Friends and supporters gathered at PA's Lounge in Somerville's Union Square on Monday to help first-term State Representative Mike Connolly kick-off his 2018 re-election campaign.
More than 100 local supporters showed up to enjoy Middle Eastern food and to hear from some of the most exciting and promising new voices in local government and in progressive politics, including Boston City Councillor Lydia Edwards, Somerville Alderman JT Scott, and Cambridge activist/organizer Beth Huang. Also included among the attendees was U.S. Congressman Mike Capuano, State Senator Pat Jehlen, State Representative Denise Provost, State Representative Christine Barber, South Middlesex County Register of Deeds Maria Curtatone, and Somerville Aldermen Matt McLaughlin, Ben Ewen-Campen, Jesse Clingan, Stephanie Hirsch, and Bill White, as well as former Cambridge City Councillor Nadeem Mazen.
Nearly 200 supporters showed up for State Representative Mike Connolly's Winter Celebration and Fundraiser at Sonia in Central Square on Monday evening.
The event featured remarks by State Senator Pat Jehlen, State Representative Jay Livingstone, Cambridge City Councilor-elect Sumbul Siddiqui (pictured below, with emcees Nancy Ryan and Frank Gerratana), and Harvard Law professor and political reformer Lawrence Lessig.
Senator Pat Jehlen spoke about Rep. Connolly's strong constituent services; she told a story about how he was able to help resolve a situation for the seniors at Cobble Hill Apartments in East Somerville when their elevator needed an expedited inspection. She went on to highlight the fact that Rep. Connolly secured funding in the FY2018 state budget (and in a recent bond bill) to help mitigate I-93 air pollution.
Video from Senator Jehlen's speech is available here.
Rep. Jay Livingstone spoke about how Rep. Connolly has been an active colleague in the House Progressive Caucus, working with other legislators to deliver results for constituents. He also talked about how Mike has been willing to file bold legislation, even when powerful interests are lined up on the other side.
Councillor-elect Sumbul Siddiqui spoke about how she played a role on Mike's campaign last year as an active and early volunteer, and how in turn, Mike supported her and other municipal candidates in the city elections this year.
And finally, Professor Lawrence Lessig delivered inspiring remarks about the need to get big money out of politics. He made the point that people on the Left and people on the Right are frustrated and disillusioned by the corrupting influence of money in politics, and how grassroots efforts help offer a way forward.
The event was also attended by State Representative Denise Provost, State Senator Jamie Eldridge, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, Cambridge City Councillor Jan Devereux, Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Middlesex Registrar of Deeds Maria Curtatone, Democratic State Committee member and Democratic National Committee Woman Kate Donaghue, Cambridge School Committee Members Patty Nolan and Emily Dexter, former Cambridge City Councillor Minka vanBeuzekom, Somerville School Committee Member-elect Emily Ackman, Cambridge City Councillor-elect Quinton Zondervan, Somerville Aldermen-elect Will Mbah, Jesse Clingan, and Ben Ewen-Campen, Candidate for Governor Bob Massie, and recent Cambridge City Council candidate Vatsady Sivongxay.Read more
On December 3, I had the honor of speaking at The Next Four Years: Building Our Movements In Dangerous Times, an all-day conference organized by Massachusetts Peace Action. Our goal was to identify opportunities for organizing in the wake of this year's presidential election, in what has become an increasingly undemocratic, hawkish and xenophobic environment.
With hundreds of activists in attendance at Simmons College — and a diverse group of powerful speakers followed by interactive working group sessions — it was an inspiring experience for everyone involved.
I was asked to be the first speaker on the opening Issues Panel. Our discussion covered a range of topics, including racial justice, climate justice, economic justice, political reform, and peace. The video is posted above. Also featured are Joseph Gerson of the American Friends Service Committee, Emily Kirkland of 350.org Massachusetts, Elena Letona of Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts, and Rev. Paul Robeson Ford of the Union Baptist Church in Cambridge.Read more
A 10-alarm fire ripped through the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood in the vicinity of Berkshire, Plymouth, and York Streets yesterday — affecting some fifteen buildings and displacing over 100 of our neighbors from their homes. Among the displaced are more than 60 affordable housing tenants at the former St. Patrick's Church.
I was speaking at the Massachusetts Peace Action conference at Simmons College when my wife texted a photo from our street (seen here), showing a giant flame and an enormous plume of smoke at the other end of Donnelly Field. I quickly left the conference and made my way to the scene and spent the rest of the evening with other city officials and victims of the disaster at the War Memorial Center.
