Ty Waterman: Democratic National Delegate – 2020

I want to thank everyone who recently voted for me as the fourth congressional district male delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, to be held in mid-August. It is an honor and a privilege to be selected. I’ve never been at a National Convention, although this time around it might very well be virtual… watching on zoom in my own house. I’d love to be in Milwaukee but that might not be the wisest place to be unless social distancing is strictly maintained.

I want to elect a progressive Democratic president, presumably Joe Biden.

1. Resolve the coronovirus pandemic while keeping Americans as safe as possible.
2. Resolve the economic crisis and put Americans back to work.
3. Fight for excellent health care for all Americans.
4. Work internationally to resolve the climate change crisis … before it is too late.

While attending the Democratic National Convention as a Sanders delegate, I will help unite Americans around the candidacy of former vice-President Joe Biden. We need a to rebuild a healthier America and get people working again.

Anyone interested in discussing their concerns may contact me at either 508-455-1918 or at tywaterman1918.

All the best,

Ty Waterman, Attleboro City Councilor

Electing a president that cares

Friends:

Never, since I was born in 1948 and started voting in 1972, have we had a more important presidential election. We have an incompetent president who literally endangers the lives of thousands of Americans.
He is a master at dividing Americans, setting them off fighting each other, so we frequently avoid the entire subject of presidential politics. Why do so many avoid this subject? Because our very friends might be on opposite sides of the presidential fence. I love my Norton Singer theatre friends. But I won’t talk politics with them. Their friendship has meant too much for me to lose it because of an argument over Donald Trump. Enuf said.

But now Donald Trump is costing our neighbors and families a lot more than their mere friendships. Forty five thousand people have died since February when the first Americans succumbed to COVID 19. Forty Five thousand!!! That is as many Americans as the entire population of the city of Attleboro, Massachusetts, or Burlington, Vermont! Three quarters of a million Americans have been sickened by COVID 19, and thousands upon thousands of Americans have been hospitalized and weakened by this horrific virus.

Now… I’m not blaming Donald Trump for the virus. But I sure am blaming President Trump for not preparing us to fight it! He knew what was happening in China. He knew what was happening in Italy and Spain.
Donald Trump knew this disease could easily jump oceans and head right for North America. Jet planes and ships transported sick people right onto our shores and started killing us almost two months ago, beginning on the west coast, especially in the state of Washington.

Donald Trump did not help us prepare for the virus. He did not push for nationwide testing of the disease. He didn’t insure that all medical providers, hospitals, fireman and police….. had sufficient personal protective equipment. He did not stress self-distancing until the disease was right on top of us. And by the time the individual states started shutting down businesses, the virus was … once again …. right on top of us. And now, Donald Trump is not stopping states like Florida, South Carolina, and George from reopening beaches and businesses. In short, he is not leading the war against coronovirus.! Donald Trump is several steps behind leaders like the governors of New York, Washington, California … and of course, Governor Baker of Massachusetts. But my question is: Who is really in charge during the war on COVID-19?

This world war is being fought right on our own shores…. it’s being in fought in Boston, Seattle, Detroit, New Orleans, and yes…. right here in Attleboro, Massachusetts. I swear, Donald Trump does not know what to do about it. He changes his mind every two or three days. He appears as concerned about the stock market as he is about losing thousands of Americans a week to the virus!

I want businesses to open up soon, too… but not until we have the virus under complete control! I miss eating at Morin’s, visiting friends at the senior center, going to my favorite bookstore in Plainville, but now is not the time. It’s dangerous out there.

My daughter recently bought her new home in Charleston, South Caroline, which felt relatively safe to me….. until the local authorities started talking about opening up the beaches of South Carolina so tourists could spend their money. MAYBE DONALD TRUMP NEEDS TO FLY DOWN TO THOSE BEACHES IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND WALK IN THE WATER… OR ON THE WATER. Would he feel safe greeting the throngs of people lounging alongside the ocean?

Meanwhile thousands more Americans are likely to perish alone, in an emergency COVID 19 hospital ward, without their loving family gathered around them.

THAT’S WHY i WANT TO BE A DELEGATE TO THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION. I worked hard in New Hampshire, Attleboro, Foxboro, Mansfield and Taunton knocking on doors in late February to elect Bernie Sanders. Bernie has invited me to run to be a delegate….. Now Bernie is endorsing Joe Biden and so will I.

JOE BIDEN ABSOLUTELY HAS TO DEFEAT DONALD TRUMP…. not only to end this virus, but to also prepare us to fight Climate Change and the resulting IMMENSE tragedy that climate change threatens to bring.

