Posted by SCAT Programming a 9:23 pm on February 24, 2014
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Posted by SCAT Programming a 1:12 pm on February 11, 2014
Find out the latest news stories happening in Somerville. Somerville Neighborhood News (SNN) brings the stories to the community through this comprehensive 30-minute TV news show.
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Posted by Somerville Neighborhood News a 2:07 pm on January 29, 2014
January 28, 2014 — How do “new kids” from foreign lands fare at Somerville High School? Davis Square business owners fear they’ll be priced out of town. Check out Somerville Neighborhood News #7 (Jan. 28…
Posted in City Finances, Davis Square, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Housing, Immigration, Neighborhoods and Squares, Politics, Schools and Youth, Seniors, Uncategorized, Ward 5 | No Comments »
Posted by Somerville Neighborhood News a 10:19 pm on January 23, 2014
January 14, 2014 — Inauguration of the mayor, aldermen and school committee, homework at the high school, raising the first American flag, a program that promises good, local jobs during the Green Line extension (rerun) and homelessness (rerun). These stories and more…
Posted by David Dahlbacka a 8:55 pm on December 1, 2013
Agenda includes a Home Rule petition to change the method of filling BOA vacancies, and an ordinance regulating “pay-to-play” public contracting and campaign contributions for municipal elected office.
Posted by David Dahlbacka a 6:25 pm on November 4, 2013
Historically, Aldermen filled vacancies by personally selecting successor candidates with minimal public input. The proposals work to improve that.
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Voting is essential to self-government. Show up and make your opinion count.
Mark Niedergang endorsed for Ward 5 Alderman by 6 Local Elected Officials, 8 Organizations and Unions
Posted by MaryRegan a 4:39 pm on October 20, 2013
Mark Niedergang announced today that he has received endorsements from State Representative Carl Sciortino; Somerville Aldermen Rebekah Gewirtz and Tony Lafuente: and Somerville School Committee members Adam Sweeting, Christine Rafal and Paul Bockelman. Niedergang is a candidate for Ward 5 Alderman and has represented Ward 5 on the Somerville School Committee for eight years.…
Posted by David Dahlbacka a 9:21 pm on July 14, 2013
The Somerville Public Library and the Welcome project are sponsoring a discussion with Tufts Professor Susan A. Ostrander about how “beneath current high levels of engagement by Somerville residents lies a struggle about who should be the city’s elected leaders and how they should conduct the city’s affairs.”
Posted by David Dahlbacka a 8:22 pm on June 23, 2013
Massachusetts is holding a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry. It is very important to all of us who is U.S. Senator from Massachusetts.
Posted by David Dahlbacka a 8:15 pm on June 16, 2013
Agenda includes discussing alternative methods for choosing aldermen in case of a resignation before the end of term.
Posted by David Dahlbacka a 10:53 pm on May 5, 2013
Agenda includes a rules change to make the replacement of Board members subject to time-limited community review. Selection of replacement by the previous Alderman has been controversial.
Posted by David Dahlbacka a 10:33 pm on April 28, 2013
Historically, primary elections have low turnout, which sometimes results in suboptimal candidates. Be sure to show up!
Posted by David Dahlbacka a 7:54 pm on April 14, 2013
The Alderman’s meeting could result in a vote the same night. This is the second Aldermanic appointment in the last few months. It might be worthwhile to attend and find out what’s happening.
Posted by Joeb a 11:16 am on March 26, 2013
Somerville Library as a digital laboratory, community service, and creative resource to both city and national users.
Posted by Bill Shelton a 7:20 pm on March 1, 2013
If you had an urgent need to get to Denver, would you begin by sailing east? Probably not. Most of us don’t pursue important goals by heading in the opposite direction.
But that is…
Posted by Sam Coren a 8:07 pm on February 24, 2013
Another public meeting for Beacon Street Reconstruction meeting is coming on up on Tuesday, March 5th at 6:00pm in the Argenziano School cafetorium (290 Washington Street). I strongly urge all with an interest in the…
Posted by MaryRegan a 4:33 pm on February 22, 2013
The Committee to Elect Mark Niedergang invites you to enjoy delicious free food from Redbones, Taco Loco, and Gauchão , fun entertainment, good company, and provocative discussion at a party and fundraiser to kick off Mark’s campaign for Ward 5 Alderman. Alex the Jester will entertain. State Representative Carl Sciortino (Somerville/Medford) will speak.
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Posted by Joe Lynch a 1:31 pm on February 4, 2013
Episode Link: http://scatstaffvlog.blogspot.com/ Tonight on a special edition of Greater Somerville, host Joe Lynch is joined in the SCATV studios by two time Emmy winner, WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller to discuss the state of the national political scene, the comings and goings of Massachusetts elected officials and speculated on the political future of two Joes. [...]
Posted by Alain Jehlen a 3:41 pm on December 18, 2012
Reposted from the Somerville-4-Schools email list, a message from School Committee Chair Paul Bockelman about the process that the School Committee agreed to use to fill the Ward 1 School Committee seat. The seat is…
Posted by Somerville Scout a 6:45 pm on October 30, 2012
Hardly a shocker, but President Barack Obama has out-fundraised former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney by a very, very wide margin among Somerville residents.
Posted by David Dahlbacka a 1:59 pm on October 28, 2012
VOTE! In addition to the Presidential and Senatorial elections we all know about, there are seven initiatives on the ballot.
Posted by David Dahlbacka a 1:55 pm on
2012 election year rhetoric features “The market versus the state”, “Big capital versus big government”, and so on. What about creating a web of collaboration where no one is in charge because everyone is in charge?
Posted by David a 11:01 pm on October 23, 2012
Please join us for the New England Premier of “Shift Change”,
What: An inspirational new documentary by veteran filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin about the real possibilities offered by worker cooperatives during this…
Posted by Joe Lynch a 8:51 pm on
Join host Joe Lynch as he talks with 26th District State Representative Tim Toomey about the upcoming election and why he deserves your vote in November.
Posted by eila a 5:00 pm on August 14, 2012
Prior to and on statewide Elections Day, the MA Secretary of State’s Office publishes arguments for and against every ballot measure that is placed before the voters of the Commonwealth. In 2012, Massachusetts voters will…
Posted by intrepid a 9:52 pm on May 28, 2012
In my efforts to understand and follow the business of city government in Somerville, I have tried to view or download official minutes of official meetings of boards, departments, commissions and one Authority which are identified on the public minutes and meeting agendas page of the city website.…
Posted by Joe Lynch a 10:06 pm on May 8, 2012
Still wondering why the old Winter Hill Star Market site is vacant? Join host Joe Lynch and Ward 4 Alderman Tony Lafuente tonight on Greater Somerville, 7:30 PM from the SCATV studios, channel 3, to get the latest. Lafuente will also be discussing the latest initiatives in Ward 4 and what he’s been hearing at [...]
Posted by intrepid a 12:16 pm on March 10, 2012
Posted by the editors a 10:09 pm on March 9, 2012
The following letter (circa Fall 2011) was recently obtained by Somerville Voices from Peter Blaikie with the Somerville Labor Coalition after a reference to the letter appeared in the 12/29/2011 SJ article Somerville unions form coalition against recent health care switch by Andy Metzger…
Posted by intrepid a 12:36 pm on March 5, 2012
The following letter was submitted to the resistat blog on 3/5/2012 after its writer read David Dahlbacka’s announcement of upcoming HUD Plan hearing:…
Posted by David a 8:25 pm on March 2, 2012
State Representative Denise Provost and Somerville Climate Action present the Oscar-nominated film “GASLAND”. The billion dollar energy industry has a dirty little secret… Followed by a discussion. Free of charge.
