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Invitation to LWVDE Convention 2017

At our LWVDE conventions every two years, we come together to take care of the business of the League. We elect state board members and officers, pass a budget, and vote on new policies and procedures. It's also a time to reflect on how we can become better citizens . . . how we can engage in the process of government. So join us on June 10th to take care of business, to listen to our presenters and our keynote speaker, and to bring meaning to our theme: "Come together to make a difference: Be part of the solution.

LWVDE's 2017 Convention at Dover Downs on June 10 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Find the full invitation with details and registration form here

Keynote speaker at lunch: US Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester

Other speakers:

  • Eugene Young, Advocacy Director, Delaware Center for Justice
  • Amy Hjerstedt, LWVUS Board Director, and liaison to the LWV of Delaware

League Day in Dover 2017

League Day in Dover was held on April 4, 2017 at The Duncan Center in Dover.

The program addressed League issues related to poverty, specifically: Education, Health Care, and Housing.

We also commemorated Equal Pay Day, which happened to be April 4. This day is designated annually to reflect how far into the new year women must work to achieve the same amount of pay as men in the previous year. Our primary co-sponsor, the American Association of University Women, arranged the luncheon talk on Equal Pay by retired Senator Karen Peterson.

After lunch with legislators, attendees went to Legislative Hall. There was a press conference on pay equity in Delaware, and the General Assembly adopted a resolution commemorating Equal Pay Day. We gave each legislator a packet with position papers on pending legislative issues.

Delaware Price on Carbon Study

The Delaware Price on Carbon Study summary, with hot links to Delaware Energy, Climate Plans and Current Climate Status, Carbon Pricing + Methods and Results, Glossary, LWVUS Climate Change Position, is on the League Studies page.

Chad Tolman chairs a group of interested and in some cases, highly qualified, League members and members of the community, with the hope of arriving at a consensus in early 2017.

Reception for Diz Swift

League members and friends will have a chance to meet and talk with Linda (Diz) Swift, California League member and PhD geologist with over 30 years experience in minerals and oil and gas exploration. The reception will be from 6-8 pm, Tues., Feb 7, at the home of Jerry and Peggy Schultz, 113 Cardiff Court, W. Meadowdale, Newark.

RSVP (schultz_peggy@yahoo.com or ptoddwilm@aol.com) by Sunday, Feb. 5 and a finger food or a drink would be helpful.

Check out Diz's widely-admired website on pricing carbon at https://priceoncarbon.org.

Diz will be at our first two price-on-carbon consensus meetings (Tues., Feb. 7th, 10 am, in New Castle County and Wed., Feb. 8th, 11:30 pm, in Kent County)

Invite your friends!

You're Invited! Delaware Elected Officials Reception: Monday, December 5

The Delaware Coalition for Open Government, The Delaware Press Association and The League of Women Voters

invite you to the

2016 Elected Officials Reception

Ed Oliver Golf Club,800 North DuPont Road, Wilmington Monday, December 5, 2016, 5:30 + 8:30 p.m.

All State, County and Municipal officials have also been invited. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the DelCOG Distinguished Service Award to Senator Karen E. Peterson in recognition of her support of and dedication to Open Government in Delaware

This event is open to the public. There will be hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Nominal charge: $3.00 at the door

- PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER -

Directions:

From Route 52 (Kennett Pike), turn onto DuPont Road, immediately north of the A. I. Du Pont Middle School. Ed Oliver Golf Club is on the left in mile.

From Route 141, turn onto Route 48 E. (Lancaster Avenue), heading toward Wilmington. In 1 mile, at the light by the Charter School of Wilmington, turn left onto Dupont Road. Ed Oliver Golf Club is on the right in mile.

Make Delaware the Healthiest State

Become part of the movement to make health care better--join the discussion at Community Forums.

Delaware has been selected as one of several states to transform health care--making it better for people at all ages and stages of their lives. Be part of the experience by participating in Community Forums to share your thoughts with a panel of experts.

