UMass Democrats

UMass Democrats The Official Voice of the Democratic Party at UMass Amherst Meetings: Wednesday @ 8:00PM [email protected] for info! http://umassdems.weebly.com/

We are registered charter within the larger networks of College Democrats of America and College Democrats of Massachusetts. We a organization of college students who have an interest in politics and seek to actively help Democrats up and down the ticket, and promote the ideals of the Democratic Party.

Mission: The UMass Democrats are a registered student organization that empowers students to make an impact on campus, regional, and national politics. We seek to strengthen the Democratic party through educating our members on the issues, cultivating motivated individuals into leaders, and providing a forum for students to network and socialize. We work to increase student participation in the political process with lobbying, grassroots activism, campaigning, and contributing to the political dialogue by facilitate the open exchange of ideas.

Join us and the millions of others opposed to the recent anti-choice legislation being proposed and passed in states acr...
05/17/2019

Join us and the millions of others opposed to the recent anti-choice legislation being proposed and passed in states across the country and fight back by supporting groups like Planned Parenthood Action, EMILY's List, and making sure your Massachusetts Representatives support the ROE act (S.1209, H.3320) which protects the right to choose for all in the Commonwealth.

College Democrats of America
05/16/2019
College Democrats of America

College Democrats of America

In light of the passage of recent anti-abortion legislation nationwide, the College Democrats of America reaffirms our pro-choice stance and calls upon our membership to support pro-choice candidates in 2019, 2020 and beyond.

The Commonwealth should continue to be a leader in clean energy and these strong net zero goals will allow us to save mo...
05/15/2019
Senator Marc Pacheco

The Commonwealth should continue to be a leader in clean energy and these strong net zero goals will allow us to save money, save lives, and continue to be a world leader.

*Please Share* - our climate is rapidly deteriorating, but better policies can improve our situation.

Here in the Commonwealth, rising sea levels, severe storms, flooding, and more frequent extreme weather events are wreaking havoc on our public infrastructure and private property. As these problems get progressively worse, they will continue to hike insurance costs, suppress the local real estate market, and decimate state and municipal budgets.

Here in the Commonwealth, greenhouse gas emissions are producing abysmal air quality that suffocates those suffering from respiratory illness and reduces the life expectancy of everyone who is (a) in Massachusetts and (b) breathing. According to last year’s annual report form the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Springfield is the #1 worst place to live with Asthma in United States. Boston is #11, and Worcester is #12. The public health costs of fossil fuel combustion are simply unacceptable. But they also present a valuable opportunity for major, much-needed improvement.

We set statewide emissions reduction requirements 11 years ago with the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. In the meantime, virtually every report released since then has told us global warming is happening faster than initially anticipated. Outdated policies will not save us from this existential crisis. We can still prevent the worst of effects of climate change – but only if we act now.

https://www.tauntongazette.com/news/20190515/net-zero-proponents-say-science-supports-new-goal

College Democrats of Massachusetts
05/10/2019

College Democrats of Massachusetts

Are you a member of a chartered College Democrats of Massachusetts chapter? Are you working an unpaid or low-paying political internship this summer? CDM has put together TWO $500 scholarships for CDM members working unpaid internships! Apply in the link below by June 1st at 11:59 PM to be considered!
Apply here!: https://forms.gle/qUfBjy94CfmFL9q59
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That’s the tea🍵 #thanksobama
05/05/2019

That’s the tea🍵 #thanksobama

We had a great time marching in Northampton pride with Congressman Jim McGovern, Mindy Domb, State Representative, 3rd H...
05/04/2019

We had a great time marching in Northampton pride with Congressman Jim McGovern, Mindy Domb, State Representative, 3rd Hampshire District, MA, Senator Jo Comerford, State Rep Sabadosa, and Natalie Blais - State Representative, First Franklin District! It was great to talk to our state level representatives about the great work they’re doing in Massachusetts and to talk to Congressman McGovern about the #equalityact!

Barack Obama
05/02/2019

Barack Obama

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. It’s easy, on a day like this, to reflect at something of a distance. The photos are grainy now, dusty artifacts from another era. It was a different world then, we can tell ourselves—another place, another time.

