BOOK SALE SEPTEMBER 30th!
Gazette articles raise awareness of the consequences of book banning.
“Get your banned books here,” Gazette, 9/23/23 interview with Margie Riddle and Ann Wedaman, collectors and organizers of the banned book section for the book sale. “It’s very concerning that people would think part of their exercise of their own individual freedom means that they can also ban books that other people might like to read,” Riddle said. “We actually believe in individual freedom and people having the right to exercise it. So they should be able to read what they wish to read.”
“Moms for Liberty, banned books and parents’rights,” Gazette, 9/29/23 presents the extent of book banning across the U.S.
Offshore Wind Webinars
WHAT’S UP WITH OFFSHORE WIND? Register for the second webinar: November 16, 4 – 5 pm
Sponsored by LWVMA, a three-part webinar series What’s Up with Offshore Wind? Current Status – Future Plans – Getting It Done, as we take a deep dive into the Northeast’s offshore wind industry.
Each session has a separate Zoom registration. Sign up for one, two, or all three! Each webinar will feature guest speakers who are experts in their respective topics. Read more whats-up-with-offshore-wind.
REGISTER FOR EACH WIND WEBINAR
September 14, 2023, 4-5 pm Eastern Time, WATCH WEBINAR I
November 16, 2023, 4-5 pm Eastern Time Register here for webinar ll
January 18, 2024, 4-5 pm Eastern Time, Register here for webinar lll
National LWV supports equal access to healthcare
LWV fights for equal access to healthcare for all, highlighted on social media, April, 2023
Every US resident should have access to affordable, quality health care, including birth control and the privacy to make reproductive choices.
We are pleased to hear that DACA recipients will now have health care protections under the law. Every US resident should have access to affordable, quality health care.
Historical Posters Highlight Local Leaders in the early years of the League
SPRINGFIELD CANDIDATES FORUM
Preliminary Election Day is September 12th.
Early mail-in voting: August 30 – September 8th. Check City Clerk’s office for voting places and times.
CLEAN ENERGY FORUM
Clean Energy Incentives For All: September 27, 5:45 Exhibits, 6:30 Panel Discussion & Q & A
HOW CAN INDIVIDUALS AND MUNICIPALITIES SAVE $ WITH CLEAN ENERGY?The Forum is designed to educate the public – homeowners, renters, businesses, municipalities – on how to access federal and state tax-based incentives that are available for implementing cleaner means of heating and cooling, transportation, energy efficient appliances, and whole-building energy efficiency.
* VISIT THE NORTHAMPTON LWV TABLE with info on the clean energy bills supported by LWVMA
REGISTRATION REQUIRED Register here or Scan QR code on flyer to register or to access livestream on Facebook
July 4th Naturalization Ceremony
Thanks to Randi Klein and Vera Yanez who set up the League table, shown here waiting for the crowd to arrive. They congratulated 49 excited, happy, new citizens, passed out voter registration forms and online voter registration info.
June 6, 2023 Annual Meeting Recap
Annual Meeting Minutes
Guest speaker Keith Fairey, CEO of Way Finders, spoke about “Our Housing Crisis and the Way Forward.” The affordable housing crisis is severe. Projected need by 2025 is 19,000 affordable housing units. The current number of units planned is 1,300. Only 18 (out of 101) communities in Western Massachusetts now have dedicated affordable housing. Read more
Mr. Fairey’s talk was related to the on-going local study by our local League on homelessness and housing. Read more
A Northampton Area League-sponsored proposal at the state Convention to update the LWVMA affordable housing policy was approved by a near unanimous vote. Read more
View 7 affordable housing bills supported by LWVMA – links to bills, summaries & testimonies
Action Alert: Farm Bill 2023: Fund Conservation
Thank you to everyone who attended our education event, Act for Change: US Farm Bill 2023, Farming, Climate and You. In case you missed it, view the recording here.
Every five years, Congress passes the federal Farm Bill. The current law will expire September 30, 2023. Congressional committees are holding hearings on revisions to the legislation now.
In February 2023, the League of Women Voters of the US joined nearly 650 other organizations in a letter to Congressional agriculture committee leadership, urging them to protect the historic additional $20 billion investment in climate-smart agriculture and conservation technical assistance included in the Farm Bill 2023. These organizations also requested assurances that funding remains within climate-smart agriculture and conservation programs and isn’t reassigned. Read the letter here.
Please contact our Massachusetts Congressional delegation this week and urge them to protect climate-smart agriculture and conservation technical assistance in the Farm Bill. SAMPLE SCRIPT and ADDITIONAL TALKING POINTS US Congressional delegation contact information:
- US Senator Ed Markey, Email: Use the “Share Your Opinion” form at markey.senate.gov, Phone: (202) 224-4543
- US Senator Elizabeth Warren, Email: Use the “Share Your Opinion” form warren.senate.gov, Phone: (202) 224-4543
- US Representative Jim McGovern [Rep. McGovern serves on the US House Committee on Agriculture and is a lifelong champion of farmers and of fighting climate change.] Email: mcgovern.house.gov Phone: (202) 224-4543
US Supreme Court Decision Preserves Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act
Click to watch Northampton LWV member, Chris Flory, discuss Medicare for All in MA.