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September News for League Leaders

Register now for the Annual League Leader Event

Please mark your calendars for our annual League Leader event on November 6, 9:00 to 11:00 am. This year’s theme will be “leadership development” and our featured speaker will be Beth Chandler, President & CEO of YW Boston. We are planning for this even to be as interactive as possible and would love to have representation from all of our 47 Leagues. More details to follow soon. Register here.

Learn More About League-Supported Legislation

Attend the Legislative Action Committee’s upcoming Zoom program “Meet the Specialist” to learn about bills LWVMA is supporting this session.

September 18: Affordable Housing

On Saturday, September 18, at 11 a.m., LWVMA Affordable Housing specialists Lori Stewart and Clare Gordon will discuss these bills:

H.1808/S.921 An Act promoting housing opportunity and mobility through eviction sealing (HOMES)- eviction records sealing

H.1436/S.874 An Act promoting housing stability and homelessness prevention in Massachusetts- provide for legal representation in eviction proceedings for low-income tenants and some low-income owner-occupants

H.202/S.111 An Act improving emergency housing assistance for children and families experiencing homelessness

H.1373/S.867 An Act promoting fair housing by preventing discrimination against affordable housing- Prohibits exclusionary zoning

Register here for Saturday, September 18, at 11 a.m.

Catch Up with Recorded “Meet the Specialists” Sessions

  • Women’s Issues (Aug.11) View the recording here.
  • Criminal Justice (Aug. 25) View the recording here; link to the slide deck here.
  • Elections (Aug. 26) View the recording here.
  • Gun Violence Prevention (Sept. 13) View the recording here.

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 Brynne–bgorman@lwvma.org.

 

LWMA Needs You on State Committees

It is hard to believe we are now in Fiscal Year 2022. This last year has been a busy one and we could not have made it through the year without all of our dedicated members. Thank you for all you have done, your ability to pivot and your resilience throughout this past year. You have clearly demonstrated that Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport.

As we begin the new League year, LWVMA needs members for some of our committees and we would love to have new people join us to work on these statewide committees. It is a great way to get involved and find out more about what we are doing at the state level. We are looking for members to join the following committees:

Membership

Governance

Voter Engagement

If you are interested, please email me at efosternolan@lwvma.org. Thank you again for all the work you do for the League.

-Elizabeth Foster-Nolan, President

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.

 

National Voter Registration Day Sept. 28

Plan now for your League to participate in National Voter Registration Day Tuesday, September 28. LWVUS reminds us to sign up your League as a partner today to help reach its goal of 400 participating Leagues. The League has been an important partner in this effort by providing the largest organizational presence on the ground for the last eight years running! Join in this important effort—partners will have opportunities to receive materials and training. Available toolkits offer ideas on voter registration during the pandemic.