Posted by WendyBlom a 6:20 pm on February 14, 2012
The in-depth interview covered the important topics of the day, such as the economy, the national debt, health care reform, tax policy, the environment, money in politics, and the upcoming elections.
Posted by eila a 1:04 pm on February 5, 2012
Somerville Representative Provost has just published a piece at bostinno called: MBTA Troubles Just a Symptom of Systemic Crisis.
This Monday February 6, 2012 at 11:30 will be the Public Hearing on Rep. Provost ‘s House Bill 2659, a bill relative to transportation finance and equity. Location: State House, room A-1.
Rep. Provost article link: http://bostinno.com/2012/02/01/mbta-troubles-just-a-symptom-of-systemic-crisis/
Posted by DavidS a 11:42 am on January 22, 2012
Posted by mgrunko a 5:08 pm on January 15, 2012
Agenda: Convention caucus, Replacing Scott Brown, Affordable housing at the Boys & Girls Club, Charter school politics, Green Line advocacy, and Energy services from the city. Rep. Provost will be a guest.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 4:35 pm on January 8, 2012
Mayor Curtatone will introduce Candidate for US Congress in the newly created 7th (yes seventh) Congressional District, Congressman Michael Capuano. Candidates for US Senate have been invited to address the meeting.
Posted by Logan W a 4:20 pm on December 5, 2011
Monday 12/5 is the Ward 2 ResiStat meeting.
Union Square, Brickbottom, Perry Park, Lincoln Park, Somerville Ave. corridor
Mayor Curtatone and Alderman Heuston invite you to a community meeting to discuss the latest city…
Posted by Rand Wilson a 9:07 pm on November 26, 2011
Somerville’s economic development policies should place the highest priority on creating the good jobs our community needs.…
Posted by lslapiko a 8:24 am on November 25, 2011
So, yeah, I guess Mayor Joe wants to tiptoe carefully around this one, though it’s hardly a secret, as the incident was fully reported on Wicked Local Somerville November 7.
Posted by Logan W a 8:17 am on
Mayor Curtatone, Alderman Roche and the ResiStat program invite you to a community meeting in West Somerville to discuss the latest city data, news, updates and issues most important to you.
Posted by Rand Wilson a 8:25 am on November 11, 2011
Join us for a discussion on how this will affect the community and what you can do about it!
Posted by Logan W a 8:27 am on November 8, 2011
Reminder: The beginning of next week community leaders will get together with you in Wards 3 and 6
- Meet with Mayor Curtatone, Alderman, City officials, aldermen-at-large and police
- Share your concerns and ideas
- Stay for a Meet & Greet with light refreshments
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 10:40 pm on November 4, 2011
The Young Democrats of Massachusetts (YDM) and Greater Boston Young Democrats (GBYD) have endorsed Katjana Ballantyne and Christine Barber in their races for Somerville Alderman seats.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 6:34 pm on
Yesterday, the Somerville Journal announced (see quote below) it would not endorse in the race for Ward 7 Alderman.…
Posted by alexwallachhanson a 2:32 pm on October 22, 2011
Here in Somerville more and more residents are choosing to ‘buy local’. Shoppers flock to the seasonal Farmers Markets in Davis Square and Union Square as well as a Winter Farmers Market at the Armory. Residents…
Posted by Logan W a 1:11 pm on October 19, 2011
Tuesday October 25, 6:30 pm to 8 pm
West Somerville Neighborhood School, [cafeteria] 177 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA
Mayor Curtatone, Alderman Trane and the ResiStat program invite you to…
Posted by revmolly a 1:46 pm on October 15, 2011
Have you always wanted to know what your alderman really thinks about poverty, immigration, the environment? What if there was an Occupy.Somerville movement–would they support it, and how?
First Church Somerville UCC, a progressive…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 9:54 pm on September 24, 2011
Hypocrisy. Negativity. Obsolescence.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 9:00 pm on
As we launch on October 2, we will: take positions on public policies through a democratic process; organize members to directly contact elected officials to support these policies; and help elect and support progressive candidates for public office.
Posted by intrepid a 12:25 pm on September 16, 2011
The latest robocall announced the 4th Annual Riverfest, Saturday, 9/17, featuring “fireworks, entertainment, food and family activities” for Somerville residents. The familiar and friendly voice of Jackie Rossetti encouraged residents to participate. The latter part…
Posted in Accessibility, Arts and Culture, Assembly Square, City Finances, Economy & Poverty, Environment and Open Space, MBTA, Pedestrians, Politics, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Traffic & Parking, Transportation | No Comments »
Posted by eila a 1:10 pm on August 24, 2011
Ward 7 Alderperson Candidate Joan Whitney Puglia is proving to have a keen awareness of conditions around town. Her mention of Dilboy Field‘s tot lot and baseball field has the Community Access Project members…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 11:48 pm on August 16, 2011
On Tues, Aug 9th, the Progressive Democrats of Somerville held a meeting at which they cast endorsement votes in the upcoming municipal races. Challenger Katjana Ballantyne received the group’s endorsement in the Ward 7 race. However, given what happened, that endorsement might be more of a liability for her ……
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 9:54 pm on August 11, 2011
“There is no accountability in the existing zoning approval process…. I believe decisions about developments that could substantially impact our neighborhoods should be made by the aldermen, who must answer to the voters every two years.”
Posted by Pat Jehlen a 9:48 pm on July 17, 2011
A good way to get to know interesting neighbors and maybe even accomplish something:
My husband and I hosted a MoveOn.org “American Dream” house party Saturday. …
Posted by Joeb a 1:38 pm on July 16, 2011
Collaboration beats what we see in Congress, and…in…the Planning Board’s “solution” to Union Square affordable housing.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 11:28 am on June 30, 2011
City government should not misrepresent its hostile revenue-boosting scheme as a policy to improve parking conditions. For many residents it imposes greater hardship.
Posted by intrepid a 8:15 am on
The following email was sent to me as a subscriber to Change.org. I have forwarded the body of the notice, and you will find the link to the online petition in the text of the story. It brings to mind the maxim that if it sounds too good to be true (as with the detente reached by parties to Assembly Sq. development/IKEA), it probably is.…
Posted by dtaylor a 10:58 am on June 22, 2011
Greetings all. Just a reminder about next week’s community meeting: On Monday, June 27, 6:30-8 p.m., please join Mayor Curtatone, Alderman Gewirtz, at-large aldermen, City officials…
Posted by eila a 2:05 pm on May 27, 2011
At least seven Somerville organizations, including civil rights, immigrant, anti-poverty, churches and peace groups, have signed on to a letter urging Governor Patrick “to decline to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement to participate in a program that damages the social fabric of our Commonwealth and makes our communities more vulnerable and less safe.” The letter was delivered on May 27, 2011 by the ACLU of Massachusetts.
Posted by Danielle Fitzgerald a 9:26 pm on May 10, 2011
Barber will discuss her campaign to bring the community together and advocate for the residents of Somerville.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 11:48 am on May 6, 2011
From local jobs, to development, to budget cuts … what are the issues facing Somerville? It’s a local election year and it’s time to talk about the issues candidates and elected officials need to address! Come to the PDS Spring Potluck and join in the discussion!…
Posted by dtaylor a 10:42 am on May 3, 2011
Neighborhood Meetings in Each of the City’s Seven Wards Start May 9
Meet with the Mayor, your ward and at-large aldermen, City officials, Somerville Police representatives, and your neighbors to get updates on City and Ward news and discuss the issues important to you. Each meeting will include a presentation as well as an open Q&A from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. where you can bring up your concerns and ideas. A Meet & Greet with light refreshments from 7:30 to 8 p.m. will follow and conversations can continue there. All locations are wheelchair accessible.…
Posted by eila a 4:14 pm on April 28, 2011
Congressman Capuano lays down the stats in response to US Senator Scott Brown’s call to establish “a new congressional district centered in Suffolk County that creates a majority-minority seat under the Voting Rights Act. . .”
