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Letter: Decarbonizing the Commonwealth’s Buildings

LWVMA is committed to identifying and advocating for the essential building decarbonization strategies, legislation, and regulations that will allow Massachusetts to meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets and get us to net zero emissions by 2050. Read the letter to legislative leadership that we signed with our partners Elders Climate Action Massachusetts and Climate Action Now Western Massachusetts here

April 2022 Scharfman Grants Awarded to Four Local Leagues

Four local Leagues received Scharfman grants in April 2022:

LWV Framingham: LWV Framingham was awarded a grant to create a website that will provide visitors easy access to information such as upcoming election dates, voter education events, how to register to vote, where to vote, information about local government structure and leaders etc.

LWV Hamilton Wenham: LWV Hamilton Wenham was awarded a grant to  host a production of “Ruth Bader Ginsburg – I Dissent” on May 25th, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. at the H.W. Library. This live event is part of an effort to reengage with their membership and the general public. The event will be publicized in conjunction with the library and  through the League’s monthly newsletter and social media platforms.

LWV Needham: LWV Needham was awarded a grant to work with the Needham High School (NHS) Social Studies Department to support students as they complete the required eleventh grade student civics projects.  See details here

LWV Worcester Area: LWV Worcester was awarded a grant to participate in the Central MA Conference for Women. Their table will offer voter registration, feature fun quizzes about voting rights and local state and federal government and promote use of Vote411.org. LWVWA is also collaborating with a Worcester Public Schools middle school, Forest Grove Middle School, in a pilot School Civic Celebration Project. This year, Worcester implemented civics education at the middle school level; civics will be implemented in high school starting in the 2022-2023 academic year.

LWVMA statement on SCOTUS opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts views the leaked Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, if it holds, as an attack on a fundamental right to health care and to the right of pregnant people to make their own decisions about what is best for them.  In light of the probable overturning of Roe v. Wade, the League expresses its gratitude to the Massachusetts state legislature for passing, in 2020, the ROE Act, legislation that codified the right to an abortion in Massachusetts regardless of any U.S. Supreme Court decision.  We salute our partners in reproductive health advocacy for their work in anticipating the need for this legislation.
 
We now urge the legislature to continue this work protecting the right to make one’s own health care decisions by passing without delay two additional bills:
  • H.1196/S.673 An Act ensuring access to full spectrum pregnancy care.  This bill would provide financial assistance for a full-range of pregnancy-related care.  See our testimony.  
  • H.2399/S.1470  An Act to require public universities to provide medication abortion. See our testimony
The national League of Women Voters continues to advocate for these rights on the federal level.  Read their statement here.  

Spring, 2022 Field Service Meetings

The LWVMA Field Service program provides opportunities for local Leagues to interact within defined geographical areas. The goal of the program is to support local Leagues and encourage regional collaboration.

Here’s the schedule for the spring Field Service meetings:

  • West: Monday, May 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Metro/South: Saturday, June 4, 10:00 a.m.
  • Metro Northwest: Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 p.m.
  • Metro West: Saturday, May 21, 10:00 a.m.
  • Merrimack Valley/North Shore: Saturday, June 4, 10:00 a.m.
  • South Shore, Cape Cod, and MV: TBD

For the current list of Leagues within each Field Service region and representatives click here.
 
For more information, please contact Field Service Director Lora Goldenberg.