Our Issue Activism 

Where we stand on the issues and what you can do to help.

Local

While local government is non-partisan the NDCC actively takes positions that align with core Democratic Party values.

Contact Mayor Warren:

  • swarren@newtonma.gov
  • (617) 796-1000

Contact your City Councilor:

Issues:

  • "Yes" on affordable housing - click here to view our statement in support of policies and measures that will make it possible for people to stay in and move into Newton and will have a positive effect on our region..

Active campaigns:

"No" on outsourcing Newton Public School Custodians Association. 

  • Update: Recently, the Newton School Committee voted in a new chair. We are hopeful newly-elected chair Ruth Goldman will take a different approach to negotiating with the union and work to protect good jobs with benefits in our city.
  • What YOU can do: write to the Newton School Committee at schoolcommittee@newton.k12.ma.us and let them know you oppose outsourcing.

Resolved campaigns:

"Yes" on changing the name of the local legislature from "Board of Aldermen" to "City Council". This campaign succeeded.

"Yes" on the Welcoming City Ordinance to protect immigrants and all Newton residents from the Republican President's attack on American values. The campaign succeeded.

"Yes" on updating the City of Newton Human Rights Ordinance to include protections for transgender individuals. This campaign succeeded.


State

NDCC endorsements on issues that impact Massaachusetts.

Call Gov. Baker:

  • 888-870-7770

Find your state legislator:

Active campaigns:

"Yes" on The Safe Communities Act S.1305/H

  • Update: This bill has come up in the Senate and House before but has not moved forward. More grassroots support is needed.
  • What YOU Can Do: Newton state legislators support this bill. You can contact our Representatives and thank them for their support. You can also contact friends in other parts of Massachusetts to ask them to contact their legislators about this bill. 

"Yes" on MA Senate Bill  S.1747 "An Act Combating Climate Change." 

  • Update: This bill has come up in the Senate and House before but has not moved forward. More grassroots support is needed.
  • What YOU Can Do: Newton state legislators support this bill. You can contact our Representatives and thank them for their support. You can also contact friends in other parts of Massachusetts to ask them to contact their legislators about this bill. 

"No" on any 2018 ballot measure that would roll back civil rights protections for transgender people.  

  • Update: Opponents of a recent statewide bill that protects transgender people from discrimination have secured enough signatures to put a measure to roll back the protections on the ballot in 20`18. We will work to actively oppose this ballot question.
  • What YOU can do: follow NDCC updates on this campaign and get involved once the 'no' campaign is organized. 

"Yes" on MA Senate Bill  S.365 "An Act restoring financial transparency in presidential elections (all)." 

  • Update Would require all candidates to release their tax returns as a requirement to get on the Presidential ballot in Massachusetts.

"Yes" on S. 373 / H. 2091 - An Act automatically registering eligible voters and enhancing safeguards against fraud (Creem sponsor, all)

  • Update Would enfranchise large numbers of new voters by registering them when they interact with state agencies, while at the same time safeguarding against fraud, including by promptly updating voter lists when voters move away.

Resolved Campaigns:

"No" on 2016 MA Ballot Question 2 - charter school expansion. This campaign was successful..

"Yes" on 2016 MA Ballot Question 3 - animal welfare - this campaign was successful. 

"Yes" on updating the City of Newton Human Rights Ordinance to include protections for transgender individuals. This campaign succeeded.


Federal

Read the Newton Dems Resistance Resolution here which calls for the following:

  1. Investigation of Trump
  2. Defend civil rights
  3. Support Medicare/Medicaid for all and oppose repeal of the ACA
  4. Right to peaceable protest
  5. A $15 minimum wage
  6. Modernize the Voting Rights Act and improve voting systems
  7. Free college and debt relief
  8. Paid medical and family leave
  9. Campaign finance reform

The Newton Dems have endorsed a US Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United.