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 11:02 pm on April 25, 2011
Saying “we need an alderman who represents us at least as effectively as the parking control officers ticket us,” Joan Whitney Puglia announced her candidacy for Ward Seven Alderman.
Posted by Josh Craft a 10:49 pm on April 4, 2011
Without a doubt, these are challenging times – the struggle for democracy in North Africa and the Middle East, the impending nuclear disaster in Japan, and a recent union defeat in Wisconsin. Progressive values in our community, state, and country are under attack by Big Money and there seems to be no end in sight.
Unless we do something about it, starting in our own communities, starting now.…
Posted by Josh Craft a 7:40 pm on March 20, 2011
Jillian Fennimore – Somerville Journal Editor & Walter Pero – Ward 4 Alderman (3.8.11) on Greater Somerville
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 7:22 pm on March 13, 2011
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 10:32 pm on March 12, 2011
The City Democratic Committee presents special guest, Representative Mike Moran (Brighton) House Chair of Elections to speak about the re-districting process and its implications.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 10:28 pm on March 8, 2011
The following is a campaign press release sent to SV by Christine. In January, she attended an EmergeMA event meant “to boost the number of women holding elected office in Massachusetts”. Current Ward 4 Alderman Walter Pero will not be seeking re-election , so Christine will be challenging former mayoral candidate Tony Lafuente for the seat.…
Posted by Post Somerville a 4:42 pm on February 16, 2011
What began as an organized Statehouse rally by Somerville-based immigrant advocacy group Centro Presente Monday ended in a stand-off with Patrick administration officials after he would not receive the group personally.…
Posted by Rand Wilson a 10:40 am on
More than 50 Somerville residents signed a petition requesting a hearing by the Board of Alderman on union jobs and local hiring.
The hearing will be at 6:00 PM on February 17. There will be a short rally beforehand at 5:45 PM.…
Posted by leilani a 6:19 pm on January 21, 2011
Happy snow emergency! Do you know where your towing dollars go?
Posted by Greater Somerville a 12:24 pm on
On this week’s episode of Greater Somerville, Joe Lynch asked Mayor Joe Curtatone the question that’s on a lot of minds these days.…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 8:56 pm on January 15, 2011
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 9:38 pm on January 13, 2011
As part of Tom Nash’s investigation into the campaign finance reports of Somerville’s mayor and Aldermen, he has discovered that the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance referred Ward 7 Ald. Bob Trane to the Attorney General for failing to file a year-end 2009 report.…
Posted by Rand Wilson a 4:58 pm on December 26, 2010
The groups fighting for the inclusion of local residents and union jobs on the proposed MaxPac development petitioned the Board of Aldermen on December 22 to hold a hearing on the Covenant language for union jobs that KSS Realty signed with the City of Somerville.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 5:07 pm on December 4, 2010
See case summaries and read my update in Help discover the relationship between ICE and Somerville police
Posted by Rand Wilson a 4:07 pm on November 28, 2010
Residents of Somerville concerned about the development of the old MaxPak paper factory where 199 units of new housing are being built will picket and rally for jobs at the entrance to the site (56-61 Clyde Street) in Somerville, MA on Thursday, Dec 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 AM.…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 10:26 pm on November 17, 2010
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Posted by Post Somerville a 6:49 pm on November 12, 2010
We at Post Somerville are excited to announce that, through a Freedom of Information Act request facilitated by MuckRock, the most recent campaign finance reports for the mayor of Somerville and members of the Board of Aldermen are now available online.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 2:10 pm on
Our Alder(wo)men and School Committee Members are elected to represent us. In order to do that, they need to hear from us and let us know what’s going on at City Hall. This gets me wondering if there’s a good way to score / track / rate them on how well they communicate with constituents. Perhaps you and I can come up with a set of criteria and then collectively keep tabs on how they’re doing.…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 4:49 pm on November 6, 2010
The following announcement was sent to the PDS membership yesterday:
Nov 5, 2010
Besides the good news of keeping Massachusetts blue this week, the PDS leadership team wanted to send out an announcement that we hired a new Organizing and Communications intern to help us as an organization grow and thrive. We know this was a top priority coming out of the visioning work we did and we are so excited to bring on Andrew Bunyard!…
Posted by WendyBlom a 3:06 pm on October 29, 2010
SCATV will cablecast live, national election coverage from Free Speech TV on Channel 3, beginning at 9:00pm…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 12:14 pm on October 28, 2010
By law, public officials in Massachusetts have to disclose a lot of information regarding where they receive their campaign funding from, and what they spend it on. These reports paint a vivid picture of who scratches whose back, and can help map political connections and motivations. Unfortunately, many of these reports are relatively inaccessible to the general public.
Posted by Janine D. a 5:38 pm on October 26, 2010
It was confirmed yesterday that Bill Galvin would rather hide away from the voters, and hope they blindly follow him again, than actually face questions from the people he is charged to serve. GALVIN IS
Posted by Janine D. a 9:36 am on October 25, 2010
Dear Somerville Voters:
This Wednesday, Jim Henderson, the independent candidate for Secretary of the Commonwealth, may have his one and only opportunity to debate the incumbent, Mr. Galvin, and he needs your support and…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 1:55 pm on October 18, 2010
One all-expenses paid volunteer weekend to make history and win IRV in Portland.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 10:53 pm on September 27, 2010
Hosts Joe Lynch & KyAnn Anderson discuss the impact of budget cuts, casino gambling & the benefits of political competition during election season with Massachusetts State Senator & longtime Somerville resident, Pat Jehlen.
Posted by Linda Conte a 9:35 am on September 19, 2010
Gubernatorial candidate for the Green Rainbow Party Jill Stein is fighting to join the final debates. I think she is a creditable candidate whom I’d like to see debating with the other guys, but…
Posted by eila a 1:07 pm on September 12, 2010
In these final crazy hazy days of summer 2010, Mayor Joseph Curtatone has succeeded in sneaking a detour around a new State rule. Here’s why that matters to Human Rights advocates..
Posted by Rand Wilson a 3:03 pm on September 4, 2010
Labor Day is coming up. I hope all everyone gets a chance to enjoy some time with their friends and families.
This is the holiday brought to you by the labor movement. What is the labor movement? …
Posted by Josh Craft a 11:17 am on July 2, 2010
Come to CSfC’s 2010 Election Campaign Kickoff on Wednesday, July 14, at 7pm and learn about how you can help us re-elect the governor, help Mac D’Alessandro win the Democratic nomination in the 9th Congressional District, and defeat the states Sales Tax Reduction initiative.
Posted by truthsayer a 9:17 pm on June 13, 2010
The Mayor of Somerville has yet again stolen another idea from Cambridge: road races. He should be spending time and energy to help get us out of this financial crush.
Posted by Marty Martinez a 8:35 pm on
After a year of many successes and some direction setting work, we are excited to end one year and begin another!
Posted by truthsayer a 9:28 pm on May 31, 2010
On May 25, 2010 my union received a letter that stated that as of the new fiscal year the school custodians would be privatized out… The mayor mentions that he does not want to cut public safety or education but this mayor has packed the police and fire with all his friends…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 12:49 pm on May 29, 2010
As a member of the Democratic City Committee, I received the following meeting announcement today:
Where : VNA, 259 Lowell St.
