Thanks to all who helped at the Ranked Choice Voting forum!

Many thanks to all those who joined us on Wednesday night at the Druker Auditorium (Newton Free Library) to hear about Ranked Choice Voting.  It was an excellent presentation that got us all thinking about how elections can be more fair, efficient, and reflective of the voters’ will.  We hope to have the video of the presentation available for viewing for everyone who couldn’t join us.

Thanks to Adam Friedman, Executive Director of Voter Choice Massachusetts, as well as Jen Otis and the VCM volunteers.  Thanks as well to League members Susan Friedman and Chris Hill for organizing the evening, and to Maureen Reilly Meagher and her team, Barry Mirrer, Miles Smith, Bonnie Carter and Joe Benn, for videotaping the event.

THIS WEEK: 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.  

Barbara Berenson on ‘Votes for Women: Massachusetts in the Women’s Suffrage Movement’ in Westford on March 7th

If you missed Barbara Berenson’s terrific talk at LWVMA’s conference last spring, here’s another chance to learn about the crucial role Massachusetts women played in the suffrage movement. With support from the Westford League, she’s speaking Thursday, March 7th,  at 7pm the J.V. Fletcher Library in Westford. 

Massachusetts was at the center of the national struggle for women’s rights. Long before the Civil War, Lucy Stone and other Mass. abolitionists launched the organized movement at the first National Woman’s Rights Convention, held in Worcester. After the war, state activists founded the Boston-based American Woman Suffrage Association and Woman’s Journal to lead campaigns across the country. Their activities laid the foundation for the next generation of suffragists to triumph over tradition. Author Barbara Berenson will discuss her book, which gives these revolutionary reformers the attention they deserve. 

FREE! Ages 14 and up. Register online or call Information Services at 978-399-2304, though walk-ins are welcome.

Save the date: Don’t Just Stand There…Run! on April 4th

Join City Clerk David Olson, Newton-Needham Regional Chamber President Greg Reibman, and former City Councilor Marcia Johnson for a discussion about running for office.  Panelists will talk about the legal requirements as well as real-life experiences and advice on being a candidate for office.  Whether you are thinking about running or planning on helping someone run for office, come with questions!  Location TBD; time will be 7 pm.

International Women’s Day 2019 Breakfast on Tuesday, March 5th

March is Women’s History Month

Join many organizations, including WSCC (Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition), for the Boston Area International Women’s Day 2019 Breakfast. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, from 8:00-10:100am at the Paresky Conference Center, Simmons University, 300 The Fenway, Boston. Tickets are $12, and payable at the door, RSVP is requested. This year’s theme is “Feminists Take on Immigration: Root Causes, Urgent Needs, and Long Term Solutions.”

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