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Today is Super Tuesday! GET OUT AND VOTE FOR HILLARY!

By Rosalie Tirella

Break out the navy blue, no-nonsense pumps!

Break out the No Nonsense Panty Hose!

Break in a new pair of Spanx!

Break in a WHOLE NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT WOMEN AND POWER in America!

HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!

YES!!!!

Sure, there will be more bathroom breaks if Hill becomes the next POTUS, but they’ll be way more kids in Pre-K (cuz it’ll be universal!) … and paid maternity leave! They’ll be someone in the White House who’s gonna be the original Tiger Mom for girls in China … girls in Afghanastan, Syria, Senegal, the South Side of Chicago … even poor girls growing up in Green Island.

WHAT A BLAST TO BE A LITTLE GIRL GROWING UP IN GREEN ISLAND AND TO TURN THE TV SET ON AND SEE A WOMAN PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

Your President! The leader of the free world!

Arguably the most powerful person on the planet!

People calling this woman, just about your grammy’s age, MADAME PRESIDENT!

WOW!

FUCKING MADAME PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!

It doesn’t get any more sublime than that for THIS Green Island Girl!

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So break out the bottles of blonde hair dye!

Break out the scrunchies! (remember how Hill wore them – and everyone laughed – just before hubby Bill became prez?!)

Break out the Dove Chocolates (cuz we ladies do love our chocolates when under pressure-cooker circumstances!) Break out the mascara (does Madame President wear dark brown or black? – we can’t imagine her stroking on the purple!)

Break out the brilliance, the years of experience, the deep, deep knowledge, the political know-how, the true grit, the idealism (yes, still there!), the killer work ethic, the great laugh, the philandering but politically astute husband … and the ability to speak in compound complex sentences.

Break ON THROUGH TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT DAMNED GLASS CEILING!

The one that holds back millions of American women every single day costing us millions of dollars in lost wages and keeping so many of us from realizing our true potential. SELF-ACTUALIZION, BABY! It is all about being FREE TO BE YOU!!!! Driving home after a long day of (you fill in your job here, ladies) thinking: SHIT! IT’S STILL A MAN’S WORLD! SHIT! AND I’M SMART, CAPABLE AND I TRY SO HARD!

We have got to ditch our antiquated family/kids/women policies, America! Ditch the antiquated MIND SET!

Swing that big ass, Hill, and America’s mind will follow!

Get ready for our next President of the United States – bold, brassy, caring, a mom, a grandmom, a grind … a goddess!! to all us second-wave feminists! (Yes! I’m one of them! Starting in college when I saw Gloria AND Betty at the UMass Aud and was THRILLED at what they had to say to me, a 20-year-old girl, smart and ambitious, trying – WANTING – to find MY PLACE in this big, beautiful world!)

So when our next President of the United States, HILLARY CLINTON!!!, steps onto the tarmac, straight off a trip from some important world city where she pushed for new lows in green house gases or new highs for girls in India or demanded we ABOLISH GLOBAL CHILD LABOR NOW! (in some countries it is toddler labor!), I will be sitting before the tv or computer screen awestruck, bedazzled, PROUD, PROUD, PROUD!!!!!!!

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I only wish my beautiful late mom – she was a rabid Hillary supporter the first time around and working, single-mom, head-of-household, first-wave feminist! – were here to see this awesome day!

TODAY!

VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON!!!

This Tuesday, March 1, Massachusetts voters get to choose the next U.S. President! 

By Chris Horton

·   Your vote in the Massachusetts Presidential Primary has a huge impact.

 And the whole country will be watching!

·   Democratic contest: If you are registered as “No Party (unenrolled)” or “Democratic Party,” you can go to the polls on Tuesday and draw a Democratic ballot.

·   You will be given a choice of a number of candidates for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.  The only two that matter are Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

O’Malley has dropped out and the other candidate is only running in Mass.  

·   Your vote will help determine how many delegates for each candidate go to the Democratic Convention in July that will choose the candidate.