Our dear planet is cracking under the choking smog of automobile fumes. DONALD TRUMP WANTS TO CANCEL ALL THE PROGRESS AMERICA HAS MADE FIGHTING AUTO EMISSIONS … ALL IN THE NAME OF MAKING MONEY FOR THE SUPER RICH. Enuf said!

Donald Trump has given us a legacy. He has set out to destroy our dear environment.. and appears to place the stock market as a higher priority than saving human lives.

Donald, you didn’t cause this pandemic…. but you didn’t give us enough tests, enough Personal Protective Equipment, enough leadership….. to stop it.

So, I will support Joe Biden… just as I supported Bernie Sanders….

BECAUSE IF WE HAVE A SECOND WAVE OF CORONOVIRUS THIS WINTER…. IF JOE BIDEN ISN’T ELECTED PRESIDENT THIS FALL…. GOD HELP US!!!!!

Submitted by Ty Waterman
Attleboro City Councilor

Bernie Sanders and Ty Waterman

Subject: Fwd: Bernie Sanders and Ty Waterman

TY WATERMAN IS RUNNING TO BE A BERNIE SANDERS DELEGATE!
1. WHO IS TY WATERMAN?

I’ve been a career social worker with the Dept. of Developmental Disablities, Dare Family Services (Boston), and the Atleboro YMCA. I ran foster care in Boston and Brockton for 19 years, focusing on helping people gain skills to help themselves. I’m a social worker, a therapist, and now am working for the citizens of Attleboro, Mass.

Two years ago I was elected to the Attleboro City Council. While serving on the Democratic City Committee for six years, I helped elect both Mayor Paul Heroux and State Rep. Jim Hawkins. Early in my career I served on the New Hampshire Democratic State Committee and worked for U.S. Senator Thomas J. McIntyre (NH). I’ve been a delegate to the Mass. Democratic State Convention for the past three years and recently was elected to the Democratic State Committee.

I’m a father of two adult daughters while living in Foxboro, Mass. (13 years) and in Attleboro (18 years.) My wife (Jan) is a retired music teacher who taught in Framingham. In my spare time I wrote the book "The Year the Red Sox Won the Series" about the 1918 world champs.

2. WHY I SUPPORTED BERNIE SANDERS.

Bernie Sanders cares about Americans … he cares about people struggling to make their rent or mortgage, affording good health care, paying their college education bills, and growing old with dignity, Bernie wants us to have affordable prescription drugs and a livable minimum wage. He wants us to live in a safe, healthy environment and have the tools to fight climate change. Bernie Sanders wants to help honest people who are seeking a better life in the United States. Bernie cares about LGBTQ people and their rights. Need I say more?

Bernie is a politician I both admire and trust. I campaigned for Bernie in New Hampshire and then organized his campaign site in Attleboro/Taunton, where Bernie achieved 31% of the vote.

3. WHAT DO I HOPE TO ACHIEVE AS A BERNIE SANDERS DELEGATE?

PARTY UNITY: As Democrats we need to focus on electing a president who unites our country. Bernie Sanders has endorsed former Vice-President Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States. I support his endorsement. Bernie and Joe both want good affordable health insurance, they both want to fight climate change, a much cleaner environment, affordable higher education, supporting working class families, and a humane immigration policy. I want to use my social work and political skills to help unite Democrats, to adopt a progressive Democratic platform, and together, with Bernie’s assistance, unite to elect Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.

5. I ASK FOR YOUR VOTE SO I CAN SERVE OUR PARTY ….. AS BERNIE SANDERS NATIONAL DELEGATE.

THANK YOU!.
Ty Waterman

Attleboro City Councilor

Mass Democratic State Committee
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Delegate to National Convention

YOU CAN MAKE AN IMPORTANT VOTE FROM YOUR COMPUTER

I know many of you feel cooped up, worried about meeting your bills, getting back to your jobs, schools, start working out agains. I ALSO KNOW YOU’RE ANXIOUS FOR YOUR LOVED ONES. I get it. This not an easy time for anyone to even think about politics and the presidential, congressional and state legislative races. I’m glad I am not running for re-election this year. Knocking on doors is a horrible idea now and for some time to come. I get it.

So …..

I’VE BEEN NOMINATED BY BERNIE SANDERS TO BE A POSSIBLE DELEGATE TO THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION ,, supposedly in mid-August.

