Annual Meeting

The major projects of the Affordable Housing Trust, and the Coalition of which the League is a member, were continuing to advocate for proposed projects on Northampton Road and the combined project at the East Street School and Belchertown Road. There were also some forums on specific issues and some possible future locations for affordable housing projects.

Delegates to the biannual LWVUS Convention, held in Denver and on line June 23-26, 2002, made a number of bylaws changes and concurred with two positions developed at the state level.

The primary work of the committee for this past year has been following the relicensing process for five dams on the Connecticut River.

The LWVA’s Racial Justice Committee (RJC) has been meeting bi-monthly since April 2020. We are: Andrea Battle, Lydia de Faveri Spiegal, Rebecca Fricke, Meg Gage, Martha Hanner, Ash Hartwell, Bonnie Isman, Renee Moss, Marcie Sclove, and David Williams.

On March 22, 2021 we held a Zoom Forum of Groups working on racial justice. 185 people attended. This was the beginning of the Amherst Racial Justice Network (ARJN). We have taken more steps to develop ARJN and will see how it all proceeds.

Voter Engagement activity was high during 2021-2022 since all of Amherst’s elected officials were up for election in fall of 2021. Cynthia Brubaker led the team that organized nine candidate forums that ran from October 7 to October 21. These programs were broadcast live online via Zoom for public participation. Later, hundreds of viewers watched the recordings of the candidate events which were posted on the League’s web site by our webmaster Kathy Campbell. All candidates were surveyed with specific questions related to League programs.

In May 2022, the LWVA Grant committee awarded its first grant, $1000 to the ARHS Restorative Program.

LWVA's annual meeting will be on line, June 2 at 7 p.m. Registration is required.

LWVA's annual meeting will be on line, June 3 at 7 p.m. Registration is required.

Task Force to "Get Out the 2020 Census Count"

The concept of the Task Force began with the organization of the Town's Complete Count Committee in October 2019. We have been working and partnering our efforts with the Jones Library, the Senior Center, Rep. Mindy Domb, LWVMA, MA Counts/Voter Table and MA Immigration and Advocacy Coalition to ensure that Amherst, as the 9th hardest to count community in the state, receives its fair share of federal funding, fair share of Congressional seats, and accurate information for fair state and local redistricting.

Highlights of the year:

Membership

The Amherst League has 187 members in 159 households and 21 life members. This year members received a League history in honor of the 80th anniversary and a program booklet.

Members received cards appropriate to member's needs.

Submitted by Phyllis Lehrer

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