Lobby Day on Beacon Hill for Energy and Environmental Justice–Thursday, 12 to 4

LWVMA coalition partners, Mass Power Forward and The Campaign for a Clean Energy Future (carbon pricing) are working hard to push important energy and environmental justice (EJ) bills forward for a vote this session. A State House Lobby Day is being planned for Thursday May 10th from 12:00-4:00PM. Meetings with legislators are being scheduled and all materials will be available to those participating. Click here to register.

What do we want? The League is advocating for passage of S.2302: An Act to promote a clean energy future, also referred to as the “Omnibus Bill”, submitted by Senator Pacheco.

Why is this bill so important? S.2302 contains virtually all the critical elements of individual energy and EJ bills submitted this session and supported by the League and our partners. We are pushing for passage of the entire bill, with special emphasis on:

·        carbon pricing language (as described in the attachment)

·        a strong plan for implementation of the Global Warming Solutions Act (referred to as the “roadmap”).

The task at hand is to mobilize membership to attend the State House Lobby Day on May 10th. Please register using the link above to participate on May 10th if you can and do all you can to spread the word to encourage others to join you.

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.

May 9th Webinar with Dr. Emily Wimberger on Cap and Trade

Invitation to a Webinar with Dr. Emily Wimberger    

Cap and Trade – An Introduction

Wednesday, May 9, 12:00-1:00 PM PDT

Cap and trade systems are the dominant method of pricing carbon globally. The enormous markets of the European Union and China use cap and trade, and California, with the sixth largest economy in the world, also has a cap and trade system with an effective price on 85% of its emissions. Currently the California system is trading allowances with Quebec and Ontario, possibly extending trade to other Canadian provinces, U.S. states, and even Mexico.

RSVP to join us on Wednesday, May 9, 12:00-1:00 pm PDT, for an informative presentation on how carbon pricing can be a major element in reducing carbon emissions. Dr. Emily Wimberger, chief economist at the California Air Resources Board, tasked with managing California’s cap and trade system, will give an overview of California’s cap and trade system.

Registration for the webinar is limited to 100 people, so sign up early. Register here.

Webinars are hosted by the LWVUS Price on Carbon Steering Committee and PriceonCarbon.org. Webinars are designed to help us learn more about pricing carbon and why scientists, economists and world leaders view pricing carbon as an essential strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

Recordings of our previous webinars are available on the Price on Carbon website here.

Help create the LWVMA Online Voters Guide for the state primary and general elections!

LWVMA will introduce a new Online Voters’ Guide to voters throughout Massachusetts for the 2018 state primary and general elections.  The guide will allow Massachusetts voters to access personalized ballot information for all candidates on the ballot plus all the ballot questions.

LWVMA needs volunteers to develop questions for the candidates and about the ballot questions. If you are interested, please volunteer by May 31, so we can develop questions in June, submit to the candidates in late June, and prepare the Voters’ Guide for its July 20 debut. Contact Kris Eastman and Judy Zaunbrecher, LWVMA Voter Service Co-Chairs,  at jzaunbrecher@lwvma.org or keastman@lwvma.org.

LWVMA Conference: “Beyond the March: Women Leading the Way in Massachusetts” on April 28th

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Clark University, Tilton Wetzel Room 
950 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts

Click here to register now!  A schedule of the day’s events appears below.

In the current climate of gridlock and dysfunction, many of us are calling out for solutions to strengthen our civic foundations at the local, state, and national level. Women especially are feeling energized to “do something” to fix political institutions that are widely perceived as broken.

We’re feeling this way, too, and we’d like to help provide ideas for action.

Please join us for a full day of engaging speakers to explore lessons from women’s activist past, the key role of women leaders today, and concrete steps we can all take to strengthen our democracy going forward.

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