Sierra Club Event Tonight! Adopt a Candidate Meeting Wednesday April 18.

Dear Marching Forward members:

For the past several weeks,  every news story I've read or interview I've listened to about the Trump presidency concludes with some version of the following: 

" The path to curbing the Trump presidency
lies at the ballot box in November."  

We know this.  We can do something about it.  Your action starts with the meeting Wednesday, April 18. Join us.  Bring a friend.  Forward a link to this blog post to others and invite them to attend.
See you there.

Only you and I can stop Trump, Washington Post, April 16, 2018

ADOPT A CANDIDATE - 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS


PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS IMPORTANT MEETING:
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
SOUTHWORTH LIBRARY
6:00 - 7:30

AS WE CONTINUE OUR DYNAMIC AND MEASURABLE WORK FOCUSED ON HEALTHCARE, IMMIGRATION, JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY AND (SOON) THE ENVIRONMENT, WE HAVE LAUNCHED A SHORT TERM, FOCUSED EFFORT TO TURN THE HOUSE BLUE THIS NOVEMBER, 2018.

CERTAINLY WE SUPPORT OUR MASSACHUSETTS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND SENATE. YET TO TURN THE TIDE FOR BALANCED GOVERNING NATIONWIDE WE HAVE NARROWED OUR FOCUS ON SELECTED CONGRESSIONAL RACES IN FOUR “SWINGABLE” DISTRICTS.  

FOLLOWING MONTHS OF COLLABORATIVE WORK WITH SISTER INDIVISIBLE GUIDE MEMBERS and our MFM Political Action Leader Team WE NARROWED THE FIELD TO SEVEN CANDIDATES.  CONOR LAMB (PA 18) WAS UP FIRST AND DELIVERED AN UPSET WIN IN A DISTRICT DEEMED UNWINNABLE FOR THE PAST SEVERAL DECADES.  Our own leader Rick Schnure who grew up near this district even convinced his 98 year old Mom, Elise to vote for a Democrat (first time ever).

WE PRESENTED SIX ADDITIONAL CANDIDATES (or DISTRICTS) TO OUR MEMBERSHIP AT OUR LAST WELL ATTENDED, LIVELY GROUP MEETING.  VOTING ALSO TOOK PLACE ONLINE.  NEARLY SIXTY ACTIVISTS VOTED AND OUR WINNERS FOR “ADOPTION” ARE:  

 

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  • MAINE DISTRICT 2 (CANDIDATES TBD FOLLOWING JUNE PRIMARY).  
    MFM Team Captains are Vic Mailey and Bess Coughlin (both are familiar with the district and will spend lots of time there this Summer following primaries!)

 

 

 

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NEW JERSEY DISTRICT 11,
MIKIE SHERRILL www.mickiesherrill.com
MFM Team Captains are Laurie Bullard, Nancy Train Smith (‘cuz they grew up in this district) John Bullard (as he was smart enough to marry his Jersey Girl)

 

 

 

 

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NEW JERSEY DISTRICT 3, ANDY KIM www.andykimforcongress.com  MFM Team Captains are Terry Cryan, Mary Boger both are inspired by this Candidate and familiar with district.  

 

 

 

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NY DISTRICT 1, PERRY GERSHON www.perrygershon.com MFM Team Captains are Barbara Trecker, Rachel Lewis, Susan Kehoe, Judy Jenkins. Many leaders grew up in or near this district and know it well.

 

 

SO NOW.  
LET’S DO THIS by participating SOME, ALL IN or IN BETWEEN!!. 
 

Actions will range from writing postcards, texting and calling gatherings in the comfort of your own home, community centers, clubs and cafes to traveling to districts to participate in canvassing, voter registrations and community camaraderie with like-minded activists. Many of us have worked on campaigns outside our home states – it’s FUN, engaging and a true bonding experience.

JOIN US on Wednesday, April 18 at Southworth Library 6-7:30 to JOIN YOUR TEAM OF CHOICE.  Each candidate will be represented by our MFM Team Captains so please take a look at each candidate’s website above.  Get to know them and remember they are mostly “centrist” candidates matched to their districts values and demonstrate strong possibility of winning.


Marching Forward is proud to co-sponsor this Sierra Club event in
New Bedford.  It's free, it's in a great location, and promises to be
informative and interesting.  Come with a friend!

