We're Busy!!

Postcards for Perry!

Help Perry Gershon defeat Rep. incumbent Lee Zeldin, a staunch Trump supporter. A win for Gershon in NY01 on Long Island will help flip the House.

Team Perry Gershon is once again writing postcards 1,000 postcards in support of Gershon’s camgaign.
You’re invited to help! Join them on:

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Thursday, September 27
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Susan Kehoe’s house
115 Russells Mills Road
South Dartmouth

There will be snacks, desserts, coffee, tea and wine. 
Questions? email: strength@marchingforwardmass.com

Good News for the Gershon campaign!

From Long Island’s Newsday,

“The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Friday moved Democrat Perry Gershon's bid to unseat Rep. Lee Zeldin to its top tier of targeted races.

DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján cited Gershon's fundraising, campaign infrastructure and "deep ties to the community he aims to serve" in a statement announcing the move to the "Red-to-Blue Program," which includes 82 seats.

The DCCC said moving the race up will mean additional DCCC staff resources, candidate training and strategic guidance.

Gershon said his campaign has raised more than $1.25 million since July 1, with contributions averaging $85.

"I'm happy to see the national party has come to understand the momentum we have and recognize it," Gershon said Friday. "We know that this race is extremely competitive and there's tremendous Democratic energy."

… Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) is seeking a third term. The 1st Congressional District historically been a swing district, shifting between Democratic and Republican control.”


Team Mikie Sherrill goes to Boston…

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Pattie Garrahy Robertson, Nancy Train Smith, Laurie Bullard, Congresswoman Katherine Clark, MA 05, and John Bullard

Energetic members of AAC Team Mikie Sherrill attended a fundraiser for Mikie in Boston this past Monday. Unfortunately, Mikie’s plane was cancelled, so she wasn’t there in person. But she ‘attended’ via FaceTime.

Here’s what Nancy Train Smith had to say after their conversation with Mikie. “I’m so excited that Mikie is our adopted candidate! She is smart, accomplished, totally authentic. She’s stepping forward out of her already very busy life to serve our country. The character of our elected officials matters more than anything to me. If I know that someone is thoughtful and will act with the best interests of their constituents and the country, I will support them. I believe that Mikie Sherrill is a woman of great integrity and I am an enthusiastic supporter!”

Members of Team Mikie will be in New Jersey September 24 - 27 to help her campaign.
Go Team!

To help with any of our Adopt A Candidate teams, email: strength@marchingforwardmass.com


Margory Stoneham Douglas High School (Parkland, Florida) graduates coming to UMass Dartmouth.
Wednesday, October 17. 7PM. Main Auditorium, UMass Dartmouth.

David Hogg and Jaclyn Corin will speak on campus about engagement of young people in civic life. More info from UMass Dartmouth.

The event is free, but registration is required. Register Here.

Marching Forward is planning to gather (with pizza!) before the talk. More details to follow.

Posted by Katie White



8 weeks and counting…

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Where We Stand

We are 8 weeks from the Midterm elections. While the momentum seems to favor a significant change in the status quo, we all know that this is not a sure thing. This is not the time for complacency. It is the time to press our seeming advantage - to support our chosen candidates, to write postcards for candidates all over the country, and yes, if you so choose, to send some of your cold hard cash to your favorite candidates or to the Democratic party.
Questions? Want to get more involved?
Send an email to: strength@marchingforwardmass.com.

The Cook Political Report is an independent, non-partisan newsletter that analyzes elections and campaigns. In rating individual races they use the following categories:
Solid seats
Likely: These seats are not considered competitive at this point, but have the potential to become engaged.
Lean: These are considered competitive races, but one party has an advantage.
Toss Up: These are the most competitive; either party has a good chance of winning.

Here’s what they currently have to say about our adopted candidates, and our own Bill Keating (let’s remember to support the all important home team!)

Perry Gershon - NY 01 Likely Republican
Jared Golden - ME 02 Toss Up
Andy Kim - NJ 03 Toss Up
Mikie Sherrill - NJ 11 Lean Democratic
Bill Keating - MA 09 Solid Democratic


Update from Team Jared Golden

Many thanks to Vic Mailey for this ready-to-post update! There’s lots going on with Team Golden! To participate with any of our Adopt A Candidate Teams, email: strength@marchingforwardmass.com. We’ll pass the message along.

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For politically inclined Mainers, July and August were hardly vacation months.  Shortly after the June 12 primary election, Dems gathered county by county and planned out the next four months.  They were phone banking and door-to-door canvassing by mid-summer.  In August, our own ME02 crew began remote phone banking.  In mid-August, we were on the ground canvassing with the Mainers.

We have not bundled our donations.  Individuals have contributed on line at the Jared Golden and Janet Mills (governor candidate) websites.  With scant information in the online Maine press, we've gotten campaign updates mostly from the Golden and Mills Facebook pages and from Email posts.

