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Elected Officials
Ways to Resist


  • June 14, 2017: A proposed "millionaire tax" constitutional amendment is heading to the 2018 ballot. Known as the "Fair Share Amendment," it says people with annual incomes above $1 million would owe a 4 percent surtax. This surtax would raise an extra $1.9 billion each year that could only be spent on "quality public education, affordable public colleges and universities, and the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges, and public transportation."[3]

To see past updates for Massachusetts, click here.

Actions Taken by the State Government
Actions Taken by the State Government

Legislative Actions[edit]

Legislation that Supports Equity and Justice
Important bills proposed by Massachusetts lawmakers this legislative session that should be supported:

  1. Prohibit access to information in state databases for use in any federal registry program based on national origin, religion or other protected characteristics.
  2. Require informing detainees that they have the right to decline an interview with ICE agents, and to have their own attorney present (at their own expense) if they so choose.
  3. Ensure that state, local and campus police don’t participate in immigration enforcement activities, including inquiries, investigations, raids, arrests or detentions that are based solely on immigration status.
  4. Prohibit agreements with DHS that deputize local officers as immigration agents."

Harmful Legislation
Harmful bills proposed by Massachusetts lawmakers this legislative session that should be opposed:

  • H 370 would require people to show proof of citizenship to register to vote.

  • H 295 would authorize school officials to refuse to give sex ed classes if they contradict their religious beliefs, allowing them to refuse to discuss homosexuality and LGBTQ+ people.

See also the main policy pages for federal legislative tracking.

Key Upcoming Elections
Key Upcoming Elections

Click here to find out if you're registered to vote. Register to vote here. The deadline is 20 days before Election Day. Bring proof of identification the first time you vote. No document is required to vote.[4]

Federal Elections[edit]

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) is up for reelection in 2018.[5]

State Elections[edit]

Local Elections[edit]

Mayoral Elections[edit]

  • Boston has Mayoral Elections in 2017. The primary is September 26 and general election is November 7. (The filing deadline is May 23.)[7]

School Board Elections[edit]

Prosecutor Elections[edit]

Sheriff Elections[edit]

County Commissioners Elections[edit]

City Council Elections[edit]

  • Boston has City Council Elections in 2017—the primary is September 26 and the general election is November 7. (The filing deadline is May 23.)[8]

Obamacare / link=

In Massachusetts, 4% of the population remains uninsured compared to a national average of 9%.[9] Massachusetts is a state that has expanded Medicaid coverage to more people as allowed under the ACA.[10]

ACA Repeal[edit]

  • If there is a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, 164,000 people in Massachusetts (or 2.4% of the population) are estimated to lose coverage, whereas 369,000 people (or 5.4% of the population) will lose coverage with a partial repeal. It would be more, but Massachusetts expanded Medicaid independently of the ACA. (Retrieved 1/27/2017 from ACA Repeal Impact, state-by-state.)
  • The number of uninsured people in Massachusetts is predicted to be 137,000 by 2021 under the ACA. Without the ACA, that number is expected to rise to 376,000, a 173.3% increase.[11]
  • Massachusetts is among the states that lost the ability to place lifetime limits on coverage, because that practice is banned by the ACA; those limits are likely to be reinstated under a full repeal.[12]
  • Given that a repeal of the ACA would also change payment structures and subsidies, 57,000 jobs could be lost in Massachusetts. When federal funding is cut, it creates a ripple effect that affects local and state revenue, thus creating losses in economic activity and employment.[13]
  • Massachusetts is estimated to be the #1 hardest-hit state in the event of a repeal, with the highest growth in uninsured population by 2019 and the third-highest by 2021, and the fourth-highest growth in uncompensated care costs.[14]
  • Under the ACA Repeal-and-Delay strategy, young adults in Massachusetts could pay $526 more in 2018.[15]


The Facts


The Facts

  • In 2012, undocumented immigrants comprised 120,000 workers, or 3.4% of Massachusetts’s workforce.[18]
  • In 2012, undocumented immigrants paid $196.9 million in state and local taxes.[19]
  • Undocumented workers make up $ 5.3 billion GSP (Gross State Product).[20]

Rights of Non-Citizens[edit]

  • Massachusetts does not allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license.[21]
  • Massachusetts does not allow undocumented immigrants to attend a public college at the same in-state tuition rate available to legal residents and citizens.[22]
  • In 2012, President Barack Obama signed an executive order (DACA) that defers deportation for children who were brought to the country as children. The action allows them to work lawfully but does not create a pathway to citizenship or give them legal status in the United States. In Massachusetts, 11,852 people have benefited from the order.[23]
  • People under [Immigration|DACA] are eligible for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.[24]


The Facts

  • In 2012, undocumented immigrants comprised 150,000 people, or 2.3% of the state’s population.[25]
  • If the state deported all undocumented immigrants, Massachusetts would lose $12.0 billion in economic activity and approximately 55,467 jobs.[26]
  • If all undocumented immigrants were given legal permanent residence, they would pay $259.4 million in state and local taxes and $73.5 million in property taxes.[27]


  • The “Section 287(g)” program gives local law enforcement means to act as federal immigration agents. This program expands ICE’s reach to intitate deportation.[28]

Sanctuary Policies[edit]

  • Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Newton, Northampton and Springfield are considered to be sanctuary cities.[29][30] The term "sanctuary city" is used to describe places that limit how much they help federal law enforcement (usually ICE) with removals (also known as deportations).

