LWV-Needham Action and Advocacy

LWV-Needham’s action and advocacy are guided by the positions established through the years after studies were completed at the local, state and national levels. These positions are summarized is documents for each of the three levels, Needham, Massachusetts and United States.

LWV-Needham Action Priorities

Action Priorities Approved by Members at Annual Meeting June, 2021

  • Promoting access to voting in Needham.
  • Providing balanced information for all candidates for local and state elections.
  • Suggesting changes to the town website to assist town residents interested in volunteering for a role in town government and running for an elected position.
  • Promoting appointment rather than election of certain boards and officers; promoting a review of elected town positions and elected and appointed town boards.
  • Promoting civic education and civic engagement, especially for Needham youth.
  • Protecting natural resources and addressing global climate change.
  • Promoting programs to encourage a plant-based diet.
  • Preserving and expanding affordable health care.
  • Promoting and protecting reproductive health care.
  • Promoting and protecting gender equity
  • Fostering awareness and promoting sound government policies on
  • Immigration
  • Transportation
  • Gun Safety
  • Affordable housing
  • Lessening the influence of money in politics

LWV-Needham Action Teams

Environment and Sustainability

Gender Equity

  • Selected priority state bills to advocate for this session
  • Met with Needham State Senator Becca Rausch to discuss bills and advocacy
  • Encourage members to attend webinars and information sessions about pending legislation

Money in Politics

  • Signature Collection for a 2018 ballot question to form a commission to study an amendment to the US Constitution to reduce the influence of money on our elections.
  • Support for federal We the People Democracy Reform Act. This legislation will elevate the voices of the American people so we can be heard over the special interests and partisan bickering. This bill will strengthen our elections with automatic and online registration, enabling more voters to participate in our democracy.

Health Care

Immigration

State and National Advocacy

League of Women Voters of Massachusetts

Advocacy areas are listed in the current Advocacy and Legislative Agenda.

Specific legislation supported or opposed by LWVMA, including summary, LWV testimony, links to the bills is available on the LWVMA website.

Information about the LWVMA lobbying day, Day on the Hill, may be found at the LWVMA website.

LWVMA Legislation is followed by the Legislative Action Committee, a group of League members who identify appropriate legislation in an issue area and recommend LWVMA advocate for or against the bills. To reach any of the legislative specialists, email specialists@lwvma.org.

League of Women Voters of the United States

Recent national League statements on current issues are listed on the national League’s website.