Sierra Club Event.jpg

Posted by Katie White

April 18 Adopt a Candidate Meeting, Sierra Club comes to New Bedford

ADOPT A CANDIDATE - 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS


PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS IMPORTANT MEETING:
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
SOUTHWORTH LIBRARY
6:00 - 7:30

AS WE CONTINUE OUR DYNAMIC AND MEASURABLE WORK FOCUSED ON HEALTHCARE, IMMIGRATION, JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY AND (SOON) THE ENVIRONMENT, WE HAVE LAUNCHED A SHORT TERM, FOCUSED EFFORT TO TURN THE HOUSE BLUE THIS NOVEMBER, 2018.

CERTAINLY WE SUPPORT OUR MASSACHUSETTS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND SENATE. YET TO TURN THE TIDE FOR BALANCED GOVERNING NATIONWIDE WE HAVE NARROWED OUR FOCUS ON SELECTED CONGRESSIONAL RACES IN FOUR “SWINGABLE” DISTRICTS.  

FOLLOWING MONTHS OF COLLABORATIVE WORK WITH SISTER INDIVISIBLE GUIDE MEMBERS and our MFM Political Action Leader Team WE NARROWED THE FIELD TO SEVEN CANDIDATES.  CONOR LAMB (PA 18) WAS UP FIRST AND DELIVERED AN UPSET WIN IN A DISTRICT DEEMED UNWINNABLE FOR THE PAST SEVERAL DECADES.  Our own leader Rick Schnure who grew up near this district even convinced his 98 year old Mom, Elise to vote for a Democrat (first time ever).

WE PRESENTED SIX ADDITIONAL CANDIDATES (or DISTRICTS) TO OUR MEMBERSHIP AT OUR LAST WELL ATTENDED, LIVELY GROUP MEETING.  VOTING ALSO TOOK PLACE ONLINE.  NEARLY SIXTY ACTIVISTS VOTED AND OUR WINNERS FOR “ADOPTION” ARE:  

 

ME2.jpg
  • MAINE DISTRICT 2 (CANDIDATES TBD FOLLOWING JUNE PRIMARY).  
    MFM Team Captains are Vic Mailey and Bess Coughlin (both are familiar with the district and will spend lots of time there this Summer following primaries!)

 

 

 

mickie sherrill.jpg

NEW JERSEY DISTRICT 11,
MIKIE SHERRILL www.mickiesherrill.com
MFM Team Captains are Laurie Bullard, Nancy Train Smith (‘cuz they grew up in this district) John Bullard (as he was smart enough to marry his Jersey Girl)

 

 

 

 

 

andy.kim.jpg

NEW JERSEY DISTRICT 3, ANDY KIM www.andykimforcongress.com  MFM Team Captains are Terry Cryan, Mary Boger both are inspired by this Candidate and familiar with district.  

 

 

 

 

perry.gershon.jpg

NY DISTRICT 1, PERRY GERSHON www.perrygershon.com MFM Team Captains are Barbara Trecker, Rachel Lewis, Susan Kehoe, Judy Jenkins. Many leaders grew up in or near this district and know it well.

 

SO NOW.  
LET’S DO THIS by participating SOME, ALL IN or IN BETWEEN!!. 
 

Actions will range from writing postcards, texting and calling gatherings in the comfort of your own home, community centers, clubs and cafes to traveling to districts to participate in canvassing, voter registrations and community camaraderie with like-minded activists. Many of us have worked on campaigns outside our home states – it’s FUN, engaging and a true bonding experience.

JOIN US on Wednesday, April 18 at Southworth Library 6-7:30 to JOIN YOUR TEAM OF CHOICE.  Each candidate will be represented by our MFM Team Captains so please take a look at each candidate’s website above.  Get to know them and remember they are mostly “centrist” candidates matched to their districts values and demonstrate strong possibility of winning.


Marching Forward is proud to co-sponsor this Sierra Club event in
New Bedford.  It's free, it's in a great location, and promises to be
informative and interesting.  Come with a friend!

Sierra Club Event.jpg

Posted by Katie White


April 18 Meeting for Adopt a Candidate. Laurie Bullard honored by IAC

ADOPT A CANDIDATE - 2018 Midterm Elections

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS IMPORTANT MEETING:
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
SOUTHWORTH LIBRARY
6:00 - 7:30

AS WE CONTINUE OUR DYNAMIC AND MEASURABLE WORK FOCUSED ON HEALTHCARE, IMMIGRATION, JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY AND (SOON) THE ENVIRONMENT, WE HAVE LAUNCHED A SHORT TERM, FOCUSED EFFORT TO TURN THE HOUSE BLUE THIS NOVEMBER, 2018.

