February Opportunities for Action
Civics Education Lobby Day Feb. 12

Join us and our partners in the Massachusetts Civic Learning Coalition for the Civics Trust Fund Lobby Day Tuesday, Feb. 12. Last session the legislature passed the civics education bill to fanfare and cheers. But the Governor's proposed 2020 budget does not include the necessary funding for the Civics Project Trust Fund, which would implement that legislation.  

The lobby day runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m.; meet in Room 222 at the State House.  RSVP here .

If you are unable to attend the lobby day, you can contact your state Senator and Representative and urge them to endorse $1.5 million in funding in the 2020 state budget for the newly-established Civics Project Trust Fund to support implementation of the civics education law.  

HR 1: For The People Act

The national League is working on HR 1, the For the People Act, a democracy reform agenda that includes expanding voter registration, implementing fair redistricting, outlawing voter purging, and restoring the Voting Rights Act.

Join LWVUS for a webinar briefing on HR 1 on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. EST. LWVUS staff will provide an overview of the legislation, detail which provisions the League is fighting for, and talk about grassroots engagement with Congress as well as opportunities to engage at state and local levels. RSVP here.

LWVUS is part of a coalition collecting signatures on a new petition that will be delivered to Congress supporting HR 1. Add your name to the petition and help us build support for this reform legislation. (By adding your name, you agree to receive occasional emails on this and related campaigns from other participating organizations.)

The League sent a letter of support to all members of Congress, and you can also take a look at our talking points on the bill.  

Webinar: World-Renowned Scientist on Climate Change Reports

It’s Happening. It’s Now: The Climate Reports of 2018

Find out more in a webinar with Professor Michael Oppenheimer, a world-renowned climate scientist at Princeton University.

The LWVMA Committee for Environmental Action and Advocacy presents this webinar on the two major climate reports of 2018 on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 4-5 p.m. The reports include the UN IPCC Report and the US National Climate Assessment Report .

To register for this webinar click here . After submitting your registration, you will receive an email with registration information. For further information click here .

Questions about Ranked Choice Voting?

LWVMA will host a webinar about ranked choice voting (RCV) in Massachusetts on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. Adam Friedman, executive director of Voter Choice Massachusetts , will explain how RCV works and discuss legislation to bring RCV to our state, then answer questions. Voter Choice Massachusetts is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization formed to champion RCV in Massachusetts after Maine passed the first statewide RCV law in November 2016.

Please sign up here and you will receive the link to join the webinar.

Participate in LWVMA Program Planning

Local Leagues, Units, and Members-at-Large (MALs) are asked to propose action priority areas and possible studies for LWVMA for the next biennium through state program planning. During program planning, local Leagues, Units, and MALs will submit recommendations to LWVMA by March 7. The LWVMA board will consider these recommendations and draft recommended program, and the membership will adopt the program at Convention 2019 in June. To participate, check with your League’s board to see when it will be doing program planning.

For the complete timeline, training webinar and materials, including the Guide, Recommendation Form, and links to positions, visit the Program Planning  webpage .  

LWVMA is offering  two webinars  about the Program Planning process, both covering the same material. Registration is required, and you will get an email with the link to join. Register for one of the two time slots.
  • Friday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. Register here.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Register here.

How the Legislature Works

 You can watch our webinar on “The Massachusetts Legislature: Who, What, Where, When, How” to learn how your state legislature works as the new two-year session gets underway and how the state League works with it on our website here .

"I Want to Go to Jail": Commemorating Boston Suffrage

Join the Massachusetts Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition for “I Want to Go to Jail,” a special event commemorating the 100 th anniversary of the Boston suffrage protest, which resulted in the arrest and jailing of several suffragists. 

"I Want to Go to Jail" is an original play about the struggles of women in the suffrage movement. The event will also include remarks about the current status of women's and voting rights, and will be held at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday, Feb. 28, noon to 1:30 p.m.

For more information about the event, the protest, and profiles of four of the Boston suffragists arrested, as well as a flyer to share, visit the WSCC website. To help us plan, register via EventBrite.  
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