Statement on the Death of George Floyd

The League of Women Voters of Roseville Area stands in solidarity with our fellow Minnesotans who grieve the loss of George Floyd and condemn the horrendous circumstances of his death. We join with the Leagues of Women Voters of Minnesota and the United States in calling on law enforcement officials to provide transparency during this investigation and to seek justice for George Floyd, his family and our community. We stand ready to work with our government officials in Falcon Heights, Lauderdale Little Canada, Maplewood and Roseville to pass meaningful reforms that will address systemic racism, the heart of these tragic killings that disproportionately target Black people. Our League studied policing in our communities in 2016 (see full study here) and called for police training and data collection in order to avoid racial profiling. Now would be a good time for community education on our progress in those areas and more. We must all advocate for anti-racist policies at every level of government.

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Absentee Ballots - Vote From Home

League of Women Voters of Roseville Area reminds you that No excuse Absentee Ballot Voting is allowed in Minnesota!  The first step is to request an Absentee Ballot.  This can be done for both the Primary Election on August 11th and for the General Election on November 3rd.  Requests can be completed on-line at  https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/vote-early-by-mail/ or by calling the MN Secretary of State Office at 651-215-1440 or your local elections office to ask that a paper application be sent to you.  Ramsey County Elections Office phone is 651-266-2171, or online at https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/elections-voting/voters/vote-election-day/vote-mail

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Advocacy

The May/June Voter contained tips when writing advocacy letters. League members are reminded that when writing letters, sending emails or texts, or making phone calls, they are speaking as individuals, not for the League (they should not mention that they are League members in their communication).  Only the president speaks in the name of the League.  

If you would like to participate in advocacy at the national or state level as a League member, consider adding your name to "action alerts" that will come to your inbox and identify prioritized pending legislative issues that need your support.   www.lwv.org/take-action     https://www.lwvmn.org/take-action 

May 2020 Voter

The May/June issue of The Voter is attached.  Many of the articles make reference to keeping safe and learning how to do things differently in order to be effective and relevant.

  • Several articles about protecting the environment, and notice of the annual environmental field trip on June 23 to learn more about the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District
  • Ways that you can encourage and participate in increasing self-responses to the U.S. Census
  • Information about how to vote by absentee ballot and avoid the crowds of the polling sites
  • An essay from Florence Sprague who contemplates the isolation of stay at home at compares it with that of the incarcerated

Annual Report and 67th Annual Meeting June 2, 2020

Greeting, Fellow Leaguers!

During these trying times, we hope you are able to stay healthy and safe, and that you can enjoy the little things in life.  Even though we cannot meet in person, and may not be able to do so for quite some time, we can still be a voice for democracy and voting rights.

In order to continue the work of League, we must organize our board and committees and honor our obligation to hold an annual meeting.  To that end, we plan to hold our annual meeting via Zoom, an on-line meeting tool.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 7:00 pm.  Members will be able to join in live using computers, tablets, smartphones and even landline telephones.  Those who are unable to join in live will be able to view a recording of the meeting from a link we will provide, and all eligible members will be able to vote via email on items that are put to member vote.

The Annual Report can be viewed here.  The items that members will be asked to vote on are:

Interview With Secretary of State Steve Simon Regarding Mail-In Voting

The Civic Caucus is known for its in-person interviews.  In this time of Safe At Home, they have transitioned to Zoom interviews.  In their latest, the April 24,2020 interview of Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon addresses the issues of assuring that Minnesotans could vote safely in both the August primary election and the November election.     

Make Every Day Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day April 22.  As people did in 1970, we can make our voices heard and act responsibly with the environment.  On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, because of social distancing, there won’t be millions of people across the country marching to support environmental improvements. Ironically, we will reduce carbon emissions by not driving, while millions of people unite online to draw attention to the environmental crisis. If you want to help make history, you can watch Earth Day Network’s online teach-ins, follow social media campaigns, or watch live coverage of global digital mobilizations at earthdaylive.org. Another link for Earth Day activities is mnearthday.org

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April 2020 Voter

The April 2020 Voter contains information about LWV events and other information:

  • President Sherry Hood's message about postponement of the LWV Annual meeting and cancellation of other events
  • Mary Peterson's recap of Civics 101 - The Judiciary program in February
  • Florence Sprague's article about the state of our economy and comparisons to that of 30 years ago
  • A spotlight article about lifetime member Carolyn Cushing
  • A request for input from members on a possible League study in 2020-2021
  • A reminder to renew your League membership online.  Use this link: https://www3.thedatabank.com/dpg/601/donate.asp?formid=RosevilleMember
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Hope In The Struggle - Dr. Josie Johnson - September 16

Our April meeting featuring Dr. Josie Johnson and her co-author, Carolyn Holbrook, has thankfully been rescheduled to September 16.  Their talk is part of our year-long celebration of 100 years of the League of Women Voters and features Dr. Johnson’s book, Hope in the Struggle.

Dr. Johnson’s remarks will feature stories from her book that include her role in the League and elsewhere advocating for voting rights, including making brave trips to the South to register voters during the heat of the Civil Rights Movement.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020.  6:30 - 8:00 pm.  Ramsey County Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. N, Roseville, MN  55113.  Co-hosted by Ramsey County Library.  Free and open to the public.

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