Thursday: Add Your Voice at Election Day Registration Hearing on June 20

From LWVMA:  Demonstrate that Election Day Registration has broad public support. Please join us and our partners in the Election Modernization Coalition when the Joint Committee on Election Laws holds a hearing on Election Day Registration (EDR) Thursday, June 20. Wear a League pin or shirt if you have one; we’ll have EDR stickers for you. Email Nancy Brumback if you can come.

Election Day Registration Legislative Hearing 

Joint Committee on Election Laws

Thursday, June 20

Hearing starts at 1 p.m. in hearing room A-1

Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston

If you can’t be with us at the State House, please call or email your Senator and Representative now and tell them you want to see Election Day Registration in Massachusetts. Contact information is here. And share this action alert with others who are interested.

If you or a family member has been turned away from the polls or had to cast a provisional ballot because of an error in your registration, consider testifying about that experience. We will help you. Contact Nancy Brumback. If you can’t testify, please share any such story when you contact your legislator.

EDR Talking Points

  • Election Day Registration is a proven and common-sense election reform; 21 other states already offer it.
  • Election Day Registration allows voters to fix problems with their registration. In states where it is offered, 70% of those using EDR are already registered to vote but encounter a snag with that registration when they go to vote.
  • Election Day Registration will make election administration easier in the long run by reducing the need for provisional ballots.
  • Election Day Registration is supported by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

From Historic Newton: Nixon Kids: Young Voters and the Rise of Conservatism, 1968-1980

Wednesday, June 19, 7:30 pm:  In this talk, Seth Blumenthal of Boston University, author of Children of the Silent Majority, examines youth politics after 1968. He focuses on Richard Nixon’s young supporters who were long overshadowed by their counterparts on the left and in the counterculture. Reconsidering Nixon’s relationship with the Baby Boomer generation provides a revealing comparison to youth politics and protest during Donald Trump’s presidency and its influence on America’s political future.

Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue

Admission: Free

Information: 617-796-1450

Newton Citizens Climate Action Plan (from Annual Meeting)

In May, the Newton Citizens Commission on Energy, led by Dr. Halina Brown, published the Newton Citizens Climate Action Plan, a realistic plan to reduce greenhouse gases in Newton to zero by 2050.  Dr. Brown presented an overview of the plan at the League’s Annual Meeting on May 30, 2019.  Many thanks to the all members of the Newton Citizens Commission on Energy, and we hope to have a fuller discussion of the plan in the fall.

Click here to see Dr. Brown’s presentation:  NCCE Presentation–Annual Meeting

Click on the link or the image below to see the entire Newton Citizens Climate Action Plan:  http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/documents/96838

FINAL-CCAP-May-6-1.0

LWVN Membership Supports Climate Emergency Resolution

At our recent Annual Meeting, members voted to support the resolution below, to be presented at the LWVMA Convention in Westford with other Leagues from around the state.

Climate Emergency Resolution

Unanimously approved by LWVMA Environmental Action and Advocacy Committee, May 22, 2019 for submission to the LWVMA Convention, June 7-8, 2019.

Whereas on October 8, 2018, the United Nations released a special report that projected that limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius this century will require an unprecedented transformation of every sector of the global economy over the next 12 years; and

Whereas on November 23, 2018, the U.S. Fourth National Climate Assessment was issued, which detailed the massive threat that climate change poses to the American economy and underscored the need for emergency climate action at all levels of government; and [Read more…]

Take the Community Preservation Committee Survey

Share Your Ideas About How Newton Should Use Its Community Preservation Act Funds!

The Community Preservation Committee’s new community survey has only 8 questions and can be completed in about 6 minutes. To share your ideas about funding priorities for affordable housing, historic resources, open space and recreation land, go to the program’s home page, www.newtonma.gov/cpa, or click on this direct link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G5KSBZD.

For help, contact program manager Alice Ingerson at aingerson@newtonma.gov or 617.796.1144. Thank you!

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