Program on Islamic Law in Westford

What is Islamic law?  What does it mean to have an Islamic mortgage? How do halal rules function? What could it mean to “ban sharii’a”? These questions and more will be discussed at a presentation sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Westford on the role of Islamic law in legal systems, both in the United States and around the world. This event will be held in the Avis Lounge at theRoudenbush Community Center, 65 Main Street, Westford, on Thursday, May 18th from 7:30 p.m – 9:00 PM.

The talk will be given by Rine Vieth, a PhD student in Anthropology at McGill University in Montréal, Québec, whose studies focus on the intersections of religion, society, and law. Drawing on experience studying and working in Europe and North America, Rine will give a broad overview of the overlaps between religious norms and state law.  The goal is to give participants an understanding of the social science perspective on Islamic law in the US, which in turn can help voters clarify and question how issues related to Islamic law are presented by media outlets and elected officials.

 

The event is free and open to the public. 

 

For questions or additional information, please contact  LWV of Westford at  info@lwv.westford.org

May/June Bulletin Posted!

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National LWV’s Position on New Health Care Legislation

From Chris Carson, president of the LWV of US.

“The American Health Care Act is un-American.  It fails to reflect the American values of fairness, community, and concern for all.  The fact that it is being rushed to passage demonstrates the legislation can’t withstand careful consideration and the full debate that is essential in a democracy like ours.  It is simply irresponsible to vote on the legislation without knowing the cost to tax payers.”

Read the full statement here.

 

A League Resurgence!

Take a look at this Washington Post article about how the results of the last election spurred a Massachusetts woman to start a new chapter of the League of Women Voters!

Welcome Franklin County!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2017/02/09/league-of-women-voters-seeing-sudden-surge-in-membership/?utm_term=.4ad6f4e03388

Charter School Consensus Meeting, January 23

The Norwood League of Women Voters will be having a consensus meeting on the question of charter schools in Massachusetts on January 23, 2017. The meeting will begin at 7:00, in the Lydon Room of the Recreation Department (167 Nahatan Street). The Charter School Study Committee will give a brief presentation with the goal of answering the following questions. Please review these prior to the meeting, as it will make the consensus portion of the evening run more smoothly. We will have light refreshments; please bring your own beverage. We wish to thank the Charter School Study Committee for their work on this project: Courtney Rau Rogers, Ellie Brown, Toni Eosco, Julie Hempton, Susan Kuecker, Elaine McLaughlin, and Carol MacLeay (observer).

November/December Bulletin and Ad Page

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These local businesses have supported our work for years; please show them your thanks by supporting them in turn!

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Know Your Rights!!!

Massachusetts DOES NOT HAVE VOTER ID REQUIREMENTS!!!

 

You only need to confirm your name and address to the election workers at the check in and check out tables. NO ONE ELSE should be asking you for identification or for proof of your identity, residency, or citizenship.

 

If you feel that your right to vote has been violated in any way, call the Elections Division at 1-800-462-VOTE (8683). You can also ask to speak with your town election officials

 

You can also call the U.S. Department of Justice Voting Rights Hotline. Call 800-253-3931 (TTY: 877-267-8971) to report incidents of voter intimidation at the polls.

Norwood Ballot Question #5: The Community Preservation Act

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VOTE!!!

Two sharply contrasting candidates at the top of the ballot. Control of Congress. Critical races that affect your community and your state.

That’s why we’re asking you to do two things:

  1. Before you go to bed tonight, make a plan for when you’ll vote tomorrow. Be sure to give yourself enough time … and then follow through.
  2. Encourage at least five people you encounter today to do the same thing.

Voting brings us together as Americans—it’s the one time when we are all equal. Voting is your opportunity to support your community and have a say in our future.

Voting is THE most important thing any of us can do in Making Democracy Work®!

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November 8 Is Almost Here!

Millions of voters will head to the polls on November 8 to stand up for what matters most in their communities and their lives. The League hopes all eligible voters will exercise their right to vote and weigh in on the elections in their community.

The decisions our leaders make in office will influence public policy for years to come, and each vote helps decide who represents us!

These elections are about our jobs, our health, our communities, our security and our future. Take control and commit to vote in these elections.

Voting brings us together as Americans – it is the one time when we are all equal. Voting is your opportunity to support your community and have a say in America’s future. Every vote counts and our votes make a difference.

I am going to vote and I know my vote will count; will you?

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