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Nov. 26 & 29 How Women Become Political Televised

Gloria Steinem at How Women Become Political Boston Globe photo
Gloria Steinem at How Women Become Political
Boston Globe photo
The “How Women Become Political” event that LWVMA partnered with in October will air on C-Span Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 29, at 1:30 p.m.  It’s titled “History of Women in American Politics.”
After it airs, the program will be available online at the C-Span website.   Note the program is on C-Span, not C-Span 2 or C-Span-3.
Enjoy this rousing look at the first woman to speak to a legislature, and the discussion of women in politics that follows with
  • Gloria Steinem, feminist, activist, author
  • Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor at-Large
  • Kerry Healey, President of Babson College and former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor
  • Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Chair with Healey of Political Parity
  • Callie Crossley of WGBH moderated the program

 

 

LWV Particpates in Gun Law Action Day Wed, November 6

The Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, which includes LWVMA, held a lobby day at the State House on Wednesday, Nov. 6, starting at 10 a.m.   Attendees reinforced the public’s demand for such legislation, and told their Senators and Representatives that we want meaningful gun safety legislation in Massachusetts.

Click here to see the LWVMA Action Alert with details about the Action Day.

The Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is a statewide network of groups working together to pass meaningful new gun laws in Massachusetts and nationally. The Coalition expects that proposed legislation will include bringing Massachusetts into compliance with the National Instant Check System for background checks. The

Coalition members also identified four key priorities for any proposed bill:

  • Universal background checks whenever a gun is sold at the time of sale, including all private and internet sales;
  • Extending the suitability standard for licensing to include firearm identification cards;
  • Purchases limited to one gun a month;
  • Improved data collection and sharing on the sources of guns used in crimes.

LWVMA has testified at all five hearings the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security held on gun legislation. Lobby day enabled legislators to hear from people in their districts on this topic.

Fall Legislative Season in High Gear at State House

The Massachusetts legislature is back in full swing, and hearings on a huge number of bills are keeping our legislative specialists more than busy.

At the final hearing on gun legislation, LWVMA focused its testimony on guns and domestic violence.  Anne Borg, co-president, spoke of the League’s long-standing support of domestic violence prevention programs and the danger guns pose to victims.  She was joined by Marilyn Ellsworth of the Sudbury League, a volunteer victim’s advocate, who told the story of a Concord woman whose abuser still had his guns and was still a gun dealer, despite seven restraining orders.

Testifying with them were representatives of Jane Doe, Inc., the victims’ advocacy organization, and Emerge, an abuser education program.

The Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security is expected to draft gun legislation and bring it to the floor by mid-November.

Lynn Wolbarst, environmental specialist, and Carole Pelchat, legislative director, represented the League at the joint committee hearing on the updated bottle bill Sept. 17.

Carolyn Lee, good governance specialist, and Nancy Brumback, vice president, program and action, attended and testified at the joint committee hearing on campaign finance reforms Sept. 18.

Other upcoming hearings include:

Oct. 16—Election-related legislation 2 p.m., hearing room A-2, State House. Joint Committee on Election Laws.  Hearing covers a variety of laws, including ones calling for audits of election results.

Nov. 20—Photo ID to vote and other election legislation, 2 p.m., hearing room A-2, State House. Joint Committee on Election Laws. 

If you have a special interest in any of these areas, please consider attending the hearing to lend your support to League specialists who are testifying.  The schedule listed by the legislature is subject to change, so before you go to Beacon Hill, please confirm the date, time and location by going to the legislature’s website.

How Women Become Political Video

Gloria Steinem at How Women Become Political Boston Globe photo
Gloria Steinem at How Women Become Political
Boston Globe photo

If you were not able to attend, you can watch a video presentation by clicking here.

Many League members were in attendance at “How Women Become Political” on October 7, and LWVMA was an organizational partner of the event, but many of you were not able to attend because it sold out early.

The featured speakers included progressive activists Gloria Steinem and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. They were joined by Swanee Hunt and Kerry Healey, who work together on Political Parity, a nonpartisan effort to unite leaders from both political parties to advance women’s high-level representation nationally. The highlight was their panel discussion, moderated by Callie Crossley, Enjoy!

 

LWVMA Testifies at Final Gun Law Hearing

The Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security held the last of five public hearing to take testimony from people across the state about the need for strengthened gun laws in Massachusetts Friday, Sept. 13, at the State House.

LWVMA focused its testimony at this hearing on guns and domestic violence.  Anne Borg, co-president, spoke of the League’s long-standing support of domestic violence prevention programs and the danger guns pose to victims.  She was joined by Marilyn Ellsworth of the Sudbury League, a volunteer victim’s advocate, who told the story of a Concord woman whose abuser still had his guns and was still a gun dealer, despite seven restraining orders.

Testifying with them were representatives of Jane Doe, Inc., the victims’ advocacy organization, and Emerge, an abuser education program.

The committee also heard powerful testimony from the parents of two of the Sandy Hook school shooting victims and from Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino, all in support of stronger gun laws, drawing applause from an auditorium packed with supporters of gun control legislation.

The joint committee held four other hearings around the state, and LWV members testified at all of them. The hearings drew large crowds from all sides of the gun safety issue. These hearings will inform the Committee’s work in crafting a gun safety bill for consideration by the full House and Senate, with floor debate likely later this fall.

LWVMA has joined the Mass Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, which coordinated testimony at the hearings.  LWV has very strong positions on gun control at both the state and national level, though the state League has not yet taken a position on any of the specific bills that have been introduced since the joint committee will most likely craft a new bill for the legislature’s consideration.

Additional restrictions likely to be considered for a revised Massachusetts gun safety law and which are covered by existing League positions are:

  • Universal background checks for all gun purchases, including private sales, no exceptions.
  • Standardized licensing procedures with enforcement of existing laws.
  • Prohibition of high-capacity magazines and all assault weapons.

 

Mayors Against Illegal Guns “No More Names” Rally

News article from July 8 Worcester hearing with League Legislative Specialist Terry Yoffie pictured in red.

News article from August 2 Springfield hearing attended by League members from Sudbury, Amherst, and Northampton as well as the state League.