Let's bring Worcester County progressives together.

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Our current initiatives

Raise Up Massachusetts is a grassroots coalition of community organizations, religious groups, and labor unions committed to building an economy that works for all of us. We're supporting this Fall's campaigns for:

GWOR is organizing in State Senate Districts and reaching out to identify and encourage potential progressive candidates throughout Worcester County. Email orworcester@gmail.com or come to a meeting to get involved!

Greater Worcester OR will be canvassing in support our slate of endorsees in this Fall's municipal elections.

Our current endorsements

Mayor Joseph Petty
Mayor Joe Petty
Mayor of Worcester
Councilor Sarai Rivera
Councilor Sarai Rivera
Worcester City Council District 4
Councilor-At-Large Khrystian King
Councilor Khrystian King
Worcester City Council At-Large
Dante Comparetto for School Committee
Dante Comparetto
Worcester School Committee

Our upcoming events
October 18, 2017
  • GWOR October Meeting

    October 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    The Ballot Box

    Agenda will be posted soon!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1888925998090965/

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  • *****Update!Update!***** October Meeting

    October 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Town of Uxbridge

    Frustrated with the current political climate? Looking for opportunities to make a positive difference? Join Blackstone Valley Progressives, a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts!

    Our October meeting will focus on sharing information and ideas to support two proposed ballot questions in Massachusetts' - $15 Minimum Wage and Paid Family and Medical leave bills. We will also discuss our local political environment and what our group can do to push the issues that matter most to you, your family and our community. Great ideas, lively discussion and open minds are welcome!

    We will meet at Uxbridge Town Hall Lowe level 7pm

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1935548060021585/

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October 19, 2017
  • Fall Forum: Taking a Hard Look at Feminism Through a Racial Lens

    October 19, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    YWCA Central Massachusetts

    What does it mean to identify as a feminist? Are women of color and white women defining it differently? How have women of color and white women experienced the "women's movement" differently? What role does race play in advancing gender equity? What role does gender play in advancing racial equity?

    Join us as a diverse group of local female academics, community organizers, public servants, and legal and media professionals reflect on these and other questions.

    Moderated by Dr. Nicole Overstreet of Clark University

    Panelists:
    Dr. Cara Lisa Berg-Powers, Executive Director of Transformative Culture Project

    Maritza Cruz, Director of Racial and Gender Equity at the YWCA Central Massachusetts

    Susan Yi-Millette, Chair of BSW Program, Wheelock College

    Tahirah Amatul Wadud, Attorney

    Dr. Kristin Waters, Professor of Philosophy, Worcester State University

    As always, this event is free and open to the public.

    Event Details
    Thursday, October 19, 2017
    5:30-7:30 PM
    YWCA Central Massachusetts
    Worcester, MA

    Parking is available in the YWCA lot. If lot is full, please park in the municipal lot next to the Worcester Public Libary.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1664439780241107/

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  • City of Worcester District Council Candidate Debate

    October 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Mechanics Hall

    City of Worcester Municipal Elections 2017 - Candidate Debates
    Hosted in Partnership with the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and Mechanics Hall.

    District Council Candidates
    Thursday, October 19th, 7:00PM
    Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester, MA

    Debates are free and open to the public.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/522363174762589/

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  • Poor People's Campaign : Moral Revival Mass Meeting in Boston

    October 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Trinity Church (Boston)

    **If all of the tickets are reserved when you check the Eventbrite page, you can still participate by going to Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., a 1 minute walk across the Plaza from Trinity Church, where you can watch the livestream with others and receive the same materials as those inside the Sanctuary.**

    You can watch the Mass Meeting live from your home by visiting http://www.breachrepairers.org/livestream

    LIVESTREAM EVENTS

    Boston, MA (Overflow location 4 minutes from Trinity Church)
    Host: Old South Church
    645 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02116
    https://www.facebook.com/events/284954262008842/

    New Haven, CT
    Host: New Haven Peoples Center
    37 Howe St. New Haven, CT 06511
    https://www.facebook.com/events/287003168471502/

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    Boston, Massachusetts Mass Meeting for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

    Join co-Convenors Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis for a Mass Meeting for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 pm at Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116. You can hear about the inspiration, vision and strategy for the Campaign.

    Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival aims to build a broad and deep national moral fusion movement – rooted in the leadership of the poor, marginalized and moral agents and reflecting the great moral teachings – to unite our country from the bottom up.

    The call for a Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has emerged from more than a decade of work by grassroots community and religious leaders, organizations and movements fighting to end systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, environmental destruction & related injustices and to build a just, sustainable and participatory society. We draw on the history, vision and unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.

