ICAN MEMO:
MASSACHUSETTS IMPACT REPORT

Produced by Robert Mayer

ICAN National Co-Chair
Brookline, Massachusetts

March 5, 2024

  • Super Tuesday Preview
  • Last Month at ICAN
  • News & Updates
  • Political Chatter
  • Legislation & Policy Tracker
  • Grassroots Campaigns

SUPER TUESDAY PREVIEW

What is Super Tuesday? Why it matters and what to watch
Super Tuesday, scheduled for March 5, 2024, is a critical day in the U.S. presidential primary election process. On this day, a total of 15 states and one territory will hold their primaries or caucuses, making it the day when the largest number of delegates are up for grabs. This year, the participating states include:

Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and American Samoa.

The outcomes on Super Tuesday play a significant role in shaping the race for the presidential nominations of both major parties, often providing a clear indication of the leading candidates. Read The Rest


Massachusetts Early Voting Ends Friday as Group Calls for Protest Vote Against Biden
Published: March 1, 2024 | Source: CBS News Boston
Early voting in Massachusetts ended last Friday, with a group advocating for a protest vote against President Biden. The call for a protest vote is in response to Biden’s support for Israel, highlighting a divide within the Democratic Party in the state.

What’s Happening: Massachusetts Democrats head to the polls on Super Tuesday with a notable undercurrent of dissent. A faction within the party is urging a protest vote against President Biden, primarily due to his stance on Israel.

The Big Picture: This internal rift reflects broader national debates within the Democratic Party, particularly around foreign policy and party unity. The outcome in Massachusetts could signal shifting allegiances and priorities among Democratic voters.

Why It Matters: The protest movement, albeit small, underscores the challenges Biden faces in maintaining a cohesive base. It’s a reminder that even in traditionally blue states, political landscapes are evolving.

What to Watch: Keep an eye on voter turnout and the percentage of uncommitted delegates. These will be key indicators of the protest’s impact and the overall mood of the electorate.

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LAST MONTH AT ICAN

Hosted the Boston Premiere of Baltic Truth 
The exclusive screening of “Baltic Truth,” an award-winning documentary, was successfully held on February 25, 2024, at the West Newton Cinema in Newton, Massachusetts. Organized by ICAN: Israeli-American Civic Action Network, the event provided attendees with a deeper understanding of Holocaust crimes, followed by a Q&A session with filmmaker Eugene Levin, journalist Silvia Foti, and the “Last Nazi Hunter” Efraim Zuroff from the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Hosted the Combating Antisemitism Summit for California Schools 
ICAN hosted a groundbreaking statewide summit on February 28, 2024, to combat antisemitism in public schools, bringing together California students, parents, and educators. The event provided a platform for over a thousand participants to engage in direct dialogue with policymakers and highlighted the urgent need for education and action to address this issue.

California State Senators Stern, Wiener, and Ochoa Bogh, Assemblymember Berman, and Commissioner Levin all participated in this event.  Read more here.

News & Updates

Israel’s Benny Gantz Visits US Amid Tensions
March 3, 2024 | NBC Boston
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz visited the United States to discuss security concerns amid rising tensions with Iran. The visit aimed to strengthen US-Israel relations and address regional threats, particularly Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

From Massachusetts to the Middle East: Bay State Officials Speak Out
March 1, 2024 | WBUR
In light of the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, Massachusetts representatives, including Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have expressed strong criticism of the Israeli government’s actions. Pressley’s emotional call for a ceasefire follows a deadly incident in Gaza City, while Warren denounces Prime Minister Netanyahu’s approach, advocating for a ceasefire and a two-state solution. Meanwhile, The Sinclair’s staff in Cambridge boycotted a concert supporting Israel’s rebuilding efforts.

Solidarity in Massachusetts: Brookline and Cambridge Rally for Palestine
March 3, 2024 | NBC10 Boston
Hundreds in Brookline and thousands in Cambridge gathered to support Palestine on a global day of action against the Israel-Hamas war. Discussions highlighted the dire situation in Gaza, with calls for a ceasefire and a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

POLITICAL CHATTER

Tweet from MA Rep. Kate Hogan (D-MA-Massachusetts House 3rd Middlesex) | Massachusetts House of Representatives

Why this matters:Indicates interest in the issue and support for president.

Tweet from Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-7) | US House


Tweet from MA Sen. Rebecca “Becca” Rausch (D-MA-Massachusetts Senate Norfolk, Worcester and Middlesex) | Massachusetts Senate

Legislation & Policy Tracker

MA S.2462: Resolution Calling On The United States Government To Continue To Stand With The People Of Israel In Their Time Of Need, Support The Victims Of The Recent Terrorist Attack Against The State Of Israel And Work Towards The Safe Return Of Those Who Are Being Held Hostage

The resolution by the Massachusetts Senate condemns the October 7, 2023, terrorist attack by Hamas against Israel, which caused immense suffering to innocent civilians. It reaffirms the right of the Israeli people to defend themselves and mourns the victims of the attack.

The resolution calls on the U.S. government to support Israel, assist the victims, and work towards the safe return of hostages. It also stands in solidarity with the Jewish community and emphasizes the need to combat the rise in antisemitism. The resolution urges collective efforts to stand against hatred and bigotry, both in the Commonwealth and abroad.

Status: Filed & Accepted on October 12, 2023 | Session: 2023-2024
Primary Sponsor: Cynthia Creem | Read The Full Resolution

Grassroot campaigns

Massachusetts Schools: Ensuring Jewish Safety & Inclusion
As antisemitism skyrockets in our public schools, take action now to urge Massachusetts leaders to support policies that ensure Jewish safety and inclusivity in Commonwealth schools. This initiative encompasses five key priorities to promote inclusivity and safety for Jewish Bay Staters at public schools across the state, including:
1.) Defining Antisemitism: Promote statewide adoption of a clear definition of antisemitism for educational institutions,
2.) Professional Training on Jewish Identity: Implement staff training in Commonwealth schools, with community collaboration, for deeper understanding of Jewish culture and history,
3.) Statewide Holocaust Education Initiatives: Mandate Holocaust museum visits or educational programs, partnering with museums,
4.) Celebrating Jewish American Heritage: Encourage schools to recognize Jewish American Heritage Month, focusing on Jewish societal contributions,
5.) Framework for Jewish Inclusivity: Develop a statewide inclusivity framework, including comprehensive incident reporting that covers antisemitism.

Status: Active | Priority: High |
Issue: Strengthening Advocacy on Campus | Jewish Safety & Inclusion

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