Warren Tolman

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Warren Tolman is the brother of Steven Tolman.

Progressive propaganda event

According to Boston activist Jason Pramas, a couple of months after September 11th "shattered politics-as-usual for the American left", a number of local Boston activists in the labor-welfare coalition Working Massachusetts, in Jobs with Justice, and "in my group, the Campaign on Contingent Work", thought that the economic downturn accelerated by the terrorist attacks was actually creating an excellent climate for "progressives to take the political high ground in Massachusetts".

So in November of 2001, two ideas — Jobs with Justice’s plan to hold a Faneuil Hall speakout similar to the epic Democratic Socialists of America -led “Hearing on Economic Insecurity” in 1996, and a CCW/Working Massachusetts plan to hold a conference to help further unify the work of area progressives (and not-coincidentally) relaunch Working Massachusetts.

The major difference between "our event and the 1996 event" was that the worker panels testified to the local Jobs with Justice Workers Rights Board consisting of "eminent personages like Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner and Boston College Professor Juliet Schor" (both DSA members) — rather than testifying to a panel of Congresspeople. A few politicians showed up, most notably Congressman Bill Delahunt, State Treasurer Shannon O’Brien and State Senator Warren Tolman, but the overall focus of the day was that the "area progressive movement should express public shock and outrage at the local state of economic affairs in the light of the mass media. And propose that a freshly-emboldened popular movement could change the current political equation in favor of working people."[1]

Commonwealth Coalition event

In 2002 Carin Schiewe resigned after 13 years as Director of the Commonwealth Coalition in Boston. [2]

Her leadership was celebrated with a fundraising event in June. At the event many speakers recalled the impact Schiewe has had on the progressive movement. Among them were Warren Tolman, candidate for Governor, Representative Jay Kaufman, Kathy Casavant, Treasurer of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, and Lucia Mayerson-David of ¿Oiste?.

"Healthcare:showdown at the Statehouse"

The July 2005 a Boston Democratic Socialists of America members members meeting voted to back all three of the health care proposals debated below: the “single payer” legislation proposed by State Senator Warren Tolman and Representative Frank Hynes, the campaign for a state constitutional amendment guaranteeing health care coverage, and also Senator Michael T. Moore’s Mass ACT bill.

This last has provoked some dissent. "The Yankee Radical welcomes the responses of members and friends, however critical, but one apparent misunderstanding should be clarified. Sandy Eaton comments that some in DSA feel that Mass Care, in “vigorously supporting” the single payer bill, is splitting the movement for health care reform. Actually, as a charter member of the Mass Care coalition, we certainly have no objection to its support of legislation we also favor. But does wanting the best solution always mean opposition to more modest efforts that have a chance of winning?'"[3]

DSA staffer

One time Democratic Socialists of America member Tim Carpenter served as field organizer for Clean Elections' Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Warren Tolman[4]

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