Refugee Resettlement[edit]

  • In 2015, 1,911 refugees arrived in Massachusetts.[31]
  • On January 29, 2017, two Boston federal judges issued a temporary stay on the executive order from Trump. Their ruling placed Trump's order on hold for seven days. It instructs Customs and Border Protection officials to notify airlines that people at Logan International Airport will not be detained.[32]
  • The Massachusetts Refugee Resettlement Program offers services such as case management (monitoring of family employment, determining eligibility for cash assistance, medical benefits) and employment services (language training, employment placement).

Voting Rights
Voting Rights

In March 2016, the Massachusetts legislature considered a bill to automate voter registration and safeguard against fraud. The bill was referred to the Committee on House Ways and Means.[33] The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles has entirely electronic voter registration, and preregistration has been approved but not yet implemented.[34]

Actions that Support Justice and Equity[edit]

  • SD.98, introduced by Michael Barrett, An Act restoring financial transparency in presidential elections: Would require national candidates to file their tax documents with the state in order to appear on a Massachusetts ballot.
  • HD.2500/SD.1791: An Act automatically registering eligible voters and enhancing safeguards against fraud (Kocot-Creem).

Mass Incarceration
Mass Incarceration

The Facts

  • In 2014, Massachusetts had 19,836 incarcerated people, plus a probation population of 67,784 and parole population of 2,106.
  • 0 people are incarcerated in private prisons in Massachusetts.
  • 393 juveniles are in custody in Massachusetts.
  • Of the prison population, 1,975 people were serving life sentences, and 1,045 were serving life sentences without parole.
  • In Massachusetts, a black person is 7.5 times more likely to be incarcerated than a white person.
  • Corrections expenditures in 2014 were $1,325 million.[35]

Actions that Support Justice and Equity[edit]

  • HD.1794/SD.500: An Act to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences related to drug offenses (Carvalho-Creem). [36]
  • SD.1389: An Act to reduce the criminalization of poverty (Brownsberger).
  • HD.2714/SD.1128: An Act for justice reinvestment (Keefe; Chang-Diaz).

Benefits / Tax Cuts
Benefits / Tax Cuts

Income Tax[edit]

The Facts

  • Massachusetts residents who face a tax increase under Trump’s plan:[37]
    • Households: 170,000
    • Adults and children: 469,000
    • Children: 266,000


Public Benefits[edit]

The Facts

  • In 2015, an average of 449,468 households and 785,778 individuals received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps) in a given month in Massachusetts.[38] In 2011, approximately 12% of the population of Massachusetts was receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps).[39] The average monthly benefit per Massachusetts household was $216 per household and $122 per person in 2016.[40]
  • In 2016, an average of 58,912 households, including 31,893 families and 40,113 children, received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which is direct financial assistance, in a given month.[41] The average monthly benefit for a single parent with three children residing in Massachusetts was $618 in 2014.[42] Average benefits in Massachusetts have fallen in value by 28.3% since 1996.[43]
  • In 2016, an average of 4,503 women received funds from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in a given month.[44]
  • In December 2015, there were 22,663 Social Security recipients in the "aged" category[45] who received an average of $434.98 per person, for a total of $9,858,000.[46]

Actions that Support Justice and Equity[edit]

  • Citizen’s Petition: An Initiative Petition for an Amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth to Provide Resources for Education and Transportation through an additional tax on incomes in excess of One Million Dollars (Fair Share Amendment).



The Facts

  • 228,200 low-income families spent more than half of their income on housing.[47]
  • In 2014, Massachusetts had 45 units of affordable and available housing for every 100 households categorized as “extremely low income” (at or below 30% of area median income.)[48]
  • In Massachusetts, there were 19,608 homeless people in 2016.[49]
  • Of the homeless population, there were 4,381 families, 949 veterans, 359 unaccompanied young adults (18-24), and 2,325 people experiencing chronic homelessness.[50]
  • Massachusetts received 1.881 billion dollars in federal rental assistance funding in 2014.[51]
  • In Massachusetts, more than 185,000 families relied on federal rental assistance in 2014.[52]
  • Nearly all Massachusetts households using federal rental assistance included children, elderly people or disabled people.[53]


The Facts

  • Massachusetts does not have an infrastructure score from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2015.[54]
  • In 2013, the Department of Transportation found that 52.5% of Massachusetts' bridges were structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, and 42% of Massachusetts's roads were in poor or mediocre condition.[55]
  • Driving on these roads leads to an additional $313 per motorist per year in increased vehicle repairs and operating costs.[56]


  • According to Governor Charlie Baker (R), improving Massachusetts's public transit system (the T) is a major infrastructure goal.[57]

Actions that Support Justice and Equity[edit]

  • SD.1609: An Act promoting housing and sustainable development (Chandler).

