Perry Gershon for NY 01; Families Belong Together

From Team Gershon's Barbara Trecker:

"Perry Gershon got 36% of the vote among a group of five candidates. Thanks to all those MFM members who wrote 1000 postcards to help him to victory. Perry and his campaign were extremely grateful to us for our work, and it paid off. Now it’s on to November, when Perry will take on Republican and Trump supporter Lee Zeldin. There are lots of opportunities for MarchingForward members, including post cards, telephone calls, and on-site visits. Stay posted for more details."

To join Team Perry Gershon, or one of the other AAC teams,
send an email to: strength@marchingforwardmass.com

See email below from Gershon's campaign to supporters:

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It's ON.
- Last night, Long Island voters loudly said enough.
- Enough to extremist politicians like Lee Zeldin and Donald Trump.
- Enough to attempts to gut health care, Medicare, and Social Security.
- Enough to the NRA pulling the strings in Congress without concern for the people who've died from gun violence.
- Enough to kickbacks, giveaways, and special favors for the special interests.
- Enough to leaders who embrace white supremacists and anti-Semites.
- Enough to ripping families apart on our southern border, enough to locking up asylum-seeking families like they're criminals.


While I am honored to be your Democratic nominee for Congress for New York's first congressional district, this election goes beyond party.


This is about every last one of us who dreams of a better future for our families, friends, and community. That dream transcends party affiliation and gets to the beating heart of our democracy, who we are as a people. 

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This November, Long Island and America have a choice: more of the same, more of out-of-touch career politicians like Lee Zeldin and Donald Trump?
Or a movement, coast-to-coast, of millions of Americans. Small business owners. School teachers. First-time voters. Parents striving for a better future for their children. 

Add your name to join this movement: it's time to fire Lee Zeldin, take back the House, and stop Donald Trump.


- Medicare for All.
- Keeping our communities safe by banning assault weapons.
- Protecting our clean air and water from pollution.
- A robust economy with family-wage jobs. Equality for all.
- Protecting a woman's right to make her own health care choices.
- Humane immigration policies that don't lock children and asylum-seekers in cages. 

These are our rallying cries.
Are you in?
Join our movement.
Let's defeat Donald Trump's favorite congressman, Lee Zeldin, and take back our country.

 


Families Belong Together! 

That rallying cry inspired hundreds of thousands across the country last Saturday. A number of Marching Forward members attended the standing room only rally at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in New Bedford.  I was in Utah, where the passionate crowd was estimated at 2,500.  Here are a few photos from these two of the many hundreds of events across the country. 
Thanks to Leslie Knowles for the photos and captions from Bethel AME.

 Congressman Bill Keating's passionate speech received a standing ovation

Congressman Bill Keating's passionate speech received a standing ovation

 Children saying "Keep Families together" in multiple languages

Children saying "Keep Families together" in multiple languages

 Maria Fortes, Coalition for Social Justice

Maria Fortes, Coalition for Social Justice

 Jean Reynolds Derenoncourt, counselor at large for Brockton. Haitian immigrant, now US citizen.  Articulate and fiery.  

Jean Reynolds Derenoncourt, counselor at large for Brockton. Haitian immigrant, now US citizen.  Articulate and fiery.  

From Utah

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Posted by Katie White

Jared Golden for ME02. Primary Day in NY.

Maine District 02 Voters choose Jared Golden

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Jared Golden, ex-Marine and ex-Senate staffer and state rep from Lewiston, is now our standard bearer running in Maine 02 against GOP congressman Bruce Poliquin. Ranked Choice Voting decided the outcome, with votes from the last place candidate raising Jared from 49 to 54 percent.

Jared has gotten gracious and enthusiastic support from his opponents. Both Lucas St. Clair and Craig Olson have vowed active co-operation to defeat Poliquin in November.

Throughout this primary campaign, Jared has been unwavering in pushing progressive goals. He wants to re-write the regressive GOP tax bill; he wants health care treated as a right, not a privilege; he urges fixes for the ACA, while working toward universal health care like Medicare for All.

Jared wants renewable energy projects expanded in Maine while blocking fossil fuel projects. He is a strong backer of trade unions and an opponent of offshore drilling.

So, now, we're off and running. Canvassing and phone-calling has begun in Maine. We are lining up our own involvement in the second district.

Team Leaders are Bess Coughlin and Vic Mailey.

To get involved, contact them at: strength@marchingforward.com 

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 The 5 Democratic candidates for NY01. The June 26 primary will decide the winner. Three cheers for spirited debate, and support for the winner!

The 5 Democratic candidates for NY01. The June 26 primary will decide the winner. Three cheers for spirited debate, and support for the winner!

