With summer in full bloom, Mass. Town Political Committees are busy with (1) social activities such as Labor Day Cookouts, July 4 Town Parades, Summer Social Kick -Offs and Mixers, Award Brunches and Dinners, Summer Picnics and Barbecues, Ice Cream Socials, Clam Bakes, Seaside Parties, Lobster Dinners; (2) community service events such as Town Clean-up, Serving Meals, and Collecting Donations; (3) fundraising activities: Yard and Tag Sales, booths at local fairs, phone banks and " post card "parties.
Mass. Town Political Committee's Facebooks and websites post many civic and political activities that are now happening such as:
*"Peace Rallies" and "Peace Vigils" for Charlottesville in many Mass. towns ;
* "outreach" and "activism" subcommittees are active within town committees;
* a variety of Civic Forums on various policies issues;
*Campaign and Civics Training;
*Candidate Forums and Fundraisers and Political Platform events;
*a variety of Town Hall meetings with state senators, state legislators, local and state legislative candidates.
Mass. Town Political Committee's Facebooks and websites also post many events that are now happening such as:
"Minimum Wage Rally and State Legislative Hearing" on Tuesday September 19 at 10 am at the Boston State House;
*RALLIES on Saturday August 19 at Boston Common and other city locations;
*"Super Powers Senate Games" on Saturday August 19 at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate;
*"Women's March Film Screening" event on Saturday August 12 at City Hall Plaza in Boston;
*"Stop Criminalizing the Immigrant Community" event sponsored by Centro Presente & the Brazilian Worker Center on Wednesday August 9 at Boston State House;
*"National Women's Political Caucus Convention 2017" on July 27-July 31 in Boston;
* "Anti-BDS Legislation Hearing #Right 2BoycottMA" on Tuesday July 18 at the Boston State House;
*"Rally for Action on Climate Change" on Saturday July 15 at Providence R.I Convention Center;
*" PCA to Save Our National Monuments" from July 3-July 12 sponsored by Postcards for America/postcards4USA
*"Know Your Rights: Interacting with Law Enforcement" event on July 6 in Boston hosted by the ACLU.
PACIO is a non-partisan and non-profit organization that seeks to raise awareness of how citizens of every age can become involved in civic and political efforts and have a voice in the shaping of policies and laws that will guide our country.
Click on ANNOUNCEMENTS in your Congressional District for a sampling of activities and meetings that political town committees are offering in your congressional district. See how you can become involved, have some fun, and have a voice in our government!
Massachusetts National Political Parties
* Democrats: www.massdems.org - Click on the website and click on GET LOCAL Tab to see how go get involved ;
* Republicans: www.massgop.com - click on CONNECT Tab to find GOP Event Listings and programs to join;
* Green: www.green-rainbow.org - click on "Upcoming events" Tabs for meeting information, including the Fall 2017 Meeting on Sunday October 15 in Holyoke.
* Libertarians: www.lpmass.org - click on ACTION Tab to see a listing of events including the NorthShore-Danvers MeetUp on Sunday August 20 in Danvers.
Young Adult Political Organizations
Consider attending events that these organizations have to offer, as it is an excellent way to get involved :
*Mass. Alliance of College Republicans
*College Democrats of Massachusetts
Civics and Government
* Be alert to when your town is having elections this spring for Board of Selectman and Board of Education, or when your city is having elections this fall for Mayor, City Council, and School Committee! Remember to vote!
* If you are not 18 years old, there is still much you can do! Boston's State House has multiple events every week that are open to the public. See what topics might interest you and plan on attending an event!
Consider taking that "first step" by attending an activity or meeting offered by a political town committee in your town.
When you click on a CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS TAB and read the ANNOUNCEMENTS Section, citizen's voices -forums, movements, rallies -comes alive as you are given “real time” information when you click on the websites and Facebook pages of various towns who are active in the political process!
Check out your Town Directory website and/or Facebook to see what Board and Committee positions are looking for volunteers, such as Board of Health, Conservation Commission, Cultural Council, Historical Commission, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and so much more!
Review your town political committees’ website and/or Facebook postings to see how the political processes are at play in your own backyard! You can also contact Town Hall to get involved in your town's political committees.
State Government Representation
Check out the state representative and state senator that represents where you live.
Note what committees they serve on Beacon Hill, and laws passed in 2016/2017 that involved work on their committees!
Boston State House Weekly Events Aug. 12 thru Aug. 19
State Laws Passed February 1 2017 thru July 28 2017