NDCC Endorses Change from "Board of Aldermen" to "City Council"

In the spirit of equality and fairness for all who might like to serve in local government, members of the Newton Democratic City Committee voted overwhelmingly at their December General Meeting to endorse a proposed update to the Newton Charter that would change the title of Newton's legislative body from Board of Aldermen to City Council. Click here for additional details

Sunday: Protest the unjust killings of black men and boys by police


Our 2014 Brunch honoree Reverend Howard Haywood asks us to join him in a march and silent protest of the unaccountable, unjust killings of black men and boys - as young as 12 years old - by police officers around the nation. We should all hasten to answer this call for help.

Please show support for Reverend Howard, his community and this cause by marching tomorrow, Sunday, December 7, at 4:00 pm. This march will leave from Myrtle Baptist Church (map) and will walk to West Newton Square. Bring your family, friends and signs if you agree that the tragic injustices around the country must stop.

December 4: NDCC General Meeting with Rep. Kay Khan on the coming year

All are welcome at the NDCC's last quarterly general meeting of 2014 to be held from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Women's Workshop, 72 Columbus Street in Newton Highlands, on Thursday, December 4


Call of the roll/Sign in (7:30)

Approval of minutes of the previous meeting (7:35 pm)

Reports of officers, ward and standing committees (7:40 pm)

  • Treasurer’s report

  • NDCC schedule for the coming year

    • Holiday gatherings, Caucus 2014, Convention, local elections

  • State, Ward and NDCC subcommittee Reports


Recognition of new ward committee members (7:55 pm)

  • Ward 1: Olivia Alperstein, Ward 2: Matt Yospin, Ward 5: Bill Humphrey and Sue Fliegel

Unfinished business (none)

New business (8:00 pm)

  • Approval of budget for 2015 (click here for proposed budget that has been approved by the NDCC finance subcommittee and the executive committee)

  • Motion to endorse gender-neutral term for city officials

Closure of official business (8:20 pm)

Presentation and discussion with Rep. Kay Khan about passage of Question 4 and discussion of the coming legislative year in the House under a Republican Governor.

Next general meeting:

  • Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, location TBD

Election Day - Plan to Vote, Volunteer

Vote Nov. 4 for Dems and Ballot Questions

Please make a plan to vote - especially if you are volunteering!
Polls are open in Newton from 7 am to 8 pm
Visit www.wheredoivoteinma.com for your polling location
The full ticket is below along with details for volunteering and election night.

Please vote for the full ticket as follows!

  • Ed Markey for US Senate
  • Joe Kennedy for Congress
  • Martha Coakley and Steve Kerrigan for Gov/Lt. Gov
  • Maura Healey for Attorney General
  • Deb Goldberg for Treasurer
  • Bill Galvin for Secretary of State
  • Suzanne Bump for Auditor
  • Cindy Creem for Senate
  • Kay Khan, Ruth Balser or John Lawn for Representative
  • Marilyn DeVaney for Governor's Council
  • Tara DeCristofaro for Register of Probate
  • Marian Ryan for District Attorney
  • NO on Question 1 (gas tax repeal)
  • YES on Question 2 (bottle bill)
  • YES on Question 4 (earned sick leave)

Want to help and volunteer today or on Election Day? Canvassers and callers are needed! Please come to either 30 Chase Street in Newton Centre or 360 Watertown Street in Nonantum to help.

  • Callers and canvassers are needed all day long. Detailed shifts at www.newtondems.org/events.
  • Congressman Joe Kennedy will launch a door hangar canvass TODAY at 7:00 pm at HQ (360 Watertown Street)
  • Calling takes place at 30 Chase Street,
  • Canvass wards 5 through 8 from 30 Chase, and wards 1 through 4 from 360 Watertown.

Results watch party
After the polls close at 8 pm, please join the NDCC's election night results watch party at the home of Ald. Vicki Danberg, 30 Chase Street in Newton Centre. All are welcome.

Thank you for all your and hard work support - good luck to our candidates tomorrow!

~ the Newton Dems

Newton Fundraising Program Underway! Three great events coming up, three great chances to help with funding

Coakley-Kerrigan fundraiser with special guest Treasurer Steve Grossman on October 20 at Rep. Ruth Balser's home - click here for details. See below for summary!

Maura Healey for AG fundraiser on October 16 - click here for details.

