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Do you live in a political bubble?

May 6, 2021

An interesting article from the New York Times:

Republicans and Democrats are increasingly alienated from one another, rhetorically and geographically. Measure your own political isolation with this tool from The New York Times's Opinion section.

The Ipswich River: A Local Treasure at Risk

April 14, 2021

John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate reminds us that change starts at the local level.

Learn what you can do to help save our river!

Women's Legislative Lunch & Learn

March 31, 2021

The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC) is hosting a free Zoom webinar:

Wednesday, March 31 from 12:00 - 1:00PM. Registration & more information can be found at MWPC.org.

Meet the women leading the Commonwealth during these unprecedented times. Learn about their legislative agenda and the goals they want to achieve for the women of Massachusetts. Hear how they are writing the next chapter of our state’s history.

Featuring:

- Senator President Karen Spilka
- Senator Joan Lovely: Assistant Majority Leader, Chair of the Senate Committee on Rules
- Representative Chynah Tyler: Chair of the MA Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, Chair of the Boston Delegation, Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary

Is it time to end the filibuster?

March 19, 2021

Debate is good for our democracy. But can Senators discipline themselves to change the filibuster to encourage reasonable debate?
EXPLAINER: What's the Senate filibuster and why change it? by Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press.

The Path to Equal Justice in American Society

January 17, 2021

Join our neighbors in the Boxford DTC for their 4th Annual Speaker Series, Zoom webinar, Tuesday, January 26, 7PM. Register here for access to the event featuring Equal Justice Initiative Attorney Ashley Adams.

Does Representative Brad Hill have the courage to call for accountability?

January 16, 2021

Topsfield DTC joins other North Shore committees to urge State Rep Brad Hill to call for accountability for the events of January 6th.

Read our Letter to the Editor of the Chronicle & Transcript/Wicked Local.

Concerning impeachment

January 12, 2021

Accountability and Reconciliation are not mutually exclusive. Nor should they be partisan. The Vice President has informed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he will not invoke the 25th Amendment. The House will proceed with a vote on Impeachment on January 13, 2021. Links to various statements can be found here:

Letter to Speaker Pelosi on 25th Amendment Resolution from Mike Pence

Statement from Rep. John Katko

Liz Cheney: I will vote to Impeach the President

Congressman Adam Kinzinger's Statement on Impeachment

Council for a Livable World calls for Trump's impeachment

A statement from the Topsfield Democratic Town Committee

January 7, 2021

On January 3, 2021, members of the 117th Congress took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution against enemies both foreign and domestic. On January 6, 2021, enemies of the peaceful transfer of power, incited by the President and his enablers, violently disrupted the business of government on behalf of one man. The insurrection by a mob was reinforced by a wayward wing of the Republican party, who attempted to use its power to legitimize the President's claims of a stolen election.

When the Senate reconvened at 8PM, we witnessed bipartisanship as it could and should be – a reflection on the fragility of our Republic, and our obligation to defend it. The acceptance of the incoming Biden-Harris administration, early in the morning of January 7, 2021, illustrated swift corrective actions by a non-partisan majority of the 117th Congress. This is only the first such corrective action needed by this new Congress.

The January 5th Georgia runoff also means a peaceful transfer of power to a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress. We expect the Democratic majority to use its power responsibly and in the service of the advancement of justice.

Further Reading:

The definition of insurrection

A sorry spectacle we all knew was coming - What did they think was going to happen?
by Yvonne Abraham Globe Columnist, January 6, 2021, 7:38 p.m.

A Statement from The Lincoln Project

Trump's Reckoning, and America's - Letter from Trump's Washington
by Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, January 7, 2021

What If Neither Political Party Controlled the Senate?

December 11, 2020

The Georgia runoff election has gained national attention because it will determine the political party that will control the Senate. Ultimately, Georgians will elect their Senators, but What If Neither Political Party Controlled the Senate? Our own Vice Chair, Joel Hariton, contributed to this piece, written by his college friend, Fred Unger. With the Senate so evenly divided, perhaps this is the moment to attempt a change like Fred suggests.

Join us in supporting the New Georgia Project!

November 12, 2020

Would you like to join the Topsfield Democratic Town Committee in postcard writing to unregistered African American, Asian American, and Latino voters in collaboration with the New Georgia Project to encourage voter participation in the Georgia runoff races?

The DTC will be purchasing postcards and stamps. We just need your help with writing them! Please email us and let us know how many postcards you will commit to writing so we know how many to order. We will get in touch with you when the postcards arrive and provide you with all you need to get started.

UPDATE - November 17: Thanks to your enthusiastic response, the TDTC has received commitments from community members to send out 1,500 postcards in support of this project!

We will not be taking any more orders, but if anyone still wants to help in some way, please let us know. The deadline for getting the postcards in the mail is November 24.

Important Dates

April 18, 2021
Last Day to Register to Vote for Annual Town Meeting

April 30, 2021
Last day to Register to Vote for Special Town Meeting

May 8, 2021 - 10:00AM (rain date: May 15th)
Annual/Special Town Meeting
Topsfield Town Common

May 10, 2021
Last day to Register to Vote for Annual Town Election

May 20, 2021 - 7:00AM to 8:00PM
Annual Town Election
St. Rose Hall, 12 Park Street

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