Four local Leagues received Lotte E. Scharfman Citizen Education grants in October 2020:
LWV Greater Haverhill: LWVGH has been attending Naturalization Ceremonies in Lowell since 2016. They were awarded a grant to purchase miniature flags to hand out with voter registration forms to new citizen candidates as they enter the auditorium.
LWV Northampton: LWV Northampton was awarded a grant to bring a traveling show on the history of women’s suffrage and two centuries of women’s activism to the Art for the Soul Gallery in downtown Springfield. The traveling show was previously an exhibit at Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Art for the Soul Gallery will display the show at no cost to the public.
LWV Westford: The Westford League will revise and reprint “A Guide to Town Meeting in Westford.” First produced in 1999, the Guide describes the entire process of Town Meeting in Westford, with sections on the warrant, participants, articles and motions, the debate, voting, a glossary and the indispensable Parliamentary Motions Guide. By clearly explaining how Town Meeting works, it encourages and empowers citizens to be active participants in Westford’s open Town Meeting. The Guide is free; copies are available at all Town Meetings, at the Town Clerk’s office and at League events.
LWV Worcester: LWV Worcester was awarded a grant for an educational program series:
- June 17, 2020, Let’s Talk Census
- August 12,2020, Get Out the Vote! How to vote in 2020. Who votes in our community and how do we encourage broader participation?
- October 14, 2020, Voter Suppression: How to recognize it; How to overcome it.
- December 9, 2020, Where now? Assessing Climate Change Options in Massachusetts, the US and Worldwide
- January 27, 2021, RUN! How to run for office; How to support candidates running for office.
- February 24, 2021, Anti-Racism Movie Night
- March 24, 2021, Focus on Women
- April 28, 2021, Get Out the Vote (Municipal Elections focus)
- May 26, 2021, Sex Work and Human Trafficking with Nikki Bell, Executive Director, LIFT