In Support of DACA

On Tuesday, September 5th, The Trump administration announced, via Attorney General Jeff Sessions, that in 6 months they will end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which allows certain illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. 

This action puts the immigration status of almost 8,000 people in Massachusetts and 800,000 people nation wide in jeopardy. In response to this, the Massachusetts Democratic Party issued the following statement

Today, the Trump Administration reaffirmed its agenda to vilify and punish our nation’s immigrant community – once again forcing them back into the shadows and tearing families apart. The President and extremist Republicans continue to ignore the fact that we’re a nation of immigrants and continue to undermine our American ideals of inclusion and diversity.

Massachusetts Democrats – including our Senators, Congressional Delegation, and Attorney General Maura Healey – stand with the 7,934 DACA recipients in Massachusetts and the 800,000 across the nation who have long considered America home and have made great contributions to our economy, our society, and our communities.


Here are some things you can do to support the Democratic party and our elected officials as they stand against this hateful action:

 

Please share your thoughts and other opportunities for action by emailing ashlanddems@gmail.com, or post on our Facebook page

Ashland United Against Hate

On Friday, August 18th, Ashland residents and neighbors gathered to stand United Against Hate. About 50 people gathered at Montenegro Square to hear words of unity and diversity from community leaders, and held signs to demonstrate to our neighbors that all are welcome in Ashland, and that we are a community that stands against white nationalism, racism, violence, oppression, and discrimination.  

Special thanks to Rabbi Margie Klein of Temple Sha’arei Shalom, Reverend Jason Rutherford of the  First Baptist Church in Framingham, Senator Karen Spilka, Betsy Emberley of Engage Ashland, Jon Featherston of the Ashland Republican Town Committee, and our own Co-Chair Makeda Keegan, for their inspiring words. 

Click here for news coverage of the event. 

This event was co-sponsored by the Ashland Democratic Town Committee, the Ashland Republican Town Committee, and Engage Ashland. 

Summer Social

On July 30, the Ashland Democratic Town Committee teamed up with the Hopkinton and Holliston DTCs to host our annual Summer Social at the home of Senator Karen Spilka. It was a beautiful afternoon and a great chance for Democrats from Ashland, Holliston, Hopkinton, Framingham, Franklin, Natick, and beyond to socialize and share our passion and energy.

We heard from Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Jack Lewis, Secretary of State Bill Galvin and Bob Jubinville of the Governor's Council. We also heard remarks from Setti Warren, Mayor of Newton and Gubernatorial Candidate, and from a representative of the Jay Gonzalez for Governor campaign.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible, especially Senator Spilka and her husband Joel for hosting.

A Message From the Co-chairs

      The Ashland Democratic Town Committee wishes to salute Chairman Tom Sannicandro for the exceptional leadership and representation he has provided to the people of Ashland and Framingham for the past eleven years.  Sannicandro recently announced that he will not be seeking re-election for a seventh term as State Representative for the 7th Middlesex District.  While we grieve for the loss of Sannicandro’s solid advocacy, we also appreciate his decade-plus of selfless dedication to the people of Massachusetts.  Among other things, Sannicandro is Massachusetts’ most influential voice on policies regarding the special needs population as well as improvements to our state’s higher education system.
brett     The Ashland Democratic Town Committee does not typically endorse any candidate in a primary race, so it is unlikely that we will do so in in the 2016 race.  However, we are aware of many excellent Ashland-based candidates to continue Sannicandro’s legacy of tireless work on behalf of Democratic principles.

      Sannicandro’s announcement is but one of the exciting developments afoot in the field of Democratic politics.  Of course, we also have a presidential election on the horizon.  After eight years as President, Barack Obama is preparing to retire from the Oval Office and we feel it is important to replace him with another Democrat.  We cannot allow the destruction of universal healthcare, thoughtful policies pertaining to immigration and progressive environmental practices by a Republican chief executive.  If any of those matters are a concern to you, the Ashland Democratic Town Committee wishes to invite you to join us at a meeting or event and make your voice heard.