April Opportunities for Action
Learn More about Climate Change Issues

Two April webinars, one from the state League and one from LWVUS, will boost your knowledge of climate change-related issues. Take a look!

LWVMA’s Environmental Action and Advocacy Committee is sponsoring a new webinar, “ Driving Down Emissions: Massachusetts and the Regional Transportation and Climate Initiative,” on Tuesday, April 23, 4-5 p.m. Registration for the webinar is required. After registering you will receive an email with a link to join. Register here .

Jordan Stutt, carbon programs director for regional and state initiatives, Acadia Center , and State Representative Lori Ehrlich will present an overview of the Transportation and Climate Initiative and legislative efforts to ensure sustainable and equitable solutions. In New England, transportation comprises the largest source of emissions—39%. In December 2018, nine New England states and the District of Columbia announced an agreement to collaborate on a regional plan to reduce emissions from transportation. For more information, check our website here .

The LWVUS Price on Carbon task force is sponsoring a webinar, “Cap and Trade is Alive and Well: Carbon Markets Around the World,” Thursday, April 25, 2-3 p.m. Eastern time. Sign up here for this webinar. Learn the facts about cap and trade and why it is an effective way to put a price on carbon. Featuring Nat Keohane, Environmental Defense Fund , senior vice president, climate.

Election Day Registration Lobby Day

Save the date and come to the State House Wednesday, June 5, 10 a.m., for a lobby day on the Election Day Registration bills. EDR is a priority this session for LWVMA and our partners in the Election Modernization Coalition. Look for more details on this important League event in the May action newsletter.

Women’s Issues Lobby Day

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women will hold its annual lobby day Tuesday, May 21, at the State House. Come and support bills to benefit all women in the Commonwealth. We’ll have more details on the bills and the event in the May action newsletter.

Check Out Our Video Contest Winners

The winners in our high school video contest, “The Climate Change Challenge,” have been chosen, and links to their videos are posted on our website . See what the students have done with this crucial issue! League members are invited to attend the awards ceremony for the winners Thursday, April 11, at 3:45 p.m., in room 428 at the State House.

For the People Act—Contact U.S. Senators

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the For the People Act (HR 1) March 8! Now the companion bill is in the U.S. Senate. The For the People Act expands voting rights, enacts ethics reform, and limits the influence of big money in politics. LWVUS urges all League members to ask their Senators to support this bill. Even though Senator Warren and Senator Markey are strong supporters, sending an email thanking them for that support and letting them know their constituents are behind this bill helps when they try to persuade their colleagues in the Senate to vote yes. You can contact them through the LWVUS website here or directly:
Senator Ed Markey (202) 224-2742
Senator Elizabeth Warren (202) 224-4543

Want to Keep up on Gun Issues?

Interested in gun safety issues? Email Jen Muroff , LWVMA gun control legislative specialist, to join the LWVMA gun safety listserv. Activity and calls to action wax and wane, but you can stay updated on state and national issues.

Mother’s Day Walk for Peace

Please join LWVMA for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute Mother’s Day Walk for Peace on Sunday, May 12, at 8 a.m. We will walk from Town Field Park, 1520 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, to Boston City Hall. Our meeting location will be to the right of the speaker’s stage where you will see our LWVMA banner. Visit the Walk for Peace website for more information and to register for the event, which is required. Questions? Contact Jen Muroff .

Help Us Win Boston Globe Ad Space

If you are a  Boston Globe  print or online subscriber, you can help support LWVMA through the  Globe 's GRANT program, which allows subscribers to help non-profits earn free advertising space in the  Globe . Globe subscribers have received a Globe GRANT voucher, either by mail or email. This voucher can be used to designate a non-profit to receive free advertising space in the Boston Globe . Please select the  League of Women Voters Lotte E. Scharfman Memorial Fund!  
If you received a mailed voucher: Fill out your voucher and mail it to The Boston Globe using the envelope provided by April 30. If you received an emailed voucher, go to BostonGlobe.com/GRANT by April 30 to submit your voucher.
The LWVMA Action Newsletter is distributed to all LWVMA members. Anyone can request the Action Newsletter by clicking  here . Please review this Newsletter for articles of interest to your League and include them in your local Bulletin.
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