CALENDAR
Saturday, April 28
LWVMA  Spring Conference, "Beyond the March: Women Leading the Way in Massachusetts," Clark University, Worcester,  from 9:00 a.m. until 3 p.m.  
  
Friday, May 4
LWVMA/LESF Board Meeting, Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Rd., from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

Wednesday, May 9
"Cap and Trade -- An Introduction" a webinar with Dr. Emily Wimberger from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Friday, May. 11
LWVMA Student Video Contest Winners Announced

Friday June 28 -
Sunday July 1
LWVUS Convention, Chicago
Last call for LWVMA's Spring Conference!

Join LWVMA, Rep. Niki Tsongas, and a lineup of energizing speakers at our Spring Conference, "Beyond the March:  Women Leading the Way in Massachusetts," Saturday, April 28, from 9:00 until 3:00 at Clark University in Worcester. The conference is open to all League members and to the public. Deadline to register is noon, Tuesday April 24.

From Our President

Dear League Members,                

Massachusetts women have a proud history of leading the way to reform and engagement. We
hope you'll plan to join us at our conference on April 28. Our speakers (authors, commentators, elected officials, engaged community members) will challenge our thinking and share their ideas about ways we can make a difference at the local, state and national level. Our attendees, who are League members and interested partners from our communities, share your eagerness to undertake actions that can support our democracy and engage voters in our 2018 elections.

The work of the League is needed in our current climate, to educate and engage voters, to register voters, and to support the activism of our youngest citizens. Young people in our country have emerged as strong voices and leaders, and League members can partner with them and support their work. One of my favorite tasks each year is to participate as a judge of our video contest, and this year's crop of videos are inspirational and witty. Many of you have reached out to high schools in your area to offer voter registration drives, and have witnessed the enthusiasm of our high school students.

Come join us for our "Beyond the March: Women Leading the Way in Massachusetts" conference, and we will be energized to reflect back some of that enthusiasm in our own actions.


In League,

 
 Mary Ann Ashton 
HAPPENING NOW 
New LWVMA Voters' Guide is Coming in July!

Voters Guide
The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts will introduce a new Online Voters' Guide to voters throughout Massachusetts for the 2018 state primary and general elections. The LWVMA Voters' Guide is a customizable digital resource that uses the BallotReady platform, replacing the Vote411 online guide in Massachusetts. BallotReady has been purchased by LWVMA and is available at no cost to our local Leagues!
Read more...
Get Ready for the Next LWVMA Study!

The LWVMA study of the ballot question process in Massachusetts will be ready for local League and member-at-large consensus meetings starting Dec. 1, 2018, until Jan. 31, 2019.

Since its appointment last August, the LWVMA study committee has completed the bulk of its research and is compiling the consensus questions and study guide. In addition to getting the advice and consent of the LWVMA board, the study committee will pilot the consensus questions with two or three local Leagues.

The final consensus questions, study guide, and related materials will be available to local Leagues and members this fall. Read more and take the quiz....
Four Local Leagues Receive Daniel Scharfman Grants

Four local Leagues received Daniel Scharfman Citizen Education grants in January:

LWV Arlington: Candidates' Night and voters' guide for town election
LWV Boston: Annual printed Guide to Elected and Appointed Officials
LWV Concord-CarlislePublic forum with former Ambassador Wendy Sherman
LWV Springfield: Community Forums on police accountability in Springfield, an exploration of possible models of civilian police oversight

The Daniel Scharfman citizen education grants are awarded quarterly to local Leagues for citizen education and voter service events and programs.  The deadline for applications for the next round of funding is June 8, 2018.
Plan to Attend LWVUS Convention in Chicago in June

Join League members from around the country at the 53rd National Convention in Chicago, June 28 until July 1! 

All available information on the convention   can be found here . You can register online here . The Early Bird Registration rate (until June 1) is $450.

Every local League is entitled to one voting delegate, with an additional delegate for every 50 members. So, if your League has up to 49 members, it is entitled to one delegate; 50-99 members, two delegates; 100-149 members, three delegates, and so on.

The LWV of Illinois has arranged discounted architecture tours for Convention attendees. There will be two opportunities to take part in a river cruise and one opportunity for a walking tour. More information can be found here.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Cape Ann LWV Develops High School Civics Project
 
The League of Women Voters of Cape Ann has twice partnered with Gloucester High School in projects directly involving students with research into ballot questions and candidate positions, then presentations at League forums.

The first project, in fall 2016, focused on the four ballot questions that year. Eight students participated, and each picked a pro or con side of one of the four ballot questions, noted Cynthia Bjorlie, who has organized the projects and worked closely with the principal and teachers at Gloucester High on both. The students researched their positions and then presented a public program on the ballot questions in the high school auditorium, which attracted about 100 people and was also offered on the town's cable television channel. Read more...
Franklin County LWV Holds Trivia Night
By Ruth Odom
Franklin County Voter Services Co-chair

A Civics Trivia Night can be a fun, community-building event that raises civics awareness and encourages engagement in the political process in a friendly competitive setting. The League of Women Voters of Franklin County held its first Trivia Night last October, and plans to make this an annual event.

We didn't have pre-registration, but advertised with the local paper and radio station and posted leaflets, so groups of friends, mostly adults, came as teams, ranging from two or three people up to eight. We had 14 or 15 teams. Read more...
ADVOCACY
How to Use the Mass. League Action Newsletter
 
LWVMA is now sending the Mass. League Action Newsletter to every League member in the state with information on actions you can take to directly influence legislation, to participate in events, and to play a greater role in League activities.

The newsletter normally comes out the first of every month. From now until the legislature ends its formal session on July 31, we are adding a second newsletter in the middle of the month to handle the increased volume of activity on Beacon Hill.

Please take a minute to scan the items in each newsletter. We don't expect members to do every suggested action, but we encourage you to pick one or two things that interest you and take the recommended action, whether it is to attend a lobby day, email your state legislator, or participate in an LWVMA activity. Feel free to share the newsletter with non-League friends who may be interested in a particular issue. Direct contact with legislators by constituents is a powerful force, and you can make a difference.

And if you have not seen the Mass. League Action Newsletter in your email inbox, please contact lwvma@lwvma.org to be added to the list.
LWVUS Cap and Trade Webinar May 9
 
LWVUS is offering "Cap and Trade - An Introduction," a webinar with Dr. Emily Wimberger, Wednesday, May 9, 3-4 p.m. Cap and trade systems are the dominant method of pricing carbon globally. Wimberger, chief economist at the California Air Resources Board which manages California's cap and trade system, will give an overview of that system. Registration is limited to 100 people; register here.
 
The Mass. League Voter is distributed to all LWVMA members. Anyone can request the Voter by clicking here. Please review this Update for articles of interest to your League and include them in your local Bulletin.

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