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  • Looking for better angels
    Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:25 PM
    Jon Meacham’s Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels gets right at the heart of the matter of what it means to keep our country focused on its best ideas and ideals by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.
    On the fourth Monday in January, community citizens gathered at the CDPL to discuss key questions raised by Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian, Jon Meacham, in his 2018 book.
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  • Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy
    Sunday, February 9, 2020 1:40 AM
    We saw history this month.
    In her famous House address, U.S. Representative and LWV member Shirley Chisholm said the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) “represents one of the most clear-cut opportunities we are likely to have to declare our faith in the principles that shaped our Constitution.” And, this month, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the ERA – crossing the three-fourths threshold of support required from the states.
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  • League encourages voting
    Wednesday, February 5, 2020 1:54 AM
    Active Voters Service Committee of the League of Women Voters encourages all registered voters to VOTE! The Voter Participation campaign, chaired by Myra Dunn Abbott, is divided into three parts.
    LWV members will deliver information cards with a holder to all the small towns in the County and in Crawfordsville. The information cards provide Election Day Voting Centers which for the last Election included: Rock Point Church, Friendship Baptist Church, North Montgomery High School, St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, and Whitesville Church.
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  • Column explains who LWV is
    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 10:42 PM
    Founded in 1920, the League of Women Voters has a unique grassroots network of volunteers and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Indiana is home to 24 local Leagues. The Montgomery County League, formed in 1947 has more than 160 members and is the second largest local League in Indiana. As a political organization, the LWV is non-partisan and encourages informed and active participation in government. All local league members are automatically a member of the LWV of Indiana and LWV of United States.
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  • LWV helps observe suffrage celebrations
    Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:27 PM
    Jan. 16, 2020 was the 100th anniversary of the day when Indiana formally ratified the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Indiana was the 26th state to ratify the women’s suffrage amendment, which went into effect on August 26, 1920, after the Tennessee legislature approval provided the necessary votes.
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  • Event can change us, community
    Tuesday, January 14, 2020 8:49 PM
    “Think of a story that impacted your life. It can be something that happened to you. It can be a movie, or a book. It could have happened yesterday or half a lifetime ago.”
    Educator and leadership trainer Julianne “j” Miranda led off the 2020 series of Lunch with the League by asking the large audience gathered in Whitlock Hall to perform this simple exercise. Stories have power. Our own stories help shape our lives. Telling them well helps others to see a world beyond their own. When we work together as a community to share and hear our stories, we can open a pathway to greater community health and wellbeing and to fuller inclusion.
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  • LWV sets priorities for 2020
    Wednesday, January 8, 2020 1:42 AM
    2020 marks the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters. Voting Rights is a fundamental right and all eligible voters should have the equal opportunity to exercise that right. The LWV is dedicated to ensuring that our elections remain free, fair and accessible.
    Why does this matter, and what is the League doing? Voting is a sacred right. Since 1920, the League has fought to protect the rights of eligible voters and expanded access for those who have been left out of our democratic process. LWV volunteers spearhead efforts to enact common-sense voting reforms and are the first to fight back when voters’ rights are threatened. The LWVUS protects millions of voters every year through aggressive advocacy and education efforts, and the LWV has been at the forefront of major voting rights court cases across the last decade.
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  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019 4:00 AM
    Joshua Bougie was in Crawfordsville last week to help Montgomery County begin to prepare for Census 2020. Bougie, a native Hoosier, came from the Chicago regional office of Census 2020 to give a workshop for the Montgomery County Wellness Coalition and others to set the state to achieve as complete a count of every resident of Montgomery County as is possible.
    The Montgomery County Wellness Coalition has been appointed by the county commissioners to create and coordinate Complete Count committees to help the task succeed.
    As Bougie pointed out, a census is conducted in our country every 10 years because the Constitution calls for that. Census taking has been done since 1792. The national count is vital to each of us because its results both determine how many federal dollars come into each state (Indiana currently receives nearly 18 billion dollars a year); and, crucially, the census also determines Congressional districts. At this point in time, Indiana has nine Congressional districts. While this is not expected to change, it could — based on census data.
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  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 11:30 PM
    The 228th anniversary of the signing of the “Bill of Rights” is celebrated this December. Ratified on Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights guarantees fundamental civil and human rights for all citizens, residents and visitors on United States territory.
    The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution include the freedoms of speech, press and religion, the people’s right to keep and bear arms, the freedom of assembly, the freedom to petition, the right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure and compelled self-incrimination.
    Further, the Bill of Rights guarantees due process, trial by jury, prohibition of excessive bail as well as cruel and unusual punishment. Powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
    The League of Women Voters calls for continued protection of civil liberties, improved political discourse and greater civic participation. Since our founding in 1920, the League has worked to defend civil liberties and promote citizen engagement in democracy, and we continue this emphasis today. The League’s mission seeks to help individuals recognize the critical importance of protecting and honoring our most cherished constitutional rights and how they impact our everyday lives.
