Shoot Suffrage to Death: A Short History of Race, Violence, and the Right to Vote” - March 15, 2022

In this session, Dr. Yohuru Williams, will explore the history of the use of violence to suppress voting in communities of color from the Reconstruction era to Present. Dr. Williams is Distinguished University Chair and Professor of History at the University of St. Thomas. He is the Founding Director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the university, and has often served as a political commentator on regional and national radio and television programs. The League of Women Voters Roseville Area and Ramsey County Library are excited to sponsor Dr. Williams in this important presentation. Reviewing the material in the following links will enhance the program experience:

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January 2022 Voter

The Voter is attached with upcoming programs and articles on:

  • Conversations with Constituents, January 20, with our city mayors/council member
  • Two Signs by Florence Sprague
  • Learning about the consensus opportunities coming up for members
  • The Plastics Crisis Challenge
  • Dipping your toes into Minnesota legislative waters – see Action/Advocacy

Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues of Women Voters (CMAL) Quarterly Meeting January 15, 2022

All LWV members are invited to CMAL's January 15 Quarterly Meeting where Mindy Greiling will present the report from the hard working study committee on county government. Proposed consensus questions will be reviewed at this meeting, adjusting them where appropriate. (Don’t be dissuaded by the length. The gist of the study is less than ten pages.) The report includes the proposed consensus questions and can be view here.

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Conversations with Constituents - January 20

Representation in City Governance.  The changing demographics of our communities means that elected and appointed leaders are provided with great opportunities and also some challenges. Join the League of Women Voters Roseville Area (LWVRA) on Thursday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. as we continue our focus on diversity in local governance in conversations with the mayors of Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood and Roseville.

Windows and Mirrors - Two Should Be Greater Than One - Florence Sprague - November/December 2021

English, English, English. It is the language of common parlance in the United States and is traditionally considered beneficial for economic success worldwide. But there is another aspect for immigrant families. When learning English comes at the cost of not learning the language of your parents and grandparents, there is profound loss. Loss of connection to elders, culture, identity, history, community…

In Europe it is not uncommon for people to be bilingual, or multi-lingual. English is often the second or third language. It does not erase the other languages, nor does speaking German, French, or Czech as a first language prevent the learning of English. In Africa many people speak multiple languages, a mix of local and colonial. It is not an inherent limitation of the human brain to speak or understand only one form of communication. What is it about the United States that makes bilingualism so difficult to sustain?

November - December 2021 Voter

The November/December Voter is attached. In it you will find...

  • A thought-provoking article on language by Florence Sprague
  • An invitation to League members to gather socially in December
  • An update by the Environmental Subcommittee about the LWVMN Climate Change Task Force
  • Information on the upcoming November 16 program Growing Diversity in Local Leadership 

Real Life Mister Rogers 2: Welcoming Neighbors October 21, 2021

If you missed this program or would like to watch it again, the Ramsey County Library has provided a link to the recording: https://my.nicheacademy.com/rcladult/course/38660

Neighbors change over time. When new neighbors also bring a new heritage, bridging cultural differences can be challenging. Longtime residents may be anxious that they may say or do the "wrong" thing. The panel for this program will tackle practical strategies to become welcoming neighbors and building strong and diverse neighborhoods.

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