May 18th: Learn about Islamic Law with LWV of Westford

What is Islamic law?  What does it mean to have an Islamic mortgage? How do halal rules function? What could it mean to “ban sharii’a”? These questions and more will be discussed at a presentation sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Westford on the role of Islamic law in legal systems, both in the United States and around the world. This event will be held in the Avis Lounge at the Roudenbush Community Center, 65 Main Street, Westford, on Thursday, May 18th from 7:30 p.m – 9:00 PM.   (Flyer attached)

The talk will be given by Rine Vieth, a PhD student in Anthropology at McGill University in Montréal, Québec, whose studies focus on the intersections of religion, society, and law. Drawing on experience studying and working in Europe and North America, Rine will give a broad overview of the overlaps between religious norms and state law.  The goal is to give participants an understanding of the social science perspective on Islamic law in the US, which in turn can help voters clarify and question how issues related to Islamic law are presented by media outlets and elected officials.

The event is free and open to the public. 

For questions or additional information, please contact  LWV of Westford at  

Tag Newton’s Gas Leaks on Saturday, May 13th!

Newton has over 400 gas leaks, leaking methane which contribute to climate change and harming our children’s future. Mother’s Out Front, Green Newton, Bike Newton, the Newton Tree Conservancy, LWVN and other groups are working together to highlight the gas leaks this Saturday, May 13th, starting at 1:30 pm (rain date May 20th).  Volunteers are meeting at the Newton Free Library, Homer Street Entrance.  

For more information, email

From LWVMA: MA Clean Energy Future Tour

The Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change is hosting hearings throughout the Commonwealth to get input from you on pressing issues in clean energy and climate.

 The Committee wants to know: how do you think the legislature should keep our state healthy, sustainable and strong?

The Conversations are taking place in nine locations from May 8 to June 26.

  • May 8, Mashpee
  • May 9, Sudbury
  • May 15, Melrose
  • May 16, Taunton
  • May 22, Weymouth
  • June 12, Springfield
  • June 19, Pittsfield
  • June 20, North Shore
  • June 26, Boston

See the committee’s website for details for each event and check back if the location is TBD.

Please consider attending and making your voice heard. Committee Chair Sen. Marc Pacheco wants to bring the issue to the attention of House and Senate leaders and the Governor. We can help!

On the committee’s website there are links to email and/or tweet your input.

Launa Zimmaro, LWVMA’s Specialist for environmental legislation, has prepared talking points to help guide your comments. If you have any questions contact her.

Sen. Patrick O’Connor of Weymouth, a speaker at the recent LWVMA Convention and the one Republican on the committee said, “The arguments that have been surrounding global warming, climate change and sea level rise are over. That has been determined, and now it’s time to continue the conversation of what we need to do collectively – Republicans, Democrats, independents, moderates, conservatives and liberals – to combat this great threat to our entire coastal communities as well as the entire commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

We agree with Senator O’Connor!

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