Take Action with LWV

Get involved in the community by contacting your elected officials on these LWV actions!

From LWVN:  Contact Newton’s Board of Aldermen to support the proposed Austin Street project.  Click here to read more about how to help:  LWVN and Austin Street.

From LWVMA:  On Tuesday, June 30, LWVMA is teaming up with 32 other organizations, Attorney General Maura Healey, and sexual health advocates from across the state for the first-ever Sexual Health Lobby Day in Massachusetts.  Join with others and raise your voices to advocate for what we believe in. We can make a huge difference in the health and well-being of women, men, and young people across Massachusetts.

If you cannot attend this lobby day, please contact your Senator and Representative and urge them to support H.448/S.265 An Act Relative to Healthy Youth to provide accurate and age-appropriate information on sexual health care for our children. To read the LWVMA testimony about this bill, click here:  testimony

Also from LWVMA:  Please contact the Governor’s office and ask him (1) to remove the requirement in Executive Order 562 that state regulations not exceed federal regulations and (2) to insure that changes to or elimination of regulations include an opportunity for public hearings and comment.

LWVMA has asked Governor Charlie Baker to revise his Executive Order #562, which requires all agencies within the Executive department to review every regulation under their jurisdiction.  The League, in a letter, urged the Governor to require that agencies hold public hearings and provide for public comment periods before regulations are changed.  The letter noted that the League supports and encourages regular and objective reviews of state regulations to assure that they are clear, relevant and effective in accomplishing their intended results.  For more information, click here:  Executive Order

From LWVUS:  LWVUS supports an executive order from President Obama that would require disclosure of political expenditures from all federal contractors. Contact the White House to urge President Obama to further transparency in our political system with this order. There aren’t that many options that can be exercised to fight money in politics. This is one of them!

LWV members can write to the President urging this action by going to: White House Comments to give comments.

Here’s a link to proposed executive order:  Brennan Center–Political Spending

Show Your Support for the Proposed Austin Street Plan


Join LWVN in supporting the current plan for the proposed Austin Street plan!  The specifics of the plan can be found here:  austinstreetnewton.com  For those of you who have been following the process, the current plan keeps all the spaces in the lot currently, as well as reduces the size of the building and the number of units.

How You Can Help

  • Please tell members of the Board of Aldermen that you support this important project.  If you send an email to City Clerk David Olson at dolson@newtonma.gov, he will forward it to the entire board.  
  • Show your support in person by attending and speaking at the public hearings on Tuesday, June 2 and June 9th at 7 pm in the Aldermanic Chamber of Newton City Hall.  

Please note:  No one connected with Austin Street Partners or the LWVMA participated in LWVN’s decision-making process.  Because an LWVMA staff member is related to the developer, anyone with direct ties to LWVMA was recused from the discussion and vote.


Save the Date: June 10th Topic Meeting on Constructive Disagreement

Please join us for our next Topic Meeting:

Constructive Disagreement:  How to better manage public conflict
Wed, June 10, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
NewTV, 23 Needham St., Newton

Brown-bag lunches welcome

All across Massachusetts, municipal officials, volunteers, and neighborhood organizations are on the frontline working to solve complex problems related to budgets, education, land use, the environment, economic development, public works, public safety, public health, and more. It requires the active participation of multiple parties and stakeholders to achieve comprehensive solutions to problems and to ensure that the solutions are consistent with a community’s stated visions and goals.

In addressing these complex problems, it is often necessary to confront and tackle serious public conflicts. Those conflicts can be sensitive, are often contentious, and sometimes persist over a long period of time, restricting the ability to move forward or leading to impasses. In order to better manage public conflict, it may be crucial for municipalities to engage officials at all levels of government, including state and federal officials, along with individual citizens, and the entire gamut of local groups and organizations, in needs assessment studies, in-depth public discussions and conflict resolution workshops.

The Massachusetts League of Women Voters and the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration have both been working hard to actively intervene in such conflicts and also provide training in best practices to restore healthy civic discourse. Our speakers this month will be:

  • Madhawa (“Mads”) Palihapitiya – Associate Director of the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration
  • Marilyn Peterson – Co-President, League of Women Voters of Massachusetts

Each speaker will speak for 15 minutes on work that other communities have done and the results achieved to date. This will be followed by open discussion among all attendees.

League members are also encouraged to read the MOPC report “Legislative study: Massachusetts municipal conflict resolution needs assessment”, which may be found at http://scholarworks.umb.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1010&context=mopc_pubs

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