Women's Rights/Reproductive Justice
Women's Rights/Reproductive Justice

Planned Parenthood[edit]

The Facts[58]

  • Massachusetts has five Planned Parenthood centers.
  • In 2015, four centers were in rural, medically underserved, or health provider shortage areas.
  • On average, there is one Planned Parenthood for 274,400 women of reproductive age.

Policy Solutions / Issues


The Facts[59]

  • There were 43 abortion providers in Massachusetts in 2015.
  • In 2014, 23.4 out of every 1,000 women of reproductive age in Massachusetts had an abortion. The national abortion rate is 14.6.

Policy Solutions / Issues[60]

  • Parental consent is required for minors.
  • Abortion is prohibited after 24 weeks except in cases of life or health endangerment.
  • Medical abortion is limited.

Women and Wages[edit]

The Facts[61]

  • In Massachusetts, 12.1% of women live in poverty. The national average stands at 13.4%. Single mothers make up 33.8%, while women aged 65 and older make up 11%. The national averages are 36.5% and 10.3%, respectively.
  • For every dollar made by men, women are paid $0.83. The national average is $0.80.
  • African American women are paid $0.61 for every dollar paid to white men, while Latina women make $0.50 for every dollar made by white men. The national averages are $0.63 and $0.54, respectively.

Domestic Violence in Massachusetts[edit]

The Facts[62]

  • Nearly 1 in 3 Massachusetts women has experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.
  • Nearly 50% of women and 25% of men in Massachusetts have been subject to non-rape sexual assaults.
  • In a single day, 1795 victims were served by Massachusetts domestic violence programs.
  • In 2008, domestic violence was declared a public health emergency in Massachusetts.
  • Between 2003 and 2012, 266 victims were murdered in intimate partner homicides, and 74 domestic violence homicide perpetrators were killed.

LGBTQ Issues / link=
LGBTQ+ Issues

Religious freedom law[edit]

Massachusetts does not have state religious freedom laws. Religious freedom laws protect the right of people to practice their religion and limit laws imposing on that right, and were intended to protect religious minorities. However, after same-sex marriage was legalized, conservative states have attempted to enact similar laws with provisions that allow discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.[63]

Nondiscrimination laws[edit]

  • Same-sex marriage has been legal in Massachusetts since 2004. The current governor, Republican Charlie Baker, has publicly stated his support for marriage equality.
  • Massachusetts has passed nondiscrimination laws protecting LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, adoption, foster care and credit, and does have nondiscrimination policies for state employees. It lacks nondiscrimination laws in insurance and jury selection.[64] Massachusetts considered a so-called “bathroom bill” (forcing trans people to use the public toilets matching their gender at birth and not their gender identity) in 2015, but it was not enacted.[65]

Parenting laws[edit]

Massachusetts has de-facto parental recognition, parental presumption for same-sex couples and second-parent adoption, and has passed laws against discrimination in foster care. It lacks nondiscrimination laws on surrogacy and laws on consent to inseminate (meaning that in the case of the insemination of one member of a female same-sex couple, the partner not carrying the child is not automatically recognized as a parent).[66]

Hate crime laws[edit]

Massachusetts does include LGBTQ+ people in its hate crime laws as a protected group, and requires specific reporting of such crimes.[67]

Youth laws[edit]

Massachusetts does have laws protecting LGBTQ+ people against bullying, including cyberbullying, and laws promoting transgender inclusion in sports. The State does not require school suicide prevention policies and lacks laws on protection from conversion therapy, laws to address homelessness among LGBTQ+ youth, LGBTQ+ inclusive sex education laws, and LGBTQ+ inclusive juvenile justice policies.[68]

Health and safety laws[edit]

Massachusetts does not have nondiscrimination protections in the ACA exchanges but does ban insurance exclusions for trans health care. It has trans-inclusive health benefits for state employees and does include trans health care in State Medicaid. The State does allow gender marker changes on drivers’ licenses, but not birth certificates, and collects health data on LGBTQ+ people.[69]

Educational Justice
Educational Justice

The Facts

  • Massachusetts is ranked eighth in per-pupil spending as of 2013, with an average expenditure of $8,916 per student.[70]
  • As of 2013, Massachusetts ranked second in teacher pay, with teachers earning an average of $73,129 per year.[71]
  • 88% of students in Massachusetts attend public schools. As is the case in other states, students who attend private schools come from wealthier families, with private school families earning an average 51% higher income.[72]
  • As of 2014, public charter school enrollment accounted for 3.6% of total public school enrollment.[73]
  • Massachusetts's overall graduation rate is 86%, which is above the national average. By subgroups, four-year graduation rates are as follows:

Actions that Support Justice and Equity[edit]

  • HD.771/SD.945: An Act making public higher education in Massachusetts free for residents of the state (Gentile) / An Act promoting access to debt-free public higher education (Eldridge).
  • SD.1905: An Act modernizing the Foundation Budget for the 21st century (Chang-Diaz).
  • SD.1817: An Act relative to universal pre-kindergarten access (Chang-Diaz).

