A series of public workshops during which the LWV Northampton Area will provide guidance and resources for communicating with state and federal legislators in support or opposition to specific legislation. Information on major proposed state and federal legislation will be provided along with … Read More... about Political Outreach Workshops
Ballot Question Consensus Study
Join us! Public welcome.
Feb. 2, 2019, Florence Civics Center, 10 – 2 pm Coffee and lunch provided.
Guaranteed: interesting, lively discussion.
Consensus studies are the foundation for league policy and action. Our Stirling reputation across the U.S. rests on extensive research and non-partisan, grassroots support for issues.
Climate Change Webinar: Help Spread the Word
January 19 Pioneer Valley Women’s March
Link On January 19th at noon, the Northampton March will start at Sheldon Field, Bridge St., and end at Northampton City Hall for a rally. Northampton and Amherst League members plan to march together.
An Activist Fair will be set up in the Lyman Hall at First Churches (entrance on Center St.). Visit us at the LWV table. Contact us if you plan to participate.
The Pioneer Valley Women’s March is one of hundreds of marches planned nationally and world-wide to mark the anniversary of the 2017 International Women’s March.
Court Blocks Trump Administration From Asking About Citizenship in Census
Remember all the post cards we wrote to Sec. W. Ross to remove a citizenship question from the census? A federal Judge has blocked the addition of the question to the census. “Court Blocks Trump Administration From Asking About Citizenship,” NYTimes, 1/15/’19
Excerpts from article: “A federal judge…said that Wilbur L. Ross Jr., the commerce secretary, broke “a veritable smorgasbord” of federal rules when he ordered the citizenship question added to the census nearly a year ago. Judge Furman also criticized Mr. Ross and his aides for giving false or misleading statements under oath as they struggled to explain their rationale for adding the question…The upcoming count will determine which states gain or lose seats in the House of Representatives and how those lines are drawn when redistricting begins in 2021. The data is also used to determine the distribution of more than $600 billion yearly in grants and subsidies to state and local governments…But opponents argued that adding the question to the census itself would undermine the constitutional mandate to count every person, regardless of citizenship, because it would discourage noncitizens from filling out the questionnaire for fear of persecution and deportation…Because the census is also a statistical baseline for business and government decisions, an undercount could skew countless decisions on matters like where to locate new stores or where to open or close medical clinics.”