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DFA Meetup - upcoming events

The DFA Meetup here was pretty nice. There's a good bunch of stuff coming up.

Good location. The Red Line is a really nice bar, a little on the upscale side. Had a great roast beef sandwich there, with real homemade mashed potatoes.

There's a bunch of things to help with coming up here... starting tomorrow! The Progressive Democrats of Somerville, is meeting at 99 Dover Street at 7pm on Thursday. Apparently they've got a real structure and some real ability to make things happen. I'm gonna go check them out tomorrow night.

Upcoming events

July 10, Saturday (9:30) - Kerry canvass. Going to Dover, NH to go door-to-door for Kerry/Edwards. This wouldn't be too tempting at this point, except for the fact that doing this gets you two free tickets to:

July 12, Monday 5-9pm - Rally with John Kerry, Jackson Browne, and Michelle Branch (who?) at the FleetBoston Pavilion.

July 13, 7pm - Democratic Party Meetup. I don't know if I'll go to this, but it'd be interesting to see how this differs from DFA. I'm guessing they won't have "Finneran No Speaker-For-Life" bumper stickers at that event, for one thing. Also they probably won't be pushing the Progressive challengers to the pseudo-Democrats in some nearby state house races. They probably will push for support for Pat Jehlen's targeted race, though.

July 22, 7pm - Kerry 2004 Meetup. *shrug* Maybe.

July 23, 9pm - Driving Votes Party. VFW Hall in Davis Square. $10 (rumored) to go and benefit the "get volunteers to drive to swing states and register voters likely to be on our side" group.

July 24-25 - DemocracyFest. Camping in Western MA, guests including Howard Dean, Zephyr Teachout, Barrios, and some of the Dean Dozen. Camping out there. $35 including campground fees. Workshops including things like how to campaign and info on the electoral college.

July 26-29 - Democratic National Convention

All of this is mentioned at DemocracyforMA.org.

There are also three local state house campaigns they pushed...

Pat Jehlen, Middlesex 27th, in Somerville. She's a local Democrat being targeted by Governor Paw, er, Romney. Time to get out there and push for her.

Carl Sciortino, Middlesex 34th, in Medford and Somerville. This is a primary race, trying to get a progressive Dem in in place of an established right-wing Dem, Vincent Ciampa.

Avi Green, Middlesex 26th, in Somerville and Cambridge. Another primary race, trying to oust a right-wing Dem, Tim Toomey.

Wondering what district you're in? Try Where do I vote MA?

So, who's with me tomorrow night at the Progressive Democrats of Somerville?


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Jul. 7th, 2004 09:49 pm (UTC)
Wow! Sounds like they'll be keeping you busy there! I couldn't make it to the meetup tonight since I was busy packing for my trip to Michigan this weekend.

Hey, that DemocracyFest sounds like a whole lotta fun! Wish they'd do something like that here in MN.
Jul. 8th, 2004 05:33 am (UTC)
Some of the workshops they were talking about sounded straight out of Camp Wellstone. But they're expecting, like, thousands of people...

Huh. Guess that's what having a lot of Dems gets ya. Relatively cheap and cool events like this, cheap because they make it up in volume... though they did say "if you can afford it, how about donating a little extra?"
Jul. 7th, 2004 10:01 pm (UTC)
Pat Jehlen is up for reelection? She is awesome. She's the only one (or one of a few?) to have voted against the MA legislature's vote of support for "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, for instance. Plus, she's really friendly. I emailed her to thank her for that and she wrote back instantly, shocked that anyone had noticed or cared.
Jul. 8th, 2004 06:37 am (UTC)
She is indeed great.
Jul. 8th, 2004 08:37 am (UTC)
I agree, Pat Jehlen is well worth supporting and I've found her very responsive. And I agree that ousting Ciampa would be a good thing.
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Jul. 8th, 2004 09:31 am (UTC)
Because I found his position on gay marriage / civil unions to be bigoted (he voted consistently to give them as few rights as possible), and when I called his office to ask what his position was at the convention (trying not to bias things by reveling what my position was) I got "let the people vote" and it felt dishonest, and because he seemed to be strongly influenced by the Catholic Church. I would rather have a politician that told me honestly what they were trying to do.

I'm not saying he's corrupt (I have no idea), just that I disagree with him whenever I've noticed his position.
Jul. 8th, 2004 09:35 am (UTC)
Re: Ciampa
One other thing pointed out at last night's meeting is that Ciampa is also a city councillor in Cambridge... and is pulling down two salaries adding up to >$100k/yr.

Makes me wonder how a state rep can afford to live in some districts at all...
Jul. 8th, 2004 10:02 am (UTC)
Re: Ciampa
My impression is that people who've contacted him via non-phone methods (and likely those who used the phone but expressed their opinions first, but I could be wrong) have gotten no response at all.
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