BUT TO VOTE ON YOUR DELEGATE TO THE CONVENTION … YOU MUST ASK FOR A BALLOT before next Friday, the 17th of April.

CALL ME FOR A LINK TO THE BALLOT REQUEST FORM …. ASAP….. CHOOSE YOUR OWN DELEGATE TO THE NATIONAL DEM. CONVENTION
(The ballot request form is on the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee website) – or call me (508-455-1918)

1. I have three male opponents for the only male Sanders delegate in our congressional district (4th district).
2. I can send you a LINK to THE BALLOT APPLICATION on the Mass. Democratic State Committee website …. only registered DEMOCRATS CAN VOTE.
3. You’ll see my name if you click on Sanders delegates on the ballot application.
4. This is real democracy in action…. vote for your delegate…. help change the course of the United States.

WHY VOTE FOR ME FOR A SANDERS DELEGATE?

ANSWER: I CARE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE, CLIMATE CHANGE…. and YOUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY!

A BIGGER ANSWER: I REALLY CARE ABOUT UNITING JOE BIDEN, BERNIE SANDERS AND ELIZABETH WARREN DELEGATES SO WE CAN WIN IN THE FALL.

IF WE DON’T UNITE…. WE WON’T BEGIN TO SOLVE CLIMATE CHANGE…. OR IMPROVE HEALTH CARE INSURANCE….. OR HELP MILLIONS OF STRUGGLING AMERICAN FAMILIES;

******* IF YOU WANT TO CONSIDER ME AS A NATIONAL DELEGATE ,,,,,,, CALL ME AT 508-455-1918…. or EMAIL ME AT tywaterman1918 ********

THANK YOU….. I WANT TO REPRESENT YOU

Stay healthy… stay safe…..
Ty

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The upside of social distancing

Friends and supporters:

We’ve had a couple of weeks of social distancing and staying at home Now. The days are starting to go quickly and seem to be blending into one another. Sunday seems more like Wednesday or Friday. No church yet, no more Friday night Attleboro high boys basketball games, City Council on Tuesdays has been postponed twice, theater rehearsals with Norton Singers are cancelled, no more swimming at the YMCA or conversations with my clients at Morin’s, and lunches at the Senior Center are suspended unless I knock on the locked center to ask for a take out bag lunch. I only did that on St. Patty’s Day because those lunches are meant for someone else. I stay home and make my daily turkey burger instead.But I wonder how my many friends at the Senior Center are doing? I don’t hear anything about them now.

I have to hustle each morning to pick up my Boston Globe and Attleboro papers. Otherwise, I don’t have any idea what is going on in Attleboro. I make certain I catch part of Paul Healey’s morning show on WARA 1320 which is one laugh after another. I swear Paul is deliberately ignoring our pandemic and substituting laughter for our myopic despair and worry. Paul Healey is a spiritual lift for Jan and myself. Wish he was on the air on weekends!

So life has changed considerable, slowed markedly, and sometimes comes to a downright crawl. I have few reasons to wake up early lots more time to dream. For instance, this morning I dreamt that I was walking across the entire state of Montana. I need my full eight hours to trek huge distances in my dreams now. Every day is like New Years day minus the football.

So what the upside of social distancing?
1. Lots more time to clean up the leaves and overgrown backyard garden.
2. Lots of long phone calls with new and old friends. I even had great phone calls with my younger brothers in Missouri and New York City!
3. Regular strolls in the woods with Jan, Choey and no one else!
4, Reading the Boston Glove daily.
5. Time to eat dinner slowly and fall asleep on the couch with Jan afterwards.
6. More time to pet Cloey, as dogs are supposedly safe to touch.
7. Making lots of phone calls while running to be elected to the Mass. Democratic Committee…. meeting some fascinating people.
8. Shocking myself by learning how to use Zoom. I’ve been called a luddite…. unable to learn 21st century technology. But with help from Jan and friends on the phone…. I can learn new tech.
9. As a member of the Board of Directors of Attleboro Enterprises, Inc (A.E. I.) I am advocating for the best possible treatment of staff who had to be furloughed, via Zoom phone meetings.

I suggest making a list of how your life is changing. Examine what the positive upside is… caring for your pet, walks with your spouse and children, playing games with family in the house, long phone calls with far away relatives….

You’ll get through this crisis…. make your own list of surprises. What’s your upside?

Good luck, Ty

Bernie Sanders/Mass.

