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. 

Agricultural Consensus Meeting–Wednesday, March 19


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YOU ARE INVITED to participate in the Agriculture Consensus Meeting

THE POLITICS OF FOOD – You Are What You Eat

Wednesday, March 19

7:30 – 9:00 pm

John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton, 675 Watertown Street

Participate in the LWVUS Agriculture Study. How would you answer these questions ?

http://www.lwv.org/content/agriculture-update-consensus-questions

 

The POLITICS of FOOD: You Are What You Eat

You are Invited!

The League of Women Voters Newton invites you to participate in the national League’s Agriculture study so we can advocate on VERY important issues that affect the quality of the food we eat.

LEARN about important issues such as food safety, food labeling and federal farm regulations. 

Attend a panel presentation on agriculture on March 12 and then participate in a consensus meeting on the questions posed by the national League’s Agriculture Study on March 19th.

When:              March 12  7:30 – 9:00 pm and March 19 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Where:        John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton, 675 Watertown Street

Who:               Our Knowledgeable Panel

Steve Goodwin, Dean of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dean Goodwin joined the faculty in the Department of Microbiology in 1986 and focused his research on environmental microbiology and the use of microbes to produce biodegradable polymers. Dr. Goodwin received a BS in Zoology from the University of Maine, an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin. From 2001, Dr. Goodwin served as Dean and as Associate Dean for the former College of Natural Resources and the Environment prior to becoming CNS dean in 2009. He is active on the boards of many regional organizations, including Community Involved in Supporting Agriculture (CISA), the Northeastern Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors, and the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute (PVLSI).

Greg Maslowe,   Farm Manager, Newton Community Farm

Greg has worked as an organic gardener for many years. He is accredited by the Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA) as an organic land-care professional. He is also a doctoral student in Boston University’s Science, Philosophy, and Religion program. He studies environmental ethics, with an emphasis on agriculture. His dissertation examines the ethics of using genetically modified organisms in agriculture. Newton Community Farm is a model of sustainable farming and energy use.

 

March for the Dream on August 24th (NEW Information)

The League is a partner of the 50th anniversary March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This celebratory event is Saturday, August 24th from 8 AM- 2 PM at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. We are encouraging League members to let us know if they are coming by filling out a short registration form. The League is not providing funds for buses for those wishing to come from far away, but many buses are coming from various points around the country. Information about buses can be obtained at the National Action Network website or by calling 877-626-4651.

Response and Discussion on the recent Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act (VRA)

LWVUS President Elizabeth MacNamara wrote in her recent Leaders’ Update:

As pleased as we were with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Arizona v. ITCA last week, we are equally disappointed with the Court’s holding in Shelby County, AL v. Holder. By cutting the heart out of the Voting Rights Act, the Court has weakened our ability to keep our elections free, fair and accessible to every eligible voter while at the same time emboldening those who seek to create barriers to voting.

Already, states formerly subject to Section 5 preclearance are rushing to implement voter photo ID laws and discriminatory redistricting plans. The fight to protect the vote now involves not just the state legislatures, but Congress as well. Here at the LWVUS, we will be evaluating all our options, but it is important that League members take every opportunity to remind their members of Congress that voting rights are not a partisan issue and equal opportunity to participate in the greatest democracy in the world deserves the same bipartisan support that it has had since 1965.We have many tools available to us, as League leaders, to engage our members and our communities such as social media and email blasts, websites and newsletters. We need to create a national groundswell of support for protecting the right to vote.  

The Shelby County decision places the Supreme Court on the wrong side of history and it is up to us, as voters, to make sure that the decision is only another bump in the long road to fair and equal access to the polls. In the end, our fight to protect voters is always going to depend on voters getting informed and informing their elected officials that voting is the most precious right the Constitution guarantees.

With renewed conviction, let’s get out there and power our voices to power the vote in 2013, 2014 and beyond.

For more information, check out the article on the LWV national website regarding the VRA decision by clicking here.  On Point, by WBUR, also had an interesting discussion of the VRA from a southern perspective:  On Point. And Atlantic Cities also just came out with analysis.

 

 

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