- Election of a new Female Vice Chair
Posted by jcushman a 10:36 pm on May 17, 2010
We’ll be holding the third meeting of the Somerville Coffee Party this Wednesday, May 19 at 7:00PM. It’s a great chance to talk about your vision for engaged, functional democracy, and particular steps we can take at the local level to make it happen. The meeting is at 14 Herbert Street (right behind Redbones). Join us!…
Posted by Warren Goldstein-Gelb a 9:37 pm on May 16, 2010
Immigrants who gather at Foss Park each morning as early as 5 am looking for work as day laborers are the subject of a new play that will enjoy its community premiere on Friday, May 21st at the Black Box Theater at the Elizabeth Peabody House, 277 Broadway. The program begins at 7:30 pm.
The new play, “They Don’t Tell You Anything!” will be performed as part of an evening of theater, stories and conversation about the struggles and challenges that many Somerville residents face after they are picked up by contractors each morning to paint or perform demolition work. Written by playwright and English teacher Meryl Becker, the play will be performed by student actors from the Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences (SCALE).
Posted by eila a 4:02 pm on
An all-present and accounted-for Gubernatorial Candidates Forum will be held May 18, 2010 from 1 p.m. – 3:30p.m. at the Perkins School in Watertown. WBUR’s Bob Oakes will be the Moderator.
Posted by Pat Jehlen a 10:48 am on May 5, 2010
The Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Revenue has been traveling the state on a Listening Tour to hear from the public their thoughts on tax policy in Massachusetts. The Somerville stop of the
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 9:32 pm on May 2, 2010
A heated debate has developed recently in the op-ed pages of The Somerville News between columnist Bill Shelton and Somerville’s Fire Chief Kevin Kelleher over the City’s use of a Reserve Fire Force/List.…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 10:43 pm on April 25, 2010
Personally, I was very impressed with the quality and civility of the conversation we had and the enthusiasm we developed around our idea for organizing a community-wide event.
Posted by intrepid a 8:15 pm on April 22, 2010
Before the emergence of Coffee Parties, we saw, locally, the advent of Somervillevoices.org, a courageous and worthy experiment in a 21st Century democratic, community- controlled public media forum, and of the much heralded, government- built Resistat program…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 4:18 pm on April 21, 2010
We’re going to get together and find strategies to fix our democracy, and then we’re going to put them into action. Bring your ideas and your energy. Join us.
Posted by WendyBlom a 10:45 am on
Representative Capuano has agreed to be a sponsor of the Community Access Preservation (CAP) Act in Congress that would protect access television stations across the country. Many states have passed statewide franchising laws that have…
Posted by eila a 9:16 pm on April 19, 2010
The AGO, through its Division of Open Government is requesting public comment on proposed alternatives to the notice posting requirement in the Open Meeting Law. Comment should be submitted by April 23, 2010.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 9:41 pm on April 14, 2010
On Tuesday evening, State Sen. Pat Jehlen sat down with Joe Lynch for his show “Greater Somerville” on SCAT to discuss the pending driving bill, the shrinking state budget, health care reform, and casino gambling. I just watched the show and took some notes from their conversation.…
Posted by tribalscribal a 9:42 am on
Never let it be said that the far-right in the USA can’t make fools of themselves when given half a chance.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 11:12 am on April 11, 2010
Please join me at Carl’s campaign kick-off party, Today, April 11, 3-5 pm, at Sabur Restaurant, 212 Holland Street
Posted by Joeb a 8:48 am on
Where are Senator Jehlen, Representatives Toomey, Provost, and Sciortino on holding state-chartered corporations to account to their shareholders for their political influence?
Posted by tribalscribal a 12:11 pm on March 30, 2010
Well, she doesn’t scare this citizen and I doubt she scares you, dear reader, but her sojourn into the birthplace of this here nation sure calls for a strong non-violent response.
Posted by Joeb a 11:58 am on March 22, 2010
The timing of support is worth lots more than just a single vote.
Posted by Marty Martinez a 8:09 pm on March 13, 2010
You are invited!
The Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) have joined with Cambridge and Somerville for Change and the Cambridge Democratic City Committee to host a candidates forum for the Middlesex, Suffolk & Essex State Senate race. This is the race to fill the seat that was left vacant by Senator Galluccio’s resignation. As progressives in Somerville, it will be a great chance for us to hear about what these candidates propose to do to address the important isssues that face our community. …
Posted by David Dahlbacka a 9:22 pm on March 7, 2010
Tues. Mar. 9 7:00 PM
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 9:53 am on February 23, 2010
After six years as an organization, PDS is spending some time assessing our work and visioning about our efforts moving forward.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 10:01 pm on February 20, 2010
Approximately fifteen people crowded around two small tables this afternoon at the Danish Pastry House in Medford to share their concerns and questions in a wide-ranging conversation with State Representative Carl Sciortino at his first district coffee hour of the year. …
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 10:45 pm on February 9, 2010
Having only lived in Somerville for about three and a half years, I have much to learn about the city’s past. Here are some historical articles that may be of wider interest. I hope others will share other stories that can inform the newer residents of what life was like in the good/bad old days.…
Posted by David Dahlbacka a 9:43 pm on February 8, 2010
Tues. Feb. 9 7:00 PM
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)
Posted by Josh Craft a 6:46 pm on February 2, 2010
Cambridge-Somerville for Change will host a “Debrief, Regroup, and Go Forward” community meeting at the Cambridge YMCA on Tuesday, February 9th from 6:30-8:30pm.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 7:49 pm on January 29, 2010
Registered Democrats in Somerville will be holding a caucus at the Capuano School, 150 Glen St. on Monday, February 8 at 7:20 PM to elect 8 delegates and 3 alternates to the 2010 Massachusetts Democratic Convention to be held on Fri June 4th and Sat, June 5th at the DCU Center in Worcester. At that time, Democrats from across the state will gather to endorse statewide candidates.
Posted by Joeb a 9:09 am on January 21, 2010
Perversely (in both literal and political sense), the Shanley case shows that Brown may not have been as bad a choice as Coakley. And that gloating rarely makes up for lousy organizing on behalf of an arrogant and opportunistic candidate. Thanks Carl, Thanks Martha for the lesson. We will remember.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 9:05 am on January 19, 2010
In this close race, your vote counts more than ever!
