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Congrats to the 2019-2020 YDMA Board!

Congrats to everyone elected at our convention last weekend! President: Rebecca Pinn Vice President: Michael Kaplan Secretary: Ally Blanck Treasurer: Frank Ulip Membership and Outreach Director: Michael Dooley YDA Committee Representative (Male-Identifying): Caesar Nuzzolo YDA Committee Representative (Female-Identifying): Sharon Solomon Political Director: Rob Cohen Public Policy Director: Vernon K. Walker Communications Director: Jonathan Cohn Equity,…
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YDMA Statement in Support of Reproductive Rights

Across the country, Republican-controlled state legislatures have ramped up their attacks on reproductive rights. In Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, and countless other states, anti-choice legislators have pushed forward draconian, medically inaccurate legislation to deny women’s bodily autonomy and restrict basic access to health care. Anti-choice advocates have a singular goal: to use the courts to overturn…
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YDMA Statement in Response to the Attack on the Poway Chabad in San Diego

The Young Democrats of Massachusetts were heartbroken to learn of the horrific attack at the Poway Chabad in San Diego this weekend, which tragically killed one person, Lori Gilbert Kaye, and injured three others, including the Rabbi. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the San Diego community, but thoughts and prayers are no longer…
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YDMA Statement in Support of Judge Shelley Joseph

The Young Democrats of Massachusetts stand in support of Newton District Judge Shelley Joseph and court officer Wesley MacGregor. The charges brought against them are but the latest effort by an increasingly authoritarian federal government to undermine our independent courts and rule through intimidation. ICE has routinely acted to undermine faith in the sanctity and…
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We Made a Promise to Our Students. We Need to Keep It.

Quality public education for all is a central component of the YDMA and Mass Dems platforms, and no bill before the legislature better delivers on this promise than the PROMISE Act (S.238/H.586), filed by Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and Representatives Mary Keefe and Aaron Vega. Massachusetts is the birthplace of public education in the US, and…
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Young Dems in the MA State House: Rep. David LeBoeuf

Rep. David LeBoeuf was elected in November 2018 to represent the 17th Worcester district, which includes Leicester and parts of Worcester. (1) What got you involved in politics in the first place? I first got involved in politics back when I was a junior at South High Community School. I organized a group of students…
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Legislative Endorsement: It’s Far Past Time for MA to Ban Conversion Therapy

As young Democrats, we are proud of the role that Massachusetts has played in the advancement of LGBTQIA rights in the US. We were the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. We have strong laws to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity —  overwhelmingly reaffirmed by the voters on the ballot in November. However, we…
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Young Dems in the MA State House: Rep. David Biele

Rep. David Biele was elected in November 2018 to represent South Boston’s 4th Suffolk District.  (1) What got you involved in politics in the first place? Local issues in my immediate neighborhood caused me to first get involved in politics. I worked with neighbors and community leaders on a few quality of life issues and,…
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Young Dems in the MA State House: Rep. Andy Vargas

Rep. Andy Vargas was elected in November 2017 in a special election to represent Haverhill’s 3rd Essex District. He was re-elected this past November to a full term.   (1)   What got you involved in politics in the first place? Two big influences: family and early exposure to civic engagement as a teenager. I…
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Young Dems in the MA State House: Rep. Maria Robinson

Rep. Maria Robinson was elected in November to represent the Sixth Middlesex District, located in Framingham. (1) What got you involved in politics in the first place? I’ve been a bit of a political nerd (in addition to my other nerdy passions) since elementary school, when I stayed up late with my friends to watch…
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