LWVUS National Convention: June 16-19, 2016

Convention 2016, June 16-19 in Washington, DC:  Making Democracy Work for All:  Experience the collective power of our mission, messages, and actions to build a more perfect democracy.

  • Lobby Day. Be a part of advancing the League’s legislative priorities when you go to Capitol Hill for meetings with your elected representatives in the U.S. Congress.
  • Pre-Convention Welcome Activities. Attend Key Structures of Democracy sessions – on money in politics, redistricting, constitutional amendment safeguards – to learn the powerful ways you can bring these issues home for action. A first-time convention-goers event and Convention orientations will connect “newbies” and veterans in learning how to make the most of Convention.
  • Daily caucuses and workshops. Participate in a range of League issues and skills building gatherings – in election services, voter protection, advocacy, civic engagement, social media, fundraising and more.
  • Plenary sessions. Learn from experts in politics and communications about where the League can focus its impact in the coming biennium, engage in proceedings around League positions, and look ahead to strategies for success as our centennial year approaches.
  • Connect through engagement. Take part in the Engagement Zone, Wares Market, Banquet and Discussion Roundtables. Attend the renowned Capitol Steps comedy performance and enjoy their hilarious take on national politics.

Ready to take action? Visit the Convention 2016 information page NOW for details and to:

  • Register for Lobby Day and Convention
  • Reserve Hotel Rooms
  • Access resources for Convention “Business” Items
  • Sign up for March 10th Convention Webinar
  • Apply for a Convention Award
  • Join the Convention/Program Planning Google Group

Questions? Please send an e-mail to membership@lwv.org.

LWVN and National Program Planning–February 17th

Join LWVN members as they discuss ideas and proposals to weigh in on LWVUS program planning!  We’re meeting at Bonnie Carter’s house, 177 Homer Street, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17th.

Money in Politics Consensus Meeting–Thursday, January 28th

LWVN will host a second topic/consensus meeting on Money in Politics, part of the LWVUS study.  This is an evening meeting for those who couldn’t attend the lunchtime meeting earlier this month, or those who want to discuss the issue a second time.  This meeting will be held in the NewTV Conference Room on Needham Street, from 7 to 9 p.m.


January Topic Meeting: Money in Politics

Please join us to discuss the Consensus Questions for Money in Politics

Thursday January 14, 2016
11:30-1:00 pm, NewTV Conference Room
Brown bag lunches welcome

The LWVUS Board is seeking our input to this important and complex issue. The League’s position on Campaign Finance reflects continuing concern for open and honest elections and for maximum citizen participation in the political process. This meeting will document Newton’s thoughts on these issues, and will advise National for their review of these issues.


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

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