Archives for February 2015

LWVMA Forum on Inequality and Political Participation – Video Now Available!

How is the marked rise in economic inequality affecting civic participation and political expression in the United States? Is the growing gap between the very wealthy and everyone else influencing whose voice is determining political and policy issues? What are the implications of extreme economic inequality for the democratic ideal of “one person, one vote”?

These questions laid the foundation for a timely and lively conversation at the panel discussion, “Economic Inequality and Political Participation — Whose Voice Is Heard?” co-sponsored by LWVMA and Bentley University’s Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences, held on March 19, 2015.

Noah Berger, Executive Director, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center; Katherine Levine Einstein, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston University; and Kay Schlozman, J. Joseph Moakley Professor of Political Science, Boston College were the speakers. Juliet Gainsborough, Associate Professor of Political Science at Bentley, moderated, and Bentley Dean Dan Everett and LWVMA Co-President Anne Borg introduced the event. Audience members participated with penetrating and thought-provoking questions.

Click here to view the video.

League Leaders Lunch, March 7, 2015, Norwood

Fundraising and Voter Service Workshop

Saturday, March 7; 11 am-3 pm
Norwood Elks Lodge
152 Winslow Avenue, Norwood, MA

Thirty-six people attended the Lunch which had two focuses: fundraising and voter service. The goal was for every League to leave the Lunch with at least one new idea for fundraising and one for voter service.

The fundraising portion featured general fundraising principles and resources, followed by representatives from Leagues around the state presenting their successful fundraisers, and finishing with a roundtable discussion to share more fundraising successes.

For the voter service portion resources, empty chair debates, encouraging people to run for office, and ideas for LWVMA voter activities were the highlights.

Agenda

Handouts

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LWVMA 2013-14 Annual Report Now Available

We are pleased to share the 2013-14 Annual Report of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts.  The report recaps an extraordinary year of advocacy, voter engagement, and citizen education and celebrates the work of our 46 local Leagues throughout the Commonwealth. Many thanks to our members and supporters for helping us Make Democracy Work!

To download and view the Annual Report as a pdf, click here.  Or you can view the report as a magazine by clicking below: