Making Democracy Work

Because democracy is not a spectator sport

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

League Friday Forum: Invasive Plants: More than Just a Nuisance.

Friday, September 14, 9:30 a.m.
Needham Public Library

How do invasive plants damage local food webs?
What are the invasive plants in our area?
How can we recognize them?
How can we eliminate them from our own yards and community?

Come hear Dr. Eric Olson, professor in the Sustainable International Development Graduate Program at Brandeis University, speak to these issues.

See the flyer here.

LWVN Opening Meeting: Money In Politics

Thursday, October 15, 6:30 p.m.
Needham Public Library

In recognition of the studies being done by LWVUS and the critical importance of the topic, our Opening Meeting this year will focus on the issue of Money in Politics. Our guest speaker, State Senator Jamie Eldridge (Acton), has been a champion at the State House on legislation to combat the corrupting influence of money in our elections and government.

6:30 p.m. - Refreshments
7:00 p.m. - History and Current State of Money in Politics
8:00 p.m. - Senator Jamie Eldridge remarks and Q+A. Representative Denise Garlick will introduce Senator Eldridge and join him for the Question and Answer session.

Opening Meeting is an occasion for LWVN members and guests to come together, hear an interesting local speaker, and get started on the new League year. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us!

See the flyer here.

Service to Needham in the Past Year

Listed below are some of the programs LWV-Needham has provided between June 2014-June 2015

Friday Forums on the following topics:

  • What's Happening in Downtown Needham?
  • Domestic Violence: A Needham Concern?
  • The Politics of Food: The Local Farmers' Perspective
  • First Responders: How is Needham Prepared for Emergencies?
  • Meet Your Legislators

Second Annual Civics Bee (with Melick Foundation and Needham Schools)

Civics Bee
At the 2015 LWV-Needham Civics Bee

Pre-primary and general election State Senate Candidate Forums

Needham High School Voter Registration Drive

Public Forums on the following topics:

  • Marshall Ingwerson, Editor, The Christian Science Monitor on "How to Be an Optimist about the News"
  • The Climate Reality Project (with Green Needham Collaborative)
  • Massachusetts New Domestic Worker Rights Law (with Needham Area Immigration Justice Task Force)

Needham Times and online Voters' Guide for local elections; rides to the polls for Town Elections

Online Voters' Guide for November 2014 state election

Website and Facebook page to keep voters informed

Warrant Meetings/Orientation for new Town Meeting Members

Candidates Forum for local elections

Public service television productions (with the Needham Channel)

  • Needham Town Meeting--Making Your Voice Count
  • Needham's Elected Boards

LWVN 75 logo

LWV-Needham in the July 4th Parade

LWV-Needham Celebrates 75 years in Needham by marching in the Needham 4th of July Parade.

Fourth of July Parade

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos.