Wednesday
Apr152015

With only 1 GOP co-sponsor, clearly there is a GOP war on women. Demand equal pay.

A message from Congressman Kennedy:

Dear Friend,  

2058. I’ll be closing in on 80 years old. And women will finally be receiving equal pay for equal work. 

That’s according to a recent study that determined if we maintain the status quo, women will continue to make less money than their male peers for the next forty-three years. Some states won’t even reach pay equity until next century.

Right now in 2015 women earn 78 cents for every dollar paid to their male colleagues. For African-American women it’s only 64 cents and for Latina women it’s a staggering 56 cents.  These numbers are unacceptable and our system needs to respond.

The original Equal Pay Act has not been updated since it was signed into law over fifty years ago. Our economy has shifted significantly over the past five decades, so it would make sense that the legislation needs a few fixesToday, women make up nearly half of our workforce and they are the primary breadwinner in 4 out of 10 households with a child under 18.

That means our failure to end pay discrimination has real and painful consequences.  One in three women in this country are living in or on the brink of poverty. Two-thirds of minimum wage workers are female.  

The good news is that we have made some progress in recent years. In 2009, Congress and the President worked together to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which makes it easier for women who have faced pay discrimination to seek justice.

But that's not enough. Which is why I joined 186 of my colleagues in co-sponsoring a bill called the Paycheck Fairness Act. This legislation would protect women from any sort of retaliation for pursuing pay equity and it would provide them with real options to pursue compensation for gender based discrimination.

Today is Equal Pay Day, so I'm hoping you will take a minute and show your support for this bill.  Here's what you can do to help:

1 -- Forward this email to five of your friends and ask them to help spread awareness about the fight for pay equity.

2 -- Tweet a message of support for the Paycheck Fairness Act, and use the hashtag #EqualPayNow.

3 -- Click here to find out what Members of Congress have yet to add their names to the Paycheck Fairness Act. Call their offices and urge them to support it today!

It's time we make the gender pay gap a thing of the past in 2015, not 2058. 

Thanks for your time,  

 
Congressman Joe Kennedy III

Sunday
Apr122015

Hillary Clinton's Announcement Video

Hillary is an amazing leader for the Democratic Party. Good luck to her and all Democrats seeking the highest office in the land. 

Tuesday
Apr072015

May 12: Secretary Galvin, Senator Creem to speak about the right to vote

Nationwide we have seen the GOP launch unprecedented attacks on the right to vote. From rolling back the historic Voting Rights Act, to imposing onerous new ID requirements, to purging voter rolls and making cuts to early voting days, the GOP is doing everything possible to undermine the right of all citizens to cast a vote on Election Day.

Here in Massachusetts we are fortunate that Democrats, including Senator Creem and Representatives Balser and Khan, recently succeeded in passing into law improved access to the polls, from early voting to same-day registration. Now, just months after taking office, Governor Charlie Baker is already working to restrict access to the polls, from proposing to defund the Elections Divisio to suggesting that political parties pay for their primaries,

The NDCC is proud to host Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin and State Senator Cindy Creem so they can speak about and answer your questions on the topic of voting rights in Massachusetts.

  • Tuesday, May 12, 7:00 pm
  • Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street in Newton 
Monday
Mar302015

Make calls to activists for April 14 Living Wage Rally

Join the fight for $15 per hour - join fellow activists from 5:30 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 7 at 125 Westchester Rd at a phone bank to increase participation in an April 14 Rally. Learn more by clicking the image below. 

Wednesday
Mar182015

Cancelled: No Phone Bank for Jason today

The event below has been cancelled - sorry for any confusion

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Please join fellow Democrats to help make calls for Jason Palitsch for State Representative. Jason has the strong endorsement of leaders like Steve Grossman, AG Maura Healey, DNC Member Kate Donague and others - he is running for an open seat that was recently vacated by a Republican.

Saturday, March 28, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
300 Homer Street, Newton MA
RSVP: shawn@newtondems.org 

There is a real chance to pick up a Democratic seat in the Massachusetts Legislature and we want to help GOTV in this special election where votes are cast on Tuesday, March 31. Jason is a school committee member in Shrewsbury and a member of the Democratic State Committee. He's a great candidate who we want to help put to work in the State House in Boston! Please come join and make calls. 

Sunday
Mar152015

MA budget analysis by NDCC Secretary Robert Fitzpatrick

Read the article here - great and thoughtful piece.

Sunday
Mar152015

Newton Democratic Caucus Details Announced

On Thursday, NDCC members voted to approve a date of Sunday, June 7 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm for the 2015 Democratic Caucus. The Caucus will be held at Newton South High School for all of 8 Newton Democratic Wards. Any Newton resident who was registered to vote as a Democrat as of January 31 of this year is encouraged to participate. The public is welcome as well to observe the process of electing delegates to the 2015 Democratic State Convention on September 19 in Springfield.