Fair Districts Forum

March 25, 2017

Do you choose your legislator or do they choose YOU?

Many voting districts are so incredibly cut and pasted together that there is no possibility for true primary campaigns and many elections are uncontested.  Why is that?

Come and learn how you can take back the election process.

Doors open at 9:30, the program begins at 10:00am.

LWVPA Convention June 1-4, 2017

Join the League of Women Voters of PA for our 2017 Biennial Convention at
the beautiful Inn at Pocono Manor!

 

Come learn from the experts about the ins and outs of important issues like voting rights, environmental protection, criminal justice, education policy, AND MORE! 

Located in the heart of the Poconos, the Inn at Pocono Manor is a full service resort, with access to a world class golf course, brand-new water parks, and a full slate of outdoor and indoor luxuries. 

Convention 2017 is the perfect way to start your summer off right! Stay tuned for more details! 

League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, 226 Forster St.,  Harrisburg, PA 17102

Voter’s Guide

Carmen is hard at work obtaining the necessary information from the Election Board. The candidates have to answer two sets of questions both local and state, and provide their general information. Though the insert is found in the Pocono Record, it is now edited/formatted in Texas. Carmen reports the (D) and (R) icons are no longer used, and formatting is nonnegotiable. Please respond if Carmen requests your help with typing or proofreading. This is a big task.

Carmen Brodnax

Chair, Voter’s Guide

The President's Message

Thank you, League Members, for your support, time and devotion to LWVMC! This fall, we are back to basics with our core purpose: voter services. We are helping to recruit voters, registering, answering questions about voting details such as write-ins and absentee ballots. It is great that there are options like online registration www.register.votespa.com and the party representatives pounding the streets, but there is a real feeling of satisfaction after registering voters and taking a stack of completed applications to the county office too. Also voters' services is working on the upcoming forum for candidates for the PA House of Representatives (see details in flyer on page 8) and the Voter’s Guide which will be published as part of the Pocono Record and available online. You might get a call requesting help with typing or proofreading. Note that there was a full page notice of the proposed constitutional amendments in the September 1, 2016 Pocono Record, p. B7.

Democracy is not a fast moving or easy form of government. A case in point is the gerrymandering of Pennsylvania legislative districts. LVWPA is part of a bipartisan redistricting effort which needs to keep moving now, in order to be implemented with the 2020 census. Perhaps our League can help by planning public information sessions in 2017. Look for more information at www.fairdistrictspa.com.

Please see details on page 3, and mark your calendars for next year's state League Convention to be held in Monroe County. The dates are June 1-4, 2017. Remember to visit www.palwv.org for the positions on statewide issues , the 2017 Convention and voter information.

In League – Barbara Keiser

President

Presidents' Day, Primaries and Parties

By: Elisabeth MacNamara 02/14/2016

Ninety-six years ago during the final push for women's suffrage, Carrie Chapman Catt – the League of Women Voters’ founder – called upon our emerging organization to “finish the fight,” the fight to ensure that our democracy is truly a government of, by and for all the people. In 2016, we will be continuing this charge by helping to register and educate millions of Americans in advance of Election Day – Tuesday, November 8.

In honor of our 96th anniversary as well as Presidents’ Day, we are calling upon our supporters to help us in Making Democracy Work and bringing new voters into our electoral process this year.

Here are some quick resources to help you and your friends and family prepare for the upcoming elections in your community.

  • If you’re not registered to vote, you can start the process online at VOTE411.org! Don’t forget to also remind your friends and family to register, including those who just turned 18, became citizens, moved homes or changed their name. Voter registration deadlines to participate in many states’ primaries are approaching soon.
  • We’re also pleased to share our presidential voters’ guide to help voters learn about the candidates and their visions for America’s future. Our voters’ guide includes thoughts from the candidates on a range of issues from the economy to foreign policy, as well as their position on the role money plays in our political process. The guide will be updated as candidates update their answers, additional candidates answer or meet our criteria, and as candidates end their campaigns, so bookmark it and check back closer to your state’s primary date!
  • While voters in Iowa and New Hampshire have already weighed in on the presidential primaries, primary elections and caucuses will occur in every state over the coming months. Primaries are a key part in selecting the next President and provide a crucial opportunity for voters to take control and influence the process by selecting their top candidate to represent a political party in the general election. Learn more about the presidential primaries.

This is a critically important election year, and voters are engaging in new and exciting ways. The League stands ready to take advantage of an engaged citizenry by providing them with the elections information they need to take control on Election Day. Voting is your opportunity to support your community and have a say in its future. Together with your friends and neighbors, every vote counts and each vote makes a difference.

Just as our founders did nearly 100 years ago, the League will be harnessing the power of women in communities all across the country to do whatever it takes in to ensure we have more voters, and the most representative group of voters, participating in our electoral process

Happy Presidents’ Day and thank you for Making Democracy Work for 96 years and counting!

