Showing posts with label Events. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Events. Show all posts

34th Middlesex State Representative Candidate Forum on Sunday, June 29

State Representative Carl Sciortino resigned from his seat, representing the 34th Middlesex District, in April, and there are five candidates seeking to replace him.

CSfC is co-sponsoring a candidate forum, in collaboration with Medford for Massachusetts and Progressive Democrats ofSomerville, to help connect candidates and voters.  This coalition of progressive community groups has also organized a candidate questionnaire, and we'll be posting the candidate answers.

Carl has agreed to moderate the forum, and will not be endorsing a candidate in the race.

Forum Details:
Sunday, June 29 at 7:00 PM
Room 008
Barnum Hall at Tufts University
163 Packard Ave, Medford

All of the candidates have been invited, including:
The district includes wards 4 and 7 in Somerville, and wards 4 and 5, and, in Medford, precinct 1 of ward 7 and precinct 2 of ward 8.

The primary will be on Tuesday, September 9.


State of the Union (Square) Watch Party on Tuesday Night

Cambridge-Somerville for Change and Organizing for America are holding a State of the Union Watch Party at Precinct in Union Square next Tuesday night.

We're encouraging our friends and neighbors to come, socialize and watch the fourth State of the Union address from President Obama.

This is likely to be one of the key events in the 2012 campaign and we hope to encourage lots of participation in Somerville.

Tuesday, January 24
Doors open at 8:00 PM 
Speech starts at 9:00 PM
Precinct Bar
70 Union Square, Somerville MA 02143

Sign up here:

Help get out the vote for President Obama in New Hampshire

Immediately after the CSfC Kickoff, the Obama campaign will be heading into its get-out-the-vote effort for New Hampshire's January 10 primary. The campaign is looking for a big Massachusetts contingent to knock on doors and make phone calls, to make sure people hear the alternative to the Republican message, and to lock in President Obama's New Hampshire support.  Join CSfC as part of that contingent!  You can sign up for canvasses on January 7th and 8th by clicking on the links below, and go to to sign up for phonebanks in Boston or canvasses in New Hampshire on Tuesday, January 10th. Thank you!

CSfC Economic Fairness Team and the Rebuild the Dream Campaign
We are meeting at Christina’s Ice Cream near Inman sq. on Friday evening at 7:00PM, to discuss CSfC's role in the Rebuild the Dream campaign.  If you're unfamiliar with this ten-point, progressive policy campaign, the Rebuild the Dream web site and a one-page PDF overview are good places to start.

The address is: 1255 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139-1338, (617) 492-7021.

Cambridge City Council Forum on Energy & Environmental Issues - Wednesday, Nov. 2nd at 6:30 PM
Green Cambridge, formerly known as Green Decade/Cambridge, is again organizing an Energy and Environmental Issues Candidate's Night for this year's city council race.  Cambridge Somerville for Change is a co-sponsor of this event, which will take place on November 2nd at 6:30 pm at the YMCA Theatre in Central Square.  Please join us to learn more about the positions each of the candidates is taking on these important issues.

First Steps - Lobbying Senator Kerry and the Super Committee

CSfC's Economic Fairness Team has been meeting and planning for the past few months and at our September 21st community meeting we unveiled our three initiatives:
  • Join the efforts of the Defend the American Dream campaign 
  • Unelect Senator Scott Brown
  • Lobby Senator Kerry in his role on the Congressional Super Committee
The Super Committee initiative has the shortest time-frame, and one of the Super Committee members represents Massachusetts, so we have a short-term organizing opportunity and we're starting out by focusing our efforts there.

Come to the Progressive Massachusetts Kickoff on October 2nd!

On Sunday, Oct. 2nd, a new statewide organization called Progressive Massachusetts will be going public.  This organization is built on similar principles to Cambridge-Somerville for Change, with essentially the same strategy -- fighting for progressive candidates, organizing around democratically determined issues, and building a powerful organization through grassroots organizing.  What's so exciting about this new organization is that it's taking these principles and strategy to the statewide level!  Having a statewide ally with which we are so aligned can significantly expand CSfC's impact.

We hope you can attend the kickoff of Progressive Mass. on October 2nd.  RSVP here. More details below the fold.

Electoral Victory in 2012 via Economic Fairness in 2011

Cambridge-Somerville for Change is kicking off our Economic Fairness campaign at a community meeting this Wednesday, September 21st, at the Central Square YMCA in Cambridge, starting at 7:00 PM.  We're beginning to work on several parallel paths, including
  • Educating voters about Scott Brown's opposition to economic fairness policies, like voting to end  unemployment benefits and supporting a budget that eliminates job-training programs.
  • Lobbying Senator Kerry and the other members of Congress's Deficit Super-Committee to preserve the social safety net.
  • Support the Contract for the American Dream campaign to protect and grow the middle class.
Gradually, as our attention turns toward the 2012 elections, the issue advocacy campaigns will become more heavily oriented toward electoral organizing.  Our goal is to build the popular, progressive policy arguments to draw distinctions between liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats, in an issue arena where the overwhelming majority of voters agree with us.  It's a big goal.  We'll need a lot of help. 