People with disabilities can request an accommodation or ask questions about accessibility by emailing admin@DEHealthinnovation.org.

Improving the state of health MONDAY, JULY 11 AT 5 p.m. Modern Maturity Center in Dover, 1121 Forrest Avenue

MONDAY, AUGUST 1 AT 7 p.m. Church of the Nazarene in Newark, 357 Paper Mill Road

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 AT 5 p.m. Seaford Volunteer Fire Company in Seaford, King & Cannon Streets

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12 AT 7 p.m. Chase Center on the Wilmington Riverfront, 815 Justison Street

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23 AT 7 p.m. Middletown Memorial Hall in Middletown,27 West Green Street

National Convention 2016 - Climate Change Activities

The caucus Promoting a Price on Carbon was held by members of the Delaware, California, Illinois and Massachusetts Leagues. Chad Tolman discussed the Delaware "Price on Carbon Study" and others spoke about League actions around the country. The delegates nearly unanimously passed the following three resolutions proposed by the Oregon League:
  • Therefore be it resolved, the LWVUS consider signing onto an Amicus Brief with the 21 youth plaintiffs from Our Children's Trust.
  • Therefore be it resolved, LWVUS support the United States ratification of the UN COP 21 Paris Agreement.
  • Therefore be it resolved, that the LWVUS continue working for full implementation of the EPA Clean Power Plan, especially at the state level, as a first step, and should call on the White House to implement an updated science-based Climate Action Plan that stabilizes global warming by bringing CO2 levels down to no more than 350 ppm by 2100. For Tolman's complete notes, see Climate Change caucus.

League of Women Voters' 97th Year

This year marks the League's 97th year. Click "here"< http://www.lwvwa.org/our_history.html</> to read about the history of the LWV!

Dr. Annie Norman, 35th Inductee Into Hall of Fame for Delaware Women

State Librarian Annie Norman, PHD,pictured above in a "Delaware State News" article. Now in its 35th year, the Hall of Fame is the oldest recognition and celebration of the remarkable achievements of Delaware women. Dr. Norman is a member of the LWVKC. Congratulations, Dr. Norman, on this prestigious and well-deserved award!

Carrie Chapman Catt Award Dinner 2016

The League of Women Voters of New Castle County cordially invites you to attend the presentation of the Tenth Carrie Chapman Catt Award to Moonyeen Klopfenstein, La Vaida Owens-White, and Priscilla B. Rakestraw, on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Social hour is from 5:45 to 6:30 pm and dinner is from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. Presentations will follow. The event will be held at Arsht Hall, University of Delaware, 2700 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington. RSVP TO LWVNCC, 2400 W. 17th St., Clash Wing, Rm. 1, Lower Level, Wilmington, DE 19806, by April 6, 2016. Dinner selections are Chicken Francese or Portobello Muchroom. Platinum is $250 or more, Gold is $175, Silver is $125, and Bronze is $75.

League Day in Dover 2016 - Access to Justice

LEAGUE DAY IN DOVER held Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Outlook at the Duncan Center, Dover, and focused on Access to Justice: Current Issues in Delaware's General Assembly: Bail Reform, Pre-trial Detention, Minimum Mandatory Sentencing, and Solitary Confinement. Rep. J. J. Johnson, Chair,and Brian Bartley, Office of the Public Defender House Corrections Committee were in attendance. The forum was well attended and informative. After lunch many attendees headed to Legislative Hall to distribute folders to all legislators. The folders contained fact sheets about issues and legislation high on the agendas of the League's and its cosponsors. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Delaware. Cosponsors: American Association of University Women (AAUW); American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow; Delaware Center for Justice (DCJ); Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence (DCAGV); Delaware Coalition for Open Government (DelCOG); Delaware Commission For Women; Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark.

Current and Recent Advocacy Actions

Supporting minimum wage legislation, February 6, 2016. To read President Jill Fuch's letter detailing the League's argument, click here.

Lobbying for death penalty repeal, January 28, 2016.

