The 2013 LWVMA Convention “The Future of Our Democracy: What’s Next?” was held May 17-18 at the Boston Peabody Marriott in Peabody, MA. League members throughout the state convened to conduct the business of the League for the next biennium. In addition the convention featured speakers and workshops, as well as a silent auction.
Election of Board of Directors
- Co-President: Anne Borg, Newton
- Co-President: Marilyn Peterson, Acton Area
- First Vice-President: Karen Price, Needham
- Second Vice-President: Nancy Brumback, Sudbury
- Secretary: Dee Ortner, Concord-Carlisle
- Treasurer: Andrea Kozinetz, Newton
- Jean Cherdack, Northampton Area
- Marlene O’Brien, Wellesley
- Carole Pelchat, Greater Haverhill
- Becky Shannon, Amherst
- Launa Zimmaro, Concord-Carlisle
Workshop Materials and Presentations
Nine workshops, led by League members, were held. Click on the workshop title to get materials from each workshop.
- Advocating for environmental issues
- Growing and retaining members: It’s all about visibility
- We have to fix that! Updating the way we run elections
- Create and Maintain a League Facebook Page
- Events that engage young people: Civics Bee, Yellow Rose Events
- Making an Impact in Your Town or City
- Money in Politics: Last year’s issue or still a problem?
- Think beyond Candidates’ Night
- Effective Lobbying from Our LWVMA Positions
Two LWVMA Members Receive “Above and Beyond Award”
The LWVMA board of directors awarded two LWVMA members the Above and Beyond Award for outstanding contributions to the state League.
Erin Pastuszenski of Concord-Carlisle League was honored for her service as Chair of the 2011-13 Nominating Committee.
Ruth Race of the Topsfield-Boxford-Middleton League was honored for her many years of service as the Field Service Representative for the Merrimack Valley/North Shore region.
LWVMA Approves Study and Action Priorities
The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts approved an ambitious program of study and action for the next two years at its convention May 17-18 in Peabody. About 100 members of the League attended the convention for two days of workshops, speakers, and business meetings.
The following program and action priorities were approved:
A new study, “Massachusetts after Citizens United. SO WHAT DO WE DO NOW?” will consider whether or not the League’s existing campaign finance positions are adequate to meet the challenges of Citizens United and related recent Supreme Court decisions, and if not, what additional positions are needed.
LWVMA also adopted a new position on transportation by concurrence with the position of LWV of California. In brief, the position supports a transportation system to move people and goods which includes a variety of transportation modes, with emphasis on increased public transportation services and other viable alternatives to reduce vehicle miles traveled; is efficient, convenient, and cost effective; is safe and secure; serves all segments of the population and diverse geographic needs; minimizes harmful effects on the environment; is integrated with land use; and is supported by extensive public education.
LWVMA selected three areas for Action Priority. The state League and its local Leagues will seek opportunities to participate in action addressing these issues. Opportunities may include, but are not limited to, support or opposition of legislation at all levels of government, participating in approved coalitions, conducting issue forums, encouraging attendance at events and rallies, and lobbying officials.
- Improving elections, including, but not limited to, voting systems that are easy to use, administer and encourage voter turnout, election financing/money in politics, voter registration and engagement, and opposition to voter suppression efforts.
- The environment, including, but not limited to, reduction, reuse and recycling measures; measures to address climate change; and comprehensive water resource management.
- Civic education and engagement, including, but not limited to, encouraging civic education in our schools and civic engagement in our communities and our state and municipal governments.
Lastly, LWVMA will establish two review committees which should report back to the membership at Council 2014 to:
- Consider the uses of technology in voter registration and voting and research the positives and negatives associated with each technology, including the security of such systems.
- Develop a plan for state action on transportation, taking into account local League studies and action on transportation.