Consensus Meeting Success!

Many thanks to all who showed up today to share their opinions on the state ballot process. We not only reached consensus on most of the questions, but we did it in less time that we thought–an all-around success!

A huge ‘thank you’ to LWVN members Pat Acton, Ellen Grody, Linda Morrison, and Theresa Fitzpatrick for all their work leading up to today’s discussion and help in running a very fun and efficient meeting.

‘The League Presents…Affordable Housing 101’

The latest episode of LWVN’s NewTV program, “The League Presents…’featured a discussion on affordable housing with experts Barney Heath, Newton’s Director of Planning, Amanda Berman, Newton’s Housing Development Planner, and Josephine McNeil, an affordable housing activist and former Executive Director of CAN-DO, with host Marcia Johnson, LWVN Board member.

Watch our program anytime! Click either link below to start now.

We hope to continue the discussion of issues around housing in Newton over the course of the year.

Consensus Meeting on State Ballot Question Process: Sunday, January 13th, 2 – 4 pm

Calling all LWVN members! Join us for a consensus meeting to help determine LWVMA positions on the state ballot question process. We’re meeting on Sunday, January 13 at the Waban Library Center, 1608 Beacon Street in Waban, from 2 pm to 4 pm.

This is the second and final meeting on this topic. If you missed the first meeting, you can still join us!

Information on the issues surround the state ballot question process can be found here:

Study Guide with Questions (December, 2018)

Study Report on types of ballot questions, processes, information for voters, other states, and finances

Appendix 1: Key Players and Terminology

Appendix 2: Massachusetts Laws, Regulations and Court Cases

Appendix 3: Statement of Fiscal Consequences

Appendix 4: Initiative and Referendum in 7 Other States

Appendix 5: Additional Resources

Other resources on the LWVMA page

February 28: Commemorating the Boston Protest of 1919 by the Suffragists

Please save the date for our next event, Thursday, February 28, 2019, at noon. On this date, we will commemorate the centennial of the last arrests of the 72-year suffrage movement that took place when suffragists, picketing President Woodrow Wilson on his visit to the Massachusetts State House, were arrested and sent to the Charles Street Jail.

The event is co-sponsored by the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center, the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, and the Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts. More details to follow. The women arrested and jailed at this Boston protest were some of the many brave women who sacrificed much to secure the right to vote for women.

For more information, visit

LWVN is a member of the Womens’ Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts

LWVN Celebrates the Holidays!

League members gathered on Sunday, December 9th to celebrate the holidays with home-cooked appetizers and desserts as well as cheese and crackers, desserts and fruit from Russo’s & Sons in Watertown.

Many thanks to all who joined us, with a special thanks to Russo’s for their continuing support of the League. A huge thank you to Pia Bertelli, Frieda Dweck, Ellen Grody, Theresa Fitzpatrick, Sharyn Roberts and Tami Roberts for organizing this celebration, and to Tami again for taking the photos!

We wish all our members a warm, happy holiday season and look forward to continuing our work together in 2019.

League members at the Durant-Kenrick House for our holiday party.
LWVN members Bonnie Carter, Alicia Bowman, and Phyllis Kirschner
LWVN members Stephen Grody and City Councilor Vicki Danberg
LWVN members Sharyn Roberts and Councilor Andrea Kelley
with Ward 4 School Committee candidate Tamika Olszewski
LWVN President Sue Flicop and LWVN Treasurer Andrea Kozinetz

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