This is what Newton Dems are saying....



Invite from Ward 1 Dems Susan Davidoff and David Knuttunen


Save the Date: Housing Forum hosted by Wards 1 and 3 in October

Forum on the Future of Housing in Newton

When: Thursday, October 8, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: Eliot Church of Newton, 474 Centre St, Newton, MA 02458

Description: The Wards 1 and 3 Democratic Committees are sponsoring this forum on the Future of Housing in Newton. Panelists will discuss housing issues facing families, seniors, and people with disabilities in our community. List of panelists and more details on the program to come—stay tuned!


Aug 1: Hillary for America Day of Action

Bring your family and friends to deliver Hillary’s message to the prime Democratic voters of Nashua. Volunteers are knocking on doors, signing up voters and recruiting Hillary volunteers for the all -important Democratic Presidential Primary, on February 9th 2016.  For those who prefer phoning, there are charged New Hampshire cell phones waiting for you.
Newton/Brookline volunteers: 9:00 am on Saturday, August 1 please meet at the Austin Street municipal parking lot in Newtonville to carpool to Hillary HQ in Nashua. Questions: call Martina Jackson, 1-617-775-0754 or e-mail

National Report from Priscilla Leith, former NDCC chair

From our former NDCC Chair who keeps a great eye on the national scene! Click here for the data.

There new candidates running, a number of whom are current Members of Congress.  That will be reflected in new open seats on the U.S. Congress... and so on.  Will do that next week.
     The first FEC reports on fundraising are coming in.  I've included on the attached chart those who are in competitive races or just running for re-election who have raised $1M or over.  
     Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin) has now raised $2.3M!  Hurray!!!  The incumbent, Sen. Ron Johnson has not yet filed for re-election or filed a financial report with the FEC.  Don't know why.



Invite from Tim Snyder and Bob Burke: Bernie for President Campaign Kickoff Event in Newton

Newton residents interested in Senator Bernie Sanders' Presidential campaign are invited to take part in a campaign organizing meeting on Wednesday, July 29th at 7 PM at the West Newton Theater, 1296 Washington Street, West Newton. 

This is one of thousands of organizing meetings taking place across America on the 29th. The session begins with a discussion and then moves to a closed circuit television production where Senator Sanders and his campaign staff will talk about what be done to help make this campaign a success in Newton and beyond.

To RSVP, all you have to do is: (1)  Go to "Bernie"; (2)   Tap the blue "attend a meeting" box; (3)   Select the 5 mile radius for meetings; (4)  RSVP to the "West Newton meeting in the Newton Section; You can also email the Newton Sanders campaign at, and please also visit our Facebook page at Newtonma4Bernie. 


Invitation from W2 Dem Catherine Willinger: Sheriff Koutoujian on Prison Reform

Sheriff Peter Koutoujian

Monday evening, July 13

A vision for Middlesex County Corrections

First Unitarian Society in Newton

1326 Washington Street

West Newton

Alliance Room

6 – 8:30 PM

The public is cordially welcome to

participate in this conversation.

Light refreshments will be served.

This is the last in the Spring Speaker Series

on criminal justice reform.

For more information:

Contact Nancy Wrenn



Mass Dems Voting Rights Celebration: You're Invited


National Report from Priscilla Leith, former NDCC chair

With the Presidential campaign slowly heating up, let's not forget about Congress and the US Senate! The landscape in both chambers continue to shift. Priscilla has all the information - click here for the Senate information, and here for Congress to stay in the loop. 


Newton Dems Storm Washington to Fight Climate Change

Notes written by Martin Heyman who, with his wife Susan and friend Gary Rucinski, participated in the Citizens Climate Lobby in Washington, DC on June 20th:

900 citizen lobbyists in DC

Susan and I have just returned from Washington, DC. where we participated, with Gary Rucinski, at the 4 day International Citizens Climate Lobby Conference and annual action on Capitol Hill. 900 volunteers from all over America, Canada, and Europe visited 535 U.S. Senators and Congresspeople or their staff to 1) press upon them the urgent need for direct action to curb CO2 emissions; 2)extend their reach and propose alliances across the aisle; and 3) help the country survive climate disaster by supporting  proposed
legislation to impose a fully refundable carbon fee on all fossil fuels manufactured in or imported into the country.

We learned from environmental authorities such as James Hanson, Professor and director of the Earth Science Institute at Columbia University; and Katherine Hayhoe, PHD in Atmospheric Sciences (Univ. of Ill.) and Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University that the time for alarm is past; that all ecosystems- draught, storms, glacial melt, ocean life, food supplies are in danger; and that we must have substantial world resolve to curb CO2 emissions completed at the World Conference in Paris in December. The good news according to the experts is that the number of climate change deniers is getting lower. The facts are clear, more data will not help, and it is our obligation now to change the politics.

We met individually with the entire Massachusetts Congressional and Senatorial delegation or their staff. We also met with staffs for congressmen and senators from other states. The responses from all democrats were generally favorable (the republicans were generally negative, but polite), some dramatically enthusiastic, others would sign a bill if presented. Everyone agreed that the bill should be sponsored (or at least endorsed) by a Republican. We will follow up with the staff as a strategy develops.