Find your polling place here and then go vote while you can before 8pm…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 9:34 pm on December 24, 2009
This post came today from Cambridge-Somerville for Change:
The Elections Team held their first meeting Monday night, and we’re working on a bunch of initiatives. We’ll be holding our first phone bank on…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 9:25 pm on December 19, 2009
Cambridge Somerville for Change presents:
- Next meeting: Jan. 20th 6:30 pm
- 359 Cambridge St. #8 East Cambridge
- Email Pamela: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 9:21 pm on
We need your help and ideas to help to get CSfC‘s energy and climate effort going. So please come to our meeting on January 12th, at 7pm, at 154 Auburn Street in Cambridge…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 9:16 pm on
- Next meeting: Jan. 5th 7:00 pm
- 175 Harvey St. Cambridge
- Email Karly: email@example.com
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 9:10 pm on
Critical state and national races are on tap
Posted by eila a 1:29 pm on December 5, 2009
1. The Disability Policy Consortium hoped to be able to offer some guidance to its constituency on the candidate most likely to fill the late Senator’s big shoes on disability issues. In mid-November, DPC sent…
Posted by Paul Bockelman a 9:37 am on
Somerville’s Women Elected Officials Support Mike Capuano for U.S. Senate
Posted by Pat Jehlen a 9:57 pm on December 4, 2009
If you want to help Mike Capuano become our next senator, join us in a Somerville lit drop this weekend, Saturday, Dec 5th & Sunday, Dec 6th between 9am and 4pm. We will be dropping…
Posted by Josh Craft a 12:07 pm on December 2, 2009
Come to Cambridge-Somerville for Change’s Winter ’09 General Meeting on Monday, December 14th at 7pm at the Central Square YMCA in Cambridge. We’ll hear an update on each of our current issue campaigns, including Health Care, Energy and Environment, and Immigration and In-State Tuition. And we will ask for your feedback as we start to work on upcoming elections.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 10:25 pm on November 27, 2009
According to a Globe article published earlier this evening [Coakley picks up endorsements from Capuano's hometown] endorsements from current and former Somerville pols break down like this:…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 9:08 pm on November 22, 2009
The Somerville Democratic City Committee is hosting a Debate Watch Party. What: Candidates for US Senate televised debate. Where: The Precinct Bar in Union Square. When: 6:30 pm Tues December 1st
Posted by Marty Martinez a 1:26 pm on November 21, 2009
Update: This event has been canceled. PDS will instead be co-hosting a Debate Watch Party with the Democratic City Committee.
Posted by Alain Jehlen a 12:04 pm on November 12, 2009
Somerville Voices will sponsor a public forum on Sunday, Nov 15th, 7-9:30 pm about our city’s changing parking regulations and how they will affect residents, visitors, businesses, and the city budget. …
Posted by Marty Martinez a 5:02 pm on November 3, 2009
Hey PDSers…As we approach the late afternoon of this city election, we need to get out there and help one of our endorsed candidates! Christine Rafal, our ward 4 school committee endorsed candidate, has the votes needed to win this race but she needs more help to get her voters to the polls.
Posted by butabi a 7:41 pm on November 2, 2009
School Committee candidate Christine Rafal is making a courageous run against retrograde incumbent James Norton – and she can use all the help she can get on election day! To help out please call: 617-335-6343…
Posted by Alain Jehlen a 10:41 pm on November 1, 2009
The city elections are Nov. 3.
Here are the three SCAT-sponsored televised debates of the School Committee and Ward Alderman races.…
Posted by Alain Jehlen a 9:42 pm on October 26, 2009
What’s the biggest problem facing our city?
Compare your answer with what the five candidates for alderman-at-large said they’re hearing door-to-door. They all took part…
Posted by intrepid a 2:28 pm on October 16, 2009
Capuano: A Washington Insider, Unknown At Home
Oct 14, 2009
by Fred Thys
Posted by fberman a 2:03 pm on October 14, 2009
If you’re on the fence about attending Sen. Pat Jehlen’s forum on expanded State gambling tomorrow night (Thurs. Oct 15 from 7-9pm at Century Bank, 400 Mystic Avenue in Medford), at which State Sen. Sue Tucker and State Rep Kathi-Anne Reinstein will debate the issue, here are some reasons why you should come, and why this really is a big deal.
Posted by Bill@SCAT a 7:30 pm on October 5, 2009
Somerville Community Access Television, in collaboration with the TV program “Greater Somerville with Joe Lynch,” will present four half-hour forums for each contested race for Alderman and School Committee. This is an excellent opportunity for Somerville residents to compare the candidates’ perspectives before the election on November 3.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 1:35 pm on October 4, 2009
As part of ‘Our Voices, Our Vote,’ a civic participation campaign, Centro Presente would like to invite you to an Electoral Forum (Oct 7, 6pm) to hear from local candidates on the issues of concern to the community of Somerville, to talk about how to increase civic participation in the city, and to educate ourselves about the next electoral process.
Posted by Marty Martinez a 8:47 am on September 28, 2009
PDS is proud to endorse incumbents Bill White and Dennis Sullivan for reelection, and challenger Luis Morales. Each candidate brings something different to this race and the PDS membership voted to support those perspectives.
Posted by jennithomson a 9:49 pm on September 26, 2009
2 degrees of warming. 350 parts per million. Does it seem as though we are on track to achieve these? Are you concerned about the chance of passing a meaningful global climate treaty in Copenhagen? Do you want to have a say in the future of our planet? Come to our Climate Action Party! [October 3rd, 7 p.m.] We will broaden our local network of activists, strategize how to make our voices heard, and plan for the days between now and December.
Posted by Joeb a 3:09 pm on September 23, 2009
Hyatt or Tufts, Deval’s choice is the hotter bed.
Posted by eila a 10:54 am on September 22, 2009
Rep. Michael Capuano, Democrat from Somerville, MA, is running for the seat left by Senator Edward M. Kennedy. He says that he is the candidate “most like Kennedy,” and his first TV Campaign ad claims: “As Mayor, he turned Somerville around.”
Let’s hear it from Somervillians who’ve been there: What was Mayor Mike like?…
Posted by Linda Conte a 6:56 pm on September 16, 2009
Somerville Voices does hereby (and by other means) invite all candidates for contested races in the upcoming election to explain their positions on the issues and why voters should choose them on November 3…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 8:14 pm on August 31, 2009
Almost half of the Aug 27th BOA mtg agenda (pdf) basically consists of 311 service requests like orders to fix potholes and sidewalks. The other half contains some interesting items including these highlights (emphasis added by me):
Note that Ward 7 Alderman Bob Trane was the only member to not have sponsored any items. The Aldermen each earn a salary of $24,521.03 in FY2010.…
Posted by Greg Dennis a 9:00 pm on August 29, 2009
Senator John Kerry will be holding a Town Hall at Somerville High School this Wednesday, September 2 from 7:30-9:00pm. The event information from his website has been copied below.
Join Senator John Kerry…
Posted by Joeb a 10:35 am on August 26, 2009
A five month delay in filling Kennedy’s seat with a similarly minded temporary successor guarantees a health care bill to the advantage of current insurers. Can it be coincidental that CEO of the largest of…
Posted by Marty Martinez a 9:59 pm on August 25, 2009
Join the Progressive Dems at the kick off of one of their endorsed candidates for School Committee!
Christine Rafal will be kicking off her campaign for School Committee on Sunday, September 13th from 3pm to 5pm at the Paddock Rest at 249 Pearl Street in Somerville. Suggested donation is $50.…
Posted by glevy01 a 12:39 pm on August 15, 2009
Thursday’s event at City Hall was a far cry from the tense, emotion-high fracas that went down at the Traffic Commission meeting two weeks ago. The stately Aldermanic chamber was likewise filled with concerned Somerville citizens, but this time, the city’s controversial May 21 vote was the agenda.…
Posted by Xumi a 8:56 pm on August 5, 2009
How do we get the silent majority of residents in Somerville — most in this city are either blue-dog, conservative or liberterian — more active and attend city meetings to voice our displeasure with the…
Posted by glevy01 a 9:28 pm on July 30, 2009
It seems as if the Somerville Traffic Commission has a sticky situation on it’s hands. I attended the regularly scheduled Somerville Traffic Commission meeting at the Tufts Administration building this evening, and from what was printed on the agenda, I expected a fairly run-of-the-mill session. But the 75-odd residents who packed the TAB cafeteria had a different agenda in mind…
Posted by Marty Martinez a 8:22 pm on July 27, 2009
Come out to our first endorsement meeting of the year! We will be making endorsements in the contested ward races which include the Ward 6 Alderman’s Race, the Ward 5 School Committee Race and the Ward 4 School Committee Race. This will be a great chance to learn about the candidates running, ask some important questions and put our PDS support to work!
