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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It works to influence public policy through education and advocacy.

Next Election on Thursday?? YES!!

Vote411.org

The next election will be the State Primary which will be held on THURSDAY, September 8, 2016.

Get election details including sample ballots, absentee ballot applications, the Brookline Street Precinct Index, Polling Places and more visit the Office of the Town Clerk's webpage: http://brooklinema.gov/138/Election-Information

To find out more information about the election, to check if you are registered or where you go to vote or to find election information in other states: http://www.vote411.org/

LWVB Annual Meeting

The LWVB Annual Meeting was held on Wednesday June 29, 2016 at the VineRipe Grille.

Meryl Kessler, Executive Director of the Massachusetts League, gave an overview of what is happening at the state level and how the State League and local Leagues can work together during this election year.

LWVB President, Margaret Bush, followed with a summary of all the things accomplished by the Brookline League during the past year.

Our featured speaker, Erin Chute Gallentine, Brookline's Parks and Open Space Director, gave an excellent talk about Brookline's Legacy of Parks, Open Space and Challenges for the Future.

Her talk was followed by a short business meeting.

Erin Gallentine speaking at Annual Meeting

Brookline High School Students Win 2nd Prize in the LWVMA's "YOUth Should Vote!" Student Video Contest

A team of 15 League member judges has selected the winners of LWVMA's "YOUth Should Vote!" Student Video Contest, part of LWVMA's election 2016 statewide voter engagement campaign. Over 300 students participated in the contest, and the winning videos were selected from entries submitted from across the state.

Two Brookline High School students won second prize.

Makena Binker-Cosen and TJ Mukundan, Brookline High School

To view their entry (Big Dreams): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csUpFdGbFkE&feature=youtu.be

To see all the winners:

https://lwvma.org/lwvma-announces-winners-of-youth-should-vote-student-video-contest/

LWVMA Panel Discussion

The Massachusetts League hosted a panel discussion on

"The Massachusetts Electorate: Who's Not Participating and What Will It Take to Reach Them?"

The panelists were...

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director, CIRCLE (The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement), Tufts University, a research center that focuses on young people in the United States, especially those who are marginalized or disadvantaged in political life.

Eva Millona, Executive Director, MIRA (Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition), the state's largest organization representing the foreign born, and co-chair of the National Partnership for New Americans, the lead national organization focusing on immigrant integration.

Nathaniel Stinnett, Founder and CEO, Environmental Voter Project, a non-partisan non profit using data analytics and behavioral science to identify and mobilize non-voting environmentalists.

The video of the discussion can be seen here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzZ0KYCfjL61ZWtGd2ZwMUFkQ0U/view?pref=2&pli=1

Second Friday - September 9th

Join us at Panera Bread in Coolidge Corner on the 2nd Friday of each month for coffee and conversation about issues that interest you.

League of Women Voters of Brookline

Coffee & Conversation
Friday July 8th, 9:30 AM
2nd Friday @ Panera's Coolidge Corner

Land Use in Brookline

The League of Women Voters has decided to focus attention on the important issue of land use in Brookline this year. This section will list relevant meetings, events and background information on this topic.

Complete Streets Study Committee will hold a public hearing on the Brookline Complete Streets Policy drafted dated 1-11-2016. Committee members will present a summary of the Brookline Complete Streets Policy. Following the presentation members of the Complete Streets Study Committee will take public comment on the proposed draft policy under consideration. Draft policy is available for download at http://www.brooklinema.gov/transportation.

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LWVB Panel Discussion on Affordable Housing

Watch the video of Dec. 9 program on Affordable Housing on BIG (Brookline Interactive Group): http://brooklineinteractive.org/lvw12915

The following links provide an overview of the December 9th panel discussion about affordable housing along with the slide presentations:

Affordable Housing Overview

Affordable Housing Chapter 40-R

Affordable Housing Panel - Challenges and Opportunities

Pine Street Inn Presentation

Discussion of possible sites for a ninth elementary school LINK to Boston Globe article on this meeting: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/west/2015/12/04/one-agrees-where-brookline-should-build-ninth-school/hlSkZT5ohVpG4Udn9fOJ2H/story.html
Civic Moxie Presentation Link: http://www.brooklinema.gov/documentcenter/view/8308

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Anthony Flint, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, speaking at the League's Opening Meeting can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/obIYdg8ZlL0

The following article about Opening Meeting by League member Diana McClure appeared in the Tab: http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/article/20151014/OPINION/151017920

The following opinion piece in the Tab by League members Janice Kahn and Betsy DeWitt explain why the League has chosen to focus on the issue of land use in Brookline this year: http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/article/20150923/NEWS/150928065/ And a more recent column entitled, "Affordable Housing Where Do We Go from Here" http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/article/20151201/OPINION/151209749/2011/OPINION

Election Reform in Massachusetts

Please read the article by League member Diana McClure published in the TAB:

http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/article/20140610/OPINION/140619886/2012/OPINION

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