Fully grappling with the reality of the Holocaust, though, isn’t so simple. Because before the camps and the brownshirts, before the consolidation of political power, before millions of lives were extinguished, there were simply people, not altogether different from any of us, who chose to see their neighbors as different, as other, as something less.

It’s a sadly familiar choice, one that we’ve seen generation after generation. And today, in our world of encroaching division and calcifying bubbles, we’ve seen once again the swiftness with which that choice—that failure to recognize ourselves in one another—can accelerate into violence.

So it’s up to us to make a different choice—to choose empathy over apathy; to sow seeds of hope rather than hate; to embrace our shared humanity, no matter how we worship, what we look like, who we love, or where our families came from.

That’s how we can not only pause to remember a tragedy once a year, but act on the lessons we’ve learned from it every day.

05/02/2019
Democratic Party

Democratic Party

AG Barr made clear where his loyalties lie by not showing up to the House Judiciary Committee this morning. Instead of trying to cover up for Trump, he should be representing his real clients — the American people.

As a chapter we believe that all five UMass Campuses' Student Trustees deserve a vote. Contact your representatives at t...
05/01/2019
H.1222: An Act Providing Full Representation on The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees.

As a chapter we believe that all five UMass Campuses' Student Trustees deserve a vote. Contact your representatives at the link below.
UMass Lowell College Democrats UMB College Democrats College Democrats of Massachusetts

The UMass Board of Trustees is a powerful governing body that impacts the lives of students across the UMass system. They vote on important issues such as university policies and governing documents, the creation of student support centers and services, all university fees, and most importantly, the...

Today is the first day of UMass Gives! As a group, we've been the most active club in terms of getting students out to t...
04/29/2019
#UMassGives

Today is the first day of UMass Gives! As a group, we've been the most active club in terms of getting students out to the polls, registered, and knocking doors across New England! Your $10 donation pays for gas for a trip to Keene, $20 gets 10 students up to New Hampshire to meet Presidential campaigns, and $50 allows us to get 100 stamps to use to help students vote in the primary!
Give today: https://umass.scalefunder.com/gday/giving-day/16208/department/16264

Give now and support your favorite area of campus!

Make sure to apply for this amazing opportunity!
04/26/2019

Make sure to apply for this amazing opportunity!

Are you a member of a chartered College Democrats of Massachusetts chapter? Are you working an unpaid or low-paying political internship this summer? CDM has put together TWO $500 scholarships for CDM members working unpaid internships! Apply in the link below by June 1st at 11:59 PM to be considered!
Apply here!: https://forms.gle/qUfBjy94CfmFL9q59
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We want to give a special thank you to all of our graduating seniors at our final meeting this year. You’ve all helped...
04/25/2019

We want to give a special thank you to all of our graduating seniors at our final meeting this year. You’ve all helped grow this organization and take it to new heights and your friendship, humor, leadership, and compassion has been greatly appreciated and will be missed for years to come 💙💙

What a busy day! First we got to go to Keene State in New Hampshire to hear from Kamala Harris and then finished the day...
04/23/2019

What a busy day! First we got to go to Keene State in New Hampshire to hear from Kamala Harris and then finished the day with Congressman Jim McGovern!

A call from a UMass student to our legislators and fellow students: there is currently no Massachusetts legislation that...
04/20/2019
Happening now in Amherst, MA, United States

A call from a UMass student to our legislators and fellow students: there is currently no Massachusetts legislation that protects people with disabilities from caretakers who have committed incidents of abuse but have not been criminally charged. Nicky's law would create a mandatory abuse registry with the names of staff people who have demonstrated abuse while working with vulnerable populations. This is important! Show your support!

Can you spare a minute to help Megan Coughlan?

Happy Passover to all those celebrating!
04/19/2019

Happy Passover to all those celebrating!

Back in 2008, I joined a few staffers for an impromptu Passover Seder on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania — Manischewitz, matzo, and all — and we kept it going during my time in the White House. It was a chance to pause, to connect around a shared meal, and to tell the Exodus story, which reminds us of faith’s triumph over oppression and calls on us to stand with those still yearning for freedom and opportunity today. I hope everyone gathering for a Seder tonight has a blessed and meaningful Passover.

