The Local Action for Social Justice Committee seeks to provide LWVA members opportunities to further inform themselves about local social issues, as well as providing opportunities to act on these concerns. Interests include immigration and the problems immigrants face, racism and diversity, the social safety net and affordable housing.

Local Action for Social Justice

Housing: The Big Picture

June 10, 2019

Housing costs have risen far more quickly than incomes in most of the country. Few units were constructed between 1980 and 2010, and even fewer of those were smaller, more affordable, units. A forum on homelessness that the League co-sponsored in 2016 identified a great need for housing to reduce the number of homeless people. The proposal by the Valley Community Development Corporation is to help meet that need.

Proposals for Affordable Housing in Amherst

February 20, 2019

Two proposed projects need our support.

LWVA Joins Amherst Affordable Housing Coalition

January 30, 2019

A new coalition of organizations and individuals will advocate for affordable housing initiatives and provide information about housing issues and long-term solutions.

LWVA Committee on Local Action for Social Justice

December 20, 2018

What it is and how it began. This year the committee will focus on Affordable Housing, Racism, and Climate Change.

Affordable Housing for Amherst

November 11, 2018

At a November 1 forum co-sponsored by the League and the Amherst Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, participants discussed three conceptual designs for the East Street School site. The AMAHT will use their reports in preparing a request for proposals.

Brainstorming Ideas for Low-Income Housing in Amherst

November 05, 2017

Working the Amherst Housing Puzzle was the title of a community forum held on October 25, 2017 to address a number of overlapping problems.

National Security, Presidential Power and Holding Government Accountable

October 22, 2017

Professor Sudha Setty of the Western New England University School of Law will speak at 7 p.m. on November 14 in the Large Activity Room of the Bangs Center.

LWVA Co-President letter on racism

May 21, 2014

Did you see Kathy Vorwerk Feldman's letter to the editor in the Hampshire Gazetter 5/13 or the Amherst Bulletin 5/16?