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Movement gains from growing grass-roots push

I enjoyed Tom Keane’s column “The rise of the progressives.” Progressives’ growing infrastructure has been a big part of our success. Thanks to a large coalition of community groups, progressive legislation to modernize elections will likely pass through the State House in the coming months after nearly a decade of legislative inaction. On income inequality, the thousands of volunteers working with the Raise Up Massachusetts campaign to gather signatures to put minimum-wage and earned-sick-time questions on the November ballot are more proof that collective action by engaged residents is powering change.

We’ve always known that our ideas resonated, but the rise of the progressives is a result of improved grass-roots capacity. When elected officials act on their progressive values, they win.

Here’s hoping Keane’s piece is widely circulated under the Golden Dome.

Ben Wright


Progressive Massachusetts