Charlene DiCalogero is working hard for the constituents of the Worcester and Middlesex district right now, and she could do so much more as an elected State Senator.
Please let me know where you stand in this election for an energetic new voice in the State House, on behalf of the people of Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Lancaster, Leominster, Lunenburg, Sterling, Townsend and Westminster. If you want someone who's independent of the entrenched parties and of wealthy special interests, I am that candidate. Will you take advantage of this historic opportunity for a real choice and vote for Charlene DiCalogero on December 5th?
Charlene DiCalogero campaign collects signatures from all 11 Worcester & Middlesex municipalities to get on the ballot
Volunteers, led by State Senate candidate Charlene DiCalogero, fanned out to collect signatures from voters registered in the 11 towns and cities of the north central MA district of Worcester & Middlesex to get her on the ballot this December 5th.
"It was great to meet voters of all ages and backgrounds at events like the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Leominster, the Sterling Community Theater, and at Farmers Markets throughout the area, who support a real choice for voters this fall," said the candidate. "I'm proud to say that we got our required signatures certified and papers filed days ahead of the state deadline." While collecting signatures, she listened to voters' questions and concerns about issues such as education, elder care, and the need for more different kinds of activities and businesses in some of our towns.
She looks forward to meeting many more residents in the coming weeks before the December election for the seat vacated by Jen Flanagan in August.
From Charlene's run for State Representative, 2016:
Charlene signs Clean Money for Climate Pledge sponsored by Better Future Action--and goes one better
It wasn't hard for Charlene DiCalogero to sign the Clean Money for Climate Pledge sponsored by Better Future Action (BFA). BFA asks MA candidates to "pledge not to take campaign contributions from climate polluters so that the public can be confident that my votes on energy policy are in the best interests of my constituents."
The pledge specifies that candidates promise to refuse $200 or more from officers, lobbyists or employees from BP, Chevron, Eversource, Exxon Mobil, Global Partners, Global Petroleum, Kinder Morgan, National Grid, Shell and Spectra Energy.
Charlene, as a Green-Rainbow Party of MA candidate, responded enthusiastically, writing on September 1st,
I would be pleased to sign onto your pledge--as a Green-Rainbow Party candidate, I have already pledged to refuse campaign contributions from any corporate lobbyist, or officer of any corporation that lobbies, in any amount.
And she goes one better: Charlene has capped the amount any individual may give to her campaign to $100/year, instead of accepting up to the state's legal limit on candidate contributions of $1,000. She said, "Ben Franklin, born in Massachusetts, is on the $100 bill. I think he'd be appalled at the stranglehold wealthy donors and corporations now have on the democracy he helped found.
"I decided Ben would be my guiding spirit, the symbol of my focus on listening to and serving the regular folks in my district, most of whom have been losing out over the last 35 years."We, the 99%, want and deserve a decent life for ourselves and our families. We deserve a government that represents us and protects our lives, livelihoods and our Commonwealth, which in the largest sense is the planet all humans and living things share."
Charlene is one of 67 candidates to sign the pledge as of October 8, 2016. As of that date, the incumbent, Harold Naughton, Jr, had not appeared on the list.
"Green, and in Massachusetts, Green-Rainbow candidates are the most likely to act quickly and meaningfully to stop global warming," the State Rep candidate stated. "We are outside the two corporate party machines, run by and for corporations like the 10 listed above."
"Those parties will continue to accept untold millions from the fossil fuel industry, no matter what an individual Democrat or Republican candidate pledges. If you want real change now, going Green is the way to go."More climate change activists will have a chance to meet Charlene DiCalogero and other Green-Rainbow Party members at the Central MA Natural Gas Pipeline Forum on October 15th, from 11am to 3:30pm, at Worcester State University, May St. Building, 486 Chandler St, Worcester.
On the campaign trail: Going Green with Charlene
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette June 8, 2016, editorial, And Winners Are listed Charlene DiCalogero as one of the few candidates in Central Mass running a competitive race this election year. Under 40% of state representative districts in our region offer the voters a choice in either the September primary or the November general election in 2016.
We appreciate the paper's support for more candidates to run irrespective of party affiliation, for as the editors conclude,
"... we all lose without a debate and a choice."
