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.
The League of Women Voters in Brookline is hosting a talk about The Problem of Transparency in Government on March 22nd.
"... special interests are the near-exclusive beneficiaries of increased transparency in the lawmaking process..."
James D'Angelo Researcher at the Kennedy School Harvard University
Wednesday, March 22 Brookline Town Hall 333 Washington Street Room 103
6:30 p.m. refreshments 7:00 p.m. talk followed by questions
Here is a link to more information about the issue: http://www.congressionalresearch.org/
This is is a quote from this link:
The 1970 Legislative Reorganization Act (LRA) thrust transparency on Congress before the terms "transparency" and "accountability" were even in vogue. Coming into effect with the 92nd Congress in January of 1971, the LRA fundamentally changed the way federal law is drafted. All previous legislation (from the 1787 Constitution to the 1789 Bill of Rights to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1970 Environmental Protection Act) was drafted, debated and amended in committees behind closed doors.
Indeed, for nearly 200 years, these committees weren't just closed to the public, but they also denied access to the President, the press, bankers, oil companies as well as other members of Congress. This didn't just apply to the markup sessions, it also applied to all voting in committee. To this day we don't know how John F Kennedy, Lyndon B Johnson or James Madison voted on a single amendment when they were congressmen.
This Forum is free and open to the public.
RSVP is recommended: https://tinyurl.com/ImmigrationSisterCity
Sunday, March 26, 2017 3-5pm Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street
Rep. Kennedy emphasized how important it is to have constituents call his office around issues, and especially when difficult debates are going on to know that his constituents "have his back" (e.g. during GOP's "Obamacare" replacement bill debate in the House, Energy and Commerce Committee, where Kennedy forcefully argued against the replacement bill).
The Brookline Chamber of Commerce, Town of Brookline and the LWVB are co-sponsoring a Congressional Update with Rep. Kennedy at the Coolidge Corner Theater, June 2, 2017, from 8:00 + 9:30 a.m., open to the public.
League of Women Voters of Brookline
Coffee & Conversation
Friday April 14th, 9:30 AM
2nd Friday @ Panera's Coolidge Corner
The workshop was well attended with lots of questions about the process of running for Town offices.
Co-sponsored with the Brookline Negihborhood Alliance and the Town Meeting Members Association.
It was held in Hunneman Hall at the Brookline Library on Washington Street at 6:30 pm.
The speaker, Marianne Ashton, Voter Service Chair, League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, presented both sides of ballot questions 1, 3 and 4. Brookline League member Sandy Ostroy presented the information for question 2. Each presentation was followed by questions and discussion from the audience,
To view sample ballots: http://www.brooklinema.gov/138/Election-Information
The speaker was Emily Thorson, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston College. Her very informative and certainly timely talk was on Debunking Political Rhetoric.
Meryl Kessler, Executive Director of the Massachusetts League, gave an overview of what is happening at the state level and how the State League and local Leagues can work together during this election year.
LWVB President, Margaret Bush, followed with a summary of all the things accomplished by the Brookline League during the past year.
Our featured speaker, Erin Chute Gallentine, Brookline's Parks and Open Space Director, gave an excellent talk about Brookline's Legacy of Parks, Open Space and Challenges for the Future.
Her talk was followed by a short business meeting.
Two Brookline High School students won second prize.
Makena Binker-Cosen and TJ Mukundan, Brookline High SchoolTo view their entry (Big Dreams): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csUpFdGbFkE&feature=youtu.be
To see all the winners:
"The Massachusetts Electorate: Who's Not Participating and What Will It Take to Reach Them?"
The panelists were...
Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director, CIRCLE (The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement), Tufts University, a research center that focuses on young people in the United States, especially those who are marginalized or disadvantaged in political life.
Eva Millona, Executive Director, MIRA (Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition), the state's largest organization representing the foreign born, and co-chair of the National Partnership for New Americans, the lead national organization focusing on immigrant integration.
Nathaniel Stinnett, Founder and CEO, Environmental Voter Project, a non-partisan non profit using data analytics and behavioral science to identify and mobilize non-voting environmentalists.
The video of the discussion can be seen here:
Complete Streets Study Committee will hold a public hearing on the Brookline Complete Streets Policy drafted dated 1-11-2016. Committee members will present a summary of the Brookline Complete Streets Policy. Following the presentation members of the Complete Streets Study Committee will take public comment on the proposed draft policy under consideration. Draft policy is available for download at http://www.brooklinema.gov/transportation.
LWVB Panel Discussion on Affordable HousingWatch the video of Dec. 9 program on Affordable Housing on BIG (Brookline Interactive Group): http://brooklineinteractive.org/lvw12915
The following links provide an overview of the December 9th panel discussion about affordable housing along with the slide presentations:
Discussion of possible sites for a ninth elementary school
LINK to Boston Globe article on this meeting:
Civic Moxie Presentation Link: http://www.brooklinema.gov/documentcenter/view/8308
Anthony Flint, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, speaking at the League's Opening Meeting can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/obIYdg8ZlL0
The following article about Opening Meeting by League member Diana McClure appeared in the Tab: http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/article/20151014/OPINION/151017920
The following opinion piece in the Tab by League members Janice Kahn and Betsy DeWitt explain why the League has chosen to focus on the issue of land use in Brookline this year: http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/article/20150923/NEWS/150928065/ And a more recent column entitled, "Affordable Housing Where Do We Go from Here" http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/article/20151201/OPINION/151209749/2011/OPINION
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