Amherst League of Women Voters

A Voice for Citizens, a Force for Change

August 26, 2017
In This Issue:

August 29, ARPS' First Day Celebration, Amherst Common. LWVA will have a table there.
September is Hunger Action Month.
September 7,
7 p.m., LWVA Local Government Consensus Meetings, Bangs Center, Room 101.
September 8, 2:30-4 p.m., Board Meeting at 47 Highpoint Drive. Open to all members, but please call 253-6679 or email if planning to attend.
September 14, 7 p.m., LWVA Local Government Consensus Meeting, Bangs Center, Glass Room.
September 18, 3 p.m., LWVA book group will discuss Nightingale by Kristen Hannah, at 197 Pondview Drive.
September 19, 7:30 p.m., LWVA Opening Meeting at Amherst Woman's Club. Speaker:  Laurie Millman of the Center for New Americans. See below.
September 23,   9 a.m.-4 p.m., Climate Change
and the Growing Risk of Nuclear War: An Agenda for Action: Symposium, Hadley Farms 
  Meeting House. To register click here
September 26, National Voter Registration Day, Amherst Survival Center.
October 10, 3-5 p.m., Legislative Reception, Applewood.  
October 16 , 3 p.m., Book Group Discussion of Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, place TBA.
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LWVA News: Coming Events 

Amherst League Consensus Meetings on Local Government

Members should recently have received a mailing with information about two Consensus Meetings, in which a proposed change to the LWVA position on the Structure of Town Government will be discussed (on Thursday, September 7 at 7 p.m. in Room 101 of the Bangs Center ) and final action will be taken on the proposed change (on Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m. in the Glass Room of the Bangs Center.)
The mailing contains the change under discussion and pros and cons of the proposal. It is important to bring the mailing with you to the meetings. If by some chance you did not receive one, contact Kathy Campbell. 
Reminder: Only members can participate in consensus meetings. Note that the Amherst League plans to sponsor a forum and/or information sessions on the Charter proposal itself in January-March 2018.

Opening Meeting, September 19

The speaker for Opening Meeting will be Laurie Millman of the Center for New Americans, Northampton. Her comments will focus on the work of the Center, and the issues facing new immigrants. The legal context of these issues will be provided in brief remarks by Sudha Setty of the LWVA's Local Committee for Social Justice. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Amherst Woman's Club, 35 Triangle St.

ARPS First Day Celebration, August 29

Amherst LWV will staff a table at the Amherst, Pelham and Regional Public Schools' Welcome Back to School Party.  All members of the community are welcome to this celebration, held on the Amherst Common from 5-6:30 p.m. (Rain location ARHS Cafeteria, 21 Mattoon St.) Come to enjoy and/or to take a turn staffing the LWVA table.

Hunger Action Month, September 2017

The Amherst LWVA will be joining with other local and regional organizations to bring attention to and act on addressing food insecurity in our own community. There will be more information in the Fall print Bulletin. 
Reminder of Symposium, Saturday, September 23

LWVA is a co-sponsor of  Climate Change and the Growing Risk of Nuclear War: An Agenda for Action to be held at the Hadley Farms Meeting House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Registration includes coffee break and lunch. For more information and to register, click here.  
LWVA News: Recent Accomplishments

Farewell to the 2017 Book Sale

The Book Sale Organizing Committee thanks all who made the sale a success: Cindy Asebrook, Martha Hanner, Adele Gladstone-Gilbert, Janet Williams, the Brubakers, Joann Griswold -- and the many members--and non-members, also-- who helped with pricing and sorting, worked on the sale days and showed up to finish dismantling the sale. The Committee and the LWVA owe a special thank you to Kathy Campbell, on whose organizing skills and willingness to spend countless hours at Fort River gym, doing whatever needed doing, the Book Sale has depended for two years.

Numbers are not yet final, but the Sale made enough money to keep dues at their current low rate-- and provided a service to the community by recycling thousands of fine books. 

Note:  Kathy Campbell's "Winding up the Book Sale," which will be printed in the Fall issue of the print Bulletin, is briefly summarized here.

Pictures from the last Sunday of the Sale

Still a lot of books ...

Choices are hard to make
Making choices is hard...

Patron filling a box with his choices
Filling a box with choices ...

Checking out.

Health-care March and Rally, Northampton July 29  


A League of Women Voters of Amherst delegation--Jackie Wolf, Leslie Nyman, Diana Stein, Joan Rabin, Barbara Pearson, Rosemary Kofler, Jane McGowan, and Anita Page--was one of many groups joining with Indivisible Northampton and the Pioneer Valley Women's March for a spirited health-care march and rally in Northampton July 29.  The event was organized in conjunction with similar protests in Washington DC and hundreds of other cities around the country under the banner of a coalition called Our Lives on the Line.

Marchers in Northampton were joined by U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, state Rep. Peter Kocot, a group of "Handmaids" in dramatic red robes and white hats, and several hundred other area residents who came out to demonstrate that the fight for health care is not over.  In an emotional program of speeches, including those of LWVA's Jackie Wolf and Barbara Pearson, there was cautious optimism about the narrow defeat of skinny repeal of the ACA barely 12 hours before the march began.  Single Payer/ Improved Medicare for All was a prominent theme in the discussions of increased access to health care, both at the event and in media coverage afterward. 

- Reported by BZ Pearson

Some photos from July 29

LWVA Contingent

LWVA Speakers


LWVA Website apprentices needed
The LWVA Communications team is looking for apprentice web masters for LWVA web site.  Training provided.  Required:  logical thinking, good at detail, reasonable level of comfort with computers, and willingness to spend two to four hours per month working on the site.  Not required:  experience with web site design or management.  Training provided.  Bonus:  if you are still in the labor force, familiarity with the Drupal platform, which you will gain, is worth putting on your resume.  Contact Kathy Campbell if you are interested in finding out more.


LWVMA 2017 Climate and Energy Solutions Series

The LWVMA Steering Committee for Environmental Action and Advocacy is coordinating the LWVMA Climate and Energy Solutions Series, consisting of five regional forums around the state in collaboration with local Leagues and other organizations. All events are free and open to the public. The first was in Worcester on May 2:  "On the Path to 100% Renewable Energy." This forum, available on YouTube can be accessed through LWVMA's site on the series.

The second will be September 14, in Boston, at 7 pm in the New England Aquarium's Simons IMAX┬« Theatre. The topic is: "Extreme events and climate change: What we know and what we can do." For more information about this event and the series, click here.   Registration is required through the Aquarium's website. Click here to register.

NEW Publication from LWVMA, The Citizen Lobbyist

The Citizen Lobbyist is available on the LWVAmherst website here and there's also a link through the advocacy page: find it here.

LWVMA recommends these actions

Among the August opportunities for action listed in the Mass League Action Newsletter are: signing up for the Climate and Energy Solutions Series forum in Boston (see above); attending the LWVUS Carbon Pricing Webinar (see LWVUS News for more info); writing a letter to the editor of a local paper to support Automatic Voter Registration; write to your state legislators to support the Safe Communities Act. To read the Mass League Action Newsletter, click here.

LWVUS Webinar on Climate Change

Many scientists, economists, and world leaders view carbon pricing as an essential strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Dr. Bob Litterman, founder of  
Kepos Capital, will share his expertise on risk and investment management as it applies to carbon pricing in the second webinar co-hosted by LWVUS and Monday, August 28, 4-5 p.m, EDT.  Click here for more info. Registration is required: register here. 
The LWVUS Statement on Charlottesville can be found here.

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