CERTAINLY WE SUPPORT OUR MASSACHUSETTS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND SENATE. YET TO TURN THE TIDE FOR BALANCED GOVERNING NATIONWIDE WE HAVE NARROWED OUR FOCUS ON SELECTED CONGRESSIONAL RACES IN FOUR “SWINGABLE” DISTRICTS.  

FOLLOWING MONTHS OF COLLABORATIVE WORK WITH SISTER INDIVISIBLE GUIDE MEMBERS and our MFM Political Action Leader Team WE NARROWED THE FIELD TO SEVEN CANDIDATES.  CONOR LAMB (PA 18) WAS UP FIRST AND DELIVERED AN UPSET WIN IN A DISTRICT DEEMED UNWINNABLE FOR THE PAST SEVERAL DECADES.  Our own leader Rick Schnure who grew up near this district even convinced his 98 year old Mom, Elise to vote for a Democrat (first time ever).

WE PRESENTED SIX ADDITIONAL CANDIDATES (or DISTRICTS) TO OUR MEMBERSHIP AT OUR LAST WELL ATTENDED, LIVELY GROUP MEETING.  VOTING ALSO TOOK PLACE ONLINE.  NEARLY SIXTY ACTIVISTS VOTED AND OUR WINNERS FOR “ADOPTION” ARE:  

ME2.jpg
  • MAINE DISTRICT 2 (CANDIDATES TBD FOLLOWING JUNE PRIMARY).  
    MFM Team Captains are Vic Mailey and Bess Coughlin (both are familiar with the district and will spend lots of time there this Summer following primaries!)

 

 

mickie sherrill.jpg

NEW JERSEY DISTRICT 11,
MIKIE SHERRILL www.mickiesherrill.com
MFM Team Captains are Laurie Bullard, Nancy Train Smith (‘cuz they grew up in this district) John Bullard (as he was smart enough to marry his Jersey Girl)

 

 

 

 

andy.kim.jpg

NEW JERSEY DISTRICT 3, ANDY KIM www.andykimforcongress.com  MFM Team Captains are Terry Cryan, Mary Boger both are inspired by this Candidate and familiar with district.  

 

 

 

perry.gershon.jpg

NY DISTRICT 1, PERRY GERSHON www.perrygershon.com MFM Team Captains are Barbara Trecker, Rachel Lewis, Susan Kehoe, Judy Jenkins. Many leaders grew up in or near this district and know it well.

 

SO NOW.  
LET’S DO THIS by participating SOME, ALL IN or IN BETWEEN!!.
 

Actions will range from writing postcards, texting and calling gatherings in the comfort of your own home, community centers, clubs and cafes to traveling to districts to participate in canvassing, voter registrations and community camaraderie with like-minded activists. Many of us have worked on campaigns outside our home states – it’s FUN, engaging and a true bonding experience.

JOIN US on Wednesday, April 18 at Southworth Library 6-7:30 to JOIN YOUR TEAM OF CHOICE.  Each candidate will be represented by our MFM Team Captains so please take a look at each candidate’s website above.  Get to know them and remember they are mostly “centrist” candidates matched to their districts values and demonstrate strong possibility of winning.


Laurie Bullard honored by Immigrants' Assistance Center

Some people talk and do nothing.  Others see a problem or an urgent need,  and roll up their sleeves to help out.  Laurie Bullard is a doer, as evidenced by the award she received last Friday from the Immigrants' Assistance Center.  

 Helena DaSilva Hughes and Laurie Bullard

Helena DaSilva Hughes and Laurie Bullard

Here's what Helena DaSilva Hughes, the IAC executive director had to say.

"As most of you know, we’re a small organization with limited resources and a small budget.  You also know that in the past year, we have seen a drastic increase in the need for our services; serving over 9,000 clients; an increase of about 35%.  These are real people and children, many of whom are scared.

Because we’re so busy providing services, we didn’t have the time to raise the necessary funds to support our expanding programs.  In the midst of this chaos, God sent us an angel named Laurie Bullard.  Laurie saw our challenges and jumped in with both feet to help like no one has ever helped before.  In a short time, she assembled a group of dedicated volunteers, helped us find new sources of funding and so much more.

