Celebrating the election of a WOMAN to a White House office. Read Dr. Deborah Turner’s powerful statement here.
Art for the Soul Gallery, Tower Square, 1500 Main St., 2nd floor, Springfield, MA. Gallery is easily accessible from Tower Square Parking garage. An elevator takes you right to the gallery. Covid safety precautions are in place. Masks required. https://www.artforthesoulgallery.com/post/she-shapes-history-visiting-exhibit
Rest in Power, Justice Ginsburg
“It is with deep and profound sadness that we mourn the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg earlier this month. A fierce advocate for women’s rights and civil rights, Justice Ginsburg’s vision for America transcended race, age, gender, and economic lines.
She was a beloved champion of justice for all. Justice Ginsburg’s wisdom, determination, and dedication to equal rights embodied the League’s belief in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.” LWVUS
100th Anniversary Ad in Hampshire Gazette, May 23, 2020
100th Anniversary Book Group
BOOK GROUP: Our March 26th meeting is CANCELLED. We encourage you to keep reading. If you finished The Daring Ladies of Lowell, by Kate Alcott, check the book list for additional titles.
The People’s Town Hall with Jo Comerford, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 5:00 to 6:30, via Zoom. You are warmly invited to join Jo and her team for The People’s Town Hall — a virtual town hall that’s one-part report back from Jo and the team and one part feedback from you. With just weeks left until the end of the 2019-2020 legislative session, Jo will share what’s been accomplished and what’s still ahead. There will also be time for you to ask questions and share your ideas about what you want Jo to tackle in the 2021-2022 legislative session. Register here.
LWVMA Party of the Century! We are celebrating 100 years of US!
December 13, 1:00 virtual party and fund raiser with exciting guests. Please join us as we host a fabulous fireside chat and live Q&A featuring Dr. Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard who is widely known for her work on justice and citizenship. Danielle will lead us in a compelling conversation entitled: “Massachusetts Post-Pandemic: A New Social Compact?”
Our engaging emcee and moderator will be Smaiyra Million, Director of the Butler Institute for Free Enterprise through Entrepreneurship and Director of the Diana International Research Institute at Babson College.
We will also be honoring Pam Wilmot, Vice President of State Operations for Common Cause, for her outstanding work to improve democracy in Massachusetts.
We will recognize members for their remarkable service, including Margie Riddle, a very special Northampton League member! Register here.
Massachusetts Elections Were a Success — Advocates Applaud Election Officials
MA Election Coalition Report. LWVMA press release, November 12, 2020
Boston – In the midst of a global pandemic, voters in Massachusetts set a record for the highest turnout election cycle in history, and they were able to do so in a safe, secure, and accessible election. The Election Modernization Coalition thanks and applauds legislators and election officials across the Commonwealth for working tirelessly to ensure that Bay Staters could make their voice heard. Read press release.
LWV Statement on the 2020 Presidential Election Results
“The 2020 elections saw the most ballots cast in U.S. history. We applaud the will and determination of the American public to participate in elections amid an ongoing pandemic. This unprecedented turnout is a testament to the determination of the American voters and the strength of our democratic system. It is also a testament to the tenacity and power of Black, Indigenous, Latino, Asian, Muslim, LGBTQ+, and young voters who turned out in record numbers demanding their voices be heard. We are truly inspired… The League’s work this year informed and protected millions of voters. The League was instrumental in the ongoing fight to preserve American democracy in a nonpartisan manner even in one of the most partisan and contentious elections in our nation’s history. One hundred years after our organization was founded, we remain committed to our mission of empowering voters and defending democracy.” Read entire statement by LWV board president Dr. Deborah Turner and CEO Virginia Case
Act to REMOVE BIOMASS from climate legislation in Massachusetts
Write to the joint committee that is reconciling the Senate and House climate bills, H.4912 and S.2500, passed earlier in 2020, with this message. Biomass energy must be removed from the list of “non-carbon emitting fuels.” The fact is biomass is a huge emitter of carbon dioxide and would send us backwards on our path toward zero carbon emissions by 2050. Click here for committee member emails, sample letter and additional information.
Click to watch Northampton LWV member, Chris Flory, discuss Medicare for All in MA.