Welcome to the Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee!

© Keiko Hiromi

© Keiko Hiromi

The Boston Ward 4 Democratic Commitee conducts the official business of the Massachusetts Democratic Party in Boston’s Ward 4, which includes parts of Back Bay, Fenway, and the South End. We advocate for the election of Democrats at the local, state, and national level and for public policies that are important to the neighborhoods in our ward, the City of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the nation. Our goal is to reflect the diverse voices of our community through grassroots political engagement.

Our meetings are free and open to the public and take place on the third Tuesday of every month. Everyone is welcome to join to stay informed via discussions with candidates, elected officials, and advocates. Interested in becoming a member? The first step is to attend our monthly meetings.

RESOLVED!  The Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee has endorsed the adoption of ranked choice voting for state and federal elections, with the exception of the Presidency, and calls upon our delegation in the Massachusetts State House to work toward its passage.  For the September, 2019 Boston City Council preliminary election, we endorsed Ed Flynn (District 2), Kim Janey (District 7), Kenzie Bok (District 8), Michelle Wu (At-Large), Alejandra St. Guillen (At-Large), and Julia Mejia  (At-Large). In the November, 2018 election, we endorsed Jay Gonzalez (Governor, MA), Quentin Palfrey (Lieutenant Governor, MA), Ayanna Pressley (US Congress, MA 7th Congressional District), Jon Santiago (State Representative, 9th Suffolk District), and Rachael Rollins (District Attorney, Suffolk County). We also endorsed the “YES on 3” Anti-Discrimination Ballot Question.

Next Meeting

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 6 pm

LOCATION: Boston Public Library, South End Branch

Join us for a conversation Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz. Beth Huang of MA Voter Table will speak with us about the census and Katie Forde will tell us about her housing policy work. We're also looking forward to Lisa Graf's update on BEJA's BPS budget pledge. See you there!

COMING UP! The Ward 4 Dems Caucus on Saturday, March 21st at Union Church. Start time: 11am.

Regular Meetings

We meet on the third Tuesdays of the month.

Boston Public Library South End Branch (second floor): 685 Tremont Street in Boston, from 6-8 pm.

Coming up! Massachusetts’ 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Be sure to register to vote!

Our Mission

Boston’s Ward 4 Democratic Committee advances the progressive policy initiatives of the Massachusetts Democratic Party platform by promoting economic and social justice, leadership accountability, and broad community involvement. The Committee also endorses candidates for public office and encourages voter engagement and registration. The Ward 4 Democratic Committee is elected pursuant to Chapter 52 of the Massachusetts General Laws.

Ward 4 2020 Resolutions

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Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee

Immigration Justice Resolution (January 2020)

WHEREAS the Trump administration’s mass deportation agenda has had a chilling effect on immigrant communities around the country, threatening the ability of both documented and undocumented immigrants to exist in public space;

WHEREAS state and local law enforcement are not being paid to act as federal immigration agents, and should not be tasked with such work;

WHEREAS basic constitutional rights should be granted to all, regardless of immigration status;

WHEREAS the immigrant population of Boston and Massachusetts contributes to the city and commonwealth’s economic, social, and cultural vitality;

WHEREAS welcoming people of all backgrounds is a core Democratic Party principle;

WHEREAS undocumented immigrants should be able to fully exist in public space as members of the community;

WHEREAS preventing state and local law enforcement from acting as immigration agents, and removing immigration status as a requirement for obtaining a driver’s license, enhance true public safety for all residents of the city and the commonwealth;

WHEREAS the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Party platform affirms support for “eliminating policies that make local and state officials responsible for the enforcement of national immigration laws” and for “testing and providing drivers licenses to all of-age residents regardless of immigration status”;

WHEREAS it would be a moral stain on our Commonwealth if in the four years of the Trump presidency, our State Legislature passed no laws to protect hte rights of our immigrant community;

NOW, THEREFORE, be it RESOLVED that the Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee calls on all of its state legislators to support the Safe Communities Act (S.1401/H.3573) and the Work and Family Mobility Act (S.2061/H.3012) and to advocate for their swift passage this legislative session.

Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee

Climate Action Resolution

WHEREAS, the consensus among the scientific community is clear that global warming is occurring now and that human activity is a dominant driver;

WHEREAS, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change made it clear that the new decade remains humanity’s last real chance to prevent climate chaos;

WHEREAS, average temperature records continue to be broken month after month and year after year, and those under age 32 have never experienced a month of below average temperature;

WHEREAS, the United States and 194 other countries promised to reduce their carbon output “as soon as possible” and to do their best to keep global warming “to well below 2 degrees C” in the 2015 Paris Agreement;

WHEREAS, the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s 2017 platform calls for “aggressive action to prevent and mitigate the effects of climate change and protect our environment” and “in wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources to replace fossil fuels”;

WHEREAS, Massachusetts has not passed comprehensive climate legislation since the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act, despite the worsening of climate change in the decade since;

WHEREAS, states like New York and California have taken the lead on passing comprehensive climate legislation;

WHEREAS Massachusetts’s US senator Ed Markey has led the call for a Green New Deal that recognizes the urgency of the climate crisis and the economy-wide transformation it demands;

NOW, THEREFORE, be it RESOLVED that the Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee calls on our state legislators to advocate for bold and comprehensive climate legislation, including—but not limited to—creating a detailed plan for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, achieving 100% renewable energy by 2045 (and electricity by 2035), putting a tax on carbon emissions to fund green investment across the state, increasing investments in public transportation, and other steps to rapidly decarbonize our economy in a sustainable, equitable, and just fashion.

Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee

Reproductive Justice Resolution

WHEREAS, on January 22, 1973, in a historic and landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that the U.S. Constitution safeguards a woman's ability to make her own personal medical decisions about when or whether to have children, as grounded in "the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which protects against state action the right to privacy, including a woman's qualified right to terminate her pregnancy;" and

WHEREAS, this right has been affirmed in subsequent Supreme Court cases such as Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) and Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt (2016); and

WHEREAS, the Trump-Pence administration’s repeated attacks on, and stated desire to restrict access to, abortion and other reproductive health care have given states across the United States a green light to pass unconstitutional barriers to safe and legal abortion; and

WHEREAS, many states including Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, and Missouri have, in direct conflict with Supreme Court precedent, recently passed laws that ban or restrict access to legal and safe abortions, and similar measures have been proposed in several more states; and

WHEREAS, with the appointment last year of Justice Brett Kavanaugh tipping the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of restricting abortion, these state laws are additionally intended to serve as test cases for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and effectively restrict or eliminate access to legal and safe abortions across the United States; and

WHEREAS reproductive health, including abortion, is a vital component of overall health, and health care is recognized as a fundamental human right; and

WHEREAS, an individual’s freedom to make reproductive decisions is vital to their safety, well-being, economic opportunity, and ability to participate equally in society; and

WHEREAS, The Massachusetts Legislature is currently considering S.1209 and H.3320, also known as the “ROE Act”, which would remove medically unnecessary abortion restrictions and inflammatory language from Massachusetts law, ensure that a pregnant person can access abortion care after 24 weeks of pregnancy in the case of a fatal fetal diagnosis, and improve a young person’s ability to receive trained support and safely access abortion care.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee calls on the state legislators representing Ward 4 in the MA House and MA Senate to support the ROE Act and ensure its swift passage.

Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee

Voting Access Resolution

WHEREAS, voter turnout in Boston for the 2016 Presidential election was about 66%, and turnout is typically substantially lower in other state and local elections;

WHEREAS, state and city government have the power to enact laws and procedures for elections that surpass existing federal and state voter accessibility standards, that encourage increased voter participation, that create more accountable representation, that uphold voting rights, and that promote greater awareness of our political process through civic education;

WHEREAS, other states have already adopted progressive policies aimed at enhancing voter access and civic participation including, but not limited to, same-day voter registration and early voting for all elections;

WHEREAS, New Hampshire, for example, has adopted same-day registration, which was critical to the success of Democratic candidates in the 216 Presidential and U.S. Senate elections in New Hampshire;

WHEREAS, many other states, meanwhile, have adopted policies aimed at suppressing voter access and civic participation, a trend which is likely to continue while Republicans control most state legislatures and governorships;

WHEREAS, Massachusetts has long been a progressive national leader in areas such as marriage equality, universal health care, and common sense gun control, yet remains behind other states in terms of voter access policy; and

WHEREAS, it is important that Massachusetts serve as a counterweight to the increasingly conservative and cynical political climate in other states and federally.

NOW, THEREFORE, be it RESOLVED that the Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee:

  1. Urges the elected officials representing Boston Ward 4 including, but not limited to, State Representatives, State Senators, City Councilors, the Mayor of Boston, and Democratic State Committee Members, to support, promote, and seek the adoption of legislation and public policies providing for expanded voter access and civic participation both in Boston and across Massachusetts including, but not limited to, same-day registration and early voting for all elections; and
  2. Urges its members to speak with family, friends, neighbors, and other activists about the importance of voter access and to urge those individuals to contact their local elected officials to support policies providing for expanded voter access and civic participation including, but not limited to, same-day registration and early voting for all elections.
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