CALENDAR
Thursday, January 17 Sexual Health Lobby Day with Planned Parenthood, State House Great Hall, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Wednesday, January 23 Single-Payer Lobby Day, State House Grand Staircase, 11 a.m.
Thursday, January 24 Justice & Renewable Energy for All Lobby Day, State House, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tuesday, January 29 "How the Legislature Works" Webinar, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, January 30
Safe Communities Lobby Day, State House, time TBA
Wednesday, February 6 Climate Change Webinar, 4 p.m.
Friday, February 8 Deadline to submit LWVUS New Citizens Registration grant applications
Saturday, February 16 Deadline to submit Local League Ballot Question Study consensus response form
Tuesday, February 26 Ranked Choice Voting Webinar, 7 p.m.
Friday, June 7 - Saturday, June 8
LWVMA 2019 Convention
HAPPENING NOW
Bill McKibben to Keynote LWVMA Convention
 
Noted environmentalist Bill McKibben will be the keynote speaker at the state League's convention Friday and Saturday, June 7-8.  McKibben will speak at Friday night's banquet.

LWVMA's biennial convention will be held at the Westford Regency Inn in Westford, just off Interstate 495.  Please let your members know and encourage them to attend.

McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist. He is a co-founder and senior advisor at 350.org, an international climate campaign that works in 188 countries around the world.  He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a former staff writer for the New Yorker who continues to write numerous magazine articles.   
Video Contest: The Climate Change Challenge

For its sixth annual student video contest, LWVMA invites high school students to create 30-second videos to raise public awareness of climate change and suggest a course of action to help save the planet.  

The contest,  The Climate Change Challenge , is open to all high school students in Massachusetts.  Entries must be submitted online from Jan. 25 through March 8 . The award ceremony will take place in April.  Official rules and further details are available here .

We'll need your help to publicize the video contest at high schools in your area.  Emails about the contest will be sent to Massachusetts high schools, but may not reach the people you know. Your League can also send a letter to the editor about the contest and post information on your website and Facebook page. The information you need and a flyer to download is in a toolkit on our website here.  

State Program Planning Starting
 
LWVMA encourages all local Leagues, Units, and Members-at-Large (MALs) to propose action priorities and possible new studies to focus LWVMA Program and Action for the next biennium through State Program Planning when local Leagues, Units and MALs submit recommendations to LWVMA. The LWVMA board considers these recommendations, drafts a recommended program, and the membership votes on a state program at Convention in June.  The Program Planning period is Jan. 28 through March 7, although it is OK to start earlier.

For the complete timeline and materials, visit the Program Planning webpage
.  Training opportunities for interested Leagues and Units are being planned.  Questions or help needed? Contact Karen Price.
Ballot Question Study in Full Swing!
 
Leagues and Units are digging in on the ballot question process in Massachusetts. Some have completed their consensus, and most are preparing.

It is not too late to decide to participate. The state study committee members are available to help local Leagues or Units with the study. Contact bqstudy@lwvma.org  if you would like help or advice.

If anyone who is not a member of the League listed would like to attend one of these meetings please email the contact person.

The Consensus Response Report  is due by Saturday, Feb. 16 .
Questions? Email bqstudy@lwvma.org
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Deadline Extended to Share Your Reason for Joining the League! 

We have had members ask if it is too late to be a part of our #100 Reasons campaign. No, it isn't!

The deadline for submitting your video to  100Reasons@lwvma.org  has been extended to Friday, March 1. Here are the simple instructions  for creating your 15-second video, sample videos, and instructions for sending it to us.

As part of LWVMA's 100th Anniversary celebration, Massachusetts League members are urged to submit a short video--a "vlog" --that completes the following statement: "I joined the League of Women Voters because...."

These videos are meant to share one of your personal reasons for joining the League. We hope to hear from as many voices as possible!  Throughout the year, we will roll your reasons out on our website and social media outlets under the hashtag #100Reasons.
ADVOCACY
Single-Payer Health Care Lobby Day
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Join LWVMA and our partners at Mass-Care to tell your legislators you support single-payer health care. The Single-Payer Lobby Day at the State House is Wednesday, Jan. 23. Meet at 11 a.m. at the Grand Staircase for a mini-rally and information session before visiting your own legislators and delivering information packets on the single-payer bills.
Justice & Renewable Energy for All Lobby Day

Support e nvironmental justice, 100% renewable energy, transportation, and carbon pricing at the Justice & Renewable Energy for All Lobby Day at the State House Thursday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with our partners in the Mass Power Forward Coalition.

