Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

Meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Friday, May 1, 2015
9:15am
Cary Memorial Library
Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420
Hold Your Water! LExington's Watershed Stewardship. Why are watersheds important? What is the Town doing to monitor and protect our water resources? What is the relationship between storm water management and watershed management? Could the Town be doing more?!

Please come join Conservation Administrator Karen Mullins; Town Engineer John Livsey; and the Conservation Stewards as they discuss recent successes and ongoing projects in Watershed Management at our League of Women Voters First Friday Forum on Friday, May 1, 2015 at Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room (basement).

This is the eighth in the series of 2014-2015 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 9:15 a.m. and presentations will begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact the League at lwvlexington@gmail.com. All League forums are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
7-9:00pm
Clarke Middle School
17 Stedman Road
Lexington, MA
Lexington Planning Board Listening Session. Residential Policy and The Lexington We Want

What do you think about housing policy in Lexington?

What would you change? What would you keep the same?

The Lexington Planning Board will initiate a public conversation about residential policy with a community listening session. Concerned Lexington residents can voice their opinions about residential quality of life or other perspectives for up to 2 minutes. At this forum the Planning Board will listen and record residents' comments for review and discussion at subsequent Planning Board meetings.

Please come and let the Planning Board know what you think!

Thursday, May 21, 2015
7:30-9pm
Temple Isaiah
55 Lincoln Street
Lexington, MA
The Myths and Realities about the Need for Affordable Housing in Suburban Towns West of Boston. Panelists will include the Regional Housing Services Office, Lexington Housing Partnership, Lexington Housing Authority, Lexington Housing Assistance Board (LexHAB), and Metro West Collaborative Development.

There will also be a personal story of someone who is living in LexHAB housing, grew up in Lexington and is an attorney.

Topics to be covered will include: Who is eligible for affordable housing? Who needs affordable housing in the western suburbs? Can we provide housing for our teachers and our municipal workers who want to live where they work? Since Lexington has reached the 11.1 % Subsidized Housing Inventory level , why do we need more affordable housing?

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
6:00pm
Cary Memorial Library
1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420
FREE Screening of Pay 2 Play!. Common Cause Massachusetts and the League of Women Voters of Lexington are excited to invite you to a FREE screening of the excellent documentary Pay 2 Play! This film documents the quest of John Ennis to find a way out from under the American Pay 2 Play System, where politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury -- through contracts, tax cuts, and deregulation. Along the way, Ennis journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy's High Stakes is the layman's guidebook to taking back our democracy.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
6:30pm
Cary Memorial Library
1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420
LWV Lexington Annual Meeting. The meeting will start at 6:30, followed by a reception at 6:45 and a 7pm program. This year's program is as follows:

Resetting the Balance of Influence after Citizens United and McCutcheon

Supreme Court decisions over the past 40 years have led to government by and for an elite donor class. Congress may be paralyzed, but groups are organizing at the state and local level to push for meaningful change. Learn about the most promising options for shifting the balance of political influence and access back to individual voters.

Launa Zimmaro is the Energy and Resource Convseration Specialist on the LWVMA Legislative Action Committee, and also serves on the LWVMA Board as Advocacy Director.