    There is a resounding call to save the very soul of this nation: We need a Poor People’s Campaign for a Moral Revival in America. It is time to become a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life.

    Join us for the Mass Meeting for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 pm at Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116

    Find out more at www.poorpeoplescampaign.org

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    Boston Asamblea para la Campaña de las Personas Pobres: Un Llamado Nacional al Rescate de la Moral

    Únete a la Asamblea para la Campaña de las Personas Pobres: Un Llamado Nacional al Rescate de la Moral, el jueves 19 de Octubre, a las 7:00 p.m., en Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116. Podrás escuchar sobre la inspiración, la visión y la estrategia para la Campaña. La Campaña de las Personas Pobres: Un llamado nacional al rescate de la moral. La Campaña tiene como su meta un movimiento nacional de carácter amplio y de una fusión moral y profunda--con sus raíces en el liderazgo de los representantes pobres, marginalizados y con moral que reflejan las grandes lecciones de ética--para unir a nuestro país de abajo hacia arriba.

    El Llamado para la Campaña de las personas pobres: Un Llamado al Rescate de la Moral ha emergido de más de una década de trabajo de las bases comunitarias y de líderes religiosos, organizaciones y movimientos luchando para acabar con el racismo sistémico, la pobreza, el militarismo, la destrucción del medioambiente y las injusticias relacionadas a ellos, y para construir una sociedad justa, sostenible y participativa. Nos inspiramos en la historia, la visión y el trabajo incompleto de la Campaña de la Personas Pobres de 1968.

    Hay un llamado resonante para salvar al alma de esta nación: Necesitamos una nueva Campaña de las Personas Pobres por el Rescate de la Moral en Norteamérica. Es tiempo de convertirnos en una fuerza nueva y perturbadora en nuestra vida nacional complaciente.

    Únete a nosotros para la Asamblea para la Campaña de las Personas Pobres: Un Llamado Nacional al Rescate de la Moral. El jueves 19 de Octubre, a las 7:00 p.m., en Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116 Habrá interpretación disponible.

    Para más información visiten el www.poorpeoplescampaign.org

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1169584016507548/

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October 23, 2017
  • City of Worcester Mayoral Candidate Debate

    October 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Mechanics Hall

    City of Worcester Municipal Elections 2017 - Candidate Debates
    Hosted in Partnership with the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and Mechanics Hall.

    Mayoral Candidates
    Monday, October 23rd, 7:00PM
    Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester, MA

    Debates are free and open to the public.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/271565263337990/

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October 30, 2017
  • City of Worcester At-Large Council Candidate Debate

    October 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Mechanics Hall

    City of Worcester Municipal Elections 2017 - Candidate Debates
    Hosted in Partnership with the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and Mechanics Hall.

    At-Large Council Candidates
    Monday, October 30th, 7:00PM
    Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester, MA

    Debates are free and open to the public.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1186366901507664/

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November 1, 2017
  • Worcester Public Schools Coats for Kids Fundraiser & Social

    November 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Worcester State University

    For twenty-five years the Coats for Kids Program has benefitted thousands of needy children in the Worcester Public Schools by providing new winter coats, sweatshirts, hats, and gloves to over 3,000 students annually!

    We hope you will share our passion for this program and the real impact it has on the daily lives of our children as a future supporter by attending our annual fundraiser and social.

    Entertainment * Hors D'oeuvres * Raffles

    Admission is $10.00.

    For information about Sponsorship, Volunteering, and/or any other information, please contact Liz Vecchio at VecchioL@worc.k12.ma.us or Michael Lyons at LyonsM@worc.k12.ma.us.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1414021812048526/

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November 9, 2017
  • Annual Meeting: The Future of Restorative Justice

    November 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02118

    Please join us as we discuss Restorative Justice and its place within our criminal justice system. There will be a panel of speakers with different perspectives on the benefits of restorative justice. The Hon. Judge Jay Blitzman is a long-time judge of the juvenile court and has used Restorative Justice on the bench. Kim Yeasir is the founder and CEO of Thrive, an organization whose mission is to empower returning citizens and revolutionize the role community members play in their lives upon reentry. Lillie Williams is a community organizer and member of EPOCA, Ex-prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement, in Worcester. As a board member, she used restorative justice to mediate disputes.

    We will also be honoring retired Judge Leslie Harris for his various contributions, including his work in this field.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/388398601595323/

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November 16, 2017
  • Celebration of Progressive Champions

    November 16, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Omni Parker House

    https://www.facebook.com/events/257830728037070/

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