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PDS Annual Meeting

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 6:00pm
Thu, 01/12/2012 - 8:00pm
Precinct Bar
70 Union Sq
Somerville, MA 02143
see map: Google Maps

Help kick of 2012 and a year of issue-based and political organizing by attending the PDS Annual Meeting!

Thursday, January 12th
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Precinct Bar in Union Square

Join us for a review of 2011, the honoring of two new awards for community activism, a dialogue about PDS in 2012 and election of new officers.

More details to follow including information about some special guests!

Look forward to seeing you in 2012!

Rally for Katjana

Mon, 10/24/2011 - 5:30pm
Mon, 10/24/2011 - 7:30pm
1127 Broadway
Teele Square
Somerville, MA 02144
see map: Google Maps

Please join us and support...

Katjana Ballantyne for Ward 7 Alderman
at the
"Rally for Katjana!"

Monday, October 24th - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Masala, 1127 Broadway, Teele Square, Somerville

Special Guests: State Rep. Carl Sciortino & State Rep. Denise Provost

Hosted by: Rachel Heller, Marty Martinez, Katie Wallace, Justin Klekota, Alba Chitouras, Costa Chitouras, Erica Schwarz, Melissa McWhinney, Fred Berman, Joyce Shortt, Richard Shortt, Jeanette Amazeen-Thomas, Lisa Tatterson, Judy Neufeld, Greg Dennis, Dick Bauer, Roberta Bauer, Judy Eisenberg

The race is in the final stages and Katjana needs our help to get over the top!

Join her friends and supporters by helping get her over the top in this important race.

Suggested Donations: $35, $50, $100

If you cannot make the event, but can still donate, go to http://www.katjana.org/pages/donate.html

For more information, please contact Alexis at manager@katjana.org or Marty at mm8353@hotmail.com

PDS Day for Christine Barber

Sun, 10/02/2011 - 12:00pm
Sun, 10/02/2011 - 4:00pm
87 Thurston Street
Somerville, MA 02145
see map: Google Maps

Join our next PDS day for Christine Barber for Ward 4! Members will be going door to door talk with voters about Christine’s experience and vision for Ward 4 and the entire city of Somerville!

Choose a time that works for you THIS SUNDAY, October 2!
Shift 1: 12pm-2pm
Shift 2: 2pm-4pm

If you have one hour or the whole day, help make sure we elect a strong, progressive candidate for Ward 4 Alderman! Please RSVP to Rachel Heller at rachel.heller@gmail.com

We’ll be meeting at 87 Thurston Street.

Take Action for Our Endorsed Candidates!

As everyone knows, when we endorse, we work. So take a minute and see what is happening with two of our local Alderman candidates and get involved in their race!

Christine Barber for Ward 4 Alderman

Christine's 35th birthday is coming up this weekend. Most of you know that Christine loves celebrating birthdays, and this year it's important for all of us to help her do so. Please donate $35 for her 35th birthday. Christine will be out going door to door talking to members of the community on her Birthday, and you can help her by supporting the campaign for Ward 4 Alderman. Your generous donation of $35 for her 35th birthday will support our voter outreach and mailings, and help us build a strong campaign heading into the fall!

Contribute $35 today to celebrate Christine's 35th birthday! Go to our website and donate through paypal or send a check to Committee to Elect Christine Barber / 87 Thurston St / Somerville, MA 02145

Other ways you can help Christine celebrate her 35th birthday is by helping us reach our goal of 35 new Facebook and 35 new Twitter followers.

I hope you can be take part in celebrating Christine's 35th birthday.

Katjana Ballantyne for Ward 7 Alderman

Join PDS nights with Katjana!

Members will be going door to door to talk with voters about Katjana's experience and vision for Ward 7 and the entire city of Somerville!

Choose one or both dates to join us!

  • Monday, Aug 29th - 6 to 8:30
  • Wed, Sept 7th - 6 to 8:30

If you have one hour or the whole evening, help make sure we elect a strong, progressive candidate for Ward 7 Alderman! If interested, please contact Alexis at manager@katjana.org.

Remember PDS members, Democracy Demands Participation! Lets make sure we show what our support means for these candidates!

PDS Endorses Candidates in the 2011 Municipal Races

August 10, 2011

Marty Martinez, Chair


Aldermen at Large Bill White and Dennis Sullivan endorsed for re-election. Katjana Ballantyne endorsed for Ward 7 Alderman and Christine Barber endorsed for Ward 4 Alderman.

Somerville, MA. The Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) has made endorsements in the contested Alderman-at-Large race, and in the races for Ward 4 and 7 Alderman. PDS will consider an endorsement for Ward 3 Alderman at their next meeting in September.

PDS is proud to endorse incumbents Bill White and Dennis Sullivan for reelection for Alderman at Large. Each candidate brings something different to this race and the PDS membership overwhelmingly voted to support those perspectives. "Aldermen at Large Bill White and Dennis Sullivan continue to be strong voices for open, accessible, and accountable government and we know that we have strong progressive leaders on the Board of Aldermen with them present." said PDS Chair Marty Martinez. "We are proud to endorse both of these candidates."

