As late summer mellows into a colorful New England Autumn, Mass. Town Political Committees are busy with (1) social activities such as Harvest Breakfast, Labor Day Cookouts, Field Trips to Political Libraries and Institutions, Book Clubs, Summer/Autumn Social Kick -Offs and Mixers, Award Brunches and Dinners, Summer/Autumn Picnics and Barbecues, Ice Cream Socials, Clam Bakes, Seaside Parties, Lobster Dinners, Sunset Cruises; (2) community service events such as Hiking Trails Maintenance, Town Clean-up, Serving Meals, and Collecting Donations, "Meet Your Neighbor Day" for Peace; (3) fundraising activities such as "Veterans Day Brunch", "Come Celebrate Calvin Coolidge","Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Awards Brunch", "Back To Our Roots" Benefit Concert, Fall Wine & Cheese Party, An Olde Fashion Lemonade Stand , Yard and Tag Sales, booths at local fairs, and phone banks.
Mass. Town Political Committee's Facebooks and websites post many civic and political activities that are now happening such as:
*Town Government 101 Forums
*Campaign and Civics Training including Signature Gathering Training;
*Canvassing for signatures and votes for town and city Fall Elections;
*Requests for volunteers to gather signatures to have"$15 Minimum Wage " question and "Established Paid Leave" question on state elections ballot in 2018;
*"Marches for Racial Justice " on /September 30/October 1 in local towns ;
*Collecting donations for hurricane relief funds;
*"Peace Rallies"& "Peace/Prayer Vigils" for Charlottesville in many Mass. towns;
* Variety of Civic Forums on various policies issues such as Clean Energy, Ranked Choice Voting, Improving Medicare and Health Care, and expanding Mass. Transit Rails ;
*Candidate Forums and Fundraisers and Political Platform events;
*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 in Boston that are now happening such as:
*"Hillary Clinton Live" on Tuesday Nov.28 at 7:30 pm at Boston Opera House;
*"New American Voter Registration Drive" on Thursday November 9 at 1 pm at 4 South Market Street between Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market;
*"11 Annual Artists Under the Dome Event" on Wednesday November 8 at 9:30 am at Boston State House;
*"Boston Takes a Knee for Justice" Rally and March on Sunday October 29 at 1 pm at Boston State House;
*"Gas Pipeline Tax Hearing" on Monday October 23 at 1 pm at Boston State House;
*"Environmental Justice Legislation Hearing" on Tuesday Oct. 17 at 9:30 am at Boston State House;
*"Nationwide Solidarity March for Peace" on Saturday October 14 at 9 am in Boston;
*"Community Choice Energy Hearing" at Boston City Hall on Tuesday Oct. 3 at 2 pm;
*Massachusetts March For Life" on Sunday October 1 at 1 pm at Boston Common;
*"Nationwide March for Racial Justice" on Saturday September 30 in Boston;
*"ACLU Lobby Day" on Wednesday Sept. 27 at 9:30 am at Boston State House;
*"National Voters Registration Day" on Tuesday September 26;
*"United Nations International Day of Peace - Boston" on Sunday September 24 at 1 pm at Boston Common.
*The Next Generation of Leaders is Here" on Tuesday September 19 at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate;
"Renewable Portfolio Standard" Bills Hearing on Tuesday September 19 at 1 pm at the Boston State House;
"Minimum Wage Rally and State Legislative Hearing" on Tuesday September 19 at 10 am at the Boston State House;
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 Metro West Framingham Meet Up Group on Wednesday October 18 in Framingham.
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!
Visit your Town Hall to see how to become an election worker for November City Elections.
* 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 2017 that involved work on their committees!
Boston State House Weekly Events Oct. 14 Thur Oct. 21
State Laws Passed February 1 2017 thru October 3 2017