Posted by Abby a 2:30 pm on June 25, 2009
We’re working on educating the public about the incredible amount of money spent on weapon systems, and the need to get the government to redirect that money to basic human needs, such as jobs, education, housing, and health care. … and that’s where you can help. We’re going to ask the Board of Aldermen of Somerville to endorse the campaign. As preparation for that, we’re asking you to call your alderman/ woman to urge their endorsement of this campaign.
Posted by clivia camara a 2:52 pm on June 23, 2009
On Monday the 22nd of June at 7:30 at the Somerville High School the School Committee approved the Welcoming Massachusetts pledge. All the members said “Yes” to the pledge with great enthusiasm…
Posted by Marty Martinez a 8:00 pm on June 18, 2009
Come out to the next Progressive Democrats of Somerville Meeting!
When: Tuesday, June 23rd, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: VNA, 259 Lowell Street, Community Room
Posted by Karly Burke a 11:52 am on June 15, 2009
We campaigned, we won and now we want to hear from YOU about changes you want to see in our community. Please join us on Mon. June 22nd at 6:30pm for a Cambridge-Somerville for Change community meeting
Help Us Pass a Resolution Against Predatory Slot Machine Gambling at the Mass. Democratic Party Convention
Posted by fberman a 3:04 am on June 1, 2009
At next week’s Mass. Democratic Party Issues Convention (Saturday, June 6 in Springfield), opponents of legalizing predatory slot machine gambling in Massachusetts will mount an effort to pass a Resolution “oppos[ing] the legalization of slot machines and any similar efforts to promote addictive and predatory gambling as a means of raising public revenues.” (The full Resolution is printed at the end of this posting.) WE NEED YOUR HELP collecting delegates’ signatures.
Posted by Janine D. a 5:32 pm on May 31, 2009
I have been a democrat my entire voting life. My first election was my vote for Clinton in 1992. I will state that I am not a native Somerville nor MA resident. Since moving to Somerville, where I own my house, I have become very interested in the elected officials and their votes. It comes as no surpirse that I am a little disgusted with how they vote sometimes.…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 2:12 pm on May 26, 2009
Come on out to our next PDS meeting. There is a lot going on so come on out and get involved in one of the most exciting organizations in the city!
When: Tuesday, May…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 10:25 pm on May 12, 2009
According to the Somerville Journal:
Somerville Democrats will meet Tuesday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the community room at the Visiting Nurses Association at 259 Lowell St.
Mayor Joe Curtatone will…
Posted by MatanBY a 8:09 pm on
Forum on Gentrification and Displacement!
Thursday, May 14th, 6 PM
Elizabeth Peabody House
277 Broadway (at Broadway & Grant Street) Somerville, MA
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 8:47 am on
Please join us!
Spring Reception to Support
Ward 6 Alderman
Where: Sagra Restaurant, 400 Highland
Posted by eila a 2:29 pm on May 4, 2009
The City of Somerville, as an Entitlement Community, receives millions of Federal dollars from HUD each year from the Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Shelter Grant, and HOME programs. These monies must be spent on…
Posted by Bill Bumpus a 12:39 pm on April 23, 2009
Bill Bumpus and regular Somerville Voices contributor Fred Berman are the co-hosts of a live, (roughly) biweekly show on Somerville Cable Access Television (SCAT, Channel 3) titled “Progressive Voices”.
If you or your organization are working to make a difference on a local, state, national or world level, we’d like to interview you! …
Posted by eila a 6:12 pm on April 19, 2009
On March 19, 2009, the City of Somerville was one of the 118 recipients of an “e-government Award,” from Common Cause. This citation is given for providing online access to Board
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 9:04 pm on April 11, 2009
A member of Eighth District Rep. Mike Capuano’s staff will hold office hours Thursday, April 23, from 4 to…
Posted by Marty Martinez a 9:28 am on April 7, 2009
Come out to the Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) Annual Meeting. See what exciting things are happening with PDS as it celebrates the start of its 6th year.
Posted by Bill Bumpus a 6:43 pm on March 27, 2009
Bill Bumpus and regular Somerville Voices contributor Fred Berman are the co-hosts of a live, (roughly) biweekly show on Somerville Cable Access Television (SCAT, Channel 3) titled “Progressive Voices”.
If you or your organization…
Posted by Pat Jehlen a 5:54 pm on March 19, 2009
No Fooling: Budget Forum April 1
Every day we learn of more cuts in services and proposed tax increases. Why are we in this situation? What can we do to protect the basics we…
Posted by Pat Jehlen a 10:25 pm on March 18, 2009
No Fooling: Budget Forum April 1
Every day we learn of more cuts in services and proposed tax increases. Why are we in this situation? What can we do to protect the basics we…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 9:07 pm on March 2, 2009
Answer President Barack Obama’s call to action and get involved in your community by preparing for the next election cycle! You are invited to our training to learn the basics of how to run and…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 8:58 pm on
Answer President Barack Obama’s call to action and get involved in your community by preparing for the next election cycle! You are invited to our training to learn the basics of how to run and win a local campaign.
Posted by Marty Martinez a 9:30 am on February 20, 2009
Its time for another great PDS meeting. Come out and see what exciting things PDS is up to this month. Our agenda includes:
- Update on our March Candidate and Campaign
Posted by fberman a 5:29 pm on February 1, 2009
PDS Vice Chair Rachel Heller sent around information about the Democratic Party Caucuses scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 5th (see below). Readers may be wondering “Why bother to go to an “issues” convention … or to the Caucus where delegates are elected? Here are my thoughts on why it’s worth our time.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 8:04 pm on January 30, 2009
According to “Latest News” on the website of the Somerville Democratic City Committee www.SomDems.org :
The Ward Caucuses to elect delegates to the 2009 State Convention in Springfield will be held on…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 9:50 pm on January 28, 2009
This sounds like a proactive and timely step on the part of the mayor, but is this “outside” panel of “experts” truly a good source of guidance for our city in these dire times?
Posted by Linda Conte a 2:09 pm on January 18, 2009
Seriously, I am feeling like celebrating. Our friend Seth Itzkan (Planet Tech, Davis Sq.) took off for DC yesterday at dawn. He said that they would be closing the roads after that so you couldn’t…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 12:44 pm on January 17, 2009
[Note, I am the Endorsements Chair of PDS - Barry]
Come out to the first meeting of the new year!
What: PDS January Meeting
Posted by Pat Jehlen a 9:03 am on January 15, 2009
Rep. Denise Provost and I invite people to join us in a celebratory inauguration lunch at Orleans Restaurant in Davis Square on Jan. 20 at 11:30. There will be a large-screen TV tuned to the…
Posted by eila a 7:04 pm on December 5, 2008
A focus group of Civil and DisAbilities Rights advocates will join with the longest-running TV Access producers group in the country during Civil Rights Week in MA to tackle the challenges of designing equal opportunity communities.
Posted by Dennis K. Fischman a 9:25 pm on December 3, 2008
I’ve been reviewing some of the reasons Obama will need to be pushed if he is going to be a progressive President, and some of the major areas in which we need to push him. The key thing is, we can’t wait.
Posted by Bill Shelton a 10:33 pm on December 1, 2008
To the Charter Review Committee, I sincerely appreciated the opportunity to give testimony at your November 10th public hearing. I hope you are not discouraged that, from mildly to passionately, all but one person who spoke was critical of your preliminary recommendations.
