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  • Thursday, September 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    One in four adults and one in five children suffer from a treatable mental health issue and over 50 percent of those living with a mental health condition never ask for help due to stigma, lack of information, cost, or lack of health care insurance coverage.
    These facts clearly demonstrate the serious need we have for resources that are able to treat these health issues. This was the basis for discussion at a recent Lunch with the League program sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The program was led by Karen Martoglio, Executive Director of Mental Health of America of Putnam County (MHAPC), who summed up the work her organization does in three words: Advocate, Educate and Collaborate.
    Mental Health America (previously known as National Mental Health Association whose origins are from the National Committee for Mental Hygiene) was founded in 1909. The symbolic bell in its logo is based on a bell that was cast in 1953 from the shackles and chains that were used to constrain mentally ill people in asylums throughout the country. This horrible treatment has long ago ceased but, unfortunately, the stigmas related to mental disorders still remains in the minds of too many people.
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  • Thursday, September 07, 2017 4:00 AM
    “Crawfordsville Community Advocacy: Working for Change” will be a free workshop opportunity to be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, September 25 in Whitlock Hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 212 S. Green Street. The workshop is being provided at no cost to participants by Indiana University’s Insti-tute on Disability and Communities and will be funded by Indiana State Department of Health. 
    This workshop is another benefit of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County winning the Advocates for Livable Communities award at the Communities for Livability Summit held in early May at Fort Benjamin Harrison Conference Center.
    The workshop is an event for citizens interested in working for change benefitting all ages and abilities in Crawfordsville and Montgomery County. This will involve one day of interactive learning and discus-sions to position participants as more effective advocates while becoming familiar with Crawfordsville community planning around healthy lifestyles.
    A free light breakfast and lunch catered by Allen’s Country Kitchen will be provided.
    This workshop will be an opportunity for older adults, people with disabilities and other interested citi-zens to work together, taking action to improve the livability of Crawfordsville.
    Why should you attend this training?
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  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 4:00 AM
    "Meet the Market Day" will be featured 9a.m. - noon at the new Pike Place Saturday, September 2 in conjunction with Saturday Farmers' Market on Pike Street.
    Sponsored by the City of Crawfordsville, Advocates for Livable Communities, Crawfordsville Main Street, and the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, three hours of activities will be provided as kick off to "Pike Place" which will be fully developed in 2018 with funds from the Stellar Grant.
    At 9 a.m. there will be ribbon-cutting for the official opening of "Saturday Space at Pike Place."
    Helen Hudson will provide 'Tour the Farmers' Market at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. showing people how to shop for the freshest ingredients in central Indiana showing both foods and vendors.
    Public is invited then to join Lali Hess in a live cooking demonstration and learn how to turn these ingredients into delicious nutritious dishes.
    Note: attendees to Hudson tour and Hess demonstration will receive $5 or $10 Money Market gift certificate to spend at Farmers' Market participating vendors. 
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  • Thursday, August 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Saturday will mark the 97th Anniversary of ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. This achievement on Aug. 26, 1920 was a result of a 72-year effort by visionary and courageous women who lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied and organized demonstrations in support of suffrage for women.
    The fight for woman suffrage had its roots in the 1848 “Declaration of Sentiments” drawn up at the first women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, New York. Early suffrage leaders—Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Myra Bradwell, Zerelda Wallace (stepmother of Lew Wallace) and many more—worked tirelessly for women’s suffrage during the latter half of 19th century. Dr. Mary Holloway Wilhite of Crawfordsville chaired the organizing committee for Woman’s Suffrage Association of Montgomery County.
    In 1890, Wyoming became the first state permitting suffrage for women. By 1900, Utah, Colorado and Idaho also allowed women to vote. Theodore Roosevelt’s Progressive (Bull Moose) Party in 1912 became the first national political party to have a plank supporting women’s suffrage.
    In 1900, Susan B. Anthony handed the leadership of the National American Woman’s Suffrage Association over to Carrie Chapman Catt, who was a talented and interesting individual. Raised in Iowa, Catt was the only woman in her Iowa Agricultural College (now Iowa State) class from which she graduated in three years as the top student. In 1883, she became one of the first women in the nation appointed superintendent of a public school system. Catt was an outstanding speaker and strategist with organizational skills and political savvy.
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  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    “Promoting Civic Pride and Competency in Our Schools” was the program presented by Collin K. Gruver, Director of Civic Education Programs for the Indiana Bar Foundation, at a recent League of Women Voters Lunch with the League program. The Indiana Bar Foundation has sponsored the “We the People” program in Indiana for a number of years.
    The We the People program promotes civic competence and responsibility among upper elementary, middle and high school students. We the People printed textbooks and enhanced e-books contain interactive strategies and relevant content, making teaching and learning exciting for both students and teachers.
