Lights! Camera! LWVMA Student Video Contest!

For its fifth annual student video contest, LWVMA invites high school students to create 30-second public service announcements to motivate voters for Massachusetts’ Fall 2018 elections.

The contest, Get In the Game…and Vote, is open to all high school students in Massachusetts.  Top winners will be awarded $500, $250, and $100, and their videos will be publicized statewide.

Entries must be submitted online from February 1 through March 31 at www.lwvma.org.  Judging will take place in April, and winners will be announced in May.  Official rules and further details are available at www.lwvma.org.

League members can help publicize the video contest at high schools in their area.  A toolkit and flyer to download are available on our website here.  Emails about the contest will be sent to Massachusetts high schools, but may not reach the people you know. Please email personal contacts (high school administrators, educators, students) directly using the suggested email .  Your League can also send a letter to the editor about the contest and post information on your website and Facebook page. The information you need is in the toolkit.

And if you are interested in helping to judge the videos, contact LWVMA Executive Director Meryl Kessler.

Automatic Voter Registration Lobby Day on Wednesday, January 31

We need your help! Join LWVMA and the other members of the Election Modernization Coalition for a lobby day to pass Automatic Voter Registration at the State House Wednesday, Jan. 31, 9:30 a.m. to noon.  Registration and training will take place in Room 428 in the State House (24 Beacon St., Boston).

We will be working hard to get the AVR bill out of the Joint Committee on Election Laws and to the floor of the House for a vote. Nothing makes as strong an impression on legislators as in-person visits from constituents.

Sign up here to participate in the AVR lobby day.

Can’t make it to Boston?  Call your state Representative that day and ask him/her to urge the Speaker to bring the Automatic Voter Registration bill (H.2091/S.373) to the floor for a vote.

Housing Needs in the Metrowest Region: First in a series from U-Chan on January 25

U-CHAN (Uniting Citizens for Housing Affordability in Newton) announces the first of a four-part educational series:

An Overview of the Housing Needs in the Metrowest Region.

Clark Ziegler, the Executive Director Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP)

January 25th 7:00-9:00 pm

Eliot Church, 474 Centre Street

Mr. Ziegler will include data and reports developed by the MHP, the Metropolitan Area Council, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, the Boston Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and others which will help us understand and address Newton’s needs.

Series goal: To provide Newton Residents factual information to enhance our knowledge of housing needs. Coming soon, presentations on:
(1) Financing for various types of housing developments;
(2) What is the spectrum of housing needs and how best to meet them; and
(3) What are the common values citizens of Newton can agree upon and adhere to as we plan for a city that ensures a good future for all its citizens.

 

Help LWVN welcome newly elected officials on January 16th

LWVN welcomes the new Mayor, City Council, and School Committee every two years with a welcome supper before one of the first City Council meetings of the year.  We need volunteers to help set up, welcome and clean up on January 16th, starting around 6:30 pm. If you can help out, contact info@lwvnewton.org.  Thanks!

LWVN Topic Meeting on the City Charter: January 17th at 7pm, NewTV Conference Room

Join LWVN members on January 17th at 7 pm to discuss the latest with charter change, including beginning to evaluate the “8&8” option discuss in December by the Newton City Council.  We’ll be meeting in the NewTV conference room, 23 Needham Street.

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