LWVN remembers Reverend Howard Haywood

We pass along sad news to our members that Newton lost one its most respected citizens.  The Reverend Howard Haywood passed away on Saturday, February 16th.  We will always remember him for his social justice work and his lifelong efforts toward making Newton a better place.  Our sincerest condolences to his family .

For more on Reverend Haywood’s life, please see this article in Newton Patch:  Newton Affordable Housing Champion Rev. Howard Haywood Has Died

Voter suppression, gerrymanding, absentee ballots…save the date for our February Topic Meeting on February 28th

Come hear the latest on issues related to fair elections, including voter suppression, gerrymandering, absentee ballots and more when LWVN hosts Newton resident and former Legal Director at Demos Lisa Danetz at our next topic meeting on Thursday, February 28 from 7:30 to 9 pm.  More info to come!

Lisa Danetz, a public policy consultant for philanthropic foundations, has worked in the voting rights, money in politics, and democracy field as an expert, advocate, and lawyer for over 15 years. Her work has focused on improving election administration and increasing the political participation of disfranchised groups within our society through public policy research, litigation, executive and legislative advocacy, and public education. Ms. Danetz is the former legal director of Demos, a New York-based public policy center, and also worked at National Voting Rights Institute.

What in the world is Ranked Choice Voting? March 6th at 7 pm

What in the World Is Ranked Choice Voting?  7 p.m. March 6 at the Druker Auditorium in the Newton Free Library. 

Ever wonder what ‘ranked choice voting’ is?  Now is the time to learn about it!  LWVN is co-sponsoring a presentation by Voter Choice Massachusetts Executive Director Adam Friedman  on ranked choice voting, its benefits and uses elsewhere, including audience participation in a ranked choice vote. You will learn how this nonpartisan form of voting can help ensure (1) majority support of elected officials, (2) elimination of the “spoiler effect,” (3) candidates who appeal to a broad base of voters, (4) a wide range of candidates without fear of vote splitting, and (5) candidates who are motivated to reach beyond their base to find common ground with more voters.  This voting method has recently been enacted in Maine and is already in use in a number of cities across the country.  You will hear about the effort to get ranked choice voting approved for all Massachusetts primaries and elections for all state offices. 

Sponsored by the Newton Free Library and co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Newton.  

Valnetine’s Day meeting on Hazard Mitigation Plan

We received this notice from the City of Newton:

Dear City of Newton stakeholder:

The Newton Hazard Mitigation Plan is being updated to help the town reduce its vulnerability to natural hazard events such as flooding, hurricanes and winter storms. Natural hazards can have serious impacts on the City of Newton and its residents.

Please join the City for a public presentation and discussion about the update to the Newton Hazard Mitigation Plan at a public meeting on the following date and location: Thursday, February 14, 7 pm, Newton City Hall, Room 204

Hazard Mitigation Plan flyer

Voter suppression, gerrymanding, absentee ballots…save the date for our February Topic Meeting on February 28th

Come hear the latest on issues related to fair elections, including voter suppression, gerrymandering, absentee ballots and more when LWVN hosts Newton resident and former Legal Director at Demos Lisa Danetz at our next topic meeting on Thursday, February 28 from 7:30 to 9 pm.  More info to come!

Lisa Danetz, a public policy consultant for philanthropic foundations, has worked in the voting rights, money in politics, and democracy field as an expert, advocate, and lawyer for over 15 years. Her work has focused on improving election administration and increasing the political participation of disfranchised groups within our society through public policy research, litigation, executive and legislative advocacy, and public education. Ms. Danetz is the former legal director of Demos, a New York-based public policy center, and also worked at National Voting Rights Institute.

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