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Civic Cities Agenda

Democracy Starts at the Local Level

We are committed to increasing civic access, engagement, and representation among communities of color, low-income people, youth, and immigrants across our commonwealth. We believe that building a healthy democracy starts at the local level, and we are asking municipal candidates for their ideas about how to strengthen our democracy.

Democracy starts in our cities and demands civic leadership to ensure everyone can share in the public good. Civic leadership means safeguarding and advancing:

  • Civic access, so that anyone who wants to vote can vote, because inclusion is the foundation of our democracy.

  • Civic engagement, so that anyone who can vote does vote, because participation is the of our democracy.

  • Civic representation, so that if you and your neighbors vote, your elected officials act on your communities’ issues, because ordinary people should have a say in decisions that impact their daily lives.

Are you a candidate interested in filling out the Civic Cities Agenda questionnaire? Fill it out at

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#MassCounts in the 2020 Census

Grassroots Outreach, Education, and Advocacy for a Complete Count

We believe a full, fair, and accurate census, and the collection of useful, objective data about our nation’s people, housing, economy, and communities, is vitally important to equitably determining resources and representation. Massachusetts receives over $10 billion in federal funding for services and programs based on Census counts, including Mass Health, highway planning and construction, special education grants, school lunch programs, Head Start/Early Head Start, health center programs, Low Income Home Energy Assistance, Foster Care, and CHIP. The census has traditionally struggled to get a complete count of low-income communities, particularly those with a high population of communities of color. Ensuring that our communities are properly counted in the 2020 Census is the first step to ensuring that these voters are represented in the redistricting process and policy debate moving forward.

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It’s Time to Close the Racial Civic Participation Gap

Voting participation among people of color in Massachusetts reached a six-year high in 2016. This trend shows a decrease in the voter participation gap in communities of color and the overall electorate. While this is encouraging, much work remains to register and turn out voters of color to close this gap, and many obstacles stand in the way of achieving racial equity in civic participation.

An additional 16,951 people of color need to register to vote, and 179,073 voters of color need to turnout to reach parity. Our key opportunities lie in registering voters of color in gateway cities and increasing turnout in municipal, primary, and midterm elections.

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Know Your Rights!

Before you head to vote, it's important to know what your rights are as a voter. Read the Massachusetts Voters’ Bill of Rights and help spread the word to others in your neighborhood and community organizations.