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"Massachusetts Democrats believe in the common good."

We know that the strength of our democracy is dependent on the engagement of thoughtful citizens. That is why our party is organized around the basic notion that individuals working together can make a positive impact on their community. Massachusetts Democrats believe that government plays a vital role in the lives of individuals and communities.”  

- From the Platform of the Massachusetts Democratic Party

Welcome to the official website of the Brookline Democratic Town Committee, the Brookline branch of the Democratic Party.

The Town Committee works to build a grassroots movement in Brookline in order to elect Democratic candidates to state and national offices through voter registration and education, voter contact via phone banks, door to door canvassing, social media and other events and activities. 

We hope this website will help you connect with other Democrats in Brookline to work on behalf of the issues and candidates that matter most to you, especially during these times that require us all to actively defend our values.

Thank you for your phone calls, letters, and e-mails to Congress this week.  Over the last few days, we have seen successful challenges to the Republican Administration’s Executive Order severely restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and the withdrawal of a flawed nominee for Labor Secretary.

Follow us on twitter @BrooklineDemsMA

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This Week's Priority:

Defending

The Affordable Care Act

Today, we want to let you know about actions you can take in defense of the Affordable Care Act. If the ACA is eliminated, we will feel the impact across the country and here in MA, with expected significant cutbacks in Medicaid, Medicare services, and women’s health services. There will be rallies around the country next week to bring people together, and below you will see how you can participate locally and have an impact by reaching out to other states. 

Thanks so much for your activism in defense of our Democratic values!

We Will Persist - Boston Rally

Tuesday, February 21

2:00 p.m.

Irish Famine Memorial

294 Washington Street

(intersection of Washington and School Streets, near Downtown Crossing)

https://m.facebook.com/events/372216019825351

As the Massachusetts Congressional delegation gets ready to go back to D.C., let’s join together, stand with our allies in Congress and continue to send a clear message to Washington: We will continue to fight. Our voices will not be silenced. We will persist. We need to speak up and take action to protect our communities, to protect health care access for millions of residents. We stand with immigrants, the LGBTQ community, Muslims and all that have been targeted by the Trump administration’s extremist agenda.

Speakers:
U.S. Representative Joe P. Kennedy
U.S. Senator Ed Markey

Sponsors:
32BJ SEIU,1199 SEIU, 
SEIU 888
Healthcare for All
Mass Senior Action Council

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Sign-Up to Become an ACA Defender

Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are working to repeal the Affordable Care Act leaving millions of Americans without access to health insurance. We can't stand by and allow that to happen. Join 1199 SEIU and Health Care for All to defend the Affordable Care Act from the Trump presidency.

During Congressional recess, we need your help making calls to voters in key battleground states. You'll help voters effectively share their stories with Members of Congress using Hubdialer patch-through technology. You'll make sure their voices are heard loud and clear.

Sign-up to be an ACA Defender with us. All you need is a phone, a computer connected to the internet and a commitment to attend a brief training over the phone. Whether you make calls from home, join an existing event or host a phone bank of your own, we need your help. RSVP for a shift today.

Together, we can take on Donald Trump and defend health care for millions of Americans. Sign-up to join us.

Sign up to make calls from home or at a phone bank Tuesday, February 21st through Friday, March 3rd, with lunchtime and evening shifts scheduled on most days. Or sign up to make calls from home. Use the link below to RSVP.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/2kw52HK

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Congressman Kennedy

On the Executive Order on Immigration

Please see the links below covering Congressman Kennedy's actions as a vocal opponent of the Trump Administration's executive order barring Muslim refugees and immigrants from entering our country:

  • He also joined his Democratic colleagues in the House to introduce the SOLVE Act, which would nullify President Trump's executive order. 

Joe will fight today and everyday to ensure that our country will not be defined by fear and discrimination.




 

 

 

 

Where Do We Go From Here?

Rally to Stand Up for Science

Sunday, February 19

12:00 Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Copley Square

http://www.facebook.com/events/1833064620300827/

#StandUpForScience: Join scientists, allies and impacted communities at a rally in Boston, Massachusetts while thousands of scientists will be in town for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual conference--the first one since anti-science forces and climate deniers have taken office. 

A Statement from the Rally Organizers:
Science serves the common good. It protects the health of our communities, the safety of our families, the education of our children, the foundation of our economy and jobs, and the future we all want to live in and preserve for coming generations. 

But it’s under attack -- both science itself, and the unalienable rights that scientists help uphold and protect. 

From the muzzling of scientists and government agencies, to the immigration ban, the deletion of scientific data, and the de-funding of public science, the erosion of our institutions of science is a dangerous direction for our country. Real people and communities bear the brunt of these actions. 

The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) brings thousands of scientists together and offers a global stage to send a message at this pivotal moment: we must Stand Up for Science.

Join scientists and community members to affirm: 

- Science must serve the interests of all people, not just those in power. 
- We must support publicly funded and publicly communicated science
- We must protect scientific integrity in policymaking.
- We must protect government scientists from censorship or suppression.
- We must keep scientific data that can benefit the health of our communities and environment open and accessible to the public
- A diverse group of scientists produces increasingly diverse research, which broadens, strengthens, and enriches scientific inquiry, and therefore, our understanding of the world
- Climate change is real, human caused, and an urgent threat. We must support climate science research and evidence-based policy aimed at mitigating climate change and addressing its impacts. 

This is about freedom of inquiry and the future of evidence-based policy in the public interest. It's about the disproportionate impacts on communities of color and low-income communities. It’s about the impacts of the discriminatory travel ban. It’s about speaking truth to power.

SPEAKERS: 
- Astrid Caldas, Ph.D. Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists

- Karan Karanfilian Doczi (Lakota), Harvard University, Founder of the Medicine Wheel Solidarity Network

- Kelly L. Fleming, Ph.D. AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow hosted at the US Dept. of Energy, 500 Women Scientists Leadership Board

- Jacquelyn Gill, Ph.D. Asst. Prof. of Paleoecology, Univ. of Maine, Candidate for US Congress (ME-2), 2018; Host, Warm Regards Podcast

- Chiamaka Obilo, high school student and Action Fellow at Alliance for Climate Education

- Quita Sullivan, JD (Montaukett/Shinnecock), Environmental Justice Lawyer, and the Program Director for Theater at New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)

- Geoffrey Supran, Ph.D. Energy Modeling Post Doctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Science History Post Doctoral Fellow, Harvard University

- Maryam Zaringhalem, Ph.D, Molecular Biologist at Rockefeller University, host of Science Soapbox Podcast

PARTNERS: ClimateTruth.org ActionThe Natural History Museum,Union of Concerned Scientists314 Action500 Women Scientists,350 Mass for a Better FutureGreenpeace USAMass Sierra Club,Toxics Action CenterAlliance for Climate EducationRadius MITMIT Alumni for Climate Action LeadershipMIT Sloan Sustainability InitiativeMIT UA Sustainability CommitteeFossil Free MITDivest BUDivest HarvardMIT Sustainability Summit, Climate Justice Caucus (a student group at the Harvard Kennedy School)

This rally builds on the momentum of other scientist-led efforts since the election, including a rally outside the American Geophysical Union conference in December, and soon---the Science March taking place in DC and in cities around the world this April 22.https://www.marchforscience.com/.

#StandUpForScience #ScienceNotSilence #StandWithScientists#ProtectOurCommunities #WaterIsLife