It was the largest fire in Cambridge since the 1980s. According to Chief Gerald Reardon, it was miraculous that there wasn't any loss of life.
We are grateful for the incredible response from the Cambridge Fire Department, Cambridge Police Department, Somerville Fire Department, American Red Cross of Massachusetts, City of Cambridge staff, administrators, and officials, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and all of the other fire crews that were called in from around the region. It was a remarkable demonstration of courage, coordination, and professionalism by hundreds of first-responders in what was described by Chief Reardon as a "war zone."
Thank you to the 15,714 people who voted in Tuesday's election to make me the next State Representative for the 26th Middlesex District. It is an honor to be able to serve the public and the neighborhoods I love here in Cambridge and Somerville.
I want to say thank you to my wife Kacy and to the hundreds of friends, supporters, activists, organizations, staff and volunteers who all worked together to help make our people-powered campaign such a big success this year. Thanks as well to everyone who continued working for our successful No On 2 and Yes On 4 campaigns.
That said, these victories are overshadowed by the outcome of the presidential and congressional elections. For my part, I will remain committed as an activist and ally in my opposition to the racism, misogyny, xenophobia, ignorance, abusiveness, and hatred that has largely characterized the Trump campaign. His ascension to the presidency makes the work we are doing on the state-level and in our community all the more important.Read more
The Massachusetts Nurses Association is proud to announce its endorsement of Democrat Mike Connolly for State Representative in the 26th Middlesex District of Cambridge and Somerville. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8.
"Mike Connolly represents a new generation of leaders bringing fresh ideas to the State House," said Donna Kelly-Williams, Massachusetts Nurses Association President. "I am especially excited about his strong support of single-payer healthcare and his commitment to ensure safe staffing limits in all hospitals in Massachusetts. Mike will be a hard worker on Beacon Hill and the MNA is very pleased to support him," Kelly-Williams added.Read more
Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund, the advocacy and political arm of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, recently announced their endorsement of Mike Connolly for the 26th Middlesex District seat of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8.
“Mike Connolly understands that access to sexual and reproductive health care and comprehensive sexuality education are essential for building healthy communities. We need allies like Mike Connolly in the State House to push the state forward with policies that put patients first, strengthen reproductive rights, and eliminate barriers to vital health care for women, men, and young people," said Jennifer Childs-Roshak, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts.Read more
In the first contested Democratic primary in the 26th Middlesex District in over a decade, our campaign won with 54% of the vote.
Thank you to the friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, organizations, staff, and volunteers who came together to make this victory possible. Most importantly, thank you to the voters of Cambridge and Somerville who have placed their confidence in me to be our next State Representative. I still have a general election in November, but I will be the only name on the ballot.
I am so, so proud of our grassroots campaign and all of our staff and volunteers. Our success was only possible because of your efforts and constant support.
I also want to express my deepest respect for Representative Tim Toomey. His lifelong commitment and continued service to the people of Cambridge and Somerville is without comparison. We are all so very fortunate to live in a diverse community where the spirit of civic engagement and concern for our neighbors is so incredibly strong. We must continue working together to make progress for everyone.
To everyone who came together to provide me with this opportunity to serve in the state legislature, I am so incredibly grateful. I cannot wait to get started working for you. I know — now, more than ever — that when we work together and stick to our principles, we can accomplish great things!
On Thursday, September 8, Cambridge and Somerville voters will go to the polls for the first competitive race for State Representative in our community in over a decade. After months of campaigning, many voters are asking: What are the differences between incumbent Tim Toomey and challenger Mike Connolly?Read more
MIT Professor Noam Chomsky has announced his endorsement of Mike Connolly for State Representative in the 26th Middlesex District of Cambridge and Somerville. Chomsky issued the following statement in support of Mike's campaign:
Mike Connolly’s candidacy for State Representative offers all of us in Massachusetts a chance to have a representative in the legislature with an unusual career of effective and dedicated work on progressive initiatives of local and national concern. It is a rare opportunity to advance causes that are of great significance to the state, the country, and the prospects for a livable world.
Chomsky is recognized for revolutionizing the fields of linguistics and cognitive science and is also a leading critic of politics and the mainstream media. He has authored over 100 books and has been described as "the most important intellectual alive" by the New York Times.Read more