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

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Falmouth Caucus to Elect Delegates to Massachusetts Democratic Party Endorsing Convention on Sunday February 11th 1PM, Morse Pond School

Caucus Massachusetts Democratic Party Endorsing Convention.

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Message from the Chair Falmouth Democratic Town Committee

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.

Thank you,
Megan English Braga
Chair, FDTC

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2017 Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform Convention

Plymouth & Barnstable Senate District Delegation 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.

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    Bills Submitted for 2017 Massachusetts Legislative Session

    Dr. Roger KliglerBills submitted for the 2017 Massachusetts Legislative Session were reviewed at the Falmouth Democratic Town Committee (FDTC) meeting on Wednesday March 15th. Dr. Roger Kligler spoke about An Act Relative to the End of Life Option. The Massachusetts Legislature is considering a Death with Dignity bill modeled on the Oregon law. The act would give terminally ill people more freedom, control, and peace of mind at the end of their lives.
    Marlene PollackMarlene Pollack, Coalition for Social Justice, discussed legislation for Paid Family Medical Leave. Paid Family Medical Leave will ensure that Massachusetts workers are not forced to choose between work and their own health needs or the well-being of their children and other family members.
    Representative FernandesRepresentative Dylan Fernandes sponsored and endorsed multiple bills for the current session. To help fund affordable housing on Nantucket, Rep. Fernandes submitted bill to allow Real Estate Transfer Fee.

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    Affordable Housing on Cape Cod

    Ann Van Vleck Christne Duren
    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.

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    Transportation for Massachusetts

    Transportation for MassachusettsAndrew 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.

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    Community Dialogue on Race

    Community Dialogue on Race 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.


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    Stephen Kinzer Foreign Policy Analyst Discusses Role of US in Syria and Iraq

    Foreign Policy Analyst Stephen KinzerThe 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”.

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    Upper Cape Democratic Coalition

    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.

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