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January 11, 2018 / needhamgrassroots

Democratic Caucuses, Delegates, Road to Convention: A Primer (2018 edition)

this post is an update of earlier versions. expect periodic revisions. 

If you’ve recently gotten involved in elections or legislative organizing, you might have been encouraged by others to go to a Democratic Caucus soon, to vote for or run as a Delegate for the Massachusetts Democratic Convention this summer.

The Convention is where the Massachusetts Democratic Party decides big things, like what its platform will be and what candidates it will run.

The Convention is attended by Elected Delegates. Delegates are elected at Democratic Caucuses. Anyone who is a registered Democrat can go to their Caucus and vote for Delegates.

Pretty cool, right? Who WOULDN’T want to be part of this Convention and all of the deciding that happens there?

But if this is the first you’ve heard about this process, you probably have some questions. Here are the obvious ones:

Read more…

February 7, 2017 / harmonywho


Hello indivisible people!

Progressive Needham is a chapter of Progressive Mass, and we have been doing the kinds of work outlined in the indivisible handbook for a few years, to varying degrees, on progressivve subjects.

We are gathering on March 10 for a house party –and before that, it would be great to assemble an “Indivisible” team, that connects with the larger Indivisible network and helps organize actions locally, which we can push to our Prog Needham network.

we are all stretched thin with work needed since the election — please bear with us if we do not get back to you right away! 

It would be helpful to us if you would sign up for the “Progressive Needham” chapter on the Progressive Mass page, that way you are sure to get any outreach we make to the Needham/area group. Thank you!! :

September 30, 2016 / needhamgrassroots

Needham Election Center 2016

More Needham voter info:

Shortcut link to here: PROGRESSIVEMASS.COM/needham-endorsements

 Needham Polling Locations

  • Precincts A, B – Senior Center
  • Precincts C, D – Newman School
  • Precincts E, H – Broadmeadow Sch.
  • Precincts F, G – Needham High Sch.
  • Precincts I, J – Mitchell School

And there is ALSO EARLY VOTING –which takes place at SPECIFIC times, at the Town Hall Clerk’s Office!! Make sure your vote is cast — and then get out and volunteer on Nov 8! (If you don’t need “early voting” maybe someone you know does! Spread the word!)


  • Weekdays, Oct.24-Nov.3 (Th.), 9A-5P
  • Hrs (1day only): Tu.Oct.25, 7P–9P
  • Wkend Hrs (1day only): Sa.Oct.29, 9A–5P
  • LAST EARLY DAY: Fri, Nov.4, 9AM–Noon
September 30, 2016 / needhamgrassroots

Elect our First Woman President!

Volunteer for Hillary:

Weekly Canvassing in New Hampshire

  • Saturday’s from now until the election – Meet at 8:30am at Needham HQ (20 Freeman Pl)
  • Sunday’s from now until the election  Meet at 9:30 at Needham HQ (20 Freeman Pl)
  • Carpools arranged – Training provided – Canvas in pairs
  • RSVP:

Weekly Phone Banks

  • Sunday’s  from now until the election   Any time from 4:00-7:00pm (Sun Oct 4th 4-6pm)
  • Tuesday’s from now until the election (except Tue Oct 11th) – Any time from 6:00-9:00pm
  • Thursday, October 13th – Any time from 6:00-9:00pm
  • Meet at Needham HQ (20 Freeman Place)
  • Training and refreshments provided
  • Please bring a cell phone, charger, ear buds, and a laptop if you have one.
  • RSVP:
September 19, 2016 / needhamgrassroots

