As the colorful New England Autumn mellow into a November harvest and December Holiday Cheer, Mass. Town Political Committees are busy with (1) social activities such as "Egg Nog Sip Party", "Holiday Cheer" Parties, "Tri-Town" Holiday Bash, Post-Election Socials, , Harvest Breakfast, Book Clubs, Autumn Social Kick -Offs and Mixers, Award Brunches and Dinners; (2) community service events such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service for Open Door Food Pantry, raising funds and/or Volunteer Bell Ringers for The Salvation Army, "Christmas Party Backpacks , Gloves, and Hats Drive", collected books for Pathways For Children, Hiking Trails Maintenance, Town Clean-up, Serving Meals, and Collecting Donations; (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, Trivia Night.
Mass. Town Political Committee's Facebooks and websites post many civic and political activities that are now happening such as:
*Participate in "Single Payer Lobby Day" on Wednesday November 15 at the Boston State House;
*Working at polls on "Election Day" Tuesday November 7;
*Town Government 101 Forums;
*Campaign and Civics Training including Signature Gathering Training;
*working at phone banks for elections;
*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;
* 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 area that are now happening such as:
*"What Unites Us: Dan Rather Reflects on Patriotism" on Thursday January 11 2018 at 8 pm at Berklee Performance Center in Boston;
*"Rally to Protect Robert Mueller" on Sunday December 31 at 5 pm in Boston Common.
*"A Celebration of Christmas on Beacon Hill " on Wednesday Dec. 20 at 12 pm-4 pm;
*Emergency Protest - Hands Off Jerusalem" on Sunday December 17 at 11 am at Copley Square in Boston ;
*"2nd Annual Boston Talks about Racism" on Saturday December 16 10:am at Blackman Auditorium in Boston;
*"Stop the GOP Tax Bill " Rally on Sunday December 10 at 12 noon at Boston Common;
*"Hillary Clinton Live" on Tuesday Nov.28 at 7:30 pm at Boston Opera House;
*"Free Speech Rally " at Boston Commons on Saturday November 18;
*Safety and Homeland Security Hearings" on Thursday Nov. 16 at 10 am at State House;
*"Mass. Campaign for Single Payer Health Care Lobby Day" on Tuesday Nov. 14 at the 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 November 15 in Framingham, and the Boston Libertarian on Wednesday November 29 in Somerville.
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 Nov. 18 Thru Nov. 25
State Laws Passed February 1 2017 thru October 3 2017