Deb Goldberg for Treasurer fundraiser on October 21 - click here for details.

Newton Field Program Underway - Please Sign Up To Help

The Coordinated Campaign has put together a full schedule of weekly canvasses and phone banks from HQ in Nonantum and 30 Chase Street in Newton Centre through October. Now is the time to help - the race is close and the field can win the election for the Democratic Party this fall. Click here to see the full schedule - see the upcoming events below and sign up to help!

Upcoming phone banks and canvasses:

  • Newton Makes Calls for Coakley & the Coordinated Campaign
    October 9th, 2014, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    30 Chase St, Newton Center
    Click here to sign up

  • Newton Knocks on Doors for Martha Coakley & Coordinated Campaign
    October 11th, 2014, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Coordinated office, 360 Watertown Street, Newton
    Click here to sign up

  • Newton Knocks Doors for Martha Coakley & Coordinated Campaign
    October 12th, 2014, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Coordinated office, 360 Watertown Street, Newton
    Click here to sign up

  • Newton Hubdials Sunday for Coakley Coordinated Campaign
    October 12th, 2014, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    30 Chase St, Newton Center
    Click here to sign up

2014 Brunch, A Fantastic Event: Thank you to speakers, volunteers, attendees!

Brunch: Schedule, and our Honoree

Click here to respond and RSVP if you haven't already. It's not too late to get a ticket in advance. Below please find the schedule for the event on Sunday. We're expecting a large crowd and great speakers who will energize us for campaign 2014, and recognize the legacy of activism in civil rights and social justice of Reverend Howard Haywood.  

  • Sunday, October 5, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, American Legion Post 440 295 California Street in Newton. Please click here for details.
  • Schedule: 11:30 am - doors open, 12:00 noon - event formally begins and food is served, 12:45 pm - speaking program begins with Congressman Kennedy, Chairman McGee, Mayor Warren and Reverend Haywood
    1:15 pm speaking program ends, 2:30 pm - event ends

Reverend Howard Haywood

Rev. Howard Haywood is Pastor Emeritus of the historic Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton after serving as pastor for 24 years. Over these years Rev. Haywood has guided the church through continued years of growth in membership and outreach programs. Under his leadership an addition was built on the church and the parsonage was converted into two family units.

Myrtle has led the Newton community in raising funds to help rebuild a church in Arkansas that was destroyed in the southern church burnings and supplying food, clothing and Christmas gifts to the victims of hurricane Katrina. The church was also the originator of the annual Citywide Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration.
Rev. Haywood has been active throughout the years in many community organizations including the Council on Aging, The Foundation for Racial, Religious and Ethnic Harmony, Newton Community Development Foundation, Board of the YMCA, Newton Clergy Association, Board of the Newton Boys and Girls Club, and the Newton Human Rights Commission in 2005 he was awarded the City’s Human Rights Award. Myrtle has truly been a community church hosting the local Meals on Wheels program, the Newton Head Start program for a number of years, training programs for Evercare Hospice.
Rev. Haywood has worked in the construction industry for over 50 years starting out in the trades as a bricklayer and currently holds the position of principle Engineer at S E A Consultants, Inc. of Cambridge. He retired from the MBTA in 2001 after a 24-year career in the Design and Construction Department where he held the position of Assistant general Manager of Design and Construction where he oversaw the Authorities $500,000,000 capital improvement program.
Howard has been married for 47 years to Karen (Evans) Haywood, who he grew up with, in their beloved “village.” Karen’s family like Howard’s has a long and distinguished history in Newton in fact her ancestors were founding members of Myrtle Baptist Church. They were blessed with three children Georgianna (deceased) Kristen Smith and Howard Jr. both of Newton. They have three granddaughters Julia Haywood, Zoë Smith, Carmen Velez-Haywood and a great grandson Giovanni Morales.

Coordinated Volunteer Recruitment Phone Bank Thursday and Canvass on Sunday

Please join fellow volunteers at the Newton Democratic Coordinated Campaign office for the following activities THIS WEEK:

Volunteer Recruitment Cell Phone Bank: We will be recruiting volunteers for upcoming canvasses and events throughout the district

Thursday, October 2nd
5:00 – 8:30 pm
Newton Coordinated Office
360 Watertown Street, Newton

Joe Kennedy for Congress and Coordinated Campaign Canvass:

Sunday, October 5th
Check in at 2:30 pm, Canvass begins at 3:00 pm

Newton Coordinated Office
360 Watertown Street, Newton

Please RSVP to Amanda Bernardo amanda@joekennedyforcongress.com or 617-306-1773 for any additional information or questions!

