In summer of 2007, I was fortunate to spend two days in a workshop hosted by the Public Policy Institute (now Massachusetts Leadership Academy) and led by Patrick Bresette from Demos | Public Works. The topic was how to effectively frame conversations around public structures.
I met activists from greater Boston and central Massachusetts. One of the groups I was introduced to was Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts.

PDM is a statewide organization committed to creating and training a network of progressive activists who support one another, as well as progressive causes and candidates across the Commonwealth. Local chapters dot the map between Boston and the Blackstone Valley. Back in 2007, PDM was divided into working groups; each one focused on an issue of interest: health care, economic justice, and revenue/tax reform. I learned about the PDM Lexington chapter and called the local leader to set up a meeting for coffee and a conversation.

Since Fall of 2007 I have been a proud PDM activist. In addition to the issue causes mentioned above, some of the campaigns PDM has taken on since 2007 have been against casino expansion (2008), ballot questions opposed to reducing the state's revenue (2008, 2010), a local workshop on tax fairness (2009), and creation of informative fliers for distribution at Town Democratic Caucuses related to these campaigns.

Now, PDM has joined the Raise Up Massachusetts Coalition this fall to ensure that working Massachusetts families are able to earn fair wages and care for themselves and family members when they are sick (RaiseUpMA). I encourage you to visit the PDM website to sign up for updates and I hope you will consider joining me in this important work.