Making Democracy Work

Because democracy is not a spectator sport

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Mobilizing for Safe Communities Act Hearing

Friday, June 9
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Massachusetts State House

THE SAFE COMMUNITIES ACT will have its hearing before the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security at the State House.

The Safe Communities Act will be the ONLY bill before the committee that day: House bill (H.3269) sponsored by Rep. Juana Matías, and Senate bill (S.1305) sponsored by Sen. Jamie Eldridge. That's five hours of testimony for this important legislation.

Needham Senators Mike Rush and Richard Ross are both members of this committee and their votes are critical to voting the bill out of committee. Let them see Needham there in force!

It's critical that you come to show your support. Plan to stay all day if you can. If the hearing room is full, use that time to visit your legislators. We may also organize a vigil in front of the State House. No signs allowed in the building.

Define American: An Evening with Jose Antonio Vargas

Saturday, June 10
6:00 p.m.
Congregational Church of Needham, 1154 Great Plain Avenue

Noted immigration activist, Pulitzer Prize winning author, filmmaker, and spokesperson for the undocumented is coming to Needham. LWV-Needham is a sponsoring organization.

Jose Vargas:

  • Arrived from the Philippines at age 12
  • Won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 as part of a Washington Post team for coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting.
  • TIME magazine featured him on its cover a year after his 2011 story in The New York Times Magazine in which he "outed" himself as an undocumented immigrant.
  • He has traveled the U.S. advocating for Immigrant Rights, founded the non-profit Define American, and released Documented, a film chronicling his life's journey.

Space will be limited and we expect a FULL crowd!
Admission for the event is free.
Registration required: please click here.

Suitcase Stories Live!

Thursday, June 22
6:30 p.m. Pre-performance reception at TripAdvisor for VIP ticket holders
7:30 p.m. Performance, Doors open at 6:45 p.m
Trip Advisor, 410 1st Avenue, Needham

June is Refugee Awareness month. Honor the contributions of refugees and immigrants throughout the region through the timeless art of live storytelling. Local foreign and U.S.-born residents will perform first-person stories on themes of refugee resettlement and immigrant integration. The M.C. is Brian O'Donovan (WBGH Celtic Sojourn), and two of the storytellers are from Needham.

All funds support International Institute of New England (IINE) programming including refugee resettlement, English language education, workforce training, citizenship services, and more.

Hosted in partnership with Massmouth and TripAdvisor, and IINE's Resettle Together West Suburban Consortium (which includes LWV-Needham).

Ticket Prices
$25 General Admission
$100 VIP (includes preferred seating and private reception with storytellers).

Click here to purchase tickets.