NDCC Caucus Training and Presentation by Senator Michael Barrett on June 4

The next general meeting of the NDCC will be held on Thursday, June 4, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Women's Workshop, 72 Columbus Street in Newton Highlands. All are welcome to attend.

On the agenda:

  • Senator Michael Barrett of Lexington will speak about carbon tax legislation in advance of the Committee's consideration of a motion to endorse the bill.
  • A caucus training will follow regular business.

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Caucus on June 7 - see below!!


Newton 2015 Democratic Committee Caucus (With AG Healey!) on June 7

Please note: Caucus Training for interested candidates for delegate, attendees caucus leaders: NDCC General Meeting, Thursday, June 4, 7:30 pm, 72 Columbus Street, Newton Highlands 

The NDCC is urges you to participate in the 2015 Newton Democratic Caucus to elect delegates to the September 19 State Democratic Convention! So much so that we have called upon our superstar Attorney General Maura Healey come and help rally Dems before our caucus begins--and she has agreed to join us.

Our schedule:

  • Newton Caucus, 3:00 to 6:00 pm on Sunday, June 7
  • Newton South High School
  • AG Healey will speak at about 3:30 pm and the caucus begins right after that
  • 3:45 pm - Caucus Registration Opens
  • 4:30 pm - registration ends, doors close, caucuses begin

Please note: All of Newton's 8 Wards caucus on June 7. Each ward holds their caucus in a separate classroom at the High School.

The caucus is open to any and all Democrats who live in Newton and were registered to vote as a Democrat as of January 31 of this year. You do not need to be an NDCC member to participate. All members of the public may attend and watch, only Democrats may vote and run for delegate. The NDCC encourages any interested Democrat to run for delegate. The process is open to all. 

Want to know why you should participate? Click here for a detailed Q&A.

The Attorney General has made us proud recently with her statements on the NFL and transgender rights. She is off to a strong start in office and hopes to meet you at the 2015 caucus. Make sure you have it on your calendar!



All are invited: Hillary Clinton organizing meeting this Sunday in Newton


Honor Hannigan, Help Get Young People Involved

Recently, NDCC Chairwoman Emeritus and famed Godmother of Newton Politics celebrated her 95th Birthday. (Pictured to the right - Senator Creem presenting a certificate from the Massachusetts Senate at her birthday). 

As part of the festivities, a fund was established for the NDCC to support the involvement of young people in the Democratic Party. If you would like to donate in honor of Peg's 95th, please click here and make a donation on line or by check. Peg would like all to know that the recent celebration of her birthday was a fantastic reunion and a wonderful gathering of her friends. She is grateful to all who made it happen, and who attended. Happy Birthday Peg!


2015 Democratic Caucus Update: AG Healey to join and rally Dems!

The NDCC is honored to announce that superstar Attorney General Maura Healey will kick off the 2015 Newton Democratic Caucus!

Please make sure you have it on your calendar - 3 to 6 pm, Sunday, June 7 at Newton South High School.


Congratulations Unsung Heroines Ruth Dain and Barbara John

We are proud and not surprised to learn that two of our fearless local Democratic leaders, Ward 2 Chair Ruth Dain and Ward 6 Chair Ba Barbara John, are to be honored with an award this year from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Each year the Commission honors women who have made enduring contribuitions to community and political life in Massachusetts, and this year Ruth and Barbara will be recognized as Unsung Heroines. 

The MCSW will honor and celebrate the Unsung Heroines from across the Commonwealth at the 2015 Unsung Heroines Ceremony on Wednesday, June 17 at the Massachusetts State House. The event will be held in the Great Hall from 1-4 p.m. with registration opening at 11:30 a.m. The day will include a speaking program, a collective photo of all Heroines on the Grand Staircase and a Just Desserts reception.

Congratulations Ruth:

Ruth (in red) with Treasurer Grossman, Reps Balser and Khan and Ald. Vicki DanbergAnd congratulations Barbara!

Barbara John greets President Obama in Boston


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