RSVP here to get a meeting scheduled with your own legislators. Event updates will be posted on the coalition Facebook page .
Safe Communities Lobby Day

Help continue the effort to protect immigrants in Massachusetts. Join LWVMA at the Safe Communities Act Lobby Day at the State House Wednesday, Jan. 30. Time and location in the State House will be available soon; check the Mass League Voter next week or the LWVMA Facebook page shortly.

The revised Safe Communities Act will prevent law enforcement officers and court officers from asking about immigration status, inform immigrants of their due process rights, prevent local officials from being deputized to serve as immigration officials, and restrict notification of immigration officials about persons in custody.
LWVMA Offering Webinar on the Legislature

As the new session of the legislature begins, LWVMA is offering a webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. to explain how Massachusetts' two-year legislature works and how the League, through its Legislative Action Committee, chooses the bills it will support (or oppose) and follows them through the session. Nancy Brumback, LAC chair, will present the information.
 
Please sign up for the webinar here and you will receive the link to use to join the webinar.
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 the legislation being introduced 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 for the webinar here and you will receive the link to use to join the webinar.
Climate Change Webinar: Help Spread the Word

Help Spread the Word: It's Happening. It's Now: The Climate Reports of 2018.

The LWVMA Committee for Environmental Action and Advocacy is presenting a webinar featuring world-renowned climate scientist Professor Michael Oppenheimer on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 4 p.m. EST. He will discuss the two major climate reports of 2018, the UN IPCC Report and the US National Climate Assessment Report .

This popular webinar already has over 100 registrations from around the country, but there is plenty of space left. The webinar is free and open to all. To register, click here and you will receive the link to join the webinar.

For more information see the webinar webpage and flyer . The Facebook event page  is here, and a graphic for emails or tweets is here.

Please send the information about the webinar to your League members and networks. If you have any questions contact Launa Zimmaro or Karen Price.
Citizens' Legislative Seminar

The Massachusetts Senate offers the Citizens' Legislative Seminar (CLS) twice a year. CLS, organized by the Senate Office of Education and Civic Engagement, aims to better educate the public on the functions of the Massachusetts legislature. This seminar is offered in spring and fall. This spring's dates are March 19-20.

Each state Senator can sponsor one participant in each CLS session; participants must be able to attend both days of the seminar. If you are interested in attending, please contact your state Senator's office. If the spring slot is already taken, you can ask to be considered for the fall session. More information on CLS is available here .
LWVUS INFORMATION
LWVUS Grants Available

The LWVUS Educational Foundation offers a 2019 New Citizens Registration project. As part of this project, LWVEF will award pass-through grants to state and local Leagues to undertake voter registration activities at naturalization ceremonies for new citizens. Grant applications are due by midnight Feb. 8. Grants will only be considered for Leagues targeting at least five naturalization ceremonies between February and November 29, 2019. See the application for additional information.
Roster Updates Due Jan. 31

Roster updates are due to LWVUS on Thursday, Jan. 31. Due to the high volume of activity during this time, LWVUS warns you to expect longer than usual wait times when contacting Roster Support. LWVUS suggests submitting local League member information as soon as possible to ensure ample time for support should the need arise. To access your League's database, please  visit the Roster Manager Portal .
Local League Logo Guidelines

LWVUS is in the process of creating all local League logos, and those local League logos for 10 states have been completed: AL, CO, DE, FL, GA, KS, MI, NC, SC, and TN.  LWVUS will be rolling out more local League logos in the coming weeks and expects to be finished with all local League logos by the end of February.

Leagues should NOT attempt to build their own logos. If there is something you must complete in an expedited manner before LWVUS can get you your customized League logo, please go ahead and use your current logo. You can find all state logos, and available local League logos  here. 

If you haven't yet seen our new Brand Standards, you can take a look--and download the updated logo files-- on the League Management Site. Please note:  These are the only official League of Women Voters logos available moving forward.

Please don't hesitate to email the Communications Team at communications@lwv.org if you have specific questions.
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