Middlesex County DA Candidates’ Debate, July 24, 7 pm in Arlington, MA

Middlesex County District Attorney candidates will debate on Tuesday, July 24, 7-9 p.m. at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington, 630 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington.  

Join the “What a Difference a DA Makes” campaign and network to learn about the power DAs have in our communities – and hear from the Middlesex County District Attorney candidates Donna Patalano and Marian Ryan (incumbent) about how they plan to create a more fair and equitable criminal legal system in our communities.

You will also hear from Governor’s Council candidates Nick Carter and Marilyn Petitto Devaney (incumbent), who have the power to appoint judges.

The debate will be moderated by Patti Muldoon, former criminal justice legislative specialist for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, and James Milan of ACMI.

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.

From LWV of Wellesley: Speaking for Our Trees

LWVW and NRC Partner to Present “Speaking for Our Trees”

The League of Women Voters Wellesley and the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission are proud to present “Speaking for Our Trees: A Conversation about Wellesley’s Leafy Infrastructure,” featuring Dr. David FosterDirector of the Harvard Forest, a 4,000-acre ecological laboratory and classroom in central Massachusetts. Dr. Foster’s interests focus on understanding the changes in forest ecosystems that result from human and natural disturbance and applying these results to the conservation and management of natural and cultural landscapes. 

As our town considers a stewardship plan for our Town Forest and begins planning for the North 40, come learn why urban forests are so vital to our well being and how to protect them! Please mark your calendars and attend. Flyer attached, feel free to share!  More info: nrc@wellesleyma.gov 

 SPEAKING FOR OUR TREES

A Conversation About Wellesley’s Leafy Infrastructure

Monday April 30, 7:00 pm
Wellesley Free Library
Free and open to the public

Featuring Dr. David Foster

Director of the Harvard Forest

Role of the Press in Our Democracy – Speaker Series from LWV of Acton

From LWV of Acton:  Role of the Press in Our Democracy – Speaker Series

Please join the Acton Area League of Women Voters for a Spring-time Speaker Series on the Role of the Press in Our Democracy. We have secured three experts with first-hand knowledgeable of the press, journalism, and information sources. The league’s goal is to inform the community about responsible journalism and responsible news consumption.

  • Wednesday, April 11 – Boston Globe Managing Editor Jennifer Peter, 7 p.m., Acton Villageworks – 252 Massachusetts Ave, Acton
  • Wednesday, May 2 – Librarian Dorothy Kramer, 7 p.m., Boxborough Library – 427 Massachusetts Ave, Boxborough
  • Tuesday, May 8 – Prof., WGBH Contributor Dan Kennedy, 7 p.m., Boxborough Library

 

Freedom of the Press, Fake vs. Real News, Bots and Trolls, Social Media’s influence, and governing via Twitter are just a few of the topics that will be covered. Night No. 1 is Wednesday, April 11 at Acton’s Villageworks with Boston Globe Managing Editor Jennifer Peter. Jennifer is a member of the Globe’s senior management team serving as Managing Editor of the entire paper. As a practicing journalist with 26 years experience, she is experiencing in real-time the changing landscape of news.

The series will continue in May at the Boxborough Library. Please join us for these free events. More information on attached document. It’s also posted at http://www.lwv-aa.org/.

Moderator Training at ActonTV on February 15

Among LWVMA’s greatest assets are our trained moderators who play a critical role in candidate and issue forums and debates.

Are you a novice who would like to learn how to moderate?  Or an expert who would like to brush up on your skills?  Have questions about how to handle tricky situations during a debate or forum?

LWVMA will hold a Moderator Training for both new and experienced moderators on Thursday, February 15 from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at ActonTV Studios (16a Craig Road, Acton, MA 01720).  League members and experienced moderators Jo-Ann Berry and Stefani Traina will lead the training.

This in-person training session will be taped to create a training video that can later be used by local Leagues throughout the state.  If you are unable to attend this session, but interested in participating in a regional training at another location in Massachusetts, please contact LWVMA Voter Service Chairs Judy Zaunbrecher or Kris Eastman.

Please register to attend here.

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