Discrimination in Housing Opportunities - Redlining March 23, 2021

Join us on Tuesday, March 23 7:00 -8:30 PM for a discussion on Discrimination in Housing Opportunities:Redlining and Racial Covenants Then and Now. Co-hosted with Ramsey County Library Roseville, Kirsten Delegard, co-founder of Mapping Prejudice and Kari Collins, Ramsey County Community and Economic Development Director will help us understand how racial covenants were used in the past to discriminate, how the impacts of this discrimination still manifest today and what current barriers to equitable home ownership may be. To register for this Zoom event through the Ramsey County Library, go to https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OpviEBINSR-MPWchx8YyDQ 

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March 2021 The Voter

In this issue of The Voter, you will find information about:

  • The upcoming March event to help us understand how racial covenants were used in the past to discriminate, and the impacts today
  • Just what is the Minnesota Greenstep program
  • Canceling a racist history article by Jim DeBenedet
  • A recap of Paul Huffman’s Census, Redistricting, and Reform presentation providing answers to questions he was unable to answer at the event
  • New member Kathy Macomber

The 2020 Census, Redistricting and Reform, February 16, 2021

Paul Huffman, our presenter, made a pdf of his PowerPoint presentation available to us.  You will find it here.  If you were unable to attend the event life, you can view a recording of the event made by Ramsey County Library.  Click on this link.

Join us for this presentation where Paul Huffman, LWVMN Redistricting Coordinator, will give an overview of the legal requirements for redistricting, how it has historically been done in Minnesota, the potential for political manipulation and how Minnesotans can be involved in ensuring that the new maps are fair. This Zoom presentation on Tuesday, February 16, 7 - 8:30 pm is co-hosted by LWVRA and Ramsey County Library Roseville, Register at https://rclreads.bibliocommons.com/events/5fc672b41d94912f00a8ebb6

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A Statement from the League of Women Voters of Minnesota

LWVMN Statement in Defense of Democracy

On January 14, LWV Minnesota sent a letter to our MN Legislative leaders, seeking truth related to our 2020 elections and consequences for the baseless claims of voter fraud continuing to be reiterated by various people within our legislature. We were especially concerned about the growing evidence of possible violence being directed at elected and government officials prior to inauguration, and about the ongoing use of the baseless claims of voter fraud as a reason for this insurrection behavior.

Was this a partisan act? Being nonpartisan means we don't support any specific party or candidate. Equally, it means that we don't abandon our well-studied positions based on a legislator's party. We will continue to work with all legislators, regardless of party, to advance free and fair elections. And we will continue to hold accountable all legislators, regardless of party, who undermine democracy.

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February 2021 Voter

Check out the upcoming events and interesting articles in the latest issue of The Voter.

  • Two LWVRA (virtual) events: The 2020 Census, Redistricting and Reform on February 16 and Climate Change and Forests on February 22
  • Florence Sprague's article on What Does a Professional Look Like? 
  • In memory of two life members - Mary Duddleston and Lorraine Bernice Fischer
  • Priscilla Morton's article on Xcel community reports on how we are doing transitioning to clean energy    

Facts About Voter Records and Voter Validation

During this challenging time of claims of fraud in Elections, both in MN and nation-wide, it is helpful to have accurate information from authentic sources for oneself and to share and dispel falsehoods.  Provided for you from the MN Secretary of State’s Office are overviews of how voter records in MN are updated and how voter registrations are validated.  In addition, sites for discerning truth in media are offered:

Conversations With Constituents - January 21, 2021

The League of Women Voters of Roseville Area hosted its annual Conversations with Constituents on Thursday, January 21, in which local elected officials (county commissioners and legislators) joined League members and guests for informal group discussions of current topics of import in our communities.  

Our questions and challenges were given thoughtful and informed answers from 10 legislators and county commissioners as they lead our communities and state through Minnesota's recovery through the next year and beyond. Our first-ever Zoom Conversations was a success because of the engagement of our members!
The evening was recorded and is available here, so if you missed part or all of our dialogues, or if you wish to share it with a friend, you can access it any time.
https://my.nicheacademy.com/rcladult/course/24487 

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January 2021 Voter

The January issue of The Voter is full of information that may be of interest to you, including:

  • The annual Conversations with Constituents on January 21, using the Zoom format
  •  Anne Haugan and Donna Peterson’s article on Starting 2021 with Good News for the Environment
  • Voter Services impressive November election percentages and new citizenship ceremonies and voter registrations event data
  • Florence Sprague sharing words of some amazing Americans to energize us as we enter the new year

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