Our Revolution MassachusettsFebruary 2018
ORMA Newsletter

Inside This Issue

  • Coordinating Committee Welcome
  • ORMA Endorses the Poor People’s Campaign
  • Gun Violence Protests and Marches
  • Public Higher Education Lobby Day
  • Baker Dossier

Members of the Representative Council (RC) and Coordinating Committee (CC)

Coordinating Committee Welcome

Welcome from the newly elected Coordinating Committee!
For the last sixteen months, Our Revolution Massachusetts (ORMA) has worked to create a statewide grassroots model, governing structure, and secure State Affiliate recognition from national Our Revolution. In November, a Representative Council (RC) and Interim Co-Chairs were elected by our affiliates.

On February 4th, members of the newly formed RC came from every corner of Massachusetts to the first in-person meeting held in Marlborough, MA. The Council elected a seven-member Coordinating Committee (CC) to serve as leadership; and the baton was passed from the Interim Coordinating Committee (ICC) to our new leadership. Read more here.

ORMA Endorses the New Poor People’s Campaign
In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) called for a national mobilization of poor people to convene in Washington, DC. On February 19th, ORMA’s Representative Council voted to endorse the new #PoorPeoplesCampaign. This campaign and the issue of poverty is core to our organization’s work. Read more here.

Gun Violence Protests and Marches
An official GoFundMe campaign has been created by the Broward Education Foundation. The funds raised will be used to provide direct relief and financial support to the victims and families following the shooting in Florida.

Democratic State Convention News
Interested in being a delegate at the Democratic State Nomination Convention on June 1st and 2nd? The Caucus window ends on March 4th. This year Democrats will be endorsing the candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, Senator, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and other statewide offices. Any Democrat can run to be a delegate.

If you intend to run as a caucus delegate or have already been elected, let us know by completing this interest form. ORMA is encouraging RC representatives and your affiliate members to run and/or to complete the interest form. See caucus dates for your town here. Let’s send another commanding delegation of Our Revolution delegates!

Letter in Support of DNC Unity Reform Commission
ORMA recently sent a letter to the Democratic Party in support of the Unity Reform Commission. See the details here. Affiliates are being encouraged to do the same and request that the DNC adapt and implement these reforms. See theUnity Reform Commission Report and ORMA letter to Chairman Perez and other Democrats. Local affiliate support is encouraged, see the FCCPR letter that includes the email addresses.

Working People’s Day of Action
On February 26th, thousands of working people across Massachusetts will rise up to protect the freedom of working people to join unions for a better life. All ORMA members and supporters are urged to attend a “Working People’s Day of Action” find an event near you and “sticker up”!

Visit MassAFLCIO.org or call 781-324-8230 for more details. ORMA members interested in a fact sheet about the Janus decision should emailrand.wilson@gmail.com.

International Women’s Day is March 8th
Last month, ORMA and affiliates across the state participated in the Women’s Day March. Next month,  International Women’s Day will celebrate the social,  economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  How will you #PressforProgress in 2018? Local, state and national groups are planning for the upcoming global day of celebration. See this link for more information. Local events are planned throughout the county. Our Revolution Springfield and Our Revolution Chicopee in collaboration with local affinity group, Springfield Women Organize have plans for a candlelight outdoor public gathering see FB event “Shine a Light On Women’s Issues.”

The Sanders Institute Rocks
 Jane Sanders, along with a group of progressive thinkers   has established the Sanders Institute and you can find in depth articles on researched issues of interest to ORMA   members on the website. Featured this month, The   Macroeconomic Effects of Student Debt Cancellation, is a 68 page report detailing the positive effects on the economy through debt cancellation. See the Jane Sanders interview with Dr. Stephanie Kelton, one of the researchers (and a Fellow from the Sanders Institute). The report ties in with an ORMA backed amendment passed on the floor last year at the Massachusetts Democratic Platform Convention (see bullet point on page six of the Party Documents). If you want to be active in #HigherEdNotDebt send an email to info@ourrevolutionma.com.

Public Higher Education Lobby Day
On March 5th, the annual Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM) takes place at the statehouse. PHENOM is an allied organization that advocates for debt-free college with a long term vision of free public college in Massachusetts. As we all know, free public college was a central issue in Bernie’s campaign and Lobby Day will also focus on the labor issue, as we continue to deal with layoffs and poor conditions for workers. If you’ve never lobbied before, lobby days are a great way to do it for the first time. Everything is coordinated for you and there will be other people joining you at the meeting with the legislator or/staffer. Share with your networks and RSVP at http://bit.ly/PHEAD2018 or see Facebook event.

The Charlie Baker Lowdown
There is a sense that Governor Charlie Baker has not provided the leadership he promised to improve life here in the Commonwealth. ORMA ally, Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts, and have put together a Baker Dossier to pinpoint these broken promises.

Two Legislators Retiring, An ORMA Opportunity?
Two State House legislators, John Scibak D-South Hadley and Stephen Kulik D-Worthington have announced their retirements after serving for years on Beacon Hill. Representative Scibak, was devoted to health care issues, while his fellow legislator, Representative Kulik, was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee with a deep interest in rural affairs.

The retirement of two legislators in Western Mass opens up the field for a new generation of candidates. This is an opportunity for ORMA members with some political background or life experience to enter the ring. Last week Politico confirmed Casey Pease from Worthington, a Bernie2016 former staffer in Massachusetts has announced his intention to run for Kulik’s seat.

Upcoming Gubernatorial Candidate Forums

  • Saturday, March 10, 1 PM
    Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Road, Lincoln MA 01773
    Doors:12:30pm, Forum:1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 28, 7 – 9 PM
    Northampton High School, 380 Elm St, Northampton
    See this page for more information.
  • Saturday, April 7, 9 AM
    Carpenters’ Training Center, Millbury

Check out the Affiliate page on the ORMA website!

To all members and the ORMA Community, your participation and engagement will help to drive the direction of ORMA. Ready to become more involved? Let us know how!

Our Revolution Massachusetts (ORMA) Committees – Members Interest Form

FCCPR had their first General Assembly of the year and outlined several new initiatives, see the minutes here. Highlights include the launch of a new television show “Democracy Here,” hosted by FCCPR member, Mary Malmros on local Greenfield Cable Access TV and youtube. Future shows will center on issues that reflect the work of FCCPR’s eight task forces, as well as issues that impact Franklin County and world wide.

 Welcome to our newest forming affiliate, Our Revolution   Springfield(western Mass). ORSpringfield launched on   February 11th with support from two sister affiliates in   Western Mass, Amherst andChicopee. The program   included an outline for three initiatives and speakers   from 1) League of Women Voters 2) Springfield Women Organize and 3) a proposal for an endorsement steering team composed of members from each of Springfield’s eight wards and advocacy groups. A digital copy of the program and attachments is available and/or to join this affiliate, visit Our413Revolution on Facebook or send an email to the413ORMA@gmail.com .


African-American History Month Events
There are many events around MA in honor of African-American History month. Below are a couple that caught our eye, as well as a resource link to find more events:

Thru February 25th
Rediscovering an American Community of Color at Worcester Art Museum

February 24th, 5:45 – 9 PM
Black History Month Show at UMASS Dartmouth
Register here.

General Resource for events throughout MA

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