Jared Golden has snagged several significant national endorsements:  
    He was endorsed early on in the spring by End Citizens United (he takes no dark money and no money from corporate PACs)
    He has gotten very strong union support (his first speech after the primary was a strong speech to the state AFL-CIO)
    He has been endorsed by Seth Moulton and Vote Vets (a natural pick, given his service in Iraq and Afghanistan)
    The Cook Political Report switched its characterization of the ME02 election from Lean Republican to Toss Up
    He has been endorsed by The Resistance (especially impressed with his return to Afghanistan to teach)
    Last month in Daily Kos, an occasional blogger listed Jared Golden in a group of 20 Dem candidates he felt represented the best use of a donor's money without an unlimited budget.

South Dartmouth activity is ramping up this month.  Remote phone banking and donations continue.
And--folks are heading to Hancock County (Ellsworth, Penobscot, Winter Harbor and Sorrento) and to Oxford County (Fryeburg, Lovell, Jackson, NH) to continue canvassing, putting up yard signs, more phonecalling.

The objective is to do everything we can to turn ME02 Blue!  

Posted by Katie White




Postcards to Voters, News from Teams Gershon and Sherrill

News from Team Mikie Sherrill, NJ 11

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- Team Mikie Sherrill is organized and active!  After a series of meetings during the summer,  visits to New Jersey are on the calendar, as well as opportunities for phone banking.  
- Visits: With valuable input from Sherrill campaign staff, there will be two visits to
NJ 11. The first is September 24 – 28. The second will be November 2 – 6.  Tasks will be canvassing door to door in the evenings, and helping at campaign headquarters during the day.  
- There was recently a phone banking session at the home of Team Leader Nancy Smith, and more to come.  Phone calls are helpful to the campaigns, in that they help to identify likely Sherrill voters for campaign strategy purposes.  
- For more information or to join any of the Adopt A Candidate teams, visit the AAC pages on our web site, or email us at: strength@marchingforwardmass.com
 


Team Perry Gershon invites you to get involved!

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Our adopted Candidate, Perry Gershon, won the democratic primary for Congressman from NY 01, the district at the east end of Long Island!
MF Team Gershon wrote postcards and made calls.


 

Now comes the general election in November against republican Lee Zeldin, the incumbent and a Trump clone.

Will you help NOW?

Before it’s too late to turn this district BLUE.

You are needed by all the adopted candidates of MF teams.

Please give a little of your time to write postcards either at a one of our fun postcard parties or at home!

 

email us at: strength@marchingforwardmass.com to get involved on any of the Adopt A Candidate Teams!

And Thank You!
 


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For those of you who don't have the time or inclination to join one of the Adopt a Candidate teams, but want to do something concrete, consider signing up with Postcards To Voters

I've been participating for the last month or so, and will continue through the election. 

It's easy to use, and it's totally up to you when and how many postcards you will write. They provide you with essential talking points, and background information about the campaign of the moment.  The messages that you write are positive, Get Out the Vote encouragement to registered Democrats. Feedback from campaigns that they have supported has been very positive.  People respond positively to receiving a handwritten postcard! 

 You are responsible for buying postcards, and postage, and for writing and mailing the cards promptly after you ask for addresses.  Communication is anonymous - you receive addresses but no names, and you are instructed not to sign your full name to your message.  Our fearless leader Pattie described their strategy as "Brilliant"  That means something from a woman who knows a lot about advertising, communication, and branding. 

Any questions for me about this program - send them to strength@marchingforwardmass.com.

Posted by Katie White


News from Team Mikie Sherrill, Immigrants Assistance Center Summer Fundraiser

Team Mikie Sherrill

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Mikie Sherrill is a strong candidate for U.S. Congress for New Jersey's 11 District, with a real chance to win this seat, now held by retiring Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen.  And she is firmly in the crosshairs of local and national Republicans who want to keep NJ 11 in the Republican column.  Our support can make a real difference in the outcome of this race. 

 

Our Adopt a Candidate Team Mikie Sherrill has an action plan, and welcomes all who want to join them, in any or all of the following activities!
  Want to learn more about Mikie Sherrill?  Start Here
To Join Team Mikie Sherrill, or any of the other Adopt a Candidate teams,
email:   strength@marchingforwardmass.com 

- Phone Calling. A specific request from Sherrill's campaign headquarters is for 'Voter ID' phone calling.  The purpose of the calls will be to identify Mikie Sherrill voters in preparation for election day Get Out The Vote efforts. Dates, times, and further information will be provided by the Sherrill Campaign. 

- Visits to the district for canvassing, and other activities specifically requested by the Sherrill Campaign. The dates of these visits are:
            September 24 - 28
            October 19 - 26
Your participation in either or both of these visits is welcome.  As Team member John Bullard says,  this is "The Most Fun!!"

- Postcards  Get Out the Vote postcards work, especially if they're personalized.   Stay tuned for more on this. 