Keeping communities together: defending people against foreclosure
In support of the heroic efforts of the MA Alliance Against Predatory Lending to pass legislation protecting homeowners from the explosion of foreclosures in MA, many of which are likely illegal, Charlene had two letters to the editor published in July:
"Three towns in the State House district where I live are particularly hard hit: Clinton, Lancaster and Sterling, with double the rate of foreclosures compared to the state as a whole, and likely to rise."
"There are currently 212 homes in some stage of foreclosure in Fitchburg alone."
Charlene called State Senator Jen Flanagan, and also asked municipal leaders to send letters in support of allowing municipalities to require pre-foreclosure mediation. As with much important legislation this session, this bill, which could have kept owners and their renters in their homes, helped stabilize local economies, and keep wealth from being lifted wholesale out-of-state, failed to pass.
As State Representative, Charlene DiCalogero will champion legislation that defends ordinary people against the big banks that created the foreclosure crisis to begin with, and continue to hurt communities while lining their pockets with ill-gotten gains.
Saving our Climate and Environment, and Advocating for Good Jobs
On July 18th, Charlene rallied with a loud, joyful and determined crowd for the conclusion of the People Over Pipelines March at the State House. While some improved provisions for renewable energy were passed in this session’s energy bill, the climate needs more advocates in the House—Charlene will help pass a better bill next session, if you help get her there!
At the Attorney General’s Listening Session on Energy and the Environment at Mass Audubon Broadmeadow Brook in Worcester on June 13th, with over 60 in attendance, Charlene was applauded for speaking out in favor of repairing gas pipeline leaks, and against the pipeline tax and any new pipeline construction.
Charlene spoke at the Department of Public Utilities hearing on March 10th, opposing new gas pipelines and Governor Baker’s bid to impose a ratepayers’ tax on utility bills so Eversource and National Grid can profit no matter what happens while we pay. As a Berlin Town Meeting member, she conveyed Berlin’s vote to uphold Article 97, which protects conservation lands from being built on.
She reminded the DPU that the Attorney General’s report concluded that new gas pipelines are unneeded, especially if we repair leaks of existing pipelines and enhance energy efficiency of our homes. Both of these actions would also create more good jobs in the state.
Present at the hearing were groups such as 350.org, Mothers Out Front, and many others, so many that two overflow rooms had to be opened for attendees.
As a member of the grassroots Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts, Charlene's campaign runs on people power, and we need you!
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Charlene DiCalogero has been a lifelong activist working for the public good. Since first demonstrating at City Hall at the age of twelve to support public education, she has been a consistent advocate for the 99%.
Charlene has worked for small and large nonprofits, higher education, and businesses.
- She won millions in grants for high quality teacher professional development for early intervention
- oversaw multi-million dollar budgets at major public libraries and universities for adult and children's literacy, and graduate level teaching, training and research grants in health services, psychology, and science education.
- Charlene testified at the State House in support of bills to help people avoid unnecessary and even illegal foreclosures.
- Charlene researched and publicized the effects of teaching adults to use tools to better advocate for themselves.
- She helped women obtain benefits to pay for drug rehabilitation in a halfway house and shelter.
- Charlene collaborated with group of families and individuals to build 68 green homes including 14 moderate-income, while preserving 25 acres of green space, increasing the Berlin, MA, tax base, and helping the town meet its Ch. 40B affordable goals.
- As co-leader of membership and marketing, she sought out and supported 14 families through the application process to buy affordable homes, in addition to market-rate individuals and families.
- She has worked for businesses in software and the arts.
Charlene has been advocating for the Worcester & Middlesex district and state for well over a decade, and on national issues for most of her life.
