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.

LWV on the proposed citizenship question on the 2020 Census

This email came from Chris Carson, President of the League of Women Voters, on March 27th:

Late last night it was announced that the Commerce Department has made the decision to include a question pertaining to citizenship in the 2020 Census.

Make no mistake: this decision isn’t about improving demographic data on citizenship.

It’s designed to frighten immigrants—citizens and noncitizens alike—so they won’t participate in the Census. It’s a blatant political maneuver meant to disenfranchise these groups and deny them equal representation.

Including this question on the Census undermines the rights of eligible voters and threatens a process vital to our democracy.

For more than 200 years, the Census has collected information about the geographic distribution of our population so we can provide representation and invest in our communities equitably.

Without a complete count of our nation’s people, businesses will not have the tools to make sound investment decisions that keep our communities thriving.

The United States Constitution mandates an accurate count of all people living in the United States – not all citizens. Non-citizens are an integral part of our economy and need to be included in the 2020 Census to paint a complete picture of our great country.

The clock is ticking toward 2020.

Role of the Press in Our Democracy – Speaker Series from LWV of Acton

From LWV of Acton:  Role of the Press in Our Democracy – Speaker Series

Please join the Acton Area League of Women Voters for a Spring-time Speaker Series on the Role of the Press in Our Democracy. We have secured three experts with first-hand knowledgeable of the press, journalism, and information sources. The league’s goal is to inform the community about responsible journalism and responsible news consumption.

  • Wednesday, April 11 – Boston Globe Managing Editor Jennifer Peter, 7 p.m., Acton Villageworks – 252 Massachusetts Ave, Acton
  • Wednesday, May 2 – Librarian Dorothy Kramer, 7 p.m., Boxborough Library – 427 Massachusetts Ave, Boxborough
  • Tuesday, May 8 – Prof., WGBH Contributor Dan Kennedy, 7 p.m., Boxborough Library

 

Freedom of the Press, Fake vs. Real News, Bots and Trolls, Social Media’s influence, and governing via Twitter are just a few of the topics that will be covered. Night No. 1 is Wednesday, April 11 at Acton’s Villageworks with Boston Globe Managing Editor Jennifer Peter. Jennifer is a member of the Globe’s senior management team serving as Managing Editor of the entire paper. As a practicing journalist with 26 years experience, she is experiencing in real-time the changing landscape of news.

The series will continue in May at the Boxborough Library. Please join us for these free events. More information on attached document. It’s also posted at http://www.lwv-aa.org/.

LWV Concord-Carlisle House Tour Fundraiser on Saturday, April 7

The LWV Concord-Carlisle is hosting a house tour, “Beyond Expectations: Designs Inspired By Life’s Passions and Changes” .  Seven Concord homes will be featured and will show that houses can change to meet your needs and your dreams. The tour will take place on Saturday, April 7th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tickets are $40 on day of the tour or $35 in advance. Register early and save!

 

Whether it’s your last child leaving for college, the need to entertain more or the fact that you are aging, the home which you have loved for the past 20 years may no longer meet your needs. Rather than move, seven residents of Concord have made creative and exciting changes to enable their homes to work for them today. The tour is your opportunity to visit these homes and get ideas for your own home. Invite a friend, and reserve your tickets today.

House tour participants will chart their own course among the featured Concord residences. The League’s House Tour will make a memorable outing for those curious about architecture, interior design and the beautiful Concord area.

 

You can register by mail at:

LWVCC House Tour

PO Box 34

Concord, MA 01742

 

Or register online with PayPal at :

www.lwvcc.org

 


Visit www.lwvcc.org or email housetour@lwvcc.org for more information.

LWVMA Info on Saturday’s March Ror Our Lives

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts salutes and stands with the student organizers of March For Our Lives (MFOL) events across Massachusetts on March 24.  We join them in their call to take action on gun violence by passing commonsense gun laws.

We are also inspired by the response of our members to MFOL. We know that some Massachusetts League members will be taking part in events in their communities on March 24, while others are planning to attend MFOL Boston

To help those planning to attend MFOL Boston, here is the most recent information that we have about the event:

  • The MFOL Boston event will begin with a march from Madison Park High School (75 Malcolm X Blvd, Boston) to the Boston Common at 11 a.m.  The march route is approximately 2.5 miles.
  • Boston Common opens to the public at 12 p.m.
  • The rally on the Common will begin at 2 p.m.
  • If you would like to meet up with other League members who are going directly to the Common, please meet at 1:30 p.m. at the “Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment” sculpture on Beacon Street, opposite the General Hooker entrance to the State House. Wear League buttons or clothing to recognize each other.
  • For the most up-to-date information, go to the MFOL Boston Facebook.

Many of you have also expressed interest in helping to register voters at MFOL Boston on March 24.  While LWVMA has teamed up with the students to offer them advice and expertise as they plan for voter registration on the Common, the students themselves are running the registration activities in Boston.

If you are interested in registering or pre-registering voters on the Common at MFOL Boston, you can sign up here, and the students will let you know if you have been selected to participate and provide additional details.

The students are also hosting an optional information session this Wednesday, March 21st from 5:30-7:30 at 26 West St. in downtown Boston.  Those new to voter registration drives are particularly encouraged to attend.

We will continue to update our members about the MFOL Boston event (including the information session Wednesday) as new information becomes available.

Thank you again for taking action to prevent gun violence.

Questions?  Please email lwvma@lwvma.org or call 617-523-2999.

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