Posted by Dennis K. Fischman a 6:11 am on
I don’t agree with his accusatory tone–I think most people voted for Obama with their eyes open–but Sam Smith has “listed nearly three dozen things that Obama supports or opposes with which no good liberal or progressive would agree.” Most prominent among them to my perspective:
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 6:52 pm on November 24, 2008
And now, a meeting announcement from the Chair of the Progressive Democrats of Somerville…
Come to our November meeting at the VNA at 259 Lowell Street on Tuesday, November 25th from 6:30 to…
Posted by Dennis K. Fischman a 11:51 pm on November 23, 2008
How do we in Somerville know that the Obama administration will be under pressure to cave to corporations? I couldn’t say it any better than Derrick Jackson did in the Globe…
Posted by Dennis Fischman a 12:05 pm on November 17, 2008
Progressives in Somerville, as elsewhere, have invested a lot of hope in an Obama presidency. After the Bush administration’s systematic attack on rights, liberties, and the common good, Obama can hardly help doing better! Yet on some of the most basic issues, Obama has been silent.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 6:00 pm on November 15, 2008
[Posted on behalf of Alisa Wind]
Dear friends at Somerville Voices,
We would like you to join us at a special “What’s Next?” event with Noam Chomsky next Wednesday, Nov 19th. We would…
Posted by Dennis K. Fischman a 9:23 am on November 14, 2008
Somerville went heavily for Obama in the last election. Now we have to push him to make good on some of his promises; where he doesn’t go far enough, to go further; where he is silent, to speak up and act; and where he is wrong, to change.
Posted by Dennis K. Fischman a 9:49 pm on November 12, 2008
On key issues, Obama either doesn’t go far enough, or he hasn’t said anything at all… I could go on and on, but you probably have an example of your own. What issues are most important to you, and how does Obama address them but fall short? Along with pressing the new administration to keep its promises, we have to make them exceed them. WE have to. They won’t do it on their own.
Posted by Dennis K. Fischman a 6:57 pm on November 10, 2008
One week ago, Somerville went overwhelmingly for Obama-Biden. To keep the promises made by the Obama campaign, the Obama Administration will need all the help it can get. We in Somerville should do our part to help–and to keep the politicians honest.
Here is a very partial and incomplete list of campaign promises that I think Obama should keep:
Posted by fberman a 2:30 am on November 6, 2008
In anticipation of next week’s public hearing on Charter Reform, Fred Berman and Bill Bumpus interviewed local activist Bill Shelton, who favors a City Manager form of government, as compared with our current “Strong Mayor” form of government…..
Posted by Dennis K. Fischman a 7:05 am on November 5, 2008
The results of last night’s election are about as good as I could have wished. Obama-Biden won by a large enough margin that no amount of cheating could affect the outcome. Democrats widened their lead in Congress, and progressives held onto their seats. There’s still a chance that Al Franken could become the next Senator from Minnesota. Most important to me personally, Massachusetts voted 2-1 against eliminating the state income tax.
Posted by Bill@SCAT a 9:06 pm on November 4, 2008
As promised here is the latest and greatest from Somerville Community Access Television. Check out the footage from the Community Arts Festival and from a Nepali Community Event. See a separate posting for the interview with Bill Shelton about Charter Reform on Fred Berman and Bill Bumpus’ Monday evening show, Progressive Voices.
Posted by Alain Jehlen a 10:34 am on November 2, 2008
Rev. Molly Baskette, Senior Minister of First Church Somerville UCC, asked us to post this for her:
On November 4, you will be making one of the most important political decisions of your life. It’s not McCain vs. Obama. It’s the decision about whether or not to repeal the state income tax in Massachusetts.…
Posted by Greg Dennis a 11:33 pm on October 30, 2008
This Sunday, the Progressive Democrats of Somerville are headed up to New Hampshire with the Cambridge and Somerville for Obama group. The Cambridge and Somerville for Obama group has been doing fantastic work and just last Sunday, sent 130 canvassers up to New Hampshire!
Posted by Bill@SCAT a 10:30 pm on
Hi Gang, for those of you yearning for alternative media coverage of the big day November 4th … keep reading, we have the answer
Posted by Bill@SCAT a 2:01 pm on
Hi Gang, for those of you yearning for alternative media coverage of the big day November 4th …. keep reading, we have the answer.
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SMUJP (Somerville-Medford United for Justice with Peace) invites you to a post-election dialogue: thoughts on the election results and implications for the Somerville and Medford progressive community. We hope to define three key areas to focus on going forward, relating to peace, economic justice and local issues. This open, nonpartisan conversation will start with brief presentations and move to lots of discussion. We hope you can join us!
Posted by Bill@SCAT a 8:32 am on October 27, 2008
Hi Gang… lot going on since my last post. Later this week I will have a massive update, but, in the meantime I wanted to share the latest episode of the Progressive Voices TV program here at SCAT. Fred Berman and Bill Bumpus have as their guest: Harris Gruman to talk about Question one on the upcoming November Ballot. See the video below.
Posted by Paula Woolley a 9:35 am on October 22, 2008
More than most cities and towns, the city of Somerville and its public schools rely very heavily on state aid. In fact, this year, state aid makes up more than half (58 percent) of the Somerville schools’ budget. This much-needed money would be cut drastically if Question 1 passes, eliminating the state income tax. According to one estimate by groups including the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, our schools could lose as much as 90 percent of its aid if Question 1 passes, and our city could lose 65 percent.
Posted by Rand Wilson a 1:41 pm on October 15, 2008
This year’s third annual HONK! Festival from Oct. 10 – 12 was an exuberant street party!
Posted by Marty Martinez a 10:25 pm on October 10, 2008
The Progressive Democrats of Somerville have weighed in on two key ballot questions and the uncontested State House seats in the November election.
Posted by rebecca batorsky a 3:45 pm on October 8, 2008
Stand Up for Peace in the Middle East
BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
Visit our website: http://oct11boston.org
Music at 11, Rally at noon, March at 2 pm
Boston Common Parade Grounds (Entrance on Beacon…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 4:12 pm on September 25, 2008
Somerville Ward 5 Alderman Sean O’Donovan was defeated in last night’s Democratic Caucus for Register of Probate of Middlesex County despite his supporters’ attempts to deceive other delegates into believing that he had been endorsed by third-place candidate Maria Sheehy. O’Donovan finished in second place to Medford attorney Tara DeChristofaro…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 6:40 pm on September 20, 2008
From the homepage of the Somerville Democratic City Committee www.SomDems.org :
Our first annual Somerville Democratic City Committee Picnic has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 4th, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at…
Posted by Carl Sciortino a 2:07 am on September 19, 2008
On September 16th, our campaign made history, winning an incredibly challenging write-in campaign. To the many campaign volunteers and supporters, and to the hard-working wardens, police officers, and other elections officials and staff, I would like to say thank you. I also want to thank my challenger, Alderman Bob Trane, for running a spirited campaign. But most of all, I want to thank all of you who cast your vote on September 16th.
Posted by Dorie Clark a 8:42 pm on August 15, 2008
The Committee to Re-Elect Rep. Carl Sciortino today announced the launch of a new website and mailing to residents of Somerville and Medford to raise awareness about Rep. Sciortino’s write-in campaign for re-election on September 16th.
Posted by Jonathan Rich a 10:45 pm on July 22, 2008
At a fundraiser for his reelection campaign at Sabur Restaurant this evening, Representative Carl Sciortino got some strongly worded support from Governor Deval Patrick, and announced that an upcoming environmental bond bill would include two million dollars for improvements to Somerville’s largest open space, Foss Park.…
Posted by eila a 11:45 am on July 20, 2008
Here’s just a short post to encourage folks to take a listen to the Open Media Boston interview with incumbent Representative Carl Sciortino. I was lucky to stumble upon it!
