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:  

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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.


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