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PDS Celebration and Fundraiser

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 6:30pm
Tue, 01/11/2011 - 8:00pm
Foundry on Elm
255 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02145
see map: Google Maps

Message on Sheriff DiPaola

The Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) wishes to express its condolences to the family of Sheriff James V. DiPaola.

We especially recall and appreciate the time that Sheriff DiPaola took to work with us, and the passion with which he described his efforts to reform and improve the Middlesex County corrections system.

Our support and sympathy go out to his family in this difficult time.


Progressive Democrats of Somerville

Progressive Democrats of Somerville Hires Organizing and Communications Intern

PDS Members,

Besides the good news of keeping Massachusetts blue this week, the PDS leadership team wanted to send out an announcement that we hired a new Organizing and Communications intern to help us as an organization grow and thrive. We know this was a top priority coming out of the visioning work we did and we are so excited to bring on Andrew Bunyard!

Andrew graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies. He works as a Health Care Service Coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association; a job he has held for almost three years. In addition, he works as a Therapeutic Mentor for Health and Education Services in Beverly, MA. He has lived in Somerville for three years and is looking forward to being engaged with the important work of the progressive movement on a local level. Andrew was a stellar volunteer in Ward 6 for the coordinated campaign and was an intern on the Mac D’Alessandro campaign earlier this fall.

Andrew is so excited to be working with us. He said “Progressive politics have always been a passion of mine, but in recent years it has become all the more apparent the urgency for progressive policies and change. I work in a field where I see the cracks in a system every day that allow those most deserving of help to go without notice. I believe that working for PDS will allow me to take part in these larger issues on a local level and with the greatest amount of impact. It is an honor to be a part of such a dynamic and progressive local force. I look forward to the great challenges ahead.”

Please join me in welcoming Andrew Bunyard to our team!


Judy Neufeld
Vice-Chair, PDS

Now is the time! GOTV this weekend!

This is it!

Time is up!

This upcoming state election is coming down to the wire and we need your help. PDS has endorsed Governor Patrick for reelection and has endorsed a NO vote on all three ballot questions. We need your help in all of these races.

This weekend, there will be Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts across Somerville to turn out efforts for Governor Patrick and the ballot questions. Your help is needed. One hour, two hours, all day. Whatever you have. This is it!

Help is needed, Saturday, Sunday, Monday night and all day on Election Day!

If you have any time, please contact one of us to get plugged in:
Marty Martinez, PDS Chair, mm8353 at hotmail.com
Rachel Heller, PDS Secretary, rachel.heller at gmail.com
Judy Neufeld, PDS Vice-Chair, jpneufeld at gmail.com

Come out and get involved. We need to turn out a big vote in Somerville on all of these issues. Remember, Democracy Demands Participation!

PDS Steering Committee

P.S. Check out our Op Ed in the Somerville Journal this week

Deval Patrick for Governor, plus Upcoming Events

The results are in!

PDS endorses Deval Patrick for Governor! The PDS membership overwhelmingly voted in favor of endorsing the Governor for reelection!

Come on out to our next PDS meeting and volunteer your time for our endorsed candidate. Now is the time. Check out some key dates over the next few days!

  • Saturday October 9th at 10 AM at the Rite-Aid in Winter Hill (299 Broadway). Canvassing in Somerville 4-1 and 4-2 for Deval Patrick, Pat Jehlen and Carl Sciortino!
  • Sunday October 10th at 1 PM at Angelina's in Teele Square (230 Holland St). Canvassing a lot of areas in West Somerville for Patrick, Jehlen and Sciortino!
  • Important PDS meeting on Tuesday, October 12th from 6:30 to 8:30 at the VNA on Lowell Street in Somerville. Come on out and voice your opinions and learn about ways to help the governor get reelected!

Remember, Democracy Demands Participation!
For more information, please email me at chair at pdsomerville dot org

Fall Meeting with Endorsements

Tue, 10/12/2010 - 6:30pm
Tue, 10/12/2010 - 8:30pm
259 Lowell St
Somerville, MA 02144
see map: Google Maps

There is an important PDS meeting coming that we hope you can attend!

A full meeting that includes:

  • Consideration of endorsements on the three ballot questions that will each of a big impact in Somerville;
  • An update on strategic planning actions that the steering committee has taken as a result of our visioning process this last Spring;
  • A specific action step that we can take at the meeting in the governor's race!

This important meeting is on Tuesday, October 12th from 6:30 to 8:30 at the VNA on Lowell Street in Somerville. Come on out and voice your opinions and get involved in one of the most critical state elections cycles in sometime!

For more information, please contact me at chair at pdsomerville dot org.

PDS Nights at the D'Alessandro Campaign

The campaign of our newly endorsed candidate Mac D'Alessandro is gaining momentum including an important endorsement by the Boston Globe!

Help our PDS endorsed candidate by making the trip to the 9th Congressional District to volunteer in this exciting campaign!

PDS Nights at the D'Alessandro Campaign

Thursday, September 9th

Monday, September 13th

Meet in Davis Square at 6PM

Meet in Davis Square at 6:00pm and head down to the 9th District for a night of phone banking and door knocking. Come out and make a difference in this important race.

Please RSVP to chair@pdsomerville.org

Marty Martinez
PDS Chairperson

State Rep, State Senate, and US Congress Questionnaire Responses

Here are the responses to our questionnaire that we sent to candidates for State Representative, State Senate, and for the MA-9 Congressional seat. We will voting on endorsements at our upcoming Endorsement Meeting.

Endorsement Meeting

Thu, 09/02/2010 - 6:30pm
Thu, 09/02/2010 - 8:30pm
Precinct Bar
70 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143
see map: Google Maps

Getting involved and making a difference in political campaigns is something PDS does well!

So we will be meeting on Thursday, Sept. 2nd from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Precinct Bar in Union Square (70 Union Square) to consider making an important endorsement.

We will consider an endorsement in the 9th Congressional District Democratic Primary between Mac D'Allessandro and Stephen Lynch.. This is an important race that is drawing national attention! In addition, we will hear from some members of our own state delegation as they work for reelection this year and consider endoring them as well:

Sen. Jehlen and Reps. Provost, Toomey and Sciortino.

This is an important meeting and one that is sure to help energize PDS moving into the fall! Hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact Marty Martinez, PDS Chair at chair at pdsomerville dot org.

2010 Annual Meeting

Thu, 06/17/2010 - 5:30pm
Thu, 06/17/2010 - 7:30pm
Precinct Bar
70 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143
see map: Google Maps

Join us for our Annual Meeting this Thursday, June 17th!

After a year of many successes and some direction setting work, we are excited to end one year and begin another!

Come out for an evening of good food, good people and good politics.

We will briefy review the last year, hear from a few PDSers and their important efforts, elect new officers and get ready for an upcoming year of important work to continue to make Somerville an even better place to live, work and play!

Thursday, June 17th

5:30 to 7:30

at the Precinct, 70 Union Square

Remember, Democracy Demands Participation!

Marty Martinez
PDS Chairperson