Consumer Protections /Worker's Rights
Consumer Protections/Workers' Rights

The Facts

  • Massachusetts has a minimum wage of $11.00.[75]
  • Massachusetts has laws for paid sick leave: Employees whose place of business has 11 or more employees accrue one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked and can accrue and use up to 40 hours. All others receive equivalent unpaid time. The law covers sick time for the employee's or family members' care and for absences associated with the employee or dependents.[76]
  • Massachusetts has no state law for paid family leave.[77]


  • Massachusetts is a state with no Right-to-Work laws, which means that the state can not prohibit unions that collectively bargain on behalf of both members and nonmembers from requiring union fees for the services they provide to all workers they represent. Such laws are designed to reduce unions' income and power.[78]
  • Massachusetts is a state with an at-will exemption.[79] "At-will" means that an employer can terminate an employee at any time for any reason, except an illegal one, or for no reason, without breaking the law.[80] Likewise, an employee is free to leave a job at any time for any or no reason with no adverse legal consequences.[81]
  • Massachusetts also has a public policy exemption,[82] meaning that an employer may not fire an employee if it would violate the state's public policy doctrine or a state or federal statute, including refusing to perform an act that state law prohibits (e.g., refusing an employer's request to commit perjury at a trial), reporting a violation of the law (e.g., reporting an employer's fraudulent accounting practices or use of child labor), engaging in acts that are in the public interest (e.g., joining the National Guard or performing jury duty) and exercising a statutory right (e.g., filing a claim under the state workers' compensation law).[83]
  • Massachusetts does allow for implied contract exemptions.[84]. An implied contract can be created in several different ways: oral assurances by a supervisor; or handbooks, policies or practices as written assurances by the employer. This means that if there is no written contract between the employer and employee, that employee may have an exception of fixed term or even indefinite employment based on an employer's statements.[85] As a general rule, courts disregard language promising long-term, lifetime or permanent employment as aspirational and consider the relationship to be at-will.[86]
  • Massachusetts does support the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing.[87] Courts have interpreted this in different ways, from requiring just cause for termination to prohibiting terminations made in bad faith or motivated by malice.[88]

Actions that Support Justice and Equity[edit]

  • HD.219/SD.984, Raising the Minimum Wage, sponsored by Rep. Dan Donahue HD 2179 and Senator Ken Donnelley SD 984, makes changes to the state minimum wage phased in over four years, to $15 an hour, so that low-wage workers get a fairer wage in our state, with its high cost of living. The co-sponsor period on this bill ended February 2.

Disability Rights
Disability Rights

The Facts

  • 11.7% of Massachusetts's residents are disabled, compared with the national average of 12.6%. [2015 US Census American Community Survey, Table R1810]
  • The employment rate among disabled adults in Massachusetts is 36.1%, compared to the national average of 34.9%. People without disabilities in Massachusetts have a 79.5% employment rate. [2015 US Census American Community Survey, Table R1811]
  • Approximately 14.0% of eligible voters in Massachusetts have one or more disabilities, compared to a national average of 15.71%.[89]
  • Of adults with disabilities in Massachusetts, 27.7% live in poverty, as opposed to 9.2% of non-disabled adults. [2015 US Census American Community Survey, Table B23024] The poverty rate for disabled children under 5 is 17.5%, as opposed to 16.4% for non-disabled children.[2015 US Census American Community Survey, Table B18130]
  • In Massachusetts, 6.3% of adults between 18 and 64 receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income), compared to the national average of 5.4%. [2015 US Census American Community Survey, Table B19056]

Climate / Environment[edit]

The Facts

  • In 2015, 9.4% of Massachusetts's electricity generation was from renewable sources (two-thirds of this from solar, wind, and biomass). 64% was from natural gas and 7% was from coal.[90]
  • Massachusetts has 32 sites on the National Priorities List.[91]
  • About 1.9% of Massachusetts's land ws federally owned as of 2015.[92]
  • In 2014, the Latino population had the highest air pollution exposure index, of 57, whereas the overall index was 40 and the white index was 35.[93]
  • In 2012, Native American adults in Massachusetts were most likely to have asthma (17.6%), compared to 10.5% overall.


Actions that Support Justice and Equity[edit]

  • SD.2049 An Act Creating 21st Century Massachusetts clean energy jobs (Pacheco).
  • HD.2157/SD.1632: An Act relative to solar power and the green economy (Mark-Eldridge).
  • HD.3204/SD.1727: An Act clarifying authorities and responsibilities of the Department of Public Utilities (Kulik-Eldridge).
  • HD.1504/SD.1021: An Act to promote green infrastructure, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs (Benson) / An Act combating climate change (Barrett) [Carbon pricing].

