Making Democracy Work

Make Democracy Work!

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.

==> LWVB ANNUAL MEETING was held on JUNE 26, 2017 <==

Brookline Library Director, Sara Slymon, speaking to attendees about the latest happenings at the libraries.

Shaari Mittel presenting awards from the LWVMA and LWVUS thanking outgoing President Margaret Bush

L to R: Incoming President Betsy Munzer, Janice Kahn, outgoing President Margaret Bush and Shaari Mittel

Second Friday Discussion Group - July 14th

Join us at

Brothers Restaurant at 404 Harvard Street on the 2nd Friday of each month for coffee and conversation about issues that interest you.

League of Women Voters of Brookline

Coffee & Conversation
Friday July 14th, 9:30 AM
2nd Friday

==> NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE !!!

Brothers Restaurant
404 Harvard Street

League of Women Voters of Brookline Meets with U.S. Representative Joseph Kennedy

Members of the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Brookline (LWVB) met with U.S. Representative Joseph Kennedy, D-MA 4th District, at his Newton office March 13th. The purpose was to discuss the commonalities between positions that after in-depth study have been endorsed at any level of the League (US, MA, Brookline) and the Issues being addressed by Rep. Kennedy.

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.

Betsy DeWitt, Janice Kahn, Joel Shoner, Cong. Joseph Kennedy, Diana McClure, Shaari Mittel, Margaret Bush

How (and Why) to Run for Office - February 8th

How (and Why) to Run for Elective Office Workshop

The workshop was well attended with lots of questions about the process of running for Town offices.

CLICK HERE FOR THE How to Run For Office Booklet:

Co-sponsored with the Brookline Negihborhood Alliance and the Town Meeting Members Association.

LWVB Consensus Meeting on Charter Schools

The League of Women Voters of Brookline held a consensus meeting about the Charter School Study done by the Massachusetts League on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Betsy Munzer and Sandy Ostroy led the discussion of the consensus questions. The results will be tabulated and sent on to the State League. The State League will release the final results in June.

Betsy leading the consensus meeting.
Betsy leading the Consensus Meeting

Ballot Question Forum

The League of Women Voters of Brookline hosted a forum on October 19, 2016 on the four questions that will be on the November ballot.

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

Sandy Ostroy leading the discussion on the Charter Schools ballot question.

LWVB Registers Students to Vote at Brookline High School

Members of the Brookline League spent a couple hours registering students at Brookline High School to vote. In coordination with Ann Collins, librarian at BHS, there was considerable interest shown by the students.

BHS students registering to vote.

LWVMA Panel Discussion

The Massachusetts League hosted a panel discussion on

"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:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzZ0KYCfjL61ZWtGd2ZwMUFkQ0U/view?pref=2&pli=1

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