GRASSROOTS CENTRAL MASS provides opportunities for folks to get involved in activism with their like-minded neighbors. By joining forces, we can help move our communities forward on issues that impact us all, whether it be climate change, providing a fair and safe transition from immigrant to citizen, common sense gun control, or helping grow our regional economy. To let us know about an organization to add to this list, please email us.
GCM Local Election Candidate Endorsements, 2021
Doug Borowski, North Brookfield Board of Health (election May 3)
“I am running for a seat on the North Brookfield Board of Health because I believe in giving back and helping the community. The Board of Health is in a unique position to promote climate change initiatives at the neighborhood level, to support and encourage adherence to local, state and federal public safety regulations for as long as the current pandemic persists, and to prepare and educate citizens for any current or future health-related emergency. If elected I intend to try and improve relationships with other town boards and to continue the great work that the current BOH has done in terms of community building with the town’s many other organizations. I appreciate the endorsement of Grassroots Central Mass.”
Danielle Kane, Brookfield Member of Tantasqua Regional School Committee (election May 3)
Danielle Lamoureux-Kane is running as a write-in/sticker candidate for the Tantasqua Regional School Committee to be the ears and voice for Brookfield families who feel they have been left out of important school-community communications and the decision-making process. If elected, she will: advocate for the families, taxpayers and voters of Brookfield and respond personally to residents’ questions and concerns; ensure the public is apprised of important school news and decisions affecting district families and the community at large; propose a study of COVID-19 policies and outcomes to identify and implement the best educational practices and support strategies for our students; and affirm a district-wide commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.
Danielle is a 20-year resident of Brookfield, a former member of the Brookfield Local Access Committee, chair of the Brookfield Democratic Town Committee, and a founding member of Grassroots Central Mass. A communications professional, she has worked in higher education for the last 12 years.
The Brookfield Town Election is Monday, May 3, with polling at the Brookfield Town Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Contact Danielle for a printed ballot sticker or with any questions at email@example.com or on Facebook @DanielleforSchoolCommittee.
Elisabeth Melad, North Brookfield School Committee incumbent , (election, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. May 3, NB Senior Center)
“Over the last three years, I’ve worked with my fellow board members to advocate on the state level for increased state funding to our public schools. I’ve visited the State House on multiple occasions and given and collected testimony calling for a revamp of the outdated state school funding formula. I’ve served on the contract negotiations subcommittee, and I am currently serving on the regionalization study committee.
I have two boys in the NBES (one in first and one in fifth grade), and I myself am going into my 20th year of public school teaching. As both a parent AND an educator, I understand the challenges but also the importance of having a strong school committee that is dedicated to supporting and fighting for the children of a community.
It’s been an honor serving with a great group of NB School Committee members and doing my small part to support our schools. There have been tough decisions, but I have done my best to prioritize the interests of our students and staff. I care immensely about our students and their education, and if elected again, I will continue to put in the time to support our schools so that they can be the best they can be. I hope to have your vote on May 3!”
Karen Nothe-Valley, Monson Selectboard (election June 8) Karen cares deeply about Monson, her hometown, and all of the residents, families and businesses in town. She is a proactive leader who encourages the whole community to participate in local government to drive positive change in Monson. Karen will bring new ideas, along with energy and passion, particularly in the areas of community development and business expansion. Karen is a careful listener and a voice for Monson who bring the community’s input into the important work and decisions of the board. Karen is listening to residents and hearing that they want beautification and modernization projects, more options for senior housing and a culture that welcomes new small businesses into town. To facilitate more community involvement, Karen seeks more transparency in local government and to create an atmosphere that invites people with diverse perspectives into the process. Residents want accessible, well run meetings that stick closely to the agenda, which will attract them to get and stay involved. Monson is going through a period of transformation, with a new Town Administrator and retirements of dedicated, long-term town employees and elected officials. Karen enjoys wide support throughout town from people across generations. Karen has a sincere love for her hometown and she has the demeanor, traits and talents necessary to help drive the future of Monson in a positive direction.
Central MA Citizens’ Climate Lobby We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization. Our chapter is one of hundreds creating the political will for a livable world. We are working for the passage of the Carbon Fee and Dividend Act, the solution economists and climate scientists say is the “best first-step” to preventing the worst impacts of a warming world.
Contact: Gene at firstname.lastname@example.org
350 Central Mass (local chapter of 350.org) A grassroots movement to fight the climate crisis and transition to a just and sustainable future. Meetings (Prior to COVID) 1st & 3rd Weds, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Worcester State Ghosh Science & Technology Bldg Rm 402B.
Sunrise Movement is a youth movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. We’re building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and well-being of all people.
Sierra Club is volunteer-driven and one of our current activities is to promote the Green New Deal. Our mission: To explore, enjoy, and protect the planet; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out those objectives.
Contact: Rich at email@example.com
MA Democratic Town Committees
MassDems believe that every person has the right to live a full, meaningful life with equal access to opportunity, security, and inclusion. When people are empowered to organize their local communities, we can change our Commonwealth and our country for the better.
Contacts: Kate (Barre), Klpawz@gmail.com or Danielle (Brookfield), firstname.lastname@example.org
Massachusetts Safe Communities Act
MIRA Coalition (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition) is working to pass legislation that would ensure that in Massachusetts, no one has to live in fear, and everyone’s civil rights will be respected. Contact: Jeana, email@example.com
Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden
Helping asylum seekers with an “overground railroad” of support.