September Opportunities for Action
Voter Registration Opportunities:
As we go into the fall election season, organizations have asked LWVMA for help with voter registration.  Can you or your League help with any of these?
 
MassAudubon Events: MassAudubon has asked LWVMA to help with a voter registration and information table at MassAudubon events around the state.  Below are upcoming events in need of voter registration volunteers.  One- and two-hour shifts are available at all of them:
  • Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wachusett Meadow Nature Preserve, Princeton
  • Sept. 29, 1 to 4 p.m., Boston Nature Center, Boston
  • Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Arcadia Nature Center, Easthampton 
  • Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Stony Brook Nature Center, Norfolk
  • Oct. 13, 4:30 to 9 p.m., Oak Knoll Nature Center, Attleboro
  • Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Daniel Webster Nature Center, Marshfield
Please contact Judy Zaunbrecher   if you or your League is interested in volunteering.

Jericho Road Project in Lowell: LWV Concord-Carlisle is supporting The Jericho Road Project registering voters at 10 locations throughout Lowell on National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, Sept. 25.  Time slots available are:  8 to 10 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Please contact Judy Zaunbrecher if you or your League is interested in volunteering.

Ballots Over Bars: Ballots Over Bars, a project of the Emancipation Initiative to help people held in jails vote if they are eligible to do so, seeks volunteers for voting in jail events in Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Hampshire, Plymouth, and Worcester counties before the Nov. 6th elections. To volunteer, email BallotsOverBars@gmail.com or click here for more information.  Citizens over 18 who are in custody awaiting trial or are serving misdemeanor sentences are entitled to vote by absentee ballot.  You can also get more information on this project by emailing Colleen Kirby, LWVMA criminal justice legislative specialist. 

Organize a District Attorney Candidates' Forum:                

District Attorneys are powerful players in deciding how our criminal justice system works, so it is important that we educate the public on these candidates.  Can you and your League organize a candidates' forum for District Attorney in the three counties that will have contested races Nov. 6?  Those counties are Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester.  The other counties have uncontested races in the general election. 

Contact Colleen Kirby, LWVMA criminal justice legislative specialist, for some suggested questions. See https://dadifference.org/ for additional information, and check out the LWVMA voter's guide https://www.informedvoterma.org/ for specifics on your DA candidates.

Watch a Candidate Forum:
               
If you missed a candidates' forum sponsored by a League, LWVMA is collecting links to videos of the forums and posting them on the website here .  There is also a list of upcoming candidates' forums and debates.  Please share this information.  

Partner With a Legislative Specialist:

Our legislative specialists determine what bills LWVMA will support or oppose in the legislature.  They will soon be working on bills for the session which begins in January.  Take a look at the legislation we worked on in the current session here , and if you would be interested in partnering with one of our specialists over the next two years, please contact Nancy Brumback   , Legislative Action Committee chair.

Two specialists in particular are looking for help.  Lois Levin, our transportation specialist, would like someone who is interested in that subject to work with her.
 
Carolyn Lee, our water resources specialist, has this request:  You can help the LWVMA do more to protect our Water Resources!  In the past session we provided testimony on four bills that would have helped protect and better manage water resources and one bill on flame retardants that would have kept pollution out of our water and protected children and firefighters from exposure to these dangerous chemicals.  LWVMA is now a member of the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance and we have long participated in Clean Water Action.  As the only non-explicitly environmental organization actively supporting these bills, we could have an outsized impact. To have more impact and to participate in more of the planning, strategy and lobbying sessions, it takes more than one person. Will you join a small group committed to working with the water resources specialist to increase our efforts going forward?  Members from all over the state can be a big help.  Contact Carolyn Lee   .
 
Answer a Survey about the Legislative Action Newsletter:

We have been sending the Mass. Action Newsletter you are reading to all League members in the state for just over a year.  The newsletter goes out monthly (twice a month at the end of the legislative session).  It's designed to let members know about actions they can take on legislation and in other areas.  We would like to know what you think of the newsletter and how we can make it better.  Please respond to a short survey here .  Thank you.

LWVUS Offering Webinars:

In September, LWVUS is offering Integrated Voter Engagement-a webinar training that shows participants how to build a bigger base in ways that empower communities and how to grow new leaders within state and local Leagues. This webinar is being offered at two times, and advanced reservation is required.  Space is limited. 
Sept. 13: noon - 1:15 p.m. RSVP here
Sept. 18: 7 - 8: 15 p.m. RSVP here
This session will be recorded and available shortly after the final presentation.  A webinar on Basebuilding and Elections offered in August is available here, password: LWV2018
 
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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