Welcome to the Falmouth Democratic Town Committee (FDTC) Website. To learn more about the FDTC, we encourage you to attend one of our meetings which are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Gus Canty Recreational Center or Falmouth Public Library. The meetings feature informative, issue oriented speakers. We also host social events before each meeting with time to discuss the issues of the day, celebrate electoral and legislative victories, meet candidates and elected officials, and air gripes about the extremist fringe.
Recently FDTC members were active in:
- Grassroots campaign to elect Democrats in State and National elections
- Shaping Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Platform
- Attending the Massachusetts Democratic Party State Convention as Delegates
- Participating in activist training workshops
- Sponsoring candidate forums and issue discussions focused on gender inequality and reproductive rights, income inequality and opportunity inequality, race, Mid-East foreign policy, campaign finance reform, climate change and renewable energy, fair labor practices and protection of civil rights, and transportation for Massachusetts
Greetings Falmouth Democrats:
It is a new year. I think it is fair to say that most of us were happy to see 2017 come to an end. While the past year brought us inspiring new levels of protest and activism, it is no exaggeration to say that in the last 365 days this administration has already done significant damage on just about every front. From the gutting of the EPA, to our response to climate change; from policies impacting women’s access to health care, to the undermining of equal rights for LGBTQI citizens; from the reassertion of racially biased sentencing requirements in the criminal justice system, to the constant assault on the ACA; and of course the passage of a tax overhaul that favors the wealthy and corporations and jeopardized the future of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, this administration and the Republican majorities in the House and Senate have leveraged their power to rollback many of the advances we had come to take for granted.
The past year has shown us that we not only fight to gain rights but we must continue to fight to keep them. The only way to stop the regressive policies of the Trump administration is to re-balance the House and Senate. We need to nurture the alliances that were forged in 2017 and build new ones with a broad-based coalition. Our message has to be relevant and the voices of the party must be diverse and representative. It’s a tall order but it is achievable, and more importantly it is essential.
We have a lot of work ahead of us. We hope you will join FDTC in the coming year as we push forward to protect the values that represent the best of our country.
Megan English Braga
Delegates from the Upper Cape participated in the June 3rd Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform Convention in Worcester. Announced Democratic Party Candidates for Governor and Senator Edward Markey and Senator Elizabeth Warren addressed the 4,000 delegates. Over one-third of the delegates were attending their first convention. The Falmouth Delegation in cooperation with the Cape & Islands Delegation drafted, introduced, and passed two amendments:
Economic message for the working class left behind and displaced by globalization, automation, and free trade
Public Safety & Crime Prevention
The final approved platform is one of the most progressive in the country.
Registered Democrats in Falmouth held their caucus to elect delegates to the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Party State Convention on Sunday March 19th. Congratulations to the elected delegates:Jarita Davis, Syrel Dawson, Penelope Duby, Sandra Faiman-Silva, Ellen Hewett, Brittany Hoffnagle, Misty Niemeyer, Pamela Rothstein, Kathy Ryman, Stephanie Seales, David Barrat, Joseph Burns, Michael Fishbein, Rafiq Islam, Thomas Lebach, Robert Manz, Benjamin Merrick, Stephen Patton, Scott Simenas, and Louis Turner. Megan English Braga, Chair of the Falmouth Democratic Town Committee, will serve as an ex officio delegate. Wendy Nelson was elected as an alternate. The Massachusetts Democratic Party State Convention will be held on Saturday, June 3rd at the Worcester Centrum. Democrats from across the state will gather to write and vote on their platform and participate in workshops on party building, running for office, campaign organizing and issue-based advocacy. Attendance this year more than doubled past platform convention caucus turnout. People are looking for ways to engage in positive progressive change and do not want to see the progress made under President Obama eroded.
The Falmouth Democratic Town Committee (FDTC) hosted “Affordable Housing on Cape” discussion on Wednesday April 15 at the Gus Canty Community Center, 790 Main Street Falmouth. The speakers were Ann Van Vleck, CCYP Executive Director, and Christine Duren, Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of Cape Cod Executive Officer.
Andrew Gordon, Transportation for Massachusetts, spoke at the Falmouth Democratic Town Committee (FDTC) meeting on Wednesday February 18. Transportation for Massachusetts is coalition of Bay State organizations advocating for convenient, efficient, reliable, safe, and affordable transportation, for everyone in Massachusetts. Mr. Gordon said public transportation, highway and bridge repair are woefully underfunded. Gas taxes, ridership fees, tolling, and vehicle mileage taxes are all being considered to reduce the transportation funding gap. Public transportation and the MBTA are critical to continue to grow the Massachusetts economy, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve public health by promoting biking and walking improvements for city streets. Transportation for Massachusetts plan for public transportation can be found at 2015 Transportation for Massachusetts Plan. Attendees suggested the following Cape transportation project priorities: Bourne Bridge flyover, North/South Route 151 and Route 28 connector, Cape Commuter Rail, East/West bike path extension to Mashpee, and offloading island truck cargo traffic from Woods Hole to New Bedford.
The Falmouth Democratic Town Committee (FDTC) hosted “A Community Dialogue on Race” on Wednesday January 21 from 7PM to 9PM at the Gus Canty Community Center, 790 Main Street Falmouth. The speakers were Dr. Reverend Kristen Harper, Minister Unitarian Church of Barnstable; Dr. Steven James, Interim Academic Dean Goddard College; and Dr. Dan Gilbarg, Sociology Professor Bristol Community College. The public contributed their personal experiences and engaged in this dialogue.
The Falmouth Democratic Town Committee and Mashpee Democratic Town Committee hosted journalist and foreign policy analyst Stephen Kinzer
talk on “Let Them Be: A New American Approach to the World”.
On Saturday April 12th the Massachusetts Democratic Party Executive Committee and the full body of the Massachusetts Democratic Party State Committee unanimously endorsed granting permission for the Upper Cape Democratic Coalition (UCDC) to use the name “Democratic” and approved the By-Laws. The UCDC is a regional group of Democratic town committees and their members for Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, and Sandwich. The UCDC was formed to foster collaboration, cooperation, and mutual support among the town committees; elect Democratic Party candidates to state and national offices; and sponsor issues forums, candidate events, and fundraisers. We solicit your ideas for activities and events for the UCDC to sponsor.