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January 2018
ORMA Newsletter

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Inside This Issue

  • Focus: Medicare for All
  • Representative Council Report
  • Democratic State Convention Caucuses and Details 
Medicare for All Campaigners at the MA State House

Focus on the Progressive Platform:
Medicare for All 

Our Revolution Massachusetts affiliates in western Mass co-sponsored a Medicare for All event on January 6th at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke with Tim Faust, a single payer advocate.  Focus article this month (used with permission) is an editorial by Dave Eisenstadter from the Valley Advocate, Editorial: 2018 Should Be The Year Massachusetts Moves Toward Single Payer
Representative Council
The Our Revolution Massachusetts Representative Council was elected in December and met for the first time on January 6th (read the report here) and will convene in person on February 4th to discuss, among other things, establishing a number of standing committees. You are encouraged to serve on one or two committees and while all committees are open, some require specific skills. Review and join a committee. See how to contact the newly elected Representative Council Members and read their biographies on the ORMA website!

Democratic State Convention News
Interested in being a delegate at the Democratic State Convention on June 1st and 2nd? This year Democrats will be endorsing the candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, Senator, Sec. of State, Attorney General, and other statewide offices. Any Democrat can run to be a delegate. See caucus dates for your town here. Let's send another commanding delegation of Our Revolution delegates! See convention details, or contact one of the following with additional questions: Nancy Stenberg, Chair of the Civic Engagement Working Group or call your local Democratic city or town committee member.

The Democratic caucuses are approaching! Check out one member's post about how to get ready, and stand by for more information from ORMA coming soon! 

The three Massachusetts Democratic Gubernatorial candidatesBob Massie, Setti Warren and Jay Gonzalez have been participating in forums all over the state. ORMA affiliate, Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution recently held a gubernatorial forum for all three candidates on January 10th at Greenfield Middle School. Watch the webcast. The next day, Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie faced off before a mixed gender and age progressive audience at the Carey Library in Lexington. The two office seekers shared almost identical positions on issues. While Mr. Gonzalez touted his government credentials as budget director and legislature liaison for Deval Patrick, Bob Massie promoted his background on environmental issues. Both took aim though at Governor Baker for what they described as a lack of leadership and management on progressive reforms. Q&A followed each presentation.

Our Revolution members and ally groups will be at the State House On January 31st to support Automatic Voter Registration (AVR), the next step in voting rights. The Election Modernization Coalition will be hosting a lobby day for constituents to sit face-to-face with their representatives. Details and sign up here. If you can help to coordinate ORMA members who are planning to attend, contact Don Green (RC) by email gred43@comcast.net.


Our Revolution Massachusetts endorses and stands in solidarity with the many groups who have supported the Women's March this year. Affiliates and members from all over the state are participating in Women Anniversary Marches this weekend. See this page on our website for an updated list and find an action near you and read the Our Revolution Statement of Support. Our Revolution Massachusetts endorses the Cambridge/Boston Women’s March 2018: The People Persist and Affiliates in Western Mass are co-sponsoring The Women's March: Hear Our Voices, Hear Our Vote in Northampton.

REMINDER: International Women's Day is March 8th and celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Local, state and national groups are currently planning for the upcoming global day of celebration. See this link for more information and follow the new hashtag #PressForProgress.

Check out the new Affiliate page on the ORMA website!

Greater Worcester Our Revolution’s Paul DePalo is running for Governor’s Council and held his kick off fundraiser on Wednesday, Jan. 17th at the El Basha restaurant in Worcester.

Our Revolution Somerville’s Rand Wilson and ORMA’s Cole Harrison will be speaking at the Budget Forum at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). “How Will the Republican Tax bill and Budget Affect You?“ is a discussion on the impact of the Federal Budget on Mass residents and institutions. Friday January 26th from 1 - 5 pm. MIT Room 4-163 (off the infinite corridor) Both Rand and Cole are speaking in the 4:15 pm block: “Resisting and Responding.”

New Affiliate forming in Springfield (western Mass). For more information, contact the413ORMA@gmail.com and visit Our413Revolution on Facebook for more upcoming details.



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