February 2022 Voter

In this issue of the Voter you will find articles about:

  • Consensus: Are Our Cities ADA Accessible?
  • A thought-provoking article, (Ex)Termination, by Florence Sprague
  • A recap of the January "Conversations with Constituents"
  • What is The Plastic Crisis Challenge for this month?

Windows and Mirrors -Two Signs - Florence Sprague - January 2022

Perhaps you saw it—an editorial page cartoon by Steve Sack in the Star Tribune in the summer of 2020—two houses, two neighbors chatting over the fence, and two signs in one yard. The signs say “Black Lives Matter” and “We Support Our Local Police.” One man is saying to the other man “If you think they conflict maybe it’s you with the problem.” It struck a chord.

I can see why they are so often thought to be orthogonal today. It needn’t be the case.

Perhaps the crux of the conflict comes in the intent behind “support.” For me, support means willingly paying taxes; endorsing a respectful, living wage for all public employees; backing good training for all public safety employees, both before and throughout employment; treating those public safety employees with whom I come into contact with respect, courtesy, and thanks as the situation warrants; and acknowledging the value of the job and the risks it entails.

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

CMAL Quarterly Meeting January 15, 2022

All LWV members are invited to Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues of Women Voters (CMAL) 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, 2022

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?

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