    Studies have shown that students who have participated in We the People programs are much more likely to: participate in civic life, work collectively rather than individually to improve their community, respect the rule of law, follow and critically consume current events, enjoy talking about government and politics, vote in presidential and local elections, serve on a jury, and be tolerant of those with differing political views.
    Indiana is one of the nation’s leading states in school participation in We the People. There are large clusters of schools involved throughout north, central, east, and southern Indiana but almost none in west central Indiana.
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  • Thursday, August 10, 2017 4:00 AM
    When Cary Fowler recognized that the world’s food crops were losing diversity at an alarming rate, he thought he would work on that project for about six months. Thirty years later Fowler is still vigorously works to inform and educate the world’s citizens, urging all countries and their citizens to preserve crop diversity for the future.
    The organization Fowler founded, the Global Crop Diversity Trust, has a mandate from the United Nations to do this. In the course of this career, Fowler and others, working with the Norwegian government, created and built the world’s most comprehensive seed bank, the Global Seed Vault at Svalbard, located on a Norwegian archipelago north of the Arctic Circle. The Vault opened in 2008.
    Sandra McLeod’s film “Seeds of Time” documents Fowler’s work, demonstrating how vital global-wide seed saving is for the well being of humanity in coming decades.
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  • Thursday, August 03, 2017 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters celebrates on Aug. 6 the 200th Birthday of Zerelda G. Wallace, stepmother of Lew Wallace. Zerelda became a key leader in both state and national suffrage associations, and her life was dynamic, resourceful, and inspirational. A 200th Birthday Cake in honor of Zerelda will be shared at the Lunch with the League on Monday.
    Born Aug. 6, 1817, Zerelda Gray Sanders was the oldest of five daughters of Dr. John Sanders and Polly Gray Sanders. Growing up in Kentucky and Indianapolis, she benefited from her father’s belief that girls should receive the same education as boys. He encouraged her to read his books and included her in conversations with his friends.
    At age 19, Zerelda fell in love with David Wallace, a widower 18 years her senior and the father of three small boys. They were married Dec. 25, 1836, and David brought Zerelda by carriage to meet for the first time his three boys. Years later, the middle son Lew used Zerelda as the model for the beloved mother in his novel Ben Hur. David and Zerelda had six additional children, three of whom survived.
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  • Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    Trees were the topic of two presentations at Monday’s Green Issues film series, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Wabash College Library.
    The “Trees in Trouble” film documented how Cincinnati has responded to the imminent tree crisis caused by invasive insects such as the emerald ash borer.
    First found near Detroit in 2002, emerald ash borers have now infested trees in 35 states.
    This emerald ash borer has caused the greatest loss to forests since chestnut blight, Dutch elm disease, and hemlock woolly adelgid.
    Global trading was identified as the most significant cause as the tiny green beetle known as the emerald ash borer has arrived to United States through shipping from Asia and has no natural enemy in the US.
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  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    Indiana Citizens are encouraged to confirm your Voter Registration! County Clerks throughout Indiana are in the process of cleaning out their voter registration rolls of people who are inactive and have not cast ballots since 2014.
    If you have moved or have not cast ballot since 2014, you can confirm whether or not you are in the system by going indianavoters.com. Click on “Confirm Voter Registration.” First you must identify your county—so scroll down to Montgomery. Then you will type in last name, first name, and date of birth. If you are in the voter registration roll, a “Verified” check will appear.
    If you are not “verified”, Indiana offers you the ability to submit your voter registration on line. Specifically, this online voter registration application allows you to apply to register to vote in Indiana, change your name on your voter registration record, or change the address on you voter registration record.
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  • Thursday, July 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the Wabash College Library’s Film Department are once again joining forces to offer a Green Issues Summer Movie Series. Documentary films on a range of environmentally-related subjects are offered every couple of weeks, on varying nights of the week, at 7 p.m. A brief discussion period follows each film, and light refreshments are always provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own cup or mug, in order to reduce waste. Screenings take place in Korb Classroom in Wabash’s Fine Arts Center, which is located on South Grant Ave. They are free of charge and open to the public.
    To date in the series, two food-related films, Cowspiracy and Wastecooking, have been screened. In Cowspiracy, Filmmaker Kip Andersen was concerned with a seeming lack of attention paid – both from the general public and from environmental groups – to environmental concerns surrounding the animal agriculture industry. Andersen’s film focused on his attempts to locate individuals and groups who are working to raise awareness of the issues – including deforestation, water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and transportation costs – which are related to animal agriculture, particularly the production of beef. While many environmental groups identified their major concerns as greenhouse gas emissions due to transportation and deforestation or environmental impacts of ‘mega projects’ such as mining, pipelines and dams, few noted the impact of animal agriculture. Andersen set out to identify the actual costs of this less-often-cited industry and to raise awareness of those issues. The film also addressed a variety of related issues, such as increased meat consumption in the USA, use of public lands for grazing, farm subsidies and costs associated with dairy farming. 