Election Day 2016 is coming! Now is the time to remind the people in your life to visit VOTE411.org to register to vote, make sure that their voter registration record is up-to-date, and learn about important voting rules and deadlines in their state. With your help, we’re Making Democracy Work®!

Elisabeth MacNamara

 

ACTION ALERT: Stand up against ICE raids

Immigration raids have begun. Raids tear families apart and cause irreparable damage and pain. In just the last week, immigrant mothers, fathers and members of our communities have been picked up. 

The League of Women Voters is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants. 

The League supports cities, towns, counties and states that make a decision not to cooperate with federal deportation and enforcement actions that include non-criminal undocumented immigrants.  

Call 866 957-2612 now and tell your member of Congress that you expect them stand up against these raids that are destroying families in our communities. Tell them why you oppose the raids and ask them to hold ICE accountable. It's time to take a stand. 

For more information check out  www.maketheroadpa.org and www.paimmigrant.org

In League,  

Susan Carty
President, League of Women Voters of PA
League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania
717-234-1576

97 Years of Making Democracy Work

Dear Friend,

As we mark 97 years of Making Democracy Work™ this week and gear up for our 100th celebration (see below), let’s also make the most of urgent opportunities to act, including during the upcoming Congressional recess, February 20-24.

Recess is a great opportunity for Leagues around the country to attend town halls, forums or community events with their Members of Congress. A list of events has been put together by volunteers with The Town Hall Project 2018. Please consider sending this list around and encouraging your members to attend an event. For inspiration, see the League featured in this powerful Associated Press story about constitutents holding their elected official accountable

There are many issues in front of Congress right now and they need to hear from you—including the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (talking points below), the elimination of the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and false claims of voter fraud around the country. If you have questions or want to discuss participating in these events, please contact LWVUS Grassroots Advocacy Manager Jessica Jones at jjones@lwv.org.

WOMEN IN POLITICS: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

A CONFERENCE COMMEMORATING THE CENTENNIAL OF WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE IN NEW YORK STATE
Friday & Saturday, April 21 & 22, 2017

The League of Women Voters of NYS Education Foundation is pleased to announce its co-sponsorship on this educational conference to be held in Hyde Park, New York, in April. League members are encouraged to attend for an exciting presentation and discussion of women in politics and women's history in NYS.

The Conference is being held on Friday, April 21, at the Wallace Center at the FDR Library in Hyde Park, and on Saturday, April 22, at the Lecture Center at SUNY New Paltz. You can attend just one day, if you wish.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Allida Black, George Washington University, at Friday's dinner, and Barbara Smith, Black Feminist Author & Activist, at Saturday's lunch. For a detailed agenda of the speakers and programs, please click here.

Register online here or download a registration form here. League members receive a special discount rate (on registration form) IF YOU REGISTER BY FEB. 24.

Special Offer for League Members and Friends The League has arranged a luncheon and tour of Val-Kill, the home of Eleanor Roosevelt, for League members and friends on Friday, April 21, preceding the conference. Space is extremely limited so register NOW.

Wylecia Wiggs Harris, Executive Director of LWVUS, will join us for lunch and will be presenting at the Friday conference reception with Dare Thompson, LWVNYS President.

The cost of the luncheon is $50 and includes the tour of Val-Kill. Register online here or download a registration form here.

Download the complete agenda and registration forms here.

League of Women Voters of New York State, 62 Grand Street, Albany, NY 12207 Tel: 518-465-4162 FAX: 518-465-0812, Website: http://www.lwvny.org

LWV 100th Anniversary Belief Statement

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The League has stood strong for nearly 100 years. With the commitments and support from the 100th Anniversary Committee, the League will showcase our ongoing relevance in our political system, at the same time raising the resources needed to build on our legacy and fully realize the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.

In celebration of the League of Women Voters’ first hundred years in 2020, the Anniversary Committee will develop an integrated campaign to reflect our history, showcase our current role as leaders in democracy, and set the stage for vibrant growth over the next century.

The anniversary campaign will highlight the impact of the League over the past century and make the case that we are here to stay as a relevant organization at the national level, in all 50 states, and for communities across America. The committee will develop the tools needed for all state and local Leagues to participate in the celebration.

Working with the Board Development Committee, the Anniversary Committee will establish an aggressive fundraising goal to conclude at the League’s centennial Convention in June 2020. Reaching this goal will be crucial for sustaining League operation and growth as we step into our second century.

In the three years leading up to the League’s 100th birthday, this committee will create materials that tell the stories of the League with the goal of educating the public, earning media coverage, and growing a diverse and inclusive membership spearheaded by the next generation of leaders.