LWVH Blog

Both the Massachusetts League of Women Voters (LWVMA) and the National League of Women Voters (LWVUS) offer a wealth of information on their web sites. Positions, toolkits, and opportunities to get involved. One of our members was recently doing some research on the state site and found this gem, an exhortation from  LWV founder Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947):... Read More
The League of Women Voters is getting a lot of press these days, as more and more citizens become concerned about the changes in public policy that will impact voting rights, the environment, health care, first amendment rights, equality and justice, and so on. And many are looking for organizations that they can join to become active and work to make a difference, an... Read More
LWV Massachusetts Video Contest 2017
Enter Our “Making Democracy Work in My Community" Student Video Contest The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts invites all MA high school students to enter our fourth annual video contest. Last year, Bromfield student Kyle Schoenberg received honorable mention. Let's go for gold this year! Do you know someone in Harvard who is making democracy w... Read More
We have two Town Meetings on October 24! Last night (October 17), the League of Women Voters of Harvard provided a Voter Education Forum giving voters an opportunity to hear about the nine warrant articles and ask questions in preparation for the town meetings themselves. The Super Town Meeting (which will be held concurrently in Ayer and Shirley) has a single warran... Read More
Honorable Mention!
The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts ran, for many years, an essay contest for high school students. A few years ago, they changed this to a video contest and each year there is a different theme. The theme this year was "YOUth Should Vote." This year, we publicized this at the Bromfield school and a Bromfield student received Honorable Mention. Here is ... Read More
On April 11, the joint League of Women Voters and Council on Aging series continued Housing Matters with a look at the Village-to-Village option for seniors who want to remain in their homes. Previous forums in the series have addressed the shortage of housing options for seniors who want to move to smaller, more accessible homes.  Some of the key elements of th... Read More
March 16 was a beautiful Spring day and a day of special celebration for 281 Massachusetts residents who became US citizens. From Afghanistan to Zambia,  For the third year in a row, the Harvard League was proud to support this event by registering these citizens to vote. Sydney Blackwell and Jackie Normand handed out registration form as candidates made their wa... Read More
In April, voters in Harvard will have to decide whether to appoint or elect a charter commission. If the charter question passes on the town ballot, commissioners will be elected from a slate on that same day. To help citizens decide if they would like to stand for the commission, the League of Women Voters, on March 5,  hosted a panel of speakers from towns that... Read More
On February 29, the Harvard League of Women Voters (LWV) convened a panel of residents to provide perspective on Harvard's history and experience in creating diversified housing options for the town. This forum was the sixth in the LWV Housing Matters series.  Joe Hutchinson of the League of Women Voters convened and moderated the panel, providing initial contex... Read More
The fourth forum on Housing Matters, co-sponsored by the LWV and Harvard's Council on Aging, brought a guest speaker, Dr. Jennifer Molinsky, of the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University to the Congregational Church on Monday, January 25.  The video of the event is available on Harvard Cable TV's YouTube Channel: Housing Matters: Aging in Pl... Read More
Housing Matters: Governance
When we first planned our Housing Matters series, we knew that one of our forums would have to focus on the issues of governance. Governance is important to issues related to housing policy and planning  because there a number of complicated relationships, including a three-layer puzzle consisting of: State and town governing bodies Housing authoritie... Read More
Harvard's League of Women Voters is partnering with the Council on Aging to bring a series of voter and citizen education forums to the town on topics related to housing. Our history of difficulty in meeting Massachusetts requirements for affordable housing ("Chapter 40B") is coupled with the desire of many of our town's seniors to move from their large, 3- and 4-bedr... Read More
We had a very successful voter education forum last night to provide Harvard and Devens residents with information and viewpoints on four proposed zoning changes at Devens. These changes will be voted on Monday, June 8 at a Super Town meeting. (Super Town meetings are those that have simultaneous meetings in Harvard, Ayer, and Shirley to vote on the same articles. For... Read More
Video Contest High School Seniors Sponsored by the Mass LWV
This year, as last year, the Massachusetts League of Women Voters is sponsoring a video contest for High School students.  The theme for this year’s contest is “There Oughta Be A Law!” The goal of the initiative is to foster youth civic awareness in conjunction with the beginning of a new, 2-year legislative session. The League invites studen... Read More
Many people are sometimes not sure what the League of Women Voters is all about. I've been President of the Harvard League for just over a year now, and as I prepare the agenda for the upcoming "First Friday" (League meetings are usually on the First Friday of the month) it's time to think about the League's mission and how Harvard will support it. But first, a reflec... Read More
I was very happy and proud to present this year’s Harvard LWV Citizenship Scholarship to graduating Bromfield senior Ms. Leah Rosenfield at Bromfield Awards Night on June 4th. Leah seemed both delighted and surprised to receive the award, which is given to a student who “quietly exhibits the qualities of good citizenship upon which the strength of any soc... Read More