Earned Sick Leave Campaign House Party on Tuesday

As many of you know, over 900,000 workers in Massachusetts have no earned sick leave for themselves, their spouses, or their children.  But after a year of organizing across the state, Raise Up MA has put the question on the ballot this Election Day.

On Tuesday September 30, Progressive Newton is hosting an informal house party to learn more about Ballot Question 4 (to ensure workers and their families earned sick leave) and to help plan the last five weeks of the campaign.
At the home of Phyllis Kirschner
20 Gralynn Rd.
Newton Center
(off of Waverly and one block north of Ward St.)
6:30 - 8:00 pm
This is one of many house parties the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition will be holding across the state on Tuesday night. For more information, please call me at 617-448-6281. To RSVP click on this link: 

Newton Dems Weekend of Action: Sat, Coord Canvass, Sun, Org meeting with JKIII and Canvass!

Newton is a key city for the Democrats - we need to make sure we reach out to voters about the Coakley-Kerrigan campaign and the additional Dems on the ticket this year. We're grassroots - we know it is key to talk to people one on one. Please join us this weekend!

Coordinated Canvass
Saturday, October 27, 10:30 AM

Newton HQ-360 Watertown St, Newton
Please join - walk lists, lit, scripts, training will all be provided!
Click here to sign up! 

Organizing meeting with Congressman Joe Kennedy III
Followed by canvassing and lawn sign assembly

Doors open at 11:30 AM
Meeting at noon, canvass launch at 1 pm
Click here to sign up! 

Vote No on Question 1 This November

We’ve all driven on roads and bridges in this state that could use some serious updating and fixing. In Newton alone there are seven structurally deficient bridges.

Problem bridges in Newton

That’s in addition to half the bridges in Massachusetts that are already structurally deficient (map). It’s hard to believe that there are some people who think this is not a problem. There is a question on this November’s ballot that if passed, would take away the funds needed to improve our streets, bridges and could put the public’s safety at risk and our transportation infrastructure in jeopardy.

But the Committee For Safe Roads and Bridges is fighting hard to make sure Question 1 does not pass, and they need our help. Consider some of these facts:

  • According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than half of all bridges in the state are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete – ranking us second-worst among the 50 states.
  • There are 27 bridges that have been closed because they are unsafe and another 447 that can only carry reduced traffic loads.
  • One out of five major roadways in the state is classified as being in poor condition.

Sign up here and to help the Committee for Safe Roads and Bridges defeat Question 1. To learn more about why these funds are so important to keeping roads safe and in good condition go here.

Coordinated Campaign: Opportunities to Help!

Please mark your calendars for two important upcoming events!

Newton HQ and Canvassing Kickoff
With Mass Dems Party Chair Tom McGee and Representative Ruth Balser
10:30 am on Saturday, September 20
Coordinated HQ - 360 Watertown Street, Newton 

Coordinated Campaign Regional Strategy Meeting and Canvass
With the Joe Kennedy for Congress Campaign Team
12 noon to 1 pm on Sunday, September 28
And then canvass at noon!
Coordinated HQ - 360 Watertown Street, Newton 

NDCC Makes Endorsements on MA Ballot Initiatives, City Equal Rights Law

During their September 11 general meeting the NDCC voted to endorse on MA ballot initiatives and urges all voters to:

  • Vote No on Question 1 (gas tax)
  • Vote Yes on 2 (bottle bill)
  • Yes on 4 (earned sick leave)!

We also endorsed City of Newton ordinance to include transgender people in Newton equal rights law. Thanks to all who participated.

Sept 20: Coordinated Campaign Kickoff Canvass Event with MDP Chair Tom McGee, Rep. Balser

Please join the Newton Dems with Mass Dems Party Chair Tom McGee, State Representative Ruth Balser and other elected leaders as we kick off the first official canvass for the coordinated campaign!

  • Saturday, September 20, 10:30 am
  • Newton Coordinated HQ, 360 Watertown Street, Newton (map
  • Questions or to sign up contact the Newton Dems at newtondems@gmail.com