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Immigrants Assistance Center Summer Fundraiser

Dear Friends of the Immigrants’ Assistance Center,

I am pleased to invite you to attend our Summer Fundraiser on August 9 at 6:00 – 9:00pm where we will gather under a tent at the beautiful Madeiran Heritage Museum in New Bedford in support of much-needed services to immigrants in our community.  We are grateful for the generous participation of United Health Care as our platinum sponsor.

Buy Tickets

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For over 47 years the Immigrants’ Assistance Center has been the SouthCoast region’s first responder to new arrivals, offering often confused and disoriented newcomers a trusted touchstone as they encounter the American experience.  We help immigrants apply for citizenship or a green card, secure benefits for US-born children, connect to medical care for elders, get a driver’s license, or more acutely obtain legal assistance in the face of detainment or deportation.

With recent political and social changes, we find ourselves in an unprecedented crisis as thousands of undocumented immigrants, including those who until recently had legal protections, are enmeshed in a state of extreme anxiety and fear.  In this region and nationally, detainment and deportations of law-abiding, tax paying non-citizens is at an all time high. Crimes are going unreported, domestic violence is unaddressed, and parents are hesitating to send their children to school or seek medical care.  The number of clients seeking our help has grown 40% in the past 2 years.  

To continue providing critical services, we need your direct support. Tickets to our Summer Fundraiser are $50 per person.  For those who can, additional donations above the ticket price are deeply appreciated.  And if you are unable to attend, we ask you to consider giving a donation in support of our work.  Please click here to buy your tickets and/or donate.  You may also call our offices at 508-996-8113.   

Thank you in advance for your consideration and I hope to see you on August 9.

Sincerely,

Helena DaSilva Hughes

Posted by Katie White


Elections have Consequences

It's all about November folks.  A Democracy is strong when
We the People stay involved, when we invite our like-minded friends and family to join us in action, when we make our voices heard. 
We invite you to join our Adopt a Candidate program. Look at the information on the Adopt a Candidate pages
Send an email to: strength@marchingforwardmass.com and tell us of your interest. 
Or, if you'd rather not work with us,  then by all means,
plan your own actions, as large or small as you choose. 
Just participate. We can make a difference. 

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John McCain, July 15, 2018
"Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake. “President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world. “It is tempting to describe the press conference as a pathetic rout — as an illustration of the perils of under-preparation and inexperience. But these were not the errant tweets of a novice politician. These were the deliberate choices of a president who seems determined to realize his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin’s regime without any regard for the true nature of his rule, his violent disregard for the sovereignty of his neighbors, his complicity in the slaughter of the Syrian people, his violation of international treaties, and his assault on democratic institutions throughout the world. “Coming close on the heels of President Trump’s bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today’s press conference marks a recent low point in the history of the American Presidency. That the president was attended in Helsinki by a team of competent and patriotic advisors makes his blunders and capitulations all the more painful and inexplicable.

No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are — a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad.

American presidents must be the champions of that cause if it is to succeed. Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain."

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                     Tom Toles

                    Tom Toles

Tom Toles, July 17, 2018
"Yesterday, the world changed as President Trump stood shoulder to shoulder with a foreign dictator, and took his side against America.

Yawn. The Republican response amounted to a tut-tut. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) got it right when he said that “no prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant.” But the tea got watered down pretty rapidly from there. Newt Gingrich called it “the most serious mistake of his presidency.” Oh, yes, mistakes were made. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declared that he has complete confidence in the findings of our intelligence community, but at last check, the intelligence community was still under the bus after being thrown there by Trump.

Let’s see. An adversarial power acted systematically to undermine our election, and plans to do it again. Trump, in effect, said he doesn’t actually believe the U.S. position on this, let alone will he do anything to punish or stop it. The only thing he has ever threatened to do is shut down a full investigation into it.

Let’s go to the tape. The tape of Trump winking at Russian President Vladimir Putin. TWICE! Cute, huh? And after a day of angry jowl-shaking, will the Republican Party do anything about this? Such as acting to protect the special counsel from Trump? No, it will send Trump a wink or two of its own. Tut-tutly winks.

Algebra time! If A equals B, and B equals C, what is the relation of A to C? If Trump stands with Putin on Putin’s interference in the U.S. election, and Republicans stand with Trump, what have you got? An American crisis is what. As The Post’s editorial page points out today, the collusion question has now been answered. In public. Putin did for Trump, Trump just did for Putin. Quid, meet quo. Democracy, meet authoritarianism.

The Republican Party is making its choice here. Your choice is in November." 

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James Comey, July 16 and 17, 2018
"This was the day an American president stood on foreign soil next to a murderous lying thug and refused to back his own country. Patriots need to stand up and reject the behavior of this president.

This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that “Ambition must ... counteract ambition.”

All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall.

Policy differences don’t matter right now. History has its eyes on us. " 

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Posted by Katie White