LWV - Making Democracy Work!®  

 

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Since 1920, it has fought to improve our systems of government and impact public policies.  The League is a grassroots organization; its enduring strength and importance comes from its inimitable decentralized structure that works at the local, state, and national levels.

LWV-GH is committed to opening the doors of government to all of Greater Haverhill’s citizens. Our goal is a representative system of government that is transparent, responsive, responsible, and supportive of citizen participation. Our organization’s membership is open to both men and women; and our monthly meetings are always well-attended.

LWV-GH works to keep the public well-informed about government and social policy issues, provides objective information about both critical public policy issues and candidates seeking office, and promotes voter service programs (such as voter registration).

 

News

 

Governor Patrick Signs Bill to Counter "Buffer Zone" Ruling by Supreme Court
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the bill, An Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities on July 30, 2014, a little over a month after the Supreme Court ruled the State's "Buffer Zone" law unconstitutional (see below). For more, please see Gov. Patrick Signs Bill to Protect Patients....

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Hobby Lobby
The ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. on June 30, 2014 continues to chip away at women’s right to equal health care in America. The League of Women Voters joined an "amicus" brief in this case. (see Hobby Lobby Decision....)

Supreme Court Rules Against Buffer Zone
On June 26, 2014 the Supreme Court ruled agains the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the case McCullen v. Coakley. The Massachusetts law that was struck down made it a crime to stand on a public road or sidewalk within thirty-five feet of a reproductive health care facility. The justices ruled that this law violated the protesters First Amendment rights. (see McCullen v. Coakley)

LWV-GH Celebrates the Beginning of Summer with a Barbecue
On Friday, June 27, 2014, members of the Greater Haverhill League gathered to celebrate the beginning of summer and to honor our out-going president, Carol Pelchat.

Bill and Joel's Garden

For more, please go to Celebration Time!

 

Ongoing Campaigns

 

Support EPA's Limit on Carbon Polution!

LWV is inviting everyone to submit a public comment to the EPA in support of the standard and your voice will be part of the official record. Please sign the LWV petition here.

Tell Congress to Fix the Voting Rights Act

LWV is urging Americans to contact their elected officials to urge them to repair the damage caused by last year's Supreme Court ruling and to restore VRA (the Voting Rights Act). For more information, please go to the LWV site.

 

Events and Activities

 

Roz McKeon Honored!
On Friday, May 2, 2014, LWV-GH member Roz McKeon received the Liberty Bell Award from the Haverhill Bar Association for her dedicated efforts to register voters.

Roz McKeon

Please see the event's page for pictures and more information.

Also, check out Women Composers Celebrated, an event held on March 11, 2014 to celebrate Women History Month

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