About Our Revolution Somerville

Our Revolution Somerville is a new organization that seeks to transform politics in Somerville and advance a broad progressive agenda.

Mission Statement

We will fight for our vision of a city where all residents have equal access to quality education, affordable housing, economic opportunities, accessible transportation, a healthy environment, and quality public services. Somerville must preserve our strong working class neighborhoods and be inclusive of people of color.

We celebrate the diverse backgrounds, languages, and cultures of our residents. We envision a Somerville where young people have the resources to thrive, where working class families are stable, where immigrants are welcomed, and where community needs come before profits.

Development, Affordable Housing and Campaign Finance

Our Revolution Somerville will support candidates who will work to strengthen the rights of tenants and homeowner occupants, make community planning decisions participatory and transparent, preserve and develop affordable housing, and increase the share of permanently affordable housing that is removed from the private real estate market.

Income Inequality: Economic Justice and Good Jobs

Good jobs make strong communities. Somerville must address long-term unemployment and underemployment, substandard work, and structural inequities of the economic system by ensuring access to local job opportunities, improved job standards, and support for small businesses and alternative economic enterprises.

Quality Education

Our Revolution Somerville believes that public education is a public good that exists to foster the development of critical-thinking members of society, and that teaching is an important profession in which adults can have a meaningful impact on students’ lives.

Please see our Education Value Statement for more details.

Climate and a Healthy Environment

Somerville should be a great place for all residents to live, work, play, and learn in an environment that supports our health, safety, and quality of life. Our city should be a leader on measures to minimize the effects of climate change while making sure that residents who bear the most burden from environmental change have meaningful opportunities to speak for themselves and be primary decision makers on issues affecting their lives, health, and neighborhoods.

Racial Justice

Our Revolution Somerville believes that we must pursue policies to transform this country into a nation that affirms the value of its people of color. That starts with addressing the five central types of violence waged against black, brown and indigenous Americans: physical, political, legal, economic, and environmental. African- Americans are twice as likely to be arrested and almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with the police. African-Americans and Latinos comprise well over half of all prisoners, even though African-Americans and Latinos make up approximately one quarter of the total US population. It is morally repugnant that we have privatized prisons all over America. Corporations should not be allowed to make a profit by building more jails and keeping more Americans behind bars. We have to end the private for profit prison racket in America. People of color disproportionately experience a daily assault on their health and environment. In addition, it is necessary to try to address rampant economic inequality while also taking on the issue of societal racism. We must address the structural and institutional racism that exists in this country, while at the same time vigorously attacking the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality thar is making the very rich much richer while everyone else — especially those in our minority communities – is becoming poorer.

More Democracy

Every resident has a right to participate in decisions that shape our city — its budget, economic development, jobs, schools, services, and approach to public safety. This includes the right to information, transparency, popular participation, and equal representation.

State Issues

  • $15/hour minimum wage
  • Fair Share Amendment
  • Safe Communites Act
  • State Single Payer Health Insurance

Federal Issues

Our Revolution is planning a "Summer for Progress" to put pressure on members of the House of Representatives for a progressive platform in support of five bills in Congress:

• Medicare for All/Single Payer

• Fight for $15

• Free College Tuition

• Ban Private Prisons

• Climate Change