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.

July 4 Parade: Working Together for a Greener Future

Parade Photo Collage

The League of Women Voters of Needham thanks the town and its residents for supporting our Making Democracy Work programs in 2016-2017

NeedhamVOTES 2016: a series of activities for the Fall 2016 election including:

  • Award-winning July 4th float with voting theme
  • LeagueReads program; read "E Is for Election Day" to all Needham 5th-graders
  • Eight public service announcements to encourage voting (with Needham Channel)
  • Two ballot question forums (marijuana and charter schools)
  • Voters' Guide for November 2016 state election
  • Guest columns in local papers encouraging informed voting
  • Spread the word on voter registration and early voting in Needham

Annual Civics Bee (with Needham Schools)

Needham High School Voter Registration Drives (125 registrations)

Public Forums on the following topics:

  • Snow Removal and Winter Safety in Needham
  • Preserving Needham's Natural Treasures
  • Environmental Voter Project
  • Affordable Health Care for Our Communities: Still at Risk?

Support for local elections 2017

  • Candidates' Night for local election 2017
  • Needham Times and on-line Voters' Guide
  • Rides to the polls

Warrant Meetings/Orientation for new Town Meeting Members

Website and Facebook page to keep voters informed

Public service television productions (with the Needham Channel)

  • Needham Town Meeting-Making Your Voice Count
  • Needham's Elected Boards

One Book One Community Summer Reading Program

The Needham Free Public Library is partnering with the LWV-Needham and other community organizations to sponsor the One Book One Community Program this summer.

The chosen book is In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero. Hardcover and e-book copies of the book will be available at the library. The One Book One Community Program is part of a new diversity initiative titled the "Needham Free Public Forum" with the motto "Exploring diversity to inspire unity." The initiative was organized by library trustees and staff in response to citizen input offered as part of the library's most recent long-range planning process.

In the Country We Love is Diane Guerrero's memoir of her experience when she returned home from school in Boston one day at age 14 to learn that her undocumented parents had been detained and deported. Guerrero is an actress on the hit television show "Orange is the New Black."

As a co-sponsor, the League is encouraging its members to read this book over the summer and participate in one of the small-group discussions.

Discussion Groups
No registration required.

  • Monday, August 28, 7:30 p.m., led by Litzy Gastelum and Kim Marie Nichols of The Needham Diversity Initiative, at the Needham Library
  • Wednesday, August 30, 7 p.m., led by Reverend Kate Carlisle and Sandra Robinson, at the Presbyterian Church
  • Thursday, September 14, 7 p.m. led by Trustee Lois Bacon and Simone Scott-Walker of The Friends of the Needham Public Library, at the Library
  • Sunday, September 24, 2 p.m., led by Stan Hitron, Board Treasurer of the Library Foundation of Needham, at the Library
  • Tuesday, September 26, 7:30 p.m., led by Peg Riley, Needham Community Council-ESL Program, at the Library