Needham School Committee: Vote YES for Minuteman

Via Needham School Committee Member Heidi Black

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Please join me in voting YES for a new Minuteman Career and Technical High School on Tuesday, September 20th (12-8PM at Needham Center at the Heights). As a member of the Minuteman Regional School District, Needham is participating in a multi-town referendum vote to fund a new, modern high school and receive already approved state funding from the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Minuteman is an important resource for Needham students who seek or can benefit from vocational education.
This project was unanimously approved by Needham’s Town Meeting in May 2016, and is supported by Needham’s School Committee, Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee.
The project has come to voter referendum because the support of all 16 member communities was required for bonding approval in the spring. One community (Belmont) rejected the bonding and therefore, voters in all 16 communities are now being given the opportunity to approve the school funding.
Please read below for more information about the Minuteman project and how you can vote in this special election.
Where do I vote?
For this one time, ALL Needham voters will vote on Tuesday, September 20th from12:00 – 8:00 pm at the Center at the Heights at 300 Hillside Avenue (Senior Center).
What is Minuteman and why do they need a new school?
Minuteman is a regional vocational technical high school created in the 1970s. It provides an alternative to a traditional high school program by combining academics with hands-on, career focused education and training.
The Minuteman building is over 40 years old, with long-standing structural, mechanical and code issues and no longer meets the educational needs of its member communities. A new school will enable Minuteman to offer new educational programs in a more modern, technology-rich environment. Moreover, building a new school was determined to be a more cost effective option than simply renovating the current building.
How much does it cost and how will it impact my tax bill?
The total project budget is capped at $144.9 million, and the project is eligible for a $44 million reimbursement from the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The remaining cost will be shared among Needham and other member communities, as well as capital fees assessed on out-of-district students. Needham’s cost is roughly proportional to the number of students we send to the school.
Where can I get more information?
Please vote YES to support rebuilding the Minuteman Career and Technical High School on September 20th!
Thank you for your consideration and please share this with your network!
September 16, 2016 / needhamgrassroots

Vote YES for Minuteman on Tuesday 9/20

By Progressive Needham member Artie Crocker

Minuteman Technical High School needs to be updated. It’s been that way for years. We can fix the school starting with a vote on Sept. 20th.

I greatly benefited from the options Needham High School made available to me in the 70s. These days kids that don’t fit into the “Box” of our current education model in society have the option of going to Minuteman Technical High School. It’s not right that the school building/facilities barely gets hand-me-downs when it comes to maintenance. This September 20th we have the option to fix this for our kids!

Minuteman Career and Technical High School is a Public Vocational High School (grades 9-12) located inLexington, Massachusetts. The school serves the towns of Acton, Arlington, Belmont, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Lincoln, Needham, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, and Weston. 

Below is more detailed information

On September 20, a district-wide referendum will be held on the Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School’s proposed construction of a new school at the District’s campus in Lexington and Lincoln, to be built in conjunction with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA).Acton, Arlington, Belmont, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Lincoln, Needham, Stow, Sudbury, Watertown, Wayland, and Weston are members of the district, and all registered voters in these communities are eligible to vote. The referendum will be decided by majority of the total vote in all sixteen district towns.

Minuteman’s existing facility, built in the early 1970’s, has serious building systems and capital maintenance issues, does not meet current code and architectural standards, and cannot optimally support Minuteman’s vocational education program.

The estimated cost of the project, which is for a new school with a design enrollment of 628 students, is approximately $150 million, towards which the MSBA has committed $44 million. Under revised regulations applicable to MSBA projects, the District will be also be able to assess a capital charge to out-of-district tuition students. The MSBA project timeline requires the District to secure passage of this referendum to be eligible for State funding and for the project to move forward.

If the Capital Project is not approved, the District will face difficult challenges operating and maintaining its existing facility. The member communities will share those costs, which without MSBA and out-of-district contributions may be higher than the cost to build a new school.

Although the project cost is substantial, it will help put Minuteman, and vocational education in our region, on a sound path going forward.

In May of this year, 15 of the 16 towns voted to support bonding for this project. However, a negative vote by one of sixteen regional town meetings (Belmont) has required that a Minuteman district-wide referendum be held for the project to go forward.

Minuteman High School is the primary vocational education resource for residents and is an important option for students who either seek or will be better served by vocational education opportunities.

The vote will be held on Tuesday, September 20, under a specific statute applicable to regional vocational schools.


From the Boston Globe The fate of a new school for the Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School district will be decided by voters in 16 communities on Tuesday.

Residents in Acton, Arlington, Belmont, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Lincoln, Needham, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, Weston will head to the polls between noon and 8 p.m. to vote on a plan to borrow funds for a new $145 million Minuteman High School.

The Massachusetts School Building Authority has committed $44 million toward the project as long as the towns vote by Nov. 30 to support the local share. Votes in all communities will be added together to determine the outcome.

Minuteman Superintendent Edward Bouquillon said the 40-year-old building in Lexington is in need of major repairs and reconfiguration to support Minuteman’s new programs, desire to create an academy structure, and ability to properly educate and train the Commonwealth’s future workforce.

The new structure calls for better integration of technical and academic curriculum with advanced placement and college level courses and dual enrollment, he said.

September 15, 2016 / needhamgrassroots

Watch This Space!

We’ve been a bit behind here for a little while — but we’ll be updating soon, with how to engage for the 2016 Elections and how to plug into local organizing and more.

Meanwhile, don’t forget, Needham, VOTE ON TUESDAY for Minuteman! 12-8PM at the Center at the Heights at 300 Hillside Avenue (Senior Center)