Observer Corps

Observing Government in Action:
Protecting Your Right To Know

Protecting our right to know is integral to the health of our democracy. Decisions that determine how our schools will be run, at what level community safety programs will be funded, and how land in our city will be used to impact our lives are vital to our well-being. These kinds of decisions need to be made with public input and oversight. One important way to ensure that is to observe government meetings. Observers provide balanced reports and do not impose personal agendas or biased views. The National League publishes the Observer Corps Guide, which provides standard guidelines for League members who act as observers. LWV Boston observes the Boston City Council, the Boston School Committee, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) by attending public meetings and hosting League events for the public.