Be a part of the LWVMA Convention on May 15th and 16th

LWVN members are going to the LWVMA’s 2015 Convention in West Springfield this year!  The theme is Women Leading the Way. Keynote speakers include Rosalee Keech, LWVUS Board member and LWVUS UN Observer, and Elizabeth Barajas-Román, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts.

When:  from Friday, May 15, 11 am through Saturday, May 16, at 4 p.m.

Where:  Clarion Hotel, 1080 Riverdale Street, West Springfield, MA, 01089, 413-781-8750

What:  League leaders and members from across the state join together every two years to share and celebrate our successes and to participate in grassroots democracy in the governance of our state League.

How:  Contact info@lwvnewton.org if you are interested in being a delegate from LWVN or attending as an observer.  LWVN has five delegate position, which can be for the whole convention or for part of it.

Convention will offer networking opportunities, training, and inspiration for our work – especially as we look forward to the 2016 Election and the League’s 100th anniversary in 2020.

 

LWVMA Day on the Hill–Tuesday, April 28th

Senator Stanley Rosenberg, the president of the Massachusetts State Senate, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Day on the Hill lobby day, Tuesday, April 28.

Sen. Rosenberg, one of the three most powerful politicians in the state, will speak to the day’s theme, “A Vision for Massachusetts,” with his thoughts on the priorities for the new session of the legislature. We are particularly proud to note he is a member of the Amherst League.

Day on the Hill begins at 10 a.m. in Gardner Auditorium at the State House. Following Sen. Rosenberg’s presentation, our legislative specialists will review some of the bills we are supporting to prepare you for visits to your own Senators and Representatives after our formal session ends at noon.

LWVMA encourages all League members to attend Day on the Hill. We want a good turnout for Sen. Rosenberg, and nothing impresses legislators more than a personal visit from constituents. You can register at LWVMA.org and the office will let your legislators know you are coming. All members will receive an information packet about Day on the Hill in early April.

“Economic Inequality and Political Participation — Whose Voice Is Heard?”  THURSDAY, MARCH 19

Is growing economic inequality having an impact on who is participating, how they’re participating, which groups are influencing policy, and what those policies are?

Come hear our panel of experts discuss these and other questions at “Economic Inequality and Political Participation — Whose Voice Is Heard?” co-sponsored by LWVMA and Bentley University’s Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences on Thursday, March 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bentley University, 175 Forest Street, Waltham.  The panel will take place in Bentley’s Wilder Pavilion (Adamian Academic Center 165).

Our panelists are:  Noah Berger, Executive Director, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center; Katherine Levine Einstein, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston University; and Kay Schlozman, J. Joseph Moakley Professor of Political Science, Boston College.  The panel will be moderated by Juliet Gainsborough, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University.

This forum is free and open to the public, but we are asking you to register to ensure sufficient seating.  Please click here to let us know you’re coming.  And click here for an event flyer.

Questions? Contact LWVMA at 617-523-2999 or lwvma@lwvma.org.

LWVMA Urges Action on Transportation

Recent MBTA shutdowns in the face of severe weather are vivid reminders of the costs of postponing maintenance and investment in essential infrastructure.  LWVMA has for years advocated for adequate transportation funding and we adopted a new position supporting transportation at our 2013 Convention.

Unfortunately, the state has not kept up with predictable deterioration of trains, buses, tracks, roads and bridges, and has not improved service to keep up with demand.  These transportation failures harm our personal budgets and the state’s economy.

LWVMA has joined a statewide coalition, Transportation for Massachusetts or T4MA, that tracks transportation needs, policies and investments. It’s clear from T4MA’s latest study that we need billions of dollars of revenue to bring transportation to a state of good repair and for new service to encourage responsible growth. We must make smart reforms.

LWVMA’s transportation committee urges local Leagues and members to contact your legislators directly and to write to your local newspaper asking the legislature to close the transportation funding gap, support overdue MBTA maintenance and adequate Regional Transit Authority funding, and repair roads and bridges.  You can find more information at T4MA’s website.

Brush up on State Treasurer and Auditor Candidates

Still need to brush up on the candidates for Treasurer and Auditor?  Trying to remember what it is those jobs actually entail?  Missed Sunday’s forum? You’re in luck! The video of the forum is available directly online, or if you prefer to read about it, the Concord Tab offers a thorough article.  Moderated by Jo-Ann Berry of the LWV-Acton Area, the forum featured the six candidates: Deb Goldberg, Mike Heffernan and Ian Jackson, candidates for Treasurer; and Suzanne Bump, MK Merelice and Patricia Saint Aubin for Auditor.

The forum was hosted by the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle and co-sponsored by the LWV of Massachusetts Citizen Education Fund and the LWVs of Acton Area, Andover/North Andover, Needham, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley and Westford. Also supporting the event are the LWVs of Melrose, Newton, Plymouth Area and Waltham.

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