So what are the League’s positions on gun control?

This statement below is from the national League website.  For a history of the League’s study and action on gun control, click here: LWVUS on Gun Control

The League’s Position

Statement of Position on Gun Control, as Adopted by 1990 Convention and amended by the 1994 and 1998 Conventions:

The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that the proliferation of handguns and semi-automatic assault weapons in the United States is a major health and safety threat to its citizens. The League supports strong federal measures to limit the accessibility and regulate the ownership of these weapons by private citizens. The League supports regulating firearms for consumer safety.

The League supports licensing procedures for gun ownership by private citizens to include a waiting period for background checks, personal identity verification, gun safety education and annual license renewal. The license fee should be adequate to bear the cost of education and verification.

The League supports a ban on “Saturday night specials,” enforcement of strict penalties for the improper possession of and crimes committed with handguns and assault weapons, and allocation of resources to better regulate and monitor gun dealers.

Snow, Sidewalk Clearing and the Parking Ban: A Panel Discussion on February 28, 7 pm

Even thought it’s starting to feel like spring…

Come with your questions to a panel discussion of snow, sidewalk clearing, and the parking ban on Wednesday, February 28 from 7 to 9 pm at the Auburndale Community Library.  Panelists include: City Councilor Vicki Danberg; Mark Shane, Director of Streets for the Newton Department of Public Works; and a representative of the police department.  Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Newton.  All are welcome.


Save the Date: LWVMA Spring Conference on April 28

SAVE THE DATE:  Join LWVMA and a lineup of inspiring speakers at our Spring Conference, “Beyond the March:  Massachusetts Women as Agents of Democracy,” April 28 from 9:30 until 2:30 at Clark University in Worcester.  Registration and speaker details will be shared shortly.

The focus of the conference will be on the serious challenges facing our democratic norms, institutions, and processes and on steps that ordinary citizens can take to repair and protect our democracy. In the current political moment, women in particular are feeling energized to “do something” to fix political institutions that are widely perceived as broken.  The Women’s Marches captured much of that energy in an inspiring way, but the question now is how do we harness that energy to effect change and bolster our democracy at the national, state, and local levels.

Webinar from LWVMA: “Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living”

LWVMA Climate and Energy Solutions Series Webinar with John Rogers, Union of Concerned Scientists

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m. 

WHERE: Attend the forum without leaving your home!

How can each of us live Cooler and Smarter? Can our own lifestyle choices really make an impact on climate change? While the routine decisions that shape our days-what to have for dinner, where to shop, how to get to work-may seem small, collectively they have a big effect on global warming. But which changes in our lifestyles might make the biggest difference to the climate? 

Join us for a discussion with John Rogers, senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and co-author of Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living. He will present science-based guidance on the most effective ways to cut your own emissions by 20% or more, and explain why your individual contribution is a vital part of addressing one of society’s greatest threats.

Register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  

Host: LWVMA Environmental Action and Advocacy Steering Committee

Support for webinars: New England Grassroots Environment Fund

Newton Power Choice: Video and City Info

What do you know about Newton Power Choice?  City-wide discussion on this topic is just getting started, so watch our NewTV Program, “The League Presents…Newton Power Choice” to be up on the latest information.  Click here to watch our 30-minute program.

Here is information from the City of Newton on the same topic, with more to come in future months:

Newton Power Choice Program

The City of Newton is developing a plan for a new electricity program to be named Newton Power Choice.  The program will provide an opportunity for Newton to significantly increase the amount of renewable energy in the community’s electricity supply. The program is a form of group purchasing known as an electricity aggregation, and it will impact nearly all electricity customers in Newton.

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