From LWVMA: Safe Communities Lobby Day on April 5th

LWVMA supports the Safe Communities Act, a bill to protect the civil liberties of all Massachusetts residents, ensure due process rights to people detained for civil immigration violations and ensure police and other local/state law enforcement agencies do not participate in immigration enforcement.

Please join us Wednesday, April 5, at the State House for Immigrants’ Day, a lobby day in support of this bill, sponsored by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) organization. The event begins at 9 a.m. and lobbying will go until 2 p.m. There will be keynote speakers in the Hall of Flags from 10 to 11 a.m., after which we encourage you to meet with your legislators. 

To register with MIRA click here and for information on Lobby Day click here.  Please also email Immigration Specialist Karen Price to let LWVMA know you are coming. You can find your legislators’ contact information here to make an appointment.

LWVUS has come out strongly in support of such efforts at the state and local levels. In a 2017 statement it said: “The League supports cities, towns, counties and states that make a decision not to cooperate with federal deportation and enforcement actions that include non-criminal undocumented immigrants.”

Register for LWVMA’s 2017 Convention: April 28 & 29

Join LWVN members in attending the LWVMA 2017 Convention!  Information is below…if you’d like to be a voting delegate, please contact LWVN at info@lwvnewton.org.  Info from the state league is below….

The theme is The Future of Democracy: Facing the Challenges. Featured speakers include Brian McGrory, Editor, The Boston Globe, Wylecia Wiggs Harris, Chief Executive Officer, LWVUS, Rachael Cobb, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Government, Suffolk University, and a Panel Discussion will highlight Millennial Voices in the Massachusetts State Legislature.  

When:

11:00 am on Friday, April 28 until 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 29, 2017 

Where:

Sheraton Framingham Hotel,

1657 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701, 508-879-7200 

What:

League leaders and members from across the state join together every two years to share and celebrate our successes and to participate in grassroots democracy in the governance of our state League.

All Massachusetts League members are invited to attend but only delegates can vote. Convention will offer networking opportunities, training, and inspiration for our work – especially as we look forward to the League’s 100th anniversary in 2020!

Download the Pre-Convention Workbook

Get More Information and Register Now! 

The LWVMA bylaws govern the business of convention, and direct us to:

  • Consider and authorize a program for action for the next two years;
  • Approve a biennial budget for 2017-2019;
  • Elect officers and directors for the 2017-2019 biennium; and
  • Adopt amendments to the bylaws as needed.

 

LWVN Statement to the Newton Charter Commission

The statement below was read on behalf of LWVN at Wednesday’s Newton Charter Commission Public Hearing:

The League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) would like to express deep thanks to each and every member of the Newton Charter Commission for their tireless dedication.  It took years to collect the signatures needed to review the city charter, yet in 16 months, the Charter Commission managed to research, evaluate, discuss, debate and decide on recommended improvements to the effectiveness and efficiency of our city government.  This was indeed an enormous task, both in terms of scope and importance, that required an untold number of hours.

Our observers witnessed thorough discussions on points major and minor.  We heard discussion on the general structure of government, as well on the finer points of using “may” or “will.”  Decisions were revisited more than once when comments from voters led the Charter Commission to re-open discussion.  LWVN believes that the varied comments from the public were treated respectfully and seriously, and that a wide set of viewpoints have been represented and considered.

We also believe that the process was open and transparent.  The Charter Commission made ample time for public comment, encouraged emails to the commission, and communicated regularly to an email list that was open to all.  Members of the Charter Commission responded on blogs, met with people individually, and visited local groups when invited.  It is difficult to imagine how much more the group could have done to respond and reach out to the community.

LWVN is still in the process of evaluating the proposed recommendations in light of our own 2010 charter study and expect to vote whether or not to support the proposal in the coming month.  Nevertheless, we encourage everyone to recognize the hard work and commitment these nine Newton residents have shown to our community.  Now it is our turn to review the recommendations with the same thoughtfulness and respect that the Charter Commission showed us.

 

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