Posted by eila a 6:44 pm on July 19, 2008
I certainly agree with Barry’s post of 7/15/08 in this SomervilleVoices blog entitled, “City’s Commission Staffing Plan Hurts Human Services.” Three questions seem particularly germane to this issue: 1. Are Somerville’s municipal resources distributed equally and fairly to all residents? 2. Are all residents offered equal participation within public programs, without regard to differences in age, income, birth culture, abilities, religions, race, gender, job status, or city address? 3. Do certain Somerville residents experience social and economic inequities that would support the fuller engagement and investigation of the specialized Human Rights Commissions?
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 7:55 pm on July 15, 2008
The Mayor has called a special meeting of the Board of Aldermen to create two new Deputy Chief of Police positions that he then wants to take out of civil service. Without any community input or community process on the impact of creating two new politically appointed positions in the leadership of the police department, the Mayor is pushing the Board of Aldermen to agree to their removal from the civil service process.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 12:02 pm on
I share Melissa McWhinney’s concerns about the impact of the Mayor’s new commission staffing reorganization on the quality of the city’s human services. The HRC and other commissions should not have to compete with each other for staff services as they now do under the new arrangement.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 9:41 am on
Please join us for a wonderful evening of folk, rock, pop, and jazz music to benefit Veterans For Peace and Iraq Veterans Against The War. The benefit will be on Tuesday, July 29 at 8:30 PM at Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St. Davis Square Somerville. Performers include Celia Slattery, Deb Pasternak, Porch Party Mamas, Media Made, and Katrina Degel Jazz Quartet. Admission is $15.
Posted by Ken Brociner a 11:30 pm on July 14, 2008
I would like to briefly explain why I will NOT be participating in the “No Attack on Iran” demo in the hope that it might provide some food for thought for PDSers (of which I am one) and others on the left. First off, I am against an attack on Iran – by the U.S. and/or Israel. But…the way this particular demo is framing the issue is – unfortunately – all too typical these days (on the left).
Posted by Abby a 4:33 pm on
At a time when voices calling for real diplomacy and negotiations are being silenced, it is up to us to speak out clearly against another illegal war, which would be a catastrophe for all involved.
Posted by Erica Schwarz a 3:50 pm on
You are invited to attend a reception for State Representative Carl Sciortino, candidate for re-election in the 34th Middlesex District, featuring Governor Deval Patrick.
Tuesday, July 22
7:00 – 9:00 pm
212 Holland St., Teele Square, Somerville
Suggested donation: $30 $150 $300 $500
We hope to see you there!…
Posted by Josh Craft a 10:23 am on July 12, 2008
Come to the Somerville/Cambridge General Election Kick Off Event at Precinct in Union Square this coming Wednesday, July 16th! Have fun, get plugged in and learn how we’re going to win!
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 5:21 pm on July 10, 2008
PDS has endorsed Rep. Carl Sciortino for re-election in the 34th Middlesex District (Somerville/Medford) House race. PDS members were impressed by Rep. Sciortino’s hard work on behalf of the district on a variety of issues including working for increased local aid for education, advocating for the extension of the Green Line and his continued efforts on behalf of all the residents of the district.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 1:09 pm on July 9, 2008
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone will hold Community Office Hours on Wednesday, July 9th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Diesel Café in Davis Square. Residents can…
Posted by Dennis Fischman a 10:27 am on July 1, 2008
Who says all summer reading lists have to be filled with fluff? CAAS, the Community Action Agency of Somerville, is offering a summer reading list about poor people and people rising out of poverty–and what we can all do to help. “There is something on this list for every reader”
Posted by eila a 11:12 pm on June 26, 2008
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is gathering public input for a study of emerging issues and trends affecting the lives of people with disabilities. Information gathered will be used in the development of NCD’s next annual progress report to the President and Congress, “National Disability Policy: A Progress Report,” which is required by Section 401(b) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
Posted by eila a 9:09 pm on June 21, 2008
There will be a Public Hearing before the Board of Aldermen on Monday, June 23, 2008, at 6:30 PM, in the Aldermen’s Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue, on the Order of Alderman Maryann M. Heuston, Chairman of the Committee on Finance, for public input on the proposed FY 2009 budget. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND AND BE HEARD.
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 9:06 pm on June 17, 2008
Come out to the next PDS Meeting:
Tuesday, June 24th at 7:30pm at the College Avenue United Methodist Church on Chapel Street.
PLEASE NOTE: We have moved our meeting to start a little later so interested people can attend the Union Square Zoning Meeting that starts at 6pm.
Check out our June meeting which will…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 3:03 pm on June 10, 2008
Somerville Democratic City Committee Public Meeting, all are welcome!
Posted by Pat Jehlen a 10:03 am on
Attorney General Martha Coakley will be our guest speaker on Wednesday from 6 – 8 pm at the Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road in Somerville, at the corner of Central Street, just south of Highland Ave. There’ll be music by Michelle Nover and Pamela Ambrose of the Winchester Community Music School. And of…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 1:17 pm on June 8, 2008
The Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) invites you for a night of trivia, food and good company.
TRIVIA NIGHT at Johnny D’s – 17 Holland Street in Davis Square
Monday, June 9th
8:00pm – Trivia Night with Free Pizza
Come on down and join a PDS team in the ever so popular Trivia Night!
If you have…
Posted by @BarryRafkind a 11:59 pm on June 4, 2008
This week, the Progressive Democrats of Somerville officially launched their endorsement process for the upcoming round of state elections. Invitations were emailed to candidates in local contested races: Rep. Carl Sciortino and Ald. Bob Trane in the 34th Middlesex (Somerville/Medford) House race and Patrick McCabe, Jim Caralis, and Rep. Paul Donato in the 35th Middlesex…
Posted by Bill Shelton a 3:35 am on June 2, 2008
From the 1950s, through the 1970s, well over half of Somerville’s long-term residents permanently left the city. The first clearly identifiable group of newcomers who replaced them was Portuguese immigrants.
Posted by Bill Shelton a 10:47 pm on May 14, 2008
The attraction of Somerville’s affordable housing, Irish and Italian enclaves, and thriving industrial economy made it the most densely populated American city in the middle of the last century. Its 170 manufacturing plants provided wages sufficient to support a family, often with only one parent working.
Posted by Marty Martinez a 12:08 am on May 2, 2008
Check out this link about PDS’ Annual Meeting. Progressive Dems are ready to kick off another year of empowering community residents to get involved and advocate for the issues they care about.
Posted by empowerment a 7:00 pm on April 24, 2008
Bill Shelton’s post made me wonder… is an ecological politics possible in Somerville?
Posted by Dennis Fischman a 11:07 pm on April 22, 2008
Do you want to help set the direction for Somerville’s anti-poverty agency? The Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) is seeking candidates—and voters—for its Board elections, coming up the week of May 19th at two locations in Somerville.
Posted by Bill Shelton a 9:47 am on April 1, 2008
When a region’s climate changes over long periods, its ecosystems change as well. Woodlands can become grasslands, tundra or desert. This process involves prolonged conflict between differing plant and animal groups, and between how they change their environment by living and propagating. Even if they were conscious, they would not see themselves as at war, but rather merely doing what they can to survive.…
Posted by Suzanne Bremer a 9:25 pm on March 30, 2008
It isn’t often that the words “surplus” and “parking” are associated with Davis Square. But the request currently before the Board of Alderman to declare three municipal parking lots surplus property in our hippest square does that as well as bring up the long simmering, but little acknowledged question of responsible management of city owned real estate.…