November 2023

November Town Halls: Membership Dues Changes, Civics Projects

Please join us for two important Town Halls in November.

Student Civics Education Projects

Monday, November 13 at 7:00 PM on Zoom

2024 marks the third year of the League's support, at the state and local level, for the required student-led civics projects in Grade 8 and high school. Several of our local Leagues have made progress in developing a working relationship with their local schools to support these projects. Others have encountered obstacles. 

Six local Leagues will discuss their experience and answer questions about how other Leagues can begin a partnership with their local schools to support the student civics projects and celebrate student work. We would like to see this project grow to include more Leagues and we are providing a support network to assist you. Please register for this virtual event.

Membership Dues Structural Changes

Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 PM on Zoom

The most up-to-date information on the pending League-wide membership dues changes will be presented by Nora Pullen, LWVUS Membership Manager and Kevin Ringcamp, LWVUS Director of Operations. There will be plenty of time reserved for your questions. Register HERE


November 6: Humane Incarceration Panel Discussion

November 8: Fredie Kay, founder & president of Suffrage 100MA, presenting "Honoring Massachusetts Women, Past & Present"

November 13: LWVMA Town Hall - Student Civics Education Projects

November 16: Opportunities and Obstacles - Costs and Benefits of Offshore Wind

November 29: LWVMA Town Hall - Membership Dues Structural Changes

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for a successful Day on the Hill lobby day,  Act for the Future, on Wednesday, October 11.

Many thanks to Senate Majority Leader Cindy Creem for serving as our keynote speaker. Senator Creem is the lead sponsor of our top priority elections and voting bill, the ACCESS Act. Special thanks to Rashelle Centeio from Senator Liz Miranda’s office for briefing us on S.1415, An Act relative to birthing justice. Read more.

Legislative Wins

Thanks to your advocacy, we celebrate some great legislative victories:

  • Restoration of the Civics Project Trust Fund line item to $2.5M in the FY’24 budget
  • Frances Perkins Workplace Equity Act passes both chambers, heads to a conference committee to iron out the differences
  • An Act Modernizing Firearms passes in the House; Senate plans to file their own bill in January

Read more.

LWVMA Signs Letters Requesting Federal Support for Refugees

Massachusetts has welcomed more than 7,000 families and individuals as refugees. LWVMA, along with more than 350+ organizations, signed on to letters requesting federal assistance for expedited work authorizations, congregate shelter sites, and funding for healthcare and education for children and pregnant people. Read the letters to the Biden Administration here and the congressional delegation here.

What’s Up with Offshore Wind? Webinar Series Continues November 16

Join us for the second in this three-part series on offshore wind, “Opportunities and Obstacles: Costs and Benefits of Offshore Wind,” November 16, 2023, 4-5 pm EST. This session will focus on plans to protect people, wildlife, and the environment; and efforts to rely on best scientific practices, respect overburdened communities, and drive economic justice for all.

See full descriptions, registration links, and recording of the first webinar on the LWVMA website. The series is co-hosted by LWVMA and New England for Offshore Wind. Read more.

Farm Bill 2023 Update and Action

Please take five minutes this week to make a huge impact for our farmers and the climate crisis. Every five years, Congress passes the federal Farm Bill. The 2018 Farm Bill expired on September 30, 2023 and the new Farm Bill 2023 has not been passed by Congress. Funding for the current programs has been extended through December 31. (It is not clear whether the Farm Bill will reach the floor and be passed by either/both houses before the December 31 deadline). Efforts are underway to decrease this funding and/or to divert it toward increasing crop subsidies and insurance for corn and soy. Read more.



Please consider becoming a monthly donor to support LWVMA’s day-to-day work, all year round to empower voters and defend democracy. We’re in a friendly competition with the state Leagues in Colorado, Maine, Minnesota and New York to see who can sign up the most monthly donors and the competition ends on November 10th.

Becoming a recurring donor is simple to do - just check off the monthly box HERE. Thank you!

2021-2022 Annual Report Now Available

LWVMA is pleased to share the 2021-2022 Annual Report of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. The report highlights and celebrates our collective efforts in advocacy, voter engagement, and citizen education – we hope you will take a few minutes to read about the work we have done at both the state and local League levels. Many thanks to our members and supporters for helping to empower voters and defend democracy in 2021-2022. 

Data Collection Reminder

A friendly reminder to please complete and submit the data collection form for each activity, program and event that your local League is involved in. Click HERE for the 2023 form and user guide. Thank you so much for your continuing efforts to help us capture the impact of our collective work!

Humane Incarceration Panel Discussion November 6

Please join Concord Prison Outreach and LWV of Concord-Carlisle on Monday, November 6 at 7:00 PM on Zoom or at the Goodwin Forum at the Concord Free Public Library for a panel discussion “Humane Incarceration: Exploring ways to improve the health and quality of life of the people incarcerated in the Commonwealth and those preparing for reentry into our communities.” The discussion will include programs at state prisons and legislative initiatives aimed at achieving these goals. Read more.

First Call: 2024 National Convention

The 2024 National Convention will take place June 27 – 30 in Washington, DC, and online. Read the full first call announcement here.

The Mass 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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