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June News for League Leaders

LWVMA Strategic Plan:  Please Give Us Your Feedback!

LWVMA has been engaged in a strategic planning process that began in November and will end in June – our goal is to share the final strategic plan at Convention.  The plan will be the guiding document for LWVMA’s work for the next 3 to 5 years.

The strategic planning team is at the point in this process where we would like to have your feedback on our progress thus far.

Check vote by mail application availability!

If you have town elections this spring,  please check and see if your town clerk is going to mail applications automatically to voters. If not, consider how you can let voters know that they won’t automatically receive a mail ballot application, but must go to your town’s website to download an application and send it in.  Voters can also request a mail ballot in writing as long as their signature is on the request.   The online portal for requesting a ballot application that was available last fall is not operating for local elections. The Track My Ballot function is also not available for local elections.

If people checked the box on the fall application to send mail ballots for all future elections, that request expired at the end of 2020.  They must send a 2021 application for a mail ballot for your town election.

Convention 2021– June 26

The 2021 LWVMA Convention “Expanding the Table: Making Democracy Work for Everyone” will be held Saturday, June 26 on Zoom. Convention brings local League delegates together to hear distinguished speakers, approve program for the next biennium, elect a new board of directors, approve the budget, and network with leaders from across the state. Make plans now to have your League well represented– there will be no charge for this event! Registration and more details will be available here.

LWVMA welcomes Representative Liz Miranda (D-5th Suffolk) as our keynote speaker for the 2021 Convention. Rep. Miranda is a member of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Black and Latino Caucus and was a key ally in the omnibus police reform bill that was passed into law on December 31, 2020.
Rep. Miranda is a dynamic example of a legislator whose work amplifies this year’s Convention theme, Expanding the Table: Making Democracy Work for Everyone. You don’t want to miss her remarks. Register here for Convention! Pre-Convention materials can be found here. Local League gifts to LWVMA will be gratefully accepted! Please click here for the donation form.
Since Convention is virtual this year, we hope each League will create a one-minute video highlighting a local League initiative (or several initiatives). We would especially welcome knowing about any diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives undertaken by your League. Local League Showcase videos can be submitted using the directions here. Questions about the Local League Showcase? Contact Alexa Williamson here.

Criminal Justice Specialists Available for Presentations

Nancy Bettinger and Lucy Costa are the LWVMA Legislative Specialists focusing on criminal justice. We are available to present to local Leagues on legislative priorities and to offer educational programs on criminal justice issues. We also are developing an email list of individual members who would like to receive more frequent updates regarding criminal justice bills and events. To get in touch, please email us here. We look forward to connecting with you.

Candidate Forums and Other Public Events:  Please share them with LWVMA!

This is a friendly reminder as local election season approaches:  If your League is planning a candidate forum (or any other public event) please share the details (date, start/end time, registration link, contact email, flyer, etc.) with LWVMA so that we can post it on our web calendar and otherwise help to promote your event.  If you have recently held a candidate forum and would like LWVMA to host the recording on our website, we’d be happy to do that.  Contact Alexa – awilliamson@lwvma.org.

Join the Environmental Action and Advocacy Committee

Are you interested in working with other League members in the state on environmental issues and action? The LWVMA Environmental Action and Advocacy Committee (EAAC) is gearing up again and is seeking new members as we look to the future.
The goals of the LWVMA EAAC are to inform members across the state on critical environmental issues and policies impacting Massachusetts, and to support and promote sustainable energy and environmental policy that incorporates meaningful provisions around environmental justice and equity, legislation and local action. The EAAC will meet monthly via Zoom on the 3rd Monday of each month, from 4:00pm-5:00pm.

If you’d like to be a part of this team, please contact Launa Zimmaro with your name, local League, email address, and a little bit about your interests and experience. We are grateful for your support and welcome any questions you may have. Click here for further information about the EAAC.

Racial Justice Resources Available

Not sure where or how to start work on Racial Justice? This LWVMA compendium contains a wealth of information whether you are just beginning to explore the topic on a personal level, or as a League seeking partners for change in your community. Browse materials here.

LWVMA Moderator Training

The Voter Engagement Committee of LWVMA held a moderator training session via Zoom on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:30 pm. Click here to view the recording and here for the presentation slides.

Seeking Specialist for Mascot Bills

The Legislative Action Committee (LAC) is seeking to add a member to follow legislation related to Native American mascots and actions on the state seal and flag. For more information, contact Kathy Leonardson, LAC Chair.


Join Statewide DEI Peer Discussion Group

Join your LWV colleagues across the state to learn more about what your local League can do to further its work on issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We will meet online several times a year to share ideas, experiences, and resources. The group will be coordinated by Patty Shepard (Winchester) and Amy Cooper (Central Berkshire County), both of whom are members of the LWVMA DEI Committee. If you would like to participate, please email Patty Shepard and/or Amy Cooper.