It’s difficult to find words for the depth of our appreciation for Laurie’s efforts.  As a small token of our thanks, tonight we are pleased to present the Immigrants’ Assistance Center’s first ever LAURIE BULLARD AWARD to Laurie Bullard.  This is awarded in recognition and appreciation for her compassion for and commitment to the immigrant community and the Immigrants’ Assistance Center."

Laurie, true to form, was quick to recognize the participation of all of us involved with Marching Forward.  The Immigration huddle is doing much important and very local work, supporting the IAC and local immigrant communities, and working to shed light on the activities of Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, and the conditions at the county jail.

Laurie said in an email,

"A Tribute to all of You -
Dear Marching Forward Huddles, 

The Immigrants' Assistance Center’s fundraiser last night was a booming success. I don’t usually do this, but because last night I got quite the surprise and honor, I want to share this with you.    First, thank you to all of you who bought tickets, and who have generously donated to this organization since the beginning of 2017 up to today.  Helena and her staff decided that I needed to receive the new “Laurie Bullard Award”, an award that the IAC will bestow on a volunteer for outstanding work every 5 years.  The inscription reads “with gratitude for your relentless Advocacy and Unwavering Devotion”.  The Immigrants’ Assistance center, March 30, 2018.  Well, as I said, I was totally surprised; wow; and  accepted this honor and gorgeous glass sculpture by saying that I did not do this alone; that all of you were right there beside me and that I would only accept this for all of you.  So Helena thanks you, the staff at the IAC thanks you, and I thank you for responding to the incredible needs at the Immigrants’ Assistance Center.  The work will continue, the needs will increase.  And I appreciate your willingness to respond to this important organization."  

Laurie Bullard

Congratulations Laurie!
And thanks to the Immigrants' Assistance Center,
for filling such an urgent need in our community!

Posted by Katie White


Immigrants' Assistance Center Fundraiser this Friday

Immigrants' Assistance Center Spring Fundraiser

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The Immigrants' Assistance Center was established in 1971 by members of the local Portuguese community of New Bedford, with a mission to, "Help immigrants to overcome language, cultural an economic barriers."

"Today, the IAC serves as the point of access to every type of social service that is publicly available to the Greater New Bedford Area. Our Center helps non-English speakers access information and services for any problem or need. The IAC is a vital link between the non-English speaking community and all of the other public and private human service agencies and providers in the area." 

It takes no stretch of the imagination to understand that the need for IAC's services has increased substantially in the last year.  We can help.  There's a fundraiser at the Whaling Museum this Friday, March 30.   Tickets are $50 per person, the venue is beautiful, the event promises to be a good time.  

Hope to see you there!

Tickets and more information


Marching Forward Meeting

Wednesday, April 18
6 - 7:30 PM
Southworth Library

Please join us!

This meeting will launch our Adopt a Candidate program!  You'll hear more about the candidates and districts that we chose through the voting that concluded on March 15.  And you'll have the opportunity to volunteer for one of our candidate teams. 

Please plan to attend, and bring a friend. The effectiveness of our efforts to support strong Congressional candidates depends entirely on you. The more 'people power' we have, the more we can do. Even if you only have a limited time to work with us,  you can help and make a difference! Thank you. 

posted by Katie White


Support the Immigrants' Assistance Center, March for Our Lives

From the Immigration Huddle

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While the focus for Marching Forward is on our "Adopt a Candidate” now through November, I ask that we all keep in mind our local issues and causes.    The indiscriminate rounding up of immigrants across the country and in our New Bedford area continues unabated every day - parents being torn from their children, children being purposely separated from their family, raids at houses of worship, places of work, on buses. ICE and detainers are out of control.

With that I ask that you please consider attending or donating to:

The Immigrants’ Assistance Center’s
Spring Fund Raising Event.  
Friday, March 30, 2018 from 6-10 PM, 
New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Harbor View Room.

 
This spirited event will include yummy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and entertainment. 

Tickets are $50 per person, and can be purchased at:

Immigrants' Assistance Center Spring Fundraiser or by calling the center at 508-996-8113.

With thanks for your continued support of this worthy organization.
-Laurie Bullard 


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March for Our Lives Saturday, March 24

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Our teenagers are speaking up and organizing.  Their political involvement, born of horrific tragedy, is powerful.  Let's support them by attending the March for Our Lives in D.C., or one of the many Sister Marches closer to home.  Grab a friend or two, carpool, just go!

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posted by Katie White