

News From the Field

  • We are growing in leaps and bounds! New affiliates and chapters are starting in Chicopee, Amherst and the Springfield/Hampden County area.
  • For information in Springfield, visit Our413Revolution on Facebook or send an email to: The413orma@gmail.com
  • To start a local group near you, contact Peter Corbett, Field Team Coordinator petercorb2@gmail.com

ORMA Next Steps

ORMA is expanding!  Wanted: Volunteer Web Content Manager. Responsible for updating the website (OurRevolutionMA.com) and responding to requests to add/change page content. Must know Word Press. Send email to info@ourrevolutionma.com with the subject line WEB Manager.

Fundraising Campaign Our Revolution Massachusetts will begin a fund raising campaign soon to support our state wide Founding Convention in the fall. Want to help ORMA get started? Donate here.


We want to hear from you!

  1. Have a question, comment or concern? Email: info@ourrevolutionma.com or sign up here to volunteer for statewide actions
  2. Want to promote an event or see an event near you? http://ourrevolutionma.com/calendar/
  3. Have a submission for the next newsletternewsletter@ourrevolutionma.com
  4. Follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and tag us: @OurRevolutionMA & #OurRevMA.
  5. To join the ORMA Discussion Board! Send an email to ORMAdiscuss@googlegroups.com, subject line: Join.

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