After over 150 concerned citizens petitioned the City, the Board of Aldermen will host a Public hearing Tuesday, May 14 at the Aldermanic Chambers at 7:30 p.m. on the matter of establishing a fair, consistent and transparent process for filling interim vacancies on the Board of Alderman.
PDS has advocated for years now for stronger, more transparent and democratic city government! Let's have a solid PDS presence there, ready to speak up for our values.
Here was the text of our petition:
We the undersigned residents of Somerville believe strongly in the democratic process and that our elected officials be chosen by us, the people. In the unfortunate and what should be rare event that a member of the Board of Alderman must resign with less than a year to complete his or her term, and thus a special election is neither authorized nor feasible, we believe there must be a set process to select the interim replacement. The City Charter requires that the replacement be approved by a majority of the remaining Board members but is silent as to the specific process.
In recent years we have seen all too often the Board simply appoint the out-going official’s recommended successor without any serious deliberation or input from voters. This does a disservice to our city and the democratic principles we all hold dear. It also creates a disincentive to serve out a term because the resigning alderman is guaranteed that the successor he or she recommends will be appointed.
To address this serious concern, we hereby respectfully request a public hearing by the Board of Alderman. It is our hope that a more open, transparent and consistent process for filling interim vacancies be identified and codified before we face this issue again.
The majority of people don’t seem to be aware of this election. Those that know there is an election often don’t seem to know that the date is next week Tuesday April 30. PDS has endorsed Ed Markey and our members have pledged to help Get Out The Vote.
We can’t do this without you. You have all come through before and we need you again.
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If you aren’t sure why it matters which Democrat wins the Primary Election on Tuesday then check out this comparison between candidates.
We held our Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday March 13 and elected a new board of officers. Congratulations to our new leadership team.
Chair: Katie Wallace
Vice Chair: Mike Grunko
Secretary: Vacant (if interested please let Katie know)
Treasurer: Keith Uram
Elections Co-Chairs: Christine Barber & Kenneth VanBuskirk
Issues Co-Chairs: Matt Rusteika & Fred Berman
Please make every effort to get out and help support our efforts to elect our endorsed candidate Ed Markey for US Senate. You can find all of the upcoming volunteer opportunities at: www.somervilleformarkey.org Keep checking back because more events are added frequently. The election is less than 1 month away on April 30.
Wednesday March 13, 2013 6:30-8:30 pm
Somerville Public Library
79 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
Come hear our plans for the coming year.
Run for and Elect members to our Executive Board.
Meet some candidates running for local office.
Hear about the Markey for US Senate campaign here in Somerville.
Introductions with Question of the Month
PDS History and Status and Accomplishments
Election Of Officers
Key Note Speaker Rebekah Gewirtz, founder of PDS
The Future of PDS
Ed Markey for US Senate
The main business of our Annual Meetings is to elect a new Leadership Board for the Progressive Democrats of Somerville. These are the roles we will elect for our Leadership Committee along with a brief description of some of their duties.
Chair - run meetings, set agenda
Vice Chair - support the chair, fill in if chair is absent
Secretary - takes meeting notes, distributes to-do list from meetings, confirms location for meetings.
Treasurer - set up PDS bank account, sign and distribute checks to whoever we owe money to (like for snacks, venues etc.), collect and keep track of member dues.
Elections Co-Chairs (2) - run PDS endorsement processes, gather and distribute candidate info for endorsements, after endorsement collaborate with campaigns to provide PDS volunteers and events.
Issues Co-Chairs (2) - organize issue campaigns or support other organization’s issue campaigns, Arrange for guest speakers at meetings on issues
The votes are counted and The Progressive Democrats of Somerville have voted to Endorse Congressman Edward Markey for U.S. Senate. Congressman Markey won with 100% of votes cast.
This is a very short election cycle and we will be coordinating our efforts with the Markey Campaign and our friends from Somerville for Ed Markey, Cambridge Somerville for Change, and Medford for Massachusetts.
We pulled out a huge vote in Somerville for Senator Elizabeth Warren in November. Let’s do the same for this Special Election. We CAN Do it!
We're looking forward to another fun event co-sponsored by Progressive Democrats of Somerville, Cambridge Somerville for Change, Progressive Mass, and Organizing for Action (OFA). From the people who brought you our rocking Bowling and Inauguration events we now bring you.....
State of the Union Watch Party
Tuesday, February 12th, 8:00 PM
Cambridge Common Restaurant
1667 Mass. Ave. Cambridge, MA 02138
(between Porter Square and Harvard Square)
For more information and to RSVP, go to the Facebook event:
If you're not on Facebook, you can RSVP here:
With the new year, and President Obama's second term, comes the hard
business of governing,and the advocacy that strives to make our
elected officials serve the greater good. While the inaugural address
was more specific in 2013 than in 2009, the real blueprint for the
President's agenda is the State of the Union.
Have a beer, hang out with your progressive friends and meet some of our special guests. The blizzard will be over and you will be glad to
have a friendly place to go out to.
We are pleased to announce our second Social Media Training for Progressive Organizers will be held Sat. February 23rd from 10AM - 1PM at the Somerville Central Library with our own "radiokeri" Keri Lorenzo as trainer extraordinaire!
The training will consist of an in-depth look at the online tools offered by Facebook and Twitter (1.5hr on each with Facebook to start, so feel free to only come for the first or second half of the training depending on your interest). There should be plenty of time for questions.
Please bring a laptop and/or cell phone with internet access if you want to explore the tools during the training. Also feel free to bring your own lunch and/or treats and drinks to share with the group.
To RSVP and to help spread the word:
What: Social Media Training for Progressive Organizers 2.0 (Facebook/Twitter)
When: Sat. Feb 23: 10AM-1PM
Where: Somerville Central Library, 79 Highland Ave.
RSVP by Feb. 20th to reserve your spot!
We hope to see you there,
Lee & Keri
This has been quite a year with lots of hard work leading up to huge and historic victories in Somerville on November 6. Voter turnout was the largest ever (35,062 ballots cast) including a couple of thousand newly registered voters coming out to elect President Obama (28,467 votes) and Senator-Elect Elizabeth Warren (27,412 votes). State Representative Denise Provost had a huge victory over her Democratic opponent in the September Primary and State Representative Carl Sciortino had the largest victory percentage of any opposed incumbent Rep statewide in the General. Question 4 (24,358 Yes votes), the Community Preservation Act passed by the highest margin in the state.
2) Thank You
Thank you to those of you who stepped up and helped with all of these victories as leaders, volunteers and voters.
3) Time for a Party on 12/12/12
Every Victory deserves a party. PDS is joining with Yes on Question 4 and the Somerville for Elizabeth Warren teams to have one. Everyone is welcome. Bowl, Eat Pizza, Tell your Election Day stories, talk about What Happens Next, have a laugh with your friends.
We hope you will join us for a holiday/victory celebration hosted by the Progressive Democrats of Somerville, the Yes on 4 Campaign & the Somerville for Elizabeth Warren Campaign at Flatbread
45 Day St (Davis Sq.)
Wed. Dec. 12: 7-10PM (yes, that's 12/12/12!)
***Please RSVP to LeeEricaPalmer@gmail.com by Dec. 5 and indicate whether you would like to join us for pizza, bowling or both!***
April 9, 2012
Congratulations to all of the PDS members who were elected to their Ward committees last month! And a very hearty congrats to two of our Leadership Team members, Mike Grunko who was elected Vice-Chair, and to Katie Wallace who was elected Secretary of the Somerville Democratic City Committee tonight!