Big congratulations to Suzanne Federspiel, one of our campaign training alumnae. Suzanne ran for a seat on the Brookline School Committee, in what was characterized as a hotly contested race, and took the top spot out of a field of four candidates, including an incumbent. Great job, Suzanne! We’re proud of you and the race…
We’re sending out a big congratulations to Sabrina Heisey, who scored an impressive victory in her race for Dracut School Committee. Sabrina unseated an incumbent for the only seat, winning by more than 500 votes. She campaigned on a platform of change, and promised to be an advocate for Dracut’s children. We’re delighted to have…
At the polls on November 4th, Mass Alliance endorsed candidates thoroughly trounced their opponents. Winners include Jason Lewis, Bill Bowles, Jamie Eldridge, and many more!
At the Constitutional Conventional the State Legislature votes 151-45 to defeat an anti-gay marriage amendment, essentially ending the marriage equality debate in Massachusetts. This victory reflects the lobbying work of many of our member organizations and the work Mass Alliance has done over the past few years replacing conservative legislators with progressive, pro-equality lawmakers.
Jim is a SEIU Local 509 member and a social worker. He is deeply committed to his community and to justice and fairness for all. He will be a compassionate, responsible and progressive Representative for thefamilies of the 14th Worcester District. We are pleased and honored to have him join the legislature.
Making the Legislature More Progressive
In every election cycle since Mass Alliance began work in 2006, we have successfully elected progressive candidates from across the Commonwealth. By mobilizing our members and the progressive community to support champions and provide direct support for their campaigns, we have ensured that each incoming class of legislators includes a majority of progressives. We are making steady gains toward a progressive majority:
- 2006 – We gain three more pro-choice seats, five new votes for equal marriage, and three champions for economic justice.
- 2007-08 – In special elections across the state, winning candidates are more progressive than the incumbents they replace.
- 2008 – We net five additional progressives in the House, including some who replace some of the most conservative members.
Broadening the Coalition
We are continually broadening our alliance. Since our creation in 2006, we have added three new member organizations – Coalition for Social Justice, Sierra Club Massachusetts, and Coalition for New American Voters. These new members bring expertise and commitment in economic justice, environmental protection, and immigrant rights. They also add grassroots membership and campaign muscle to our alliance.
Building Progressive Infrastructure
Throughout our history, we have continued to assess the base from which we build progressive power. We design programs to meet the needs of the progressive community and build a shared infrastructure to accomplish progressive public policy. Our campaign manager, candidate recruitment, leadership development and training work are all making the progressive community stronger.