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  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019 10:56 PM
    The Legend of the Legendary League” program Nov. 25, presented by Nick Hedrick and Shelbi Hoover, addressed the struggle for women to gain support in the national suffrage movement of the right to vote. When the US Constitution was ratified in 1788, no women had voting rights. Four decades later, the early suffrage movement gained steam when hundreds of people gathered at a church in to hold the well-attended convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton presented a document calling for women to be allowed into the voting booth. The document was signed by 68 women and 32 men.
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  • LWV was at rally
    Wednesday, November 27, 2019 12:08 AM
    Montgomery County residents were among the hundreds gathered for a noon Redistricting Rally held on the east entrance steps of the Indiana State Capital in Indianapolis on Legislative Organization Day November 19. This was the same day as the RED for ED Rally, and many people participated in both. Julia Vaughn, Common Cause, welcomed the men, women and children assembled and called for the Indiana House and Senate to pass reformed redistricting laws for the state of Indiana.
    The bipartisan Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting with twenty-five organizations including educational organizations, environmental organizations, consumer groups, and many others has been work for fair and bipartisan redistricting urging a process that ends the conflict of interest that exist when legislators draw the maps. Thousands of teachers support the need for redistricting!
    The 2020 legislative session will be the last opportunity to reform redistricting process before this occurs in 2021. Republican Senator Greg Walker (Columbus) created a reform bill which passed the Senate in both 2018 and 2019, but it died when the chairman of the House Elections committee refused to give it a hearing.
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  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019 4:00 AM
    In preparation for the 100th Anniversary of Women’s suffrage, it is appropriate to highlight Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the great leaders in the American women’s rights movement and who in 1848 helped organize the first Woman’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, New York. 
    It was at this convention Stanton’s “The Declaration of Sentiments” expanded on the Declaration of Independence by adding the word “woman” or ‘women” throughout. This key document called for social and legal changes to elevate women’s place in society and listed 18 grievances from the inability to control their wages and property to lack of the right to vote. Eight members of the Montgomery County League of Women Voters of Montgomery County participated in a “Go See Seneca Falls” trip last summer, sat in the pews of the Chapel where Stanton presented her Declaration of Sentiments, and were inspired by the wisdom, tenacity, and skills of this remarkable suffrage leader.
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  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019 4:00 AM
    Climate change is increasingly recognized as a threat to our environment, our economy and human well-being. Many wonder what this daunting subject means for the world around them, and what we, as citizens and as a society, can do to address the problem? John Smillie, Crawfordsville resident and member of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) – a grassroots, non-partisan advocacy organization focused on national policy responses to climate change – delivered a presentation on these topics at Lunch with the League on Nov. 4 at Whitlock Hall in Crawfordsville. 
    The presentation began with the scientific facts and impacts of climate change. There is overwhelming agreement in the scientific community that human activities, particularly fossil fuel usage, are releasing greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide (CO2), into the atmosphere and warming our planet. Earth’s average temperature is already around 1 degree Celsius higher than pre-industrial levels, and this increase drives more severe weather around the globe. Droughts and floods are becoming more common. Wildfires are growing in size and frequency. Hurricanes are becoming more destructive. Sea level rise is already plaguing coastal cities like Baltimore and Miami Beach with flooded streets. These problems get worse with each degree of warming. In order to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says we need to cut CO2 emissions in half by 2030, and to net-zero by 2050.
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  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 3:12 AM
    Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and THE FIGHT for the RIGHT TO VOTE by Tina Cassidy was the first book in the “Well-Read Citizen” series being co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Crawfordsville Public Library as part of the 100th Anniversary celebration of women receiving the right to vote. Cassidy penned this book in 2019 and has authored several other books in addition to being a journalist for the Boston Globe.
    For most people, the name Alice Paul is not as recognizable as Susan B. Anthony or Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Paul held a PhD, a law degree, as well as masters and undergrad degrees in Economics and Biology. Born in New Jersey in 1885, she was from a Quaker family which believed male and female children should be allowed the right to an education. They were staunch abolitionists and taught their children to embrace social justice.
    Paul believed her purpose in life was to help others. Always curious, Paul went to England where she studied German, Italian, Sociology and Economics. She worked as a social worker in a settlement house and while working there, heard about women rallying trying to earn the right to vote. Anna Howard Shaw was speaking at a rally and said, “It’s impossible to be just to men, so long as men are incapable of being just to women.” It was with this alliance that Paul became a suffragette.
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  • Loopholes put students at risk
    Wednesday, October 30, 2019 4:00 AM
    “What is happening to K-12 age students who are not in public school, both during their school years and when they enter the workforce?” This question has been driving research done by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County’s Education Committee during the past two years. This study has brought to light issues of concern about student rights and school financing.
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