As part of its Overdue: Confronting Race and Racism in Newton series of events, the Newton Free Library in partnership with Historic Newton, will be presenting the webinar – Voting Rights: Where Do We Go From Here? Thursday, May 13 at 7:00pm.
Join Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, author of, The Voting Rights War, for a session that will examine laws posing challenges to American voters — especially African-Americans — from enslavement and woman’s suffrage through current controversies of voter suppression.
Please register here. Space is limited. Registration will remain open until 5pm on Thursday, May 13.
Overdue: Confronting Race and Racism in Newton is a coalition of organizations and individuals that aims to equip and empower our community with the understanding, knowledge, and skills to actively fight racism both in Newton and beyond. They provide residents with opportunities to listen, to learn, and to act in order to dismantle systemic racism within our city.
For more information on Overdue and the session, Voting Rights: Where Do We Go From Here?, visit the City of Newton’s website page on Overdue here.
Recently, Marcia Johnson had the opportunity to learn more about the West Newton Armory project by having a conversation with members of Newton’s Planning & Development Department: Amanda Berman, Director of Housing & Community Development and Eamon Bencivengo, Housing Development Planner.
The City has been given the opportunity to acquire the West Newton Armory from the state, for $1.00, for a 100% affordable housing project. Please take a moment to watch this informative program and learn more about:
- History, current state, and next steps of the project.
- The Joint Advisory Planning Group (JAPG) process
- Information on the four affordable housing options to be considered.
- What it means for Newton to be designated as a Housing Choice Community.
- Important aspects of this project for the Newton community
- Importance and benefits of a public-private partnership
Representing the Fourth: A Conversation with Barney Frank, Joe Kennedy III, and Jake Auchincloss
We thank the three Congressman and our moderator, Gail Spector, for a fabulous conversation held on March 9, where they discussed their experiences representing the 4th Congressional District, and the issues they faced and continue to face advocating for the policies important to the 4th District.
View a recording of the discussion.
On February 22, 2021, LWVN hosted for a Roundtable Discussion on the Preservation and Use of Crystal Lake to explore how to balance the competing interests regarding Crystal Lake – the preservation and sustainability of the Lake, and the use and enjoyment of the Lake by the general public.
The discussion began with a presentation by the Crystal Lake Conservancy on the environmental sustainability of the Lake, and went on to explore questions such as:
- How the rules and regulations regarding the use of the Lake for swimming, boating and fishing compliment the environmental concerns regarding the use of the Lake?
- How do they compete with those environmental concerns?
- Do the current rules and regulations concerning the use of the Lake best meet the desires of the general public to use the Lake as a resource for recreation?
The League of Women Voters Newton (LWVN) is offering two $1,000 scholarships to any graduating High School senior who will pursue post-high school education, and is either a resident of Newton, MA or attends school in Newton, MA. Successful applicants will have a strong interest in civic engagement. The application deadline is March 1, 2021.
For a paper copy of the application please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Our LWVN mask fundraiser is back!
Show your LWVN spirit with this newly designed, adjustable face mask that promotes the mission of the LWV while helping to protect you and those around you. This is a 2-ply cotton mask with an interior pocket to add an optional filter (filter not included).
Our 2021 fundraiser will be open until Feb. 19! Masks can be shipped to your home (for a small fee) or opt for free Newton pick-up/delivery. Each mask is $15 and a portion of the sale goes to LWVN. There is also an option to add an additional donation.
Click here to make your purchase! Masks should arrive in early March.