For the Economy, Charlene:
- Led a regional MoveOn.org council, advocating for an economy that works for the 99%
- Advocated for state bills to help people and communities affected by rising foreclosures through permitting municipalities to require pre-foreclosure mediation, and local governments to deal with the health and safety issues surrounding foreclosure
- Organized demonstrations against big banks for profiteering through illegal subprime mortgages, illegally foreclosing many thousands of homes in MA and nationally
For the Climate and Environment, Charlene:
- Demonstrated at the State House to block the building of dangerous, unneeded gas pipelines in MA, and support accelerated building of renewable energy systems
- Testified at a Department of Public Utilities hearing in opposition to the Governor's proposed new tax on National Grid and Eversource customers to pay for gas pipelines not yet built, to protect the profits of wealthy and irresponsible utilities and fossil fuel companies
- Voted at Berlin Town Meeting to uphold Article 97 to protect conservation lands from having gas pipelines built on them
- Spoke at the Attorney General's Listening Session in Worcester on Energy and the Environment, for requiring utilities to fix existing gas pipeline leaks, which cost ratepayers money for gas they don't use, and damages their health and adds to global warming. Requiring utilities to make these fixes will increase job opportunities, and should include a requirement to train people in areas with high un- and under-employment.
For a True Democracy, Charlene:
- Collected signatures from district voters, and advocated with public officials for a MA state amendment and federal amendment, to affirm that only human beings may vote and contribute money to campaigns; and to get big corporations and big money out of Mass and U.S. politics and government
- Refuses to accept money from lobbyists, officers of for-profit businesses that lobby, or SuperPACs
For Education, Charlene:
- Garnered support for the MA Fair Share Amendment, to raise additional revenue for public education and transportation infrastructure, from those who can most afford it
- Opposes the MA ballot question that would increase the number of charter schools, stealing even more money from our under-resourced and inequitably funded public schools
For Social Justice and Peace, Charlene:
- Stood with vigilers at a MA store selling weaponry, and supports the ban on all assault weapons
- Demonstrated in support of women imprisoned for defending themselves against rapists and violent partners
- Taught personal safety techniques, and discussed the causes and effects of personal and systemic violence, with groups of people most at risk of being targeted for violence, including children and women, people of color, people with disabilities, poor people and LGBTQ people
- Sat down in the middle of Sixth Avenue in New York City with hundreds of other demonstrators to protest the 1986 Bowers v. Hardwick Supreme Court decision (since reversed), which upheld Georgia's discriminatory law used to arrest same-sex couples for consensual sexual activities in the privacy of their own homes
- Participated in the March for Women's Lives in Washington, DC, in support of women's right to make our own reproductive choices, in consultation with our medical providers, and without costly, discriminatory, deceptive, and potentially health-threatening barriers to reproductive education and healthcare, birth control, abortion or prenatal care
- Participated in nonviolent civil disobedience at the South African consulate to spotlight the U.S. government's support of the apartheid regime of the 1980s
- Walked in peace marches opposed to the Iraq war and military interventions in Central America
- Performed at fundraisers for nonprofit and community groups, including church-sponsored causes
My name is Charlene DiCalogero, and I'm running for State Senator for Worcester & Middlesex. I am running because our towns still need a Senator who cares about the people.
Experience and Commitment
I currently serve as a Library Trustee of Berlin, MA, and regularly participate in Town Meeting.
My years of professional administrative and policy experience in higher education and nonprofits are important assets I would bring to this office. Through my paid work and volunteer commitments, I have gained extensive experience in planning, advocacy, budgeting, grants, contracts, and personnel matters, often leading teams and committees.
I enjoy listening to residents about what you like about towns, region and state, as well as your ideas for how we can improve them together.
I will be an independent advocate for our district and the Commonwealth, working for a just, Green economy that works for everyone, and a true democracy for the 99%.
We can create have an economy with a minimum wage that is a living wage, and revive our main streets. We can have a fair share revenue system to fund education, health care and other public goods, while saving the planet from global warming.
We can have health care, social supports, jobs and decent homes for people. Health care must be accessible to all, including those with mental health and addiction struggles. We need better ways of homing and helping our elders who need care, so caregiving families and friends can help without losing their homes, jobs and health.
We can have public education, preK through college, that is excellent, fairly funded, and uses best approaches to teaching and learning for all students, while being responsive to student, family and community interests.
We can have a government that is of, by and for the people, rather than the wealthy 1% and multi-national corporations.
If we work together, we can make it happen. I ask for your support for my truly grassroots campaign, and to vote for me in the special election on December 5th.