LWVMA Climate and Energy Solution Series Webinar on Thursday, May 24, 4 – 5pm

LWVMA Climate and Energy Solutions Series Webinar

The Clean Energy Roadmap: Pathways to a Clean Energy Future

Thursday, May 24, 2018, 4:00-5:00 pm

The webinar is free and open to the public. Registration is required, click here to register

This Webinar will address:

·  What is the 2050 Clean Energy Roadmap and why does Massachusetts need one?  

·  What does Massachusetts need to do to get a roadmap, and how will we use it? 

·  How can we take action to support and achieve the goals of the roadmap?  

Guest Speaker

Speaker David Ismay is a Clean Energy and Climate Change Staff Attorney for Conservation Law Foundation Massachusetts.

Register in Advance for the Webinar

·  You must register in advance for the webinar

·  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

·  Download flyer 

·  Questions? Contact Karen Price

Host: LWVMA Environmental Action and Advocacy Steering Committee

Support for webinars: New England Grassroots Environment Fund

Help create the LWVMA Online Voters Guide for the state primary and general elections!

LWVMA will introduce a new Online Voters’ Guide to voters throughout Massachusetts for the 2018 state primary and general elections.  The guide will allow Massachusetts voters to access personalized ballot information for all candidates on the ballot plus all the ballot questions.

LWVMA needs volunteers to develop questions for the candidates and about the ballot questions. If you are interested, please volunteer by May 31, so we can develop questions in June, submit to the candidates in late June, and prepare the Voters’ Guide for its July 20 debut. Contact Kris Eastman and Judy Zaunbrecher, LWVMA Voter Service Co-Chairs,  at jzaunbrecher@lwvma.org or keastman@lwvma.org.

Boston Globe Subscribers: Please support the League of Women Voters Lotte E. Scharfman Memorial Fund

If you are a Boston Globe or bostonglobe.com subscriber, you can help support LWVMA through the Globe‘s GRANT program, a community initiative that allows subscribers to help deserving non-profits earn free advertising space in the Globe

Globe subscribers have received or will soon receive a Globe GRANT voucher, either by mail or email. This voucher can be used to designate a non-profit of your choice to receive free advertising space in the Boston Globe.

We hope you’ll select the League of Women Voters Lotte E. Scharfman Memorial Fund as your non-profit of choice. 

If you received a mailed voucher: Fill out your voucher and mail it to The Boston Globe using the envelope provided by July 31, 2018.

If you received an emailed voucher: Go to BostonGlobe.com/GRANT by July 31, 2018 to submit your voucher. (You will need your Subscriber Number.)

Either way, please “vote” for the League of Women Voters Lotte E. Scharfman Memorial Fund! 

Thank you for your support!

The Board and Staff of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts

Lobby Day on Beacon Hill for Energy and Environmental Justice–Thursday, 12 to 4

LWVMA coalition partners, Mass Power Forward and The Campaign for a Clean Energy Future (carbon pricing) are working hard to push important energy and environmental justice (EJ) bills forward for a vote this session. A State House Lobby Day is being planned for Thursday May 10th from 12:00-4:00PM. Meetings with legislators are being scheduled and all materials will be available to those participating. Click here to register.

What do we want? The League is advocating for passage of S.2302: An Act to promote a clean energy future, also referred to as the “Omnibus Bill”, submitted by Senator Pacheco.

Why is this bill so important? S.2302 contains virtually all the critical elements of individual energy and EJ bills submitted this session and supported by the League and our partners. We are pushing for passage of the entire bill, with special emphasis on:

·        carbon pricing language (as described in the attachment)

·        a strong plan for implementation of the Global Warming Solutions Act (referred to as the “roadmap”).

The task at hand is to mobilize membership to attend the State House Lobby Day on May 10th. Please register using the link above to participate on May 10th if you can and do all you can to spread the word to encourage others to join you.

Gerrymandering: Why It’s More Complicated Than You Might Think–by LWV of Walpole, Westwood and Dedham

The public is invited to a presentation on Redistricting sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Walpole, Westwood and Dedham to be given on Monday May 7th, 2018 in the Community Room of the Walpole Public Library, at 143 School Street starting at 7 pm.

“Gerrymandering: Why It’s More Complicated Than You Might Think”

given by Professor Mira Bernstein of Tufts University.

Ideally in a Democracy every vote would count. However that is not what is happening here now. Voting District lines can be drawn to divide two sides of a street into two different districts. Neighborhoods are divided by the party affiliation of their residents. The point is to pack the “opposing” residents into separate districts so votes are “wasted” while creating many more districts where the party in power has even just a slight majority. In the past few decades, big data and increasingly sophisticated redistricting software have allowed politicians to fine-tune their maps of Voting Districts with such precision that it is now common for a party that gets fewer than half the votes to win more than half the legislative seats. The resulting strange looking pictures of Voting Districts formed are called “Gerrymandered”. Obviously, gerrymandering poses a serious threat to democracy. But drawing district lines turns out to be much trickier than you might think. Find out ways in which regular citizens can participate in this process as well.

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