Friends and neighbors in Attleboro and beyond:

For the past two weeks I’ve been busy organizing and helping run the Bernie Sanders staging center in Attleboro, mostly servicing Foxboro, North Attleboro, Attlebor, Norton, Mansfield, Plainville and Taunton. We have had dozens upon dozens of volunteers… many from Attleboro and the burbs, and a surprising number of Rhode Islanders, mostly from Providence. I have been incredibly impressed by the dedication of the volunteers as they drive all over our region knocking on pre-selected doors. Lots of volunteers in their 20’s and 30’s. I haven’t seen young adults so excited by a presidential candidate since I was in college helping Bobby Kennedy!

Democrats have several good candidates and I sincerely respect both Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. But I believe Bernie Sanders is a special candidate. Bernie prioritizes the needs of the "average" person. He knows that it is almost impossible to live off two-part time jobs, especially when they are minimum wage. He totally understands the difficulties of finding good, affordable health insurance unless you work in a company or for a city/school system that buys into large group plans like Blue Cross or Harvard/Pilgrim, Tufts, etc.

But so many people have to settle for United Health Care and its counterparts, which offer 4 to 5 thousand dollar deductibles. I just met a man who only had medical care as a child when his family could afford to pay medical premiums… which was off and on. I met another man in the Sanders campaign who had a bike accident and had to pay the first $6,000 before his coverage kicked in. By the time he paid off his medical bills he owed several thousand dollars in back rent.

I am very fortunate. I managed to live till 65 and am covered by Medicare Part B. When I was hospitalized for prostate surgery two years ago, medicare paid for my entire surgery and 48 hours at Brigham and Women’s hospital. I didn’t owe a single penny and my life was saved. But if I had been 63 years old with cancer, I might have been dead broke, or dead as a doornail, if it wasn’t for my wife’s great medical plan through the Framingham school district.

No one should be avoiding medical care because of bad health insurance or no insurance at all. Bernie wants everyone to have an equal opportunity for affordable, excellent health care!

I think Bernie will pay for Medicare for All by eliminating the generous tax breaks that millionaires and billionaires are currently receiving. By the way, I don’t know anyone who admits to being better off with Donald Trumps tax breaks. No one that runs in my crowd.

Medical care alone is enough for me to vote for Bernie.

How about climate change? The good old USA is doing next to nothing as a federal government to address rising temperatures, violent storms, and vast changes in precipitation across our land.

The good old USA isn’t working with the rest of the world to address climate change. Australia burns away, Europe has record heat waves, the ice caps on both poles are melting, the oceans are rising, fish are dying,
and Donald Trump’s version of science is to ignore everything and call it all a hoax. Boston will eventually by inundated by salt water, especially along the harbor. The Cape will have houses slip into the ocean. Attleboro will be forced to find permanent cooling centers for people who cant afford the cost of air conditioners.

Bernie Sanders will bring the good old USA back into climate change discussions with European nations, maybe even the United Nations. We use 8% of the world;s energy but we don’t seem to care what the rest of the world is doing to save our planet.

Bernie cares. Bernie will act and join up with the rest of the planet. We don’t have much time or it could be too late to change our fate. Bernie will immediately begin fighting for the life of Planet Earth! Many younger voters understand Bernie’s passion to save our world.

Please consider Bernie tomorrow in the Massachusetts primary. Bernie will fight for your rights…. you have the right to good health care and a healthy climate. Is this too much to ask for?

All my best…. Ty Waterman

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Attleboro canvassing for Bernie this weekend!

Friends and neighbors of greater Attleboro and Rhode Island:

You are invited to come to 200 Robert Street in Attleboro this weekend, Monday and election day to help elect Bernie Sanders. We will train you, give you some information on your smart phone, and prepare you to knock on friendly doors, or make phone calls to invite folks to vote for Bernie in the Massachusetts primary!

This campaign is a movement for better wages, universal and excellent health care for everyone, a sensible approach to slowing down climate change, universal public colleges with a goal of free education (like California already has), fair and humane treatment of immigrants, and equal justice for all Americans regardless of race and creed.

We haven’t seen such a movement since FDR in the 1930’s and 40’s, and JFK during the early 60’s! We have a lot of fixing to do in America and you can be part of the big fix this weekend right here in Attleboro, the former jewelry capital of the world!

BERNIE SANDERS TRULY WANTS TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!! Join me in this American crusade. BERNIE HAS A DREAM.

We’ll be open at 200 Robert Street at 10 am on Saturday, Sunday and Monday…. and holding signs for Bernie from 7 am to 8 pm on election day.

You can reach me at 508-577-1412.