In 2002, the 25th annual Debs-Thomas-Bernstein awards of Boston Democratic Socialists of America were presented to State Representatives Patricia Jehlen and Anne Paulsen at a catered reception on Thursday, June 13 at the home of Marcia Peters and David Karaus.
- Anne Paulsen (D-Belmont) has represented the 26th Middlesex District since 1993, after previous stints on the School Committee and Board of Selectmen. She is Chair of the Women’s Caucus Poverty Task Force and of the Conference on Massachusetts Families. As a member of the Task Force on Welfare Reform, Anne has sought to overcome barriers to employment and expand education and training. She is also a strong supporter of mass transit, and authored a law mandating bicycle access in the construction of new highways.
These awards have been presented annually since 1977 to honor deserving activists and to raise funds for the work of Boston DSA.
Anne Paulsen joked with Jim St. George about her leadership of the “Bicycle Caucus”; she also reported that she had just come across some compelling anti-war (WWI) speeches of Gene Debs in the Statehouse archives, of all places.
DSA support in 2004
According to to the Boston Democratic Socialists of America newsletter, The Yankee Radical, September 2004, page 6, Boston DSA endorsed several State House of Representatives in 2004. These included Rep. Anne Paulsen (Democrat) Incumbent, 24th Middlesex.
Bernie Sanders fundraiser
On June 13 2006, almost 50 supporters attended a fundraiser at the Somerville Massachusetts home of Dick Bauer and Roberta Bauer to help Congressman Bernie Sanders in his quest to become the next U.S. Senator from Vermont. The reception, organized by local volunteers as part of a national project of the Democratic Socialists of America Political Action Committee, raised almost $5,700 for the Sanders Campaign. Sponsors of the event included Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo, State Senator Patricia Jehlen, and State Representatives Anne Paulsen, Carl Sciortino, Alice Wolf and Denise Provost. Denise Provost was also one of the featured speakers, along with DSA member Rand Wilson of IUE-CWA 201, and Bernie sanders' son Levi Sanders.