GBYD Monthly Social Aug. 14

posted Aug 20, 2012, 6:28 PM by Julie Kaviar   [ updated Aug 20, 2012, 6:47 PM ]

Here are a few pictures from the night!

Org. Committee Minutes June 25, 2012

posted Jun 27, 2012, 11:34 AM by Julie Kaviar

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend this week’s Organizational Committee meeting!

Here are the minutes! Specific to-do’s are noted using bullet marks. If you weren't able to attend but would like to help with one or more of the following planned events, please let us know via email or on the Facebook Group!

We put a LOT of dates on the Calendar for the next few months, including fundraisers, speakers, voter registration drives, and special Emmett’s social guests.

Electoral Outreach
In an effort to connect more closely with campaigns to notify membership about upcoming events and help support their election/re-elections -
  • Jonathan/Dan: work together to determine electoral contacts for 2012  
Summer Fundraiser
Joe Kennedy III
Sushi = $150 spend
Price to attendees: $15 - $20
  • Jonathan: Invite Joe Kennedy III for last week of July or first of Aug

Backyard BBQ - probably late summer, early fall
  • Tina: reach out to Dan Hoffer to see if we can use his property
Jonathan’s Roommate: possible backup house

Summer Speaker Series

Fundraising - Aug. 10th Emmetts
Invitees: invite speakers to talk for 5 - 15 minutes

Josh Dawson

Steve Grossman

  • Kevin Gilnack: invite Julia, Finance Director State Party

Door Knocking - Michael Dukakis
  • Tina: invite Dukakis for practical lecture sometime Aug 6 - 24
Next Steps:
ID young people, who need training
Survey through social media and email outreach
Email outreach specific sign-up: 3-4 deticated emails
    Create website form for easy registration
Reach out to campaigns to send interns
Determine who will do each next step: any volunteers?
Phone banking to targeted list (possibly interns)
Schedule Call to Action Canvassing

Reach out to Warren campaign for weekend of Aug 25th

  • Jonathan: Reach out to OFA’ s Carl for a September NH canvass

Running For Office Series
Young politicians will be invited to Emmett’s socials to take for 20 minutes. The following will be asked regarding availability.
  • Jonathan: Jesse Mermell
  • Tina: Philix Arroyo
  • Tina: Carlos Henriquez
  • TIna: Carl Sciortino
  • Tina: Shawn Gerbali  
  • Tina: Reach out Deval Patrick’s Political Director to find out if/when they want to speak

Field As Core - September Emmett’s
  • Julie: Reach out to Tito Jackson

Media Training - October Emmett’s
  • Jonathan: invite Alex Wolfstein
Voter Registration Drives
Sand Castle Competition (July 14)
Determine T Meet-Up location/Time
Plan Beach After-Party
  • Julie: reach out to State Representative of Revere
  • Kim: permission (email chair of democratic city committee about best locations)
  • Kim: email state committee for voter registration forms Tina/Kevin: provide clipboard
  • Kat: Post event work to coordinate fees/postage to mail forms to local committees

Possible Other Voter Drives  Include:
Drives in Dorchester and Downtown Crossing (Aug. 2)
  • Tina: work with Marie Marshal for event in dorchester
  • Tina: coordinate Downtown Crossing  event

  • Dan: Research top ree summer events to have voter drivers / GBYD excursions (except Robin will do Shakespeare in the park)
July 4th Voter Drive - kim/julie/jonathon - meet charles 4:30, 5-7pm
Harpoon Tasting - $150 / 20 -30 unlimited / Possibly around Oktoberfest
  • Tina - peliz oct. 9

Charter updates and new positions
Pending YDM review, will take place at Suffolk University on Aug 14 following Emmett’s social (notification to be sent out by July 14th)
  • Tina: email organization committee updated charter and previous charter for final approval
  • Jonathan: work with YDM for an email vote   
  • Tina: connect with Suffolk CDM person to reserve space
  • Jonathan: if not, ask Jason to try to reserve space

Still To Discuss:
Phone Banks / Canvases
Connecting with other groups
Campaign and electoral strategy/timeline

Oh What A Night - Late Convention 2012

posted Jun 13, 2012, 4:23 PM by Julie Kaviar   [ updated Aug 20, 2012, 6:34 PM ]

The night was warm and the spirits were high when the Greater Boston Young Democrats took over Springfield Massachusetts for the 2012 State Convention. Many GBYD members had the honor and privilege of voting for Elizabeth Warren to represent the party in the US Senate election, and we heard from amazing party leaders like Governor Deval Patrick and beautful tributes to Democratic legends Barney Frank and John Olver. We were inspired to go "ALL IN" with this election and fight, hard for progressive policies.

