Making Democracy Work

Meetings of Interest Sponsored by State and Neighboring Leagues

LWVW Members are welcome to attend events sponsored by the State LWV and neighboring leagues.

Date & Time        Place        Description
Monday, September 25, 2017
7 pm
Winchester Public Library
80 Washington Street
Winchester, MA 01890
How to Talk so Your Legislators Will Listen. Forum with Nancy Brumback, LWVMA Legislative Action Committee chair
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
7:30 - 8:45 pm
Lexington Community Center Dining Room
39 Marrett Road
Lexington, MA 02421
LWV Lexington Opening Meeting: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in the Trump Era. Since the 2016 Presidential election, the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) has emerged as a leader in our country and state protecting civil liberties, immigration rights, voting rights, and human rights in the courts. For this reason, the Lexington League of Women Voters is thrilled to present Carol Rose, Executive Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, and a Lexington resident, as the guest speaker at our annual meeting. For more information contact the League at All League forums are free and open to the public.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
7:30 - 9 pm
Millennium School
Conference Room-B
23 Depot Street
Westford, MA 01886
Opioid Epidemic Discussion in Westwood. The League of Women Voters of Westford is sponsoring a forum on the opioid epidemic impacting our town, state, and country. As frequently reported in the news and elsewhere, Massachusetts and the country are currently experiencing a growing epidemic of opioid related overdoses resulting in death. Come join us as we listen to representatives from Westford's Police, Health, School, and Fire Departments talk about their experiences and perspective on this epidemic impacting our community. An audience question and answer segment will follow the forum. All are welcome!
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
MA State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133
Solar Energy Hearing. Hearing on bill related to use of solar energy. Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. See committee website closer to date for time and hearing room. Hearing on S.1846/H.2706 An Act relative to solar power and the green economy, which would eliminate solar net metering caps, establish a statewide solar target of 25% by 2030, and accelerate the Renewable Portfolio Standard by 3 percentage points each year.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
6:30-9 pm
Winchester Town Hall
71 Mt Vernon St
Winchester, MA 01890
The Health Benefits of Renewable Energy Choices: A Role for Carbon Pricing.

The speaker is Dr. Jonathan Buonocore from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health who will address: What are the sources and health impacts of air pollution? What is carbon pricing and how would it positively affect our health in Massachusetts?" Email or for more information. [flyer]

Thursday, October 5, 2017
6:30 pm
Needham Public Library Community Room
1139 Highland Ave
Needham Heights, MA 02494
LWV Needham Opening Meeting. Hannah Kimberley will speak about her book: A Woman's Place Is at the Top: The Biography of Annie Smith Peck (The Life of Mountaineering Suffragist, Annie Smith Peck). Refreshments will be served at 6:30, followed by Welcome and Announcements at 7:15 and the lecture at 7:30. The event is free and open to the public. Ms. Kimberley will be available for book signing. [flyer]

Annie Smith Peck is one of the most accomplished women of the twentieth century that you most likely have never heard of. Peck was a scholar, educator, writer, lecturer, mountain climber, suffragist, and political activist. She was a feminist and an independent thinker who refused to let gender stereotypes stand in her way.

Thursday, October 19, 2017
7-9 pm
Lexington Public Library
1874 Massachusetts Ave
Lexington, MA 02420
"Greening the Grid: Preparing for Our Clean Energy Future". Email or for more information.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
9:30 - noon
MA State House
Great Hall
24 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02133
LVW MA Day on the Hill. "Day on the Hill" is the League's annual lobby day at the State House. Two of the highest ranking women in the state legislature - Rep. Patricia Haddad, Speaker Pro Tempore, and Sen. Cynthia Creem, Assistant Senate Majority Leader - will discuss the outlook for our priority legislation in a keynote presentation at Day on the Hill. You'll also hear from legislative specialists on the bills on automatic voter registration, carbon pricing, immigration and criminal justice reform. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program runs from 10 a.m. to noon.