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This Week's Updates from Around the State - May 31

Cole Harrison:
Monday at Memorial Day for Peace new volunteers stepped forward to coordinate districts in Stoughton, Canton, Quincy, Hingham, Weymouth, and Waltham, as well as others to help with districts already being worked. So on the South Shore we have added this week the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th Norfolk and the 3rd Plymouth.

On Wednesday, we held a North Shore kickoff which was attended by about 20 people. We have an active group working the 5th Essex and people starting on the 1st, 2nd, 8th, 15th, 16th and 18th Essex.

Saturday at the Democratic State Convention we plan to distribute 2,500 flyers introducing the Referendum to the delegates, collect many signatures, and sign up new volunteers.

The Budget for All movement is spreading!

Tony Palomba (29th Middlesex) (Watertown):
1) We have distributed sheets for Representative Districts 10 Middlesex (Lawn) and 29 Middlesex (Hecht) and Senate District 2nd Suffolk, Middlesex (Brownsberger).

2) We have chosen two Saturdays for group signature gather (9th and 16th) while encouraging individuals who have sheets to go to friends and neighbors.

3) We are trying to organize two "after-service" signature gatherings at the two remaining progressive congregations.

Rachel Tedesco:
New Bedford area -
Attended CLC (Coalition of Labor Councils?) meeting on Monday, May 21 in downtown New Bedford with Carolyn Federoff and got a number of volunteers: 2 from New Bedford, 3 from Fall River (names passed on to Maryellen Kurkulos, coordinator for FR), one from Taunton and one from Rockland. In follow up phone call, I referred Rockland resident, Tom Hynes, to Paul Shannon, because Tom works in Boston.

On Tuesday, May 22, added 6th Bristol District – Taunton (Ward 6) to the list as a result of Taunton volunteer, John Colbert, after CLC meeting. I gave John the necessary materials to do the campaign. Followed up with phone calls.

Unable to follow up in 11th Bristol District - New Bedford activities until Sunday because of illness.

Sunday afternoon (5/27), held meeting at Smith Neck Friends Meeting in Dartmouth. Low turnout, but met with Maryellen Kurkulos, Fall River coordinator, Nancy Arthur of Fall River, Rev. Eric Wasileski, pastor of SNFM , and John Fernandes of New Bedford. Exchanged information and materials. I presented Carolyn’s slide show to the group.

As a result of this meeting, Rev. Eric volunteered to gather signatures in 9th Bristol District – basically Dartmouth and a small portion of New Bedford. Because of the many Quakers in town, he thinks that he can meet the quota of 200 signatures.

Bridgewater/Raynham area -
Collected 10 signatures on Friday, May 25 at Little League game in Bridgewater. Recruited Raynham Move-On friend to begin work in that town.

Maryellen Kurkulos (Fall River)

So far we've about 40 in the 6th Bristol - slow start with missteps and obstacles. In the 7th Bristol we have another 20 but a tenants group claims it's also collected ca. 50. In the 8th we have a handful.

Paul Shannon (Jehlen senate district - Somerville):
Dinah starr and I did davis square for 3 hours Saturday, joined by Cheryl smith for the last hour. Got about 63 signatures, 45 of which were for jehlen. I wonder how many cole got at trader joe’s for jehlen. We need to get a count now of what we have for jehlen. Ben, cole, marilyn and I should tabulate what we’ve got in hand now so that we can decided whether we can make it on the senate level. I think we have around 200 total, but let’s see.

Marilyn Levin (Somerville)
Only able to do 2.5 hrs at Somerville Library. I got 50 Somerville signatures, 1 ea from Medford, Cambridge, Arlington, No. Reading, Revere, and Whitensville.

Cole Harrison (Cambridge)
Meredith and I collected 135 signatures in 3 hours at Trader Joe’s on Memorial Drive. But the problem is that people were from all over the place. Barely ⅓ of the people were from Cambridge.

John and Jerry collected about 90 signatures at the Cambridge Public Library, nearly all from Cambridge.

Susan Theberge (Pioneer Valley):
We have people collecting signatures in Amherst/Pelham, Holyoke, Leverett and Springfield so far. We have a WM Fund Our Communtiies meeting Thursday night and we hope to get more folks involved.

Isabel Espinal (5th Hampden- Holyoke and 10th Hampden- Montague):
Last night at the Green-Rainbow Party meeting, I got two more vounteers to collect signatures. I gave them signature sheets. Rick Purcell voluntered to collect signatures in Holyoke - he thinks he can get 200. Richard Adams volunteered to collect signatures in Montague - he thinks he can get 72.

Barbara Boltz (23d & 24th Middlesex: Arlington/ Belmont)

Arlington Town Clerk's Office is really on the ball -- certified signatures I took in yesterday!

In the 23rd Middlesex I have 175 certified signatures.

In the 24th Middlesex I have 42 certified signatures from Arlington. 178 have been submitted to Belmont.
Belmont is very slow -- said it would take "a few weeks."

So we're on our way -- & still collecting. Barbara

Molly Hannon - Rush Senate District (Roslindale/W Roxbury)

“We’re Done”