Issues on Tap

Thursday, February 22 | Issues on Tap, 7:30-9 PM: Lord Hobo Brewing Company, 5 Draper Street, Woburn Monday, February 26 | Coffee with Mary Ann, 9-10 AM: Boston King Coffee, 186 Cambridge Road, Woburn Thursday, March 1 | Coffee with Mary Ann, 2-3 PM: Starbucks (West), 60 Bedford Street, Lexington Monday, March 5 | Lexington... Continue Reading →

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Langston Hughes

Good morning, Revolution: You're the very best friend I ever had. We gonna pal around together from now on -- from Good morning, Revolution, 1932

State Education Laws Enacted in 2017

Sharing a document from DESE: the laws relating to DESE that were enacted in 2017 (in chronological order): LEGISLATION An Act relative to the Mohawk Trail Regional School District and the Hawlemont School District: Chapter 31 of the Acts of 2017 (see H.2859), effective June 30, 2017. This is follow-up legislation to a 1993 law filed... Continue Reading →

Melt ICE

I joined a group of activists in Burlington last weekend for a protest and rally outside the field office of the Boston Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE, their field area is all six New England states). We were there to protest the Trump administration's immigration detention and deportation agenda. Fabiano de'Oliveira had been released... Continue Reading →

Angela Davis

You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time. ~ from a lecture delivered at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, February 13, 2014

Fair Share Amendment

The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) heard arguments yesterday on the Fair Share Amendment. Opponents of the measure want the justices to determine whether or not the proposal falls within the scope of ballot initiatives, as specified in Article 48 of our state's constitution. Our schools lack the foundation funding necessary to provide all students with a... Continue Reading →

Investments for the Long-term

Vital services are being starved at a time when we should be expanding opportunities for education and economic growth. Between 2001 and today, we have seen dramatic reductions in nearly every state program, including early education and care, the environment and recreation, higher education, infrastructure and economic development, Chapter 70 education aid, public health, and... Continue Reading →

Abraham Lincoln to Thaddeus Stevens

" A compass, I learned when I was surveying, it'll point you True North from where you're standing, but it's got no advice about the swamps and deserts and chasms that you'll encounter along the way. If in pursuit of your destination, you plunge ahead, heedless of obstacles, and achieve nothing more than to sink... Continue Reading →


In the coming months, we'll be knocking doors, and meeting and talking directly with friends and neighbors and voters to hear about their priorities for the district. What is the biggest challenge you are currently facing? What issue feels most important to you right now? What change would you like to see in this community?... Continue Reading →

Charter School Redux

We're nearing the end of "charter school season" and await the recommendations of the Acting Commissioner to see if any are advanced to the Board for approval later this month. Some criticize charter schools for not educating all children, those with special needs or who are English language learners, in particular. Others say that charters... Continue Reading →

A personal connection with the arts

My parents were musicians. Mom was a concert pianist and organist. One of her gifts was that she could read any piece of music put in front of her. She loved playing Debussy, Schumann, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Bach, and Franck. She was frequently called upon to accompany vocalists and instrumentalists for upcoming recitals and auditions. Dad... Continue Reading →

Economy in the Commonwealth

Reports on public transportation (specifically, the breakdown of public transit), appear in local and regional news on a regular basis. Most people see economic growth as the number one reason to invest in our transportation system. A comprehensive public transit system for all communities would include improvements to our existing transit infrastructure, as well as expanding... Continue Reading →

The State’s FY18 Budget

We're less than halfway through the Fiscal Year (FY18), and, as I was re-reading MassBudget's FY18 budget analysis, I thought it worth noting a few of their key points. Early Education: Quality early education and care helps prepare our young children for success in K-12 education and allows them to thrive more generally. Early education and... Continue Reading →


As a longtime activist and Lexington resident, I announce my candidacy for state representative for the 15th Middlesex District. We’ve been boldly represented by Jay Kaufman for more than a generation and I heartily thank him for his service. Jay has been an effective leader who has tirelessly stood up for our values. His impact... Continue Reading →

Campaign Announcement

Mary Ann Stewart announces candidacy for State Rep in 15th Middlesex Seeking office long held by retiring Representative Jay Kaufman LEXINGTON— Mary Ann Stewart, a longtime activist and Lexington Democrat, has announced her candidacy today for State Representative for the 15th Middlesex District. The district is currently represented by Jay Kaufman, who announced last month... Continue Reading →

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