Making Democracy Work

First Fridays

2016-2017

A monthly forum usually held on the first Friday of every month. Speakers present on topics of importance to Lexington residents.

To see previous First Friday Forums on Lexmedia go to http://www.lexmedia.org/ondemand.html click on the 'Categories' tab, then select "League of Women Voters"

Date & Time        Place        Description
Friday, April 7, 2017
9:15 AM
Large Meeting Room
Cary Memorial Library
1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA
Helping Refugees in Today's World. Have you ever wondered, "is there something I could do to help people in the refugee crisis, but I don't have much time and what can one person do?"

Please join us at our First Friday Forum where Tom Tsaros will present information about a relatively newly formed group, called LexRAP, which is welcoming and directly helping both refugees and asylum seekers in Lexington and nearby areas. For more information, http://www.lexrap.org.

This is the seventh in the series of 2016-2017 First Friday Forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lexington to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues.

Coffee will be available at 9:15AM, and the presentation will begin at 9:30. All League forums are free and open to the public.

Friday, May 5, 2017
9:15am
Large Meeting Room
Cary Memorial Library
1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420
Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport! Come and Learn About the League.. This motto long ago adopted by the United States League of Women Voters speaks to more and more of us today, in a period of some political turmoil. The Massachusetts LWV has been pleased to note that interest in membership is on the rise since last year, as many citizens are asking how they can get involved in defending democratic principles and furthering political action they believe in.

The LWV at national, state and local levels offers a non-partisan platform for citizen action, including voter registration and education, and advocacy in areas as diverse as climate change, campaign finance, housing and health care. This may be your opportunity to get involved!

This month's First Friday will introduce the League to those not previously involved, and to remind our members of the League's mission, current activities, and opportunities for citizen participation.

Lexington Convenor Margaret Coppe will give us a capsule history of the organization, from its origins in the suffrage movement of 1920 to the present, including some distinguished members of our own local League. Representatives of the LWVMA's program and action team will describe their advocacy on Beacon Hill to support bills that the state organization has studied and taken a formal position on. We will also hear about the League's educational programs on campaign finance and climate change.

Come to learn what you can do with the League to promote a healthy, responsive government, as every citizen takes up his or her responsibility to pay attention, become informed, and act.

Refreshments are served at 9:15 AM, and the presentation begins at 9:30 AM. For more information, e mail lwvlexington@gmail.com, or call [Jeanne781-861-0287]. All League of Women Voters forums are free and open to the public.