State-Designated Green Communities[edit]

State Designated Green Communities [96]
County City/Town Status
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Barnstable Brewster Not Designated
Barnstable Chatham Not Designated
Barnstable Dennis Not Designated
Barnstable Eastham Not Designated
Barnstable Falmouth Not Designated
Barnstable Harwich Not Designated
Barnstable Mashpee Designated Since 2011
Barnstable Orleans Not Designated
Barnstable Provincetown Designated Since 2012
Barnstable Sandwich Not Designated
Barnstable Truro Designated Since 2012
Barnstable Wellfleet Designated Since 2015
Barnstable Yarmouth Not Designated
Berkshire Adams Designated Since 2016
Berkshire Alford Not Designated
Berkshire Becket Designated Since 2011
Berkshire Chesire Not Designated
Berkshire Clarksburg Designated Since 2017
Berkshire Dalton Designated Since 2015
Berkshire Egremont Designated Since 2015
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Berkshire Great Barrington Designated Since 2012
Berkshire Hancock Not Designated
Berkshire Hinsdale Not Designated
Berkshire Lanesborough Designated Since 2015
Berkshire Lee Not Designated
Berkshire Lenox Designated Since 2011
Berkshire Monterey Not Designated
Berkshire Mount Washington Not Designated
Berkshire New Ashford Not Designated
Berkshire New Marlborough Not Designated
Berkshire North Adams Designated Since 2011
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Berkshire Otis Not Designated
Berkshire Peru Not Designated
Berkshire Pittsfield Designated Since 2011
Berkshire Richmond Designated Since 2013
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Berkshire Windsor Designated Since 2016
Bristol Acushnet Designated Since 2014
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Bristol Dartmouth Designated Since 2017
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Bristol Easton Designated Since 2011
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Bristol Fall River Not Designated
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Bristol Mansfield Not Designated
Bristol New Bedford Designated Since 2017
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Bristol Norton Not Designated
Bristol Raynham Not Designated
Bristol Rehoboth Not Designated
Bristol Seekonk Not Designated
Bristol Somerset Not Designated
Bristol Swansea Not Designated
Bristol Taunton Not Designated
Bristol Westport Not Designated
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Dukes Chilmark Not Designated
Dukes Edgartown Not Designated
Dukes Gosnold Not Designated
Dukes Oak Bluffs Not Designated
Dukes Tisbury Designated Since 2012
Dukes West Tisbury Designated Since 2013
Essex Amesbury Designated Since 2014
Essex Andover Designated Since 2014
Essex Beverly Designated Since 2012
Essex Boxford Not Designated
Essex Danvers Not Designated
Essex Essex Designated Since 2015
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Essex Newbury Not Designated
Essex Newburyport Designated Since 2011
Essex North Andover Designated Since 2017
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Essex Rockport Designated Since 2017
Essex Rowley Not Designated
Essex Salem Designated Since 2011
Essex Salisbury Designated Since 2017
Essex Saugus Designated Since 2016
Essex Swampscott Designated Since 2011
Essex Topsfield Designated Since 2012
Essex Wenham Designated Since 2011
Essex West Newbury Designated Since 2014
Franklin Ashfield Designated Since 2012
Franklin Bernardston Designated Since 2015
Franklin Buckland Designated Since 2012
Franklin Charlemont Not Designated
Franklin Colrain Not Designated
Franklin Conway Designated Since 2012
Franklin Deerfield Designated Since 2012
Franklin Erving Designated Since 2017
Franklin Gill Designated Since 2011
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Franklin Hawley Designated Since 2017
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Franklin Montague Designated Since 2011
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Franklin Northfield Designated Since 2013
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Franklin Rowe Designated Since 2011
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Franklin Shutesbury Designated Since 2011
Franklin Sunderland Designated Since 2013
Franklin Warwick Designated Since 2015
Franklin Wendell Designated Since 2014
Franklin Whately Designated Since 2013
Hampden Agawam Designated Since 2017
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Hampden Chester Not Designated
Hampden Chicopee Designated Since 2017
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Hampden Holyoke Designated Since 2011
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Hampden Springfield Designated Since 2011
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Hampden West Springfield Designated Since 2016
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Hampshire Amherst Designated Since 2012
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Hampshire Easthampton Designated Since 2011
Hampshire Goshen Designated Since 2015
Hampshire Granby Designated Since 2012
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Hampshire Hatfield Designated Since 2011
Hampshire Huntington Designated Since 2013
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Hampshire Northampton Designated Since 2011
Hampshire Pelham Designated Since 2013
Hampshire Plainfield Designated Since 2017
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Hampshire Williamsburg Designated Since 2012
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Middlesex Acton Designated Since 2011
Middlesex Arlington Designated Since 2011
Middlesex Ashby Designated Since 2014
Middlesex Ashland Designated Since 2013
Middlesex Ayer Designated Since 2012
Middlesex Bedford Designated Since 2012
Middlesex Belmont Designated Since 2012
Middlesex Billerica Not Designated
Middlesex Boxborough Not Designated
Middlesex Burlington Not Designated