Can you join us on Wednesday?

POTUS Stumps for Patrick

Over 10,000 enthusiasts like this CSfC'er came out on Saturday to rally for Governor Deval Patrick, and to see special guest Barack Obama. Refrains from Sen. John Kerry to singer James Taylor of "17 days" made it clear that November 2nd is almost here - we need to act now! Eastern Massachusetts has the weight to ensure that Deval Patrick wins on Nov. 2nd -- it's those who plan to stay home on Nov. 2nd who need to hear from us. So let's Get Out the Vote!!
President Obama stoked the crowd with his analogy of inheriting a car in a ditch. "John Kerry, Ed Markey, Deval Patrick, we put on our boots and pushed and shoved that car while the Republicans looked down at us, fanning themselves and sipping Slurpees, not willing to lift a hand to help," he said, to shouts of "That's right!" "Once we finally got the car onto to firm solid ground," he went on, "they say, 'great job.. can we have the keys back now?' No way! They can come along for the ride, but they gotta sit in the back this time! Everybody knows, if you want a car to go forward you put the car into D for Drive. If you want to go backwards to where you just came from, you put it into R for Reverse!"

Yup - put me down for D on Nov. 2nd.

Amazing Somerville Canvass

Today the Deval Patrick/Tim Murray campaign, Organizing for America, and Democrats around the state held a state-wide canvass.  In Somerville, CSfC worked closely with the Patrick/Murray campaign to knock on doors in Winter Hill.  We had a great response, with many supporters identified.  In the Mystic Public Housing Community, several canvassers focused on registering new voters and encouraging registered voters to vote on November 2nd.  For enthusiasts, we had the additional draw of a rally with the President next Saturday in Boston.

The voters are out there, we just need to reach out to them.  We'll be canvassing again tomorrow, and next weekend, and making calls all week. Sign up here to get involved:

Save the Date--July 14th 2010 Campaign Kickoff!

CSfC's 2010 Election Campaign Kickoff
Wednesday, July 14, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Cambridge YMCA, 820 Mass. Ave.

Sign up here to attend

On July 14, come hear from representatives of the three campaigns CSfC members voted to volunteer for in 2010. Featured speakers are:

All three will tell us about their campaigns and answer your questions. CSfC organizers will present our plan for how Cambridge and Somerville activists will play a significant role in winning each of these campaigns.

Sign up here to join us at the CSfC 2010 Campaign Kickoff

We look forward to seeing you on July 14!

June 17: Election Endorsements & Healthcare Celebration

Cambridge Somerville for Change (CSfC) will be holding a special Membership Meeting on Thursday, June 17, from 6-8:30pm at the Cambridge YMCA, 820 Mass. Ave., to both decide our endorsements for the 2010 elections and celebrate the recent historic health care victory. Come to the Y in Central Square on June 17 if you want to:
  • help decide which electoral campaigns we should work on this summer and fall
  • share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about the important 2010 campaigns now getting under way
  • toast to the success of all our hard work to pass health care over the past year
Sign up here to attend the June 17 meeting.

[Please note that only those who were CSfC members (on our email list) as of May 26 will be eligible to vote, but all are encouraged to attend.]

Smulowitz and Ross Mini-Debate on WBZ today

WBZ hosted a brief interview with Peter Smulowitz and Richard Ross this afternoon. You can watch the video at WBZ's web site. CSfC is supporting Peter Smulowitz for state senate in the special election coming up on Tuesday. Join us tonight for a phone bank in Harvard Square from 6:00 to 8:30 PM.

CSfC Supports Peter Smulowitz for MA State Senate

The membership has voted and we're pitching in to turn Scott Brown's long-held State Senate seat Blue by supporting progressive Democrat, physician, and first-time candidate Peter Smulowitz.

The Boston Globe endorsed Dr. Smulowitz today, praising his "refreshing willingness to challenge established political figures."

Election Day is just 4 days away! Below is the schedule of events between now and Tuesday, including phone banks in and near Cambridge and Somerville, as well as door-to-door canvasses in the senate district. Note that CSfC is hosting a phone bank at HUCTW in Harvard Square on Sunday night, from 6-8:30pm (sign up here). Please sign up for all events by clicking on the RSVP links, below.

Please spread the word by joining Peter Smulowitz's Facebook page and please forward this message to anyone you think might be interested in helping out.


