Archives for November 2013

LWVMA Joins Amicus Brief for US Supreme Court McCullen v. Coakley

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts has joined an amicus brief, along with 31 other organizations, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a Massachusetts law establishing a buffer zone around abortion clinics. View the full amicus brief here. Below is a press release on this action or click here for the PDF of the document.

MASSACHUSETTS LWV BACKS BUFFER ZONE FOR ABORTION CLINICS

BOSTON–The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a Massachusetts law establishing a buffer zone around abortion clinics.

The League has joined an amicus brief filed in the case of McCullen v. Coakley. The plaintiffs in that case seek to overturn the buffer zone law as an unconstitutional violation of free speech.

The case is expected to be heard by the Supreme Court in January.

The law establishing a 35-ft. buffer zone at abortion clinics was passed in 2007 to combat harassment and violence at the clinics. Two clinic employees in Brookline were murdered in 1994.

“The buffer zone does not restrict anyone from expressing their views. It insures safe passage to a clinic for patients and employees, protecting their constitutional right of access free from intimidation,” said Anne Borg, LWVMA co-president.

The LWVMA’s position on women’s reproductive rights dates back to 1972. The League has joined several amicus briefs in abortion rights cases before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and was a co-plaintiff in a case against Operation Rescue for physically blocking clinics.

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11/26/2013

Massachusetts LWV Backs Buffer Zone for Abortion Clinics

11/26/13 BOSTON–The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a Massachusetts law establishing a buffer zone around abortion clinics.

The League has joined an amicus brief filed in the case of McCullen v. Coakley. The plaintiffs in that case seek to overturn the buffer zone law as an unconstitutional violation of free speech.

The case is expected to be heard by the Supreme Court in January.

The law establishing a 35-ft. buffer zone at abortion clinics was passed in 2007 to combat harassment and violence at the clinics. Two clinic employees in Brookline were murdered in 1994.

“The buffer zone does not restrict anyone from expressing their views. It insures safe passage to a clinic for patients and employees, protecting their constitutional right of access free from intimidation,” said Anne Borg, LWVMA co-president.

The LWVMA’s position on women’s reproductive rights dates back to 1972. The League has joined several amicus briefs in abortion rights cases before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and was a co-plaintiff in a case against Operation Rescue for physically blocking clinics.

LWV Northampton

Mary Lou Bouley: League of Women Voters backs Obama on power plants

Politics of Food: LWV Lexington Panel Discussion Feb 7

Posted Feb 2, 2014

The Politics of Food: Why Should We Care?

Friday, February 7, 2014; 9:15 AM
Community Room, Carey Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA

Everyone has a personal relationship with food, but not everyone is aware of the politics and policies that surround the origins of our food and how it actually travels to our plates. Recently, the State of Massachusetts awarded the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) a contract to create a state-wide food policy.

So what is a food policy and why should we need one? Will it affect our local farmers, our thriving farmer’s market and community based food programs? Will it improve the quality of our food and the efficiency and fairness of food distribution?

Join us for a lively panel discussion on this topic. Our panelists include: Jim Wilson owner of Wilson Farm, Liza Connolly, co-founder Kids Cooking Green and Board Member of Lexington Farmers Market, Charlie Radosolovich (the “Rad Urban Farmer”) and Lauren Yaffee, Owner of Meadow Mist Farm.

For more info, click here.

LWV Falmouth

U.S. Constitution talk with League of Women Voters

LWV Amherst

Amherst League of Women Voters putting on program looking at affordable housing

“Boston Remembers Newtown”

Saturday, Dec.14, is the first anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. To mark the day, the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence sponsored “Boston Remembers Newtown,” a commemorative gathering. LWVMA is a Coalition member.

Read the article in the Boston Globe about the event.

 

LWV Wellesley

Wellesley residents push ahead on expanded bottle bill

LWV Belmont

League of Women Voters of Belmont presentation

LWV Boxford-Topsfield-Middleton

Reminder: LWV Hazardous Waste Day is Saturday, Nov. 9