It's primary day in New York (June 26).  Voters in eastern Long Island will choose from 5 candidates in the Democratic primary.  While our AAC team has been actively supporting Perry Gershon, they will support the candidate that wins the primary if Gershon loses. In a public show of mutual support, supporters of all 5 candidates in
NY 01 have made the same pledge.  Long Island's NewsDay newspaper says, "Progressive grassroots groups that emerged on Long Island after the election of President Donald Trump, seeking to avoid the party rancor of 2016, are agreeing to agree: They’ll support any Democrat who wins in the June 26 congressional primaries."

Stay tuned for more news from NY 01!

Adopt A Candidate pages will be updated periodically. Check here for news. 

To join Team Gershon, Team Kim, Team Sherrill, or Team Golden,  let us know at:
strength@marchingforwardmass.com

Posted by Katie White


AAC Maine 02, Andy Kim Recap

Updates from Adopt a Candidate Team Maine 02

Vic Mailey has provided some great updates on the status of the Maine 02 primary battle.  It's a different process in Maine this year, and one that will no doubt get much attention nationwide. While the primary was held on June 12, as of this writing, the winner has yet to be declared.  Here's a synopsis.  Vic's complete dispatches are on the web page devoted to Maine 02. 

Dispatch #1
   ME02 is a true swing district, with Democratic representation most of the past 30 years. Any of the three Democratic candidates (Jared Golden, Craig Olson, Lucas St.Clair) will do well against Poliquin in the general election. The district did give its one electoral vote to Donald Trump in 2016. Bruce Poliquin the incumbent , has continued his streak of nastiness by voting to cut $5 billion from CHIP funding. 
   We have been in touch with the Maine Democratic Party and have been given a warm welcome. All recruits to the ME02 team are welcome!   No level of interest or time available or willingness to travel can be too large or too small.

Dispatch #2
   Primary day in Maine. It is possible we will have a candidate tonight.
   With the new Ranked Choice Voting system, a winner must amass over 50 percent of the vote.  In multi-candidate races, no one can now win with, say, 30-40 percent of the vote.  And, rather than a run-off election between the top two candidates, Ranked Choice is now used.
   Voters today will select a first choice candidate, and also a second and third choice (even more choices for the longer slate of gubernatorial candidates).  If no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the bottom candidate drops out and his (in ME02, all guys) voters' second choices get divvied up accordingly among the remaining candidates.  This continues till someone gets more than 50 percent.
   Meanwhile, the Democratic party got its energy up a month ago with a convention in Lewiston.  Lots of energetic speechifying and a good platform adopted--universal health care, environmental and clean energy notes, progressive tax reform, etc.   Discussion on gun control was limited, but our three candidates have been strong on the issue.

Dispatch #3
   Here we are the day after the Maine primary election, and still without a candidate for the 2nd Congressional district race.  Jared Golden remains in the lead-- at 49-50 percent of the vote.   If he gets less than 50 percent of the vote, Ranked Choice Voting kicks in.  Votes from the candidate with the least number of votes will be divided among the remaining candidates according to the Second Choice ballots checked off by those voters.
    So, first off, we continue to wait on the remaining precincts to report in.  Then, we either have a candidate or wait some more for the RCV process to unfold.
    Incidentally, RCV is definitely in the future for the Democratic gubernatorial race.  The highest vote-getter has only 34-35 percent of all those ballots.
    We'll keep everyone up to date!

 

Breakfast with Andy Kim

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Marching Forward hosted NJ 03 Congressional candidate Andy Kim on June 18 – and what an honor it was!  Kim included us in a very busy schedule of events – he had a full day ahead of him in Boston, and was then on to many destinations across the country.

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Andy Kim is running for Congress for all the right reasons:  for his family, for the residents of his District, and by extension, for the country.  Public service in the truest and most honorable sense is what he’s about.  He is a smart, committed candidate with solid Democratic positions that reflect his personal values and those of his district. Ego inflation and self-serving goals are not part of the equation for this man.

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Many thanks to our Adopt a Candidate Team Andy Kim for their outreach to Kim’s campaign, and for making our meeting with him happen.  Between now and November 6,  AAC Team Kim will be in contact with his campaign to assist in any way that we can. 

The full Adopt a Candidate Program is well underway, and there are opportunities for all who want to help!  See the Marching Forward website for updates on Andy Kim - NJ03Mikie Sherrill - NJ11Perry Gershon - NY01; and Maine02.

 

To join Team Andy Kim, or one of the other teams, contact us at strength@marchingforwardmass.com

Posted by Katie White




 

Breakfast with Andy Kim on June 18

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Please Join Us

New Jersey Congressional Candidate Andy Kim is coming to Dartmouth on June 18! 

 

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Breakfast with New Jersey District 3 Democratic Candidate Andy Kim

Monday, June 18
8:30am-10:00am
Home of Mary Boger,
27 Clarks Cove Drive,
South Dartmouth

Coffee/tea and breakfast foods served

Meet Andy in person and be inspired by his story. Hear why he’s running for Congress.  Find out how we in Massachusetts can help Andy be part of the Big Blue Wave that turns the House blue in November.

