WELCOME TO MAHSD!
The Massachusetts High School Democrats (MAHSD) is an organization run by and for high school students to give teenage Democrats an opportunity to contribute to the mission of the Democratic Party.
We are comprised of chapters in high schools from West Springfield to Cape Cod which run almost entirely autonomously, but our Executive Board helps organize and connect the network for regional and statewide projects.
MAHSD members make a huge difference at the local, state, and national levels every election cycle. We also know, however, that democracy does not begin or end during elections. We rally as activists at the Women’s March, March for Science, Immigrants’ Day, and other events. We work to increase political participation with initiatives such as voter registration drives. We support legislation on Beacon Hill that advances the priorities of young people. We do everything we can to serve our communities.
In the aftermath of the Election of 2016, the Democratic Party is reaching a crossroads. For future success, the young people who represent the future of our democracy must take the lead. On our end, we’re fired up and ready to go.
Currently, Massachusetts is a “Right to Shelter” state. This means that the state is required to provide emergency shelter to eligible residents. Unfortunately, the eligibility requirements of this law denies a large portion of the homeless population these services. Only families with children under 21 and pregnant women with no other children can apply for aid. Those who apply must also jump through hoops to actually receive emergency services, providing documentation of staying in an unsafe environment for at least 24 hours. Anyone who fails to qualify is left out in the cold, where they face physical dangers, unfair bias, and discrimination.
THAT’S WHY MAHSD IS LAUNCHING AN INITIATIVE - TO CARE FOR ALL OUR NEIGHBORS, WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE A HOME.
The High School Democrats of America is thrilled to announce our second annual New England Summit, a premier gathering of high school progressives from the Northeast. All high school students (including graduating seniors) and younger are encouraged to attend.
This one-day event will be held at the Lexington Community Center at 32 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421 on Saturday, May 18. The event will begin at 9:30 AM and end around 3 PM.
Throughout the day, we’ll have workshops on canvassing and activism, a lineup of high-profile political speakers, and plenty of time to connect with other young, progressive activists. This event will be free of charge and accessible to everyone!
PLEASE CONTACT MAHSD CHAIR AMANDA WESTLAKE AT AWESTLAKE@HSDEMS.ORG WITH ANY QUESTIONS.
Join MAHSD on Thursday, January 17, from 10 AM - 2 pm in the Great Hall of the State House as we stand with NARAL Pro Choice Massachusetts at the State House. Our demands are listed, as quoted by NARAL, below:
“A comprehensive bill to expand access to safe, legal abortion. This legislation will: codify the principles of reproductive freedom into state law; remove medically inaccurate and inflammatory language from the books; repeal restrictive parental consent laws; and ensure all Massachusetts residents can access affordable abortion regardless of income or insurance coverage.
The Healthy Youth Act would ensure those public schools offering sex education use a curriculum that is comprehensive, medically-accurate, LGBTQ-inclusive, and teaches about consent and healthy relationships.
Family planning funding, which supports birth control, STI testing, and lifesaving cancer screenings to youth and people with low incomes, as well as education and outreach for reproductive and sexual health care services.
Teen pregnancy prevention funding, which supports programs that provide evidence-based, culturally competent, and medically accurate teen pregnancy prevention curricula and youth development programming.
HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C prevention funding, which supports HIV and Hepatitis C prevention programs, including education and outreach on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), which helps prevent HIV.”