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IDTC Meeting Saturday April 8, 2017 9:30a

The next meeting of the Ipswich Democratic Town Committee will be held on Saturday (April 8th) at 9:30 in the Collins Room at the Ipswich Library.

We will be considering new members during this meeting. If you have attended at least two of our previous meetings, which could include the caucus or breakfast, you are eligible for membership. If interested,  please reply on this website.

During the meeting, we will have a guest speaker who will talk about the upcoming vote on officially naming Ipswich a Sanctuary Town.

We will continue our discussion about getting involved in local and national issues – as well as considering changes to our bylaws.

Ipswich Democrats to Elect Delegates to State Convention

 

Registered Democrats in Ipswich will be holding a caucus at the Ipswich Public Library (lower level) on March 11 at 9:30 am to elect delegates and alternates to the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across Massachusetts will gather to adopt a new Party Platform. The convention will be held on Saturday, June 3 at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell.

“People are excited about politics and want to make a difference. Our caucuses are a great opportunity for those who are interested to get involved,” commented Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair, Gus Bickford. “Delegates will be voting on our Party Platform in Lowell, and we want to make sure that every Democrat has a voice. This is a time to come together and speak to our shared Democratic values.”

The Ipswich caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Ipswich, and the Ipswich Democratic Town Committee welcomes all participants. Also, pre-registered Democrats who will be age 18 by September 11, 2018, the anticipated date of the primary, will be able to participate in caucuses and run for delegate. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women, and all ballots will be written and secret. In the spirit of inclusion, youth, minorities and people with disabilities who are not elected as delegates or alternatives may apply to be add-on delegates, either at this caucus or online at www.massdems.org

The Ipswich Democratic Town Committee normally meets monthly on Saturday morning at 9:30 in the lower level of the Ipswich Public Library. For more information on the caucus or participating in the committee, please contact Casey Wright at caseywright1@msn.com or via this website.

The Friends of the Ipswich Library receive Community Service Award from Ipswich Democrats

Casey Wright, Chair of the IDTC presenting the award to Mary Graves, President of Board of the Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Ipswich Library were presented the Community Service Award of the Ipswich Democratic Town Committee at their annual breakfast on January 28, 2017.  This award is presented each year to a local organization whose service exemplifies Democratic values.  The Friends were praised for their support to the library and the Ipswich community.   Friends’ president, Mary Graves, accepted the award from Casey Wright, Chair of the IDTC, saying the Friends were very honored to receive it.

left to right: Mary Graves, Dorothy Johnson, Moira McLaughlin, Kim Porter, Suzanne Kiley, Carolyn Style, Barbara Riggi

Video of Dr Don Berwick addressing the Ipswich Democrats at their annual breakfast

Dr Berwick at the annual breakfast Jan 2017

You can listen to the first 10 minutes of his talk addressing proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act.

Thanks to Nicole Whitten for taking the video, and to Dr Berwick for giving permission to post it.

The Ipswich Democratic Town Committe 2016 Election Headquarters now open

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Address:

5 Depot Square, Ipswich, MA

Near the train station

Hours:

Monday 10a to 2p

Tuesday 12 noon to 2p

Wednesday 12 noon to 7p

Thursday 12 noon to 2p, and 5 to 7p

Friday 12 noon to 3p, and 4 to 6p

Saturday 12 noon to 2p

Sunday closed

Stop by for information about the Democratic candidates, general information or just to chat.

Volunteers wishing to help with the campaign are needed and welcome.

Headquarters #2

“We the people…” Essay Contest

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In partnership with Ipswich High School, the Ipswich Democratic Town Committee (IDTC) launched an essay contest to challenge students to explore the first three words in the preamble to the US Constitution, “We the people…”.

Students in all high school grades will be challenged by faculty members to submit their essays for judging – answering questions such as, “Why didn’t the framers of the Constitution write, ‘We, the elected legislators and government officials…’?”. School faculty and administrators, as well as members of the IDTC, will judge the winner and the IDTC will award a $500 prize.

This non-political essay contest is part of the mission of the local Democratic Party to engage the citizens of Ipswich in actionable and informed discourse about local and national issues.

Please join us at one of our monthly meetings, where we invite local and state officials to help clarify policy issues and pending legislation.

2016 Breakfast honors Birth to Three

Abigail GoldThe Ipswich Democratic Town Committee gave its 2015 Community Service Award to the Ipswich Birth to Three Family Center at its February 6, 2016 Annual Breakfast. The Committee praised Birth to Three for its programs for both parents and children, to ensure that all children start as equals when entering kindergarten. The event, a fundraiser for the Committee’s fall election headquarters, featured an appearance by political comedian Jimmy Tingle.
Ipswich Democrats award 2016L-R: Diane Young, chair of the Ipswich Democratic Town Committee; Sheila McAdams, Winthrop School principal, Abigail Gold, Director Birth to Three; Kate McCormick, Birth to Three; Diana Ryan, Birth to Three; Sheila Conley, Doyon School principal. Photo by Alec Style.