Advocacy

The League of Women Voters of Roseville Area that includes Roseville, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood, and Falcon Heights, has adopted positions regarding several issues of local importance. By clicking on the link below, you will be directed to a downloadable copy of those position statements.  Click here for link.

Local Government Meetings Scheduled

    Local Government Meetings September 21 to September 24, 2020

    Monday

    September 21

    Tuesday

    September 22

    Wednesday September 23

    Thursday

    September 24

    Roseville City Council 6PM

    Ramsey County Board 9AM

    Falcon Heights City Council 7:30PM

     

    Roseville Economic Development Authority 6PM

    Roseville Public Works, Environment, and Transportation 6:30PM

    Little Canada City Council 7:30PM

     

    Maplewood Environmental and Natural Resources 7PM

    Roseville School Board 6:30PM

     

     

     

    Moundsview School Board 7PM

     

     

     

    Lauderdale City Council  7:30PM

     

     

    Notes and highlights:

    All meetings are held online and may be viewed through zoom or CCTV.   Participation is sometimes allowed with advance registration.  Please see the agendas via the links below for instructions on viewing and participating.

    Monday

    • Roseville City Council will consider preliminary approval of the 2021 buget,  receive a campus update plan, Metropolitan Communities Act

    Tuesday  

    • Roseville Public Works will have a Partners in Energy update and a recycling RFP discussion.
    • Lauderdale City Council will discuss redevelopment options for former government building at 1795 Eustis

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    Windows and Mirrors - After John Lewis - Florence Sprague - September 2020

    "For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them."—Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk, poet, peace activist

    After the death of John Lewis earlier this summer it felt important to write about his life and work, but everything I penned felt trite or repetitive. My words paled when compared to the eloquent words from those who knew him personally and eulogized him so powerfully at his memorial service. He worked tirelessly all of his life for civil rights growing from a young man who wanted change NOW and was willing to put his very life on the line to challenge bigoted laws, to a revered elder statesman still working with tenacity to keep the unmet goals in the public eye and on the agenda. May he rest in peace at last.

    Windows and Mirrors - No Pain, No Gain -Florence Sprague - July 2020

    “[What should you do?] Educate Yourself!” Ava Duvernay, PBS Newshour Special, June 5, 2020

    You don’t really need me to tell you this. It is everywhere these days. It being discussion of inequities, disparities, misunderstandings, being ignored, or glossed over. But white people really must educate themselves and begin acting. Our collective future depends on it, as well as our souls.

    Windows and Mirrors - Stir Crazy - Florence Sprague - May 2020

    The young woman was quite literally sitting in the open window of her apartment, her legs and torso making an L that filled the window frame. This image accompanying the news report about the stay at home orders in many states triggered a thought. The image encapsulated the human need to move around in and interact with its environment, whether urban or rural; the need to socialize, to make choices. It also triggered the thought of the thousands (millions?) of incarcerated individuals for whom even sitting in the sun in a window frame is an unattainable pleasure for years at a time.

    Windows and Mirrors - Seek Joy -Florence Sprague- March 2020

    “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”  Rabindranath Tagore-Bengali poet, philosopher, polymath 1913 Nobel Laureate in Literature.

    Service. Such an ambiguous concept in today’s parlance. Being in service in the past meant not just paid employment to serve, but also a class categorization. Being in the service has a military connotation. More generally, even in respected jobs, there is an overtone of being subject to the demands of others—not always a pleasant position. A willingness to serve requires or reflects an attitude often not respected in today’s ME culture. Public service? Too often scorned and denigrated, or distorted. Is service a contribution or a subordination?

    Talking Points to Counter Attacks of Voting by Mail

     LWVUS has provided some talking points you can use to counter attacks on voting by mail:

    With the increased popularity of vote-by-mail in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, use the following messages to counter attacks on vote-by-mail and pivot the conversation to solutions. (Avoid saying the words “voter fraud” when interacting with voters, the general public, or media. Even the mention of potential fraud has a negative impact on voters’ confidence in our elections.)

    Statement on the Death of George Floyd

    The League of Women Voters of Roseville Area stands in solidarity with our fellow Minnesotans who grieve the loss of George Floyd and condemn the horrendous circumstances of his death. We join with the Leagues of Women Voters of Minnesota and the United States in calling on law enforcement officials to provide transparency during this investigation and to seek justice for George Floyd, his family and our community. We stand ready to work with our government officials in Falcon Heights, Lauderdale Little Canada, Maplewood and Roseville to pass meaningful reforms that will address systemic racism, the heart of these tragic killings that disproportionately target Black people. Our League studied policing in our communities in 2016 (see full study here) and called for police training and data collection in order to avoid racial profiling. Now would be a good time for community education on our progress in those areas and more. We must all advocate for anti-racist policies at every level of government.

    You can read the statements on this topic released by LWVMN and LWVUS.

     

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    Advocacy

    The May/June Voter contained tips when writing advocacy letters. League members are reminded that when writing letters, sending emails or texts, or making phone calls, they are speaking as individuals, not for the League (they should not mention that they are League members in their communication).  Only the president speaks in the name of the League.  

    If you would like to participate in advocacy at the national or state level as a League member, consider adding your name to "action alerts" that will come to your inbox and identify prioritized pending legislative issues that need your support.   www.lwv.org/take-action     https://www.lwvmn.org/take-action 

    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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