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BIGGEST EVER BOOK SALE!
Special thanks to Margie and Bob Riddle, Lou Bouley, Ann Wedaman and Amy Rome for their hard work organizing this record-breaking book sale! Thanks to everyone, including friends, family, and students from Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School and Northampton High School, who donated, collected, sorted, and sold thousands of books! The Banned Book collection and research materials were awesome! Thanks to Charlotte Powell for registering voters. Teachers enjoyed our new offer of free books for classrooms all day long. Leslie Skantz-Hodgson, the librarian at Smith Voc and Ag High School sent us a grateful thank you note, detailing the special books she found to enrich collections in the library and classrooms.
Recent banned book articles in the Hampshire Gazette: “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. “Moms for Liberty, banned books and parents’rights,” Gazette, 9/29/23 describes the extent of book banning across the U.S.
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
IMPORTANT PRIMARY VOTE
Register to vote, update your information or request a mail-in ballot here. Planning to vote by mail? The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is Feb. 27 but it’s recommended to apply early to account for mail delays.
Action Alert: Farm Bill 2023: Fund Conservation
The current Farm Bill has been extended through 2024, which give us extra time to fight for needed changes!
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.
Please contact our Massachusetts Congressional delegation and urge them to protect climate-smart agriculture and conservation technical assistance in the Farm Bill. SAMPLE SCRIPT and ADDITIONAL TALKING POINTS
BROADSIDE BOOK STORE – GREAT SOURCE OF BOOKS ON DEFENDING DEMOCRACY
LOOKING FOR GOOD WINTER READING?
THE OCTOBER LWV WINDOW DISPLAY IN BROADSIDE BOOK STORE IS OVER. STOP IN AND LOOK FOR BOOKS ON DEFENDING DEMOCRACY. Books in our October window display focused on threats to voting rights, threats to democracy across America, children’s books on voting, and Rachel Maddow’s new book, Prequel: America’s Fight Against Fascism, not to be missed!
LETTER SUPPORTS AFFORDABLE HOUSING & LAND CONSERVATION PROJECT IN EASTHAMPTON
Thanks to Sharon Farmer, member of the League Affordable Housing Study Team and the Climate Team, author of an excellent letter-to-the-editor of the Gazette. Read Sharon’s LTE, “Many benefits to pairing affordable housing, conservation” here. The letter supports a project planned by a coalition, including the Mass Land Trust Coalition, Mass Audubon, Community Builders, and the city of Easthampton, to build 90 affordable housing units and to conserve 42 acres of meadow and riparian forest lands. A win-win-win for people, watersheds, and the climate!
Urge your members of Congress to support the Children’s Fundamental Rights and Climate Recovery Resolution!
A Climate Legislative Opportunity – SIGN THE LWVUS PETITION TO SENATORS WARREN & MARKEY, REP. NEAL
Take one minute to urge your members of Congress to support the Children’s Fundamental Rights and Climate Recovery Resolution!
The League has endorsed pending legislation known as the Children’s Fundamental Rights and Climate Recovery Resolution, which recognizes the disproportionate impact of the human-caused climate crisis on the health, economic opportunity, and fundamental rights of children in the US. It calls on the executive branch to develop a national, comprehensive, science-based, and just climate recovery plan to put the nation on a trajectory consistent with goals to reduce global atmospheric carbon dioxide below 350 parts per million by the year 2100 and stabilize the climate system.
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.