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Civic Engagement and Learning

After a yearlong study of civic education and engagement in the Commonwealth, the Special Commission on Civic Engagement and Learning, chaired by Sen. Richard T. Moore, has released its report, “Renewing the Social Compact.”

The Special Commission was revived in 2011 by the Legislature and charged with studying, reporting and making recommendations on civic engagement and learning. The Commission was comprised of legislative, administrative, education, and community groups and officials. The entire report can be found here.

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts had a seat on the Commission, and Terry Yoffie, our education specialist, represented us. There is much to do to implement the recommendations in the report, and Terry is looking for members who would like to assist her at the State House with that effort. You can contact her at

Local League Programs on Climate Change and Immigration

Upcoming events in Lexington and Needham deal with two topics that LWVUS has identified as Action Priorities for this year.

Climate Change – How Can We Make a Difference in Lexington?

Tue, February 26, 6:45pm – 9:00pm

Keilty Hall St. Brigid’s Church, 2001 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA

Sponsored by LWV-Lexington. Where are you in the climate change conversation? This year we will explore Lexington’s readiness to adapt to the challenges of a changing climate. Join neighbors, town staff and local business owners to learn how other towns are preparing for potential problems and share your thoughts about this issue. Visit Supported in part from a grant from the LWVMA Lotte E Scharfman Fund.

Immigration: How Do We Fix a Broken System?

Thu, February 28, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Needham Public Library, 1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA

Alexandra Piñeros-Shields will discuss the current system and possible changes. Co-sponsored by LWV Needham and the Needham Area Immigration Justice Task Force. Visit