·   Republican: If you are registered as No Party or Republican you can draw a Republican ballot.  

·   Green: There is also a Green Party contest. 

·   Voting Times: Polls open on Tuesday March 1 from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. 

·   Absentee ballots:  If you can’t get to your polling place to vote on Tuesday, you can still submit an absentee ballot, but you will have to hand deliver it to your Town or City Clerk or Election Commissioner by Noon Monday.  You can download an absentee ballot at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/absentee_ballot.pdf.   

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Changing hats now …

Bernie Sanders was a Civil Rights activist, mayor of Burlington Vermont, and for 25 years the independent Congressman and Senator from Vermont.  He is challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for President.  
Bernie is calling for a “Political Revolution”, bringing working class and middle class people of all races, nationalities together into a great movement to take back our corrupt political system from the “billionaire class”, to rebuild our country and restore economic, racial and social justice.

Bernie is hugely popular with many who know or have paid attention to him.  However many others – especially those over 45 and the working poor – know nothing about him, because up until about six weeks ago the networks and newspapers ignored him almost completely.  

Plus, practically the entire Democratic Establishment has thrown its weight behind Hillary.  

Whether Bernie wins the nomination depends on how many of his supporters actually make it to the polls.  If you support and love Bernie, if you want him to be our candidate and our next President, then you should:

·   Promise yourself you will get out to the polls on Tuesday

·   Plan exactly when you are going to do it.

·   Ask someone to “hold your promise” and call to remind you on Tuesday.

Also, consider:

·   Make a list of everyone who told you they’re going to vote for Bernie.

·   Call or drop in on each of them to remind them the election is this Tuedsay and ask for their promise to get out and vote.

·   Check in with them again around noon Tuesday to see if they’ve voted yet!
People talking to people and holding each other accountable – that’s the starting place for our revolution!  

All together! Let’s do it! 

Feel the Bern! Bernie Sanders wins big in New Hampshire!

By Chris Horton

Bernie 60% Hillary 38% in New Hampshire: how did THAT happen?

Bernie scored a huge win in NH, beating all expectations. It was the result of hard work, but it was something more.  Something is shifting in American politics, and everyone who’s paid attention can feel it. 

The NY Times reports that under 30 voters, the “social media generation”, went for Bernie by more than 80% – many voting for the first time!  We saw them at Worcester’s North High School, 4000 wildly enthusiastic young adults turning out on 2 days notice, but Tony from Marlborough says that at the rally at Concord (NH) high school Tuesday night the enthusiasm and energy that filled the room went far beyond that! Dating himself, he said it was “more exciting than a Rod Stewart concert.  Bernie has attained Rock Star status!”

The NY Times observed that Sanders had “only” won half the Democratic voters in NH, and his victory margin was almost entirely from independents.  Seriously?  “Only?”  With practically the entire Democratic establishment coast to coast endorsing Hillary, with thousands of Democratic officeholders and operatives – hundreds from Massachusetts including Jim McGovern – commuting to New Hampshire to campaign for her every weekend, pulling even was huge! 

Half the Democratic base walked away from their leaders!

Bernie won the bigger cities, but won by huge margins in a lot of small cities and towns, especially the old mill towns along the rivers. Some produced lopsided margins, up to 80% for Bernie (and twice the number of Trump votes.)   Stone from Dudley described his old hippie friends living in one of those towns whose politics “had gone underground because “they believed they were surrounded by ignorant fascists,” who “woke up to discover that most of their neighbors feel the same way they do!”

Jack told of a meeting of his gun club this week outside Worcester. About 100 members showed up and everyone was taking about New Hampshire.  He estimated the house was evenly split between Sanders and Trump supporters, with the “gun nuts” and “survivalists” lining up with Trump and the “sportsmen” nearly unanimous for Sanders.  The two camps had in common being totally fed up and done with politics as usual and the “political establishment”, as personified by Hillary.  

To his surprise, he thinks that if Trump dropped out, many of his supporters would come over to Bernie!

