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.

Tag Newton’s Gas Leaks on May 12th

NEWTON HAS 600 NATURAL GAS LEAKS leaking methane which contributes to climate change, harming our children’s future. National Grid is working with The City of Newton to fix some of the biggest leaks, however…

DID YOU KNOW?
• Methane is a powerful global warming pollutant… 86 times more potent than
carbon dioxide on a 20-year time scale.
• Methane harms our health, kills trees and is a safety hazard.
• You pay for leaks
• Utilities pass the cost of this waste to us, the customers.
• We pay up to $135 million every year in Massachusetts (2013 Sen. Markey study).
• In the Boston area alone, the value of lost gas is $90 million, enough to heat
200,000 homes (2015 PNAS Harvard/Boston University McKain study).

JOIN US TO TAG NEWTON’S GAS LEAKS
Saturday, May 12, 1:00pm • Rain Date May 19
Front Steps of Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Centre 02459

LWVN is co-sponsoring this event with Mothers Out Front and several other groups.

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.

City of Newton Commendation in Memory of Jane Leighton

The City of Newton issued a commendation of former LWVN President Jane Leighton, fittingly signed by four LWVN members who are now elected City Councilors.  To read the commendation, please click here: Leighton Commendation–2018

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