Phone Banks:
Cambridge-Somerville for Change, 6pm-8:30pm
HUCTW, 15 Mt. Auburn St., Harvard Square

Mass Dems, noon -
Mass. Democratic Party Headquarters, 56 Roland St., Charlestown
Smulowitz Campaign, 10am - 6pm
Smulowitz Campaign HQ, 56 Pickering St., Needham


Phone Bank:
Mass Dems, 10am -
Mass. Democratic Party Headquarters, 56 Roland St., Charlestown


Phone Bank
Mass Dems, 10am - 8pm
Mass. Democratic Party Headquarters, 56 Roland St., Charlestown

Smulowitz Campaign, 6am-8pm
Smulowitz Campaign HQ, 56 Pickering St., Needham

Community Meeting: Tues Feb 9

On Tuesday, February 9th, please join Cambridge-Somerville for Change to "Debrief, Regroup, and Move Forward." We will gather at the Cambridge YMCA in Central Square from 6:30-8:30pm.

With the special senate election behind us, we are faced with significant challenges and opportunities for change at the local, state, and national level. The agenda for the evening will be to be discuss the hard lessons learned from the Coakley campaign and how to raise our progressive voices within state and national politics this year. We will also hear updates from our issue campaign teams: Health Care, Energy and Environment, and Immigration Reform. Finally, we will discuss the concrete next steps we need to take for 2010 to be a breakthrough year for progressive politics.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 9th, 6:30-8:30pm.
WHERE: Cambridge YMCA, 820 Massachusetts Avenue
1 block from the Central Square T

RSVP Here!

Meet Your Neighbors Today - Join Our Election Day Canvass

Today is election day; be sure to vote!

The Coakley campaign and Organizing for America have made over two million calls in the last four days, and we'll make many more on election day. But out-of-state supporters can't knock on doors and talk to voters face to face. You can.

After you vote, come out to help at our Cambridge (45 Mt. Auburn St.) or Somerville (19 College Ave.) headquarters. We will be knocking on doors and calling voters, especially in the afternoon when people are getting home from work, right up until the polls close at 8PM.

Pulling Out All the Stops

In just three days Massachusetts voters will go to the polls to elect a new US Senator. It's hard to imagine a vote cast in the Commonwealth that will have a greater impact on national politics.

This is a great time to volunteer for a political campaign - the race is close and the stakes are high. With partners in our communities we've put together 59 events in the next three days.
Let's have some fun.

Somerville GOTV events

Come to The Energy and Climate Team Community Event on January 26th!

The Energy and Climate Team met tonight and has put together final plans for an upcoming community forum on climate change, entitled "Copenhagen and Beyond: Bringing It Home." The

Along with Green-Decade Cambridge, we will host Councillor Henrietta Davis for "Copenhagen and Beyond: Bringing It Home" about her experience as a delegation the U.N. Copenhagen Climate Change Conference and how we can help promote strong national global warming and energy policies. An aide from Senator John Kerry's office will also be present to discuss principles of climate change legislation currently pending in the Senate.

This will be a great opportunity to ask questions about efforts to stop global warming and get involved in the Energy and Climate's teams actions in the coming year. You can sign up online here.

Send a note if you would like to learn more!

Organizing for Martha Coakley for Senate - Two Weeks Till Election Day

As you may have heard, Rasmussen released a poll today showing GOP State Senator Scott Brown within 9 points of Attorney General Coakley. That's just too close. If you're reading this blog, I don't have to tell you that we can't afford to lose a US Senate seat.

The CSfC Elections Team has two projects during this brief, wintry campaign to keep that from happening. We're holding phone banks with our old friends the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW) at their offices at 15 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge, between Harvard and Central Squares, every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday night through (Special) Election Day, January 19th.

Sign up here to join us from 6 to 9 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 5:30 to 8:30 PM on Sundays. HUCTW has phones, comfy chairs, the works.

We're also working with the Cambridge Democratic City Committee on an Absentee Voter project to increase voter turnout among local seniors - you can sign up for that project on the same form.

Save the Date!

Save the date! Join us on December 14th. RSVP here!

Come out to the Cambridge Somerville for Change (CSfC) December meeting. We need you to join us as we review our issue campaigns from 2009 and as we look forward to setting our next steps and goals for 2010. Come with your energy and your enthusiasm!

Who: You
What: CSfC December Meeting
When: Monday, December 14th, 7pm—8:30pm
Where: Cambridge YMCA, 820 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Let us know you'll be able to make it.

Details to follow. For any questions, please email


Cambridge-Somerville for Change is an all-volunteer community group dedicated to harnessing the grassroots energy and spirit of change inspired by the Obama campaign. Our organizing work includes electoral and issue-based campaigns at the local, state, and national level. Our members have chosen to work on promoting economic fairness, comprehensive health care reform, creating policies that conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide for fair and adequate access to public transportation, and promoting in-state tuition for immigrant youth.

This is an organization built by and for you, the community, and we look forward to your participation and feedback. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions about getting involved, please email
or call us at
(617) 302-7324.

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