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350 Mass

Mass Voter Table

 

 

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350 Mass

 

350 Mass is a statewide organization that lobbies for climate justice and endorses progressive candidates and initiatives that advance the Massachusetts Green New Deal. Founded in 2011 as a climate organizing non-profit under the Better Future Project, they have eighteen chapter clusters across the state and 1200 active members who participate in legislative advocacy in Beacon Hill and volunteer for their endorsed electoral candidates. They are the only climate justice organization that is a part of the Rise Up Massachusetts Coalition. Their statewide staff have spent the last three years building with leaders of color and learning more about how they can be an ally in the intersection of climate justice and racial justice. They also have been ensuring that each of their chapters actively center anti-racism - through training and programming.

 

350 Mass has been working to ramp up their electoral work since 2017. While their eighteen chapter clusters are housed within their 501c3 status, their 501c4 hosts ten chapters around the state that focus on electoral organizing and candidate endorsement. A big part of their electoral work is educating candidates on what climate just Boston chapter endorsed Representative Nika Elugardo, and were a foundational part of the campaign's volunteer base. Members door knocked, but they also hosted house parties and fundraisers. 350 Mass encouraged their Chapter members to engage with the campaign in whatever way they felt comfortable - as long as they participated.

 

This election cycle, 350 Mass has endorsed 14 candidates running for the Massachusetts House, and 2 candidates running for State Senate. The majority of their candidates are incumbent challengers with a September 1st primary date. To challenge power and transparency in Beacon Hill, it's critical that we also hold other Democrats and Republicans accountable. For the November election, 350’s nodes or chapter clusters will be focused on educating and turning out voters on two ballot questions; one on the requirements to make Beacon Hill more transparent, and the other asks whether elected officials who represents should be required to support legislation that would require Massachusetts to rely on 100% renewable energy by 2040. Node members collected over 6000 signatures, during a pandemic and these questions will likely appear in 21 state representative districts.

 

Like many organizations, 350 Mass is learning how to pivot their organizing to make it safe and virtual. It certainly hinders their ability to lobby on Beacon Hill - however, the legislature is in the process of setting up virtual quarterly lobby days. This could actually help 350 Mass engage more of their members to participate in the lobby days because folks won't have to drive to Boston.

 

For the next three years, 350 Mass is focusing on getting the House to function in a transparent and accountable manner, by supporting progressive incumbent challengers and ballot initiatives. They also will likely be involved in the 2022 Governor's race.

 

Donate to MA Voter Table

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Massachusetts Voter Table

 

The Mass Voter Table is an organization committed to a long-term organizing strategy that advances our vision of a more democratic, equitable, and sustainable society. Our core principles are to build capacity and leadership of our coalition members, increase voter participation to build power in their communities, and to advance a collective agenda for racial and economic justice. Since 2011, they spoke with half a million voters across the Commonwealth, and have trained over 1,000 volunteers. Mass Voter Table has been a key partner in the coalition that continues to fight for the Community Preservation Act, the Fight for $15, and Automatic Voter Registration. In 2020, they are leading statewide efforts for Election Day Registration, the Fair Share Amendment, and the 2020 Census and redistricting.

 

In light of COVID19, the Mass Voter Table has pivoted their efforts into launching virtual advocacy hubs, and have begun a robust phone banking program to turn out voters in the Massachusetts Primary and General Election. Their goal is to assist 100,000 voters of color to request absentee ballots and pledge to vote for the primary election on September 1 and 250,000 voters of color for the general election on November 3.

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