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  • LWV fills vital role observing
    Wednesday, April 1, 2020 5:49 AM
    The United States system of government is based on the premise that government is a creature of the people and is accountable to them. An open and accountable government is the cornerstone of a healthy, vibrant democracy. Since its founding, members of the League of Women Voters have been on the frontlines to promote governmental transparency at the local, state and national levels.
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  • Don’t forget to register to vote
    Wednesday, March 25, 2020 4:36 AM
    Voting is the most fundamental right and responsibility of American citizens. To be eligible to vote, you must be registered. Deadline for registration for the May Primary Election is Monday, April 4.
    If you are not presently registered, you can do that in person at the Voter Registration Office located in second floor at the Court House and open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The office is open during lunch hours.
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  • League observes special day
    Wednesday, March 18, 2020 2:34 AM
    International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March around the world and is a focal point in the international movement for women’s rights. Dating back to 1909, women proposed a special day to be organized supporting women’s suffrage and was adopted by the feminist movement about 1967. The United Nations began International Women’s Day in the 1975-International Women’s Year and encouraged all member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.
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  • LWV hears from county administrator
    Wednesday, March 11, 2020 5:40 AM
    The March Lunch with the League featured Mark Casteel discussing his newly established position of Montgomery County Administrator.
    A Montgomery County native and lifelong resident, Mark Casteel has spent the better part of his career in public service. After studying law enforcement at Vincennes University, he started work at the Montgomery County Jail. Casteel worked his way up through the ranks for 16 years with the County Sheriff’s Department before taking a turn in industrial manufacturing at Nucor Steel. After five years at Nucor, Casteel returned to law enforcement running for, and winning, the position of County Sheriff.
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  • Black women, others vital to suffrage work
    Wednesday, March 4, 2020 3:47 AM
    In this year marking the Centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment and following a month (February) marking Black History Month, it is important to note that when “women” got the vote in 1920, that right first was only given to white women.
    Stephanie Cain, one of the co-creators of “The Legend of the Legendary League” drew attention to this incomplete voting right and emphasized the powerful and courageous roles played by Hawaiian, Asian, Latina, Native American, and, especially, African-American women during the suffrage era and beyond. Cain spoke and narrated “The Legend of the Legendary League” for a crowd at the Crawfordsville public library earlier this week.
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  • Resolution honors League
    Wednesday, February 26, 2020 3:13 AM
    Earlier in February the Indiana Senate and Indiana House of Representatives passed unanimously the following CONCURRENT RESOLUTION honoring the League of Women Voters on the 100th Anniversary of its founding.
    “Whereas, The Women’s Suffrage movement was organized in 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention in New York State and over the next 72 years, many women dedicated their very lives to the cause;
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  • Clearing up Census questions
    Wednesday, February 19, 2020 2:26 AM
    In less than a month now all of us will be receiving a postcard in the mail from Census 2020 preparing us to fill out our once-a-decade Census forms. It is vital we all do so. To complete the Census will take only a few minutes. (There are only 10 questions.) This year all residents will be able to fill out the Census form on line or with pen or pencil.
    Filling out the Census fully and accurately is one of the best ways all of us who live here guarantee the quality of life in our community for the coming decade: Census count is tied to federal dollars coming into our county.
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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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