Save the Date: LWVMA Spring Conference on April 28

SAVE THE DATE:  Join LWVMA and a lineup of inspiring speakers at our Spring Conference, “Beyond the March:  Massachusetts Women as Agents of Democracy,” April 28 from 9:30 until 2:30 at Clark University in Worcester.  Registration and speaker details will be shared shortly.

The focus of the conference will be on the serious challenges facing our democratic norms, institutions, and processes and on steps that ordinary citizens can take to repair and protect our democracy. In the current political moment, women in particular are feeling energized to “do something” to fix political institutions that are widely perceived as broken.  The Women’s Marches captured much of that energy in an inspiring way, but the question now is how do we harness that energy to effect change and bolster our democracy at the national, state, and local levels.

Show Valentine’s Day Love for Mass Power Forward and Criminal Justice Reform

Show your love for clean, renewable energy. Participate in Mass Power Forward’s Valentine’s Lobby Day! Come to the State House Feb. 14, 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 LWVMA is a member of the Mass Power Forward Coalition, over 120 organizations strong. On Feb. 14, we’re joining our coalition partners for a Valentine’s Lobby Day on Beacon Hill to urge our legislators to promote a clean energy future–now. 

RSVP today to join citizens from every part of the state. Meet with Representatives and Senators to make the case for clean energy. Can’t do the full day? Your presence for any part of this Lobby Day will have an impact. The stakes have never been higher.  You’ll find details and schedule of activities for the day here.

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Lights! Camera! LWVMA Student Video Contest!

For its fifth annual student video contest, LWVMA invites high school students to create 30-second public service announcements to motivate voters for Massachusetts’ Fall 2018 elections.

The contest, Get In the Game…and Vote, is open to all high school students in Massachusetts.  Top winners will be awarded $500, $250, and $100, and their videos will be publicized statewide.

Entries must be submitted online from February 1 through March 31 at www.lwvma.org.  Judging will take place in April, and winners will be announced in May.  Official rules and further details are available at www.lwvma.org.

League members can help publicize the video contest at high schools in their area.  A toolkit and flyer to download are available on our website here.  Emails about the contest will be sent to Massachusetts high schools, but may not reach the people you know. Please email personal contacts (high school administrators, educators, students) directly using the suggested email .  Your League can also send a letter to the editor about the contest and post information on your website and Facebook page. The information you need is in the toolkit.

And if you are interested in helping to judge the videos, contact LWVMA Executive Director Meryl Kessler.

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.

Automatic Voter Registration Lobby Day on Wednesday, January 31

We need your help! Join LWVMA and the other members of the Election Modernization Coalition for a lobby day to pass Automatic Voter Registration at the State House Wednesday, Jan. 31, 9:30 a.m. to noon.  Registration and training will take place in Room 428 in the State House (24 Beacon St., Boston).

We will be working hard to get the AVR bill out of the Joint Committee on Election Laws and to the floor of the House for a vote. Nothing makes as strong an impression on legislators as in-person visits from constituents.

Sign up here to participate in the AVR lobby day.

Can’t make it to Boston?  Call your state Representative that day and ask him/her to urge the Speaker to bring the Automatic Voter Registration bill (H.2091/S.373) to the floor for a vote.

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