Unfortunately, the weather isn’t cooperating with the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts’ schedule.  The message below was just sent to all LWV members in the state–hope they aren’t wrong about the weather in May!

The weather forecast for Tuesday night and Wednesday has led us to the difficult decision to cancel the League’s Day on the Hill lobby day this year. We know it would be hard for many of you to get to Beacon Hill in bad weather. Even though we don’t know yet exactly what this storm will bring, we had to make the decision in time for people to change plans they were making for the event.

Instead, please use the legislation packet you received last week to hold your own “Day in the District.” Consider inviting your state Senator and Representative to have coffee soon with some League members to discuss the bills, particularly the featured bills, in that packet. You have the information on the bills and the talking points, and feel free to contact the appropriate legislative specialist if you need additional information. We won’t let a snowstorm stop the League’s efforts at the State House!

We hope to see you instead at the LWVMA Council meeting May 10 at Framingham State University-and certainly it won’t snow then.

Thanks for all your efforts in support of the legislation the League is working on.

Upcoming Dates of LWV Events

LWVN has lots of events that are of interest to our members.  Below the quick calendar are the details…hope to see you there!

 Monday, March 24:  The State of the Environment in Newton and MassachusettsPanel Discussion at the Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium, 7 p.m.

 Wednesday, March 26: LWVMA Day on the Hill at the Massachusetts State House, 9:30 am registration and 10 am program.  LWVN members and Newton South High School students will meet with our local delegation for lunch after the event.  Please RSVP…details are below.

Saturday, May 10:  LWVMA Council Civility in Politics: Challenge to Good Government” at Framingham State University.

 June 6 – 10:  51st National Convention of the League of Women Voters in Dallas, Texas

 And now for the details:

Monday, March 24:  The State of the Environment in Newton and Massachusetts Panel Discussion at the Newton Free Library.  Join us on Monday, March 24 at 7:00 pm for an important panel discussion on the state of the environment in Newton and Massachusetts. Green Decade/Newton and the League of Women Voters Newton will cosponsor. The panel, moderated by Newton resident Brooke Lipsitt, will include:

  • Mayor Setti Warren
  • Senator Cynthia Creem
  • Representative Ruth Balser
  • Representative Kay Khan
  • Alderman Deb Crossley
  • Rob Garrity, Newton’s Director of Sustainability

At the city level participants will hear about steps being taken by Mayor Warren and the Board of Aldermen to promote sustainability. Examples include opportunities in major school construction projects and improving water/sewer infrastructure.

 Legislators will speak about their personal priorities and how Newton residents can help at the state level. Learn about environmental issues on Beacon Hill and get a status report on issues of concern to Newton such as:

  • Controlling toxics in the environment
  • Funding for infrastructure repairs
  • Potential action on the bottle bill prior to a ballot question

 Wednesday, March 26: LWVMA Day on the Hill at the Massachusetts State House, 9:30 am registration and 10 am program.  LWVN members and Newton South High School students will meet with our local delegation for lunch after the event.

            LWVMA’s annual Lobby Day at the State House is Wednesday, March 26, in the Gardner Auditorium. Registration is at 9:30 a.m., the program is from 10 a.m. to noon.

Our theme this year is Advocacy: Beacon Hill and Beyond, championing the legislation we support at the State House and learning how to be more effective dealing with executive branch agencies and at the local level.

            State Auditor Suzanne Bump will outline her office’s efforts to prevent corruption and will outline how local Leagues can effectively work with state agencies on specific issues. Senator Eileen Donoghue of Lowell will discuss how local Leagues can help in cities like Lowell and Lawrence on issues and projects such as voter registration. Afterwards, LWVMA Legislative Specialists will present specific bills to discuss with your legislators.

            LWVN members and 42 students from Newton South High School will meet with our local delegation for lunch afterwards.  If you plan on attending, please RSVP to info@lwvnewton.org so that we can organize the refreshments.

 Saturday, May 10:  LWVMA Council “Civility in Politics: Challenge to Good Government” at Framingham State University.

            Council this year will focus on the issue of civility in elections and government. In this era of blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and talk radio, the lack of civil discourse is making its way into town and city politics. You may have seen the impact in your own town.

            This incivility is affecting whether candidates are willing to run for public offices and to serve on public boards and committees. We will consider this issue and explore roles for LWV in improving the civic conversation, particularly at the local level.

            Council is an opportunity for League members to come together to share League experiences, explore the theme topic, learn what’s happening around the state, and attend workshops to help you and your League be more effective. All members of LWVMA are welcome to attend Council, including local League members and Members-at-Large.  For more information, click here.  Please let LWVN know if you are attending by emailing info@lwvnewton.org.  If enough people plan to attend, we can organize carpools.

 June 6 – 10:  51st National Convention of the League of Women Voters in Dallas, Texas

The LWVN Board is still determining who our four delegates to the national convention will be.  If you are interested in attending, please contact info@lwvnewton.org.  For more information on the convention, click here. 

LWVMA Program: How Women Became Political

Do you think it’s time to see more women in office, from Selectman to Senator? Consider inviting high school and college students and even twenty-somethings you know to join you at this inspiring program on women and politics.

In 1838, a Boston abolitionist, Angelina Grimke, became the first woman to address a state legislature, in Boston. To honor her courage and example, a public event, “How Women Become Political,” is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 7, 6 to 8 pm. in the Back Bay Events Center – John Hancock Hall, 180 Berkeley St., Boston. Admission is free.

An exciting lineup of speakers-women who have definitely made their mark in the political world-is scheduled:

  • Gloria Steinem, feminist, activist, author
  • Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (Senate schedule permitting)
  • Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor at-Large
  • Kerry Healey, President of Babson College and former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor
  • Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Chair, Political Parity

While admission is free, you need to register in advance. Go here to receive an email with the ticket to be printed out. Find out more at the event website.

LWVMA is a partner in this event, along with such groups as the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators, Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and Simmons College.

Take the League Out to the Ball Game!

The Boston Red Sox are celebrating Women’s Equality Day with a League of Women Voters Night at Fenway Park!  It’s Wednesday, August 28, at 7:10 p.m. when the Sox play the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park.

 There’s a special ticket rate for this event–bleacher seats for $28 and covered outfield grandstand for $30. The Red Sox will reserve a section for Leaguers and their friends to sit together.  A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to LWVMA, and LWVMA will be donating some tickets to Girl Scout troops. The deadline to order tickets and for LWVMA to receive your payment is Friday, August 9. Click here for information and to order tickets. 

Wednesday, July 17th is LWVMA Lobby Day for Election Reform

Please plan to join with our coalition partners in a Lobby Day at the State House Wednesday, July 17, in Nurses Hall to ask your legislators to support laws modernizing the way Massachusetts handles voter registration and elections, in particular the omnibus election reform bill, S.327.

Among the key provisions of this bill are early voting, an online site for voters to check their registration status and polling place, online voter registration, and random audits of polling places.

Election reform legislation almost passed last year; we need to make sure it succeeds this year!

Visit www.lwvma.org for more information.

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