Worcester Area League of Women Voters forum on Citizens United

The Worcester Area League of Women Voters and the American Promise, You Can Do It are sponsoring an event featuring constitutional lawyer Jeff Clements speak about the Supreme Court decision known as “Citizens United.” This decision unleashed power corporate and individual money into our political process unlike any other time in our country’s history. Jeff Clements is the author of a work entitled “Corporations are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money and Global Corporation.”

The event will be held on Wednesday, May 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the First Baptist Church (Gordon Hall) located at 111 Park Avenue in Worcester.

This is a free, non-partisan event. All are welcome.

Update on proposed Muslim cemetery in Dudley

The Town of Dudley has been asked by the Worcester Islamic Center for permission to purchase land and establish a cemetery in that town. The controversy has been covered extensively in the media recently.

Asima Silva has been requested to bring a Muslim panel to the town of Dudley to make a presentation on the principles of Islam and discuss Islamophobia. The presentation will be given on Thursday, April 28 at the First Congregational Church in Dudley. The event should be covered in the Telegram and Gazette on Friday, April 29.

News about the Greater Worcester League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters is seeking once again to establish a chapter in Greater Worcester. While the effort is non-partisan, anyone interested in joining efforts to improve government and encourage voters, may become members. Yes, men also are welcome to become members of the LWV. The League is hosting a meeting on Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church on Main Street in Worcester. Sen. Moore will attend and discuss the current issues in the Massachusetts state legislature.

Mountview School opening soon

The move to the new middle school is planned to commence April 8 and will continue through the school vacation week of April 18.

During the student spring vacation week,  professional movers will remove all materials from the old Mountview Middle School building and transport them to the new school.  The moving will take about two or three days.   Traffic patterns on Mountview Drive and Shrewsbury Street have been rearranged for student safety.  Police will be on duty,  and areas for student walking on Mountview Drive will be roped off.  A ceremony dedicating the new building will be held later this year.  The construction is on time and under budget,  so the celebration will be in order!


Please take action to support S1191

There are two important bills stuck in the state house that need local citizens to email the chairmen to get them out for a vote on the floor. Based on the experience of one of our own Holden families (Deb and Ralph Thibodeau) loss of their son from an undetected heart condition while attending soccer camp at WRHS, these bills would help to educate teachers and coaches on using a lifesaving AED, as well as provide AEDs at schools and sporting events. Please email or write to the chairs to get this bill to the floor for a vote.

The bill is S1191: An act requiring AEDs in schools. It was reported out favorably from the Public Health subcommittee and is now in the Healthcare Financing committee. We need to get it moved out of Healthcare Financing and to the Senate and House floors for a vote. Emails to the committee chairs  will help.