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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March 2020 Voter

The March 2020 Voter contains information on events past and future, including:

  • March 10 Civic Literacy 101 - The Judiciary and March 24 event on the Environment 
  • Recaps of February CMAL, Day of Action and Electoral College program
  • Engagement/volunteer opportunity with the Rock What You Got Women's Expo
  • Program calendar for the rest of the year

LWVMN State Council meeting will be Saturday, April 25th in Golden Valley!  The Council will contain an abundance of information to help our local League and its committees and interests. Please register at https://www.lwvmn.org/council-2020  The cost is $75. That includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Also, please let LWVRoseville Area know if you plan on attending! Or email:  sherrychood@icloud.com 

Civic Literacy 101 - Judicial Branch - March 10

Civics affects us every day, but its mechanics is often ignored or forgotten. Educating (or re-educating) yourself on the structure and rules of the government gives you the ability to become part of the decision-making process and create a positive impact on your government. Join us for the third part of this series which covers the Judicial Branch of our government.

The United States is renowned for having one of the most sophisticated judicial systems in the world. Everyday thousands of people, including law enforcement officers, lawyers, judges, and government officials take part in this system, hoping to settle disputes and work for justice.

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How Are Our Cities Addressing Environmental Issues? - March 24

How will cllimate change put stress on both city infrastructure and resident needs?  Do our cities have specific enrironmental review processes? How do 2040 Comprehensive Plans address climate change?  These and other questions will be addressed by Mayors or City Council members from Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood and Roseville.  Tuesday, March 24, 6:30- 8:00 pm,  Roseville Library Community Room, 2180 N Hamline Avenue, Roseville.  Co-sponsored by Ramsey County Library.  Free and open to the public.

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