Upcoming Local LWV Events

Here is some information about upcoming local League of Women Voters’ events.

All League members and the public are welcome at two upcoming LWV Needham forums in November:
Massachusetts New Domestic Worker Rights Law: What does it mean for you?
Thursday, November 13
7:00 p.m. - Meet and Greet & Refreshments
7:30 p.m. - Forum Begins
Needham Public Library Community Room
On July 2, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a bill of rights for domestic workers, making Massachusetts the fourth state in the US to provide protections for nannies, housecleaners, and adult care assistants. Make sure you and your family know how to comply with the new law.Speaker: Lydia Edwards, the pre-eminent attorney who has argued and presented the case for the law before the state legislature.

 

The Politics of Food: The Local Perspective
Friday, November 21
9:30 a.m.
Needham Public Library Community Room

  • Is Massachusetts considered a “farm state”?
  • How will climate change affect Massachusetts agriculture?
  • Can the “grow local” movement reach the neediest consumer?
  • How do state and national laws impact local farmers?

Speakers:
Julie Conroy, Senior Environmental Planner with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Larisa Jacobson, Needham Community Farm
Kate Canney, The Neighborhood Farm

Links to the flyers can be found here and here.

Lastly, the Wellesley LWV is sponsoring this event.

“Women in Politics” 
including reflections on the recent elections 
 
Featuring:
Victoria Budson, Executive Director, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
 
Monday, November 17, 7:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Society, 309 Washington Street, Wellesley
 
(Free admission)
 
Organized by the League of Women Voters of Wellesley

 We hope to see you at one of these important informational evenings!

 

 

 

November/December Bulletin Available!

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Election Day is Tuesday! Check out our Guide for Voters!

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4. Polls are open 7a to 8p; make sure you find a moment to vote. There are important state-wide and local offices up for selection, as well as many important ballot questions.

The MA LWV has published a handy Voters Guide to help  you learn about the issues and make an informed choice.

Democracy is NOT a spectator sport; make your voice heard and VOTE!!!

Upcoming Health Care Forum, Sudbury LWV

The League of Women Voters Sudbury chapter is sponsoring a public forum: 

WHY SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE IS BETTER THAN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT 
Senator Jamie Eldridge will present a Massachusetts perspective, and Ben Day, Information Director of Healthcare-Now! will present a national perspective.
Sunday, November 2, 2014 
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
Goodnow Library 
21 Concord Rd., Sudbury 
This event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Sudbury.

NPA-TV Airings of Candidate Forum

Unable to attend our Candidates’ Forum last Wednesday night? NPA TV will be showing the LWV Candidates’ Forum at the following times this weekend:

Friday 7 pm
Saturday 4 pm
Sunday 9 am and 9 pm

These will be aired on Comcast 22, Norwood Light 24, Verizon 33.

They will also be showing the Tom Cummings show with the debate between John Rogers and Tim Hempton at the following times:

Friday 8 pm
Saturday 9 am and 5 pm
Sunday noon and 6 pm

This show will be aired on Comcast 8, Norwood Light 23 and Verizon 35.

Norwood League Candidate Forum Tomorrow Night!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 22,  is the Norwood League of Women Voters’ Candidates’ Night.  We hope you can attend.
Senator Rush will be at the event.  Many of the County candidates will be attending and we will have a chance to learn more about County government.
After the candidates, there will be a ballot question forum.
The Forum will be held at the Norwood Town Hall Memorial Hall, at 7:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Fifth Ballot Question in Some MA Communities on November 4

The League of Women Voters has obtained a sample ballot for Norwood related to the upcoming state general election.  There is a fifth ballot question listed on Norwood’s ballot. Our League has called the Secretary of State’s office, and confirmed the validity of this question, and that it will appear on SOME communities’ ballots in November.

The text of the question reads as follows:

“Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that requires all non-hospital facilities performing more than 10 abortions a year to be licensed as “clinics” and to be inspected at least every two years by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health?”

It is a non-binding ballot question, and it was filed by Massachusetts resident Anne Fox,  781-449-1774.

Since this question does NOT APPEAR in the Voter Registration Guide mailed to Massachusetts households, the Norwood League wishes to inform voters in this community of its appearance on the ballot.

League of Women Voters’ Election Guide Available!

From the State League: All 21 candidates for statewide offices on the November ballot have answered questions posed by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Their responses are presented in a Voters’ Guide to Statewide Offices now available on the League’s website, www.lwvma.org.

The five candidates for governor answered questions on economic development, education, transportation, climate change and health care. Candidates for lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and auditor answered questions specific to those offices.

Voters can use the guide to read each candidate’s responses to all the questions or to read all the candidates’ responses to a particular question. “We hope voters across the Commonwealth will use this voters’ guide to help make informed choices as they go to the polls on Nov. 4,” said Anne Borg, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. “We are pleased to be able to provide this information and thank all the candidates for their willingness to participate in the guide.”

You can also find a sample letter to the editor, a sample op-ed article, and guidelines for holding forums on the ballot questions on the website, under Member Resources, for the 2014 ballot question resources.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues.

October/November Bulletin Available

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43rd Annual Harvard LWV Garage Sale

See the attached flyer for information on the Harvard LWV Garage Sale, Saturday, October 11.

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