But really, it all happened the night BEFORE convention, where the party hopping and appetizer hunting among fellow energized Democrats created an electric atmosphere! We met many local officials including Treasurer Steve Grossman, Councillor Tito Jackson and many more!

Enjoy some pictures of the Boston Blue Crew!

Members of GBYD elect new Board

posted Apr 10, 2012, 10:13 AM by Kevin B. Gilnack   [ updated Apr 10, 2012, 10:16 AM ]

Members of the Greater Boston Young Democrats convened on Thursday, April 5 to elect fellow members to the five-position Board of Directors outlined in the organization's charter.

GBYD would like to thank everyone who cam out and voted, and congratulate our new officers:
  • Chair: Tina Stanton
  • Vice Chair: Kim Hokanson
  • Treasurer: Kat Meagher
  • Secretary: Julie Kaviar
  • Director of Membership & Outreach: Robin Duddy-Tenbrunsel
To contact any of our new board members with questions or ideas, simply email them at

GBYD Endorses members & supporters in Mar. 6 election

posted Mar 2, 2012, 12:09 PM by Kevin B. Gilnack

The Greater Boston Young Democrats announced Friday their endorsements of Joshua Dawson for re-election to the Democratic State Committee in Second Suffolk & Middlesex Senate District, Jeffrey Ross to the Democratic State Committee for the Second Suffolk Senate District and Meredith “Merry” Rutrick for the Boston Ward 21 Democratic Committee.
“GBYD is thrilled to have three people who have been so closely involved in our organization running for these important seats, and we are confident that they will do an exceptional job of representing their respective communities,” said GBYD Board member Tina Stanton.
Dawson, who served as the group’s first vice chair after it was revived in 2009, chairs the Ward 5 Democratic Committee and is the executive director of state Treasurer Steve Grossman’s political committee.
“Josh is as hardworking and responsive as they come. He was an invaluable partner as we revived the Greater Boston Young Democrats back in 2009 and has gone on to do great things since,” said GBYD Board member and founding member Kevin Gilnack. “He has made his Ward Committee more accessible and welcoming to all who are interested, worked hard to earn successful results for a host of Democratic candidates and is an exceptional role model to other young people who are thinking about getting involved in politics.”
Ross is running to represent the 2nd Suffolk Senate District because he "wants to work with local communities to strengthen the Democratic Party." He has been a long-time supporter of GBYD and an activist in the party. During the 2010 elections, he worked hard on behalf of Governor Deval Patrick, Lt. Governor Tim Murray, state Auditor Suzanne Bump, state Treasurer Steve Grossman, and numerous state house representatives and senators. Ross serves on the Board of Oiste and is active in numerous local community groups.
“Jeff has been a stalwart supporter of the Greater Boston Young Democrats. He has always been willing to come out to our events, engage our members, and share his lessons as an activist in the party. I know he’ll do great things for the people of Second Suffolk district, their local committees and the state party,” said Stanton.
Rutrick is a lifelong Massachusetts resident and has spent the past 10 years in Ward 21, including 4 years as a student at Boston University. Currently, she is organizing Allston-Brighton for the Elizabeth Warren for Senate campaign and she chairs the Boston chapter of Living Liberally, a national social-political organization for progressives.
“Merry is one of our most active GBYD members and is someone that I know Ward 21 can always count on. She has seemingly limitless energy and takes responsibility for following through and doing an exceptional job with any task she takes on. She is passionate about promoting civic engagement in our community and is yet another role model for our peers in GBYD,” Stanton said.
Elections for these seats will take place during the Massachusetts Presidential Primary on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fonder times along the campaign trail

posted Jan 24, 2010, 10:30 PM by Kevin B. Gilnack   [ updated Jun 13, 2012, 4:24 PM by Julie Kaviar ]

Here are a few pictures from the Special Election Primary Results Watching Party, which GBYD hosted with Drinking Liberally Boston/Cambridge and the Young Democrats of Massachusetts.  We were thrilled to be joined by the Governor as we awaited the results.

Thank you to all of the hundreds of Young Democrats who got involved during the primary and general election.  While the final result was not what we hoped for and many lessons were learned, it was inspiring to see Young Dems from Boston to the Pioneer Valley stepping up to work or volunteer for the Coakley campaign. 

Stay tuned as we look ahead to supporting some great candidates in the 2010 cycle.

