LWVN Environmental Issues Committee (EIC) Meeting on Thursday, January 18th

The Environmental Issues Committee (EIC) will meet on Thursday, January 18th at 11 am at 20 Devon Road.  The agenda includes an update of polystyrene, sidewalk snow clearing, and gas leaks.  If you can attend, please contact info@lwvnewton.org

From LWV of Concord-Carlisle: Wendy Sherman to speak on January 21

An exciting event sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle and open to all:  

Understanding America’s Role in Foreign Affairs:

A Conversation with Wendy Sherman

Sunday, January 21, 2018 7pm

Concord Academy Chapel

166 Main Street, Concord, MA

Wendy R. Sherman is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and also serves as a Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group. As Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs at the U.S. Department of State form 1997-2001 and as a Special Adviser and Policy Coordinator on North Korea to President Clinton, she worked as a close adviser to then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on every major foreign policy and national security issue. From 2011-2015, she was the fourth-ranking official in the State Department, during which period she led the team that negotiated with Iran and other partners to craft, on July 14, 2015, the “nuclear deal.”

Meet Mayor Fuller!

Mayor Fuller has released a schedule of office hours and “meet-ups” to talk with Newton residents.  Office hours are for those who would like a 5-10 minute individual meeting with the Mayor, and meet-ups are more like open houses.

Click here for the schedule and more information:  100 Days Two Ways to Meet Mayor Fuller

Automatic Voter Registration Lobby Day on 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.

You can also help by sending a letter to the editor of your local paper supporting AVR.  You can find a template for a letter from an individual here.  Sign up here to let us know that you are submitting a letter, so we can track our statewide impact. And please download our fact sheet on automatic voter registration.

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.

 

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