Cast Your Votes for An Inclusive, Responsive Local Government in Amherst

ON NOV. 2, ELECT CANDIDATES WHO ARE COMMITTED TO A MORE INCLUSIVE DEMOCRACY, A MORE VIBRANT COMMUNITY, AND TO A RESPONSIVE, TRANSPARENT LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN AMHERST.  AMHERST TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATES  FOR AT-LARGE SEATS: VIRAPANH (VIRA) DOUANGMANY CAGE  https://voteforvira21.com/ Vira served on the Amherst School Committee and chaired the school equity task force. The associate director … Continue reading Cast Your Votes for An Inclusive, Responsive Local Government in Amherst

Progressive Coalition of Amherst Announces Endorsements for Town Council, School Committee Races

After careful consideration, PCA has endorsed for Councilor At-Large: Vira Douangmany Cage,  Ellisha Walker, and Vincent O’Connor; for District 3 Councilor: Jennifer Taub and  Dorothy Pam; for District 4 Councilor: Anika Lopes*. PCA did not endorse candidates in the  uncontested Town Council races, in Districts 1, 2 and 5 and notes that the majority of registered  voters in town will have no meaningful choice about who represents them as District Councilors.  PCA has endorsed Jennifer Page, Phoebe Merriam, and Benjamin Herrington for School  Committee. In addition, Heather Lord and Pamela Rooney have chosen to run as independent  candidates for School Committee and Councilor in District 4.  

*Anika Lopes has chosen to accept an endorsement from the other political action committee in town as well.

PCA Presents Goals for the Amherst Public Schools

The Progressive Coalition Amherst's Executive Board would like to share it views about core changes that are needed to improve the Amherst Regional Public Schools. We call upon the school district, and the community to: Place students' needs, both social-emotional and academic, at the center of district policies and budgets Seat a School Committee that … Continue reading PCA Presents Goals for the Amherst Public Schools

Dr. Amilcar Shabazz Joins PCA’s Executive Board

The Progressive Coalition of Amherst is pleased to announce that Dr. Amilcar Shabazz has joined its executive board. Dr. Shabazz is a professor of history and Africana Studies in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass-Amherst. He served as the department’s seventh chair from 2007 to 2012, and as the Faculty Advisor to … Continue reading Dr. Amilcar Shabazz Joins PCA’s Executive Board

Pat Onanibaku, Named Chair of PCA

As of today, Sept. 15, 2021, Pat Onanibaku has assumed the role of chair for the Progressive Coalition of Amherst. PCA's former chair, Jennifer Page, has resigned in order to run for School Committee. Pat is a business owner, social justice advocate and community organizer. She has served on the Amherst Regional Public Schools Special … Continue reading Pat Onanibaku, Named Chair of PCA

Standout for Paraprofessionals, Sat., July 24, 10:30 a.m., Amherst Town Common

Paraprofessionals provide crucial support to children in the Amherst Public Schools, and their efforts eased the struggles of remote learning (and then classroom re-adjustment) for many children. We support a living wage for the district's paraprofessionals, and believe their services will be more critical than ever in coming months, when children will return to school … Continue reading Standout for Paraprofessionals, Sat., July 24, 10:30 a.m., Amherst Town Common

PCA Makes News: The Daily Hampshire Gazette (7/14/21)

New PAC forms ahead of Nov. election in Amherst Election stickers FILE PHOTO By SCOTT MERZBACHStaff WriterPublished: 7/14/2021 1:32:39 PM AMHERST — A political action committee with an aim to improve the lives of all residents by supporting progressive and racially and ethnically diverse candidates for public office has formed in advance of the town’s Nov. … Continue reading PCA Makes News: The Daily Hampshire Gazette (7/14/21)