In this virtual topic meeting, Ruth Bourquin, Senior & Managing Attorney for the ACLU Massachusetts, reviews anti-LGBTQIA+ activities happening today both in Massachusetts and across the country, and offers talking points, action tips, and other ways to push back against this growing tide. She is introduced by Newton City Councilor Holly Ryan, who also moderates Q & A from the audience. Ms. Bourquin’s presentation is posted below the video.
If you attended LWVN’s recent book group discussion on the book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and are interested in continuing the discussion, or if you missed the book group and want another opportunity to engage with this wonderful book, you can participate in other community groups discussing this book as part of community-wide MLK Day events. More information about Newton’s Annual Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. (including details about a week-long community food drive prior to the event) can be found at newtonma.gov/mlk22.
Read more about the book, and where you can get a copy below.
Sunday, January 9, 2022 3-4:30pm. Community Book Group, Where Do we Go From Here: Chaos or Community, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We had an interesting discussion of Dr. King’s views on racial and social justice, and how the views expressed by him in 1967 have changed or stayed the same.
On Thursday, December 9, LWVN co-sponsored an educational forum, together with U-CHAN, regarding the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Lizzi Weyant, Director of Government Affairs at the Metropolitan Area Council, gave an overview of ARPA and discussed the eligible uses of ARPA funding in support of an actionable plan to lay the groundwork of a strong and equitable recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts in Newton.
Read more below to watch the video or see the presentation; or, for further information on ARPA, read the ARPA Fact Sheet issued by the U.S Treasury.
As part of its Overdue: Confronting Race and Racism in Newton series of events, the Newton Free Library in partnership with Historic Newton, will be presenting the webinar – Voting Rights: Where Do We Go From Here? Thursday, May 13 at 7:00pm.
Join Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, author of, The Voting Rights War, for a session that will examine laws posing challenges to American voters — especially African-Americans — from enslavement and woman’s suffrage through current controversies of voter suppression.
Please register here. Space is limited. Registration will remain open until 5pm on Thursday, May 13.
Overdue: Confronting Race and Racism in Newton is a coalition of organizations and individuals that aims to equip and empower our community with the understanding, knowledge, and skills to actively fight racism both in Newton and beyond. They provide residents with opportunities to listen, to learn, and to act in order to dismantle systemic racism within our city.
For more information on Overdue and the session, Voting Rights: Where Do We Go From Here?, visit the City of Newton’s website page on Overdue here.