It’s strawberry shortcake time!

May 16, 2016

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Please join the committee for our spring meeting with dessert:  strawberry shortcake will be served at the May meeting, Thursday evening, May 19, at 7:30 pm at the Boxford Community Center, 4 Middleton Road.  We will hear a report from the Food Drive subcommittee on our recent event, plan voter registration efforts for the fall at Masconomet, and set a date for this year’s Barn Dance.

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Annual food drive a success

May 16, 2016

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The Committee’s annual drive for non-perishable goods was a great success! Held before the first night of Boxford’s spring town meeting last week, on Tuesday, May 10, donations poured in as Boxford residents came to the meeting.  A table was set up outside the main-office entrance to the school, where most town meeting attendees enter; marked donation boxes were also posted at other entrances to the school .  Food contributions from the drive benefit two local food pantries — one at the First Congregational Church in Boxford, and a second, the People’s Pantry, located at the North Parish of the North Andover Unitarian Universalist Church.  Residents who forgot their food contribution could also drop them off at the East Boxford fire station, through Thursday.

Many thanks to our industrious and well-organized subcommittee for this event:  Jessica Grigg, Terri Teleen, and two new committee members, Deborah and Ira Schildkraut, with some signage assistance from Vice-chair Ken Thompson.


Caucus with us!

March 5, 2016

rock the caucusThe Boxford Democratic Town Committee will hold its annual caucus on Saturday, March 12 in the second floor meeting room at the Boxford Community Center (Council on Aging office).  The sign in and social hour we begin at 1:30 pm; the caucus will be called to order at 2 pm.  The business of the caucus is to elect delegates to the annual Democratic State Convention, being held this year in Lowell on June 4.  A brief business meeting and election of officers will be held right after the caucus.  Come and meet your neighbor Democrats and caucus with us!


2016 DNC Delegate Trainings

November 28, 2015

2016 DNC PhiladelphiaThe Massachusetts Democratic State Committee is offering trainings in how to run for national delegate to the DNC, which will be in Philadelphia in July.  The training for the 6th Congressional District will be on December 15 in Peabody.

If you are interested in learning more or in attending the training, visit the facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/929088107182884/


Presidential Campaign Discussion

October 20, 2015

potluck supper meeting

Whom do you like? (And whom don’t you like?)

A potluck supper discussion for local progressives

on the

Democratic Presidential candidates

Sponsored by the Boxford Democratic Town Committee

Wednesday, January 13, 2016* 

*snow date:  Thursday, January 14, 6:30 pm

Boxford Community Center, 4 Middleton Road, Boxford

2nd Floor meeting room

Supper at 6:30 pm, followed by brief business meeting and then vigorous discussion!

Please email mariannerutter@yahoo.com if you plan to contribute to the potluck board.


Barn Dance reprises November 14

October 1, 2015

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6th Almost-Annual Barn Dance

Saturday, November 14:  join us!

Put on your dancin’ shoes!  The BDTC’s 6th Almost-Annual Barn Dance will be held on Saturday, November 14, from 7:30-10:30 at the beautiful Gould Barn, 1 Howlett Street in Topsfield.  Great R&B music will once again be provided by 2120 South Michigan Avenue.  Appetizers and desserts, beer and wine will be served.

Early-bird ticket prices (buy ’em before the dance!) will save you $5: $30 per couple and $20 for individuals.  At the door, you pay $25 per person and $40 per couple.

Tickets are available from Marianne Rutter, mariannerutter@yahoo.com or 978-887-3453.


July 14, 2015: another good day for America

July 15, 2015

Early this morning, President Obama announced that an important, historic, long-term agreement had been reached with Iran by US negotiators and those of  six other countries, which will limit Iranian nuclear capabilities.  This agreement will prevent Iran from further developing nuclear technology for military uses and allows for verification by the signatory nations.

Congress now has 60 days to explore the agreement and vote on it.  The President said he welcomes “vigorous debate” on the issues surrounding this important agreement — not least the philosophical one, about deploying a diplomatic solution, not a military one, to stabilize the Middle East and make the world a safer place.

As if that wasn’t enough of an achievement for one day, President Obama today also unleashed a major initiative on criminal justice reform.  He decried the way we imprison nonviolent offenders for outsize prison terms and outlined the huge costs associated with these practices.  His proposal was met with immediate bi-partisan enthusiasm on the Hill — progressives warmed to the social-justice aspects of the initiative while conservatives liked the enormous cost savings it could mean.

In a Twitter onslaught after the speech, @Potus (the President’s personal Twitter account) summed up the key bullet points in favor of his proposal to overhaul our criminal justice system:

America is home to 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prisoners.

America keeps more people behind bars than the top 35 European countries combined.

In 1980, there wer 500,000 people in American jails.  Today, there are 2.2 million.  Many belong.  But too many are nonviolent offenders.
 
The $80 billion we spend each year to keep people incarcerated could pay for universal pre-K for every 3-year-old and 4-year-old in America.
 
The $80 billion we spend each year on incarcerations could double the salary of every high school teacher in America.
 
We could eliminate tuition at every public college and university in American with the $80 billion we spend each year on incarcerations.
 
Mass incarceration does not work.  Let’s build communities that give kids a shot at success and prisons that prepare people for a second chance.
Stay tuned for more great progress from the Obama Administration.  Sixteen more months to go.