Middlesex Cambridge Designated Since 2010
Middlesex Carlisle Designated Since 2011
Middlesex Chelmsford Designated Since 2011
Middlesex Concord Designated Since 2011
Middlesex Dracut Not Designated
Middlesex Dunstable Not Designated
Middlesex Everett Designated Since 2015
Middlesex Framingham Designated Since 2014
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Middlesex Holliston Designated Since 2015
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Middlesex Lexington Designated Since 2011
Middlesex Lincoln Designated Since 2011
Middlesex Littleton Designated Since 2016
Middlesex Lowell Designated Since 2011
Middlesex Malden Designated Since 2017
Middlesex Marlborough Designated Since 2012
Middlesex Maynard Designated Since 2012
Middlesex Medford Designated Since 2011
Middlesex Melrose Designated Since 2011
Middlesex Natick Designated Since 2011
Middlesex Newton Designated Since 2010
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Middlesex Pepperell Designated Since 2016
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Middlesex Sherborn Designated Since 2012
Middlesex Shirley Designated Since 2012
Middlesex Somerville Designated Since 2012
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Middlesex Stow Designated Since 2016
Middlesex Sudbury Designated Since 2011
Middlesex Tewksbury Designated Since 2012
Middlesex Townsend Designated Since 2012
Middlesex Tyngsborough Designated Since 2011
Middlesex Wakefield Not Designated
Middlesex Waltham Designated Since 2012
Middlesex Watertown Designated Since 2011
Middlesex Wayland Designated Since 2011
Middlesex Westford Designated Since 2014
Middlesex Weston Designated Since 2012
Middlesex Wilmington Not Designated
Middlesex Winchester Designated Since 2011
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Norfolk Avon Not Designated
Norfolk Bellingham Not Designated
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Norfolk Brookline Designated Since 2011
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Norfolk Cohasset Designated Since 2016
Norfolk Dedham Designated Since 2011
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Norfolk Norfolk Not Designated
Norfolk Norwood Not Designated
Norfolk Plainville Not Designated
Norfolk Quincy Designated Since 2011
Norfolk Randolph Not Designated
Norfolk Sharon Not Designated
Norfolk Stoughton Designated Since 2015
Norfolk Walpole Not Designated
Norfolk Wellesley Designated Since 2012
Norfolk Westwood Designated Since 2013
Norfolk Weymouth Designated Since 2016
Norfolk Wrentham Not Designated
Plymouth Abington Not Designated
Plymouth Bridgewater Designated Since 2012
Plymouth Brockton Designated Since 2017
Plymouth Carver Not Designated
Plymouth Duxbury Not Designated
Plymouth East Bridgewater Not Designated
Plymouth Halifax Designated Since 2015
Plymouth Hanover Designated Since 2011
Plymouth Hanson Designated Since 2011
Plymouth Hingham Not Designated
Plymouth Hull Not Designated
Plymouth Kingston Designated Since 2011
Plymouth Lakeville Designated Since 2012
Plymouth Marion Not Designated
Plymouth Marshfield Designated Since 2015
Plymouth Mattapoisett Not Designated
Plymouth Middleborough Not Designated
Plymouth Norwell Designated Since 2016
Plymouth Pembroke Designated Since 2011
Plymouth Plymouth Not Designated
Plymouth Plympton Designated Since 2013
Plymouth Rochester Not Designated
Plymouth Rockland Designated Since 2013
Plymouth Scituate Not Designated
Plymouth Wareham Not Designated
Plymouth West Bridgewater Not Designated
Plymouth Whitman Designated Since 2016
Suffolk Boston Designated Since 2011
Suffolk Chelsea Designated Since 2017
Suffolk Revere Designated Since 2012
Suffolk Winthrop Designated Since 2013
Worcester Ashburnham Designated Since 2014
Worcester Athol Designated Since 2011
Worcester Auburn Designated Since 2013
Worcester Barre Designated Since 2012
Worcester Berlin Designated Since 2012
Worcester Blackstone Designated Since 2014
Worcester Bolton Designated Since 2011
Worcester Boylston Not Designated
Worcester Brookfield Not Designated
Worcester Charlton Designated Since 2017
Worcester Clinton Not Designated
Worcester Douglas Not Designated
Worcester Dudley Designated Since 2012
Worcester East Brookfield Not Designated
Worcester Fitchburg Designated Since 2017
Worcester Gardner Designated Since 2011
Worcester Grafton Not Designated
Worcester Hardwick Designated Since 2016
Worcester Harvard Designated Since 2012
Worcester Holden Not Designated
Worcester Hopedale Not Designated
Worcester Hubbardson Not Designated
Worcester Lancaster Designated Since 2011
Worcester Leiscester Not Designated
Worcester Leominster Designated Since 2013
Worcester Lunenburg Designated Since 2014
Worcester Mendon Designated Since 2012
Worcester Milford Not Designated
Worcester Millbury Designated Since 2012
Worcester Millville Designated Since 2013
Worcester New Braintree Not Designated
Worcester North Brookfield Not Designated
Worcester Northborough Not Designated
Worcester Northbridge Designated Since 2017
Worcester Oakham Not Designated
Worcester Oxford Not Designated
Worcester Paxton Not Designated
Worcester Petersham Designated Since 2013
Worcester Phillipston Not Designated
Worcester Princeton Not Designated
Worcester Royalston Not Designated
Worcester Rutland Not Designated
Worcester Shrewsbury Not Designated
Worcester Southborough Designated Since 2017
Worcester Southbridge Designated Since 2017
Worcester Spencer Not Designated
Worcester Sterling Not Designated
Worcester Sturbridge Not Designated
Worcester Sutton Designated Since 2012
Worcester Templeton Not Designated
Worcester Upton Designated Since 2015
Worcester Uxbridge Not Designated
Worcester Warren Designated Since 2017
Worcester Webster Not Designated
Worcester West Bolyston Not Designated
Worcester West Brookfield Not Designated
Worcester Westborough Not Designated
Worcester Westminster Designated Since 2012
Worcester Winchendon Designated Since 2014