Directions: from Russells Mills Rd. or Dartmouth Street, take Rockland St. to William St. Turn left on William St, then take first left onto Clarks Cove Dr.  #27 is the 2nd house on the left after the small bridge.

 Please RSVP Now for June 18:

   Email strength@marchingforwardmass.com 
OR

     Call Terry Cryan 987-509-8780

How You Can Help

·        Show Andy a real Massachusetts welcome with
          your attendance on June 18. Bring a friend to the breakfast - all are                       welcome!

·        Consider a donation to the Andy Kim Campaign;
          every donation and any amount helps.

·        Join Marching Forward Mass.
        We are supporting 4 Congressional candidates in races that have a good              chance of “flipping” in November. Our 4 were selected after extensive                  research on the candidates, incumbents, and districts; then MFM
        members voted to choose the final 4. 

-      Join one of our Adopt A Candidate teams. 
       Click HERE for details and to sign up.

More about Andy Kim

- A life-long New Jersey resident, Andy graduated from University of Chicago, was named a Rhodes Scholar, and earned a PhD in international relations from University of Oxford, UK.

-  He has a deep national security background as advisor to Generals Petraeus and Allen in Afghanistan; then worked with the Pentagon, State Department, USAID and Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and served on Obama’s National Security Council as Iraq Director. 

-  His Republican opponent, incumbent Tom MacArthur, was an author of the TrumpCare bill in the House and came up with a proposal to gut pre-existing condition protections. 

Donations to Andy Kim for Congress

·         Donate at the June 18 breakfast; envelopes and information will be available.

·         Donate to Andy's campaign via Act Blue online any time: 

Posted by Katie White


 

 

 

JUNE 7 - CALL FOR PERRY GERSHON. JUNE 18 - BREAKFAST WITH ANDY KIM

MARCHING FORWARD MEMBERS-
IT’S TIME TO ELECT MORE DEMOCRATS TO CONGRESS! 
YOU CAN HELP NOW.
READ ON FOR calls to action FROM adopt a candidate TEAMs
perry GERSHON, NY 01, AND andy KIM, NJ 03. 

After a very successful postcard writing campaign for Perry Gershon, Democratic Congressional candidate for New York District 01, we are now working hard to ensure he wins the democratic primary on June 26th. He is the BEST candidate to challenge the incumbent republican, Lee Zeldin, who is a Donald Trump clone.

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Perry has written us a thank you for our hard work so far. BUT WE ARE NOT DONE!

We have a system to make calls to registered Democrats in Perry's district who are likely to vote in the primary. The Gershon Campaign leaders have trained  our Team Gershon to use the system. The calls we will make are to gauge support for Perry, encourage voters to vote for Perry, and to get out the vote. 

WE NEED YOUR HELP.

On Thursday night, June 7th we are holding the first of several phone bank nights between 5:30 and 8pm at the home of Barbara and Jim Trecker, 8 Winter Street in Padanaram Village. The first part of the evening will be to train you to make the calls. Then we will go to work on the list they will have provided us that day. You will need an iPhone and an iPad.

This is very important work for the Campaign.
Can we count on you Thursday June 7th at 5:30? 
RSVP:
email: strength@marchingforwardmass.com (put "Perry Gershon"  in subject line)
phone: Judy Jenkins: 781-223-7103

Thank You!


The Adopt A Candidate team for Andy Kim and N.J. 3
is pleased to invite you to:

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Breakfast with Andy Kim,
Democratic Candidate in New Jersey District 3

Monday, June 18 8:30am-10:00am
Home of Mary Boger, 
27 Clarks Cove Drive, South Dartmouth

Coffee/tea and breakfast foods served

Directions: from Russells Mills Rd. or Dartmouth Street, take Rockland St. to William St. Turn left on William St, then take first left onto Clarks Cove Dr.  #27 is the 2nd house on the left after the small bridge.

JOIN US! 
Let’s show him a real Marching Forward welcome and support!

$50 suggested minimum donation.
Donate at the event, or here

 RSVP:
by email: strength@marchingforwardmass.com
by phone: Terry Cryan - 978-509-8780
Or RSVP and donate to Andy Kim via Act Blue 

 

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Meet Andy in person and learn his story. Hear why he’s running for Congress and how he can help “Turn the House Blue.” Andy will explain:

- What he hopes to achieve both for his New Jersey constituents and for all Americans. 

- His story: a life-long New Jersey resident, Andy graduated from University of Chicago, was named a Rhodes Scholar, and earned a PhD in international relations from University of Oxford, UK.

- His deep national security background as advisor to Generals Petraeus and Allen in Afghanistan; then work with the Pentagon, State Department, USAID and Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and his service on Obama’s National Security Council as Iraq Director. 

- How he can win this race against Republican incumbent Tom MacArthur, who authored the TrumpCare bill in the House and came up with a proposal to gut pre-existing condition protections. 

- And…what WE can do to help Andy get elected and “Turn the House Blue” in November!

Posted by Katie White