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 March 8 to March 11, 2021

    Monday Mar 8

    Tuesday Mar 9

    Wednesday Mar 10

    Thursday Mar 11

    Maplewood City Council 7PM

    Roseville Finance Commission 6:30

    Little Canada City Council 7:30PM

    Little Canada Planning Commission 5:00PM

    Roseville City Council 6PM

    Ramsey Co Board of Commissioners 9AM

    Falcon Heights City Council 7:00PM

     

    Roseville Economic Development – 6PM

    Roseville School Board  6:30

    Little Canada City Council Workshop 5PM

     

     

    Moundsview School Board 7PM

     

     

     

    Lauderdale City Council 7:00PM

     

     

    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.

    Highlights:

    Monday

    Roseville Economic Development - Discussion Regarding Future Requests For Public Finance Assistance In Support Of New Multi-Family Housing

    Falcon Heights City Council

    Little Canada City Council

    ISD 623 Roseville Area Schools

    Falcon Heights Community Engagement

    Maplewood City Council 

    ISD 622 North St. Paul/Maplewood/Oakdale Schools

    Falcon Heights Planning Commission

    Maplewood Commissions

    Ramsey County Board of Commisioners

    Lauderdale City Council

    Roseville City Council

     

     

    Roseville Boards and Commissions

     

    IF YOU GO:

    League members are encouraged to attend any and all meetings of interest to them, and especially those meetings in which the League holds a public policy position.  We are monitoring this year voting rights and complete census, affordable housing, environmental sustainability including CO2 emission reductions, mental health services, policing, and human rights and inclusion.  We encourage wearing the LWV button to identify yourself and reporting back to action/advocacy team (prismorton@comcast.net) a short summary of points of interest you observed.   If you choose to speak on behalf of yourself, please remove your League button, and indicate that it is your own opinion being expressed.  Since only the president may speak for League, your may not speak on behalf of the League, but you may state the official League position on topics that are applicable.  Written positions of the local, state, and national league are available on the respective websites

    Please note that this page is typically updated on Sunday of the week of the meetings.   Agendas are usually available by the previous Friday evening and the links to the agendas will go to the updated pages as soon as new agendas are available.  Maplewood may be available by Wednesday evening and Roseville by Thursday evening.

     

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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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    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.     

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