As the September primary – and the 20 day registration deadline – approaches, Dr. Robbie Goldstein reached out to the Young Democrats of Massachusetts and the Black Caucus to connect with young voters in Massachusetts’s 8th Congressional District on issues that matter to them.

Prior to the event, Dr. Goldstein answered an extensive questionnaire covering issues that have become especially salient under the Covid crisis and the upsurge in BLM protests, including housing security and releasing incarcerated people during the pandemic. Dr. Robbie Goldstein expressed their support for Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s People’s Justice Guarantee and baby bonds proposals.

Young people are increasingly getting engaged in the electoral process and have both submitted questions in advance and shown up to ask the candidate questions on his campaigns. A recording of the event is available on Facebook.

Alex of Weymouth wrote in to ask “A lot of constituents are concerned the current Congressman is not as available to constituents. What would you be doing different in terms of making yourself accessible?”

 

In response to Alex, Goldstein retorts that “it’s not that hard to be more accessible than he is.”

 

On Monday, August 3, there will be an online debate in the evening between Goldstein and the Congressman. 

 

With the debate being online, Goldstein emphasizes how the last 5 months of COVID-19 has shown how easy it is to be accessible and that “no longer can there be an excuse that someone is in washington and therefore not able to meet with constituents in the district.”

Goldstein states that showing up is really important to me, “it’s not just hosting the town hall or hosting the big zoom, it’s…showing up in Brockton, and in Quincy, and in Boston, showing up in the South Shore, showing up at large and small community events all across the district to really show I’m here to listen, I’m here to learn, I’m here to make sure the voices…make their way to Washington and to the floor of the house.”

 

Goldstein has shown to be more than just promises. Recently, he spent “much of the morning at Boston City Hall, standing – actually, sitting – in protest with the Boston Teachers Union and the nurses across Boston Schools. We were out there yelling, demanding that nurses and educators have a seat at the table when it comes to reopening schools across Boston and certainly all across Massachusetts. ”

 

The Young Democrats of Massachusetts hope to have conversations with both candidates in Massachusetts’s 8th Congressional District and aim to encourage more young people to register to vote ahead of the 20-day deadline. 

 

The Young Democrats of Massachusetts hope to have conversations with both candidates in Massachusetts’s 8th Congressional District and aim to encourage more young people to register to vote ahead of the 20-day deadline. 

For more information, contact us at black_caucus@ydma.org