Coordinating Committee

Ferd Wulkan is a long-time labor activist whose passion has been linking the labor movement with other progressive movements for social justice. Recently retired from the faculty/librarian union at UMass Amherst, he is actively involved with the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts and the campaign to divest the state pension fund from fossil fuels.  He has lived in Montague for 20 years and makes sure to find time for travel, the outdoors and tiddlywinks. Ferd’s term expires in November 2018.

Bob Armstrong has worked on the campaigns of progressive candidates including Robert Reich, Elizabeth Warren, Steve Kulik, Maura Healy, and Bernie Sanders. Taking Bernie’s message to heart, he ran and was elected a member of the Conway Selectboard, where he’s lived since 1980. “FCCPR will continue to drive our progressive values forward, and I’m proud to help this effort.” Bob’s term expires November 2018

David Greenberg has been active in progressive politics since his college days. He’s done union organizing in Boston and Amherst and co-founded WiredWest to bring high-speed connectivity to western Mass. He also co-founded Pioneer Valley for Bernie which has since morphed into FCCPR. “With Trump in the White House, we clearly have our work cut out for us. I am heartened by the wonderful folks who have joined FCCPR, and I am convinced that we will make a difference.” David’s term expires November 2018.

David Cohen is a retired union organizer who has worked building militant democratic unions here in Western Ma. and around the country. He got his start as an activist during the Vietnam war and was involved in campaigns to free Angela Davis and around school desegregation in Springfield. Politically he’s a socialist. Dave was involved with the attempt to build a Labor Party in the 1980’s and 90’s and spent a lot of that time working on single-payer health care. Retirement years have been spent teaching at UMass Labor Center, doing union trainings around the country, trying to get Bernie elected, building a boat, carving a carousel horse, and building a wooden teardrop camper. Dave’s term expires November 2017.

Susan Triolo is a longtime organizer, going back to her first action in June of 1968. She presented a resolution to her town council while a senior in high school. In a petition signed by every member of her graduating class, after the assassinations of MLK, Jr. and RFK, the petition demanded the Council pass a resolution in favor of federal gun control laws, which they did. Susan speaks intermediate Spanish, and is a retired educator of preschool, elementary and ESL students. Now she works in community education, to elect progressive candidates, and to organize folks to move forward the issues that will push our country to live up to its democratic ideals. Susan’s term expires November 2017.

Marti Hobbes was inspired by Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for president and his progressive platform and for the first time became involved in politics during the presidential primary this spring.  “Bernie inspired me to step off the sidelines and participate actively in our precious democratic political process. And I’m excited about directing those efforts via FCCPR.”  Marti’s term expires November 2017.

Penny Novack, born a few months before the beginning of WWII, grew up in the Midwest and came East in 1968. She was politically active in the anti-war, late Civil Rights and community organizing movements as they were happening in Iowa in the ’60s.  She became a supporter of the American Indian Movement “more at a distance than anything due to where I lived” and a union supporter even when not currently working.  She was involved in supporting the environmental movement from the early ’70s but only became an activist in the ’80s.  She settled in Buckland, Mass., in 1983.  She worked with the Anti-Pipeline Movement, participating in most of the long walks in Franklin County and was part of the Bernie Sanders campaign.  She still believes in Bernie and supports his progressive platform and has been part of the process of the Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution from the end of last year’s Democratic convention. Penny’s term expires November 2018.

Mary Malmros has been active in women’s rights and LGBTQ rights since the 1980s. After a long, disillusioned hiatus from electoral politics, she worked on the Bernie Sanders campaign starting in 2015. She is also interested in issues of economic justice in underserved communities like those in Franklin County. Mary’s term expires November 2017.

Description of the Coordinating Committee:

  • An 8-person Coordinating Committee will be elected at the first General Assembly meeting, with four seats being for a term of 1-year, and four seats for a term of 2-years. Thereafter, all terms will be for 2 years, so that the terms of half the seats will expire each year.
  • The membership and/or the Coordinating Committee can establish and/or approve short-term and standing committees to carry out the work of the organization. Standing committees will select a representative to be part of the Coordinating Committee.
  • The Coordinating Committee will set agendas for General Assembly meetings, coordinate the work of the organization, and make necessary short-term decisions for Franklin County CPR in between General Assembly meetings.
  • The Coordinating Committee will select from among its members a Convener, Co-Convener, Recorder, and Treasurer.
  • The Convener will convene the meetings. The Co-Convener will assist the Convener and convene meetings when the Convener is unavailable. The Recorder will record meeting minutes, and ensure that minutes and agendas are posted on the FCCPR website. The Treasurer will set up a bank account with checks requiring signatures of two people (the Treasurer and one other member of the Coordinating Committee). The Treasurer also will oversee the collection of dues, ensure the organization is in compliance with applicable laws, and prepare financial reports for the membership.