Civil Liberties[edit]

Actions that Support Justice and Equity[edit]

  • Electronic Privacy Act, filed by Representative Peake (Docket number HD2870). This bill would protect people's private phones and internet use from being monitored without a warrant.
  • HD.3052/SD.1596: An Act to protect the civil rights and safety of all Massachusetts residents (“Safe Communities Act”) (Matias-Eldridge).
  • Fundamental Freedoms Act, filed by Representative Kaufman (Docket number HD1156). This is a bill to guarantee that Massachusetts never participates in any discriminatory registration system for Muslims or anyone else, and that our government doesn't keep files on people for their free speech.

Organizations and Events

Find state/local chapters of national organizations here.

Policing/Mass Incarceration/Social Justice[edit]



Other Locations in Massachusetts[edit]

Women's Rights/Reproductive Justice[edit]



Other Locations in Massachusetts[edit]

Voting Rights[edit]


Immigration/Ethnic Minorities[edit]



Other Locations in Massachusetts[edit]

Health Care[edit]



Other Locations in Massachusetts[edit]



  • 350Mass
  • Acadia Center
  • Appalachian Mountain Club
  • Better Future Project
  • Clean Water Action
  • Conservation Law Foundation
  • Divest Our Pensions Now
  • Elders Climate Action
  • Environmental League of Massachusetts
  • Environment Massachusetts
  • Food & Water Watch
  • Food Solutions New England
  • Mass Audubon
  • Mass Climate Action Network
  • Mass Energy Consumers Alliance
  • Massachusetts Global Action
  • Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters
  • Massachusetts Pipeline Awareness Network
  • Massachusetts Sierra Club
  • Mothers Out Front
  • No Fracked Gas in Mass
  • Toxics Action Center


Other Locations in Massachusetts[edit]

Disability Rights Organizations[edit]

Consumer Protections / Worker's Rights[edit]



Other Locations in Massachusetts[edit]





Other Locations in Massachusetts[edit]

LGBTQ+ Issues[edit]



Other Locations in Massachusetts[edit]

General Political Organizing[edit]



Other Locations in Massachusetts[edit]




Other Locations in Massachusetts[edit]

  • Arlington Fund Our Communities/Reduce Military Spending 25%
  • Arlington United for Justice with Peace
  • Brookline PAX
  • Cambridge United for Justice with Peace
  • Chelsea Uniting Against the War
  • Eastern Massachusetts Coalition to Fund our Communities/ Reduce Military Spending 25% (aka: 25% Campaign)
  • Leverett Peace Commission
  • Lexington Justice and Peace
  • Marblehead Peace Committee
  • Merrimack Valley People for Peace
  • Metrowest Peace Action
  • Milton for Peace
  • Newton Dialogues on Peace & War
  • Northampton Committee to Stop Wars
  • North Shore Coalition for Peace & Justice
  • Pioneer Valley Buddhist Peace Fellowship
  • Walpole Peace & Justice Group
  • Western MA Fund Our Communities Not War
  • United for Justice with Peace
  • United National Antiwar Coalition
  • Veterans for Peace—Smedley Butler Brigade
  • First Churches Peace & Justice Committee (UCC, ABC)
  • Fund Our Communities Not War/Massachusetts
  • Grace Church Peace Fellowship
  • Quequechan Alliance

Religion/Religious Groups Organizing[edit]



Other Locations in Massachusetts[edit]

Other Organizations[edit]