That’s a damning headline
04/19/2019

That’s a damning headline

Were you a part of the UMass Democrats when you were in college? Want to find out what the club is up to, get involved, ...
04/18/2019
UMass Democrats Alumni Newsletter

Were you a part of the UMass Democrats when you were in college? Want to find out what the club is up to, get involved, and reconnect with fellow alumni? Sign up for our new alumni newsletter! https://forms.gle/9MvRRhaEMbggJepp9

Were you a part of the UMass Democrats while you were at UMass? Want to stay up to date with the club and find ways to stay involved? Sign up for our alumni newsletter!

We are so happy to see that the Boston Globe has come out in support of these bills. We have been fighting for this legi...
04/14/2019
Mindy Domb, State Representative, 3rd Hampshire District, MA

We are so happy to see that the Boston Globe has come out in support of these bills. We have been fighting for this legislation with groups like The Every Voice Coalition and we need to make sure these pieces of legislation are signed into law this year.

This past week, the Joint Committee on Higher Education, on which I sit, held a hearing on "sexual misconduct" on higher ed campuses. Today, a The Boston Globe editorial called for Beacon Hill to pass bills to reduce campus sexual assault. The editorial features my brave colleague, State Representative Christina Minicucci in addition to the The Every Voice Coalition of advocates. Both made such an impact! You can read it below.

04/09/2019

We are tabling in the campus center until 11! Come swing by to find out about our events, take our 2020 Democratic primary poll, and take a selfie with our new Obama cutout!

Great news! Special shoutout to Rep Kay Khan, Mindy Domb, State Representative, 3rd Hampshire District, MA, and Senator ...
04/08/2019

Great news! Special shoutout to Rep Kay Khan, Mindy Domb, State Representative, 3rd Hampshire District, MA, and Senator Jo Comerford for their work on this issue!

We just learned that Gov. Baker has signed the bill to ban conversion therapy in Massachusetts!!! Congrats and thank you to everyone who has called and emailed your state legislators to get this through! ❤️❤️❤️🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

Moving into our new office in Bartlett! Feel free to come visit us starting later in the week!
04/08/2019

Moving into our new office in Bartlett! Feel free to come visit us starting later in the week!

04/04/2019

Over the past few months a rightward leap has been seen in the Massachusetts Republican Party under the leadership of far right wing activist Jim Lyons. They are publishing misleading targeted attacks on Democratic State Legislators across the Commonwealth. These attacks only strengthen our resolve and belief that what we are fighting for is right and just. We will continue to cheer on our local legislators for fighting for LGBTQ equality, a woman's right to choose, and many other progressive causes.
Mindy Domb, State Representative, 3rd Hampshire District, MA
Lindsay Sabadosa, State Representative, 1st Hampshire District
Natalie Blais - State Representative, First Franklin District
Dan Carey, State Rep
Senator Jo Comerford

Trump’s hand picked AG didn’t properly summarize a 300 page report into 4 pages and gave deference to the executive?...
04/04/2019
MSNBC

Trump’s hand picked AG didn’t properly summarize a 300 page report into 4 pages and gave deference to the executive? Is anyone surprised?

DEVELOPING: Some members of Special Counsel Mueller's team have expressed frustration that AG Barr cleared President Trump of obstruction of justice, a US official who has spoken with them tells NBC News.

Please welcome our new 2019-2020 executive board! These folks have a great task ahead of them to gear up the chapter bef...
04/04/2019

Please welcome our new 2019-2020 executive board! These folks have a great task ahead of them to gear up the chapter before the 2020 election.
President: Timothy Ennis
Vice President: Carla Montilla
Treasurer: Sophia Ventura
Secretary: Rebecca Gullotto
Political Director: Andrew Abramson
Events Director: Abigail McDonough
Communications Director: Nina Donaldson

Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal and the New Democratic house majority are doing what our nation needs: Holding the ...
04/03/2019
The New York Times

Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal and the New Democratic house majority are doing what our nation needs: Holding the administration accountable while passing legislation for the American people. Unlike Speaker Paul Ryan, Democrats can walk and chew gum at the same time!

The chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, using a little-known provision in the federal tax code, formally demanded that the IRS hand over 6 years of President Trump’s tax returns.

04/03/2019

Elections! Tonight! Elm 301 @ 8 PM!

But her emails
04/01/2019
The New York Times

But her emails

Breaking News: At least 25 people got security clearances from Donald J. Trump officials after being denied by civil servants, a White House whistle-blower told Congress.

Democratic Party
03/31/2019

Democratic Party

On International Trans Day of Visibility, Democrats are proud to be the party that supports the trans community. Today and every day, we stand with you.

It was great to meet with you too. Thank you for taking the time to come speak with us!
03/28/2019

It was great to meet with you too. Thank you for taking the time to come speak with us!

Had a great time last night with Councilors Hanneke and Ryan at the Local Government Forum answering students' questions about the challenges Amherst faces and how they can engage with their local government. Thank you UMass Democrats for hosting the event.

Evan Ross, Amherst Town Council - District 4
03/27/2019

Evan Ross, Amherst Town Council - District 4

Busy schedule this evening. First I will be holding office hours for District 4 residents in the Bangs Center. Then I will be participating in a panel discussion at UMass sponsored by the UMass Democrats. Join me.

Great to have Democratic Representatives on campus to talk about public policy.
03/20/2019
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Great to have Democratic Representatives on campus to talk about public policy.

Between in depth discussions of public policy, Neal provided anecdotes of his time chairing the House Ways and Means committee.

By Will Katcher

03/20/2019

Our former president, Sonia Guglani, asked Beto O'Rourke an important question regarding campus sexual assault! Check it out

The UMass Democrats has the opportunity to meet presidential candidate, Beto O'Rourke in Keene, NH! We got to learn abou...
03/20/2019

The UMass Democrats has the opportunity to meet presidential candidate, Beto O'Rourke in Keene, NH! We got to learn about his platform. Although we do not officially endorse during the primary, we were excited to learn more about his platform and we look forward to meeting other candidates!

Happy St Patrick’s Day!
03/17/2019

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Barack Obama
03/15/2019

Barack Obama

Michelle and I send condolences and strength to the people of New Zealand. We grieve with you and with the Muslim community. Every single one of us, every color, every creed, has a daily responsibility to rally against hate and bigotry in all their forms and to stand up for what is good, and decent, and true.

03/06/2019
Barack Obama

Barack Obama

As Democrats enter the presidential primary season, here’s an article that captures some of my thoughts on the process pretty well: http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/02/will-2020-democrats-help-trump-by-destroying-each-other.html

It goes without saying that the stakes couldn’t be higher in 2020, and I’m excited by the slate of extraordinary candidates who have thrown (or appear to be getting ready to throw) their hats in the ring. I’m also convinced that a robust debate among these candidates — on their policy ideas and their broader vision for America’s future — will be good for the party, good for the country, and good for the eventual nominee.

Certainly that was true for my candidacy in 2008. Sparring with my fellow Democratic candidates forced me to sharpen my ideas, and learn how to defend them. The primary toughened me up, and gave voters a sense of how I stood up under pressure. The long primary process allowed me to make inroads in states like Indiana and North Carolina — states we eventually won in the general election. And it allowed me to spend more time in places like Kentucky and Rhode Island, which don’t usually get a lot of attention during elections but are crucial to a fuller understanding of America. The experience made me a better candidate, and ultimately, a better president.

Of course candidates vying for the nomination will work to define their differences. Campaigns for the nomination naturally highlight the contrasts that underscore their competitive advantages. That is a normal part of the process. Yet there also should be a recognition of shared values and goals.

As this contest heats up, I’m hopeful that all our candidates and their supporters will honor the difference between a healthy competition among allies and the deployment of misinformation and baseless attacks that we’ve seen too much of in our politics. Such slash-and-burn tactics will not just divide Democrats and make it potentially harder to win in November. They also are corrosive to our democracy and will add to a cynicism that prevents us from tackling big problems.

America is hungry for a better kind of politics right now. A primary process that not only tests bold new ideas, but also shows our fidelity to the truth and our ability to disagree in a fair, respectful way, is part of what’s needed to get us there.

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