Young Democrats, OFA-MA, Labor, Community Members & Leaders Rally for Health Care Reform

posted Sep 7, 2009, 10:31 PM by Kevin B. Gilnack   [ updated Sep 8, 2009, 10:14 PM ]

This afternoon GBYD was pleased to support a Labor Day health care reform rally and march from the Boston Common to Copley Square.  The rally was sponsored by Organizing for America - Massachusetts and SEIU Local 615, as well as many other community groups. 

It was great to see GBYDers out in force, active in many aspects of local politics, like..
And that's not to mention the Young Democrats who came out in force to show their support for health care reform!

Check out photos from the day below and this Boston Globe write-up 1,000 rally for health care reform on Boston Common.  You might also be interested in this commentary from Blue Mass Group:
It was inspiring to see such overwhelming support for fixing our broken health care system - but perhaps even more inspiring to look around and see so many Young Democrats taking on impressive leadership roles in our community.

Boston Health Care Reform Rally & March Photo Gallery

A Legacy of Debates

posted Sep 3, 2009, 8:14 AM by Kevin B. Gilnack

As we get ready for a September full of municipal forums, I wanted to share this inspiring moment of history from our chapter's predecessors..

The Greater Boston Young Democrats proudly hosting one of the 1962 Senate Debates with Young Democrat, the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Getting Local: Boston Ward 19 Democratic Committee (Jamaica Plain & Roslindale)

posted Aug 24, 2009, 9:55 PM by Kevin B. Gilnack   [ updated Aug 24, 2009, 11:04 PM ]

The Greater Boston Young Dems are pleased to be connecting with more and more of the amazing individuals responsible for organizing the foundations of our party - the Democratic Ward Committees.

Joel Watson, Co-Chair of the Ward 19 Committee, was kind enough to share some info about how you can get involved with the Ward Committee, and some news about the exciting things they're doing for Democrats in the 13 precincts they represent in Jamaica Plain and Roslindale.

For starters, the committee is actively seeking interested Democrats (residents of Ward 19) whoa re interested in being Associate and Elected members of their 35 elected member Ward Committee.  If you are interested in getting involved or attending the meetings, please contact Joel Watson at handlerwatson [AT] comcast [DOT] net.

This active committee has a lot going on and would be a great group for more Young Democrats to start getting involved, making a difference, and advancing their political involvement.

Check out what else they've been up to this year:
  • Holding a day-long retreat and an Obama Inauguration Ball/Fundraiser in January
  • Establishing of an Elections Committee to help manage the Ward Committee’s yearly election calendar
  • Creating a ‘Speaker’s Committee’ which has arranged for briefings on the homeless/mortgage foreclosures by Boston’s homeless shelter director and Lt. Gov. Murray’s staff person on the State’s effort to coordinate programs dealing with the homeless - both speakers are elected members of our Ward Committee
  • The Speaker’s Committee also arranged for the four Boston mayoral candidates to meet with the Ward Committee for a half hour at our monthly meetings (June – Mr. Flaherty; July – Mr. Yoon; and September with Mayor Menino @ 7PM and Mr. McCrea @ 8PM).
  • We have also expanded our efforts to coordinate with other organizations by co-sponsoring 3 Mayoral and At-Large Candidate forums for Boston’s 9/22 primary and 11/3 election with Wards 11 and 12 and MassVOTE
    • The first one is August 31 for the 15 candidates vying for 4 At-Large City Councilor positions; it will be held at the Freedom House, 14 Crawford Street, Roxbury starting at 6PM with a ‘meet-the-candidate’ reception – the co-sponsoring Ward Committees are 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 19 and RoxVote.
  • Our outreach programs continued with voter registration booths at several events including the JP Wake Up The Earth Festival and the Boston Gay Pride March
Contact Joel Watson if you are interested in getting involved or just checking out a few meetings - and be sure to add the September Ward 19 Committee Meeting to your calendar so you can hear from Mayor Menino and Mr. McCrea.  You can also keep an eye on our Events Calendar for other ways to get involved.

Job Opportunity - Leland Cheung for Cambridge City Council

posted Aug 19, 2009, 5:16 PM by Kevin B. Gilnack   [ updated Aug 19, 2009, 7:18 PM ]

If you're looking to add something meaningful to your resume, this is an excellent opportunity to get involved in a hyper-local campaign with national exposure. Leland Cheung, a GBYD-er and Candidate for Cambridge City Council is looking for full-time and part-time campaign managers, media directors, legislative assistants, outreach coordinators, and volunteers for paid and unpaid positions through the November election. Opportunities are available to contribute for shorter periods and to work on specific projects or deliverables. 

To learn more about Leland Cheung, please check out his message to Greater Boston Young Democrats.

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