March 27: Talk on Sustainable Development at Newton Free Library

Join Green Newton and the League of Women Voters Newton on Monday, March 27 from 7-8:30pm in the Drucker Auditorium of the Newton Free Library for the Greening Our Community Series program, Sustainable Development with Andre Leroux, Executive Director of Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance.

When is development green? Is development ever green? These questions are the focus of public debate in Newton. Join us for a program in which Andre Leroux, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, will present the case for sustainable development, both globally and locally. Green Newton board member, Jim Purdy, will help to set the context as it relates to Newton.

The program will address:

  • Current development projects in Newton
  • Why smart growth is needed to move toward a more sustainable future
  • How sustainable development helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change

March 25th: The Politics of Justice: Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform

The Politics of Justice: Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform in Massachusetts

Saturday, March 25, 12:45-5:00 p.m.

First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington

630 Mass. Ave. in Arlington Center

Preregister at http://tinyurl.com/hf43b6v

Everyone agrees that the criminal justice system should be fair and effective, but how do we get there from here?  Come learn about key bills that were recently filed at the State House and would contribute to truly comprehensive criminal justice reform.  After a panel, panelists and participants will talk in smaller groups about how to move forward on the bills that most interest them.  

Speakers include:

+  Sen. Will Brownsberger on the Council of State Governments omnibus bill

+  Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan on restorative justice

+  Idris Abdullah of Teens Leading the Way on juvenile justice

+  Sen. Ken Donnelly on mental health issues and pretrial reform

 Cassandra Bensahih of Jobs Not Jails on the Justice Reinvestment Act

+  Rahsaan Hall of the ACLU‑MA’s Racial Justice Program on the racial implications of this season’s proposed legislation. 

There will be also time for networking and action opportunities, and Bill Gardiner, Colleen Kirby and Rep. Dave Rogers will offer an optional 30-minute workshop on interacting effectively with legislators.

This forum is organized by the Mass Incarceration Working Group and co-sponsored by 25 organizations.  Questions?  Email end-mass-incarceration@firstparish.info

Transportation Forum A Great Success!

The LWVN Transportation forum, “The Road Less Traveled: A Road Map to Reduce Traffic in Newton,” was very well attended and very informative. A big thank you to our three very engaging speakers, to our hard-working Transportation Committee, our co-sponsors and Ellen Meyers, Director of Programs and Communications, Newton Public Library. Thank you also to the 50+ attendees who ventured out on a cold and rainy night, some on bikes!

The three presentations are posted here–

  • Sarah Kurpiel Lee, MAPC: Benefits of Reducing Congestion
  • Steve Miller, Livable Streets: Mobility Decongestants
  • Nicole Freedman, City of Newton: Newton’s Draft Transportation Strategy

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