July - August 2024 Voter

In This Issue: Automatic Voter Registration | President's Report | Member Spotlight: Gladys Jones | Touring the Ramsey/Washington Recycling and Energy Center | Windows & Mirrors | Membership: Let's Look at the Numbers | League in Action | Party in the Park Event Recap |

Here is the link to the newsletter: July -August Voter 2024 (thedatabank.com)

Windows and Mirrors For All - Scaffolding, Florence Sprague, July/August 2024

Decision-making can be a very personal thing. And yet listing pros and cons and making a choice which seems to be the most “rational,” but which feels uncomfortable, will often prove to be a decision one regrets. Also, our gut can be loaded with unidentified biases that will lead us astray, or with a flimsy preference of the moment, that may lead to regret in the longer term when a decision still binds us. How should we think about decision-making? What should we do when our gut is not helpful, and our brain is overwhelmed?


CMAL July 2024 Newsletter

This latest issue of the Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues (CMAL) newsletter provides good news on the status of the Watershed Study and the 2024-2025 calendar that reflects the direction given to the CMAL Board in May.

View newsletter here.

may/june 2024 newsletter

In This Issue:  Congratulations, LWVRA | Recycling and Energy Center Tour | President's Article | Member Spotlight: Lori Tierney | Windows & Mirrors | 71st Annual Meeting in Review | Books & Brews | Climate Action Event Highlights | Thank you, Rachel! | Jackie Hays Eulogy 

Here is the link to the newsletter: May-June 2024 Voter (thedatabank.com)

Windows and Mirrors for All: Persuasion - but no, not Jane Austen, Florence Sprague, May/June 2024

“Persuasion, I suggest, should not be understood as an exercise in argument and counter-argument, as if it were a tennis match—won by hitting shots an adversary is unable to return. Instead, persuasion is best thought of as a process of making or finding space for a given outcome in another person’s world view. Rather than looking for arguments an adversary will be unable to deny, we should look for arguments an adversary will be able to affirm. This in turn depends upon developing as full and nuanced as possible an understanding of that adversary’s view of the world. Thus persuasion depends upon imagination, and in particular upon a certain imaginative capacity to see the world from the perspective of others. Reading may be the best way to develop that capacity.”


Annual Report and 71st Annual Meeting, May 7, 2024

Greetings, Fellow Leaguers!

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 7, at the Little Canada City Center, 515 Little Canada Road, for our Annual Meeting - 5:30 p.m. Mingle and Munch, 6:30 p.m. Guest Speaker, 7:30 p.m. Business Meeting.

Guest Speaker Debbie Montgomery:  Active in the Civil Rights movement and the youngest NAACP Board member. First female St. Paul police officer and former St. Paul City Council member. Featured in Votes for Women, Minnesota History Center exhibit

Windows and Mirrors for all: Ethnic Studies, Florence Sprague, April 2024

One morning as I was mulling over several ideas for Windows and Mirrors, my radio was ever-tuned to MPR. There was Angela Davis talking to students and teachers at Roseville Area High School (RAHS) about Ethnic Studies! There it was.

During the 2023 legislative session a law was passed incorporating ethnic studies into social studies curriculum for Minnesota classrooms K-12. This must be done by the 2026-27 school year. The scaffold for this is still being developed by the Minnesota Department of Education, with curriculum tailored to the age and developmental needs of students. Some districts, including Roseville and St. Paul, are already offering courses in high school. My home district, ISD 622 will have a course beginning next year.

100 Climate Solutions for Everyone, April 16, 2024, 6:30 PM

Have you ever felt overwhelmed thinking about what you can do to help fight climate change?  Do you want to be part of the solution and not the causes? Join us, at the Ramsey County Library Roseville, for a talk and book signing by University of Minnesota Professor Heidi Roop, Dept. of Soil, Water, and Climate, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.