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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.

Warrant Articles Forum - Wednesday May 17, 2017

The League of Women Voters Brookline (LWVB), the Brookline Neighborhood Alliance (BNA) and the Town Meeting Members Association (TMMA) are co-sponsoring a forum on some of the Warrant Articles to be considered at Brookline's May 23, 2017 Town Meeting.

Some presentations of the Warrant Articles may be debates others simply informational.

The meeting is open to the public.
Brookline Town Hall
333 Washington Street
6th floor Selectmen's Hearing Room
7:00 to 9:00 PM

The following topics will be covered, in the order listed below, and ample time will be allotted for questions and answers. The forum will begin promptly at 7pm.

  • WA10: Publication of the Warrant Proponent: Heather Hamilton, Board of Selectmen Speaker opposed: Neil Gordon, Town Meeting Member, Precinct 1

  • WA11: Election Campaign Financing Disclosure Informational presentation by Neil Gordon, proponent of the article.

  • Second Special Town Meeting, Article 1, schematic design for Brookline High School, $1.85 million Informational Presentation by George Cole, Co-Chair, Building Commission.

  • Appropriations, schematic design for the Baldwin School site, $1.5 million Proponent: David Pollak, Chairman, Brookline School Committee Speaker opposed: Janice Kahn, Town Meeting Member, Precinct 15

HMFH Architects Brookline High School Feasibility Study, Option 4D

Click here for the Warrant Article Index:

http://www.brooklinema.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/11334

Click here for Warrant Articles explanations:

http://www.brooklinema.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/11864

Second Friday Discussion Group - May 12th

Join us at Panera Bread in Coolidge Corner 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 May 12th, 9:30 AM
2nd Friday @ Panera's Coolidge Corner

This Friday we will discuss the May 2017 Warrant

  • Proposed 9th School @ Baldwin,
  • BHS expansion, taking 111 Cypress by eminent domain
  • Publishing the Warrant

Coffee with US Rep. Joe Kennedy: Congressional Update and Q&A

The Brookline Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Brookline and the League of Women Voters of Brookline are co-hosting a coffee and question and answer session with Representative Joe Kennedy.

The event will be held on Friday, June 2nd at the Coolidge Corner Theater.

See this link more for information and to register for the event.

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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