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March 2024 Bulletin

In this issue of the League of Women Voters of Arlington Bulletin:

  • March 2024 Calendar
  • Renew Your League Membership Online!
  • Co-President’s Message
  • Come Help with Candidates’ Night!
  • Presidential Primary Information from the Secretary of the Commonwealth Website
  • Town and Federal Election Calendar
  • Local Environmental Group Reports Progress on CSO Bill
  • Membership Application/Renewal Form
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Come Help with Candidates’ Night!

Mark your calendars: Arlington Candidates’ Night is Wednesday, March 27 at 8 p.m., in person in Town Hall. The event will also be broadcast live on ACMi and shown on cable several times before the election. As always, the LWVA and Envision Arlington co-sponsor the event.

There will be question-and-answer sessions with the candidates for town-wide offices: Select Board, School Committee, Board of Assessors, and Housing Authority. There will also be informal sessions with candidates for Town Meeting before the event, from 7:30 to 8. But it can’t happen without you!

As we did last year, we will be asking people to submit questions for the candidates in advance, to be selected by volunteers from the LWVA and Envision Arlington.

We need volunteers for the following positions:

  • Timers: We need at least four volunteers to keep time during the question-and-answer session, and to hold up time cards to keep all candidates within time limits so everyone gets a fair chance to speak.
  • Greeters: We need at least two volunteers to greet people arriving at Candidates’ Night and provide information about the League.
  • Set-up/Take-down: Help us to put up precinct signs and get other items organized for the event or take down and pack up when the event is over.

Thank you for your help! Contact Angela Olszewski (amolszewski@gmail.com, 781-648-8649) to sign up.

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February 2024 Bulletin

In this issue of the League of Women Voters of Arlington Bulletin:

  • League Mourns Loss of LWVUS President Dr. Deborah Ann Turner
  • Co-President’s Message
  • Come Help with Candidates’ Night!
  • Attorney General Campbell Posts Guidance on Candidate Forums and the Open Meeting Law
  • Town and Federal Election Calendar
  • LWVMA Supports Lobby Day for Women’s Issues Legislation
  • State League Urges Support for Comprehensive PFAS Regulation Legislation
  • Membership Application/Renewal Form
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League Mourns Loss of LWVUS President Dr. Deborah Ann Turner

In loving memory of Dr. Deborah Turner, LWV President - "Keep on keeping on."

It is with profound sadness that the League of Women Voters announces the passing of our esteemed president, Dr. Deborah Ann Turner, who passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2024, from complications from a pulmonary embolism.

A fearless advocate for voting rights and women’s rights, Dr. Turner devoted her life’s work to impacting meaningful changes in the lives of voters across the nation. As the 20th president of the 103-year-old voting rights organization, Dr. Turner played a pivotal role in fighting for a more fair and representative union, while uplifting racial equity in the League’s mission work.

We invite you to read the official statement on LWV.org here.

36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance

Arlington Town Hall Auditorium
Monday, January 15, 2024

Doors open at 6:00pm
Program will start at 6:30pm

Keynote speaker Rahsaan D. Hall, an esteemed civil rights and criminal justice advocate, is the newly appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM). Before joining the ULEM, Hall served as the Director of the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties (ACLU) of Massachusetts and is the founder of Rahsaan Hall Consulting. Prior to joining the ACLU, Hall served as Deputy Director and Interim Director for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights (Lawyers for Civil Rights), and worked as an assistant district attorney for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

The program will also feature performances by the Ottoson Chamber Orchestra and Arlington High School Honors Orchestra.

The MLK Observance Committee’s partnership with ACMi, Arlington Community Media Inc., will allow the program to be available for viewing on the local channel and live streamed at acmi.tv/publive.
The Committee is accepting new members; please reach out to crystal.haynes@gmail.com if you are interested in joining.

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