FCCPR Launches ‘Democracy Here’ TV Talk Show

FCCPR is pleased to announce the launch of “Democracy Here,” a locally-broadcast television show hosted by Mary Malmros. Camera work for “Democracy Here” was generously provided by Doug Selwyn, Paul Jablon and David Greenberg, with editing done by David Greenberg. This project was produced, directed and edited by our own Andrew Blais. Check out our first episode here, where Mary interviews Greenfield City Council member Sheila Gilmour and Greenfield School Committee members Don Alexander, FCCPR-endorsed and newly-elected leaders in Greenfield. Future shows will center on issues that reflect the work of FCCPR’s eight task forces, as well as issues that impact our lives right here in Franklin County and world wide.

Attend Your Town’s Democratic Caucus, Now through March 1, 2018

FCCPR is encouraging its members and Franklin County area progressives to attend their town Democratic committee caucus.  As we did last year, we are trying to get as many progressive delegates to the state convention as possible.  And with your help, we can do this! If you are not a registered Democrat, you can register anytime up until and even at the caucus meeting, at which point you will be able to run and or vote for delegates to attend the 2018 Mass. Democratic Party Convention on June 1 and 2.

Click here for full 2018 Massachusetts Caucus schedule.

200 calls made to legislators during Jan. 31 GCC 350.org watch party

50 people attended a showing of 350.org’s live-stream kick-off of the “Stop Fossil Fuels.  Build 100% Renewables” campaign.  The event was sponsored by FCCPR and Greening Greenfield, and, before the showing, attendees made about 200 phone calls to legislators in support of Massachussetts’ 100% Renewables bill, in support of a bill to establish a Massachusetts Green Bank, and in opposition to the recent ruling by the Department of Public Utilities that imposes steep new fees on residential solar installed in 2019 and beyond.

Watch Tahirah Live Today

FCCPR hosts Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, Democratic Candidate for Massachusetts 1st Congressional District, Sunday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road, Shelburne.

Watch the live-stream below, or by visiting FCCPR’s Facebook page.

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is an attorney in Western Massachusetts with a focus in domestic relations and civil rights law. As the progressive candidate for the First District of Massachusetts and longtime small business owner, Tahirah supports robust job growth and development throughout Western Mass.

She promotes a plan to combat climate change, advance a strong universal public education policy, and create opportunities for reliable, affordable high speed Internet access for every resident. Tahirah is an avid supporter of single-payer health care. She serves as legal counsel for religious congregations of many faiths in Massachusetts to protect the religious freedom rights of all citizens

Meet Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, Democratic Candidate for Massachusetts 1st Congressional District

FCCPR Invites you to meet Democratic Candidate for Massachusetts 1st Congressional District Tahirah Amatul-Wadud on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road, Shelburne.

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is an attorney in Western Massachusetts with a focus in domestic relations and civil rights law. She is a graduate of Elms College and Western New England University School of Law.

As a volunteer commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, Tahirah advocates before the state legislature to enact laws responsive to the needs of women and girls.

As the progressive candidate for the First District of Massachusetts, and longtime small business owner, Tahirah supports robust job growth and development throughout Western Mass. She promotes a plan to combat climate change, advance a strong universal public education policy, and create opportunities for reliable, affordable high speed Internet access for every resident. Tahirah is an avid supporter of single-payer health care. She serves as legal counsel for religious congregations of many faiths in Massachusetts to protect the religious freedom rights of all citizens.

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Sponsored by Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution www.fccpr.us Co-sponsored by Democratic Town Committee of Colrain and Indivisible Noho.

 

‘Cookie Election’ to Demonstrate Ranked Choice Voting

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2-4 p.m. (Cookie election 2-2:30 p.m.) Shutesbury Elementary School, 23 West Pelham Road.

Sample five different home-baked cookies and have the opportunity to rank your favorite flavors in order of preference on one ballot. Then, see the results tabulated in real-time using the Ranked Choice / Instant Runoff method.

Speakers are Liz Popolo, Pioneer Valley Regional Co-Lead, Voter Choice Massachusetts; and Linda Castronovo, teacher and educator on Ranked Choice Voting.

Co-sponsored by the Democratic Town Committees of Shutesbury, Leverett, Pelham and New Salem.

FCCPR Hosts Gubernatorial Candidate Forum January 6, 4-6 p.m., Greenfield Middle School

[Update 1/16/18: Read questions and hear candidate responses.]

We believe that Charlie Baker can be defeated in 2018.  Massachusetts has far more Democrats than Republicans, and Bernie Sanders and Doug Jones have demonstrated that the right kind of campaign can drive up voter turnout and lead to unexpected victories.  Let’s show the pundits they are wrong again! [Watch the webcast.]

Jay Gonzalez, Bob Massie and Setti Warren are the three announced contenders for the Democratic nomination for Governor – and they have all accepted FCCPR’s invitation to make their case in Franklin County!

Left to right: Jay Gonzalez, Bob Massie, Setti Warren

Continue reading “FCCPR Hosts Gubernatorial Candidate Forum January 6, 4-6 p.m., Greenfield Middle School”

Breaking News – Korpita quits GCC and FMC Boards

From The Recorder, Online Edition –

Protesters denounce anti-sanctuary state postcards


Recorder Staff

Saturday, December 09, 2017

GREENFIELD — Greenfield residents recently received some unexpected mail.

Postcards distributed to mailboxes throughout town show, on one side, a green sign that reads “GREENFIELD WELCOMES ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.” On the other, the postcard asks residents to call Rep. Paul Mark to demand he withdraw his support for a bill to make Massachusetts a sanctuary state.

Read more:  THE RECORDER

Read the Statement from Representative Paul Mark

 

FCCPR Members Travel to State House for Single Payer Lobby Day

Nine members of FCCPR’s Single Payer Healthcare Task Force traveled to the State House in Boston November 14 to join about 200 other activists for the Right to Health Lobby Day.  The coalition included nurses, doctors and social workers as well as progressive community groups.

We lobbied for the Improved Medicare for All Bill S 619; H 2987 and the Benchmark Bill S 610; H 596. Continue reading “FCCPR Members Travel to State House for Single Payer Lobby Day”

Success! Progressives sweep Greenfield Council

For those of you who were not at Hope and Olive for the victory party last night, we’re thrilled to tell you that five out of FCCPR’s six endorsed candidates won in the 2017 Greenfield municipal elections! [Read more in The Recorder.]

We have flipped Town Council!

Sadly, however, Bob Cooley, our write-in candidate for School Committee did not win. Write-in campaigns are always difficult and without the ability to hand anything to people at the polls, we were at a significant disadvantage.

Bob ran a great campaign and FCCPR is proud to have been a part of it.