MORE February Opportunities for Action
Clean Energy Valentine's Lobby Day: 

Show your love for clean, renewable energy for Massachusetts!
Join LWVMA and our coalition partner, Mass Power Forward, for a Valentine's Clean Energy Lobby Day!

WHEN:  Wednesday, Feb. 14, 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m. 
WHERE:  Massachusetts State House, Room 438
RSVP HERE  Details and a schedule for the day  here
Climate change isn't hearts and flowers; it is a reality that our legislators need to take seriously.
RSVP  today to urge your legislators to promote a clean energy future. Can't do the full day? Your presence for any part of this Lobby Day will have an impact. The stakes have never been higher. 
LWVMA advocacy priorities for this lobby day are carbon pricing ( H.1726  and S.1821 ), an increase in the use of renewable energy  by electric utilities, implementation of the Global Warming Solutions Act,
reforming the Department of Public Utilities  process  so it is transparent and responsive to impacted customers, and  environmental justice . In addition to these links, you can find LWVMA summaries of the bills here . Information will also be available at the lobby day. For questions or additional information, contact Launa Zimmaro, LWVMA Environment and Energy Specialist.
Criminal Justice Reform Action Day Feb. 14:
Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, is a day of action #LoveJustice. 
Call your legislators on Valentine's Day and tell them you support strong criminal justice reform!

Two bills, H.4043/S.2200, have passed the House and Senate and are in conference committee. If your legislator is a member of that committee, below, please call directly. If not, contact your own Senator and Representative and urge them to ask the committee to include strong measures in the final version of the bill.
These measures need your support:
  • Repeal mandatory minimums; incarceration is not the way to overcome addiction
  • Adopt the Senate provision to increase the weight limit for certain trafficking offenses; treatment is a better way to address addiction
  • Raise the age for juvenile jurisdiction from 7 to 12 years old and include 18-year-olds
  • Increase the felony larceny threshold to at least $1500; our current level is outdated
  • Seal records for resisting arrest and other offenses
  • Eliminate many fines and fees; being poor is not a crime
  • Take primary caretaker status into account in sentencing so children aren't punished
  • Include cognitive decline for medical transfer of the terminally ill or incapacitated
LWVMA has been working for these reforms for over 40 years . Now is the time for change. You can see our in-depth letter to the conference committee here . Members of the conference committee are Rep. Claire Cronin, Sen. Will Brownsberger, Rep. Sheila Harrington, Sen. Bruce Tarr, Rep. Ronald Mariano, Sen. Cynthia Creem.  You can find your Senator and Representative here .
Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low Carbon Living:

LWVMA Climate and Energy Solutions Series Webinar with John Rogers, Union of Concerned Scientists
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m. 
WHERE: Attend the forum without leaving your home!

Register in advance for this webinar.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.   

How can each of us live Cooler and Smarter ? Can our own lifestyle choices really make an impact on climate change?  While the routine decisions that shape our days-what to have for dinner, where to shop, how to get to work-may seem small, collectively they have a big effect on global warming. But which changes in our lifestyles might make the biggest difference to the climate?
Join us for a discussion with John Rogers, senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and co-author of Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living . He will present science-based guidance on the most effective ways to cut your own emissions by 20% or more, and explain why your individual contribution is a vital part of addressing one of society's greatest threats.

Host: LWVMA Environmental Action and Advocacy Steering Committee
Support for webinars: New England Grassroots Environment Fund
Sign Up For Moderator Training:   
League moderator training will be conducted Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. , at Acton TV, 16 Craig Road, Acton, MA .  Jo-Ann Berry and Stefani Traina, veteran League moderators, will lead this training.  Both new and experienced moderators are encouraged to attend; you can register here .
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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