PDS is proud to endorse Christine Barber for Ward 4 Alderman. The PDS members were unanimous in their support for Christine and were impressed with her credentials and grassroots campaign. "Ward 4 needs a strong and energetic leader and that leader is Christine," said PDS Chair Marty Martinez. "As a health policy expert, Christine understands the complex issues that the city faces and we are excited to work with her on her campaign for Ward 4 Alderman."

PDS is proud to endorse challenger Katjana Ballantyne for Ward 7 Alderman. As the former President of Somerville Community Corporation, Katjana cares about keeping Somerville affordable for all residents and families. PDS members were excited about her focus on an open and inclusive government. "Katjana would bring a fresh perspective to the Board of Alderman," said PDS Vice-Chair Judy Neufeld. "PDS is proud to endorse Katjana for Ward 7 Alderman."

PDS invited all candidates in a contested race to submit a written response detailing their positions on a variety of issues, except for the candidates in Ward 3. Candidates were asked to respond to important issues facing this district including thoughts on local issues including the Green Line Extension, the proposed Wal-Mart store, and ways to engage community in local government. Nearly 40 community members attended the PDS Endorsement Meeting on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 and asked the candidates thoughtful questions. Their responses to the questionnaires are posted on the PDS website at www.pdsomerville.org.

2011 Alderman Questionnaire Responses

The Progressive Democrats of Somerville will be holding endorsements for the contested 2011 municipal elections. The following candidates have sought our endorsement by responding to our questionnaire, and their responses are linked to below.

Alderman at Large:

Alderman Ward 4:

Alderman Ward 7:

Summer Endorsement Meeting

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 6:30pm
Tue, 08/09/2011 - 8:30pm
259 Lowell St
3rd Floor Community Room
Somerville, MA 02144
see map: Google Maps

Join us for our Summer Endorsement Meeting on Tuesday, August 9th! We will consider endorsements in contested races for the Board of Aldermen in Somerville.

Come to the VNA on Lowell Street at 630pm for some good discussion about local politics and learn more about the political organizing happening in Somerville!

Questions or comments, feel free to contact Marty Martinez, PDS Chair at chair@pdsomerville.org

Katjana pulls nomination papers

From the Katjana Ballantyne campaign:

It’s official!

Exciting News! Today I pulled nomination papers and I’ll be collecting signatures over the next week or so.

Visit my facebook page and click on the like button to become a fan!

Spring Potluck Meeting

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 6:00pm
Tue, 05/10/2011 - 8:00pm
First Church Somerville
89 College Ave
Duhamel Hall (Just outside of Davis Square)
Somerville, MA 02143
see map: Google Maps

From local jobs, to development, to budget cuts ... what are the issues facing Somerville?

It's a local election year and it's time to talk about the issues candidates and elected officials need to address!

Come to the Progressive Democrats of Somerville

Spring Potluck Meeting and join in the discussion!

May 10, 2010 - 6pm to 8pm

First Church Somerville, Duhamel Hall

89 College Ave (just outside of Davis Sq)

Join PDS at our Spring meeting and learn about some of the key issues facing our city.

· Should we required developers to hire Somerville residents? Work with unions?

· What is the best use of City properties like the Powderhouse School?

· How should our budget be constructed so as to minimize the burden on everyday Somervillians?

Find out about some of the most pressing issues facing our city.

Good politics, Good People and Good Food!

Progressive Democrats of Somerville hosted their first ever Celebration and Fundraiser

More than 50 people attended the first ever celebration and fundraiser hosted by The Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) on Tuesday, January 11th at Foundry on Elm in Davis Square.

Among the almost fifty attendees were School Committee Members Mark Niedergang, Adam Sweeting, and Paul Bockelman along with President of the Board of Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz, State Senator Pat Jehlen, and State Representative Carl Sciortino. Guests listened to comments from President Gerwitz, as well as the Executive Director of the SEIU Massachusetts State Council Harris Gruman. PDS Chair Marty Martinez and Vice-Chair Judy Neufeld finished off the evening.

The event was the first major PDS event following a major visioning and strategic planning effort undertaken by the PDS Leadership Committee and membership. At the event, PDS introduced new efforts to take on more issue based and member driven campaigns, as well as continuing with their efforts in campaigning for local progressive candidates.

PDS continues to work on bringing accountability and transparency to all levels of government and supporting elected officials and candidates who share our progressive values. Major achievements this year included:

· Endorsing and supporting numerous progressive candidates both in our community and across the state, including Mac D’Alessandro for Congress, and Martha Coakley for Senate.

· Working with the Coordinated Campaign to reelect Governor Deval Patrick and defeat all 3 ballot questions

· Organizing in opposition to resort-style casino gambling through the state Democratic Party

· Raising awareness about Somerville trash removal company Russell Disposal’s violation of state labor laws

· Supporting the efforts by advocates to bring affordable family housing for formerly homeless individuals to Somerville

The next PDS meeting will be held on March 1st. The location will be announced soon. Go to www.pdsomerville.org for more information on the upcoming meeting and other updates.