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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It works to influence public policy through education and advocacy.

Jan. 9, 9:30AM, Coffee and Conversation

League of Women Voters of Brookline 2nd Friday @ Panera's Coolidge Corner

Coffee & Conversation
Friday Jan. 9, 2015, 9:30 AM
2nd Friday @ Panera's Coolidge Corner

On the 2nd Friday of the month League Members and friends gather at Panera Bread, 299 Harvard street for coffee and conversation about issues that interest you.

January's topic will be 'How to get more people to vote'.

Save the Date - Day on the Hill April 28, 2015

Save the date for LWVMA's annual lobbying day on Beacon Hill: Tuesday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to noon at the State House.

Day on the Hill is later than usual, not to avoid another snow cancellation, but because, in this first year of the two-year legislative session, the Legislative Action Committee needs time to review all the bills that have been introduced and to recommend to the board which bills LWVMA should support.

Professor Lessig Speaks at Opening Meeting

Lawrence Lessig, a HARVARD LAW SCHOOL professor, technology theorist and longtime advocate of getting big money out of politics, spoke to a full house at the September 22 Opening Meeting of the League of Women Voters of Brookline with a talk entitled MAYDAY: The Fight to Save American Democracy. Long opposed to "big money" in politics, he launched a "super PAC to end all super PACs", which he named Mayday PAC on May Day 2014.

Prof. Lessig discussed how fundamentally good people, with good intentions, have allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests, and how this exploitation has become entrenched in the system. He used examples that resonate powerfully on the Right and on the Left, using real-world analogies and real human stories. He offered ideas and achievable solutions to regain control of our corrupted, yet redeemable, representational system.

You can view Professor Lessig's talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-h06GzXssg

UPDATE: Professor Lessig and the Mayday group are organizing a walk to publicize the issue of Campaign Finance Reform. Information about the walk can be found here: http://walk.nhrebellion.org/Static/Walk-Info

Brookline Education Issues

To follow the developments on Public Education in Brookline please visit: http://www.publiceducationbrookline.org

Election Reform in Massachusetts <<

Please read the article by League member Diana McClure published in the TAB:

http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/article/20140610/OPINION/140619886/2012/OPINION

Annual Meeting League of Women Voters of Brookline

Brookline School Committee Members, Helen Charlupski and Barbara Scotto, and League Members in conversation with Margaret Bush, President of the Brookline League of Women Voters, discussing "Brookline Public Education".

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Day on the Hill 2014

The annual Day on the Hill luncheon and lobbying session was held at the state house on March 24th. Shaari Mittel led very informative discussions with the legislators covering a wide range of topics.

Senator Cindy Creem at the Day on the Hill luncheon. Senator Cindy Creem arriving at the Day on the Hill luncheon.

Representatives Jeff Sanchez and Michael Moran at the luncheon. Representatives Jeff Sanchez and Mike Moran (leaning aganst the wall)

Mass Incarceration & Racial Inequality: The New Jim Crow

A very informative panel discussion was held at the Brookline Library on the subject of mass incarceration and racial inequality. The discussions was revolved around the broadly acclaimed book by Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow (2010 ).

The event was sponsored by MassOccupy/Brookline and co-sponsored by the Brookline Public Library, Brookline League of Women Voters, Brookline PAX and the American Friends Service Committee - N.E. Region.

Please click on this link for a detailed article about this event.

or here: http://www.manewsfeed.com/brookline/forum-on-the-new-jim-crow-in-brookline/

To view a video of the forum click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad9MKqwZHe0

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