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Important Meeting on PDS Future

Tue, 05/25/2010 - 6:30pm
Tue, 05/25/2010 - 8:30pm
East Somerville Stop and Shop Community Room
775 McGrath Highway
Somerville, MA 02145
see map: Google Maps

After months of planning and visioning, the steering committee is ready to present a plan for moving forward and some concrete stratgies for PDS over the next several years. We will vote on adoption of this plan. I hope you will join us for this important meeting.

Tuesday, May 25th at 6:30
East Somerville Stop and Shop Community Room

Come out and see what exciting things are happening with PDS. Learn some updates on other things PDS is involved in, discuss the future direction of PDS and the upcoming annual meeting and elections. Remember, Democracy Demands Participation!

Marty Martinez
PDS Chairperson

2010 State Senate Questionnaire Responses

The Democratic Primary to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Anthony Galluccio will be held on April 13. The following four candidates sought the endorsement of the Progressive Democrats of Somerville, responding to our questionnaire. At our endorsement meeting, no candidate received more than 2/3 of the vote, the threshold needed to win our endorsement.

March Meeting

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 6:30pm
Tue, 03/23/2010 - 8:30pm
College Ave Methodist Church
Chapel St
Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144
see map: Google Maps

At this meeting we have three things on our agenda:

  • Endorsement for the Middlesex, Suffolk & Essex State Senate Seat (candidates interested will have responded to our written questions and responses will be shared that evening)
  • A discussion about Somerville trash removal company, Russell Disposal, and its violation of state law as cited by the Attorney General
  • A vote on moving the Annual Meeting from April to June so that the PDS Steering Committee and Membership body can finish its visioning process

This should be a great meeting and one that we hope you will not miss!

State Senate Election Forum

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 7:00pm
Thu, 03/18/2010 - 9:00pm
Cambridge Senior Center
806 Mass Avenue
across from Cambridge City Hall
Cambridge, MA 02139
see map: Google Maps

You are invited!

The Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) have joined with Cambridge and Somerville for Change and the Cambridge Democratic City Committee to host a candidates forum for the Middlesex, Suffolk & Essex State Senate race. This is the race to fill the seat that was left vacant by Senator Galluccio's resignation. As progressives in Somerville, it will be a great chance for us to hear about what these candidates propose to do to address the important issues that face our community.

Please join us....

Thursday, March 18th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Cambridge Senior Center, 806 Mass Avenue (across from Cambridge City Hall)

The forum will be moderated by former Cambridge City Councilor and State Representative Saundra Graham. All six of the announced Democratic candidates will attend. The forum will also be filmed by Cambridge Community Television for broadcast on CCTV. For more information please contact PDS Endorsement Chair Ade Baptista (adepds@gmail.com)

PLEASE NOTE: PDS will make an organizational endorsement in this race at our regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 23rd. More details to follow.

Meeting & Debate Watch Party

Tue, 12/01/2009 - 6:30pm
Tue, 12/01/2009 - 8:00pm
Precinct Bar
70 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143
see map: Google Maps

The Steering Committee has decided to move our monthly meeting and join efforts with the City Committee and co-sponsor a Debate Watch Party! Check below for the detials. We hope to see you there!

Somerville Democratic City Committee and the Progressive Democrats of Somerville invite you to a:

Debate Watch Party
Tuesday December 1st

What: Candidates for US Senate televised debate
Where: Precinct Bar, Union Square
When: 6:30pm, December 1st

Come out for some good food and good politics with some good people!

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

THIS IS IT! Christine Needs Our Help!

Hey PDSers...As we approach the late afternoon of this city election, we need to get out there and help one of our endorsed candidates!

Christine Rafal, our ward 4 school committee endorsed candidate, has the votes needed to win this race but she needs more help to get her voters to the polls. The race is going to be a close one and the momentum is on her side in the final hours of this race!

Any time you have...from one hour to four hours...is needed to turn out her supporters in this important race!

Please call her campaign office at 617-335-6343 or shoot us an email if you can come out and help. This is it, any final help will make the difference needed to win!

Rally for Rafal

Tue, 10/27/2009 - 6:30pm
Tue, 10/27/2009 - 8:30pm
Orleans Restaurant
65 Holland Street
Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144
see map: Google Maps

"Rally for Rafal"

Come out and support Christine Rafal, candidate for Ward 4 School Committee!

With the election only a few weeks away, come out and give Christine her final push!

Tuesday, October 27th, 6:30pm to 8:00
at Orleans Restaurant, 65 Holland Street, Davis Square

Good Food, Good Drinks and Great Company!

Hosts: Katjana Ballantyne, Christine Barber, Fred Berman, Steve Churchill, Rosemarie Day, Marty Martinez, Judy Neufeld, Katie Wallace

Suggested Donation: $40

2009 Alderman At Large Endorsements

Immediate Release – September 26, 2009
For more information, please contact Marty Martinez, PDS Chairperson at 617-256-5641 or chair at pdsomerville dot org.

Somerville, MA - The Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) has made endorsements in the contested Alderman-at-Large race. PDS is proud to endorse incumbents Bill White and Dennis Sullivan for reelection, and challenger Luis Morales. Each candidate brings something different to this race and the PDS membership voted to support those perspectives.

West Somerville resident and PDS Endorsement Chair Ade Baptista said that for the members the choice was clear. "Just as our endorsed candidates did for ward alderman and school committee, each of these candidates sought our endorsement and took the time to share their views with our membership, come to our endorsement meeting to answer questions and talk about their progressive background and experiences. Our members are impressed with their credentials."

"This is the second time we have endorsed Alderman at Large Bill White and we are very proud to do so. He continues to be a strong voice for open and accountable government and we know that we have a strong progressive leader on the Board of Aldermen with him present." said PDS Chairman Marty Martinez. "Our membership was pleased to see Alderman at Large Dennis Sullivan seek our endorsement once again. Dennis made a strong case that he works hard to be accessible to all of the residents of the city and that he believes he brings a progressive agenda to the board. Finally, Luis Morales would bring a fresh perspective to the board and the PDS members present felt that his personal story and background would give voice to many of the residents in our community who are not engaged in local government. As a challenger, he would bring a much needed perspective to City Hall. We are proud to endorse each of these three candidates."

PDS invited all Alderman-at-Large candidates to submit a written response detailing their positions on a variety of issues. Four of the five candidates responded. Candidates were asked to respond to important issues facing this district including thoughts on local issues, the use of the Powerhouse School, ways to engage community residents and ideas for making their respective elected bodies more open and accessible. Their responses are posted on the PDS website at www.pdsomerville.org.

PDS September Meeting (At Large Endorsement)

Tue, 09/22/2009 - 6:30pm
Tue, 09/22/2009 - 8:30pm
259 Lowell St.
Somerville, MA 02144
see map: Google Maps

Please join us for our September meeting which is our Alderman-at-Large Endorsement Meeting! This will be a great way to hear from the candidates who are running for Alderman-at-Large and see which ones you will cast your votes for in November!

PDS September Meeting
Tuesday, September 22nd from 6:30 to 8:30
VNA, 259 Lowell Street - Community Room

Come out and see what PDS is up to and get involved in our upcoming local elections! For more information, please contact Marty Martinez at chair@pdsomerville.org

2009 Questionnaire Responses for Alderman-At-Large

As part of our endorsement process, PDS sent questionnaires to the 5 candidates for the 4 Alderman-At-Large seats.