Equal Pay Day This Tuesday!

Equal Pay Day Commemoration

Tuesday, April 8th, 3:15 pm

in the Great Hall

at the
 Massachusetts State House!

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LWVMA Day on the Hill CANCELLED

Unfortunately, the weather isn’t cooperating with the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts’ schedule.  The message below was just sent to all LWV members in the state–hope they aren’t wrong about the weather in May!

The weather forecast for Tuesday night and Wednesday has led us to the difficult decision to cancel the League’s Day on the Hill lobby day this year. We know it would be hard for many of you to get to Beacon Hill in bad weather. Even though we don’t know yet exactly what this storm will bring, we had to make the decision in time for people to change plans they were making for the event.

Instead, please use the legislation packet you received last week to hold your own “Day in the District.” Consider inviting your state Senator and Representative to have coffee soon with some League members to discuss the bills, particularly the featured bills, in that packet. You have the information on the bills and the talking points, and feel free to contact the appropriate legislative specialist if you need additional information. We won’t let a snowstorm stop the League’s efforts at the State House!

We hope to see you instead at the LWVMA Council meeting May 10 at Framingham State University-and certainly it won’t snow then.

Thanks for all your efforts in support of the legislation the League is working on.

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. 

Membership Meeting on Transportation

Thursday, April 3

7:30 – 9:00 pm

Waban Library Center, 1608 Beacon Street, Waban

Join League members as we discuss potential local positions on transportation.  We’ll decide on whether or not we’d like to put two proposed statements forward for a vote at the Annual Meeting in May.  This League process needs 25 League members to participate, discuss, and review the material, so join us on April 3rd!

Click here for the LWVN-Transportation-Discussion-Book–Updated

2014 Handbook Sponsorships

The LWVN’s bi-annual handbook will be coming this spring, so now is the time to ask friends, family and favorite businesses to support the League. Sponsorships start at $50 for a quarter page. Please invite your favorite florist / tailor / fill-in-the-blank to support the League by purchasing a spot!  Download and print the letter and form below, or direct them to this year’s new, easy online form.  The deadline is April 7, so don’t delay.

Dear Friend,

As a member of the League of Women Voters of Newton, I would like to invite your business to be a sponsor of the 2014-2015 edition of our Handbook.  This year we are once again placing a “Yellow Pages” section of supporters in the Handbook and are seeking sponsorship from businesses and services that individual Newton League members have found useful and would recommend to others.

Our handbook, published every other year just after local elections, is an important tool for our members and other influential citizens in the community.  It contains a directory of all current elected officials, from Newton’s municipal government up through U.S. President; contact information for all of our members; municipal meeting calendars; League position statements; and other pertinent information.  The new edition is being prepared now for publication in April.

I have found my association with your business to be one that I want other League members to know about, and I hope you will agree to sponsor the League.  The list of rates and terms is outlined on the accompanying sheet.  Please note that we must receive copy and payment by March 31, 2014 for sponsorships to appear in this year’s handbook.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, has fought since 1920 to improve our system of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy.  The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan in that it does not support or oppose any political party or candidate; it is political in that it takes positions on selected governmental issues after member study and agreement.  The League’s enduring vitality and resonance come from its unique decentralized structure.  The League is a grassroots organization, working at the local, state, and national levels.

The Newton League has a robust membership of over 200 informed and active citizens.  In order to help Newton citizens become educated, informed and active voters, we:

  • Promote and assist in the registration of voters;
  • Provide information about elections and voting procedures, and help the electorate learn the views of all candidates through Candidate’s Forums and Voter’s Guides;
  • Work to assure that government is accessible to all, by recruiting and training League members to observe and report on municipal meetings;
  • Join with other Newton organizations to sponsor forums to inform Newton citizens about important local issues; e.g., our Early Education Forum co-sponsored with the John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton; the League’s Candidates Workshop, Don’t Just Stand There, Run;  and we co-sponsored with the Green Decade the forum, Water Wars in MA- Reforming Water Management in a Blue State.

If you have any questions, please contact me or our handbook editor, Lisa Mirabile (617-332-5374 or handbook@lwvnewton.org).

Thank you very much for your support of the League of Women Voters of Newton.

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