Putting this all together, I think what we’re seeing is bigger than the sum of a lot of individual choices.  Whole communities seem to have decided “Bernie’s our guy, and we’re all going out to vote for him!” 

This might seem like a miracle, but it was already there. Bernie’s not telling us anything we didn’t know – he’s showing us each other!  Like Stone’s old hippies, most of us felt alone with what we knew and believed. We believed that what we wanted was impossible and hopeless, could never happen in America. It’s an Emperor’s New Clothes moment.  

Everyone already knew the emperor was naked, but they dared not say so because everyone else said they could see his clothes.

There’s a broad consensus starting to form that it’s time for Bernie – and for us.  In a way, Bernie IS us!  The pundits and odds-makers betting on Hillary will be confounded because they have nothing to compare this to!
But before we get all Kum-by-ya about Bernie’s campaign, I’ll let Bill, who spend many weekends campaigning in New Hampshire, have the last word.  

Bernie won not just because the moment, the message and the messenger were right but “because a whole boatload of people put their butts out on the streets, day after day, week after week, talking to the people who thought they might vote for Bernie and getting their commitment to actually do it.”  He figured that knocking on 20 doors in an hour was getting Bernie 1 vote.  

Many thousands of volunteers putting in dozens or hundreds of hours each added up to hundreds of thousands of votes!

I asked Bill: can we repeat that here in Massachusetts on March 1?  “That depends on how fast we hit the road and how many people we can put on it!  The work is not hard and you can learn how in 20 minutes. I could tell you what to say but it’s your own authentic conversation that really wins people’s votes.”

Go, Edith, go!!

Don’t be an “I” – stay registered and VOTE!

By Edith Morgan
 
So, you are registered, you voted recently, and have not moved. But how do we know you are still there, and still alive?

A few days ago we all received a plain “billet doux” from the City of Worcester Election Commission, asking us to verify that we still live where we are registered, and to correct any errors or omissions on this paper.

I hope you did not toss it out, or misplace it or expect that your spouse or other family member filled it out. 

From my many years of experience as Warden on election day, I know there is so little fraud at voting time that it is not worth the paranoia and suspicion that has been fomented in recent years – mostly to make voting more onerous, but not dealing with any REAL problems.

Btu every year, we find many voters who come to their polling places and find that they have an “I” by their name. They still get to vote, but  have to complete a “voter certificate” – not a very difficult process, but a delay, and many voters are in a hurry (on their lunch hour, or with family at home,etc).

So , fill in the  “Voter Registration  Information System Validation” form and send it back in the self-addressed envelope. Surely keeping our election lists up-to-date is worth the 49 cent stamp needed – or take the envelope and deliver it in person to the Election Commission in person, at City Hall.
 
Then, save Tuesday, March 1 – and VOTE. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Since March 1st is a primary, there will be four ballots available: you can only take the ballot of the paqrty you belong to. There are Democratic (D), Republican(R), Grenn/Rainbow (J), and United Independent Party (CC) ballots.  If you and Unenrolled (U), that is, have not designated any party, you can choose which ballot you want. Whatever ballot you choose, your party designation will not be changed.
 
I was surprised to learn that there are 24 additional parties listed, but they are not running candidates. However, if you are a member of any of these other parties, you can still vote, but only using one of the above mentioned four parties. (There will be a complete listing of these
at your poll, or at the election commission.)
 
It is always a good idea to have a picture “ID” with you, just in case there is problem. Also, if you have moved in the last few months, have “proof of residency” with you (that includes any of the following: current utility bill, bank statement, payroll statement, government check, or any other document that sows your name or address. Of course, your driver’s license or ID is acceptable) YOUR PASSPORT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE, as it does not have an address.
 
All of us at each poll will do all we can to make your voting experience pleasant and quick. The new voting machines are a pleasure to use. And we in Massachusetts are fortunate to have a paper ballot, so we have a “paper trail” if there ever is any question about an election result.

We have done everything in our power to make our elections foolproof and honest – the rest is up to you, the voters. 

The precious privilege of voting is well worth a little effort, is it not?