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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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  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019 4:00 AM
    November 2019 is an important election! Every four years our Indiana election calendar features local elections—city and towns. The League of Women Voters encourages ALL who live in a district with competition to participate in the November 2019 General Election. Voting is the most fundamental responsibility for citizens in our democracy!
    In Montgomery County twenty-one citizens will have their names on the ballot. They are to be commended for offering to serve as an elected official.
    In Crawfordsville, Mayor Todd D. Barton is running unopposed for reelection as is City Clerk-Treasurer Terri J. Gadd.
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  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County provided a “Registration and Voting” booth at the Business and Professional Women’s annual Reality Store held Monday at the Boys & Girls Club. The BPW’s Reality Store exposes eighth graders in Montgomery County to the realities of adult life with students being assigned a profession, salary, and family situations (single, married, divorced, number of children). South Montgomery Junior High, Crawfordsville Middle School, and Northridge students participated in this year’s Reality Store.
    Students moved from booth to booth with checkbooks, calendars and clipboards, making decisions based on their scenarios to pay for taxes, housing, utilities, insurance, transportation, clothing, groceries, child care, furniture, medical expenses, entertainment, pets, charitable gifts and more. Many students were forced to take a “second job” or visit the bank to take out a loan when their funds fell short. It was a very eye-opening experience for the students.
    The League’s Register and Vote Booth was “FREE.” Upon visiting the League’s booth, students were “registered” to vote by locating where they live on a Crawfordsville or Montgomery County map. Once registered, the students were given a ballot and directed to a voting booth in order to cast their opinion on four issues of interest. A total of 380 students voted: South 124, Crawfordsville Middle School 138, and Northridge 118. See the following chart.
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  • LWV: Malcolm X Institute at Wabash College builds leadership
    Wednesday, September 11, 2019 4:53 AM
    Lunch with the League is a free public program that helps citizens stay abreast of issues shaping our public life. On September 3, we welcomed Steven L Jones, Dean for Professional Development and Director of the Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies at Wabash College, to address the gathered crowd about the origin, the mission, and the achievements of the Malcolm X Institute (MXI) located on the college campus.
    The Institute, located in an architecturally interesting building built in 2002, maintains an African-American studies library and contains classroom, study and recreational areas for its members. Last spring there were 43 members of the Institute, six of them are not men of color. MXI is widely used by the campus at large. Its programs include musical, artistic, and literary presentations, speakers, films, forums, and community service projects.
    As he began his remarks about “Understanding the African American Experience” on campus and in this community, Dean Jones acknowledged that visitors and new residents of our community are often surprised to find a Malcolm X Institute here in rural Indiana. This anomaly becomes clear when we look back to the famous quote made by Malcolm X in 1964. Malcolm X, himself a Midwesterner, famously said, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” In the 48 years of its existence, the students who have run the Institute and their Executive Directors have done a good deal to live out that powerful advice on the campus of one of the most highly ranked liberal arts colleges in the country, our own Wabash College.
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  • Wednesday, September 4, 2019 10:43 AM
    The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that the direct-popular-vote method for electing the President and Vice President is essential to representative government. The LWV believes, therefore, that the Electoral College should be abolished.
    The League supports the use of the National Popular Vote Compact as one acceptable way to achieve the goal of the direct popular vote for election of the president, until the abolition of the Electoral College is accomplished. The National Popular Vote Plan is an agreement among the states to guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in ALL 50 states and District of Columbia. This would reform the electoral college without the need for a constitutional amendment.
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  • Thursday, August 22, 2019 4:00 AM
    Imagine for a minute that it’s the first decade of the 20th century. Lucy Burns writes “Votes for Women” on a Washington, D.C. sidewalk and is arrested. So is suffragist leader Alice Paul. She is force-fed when she conducts a hunger strike. Hundreds more women board a train to the West Coast and gather thousands upon thousands of signatures on petitions asking that women be allowed to vote. They carry them back to DC, driving in the new-fangled automobile over barely existing roads. Women hold the biggest rally in DC’s history in 1913. They wear white dresses; they wear big, beautiful hats. They are led by Inez Mulholland on horseback, wearing a gold helmet. Most national-level parades and marches featured women on horseback. Inez herself worked so tirelessly for the cause that she exhausted herself, got sick, and died out West at age 30 without seeing suffrage come to be. One of the last things she said was intended for President Woodrow Wilson to hear: “How long must we wait?”
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