January 2023


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Program Planning Town Hall: Wednesday, January 11 @ 7:00 p.m.

State Program Planning is conducted every two years – LWVMA welcomes (and needs!) the input of every local League for this collaborative process. This is a great opportunity for the local Leagues throughout Massachusetts to contribute to the state League’s planning for the next biennium: 2023-2025. Read more.

LWVMA Convention: New Date to Save - June 10

We’ve settled on Saturday, June 10, 2023 for the LWVMA Convention. Please plan to join the January 11 Town Hall to learn more about participating in the process to recommend program planning priorities for the next biennium (2023-2025). 


A New Dawn for Climate Action & Climate Justice Virtual Rally

Join climate advocates and legislators on Wednesday, January 11, 12:00pm to 1:00pm via Zoom for a virtual statewide rally to:

  • Congratulate Governor Healey on her historic election, her ambitious climate action agenda, and the appointment of her new climate team
  • Acknowledge the hard work of all who contributed to the passage of two climate bills in the last legislative session
  • Reinforce the need for the rapid implementation of the major climate agenda set forth in the bills and the state’s Clean Energy and Climate Plans

Read more.


Recruiting Legislative Specialists and Envoys for the New Session

Are you frustrated by the lack of affordable housing in your town? Impact state policy on this and other mission-critical issues by serving as a legislative specialist. We have opportunities on the Legislative Action Committee to work on housing, criminal justice reform, higher education, and more. As a specialist, you would collaborate on identifying priority bills, plan and conduct educational events/webinars, become familiar with the legislative process, provide written and oral testimony for legislative hearings, work with advocacy coalitions and develop relationships with legislators. Read more.

Represent LWVMA at MassCare

Are you willing to work for equitable health care for Massachusetts? The Legislative Action Committee needs a member to step forward and assume the LWVMA Board seat on the MassCare Coalition. You would attend, participate, and give input for MassCare Board meetings held every other month as well as monthly LWVMA Legislative Action Committee meetings. Read more.

Learn More About Voter Engagement

LWVMA’s Voter Engagement Committee meets on Monday, January 23 at 7pm. Come to listen in or join our cause to Get Out the Vote! Click here for the Zoom link to join the meeting on January 23. 


Fundraise for Your Local League - Participate in This Year’s Phonathon!

Local Leagues participating in Phonathon receive 20% of every gift that LWVMA receives from your calls. It’s a great way to raise money for your League and an important way to keep our members updated as to what LWVMA has accomplished over the last year. Join us for a Phonathon 101 session with the expert herself, Sharyn Roberts from LWV Newton.

Register HERE for the Tuesday, January 17 @ 7:00 p.m. zoom call.

Submit Your Local League Activity Data for 2022 by January 10

Last call for local Leagues to please submit the LWVMA Data Collection Form for each activity of your calendar year 2022. The submission deadline is Tuesday, January 10. On January 11, we will freeze the data in order to prepare the first annual LWVMA Activity Report, scheduled for release in early February. After reviewing submitted data and our discussion with local Leagues, we are making some changes to the form for 2023. Read more.

​​Submit Scharfman Grant Applications - New Online Form

In an effort to make submitting a Scharfman grant application easier than ever, we have streamlined the process. The new and improved online form is ready for the January 16 deadline. Check out the new online application HERE. Questions about the new application? Contact Sue Abrams.

LWVUS Roster Update Due January 31

As a friendly reminder, local Leagues need to update their rosters in the LWVUS membership database by January 31 to ensure correct per-member-payment billing for FY2023-24. Please refer to this user guide to help with questions; contact Brynne if you need assistance.

Join LWVUS in Celebrating its Birthday February 14

Celebrate the LWVUS’ 103rd birthday on Tuesday, February 14 with a national day of action! Through storytelling, digital actions, local events, and advocacy, we will flex the breadth of our League people power and advance our priorities. There will be a marquee event with featured speakers livestreamed on LWVUS’ Facebook page at 11am ET on February 14. Read more.


Read President Turner’s “Eleven Ways You Protected Democracy in 2022”

LWVUS President Dr. Deborah Turner’s recent blog post assesses the Leagues’ accomplishments in 2022. Read it HERE.

Subscribe to the LWVUS Newsletter

Do you know a League member who wants to receive LWVUS’ biweekly email? Members can subscribe to receive The League Update HERE.

The Mass 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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