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  • Thursday, July 06, 2017 4:00 AM
    How Crawfordsville won the 2017 “Advocates for Livable Communities Award Competition” was the topic of Monday’s Lunch with the League. Sponsored by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, a $5,000 grant was awarded to one of the six communities who have received training in Advocacy for Livability.
    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County has had interest in the concept of “Livability” since 2007 and was delighted to provide leadership when Crawfordsville was invited to receive training for Advocacy for Livability in 2013, provided by Professors Sharon Baggett, University of Indianapolis and Jennie Todd, Indiana University. 
    This five day training covered six areas of Livability: Mobility, Housing, Social and Cultural Opportunities, Recreation, Education- employment-civic engagement, and Health and Support Services. The training in Crawfordsville was deemed successful, and the professors then provided Livability Training in five other Indiana Communities: Shelbyville, Bedford, Richmond, Kokomo, and Wabash.
    Representatives of these six communities were invited to attend the “Advocates for Livable Communities Summit” in May to share their progress in livability overtures and participate in the “Advocate for Livable Communities Award Competition.”
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  • Thursday, June 29, 2017 4:00 AM
    As we approach July 4th, the League of Women Voters continues to promote an open government system that is representative, accountable and responsible. Protecting and enhancing voting rights for all Americans, assuring opportunities for citizen participation, working for open, accountable, representative and responsive government at every level—all reflect the deeply held convictions of the League of Women Voters.
    Founded by the activists who secure voting rights for women, the right of every citizen to vote has been a basic League principle since its origin. The League of Women Voters believes in the individual liberties guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. The League is convinced that individual rights now protected by the Constitution should not be weakened or abridged.
    The League has long worked for the citizen’s right to know and for broad citizen participation in government. On July 4th, the League will celebrate the 51st Anniversary of the Freedom of Information Action (FOIA) signed into law on July 4, 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson.
    However, actually finding information about how the government is serving the public can be somewhat difficult. In the post 9/11 age, the challenges became even greater. In the name of Homeland Security, “sunshine” laws and opportunities for citizens to gain access to information were constricted. The “Open Government Act of 2007” was a bipartisan effort to achieve meaningful reforms to strengthen FOIA, close loopholes and help citizens obtain timely responses.
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  • Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Tomorrow marks the 45th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the law that opened up many opportunities for women in the classroom, sports and more. The National Women’s History Projects notes “Title IX of the Education Amendments for the 1972, signed by President Nixon, is one of the most important legislative initiatives passed for women and girls since women won the vote in 1920.”
    Title IX, passed on June 23, 1972, states “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
    While many people think of Title IX with its impact on high school and collegiate athletics, the legislation covers all educational activities. However, the benefits Title IX brought to the playing fields of our schools can also be credited with increasing the numbers of women graduating from high school and college, earning graduate degrees and entering into traditionally male-dominated careers.
    Title IX was written by Congresswoman Patsy T. Mink who cited the adversities she faced in obtaining her college degrees at the University of Hawaii, University of Nebraska and the University of Chicago as a driving force for her to initiate this landmark legislation.
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  • Thursday, June 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    More than 30 years after the amnesty bill became law under the Reagan Administration, the stringent workplace enforcement many expected, and mandated use of the government’s E-Verify system (which confirms employment eligibility) for employers to check the legal employment status of prospective hires, is still being debated by lawmakers and the business community. Multiple iterations of federal legislation to require employment verification have been defeated in Congress. In fact, Congress has not been able to enact any meaningful legislation at all to deal with the complex issues surrounding immigration.
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  • Thursday, June 08, 2017 4:00 AM
    “The Patience and Affordable Care Act—What can we as citizens Do?” was the title of Bill Doemel’s speech at the recent League of Women Voters Annual Meeting.
    President Donald Trump speaking about the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House of Representatives on May 4 said, “ And this is a great plan. I actually think it will get better and this is, make no mistake, this is a repeal and replace of Obamacare. Make no mistake. And I think most importantly, yes, premiums will be coming down. Yes, deductibles will be coming down, but very importantly it’s a great plan and ultimately that’s what it’s all about.”
    Doemel posed “Is it really a great plan? Let’s take a closer look.” No funds will go to Planned Parenthood for at least one year. While many associate Planned Parenthood only with abortion, the organization through its clinics provides 32 percent of women with low-incomes (nearly 2 million) with contraceptive care. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that in many low income communities access to contraceptive services will be lost resulting in thousands of additional unintended pregnancies.
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