Finally, it was agreed that a large and active presence in New Hampshire during the presidential primaries will be effective in encouraging the Republicans to debate climate change and establish their positions. It could help bring election of more climate sensitive members to congress.


Invite from Congressman Kennedy: Campaign for Clinton in NH on Saturday

Please join Congressman Kennedy and our Presidential Travel Team to New Hampshire this Saturday, June 27th!

Our team will be supporting the Clinton campaign's grassroots efforts by participating in the Nashua, NH Canvass Kick-off and joining the Congressman in canvassing the neighborhoods of Nashua.
TRIP DETAILS : Travel time to Nashua,NH 1HR.
  • Meet in Newtonville at 8:30AM for Team CHECK-IN: 
    *Meet site is at the Parking Lot on Austin Street, across from the Star Market (Starbucks on Austin Street located right there)

  • Depart to Newtonville @ 8:45AM and Arrive at 9:45AM in Nashua
    HRC Nashua Office

    97 Main St. Nashua, NH

  • Nashua Kick-off begins at 10AM, and we'll head out to turf as a team with Congressman Kennedy, finishing by 2pm.

  • If you will be driving DIRECTLY to Nashua to join Team Kennedy, please let me know and you MUST be at team check-in by 9:45AM in Nashua.
RSVP INFO: Email me at to RSVP and for additional information.

Invitation from Ward 8 Dem Frank Wolpe

“The Committee to Elect Frank Wolpe for Ward 8 Alderman at Large”
Announces his Campaign Launch with a City-Wide Listening Tour
(Beginning with this first event on Tuesday, June 23rd)

Having submitted many more than the number of (now certified) signatures needed to be on the ballot this Fall, he will make a listening tour to connect directly with voters in the City.  The campaign calls it “Meet Frank.”

His goal will be to hear ever voter’s thoughts on important issues since “at large” Aldermen serve the entire City and are eligible to receive votes from across the City.

Since he also wants to be your “advocate at large” in City Hall, he looks forward to hearing your concerns  and answering your questions about his priorities as a candidate for this citywide office.  If elected, he intends to continue this same listening practice.

All are most welcome to attend this, first in a series of such events.  This one will be at Panera Bread Company in Newton Centre on Tuesday, June 23rd, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Frank will be in the back by the fireplace waiting for all interested persons to connect with him. Get Directions


Invitation from State Representative Ruth Balser: Hillary for President House Party

Representative Balser invites all to attend a "House party for Hillary" at her home this Saturday, June 13, 4pm - 5:30pm.  at 36 Audubon Drive, Newton, 02467. This event is scheduled to run simultaneously with house parties for Hillary all over the country, as we will all watch Hillary make an important policy speech related to her campaign. The house party will be an opportunity for Hillary supporters to gather together and hear the speech, and become involved with the campaign.  

National Report from Priscilla Leith, former NDCC chair

These days it seems like all of the Republican Senators are running for President! Priscilla has all the details on the nation's highest deliberative chamber. Click here to see her report on US Senate races around the nation and here for US Congress.


Invitation from Ward 2 Dem David Backer: environmental science program for teenage students

David invites all to consider the information below and contact him if there are young people you know who would like to be involved with this program. 

The Environmental Science Program still has openings for campers this summer!

"Envi Sci" is a unique month-long outdoor program for teenagers that gives students the chance to have fun enjoying the wilderness while learning about the science of the environment. Highlights include hikes to Blue Hills and Mount Monadnock, bicycle trips, a 12-mile canoe trip on the Charles River, an expedition through the salt marshes of the North shore, and an exhilarating three-day backpacking trip up Mount Washington.

Students learn about the environment through science workshops the leaders design, such as geology, botany, ecology, water cycle, pollution issues, and conservation.

Register or get more information at

Contact: David S. Backer, Executive Director
Environmental Science Program of Newton
P.O. Box 600292 Newton, MA 02460


NDCC General Meeting Agenda: June 4, 2015, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, 72 Columbus Street, Newton Highlands

Thursday, June 4, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Women’s Club, 72 Columbus Street, Newton Highlands MA

Call of the roll/Sign in (7:30)

Approval of minutes of the previous meeting (7:35 pm)

Reports of officers, ward and standing committees (7:40 pm)

  • Treasurer’s report

  • State and Ward Committee reports

  • Report by State Senator Michael Barrett of Lexington about proposed carbon tax legislation with Q&A


Recognition of new ward committee members (8:10 pm)

Unfinished business (none)

New business (8:10 pm

  • Resolution to support Carbon Tax Initiative

  • We, the Newton Democratic City Committee, urge the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to pass legislation that fights global warming by placing charges on the carbon content of fossil fuels and returns the money to residents and employers.  Specifically, we commend State Sen. Mike Barrett (D-Lexington) for drafting and submitting, “An Act combating climate change.”  We strongly encourage our State Senators and Representatives, and our Governor, to make carbon pricing the law of our state

Closure of official business (8:15 pm)

*** Caucus training 8:15 to 9:00 pm ***

Next general meeting:

  • Thursday, September 10, 2015, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, 72 Columbus St. Newton