  • Action for Regional Equity
  • AIDS Project Worcester
  • 10-Point Coalition
  • Bangladesh Workers Solidarity Network
  • Boston Alliance for Community Health
  • Boston Living Center
  • Boston New Sanctuary Movement
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development
  • Children’s League of Massachusetts
  • Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, Fitchburg
  • Coalition for Effective Public Safety
  • Committee of Friends and Relatives of Prisoners
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services
  • Community Labor United
  • Congregation Dorshei Tzedek
  • Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
  • Dismas House
  • Elevate Boston Foundation, Inc
  • Ending Mass Incarceration Together
  • EPOCA (Ex-prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancment)
  • Everett Community Health Partnership
  • The Fact She3t
  • Families Against Mandatory Minimums
  • First Church in Cambridge, Missions and Social Justice Committee
  • First Parish in Bedford Unitarian Universalist
  • First Parish, Brookline
  • First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Northborough
  • Fitchburg Minority Coalition
  • Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO)
  • Fresh Pond Friends Meeting
  • Friends Meeting at Cambridge
  • Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)
  • Grove Hall Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Hampshire Franklin Central Labor Council
  • Lesley College—PAWS
  • Lynn Youth Street Outreach Advocacy (LYSOA)
  • Massachusetts CURE
  • Mass Incarceration Working Group of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington
  • MassOccupy/Brookline
  • Massachusetts Jobs With Justice
  • Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR)
  • Massachusetts Women’s Justice Network
  • Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Men of Color Health Awareness (MOCHA), Springfield
  • Mission and Social Justice Committee of First Church in Cambridge, UCC
  • Mothers for Justice and Equality
  • Multicultural Wellness Center
  • NAACP Boston Chapter
  • NAACP Youth Council, Boston Chapter
  • National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter
  • National Lawyers’ Guild
  • New England Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Occupy Middlesex County
  • Occupy Quincy
  • Occupy Winchester
  • Old Cambridge Baptist Church
  • Partakers
  • Prison Book Program
  • Prison Policy Initiative
  • Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts (PLSMA)
  • Real Cost of Prisons Project
  • Roxbury Defenders
  • Roxbury Youth Works
  • St. John Missionary Baptist Church
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society Re-Entry Project
  • Social Action Ministry of First Parish Lexington
  • SPAN, Inc.
  • Spontaneous Celebrations—Beantown Society
  • Straight Ahead Ministries
  • System Change Not Climate Change
  • Teens Leading the Way
  • Temple Hillel B’nai Torah, West Roxbury
  • The People’s Cafe, Brookline
  • Theodore Parker Church Social Action Committee, West Roxbury
  • Three Pyramids, Inc./The Minority Coalition
  • Timothy Baptist Church
  • Toastmasters Prison Volunteers
  • Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Wakefield Transformative Justice and Violence Prevention Ministry
  • United Church of Christ, Innocence Commission Task Force
  • United First Parish Church Outreach Committee, Quincy
  • United for Justice and Peace
  • The United Parish in Brookline
  • United Teen Empowerment Center (UTEC)
  • Worcester Branch, NAACP
  • Worcester Community Labor Coalition
  • Worcester Homeless Action Committee
  • Worcester Interfaith
  • Worcester Youth Center
  • Youth Against Mass Incarceration
  • Youth Jobs Coalition

Event Calendars[edit]

Local News Sources
Local News Sources

Relevant City and County Information
Relevant City and County Information

Barnstable County[edit]


Berkshire County[edit]


Bristol County[edit]

Mass Incarceration
Bristol County Sheriff Offers Free Inmate Labor to Build Trump's US—Mexico Border Wall
Sheriff Tom Hodgson has offered the free labor of Bristol County inmates to construct the wall across the southern border promised by President Donald Trump. As reported by The Herald[97], during his swearing-in ceremony Sheriff Hodgson stated, "I can think of no other project that would have such a positive impact on our inmates and our country than building this wall." He went on to say, "We won't have legitimate immigration reform in this country until we build a wall."
After the story gained national attention, the Boston Globe published a story about other shocking things that Hodgson has said and some inhumane things Hodgson has done during his tenure as Bristol County sheriff, which include "chain gangs, inhuman overcrowding, scrimping on food, charging inmates for their incarceration..."[98].
Sheriff Hodgson is a man that the public needs to keep pressure on, especially since James Pingeon of Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts told the Boston Globe that "[Hodgson] has no problem violating the law if he thinks that one of his proposals will get him a headline."


  • Elected Officials:

Dukes County[edit]


Essex County[edit]


Franklin County[edit]


Hampden County[edit]


  • Elected Officials:
    • Mayor Domenic J. Sarno - (413) 787-6100

Hampshire County[edit]

Middlesex County[edit]


  • Elected Officials:
    • Mayor E. Denise Simmons - 617-349-4321, [email protected]
    • Vice Mayor Marc C. McGovern - 617-349-4280, [email protected]
    • City Manager Louis DePasquale
    • Deputy City Manager Lisa C. Peterson - 617-349-4300


Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone Vows Somerville Will Remain Sanctuary City
Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone has vowed that Somerville will retain its sanctuary-city status.[99] With this pledge, he positions himself as a promising point of resistance against Trump's immigration policy (and perhaps other areas of Trump's agenda as well). Curtatone's resistance may provide a model for other sanctuary cities and for other local governments; much remains to be seen, but Somerville is a place to keep our eyes on.

Nantucket County[edit]


  • Elected Officials:
    • Town and County Clerk Catherine Flanagan Stover, MMC, CMMC - 508-228-7216, [email protected]

Norfolk County[edit]


Plymouth County[edit]


Suffolk County[edit]


Racial Equity
The Mayor's Office of Resilience and Racial Equity, led by Dr. Atyia Martin, has created a blueprint as a part of the 100 Resilient Cities group to create a resilience strategy for the city of Boston. The office has put promoting racial equity and social justice at the center of the process for developing the strategy.[100]
1.31.2017 - The Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans told the Boston Globe that Boston police officers will not notify federal immigration officers about the immigration status of people they stop. Evans is quoted in the Boston Globe as saying, "If we pull someone over for a traffic violation and they are illegal, we could care less,’’ Evans said. “We are not the immigration police and I’ve made that clear. And our policy isn’t going to change given what’s going on now.”[101]


  • Elected Officials:
    • City Manager Thomas G. Ambrosino - 617-466-4100
    • Deputy City Manager Edward (Ned) Keefe - 617-466-4100



  • Elected Officials:
    • Town Manager James McKenna - 617-846-1705

Worcester County[edit]


- Has been a state designated green community since 2011.[102]