SHIRLEY -- How can we tell fake news and click bait from reality?

If the voters have direct access to elected leaders via social media, why do we need an open and trusted media to keep us informed?

What is our role as consumers and disseminators of information? Are we the problem or the solution?

The Shirley Democratic Town Committee invites you to attend a free public forum on "Propaganda, the Media, and (the Fate of) Democracy" on March 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at The Bull Run Restaurant, to discuss these and other related concerns.

Free hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Attendees are asked to enter the back door of the restaurant to easily access The Studio Room downstairs.


* Melissa Lynch, former local journalist and communications specialist, will discuss the need for a free press in a democratic society;

* Massachusetts State Senator Jamie Eldridge will address how money in politics influences policy and affects free speech;

* Former Shirley Selectman Chip Guercio will speak on open and civil discourse between local government and voters;

* Massachusetts State Rep. Jen Benson will help us learn how the public can become more engaged.

Contact the Committee email, or visit