Bryan Stevenson, LWVDE President Jill Fuchs, and LWVDE Advocacy Chair Sandy Spence

Bill of Rights Day, December 16. In recognition of Bill of Rights Day, December 15, LWVDE President Jill Fuchs has issued a call for action to protect our rights. This special day was first declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt just 10 days before the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor in 1941. He proclaimed this historic document, "the great American charter of personal liberty and human dignity." See her statement here.

Wilmington Education Improvement Plan statement, December 2015 is found here.

Access to Justice Commission. Sandy Spence testified at a hearing of the Access to Justice Commission in Georgetown on December 1. The Commission was established by Chief Justice Leo Strine to identify causes of racial disparity in the criminal justice system and propose ways to reduce those disparities. The statement is here.

Joint Statement of LWVDE and S. DE Alliance for Racial Justice. Charlotte King presented a joint statement of the LWVDE and the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice at a hearing of the Delaware Criminal Justice Council at a hearing in Georgetown on October 22, 2015. It outines priority criminal justice issues of concern to both organizatons. The statement is here.

League Awarded Common Cause Public Achievement Award

President Jill Fuchs and  LWVDE Members
Common Cause Public Achievement Award
President Jill Fuchs and LWVDE members with the Award, given to LWVDE, LWVNCC, LWVKC and LWVSC.

What is Your Passion? What do you DO about it?

Some League members achieve satisfaction by addressing their passion through involvement in the LWVDE Advocacy Corps. The Summary Report, which is an update on our work this year, might give you some ideas. You don't even have to read the entire report, but could just look for the topic or topics that interest you.

A few of us are registered lobbyists. But most of us aren't comfortable with that role, so we support the official lobbyists in other ways, by:

  • researching issues,
  • sharing our professional expertise,
  • studying the implications of proposed legislation,
  • drafting letters to the editor, or Op Ed's (Opinion Editorials), or testimony,
  • tracking the status of bills as they work through the legislative process, or
  • observing committee hearings or legislative sessions when the regular lobbyist is unavailable or busy at other hearings.

Some of us started out doing those kinds of things and learned enough about the work of the lobbyists that we found we could do that too! It's exciting to see how accessible our legislators are and to observe them in action + seeing their good work and the not so good work for ourselves. It's exciting, too, to learn how much they (generally) respect the work of the League and consider our views as they decide whether to support of oppose the bills on which they vote.

Whatever our role, we are always inspired by the opportunity to learn more about our state government and work with other AC members who are knowledgeable and anxious to share their enthusiasm and experience with others.

It's also exciting to participate in our monthly meetings where we deliberate on the pros and cons of legislation that affects us, our families and our communities. And, then, feeling a part of the work of the League in advocating for positions developed by LWVDE and LWVUS + to help make our democracy work here in Delaware! If you'd like to learn more about our work, please consider attending a meeting + on the first Wednesday of most months from 9:30 to noon in Dover + and decide for yourself if you'd like to participate in our work. A lot of our work can be done from the comfort of your home, researching and writing about the issues and we'll be happy to mentor you as you learn about our work. For more information, contact the Advocacy Chair.

JOIN Our Social Media Communities!

The League of Women Voters of Delaware has joined the League of Women Voters U.S. and other Leagues around the nation in social media conversations taking place on Facebook and Twitter. These online communities share news from across the state and country. Our Delaware pages features "fast facts" about the league as well as calendar items and photos of League members who are involved in community events.

Our Facebook page was started October 30, 2013 by Sussex League member Janet Orlando. Our Twitter page was started October 23, 2013 by New Castle League member Diane Maxwell. The League of Women Voters U. S. is one of our followers and has already "retweeted" one of our "fast facts" posts!

To join Facebook, simply click on Facebook or go to <http://www.facebook.com>, search for the League of Women Voters of Delaware, and send us a "friend" request. To follow us on Twitter, click on Twitter or go to <http://www.twitter.com>, follow the instructions for joining, and then search for @lwvde and "follow" us!

Diane Maxwell and Mary Eggars, Public Relations Co-Chairs, LWVDE.

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