From LWV of Westford: September 27th Forum on Opioid Epidemic

The League of Women Voters of Westford is sponsoring a forum on the opioid epidemic impacting our town, state, and country. As frequently reported in the news and elsewhere, Massachusetts and the country are currently experiencing a growing epidemic of opioid related overdoses resulting in death. Come join us as we listen to representatives from Westford’s Police, Health, School, and Fire Departments talk about their experiences and perspective on this epidemic impacting our community. An audience question and answer segment will follow the forum. All are welcome!

Wednesday, September 27, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Millennium School, Conference Room- B, 23 Depot St., Westford

From LWV Wellesley, September 28th: Gerrymandering: Why It’s More Complicated Than Most People Think

The LWV of Wellesley will sponsor Mira Bernstein addressing “Gerrymandering: Why It’s More Complicated Than Most People Think” on September 28 at our opening meeting. This talk is an extremely relevant look at how voting is affected by gerrymandering.

With the US Supreme Court preparing to hear oral arguments on October 3rd in Gill v. Whitford, a challenge to the redistricting plan passed by Wisconsin’s legislature in 2011, our topic is most timely.

Mira Bernstein holds a research faculty position in the interdisciplinary program for Sciences, Technology and Society (STS) at Tufts University and is a founding member of the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group which believes that gerrymandering is a fundamental threat to our democracy. Join us in learning about efforts to improve fairness in our election process.

The event will be on Thursday, September 28, at the Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington Street, in Wellesley Hills. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm and the talk will begin promptly at 7 pm.

This event is free and open to the public.

October 3: LWVUS Fall Webinar on Independent Redistricting

The League of Women Voters is leading the way for independent redistricting across the country and we invite you to join us to learn more during our Fall Leaders for Democracy Webinar on October 3rd at 2pm ET.  Representative democracy depends on voters freely choosing their elected officials, not elected officials choosing them. The League works to promote transparent and accountable redistricting processes and to end hyper-partisan practices that don’t benefit constituents.   

LWV leaders will report on their work on this issue including: Chris Carson, President; Wylecia Wiggs Harris, CEO; Carrie L. Davis, Executive Director, LWV of Ohio; Lloyd Leonard, Strategic Advisor to the CEO. 

For more information, or to register, please go to http://forum.lwv.org/blog/october-2017-leaders-democracy-webinar

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