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Saturday, September 21, 2019
  • 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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  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 4:00 AM
    “Rooted in the belief that our democracy is enhanced by a diversity of voices, the League of Women Voters believes that a path to citizenship, or provisions for unauthorized immigrants already living in the U.S. to earn legal status, will strengthen our nation and society.” This statement, from the League’s national website, clearly shows how important immigration policies are to our organization the League of Women Voters. 
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  • Wednesday, August 7, 2019 4:00 AM
    Nostalgia Night was held by the League of Women Voters on July 31 as part of the Green Issues movie series focusing on environmental issues. The two films shown were Paddle to the Sea based on an award winning children’s’ book and Horatu a film about how the Japanese are trying to save the firefly population. Attendees were asked to remember summer nights watching fireflies or canoeing in a local river.
    The Book “Paddle to the Sea” by Holling C. Hollings is a true gem. Written in 1941 and receiving the Caldecott Honor Book award, it is about a young 1st nations boy who carves a canoe with an Indian and hopes that the little canoe can reach the sea. Under the boat he has carved the words “ I am Paddle to the Sea. Please put me back into the water.” He lives near Thunder Bay in Canada and places the canoe on the top of the hill hoping that in the spring when the snow melts it will go into the river and the great lakes and eventually reach the ocean. Over a period of 4 years, the canoe travels through the great lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and eventually to the Atlantic Ocean. 
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  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019 4:00 AM
    As part of the upcoming 100th Anniversary in 2020 of ratification of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote, it is fitting to recognize a remarkable individual from our community Mary Holloway Wilhite , who was a suffrage and women’s rights leader as well as our first local female physician. The LWV of Montgomery County is raising funds to have a national historical marker installed in honor of Dr. Wilhite. 
    When Mary Holloway graduated from the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1856, she became one of the first women in Indiana to earn a medical degree. Born on a farm in Montgomery County, Mary had to work hard to achieve her dream of a medical education. She took in sewing and taught school for four years to save the money for her tuition. 
    But even as a young girl, Mary worked for women’s rights. In 1850, she sold subscriptions for The Women’s Advocate, an early suffrage newspaper. Perhaps she picked up her interest in politics from her father J. Washington Holloway, a cabinet maker, who served as a County Commissioner.
    Finally in 1854, Mary’s savings and financial aid from a fund for needy girls made it possible for her to enter the Pennsylvania Medical College (PMU). She completed her thesis “Constituents of Organic Bodies,” graduated in June of 1856, and set up her medical practice in Crawfordsville. 
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  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 7:46 PM
    The League of Women Voters of the United States was founded in 1920 and believes in representative government and in the individual liberties established in the Constitution of the United States. 
    The LWVUS believes that all powers of the U.S. government should be exercised within the constitutional framework of a balance among the three branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial.
    The LWV believes that democratic government depends upon informed and active participation in government and requires that governmental bodies protect the citizen’s right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings, and making public records accessible.
    The LWV believes every citizen should be protected in the right to vote; every person should have access to free public education that provides equal opportunity for all, and no person or group should suffer legal, economic, or administrative discrimination.
    The LWV believes efficient and economical government requires competent personnel, the clear assignment of responsibility, adequate financing, and coordination among the different agencies and levels of government.
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  • Thursday, July 18, 2019 4:00 AM
    The recent adoption of the Montgomery County Comprehensive Plan has opened up the gates to our community. As stated in the Executive Summary of the Plan, “A Comprehensive plan is a living document for communities to refer to as they make strides for the future. This document will be a roadmap on how to achieve a shared community vision for Montgomery County. Comprehensive plans help underline county resources, issues, assets, and weaknesses. A lack of planning can lead to missed opportunities and undesired consequences in the future for our county.The Montgomery County Comprehensive Plan aims to secure a vibrant, sustainable future for the county.” In a presentation to the League of Women Voters “Lunch With the League” program, County Commissioner John Frey explained how the Plan is so important to all of us in ensuring growth and stability.
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  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 1:37 AM
    The Green Issues Summer Movie Series continued with its fourth installment on July 3, with attendees viewing the film Maratus: One Photo Can Change Your Life. The film, from director Simon Cunich, details the experiences of Stuart Harris, an Australian garbage collector and amateur naturalist and photographer. 
    On a day in 2008 when Mr. Harris was out hiking in the bushland, taking his usual photographs of “little stuff… pretty things,” he encountered a spider with electric blue markings, standing out very noticeably on a bright yellow leaf. Harris snapped a photo, posted it online, and then began to receive unexpected and excited feedback from a number of individuals who suggested that this was something never-before-seen, possibly even a new species. 
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  • Wednesday, June 26, 2019 3:24 AM
    Are things dangerous because we do not understand them? Does the comfort and convenience of the wealthy outweigh the health and safety of the disadvantaged? Is a camera phone and a digital platform enough to make you a trusted authority figure? How do we divorce reactionary impulse from critical thought?
    On June 18 in the Green Issues Summer Film Series at Wabash College viewers were treated to an insightful, and at times, heartbreaking look into an ongoing battle between innovation and misinformation. A film created by Academy Award-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy, Food Evolution delves into the controversial subjects of GMO food development and production, reducing our dependency on toxic chemicals, and the goal of feeding an ever-growing population.
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  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    Sunday will mark the 47th 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.
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  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:59 AM
    Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy” is the current mission of the League of Women Voters. To this end, current and objective information about issues is of paramount importance to all of us. Newspapers are essential in keeping us informed and the need for trusted information has never been more critical.
    Steve Key, executive director and general counsel for HSPA (Hoosier State Press Association), represents HSPA before the Indiana General assembly. He lobbies throughout the year for the interests of Indiana newspapers as well as the public’s freedom of information rights. “You are a rarity” began Key at a recent presentation at the LWV’s Lunch With the League program. He was referring to the fact that Montgomery County has two competing newspapers. Very few areas of Indiana are so fortunate. Yet our newspapers have challenges, just as the entire newspaper industry has challenges.
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  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019 2:04 PM
    On Thursday, May 30, the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the Wabash College Library kicked off their 10th season of provocative films that introduce viewers to a wide range of issues affecting the environment in which we now live. This season features seven films dealing with a wide variety of topics. Each film is shown in Korb Classroom in the Wabash College Fine Arts Center (570 S. Grant Street). Showings begin at 7 pm. Viewings are free and open to the public. Each film is followed by an audience discussion.
    The May 30 film was “Gimme Green.”
    When asked what America’s most abundant crop is, most people would pause a moment while they decide whether to guess corn or soybeans. In another part of the country, people might guess wheat, but here in the Midwest we would give a solid vote for one of the two crops we see lining our rural roadways. We would be wrong.
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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2019 2:57 AM
    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County presented the “2019 Making Democracy Work Award” to a remarkable public servant Deanna Durrett.
    This award recognizes and honors members of the community who have been leaders and actively engaged in the hands-on work to keep Montgomery County a strong, fair and vibrant place to live and have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to making democracy work. Previous winners have been: Thomas Milligan, Phil Bane, Ann Malott, Dave Long, Kathy Steele, Dale Petrie, William and Nancy Doemel, and Deborah Kochart.
    Durrett, who was born at Culver Union Hospital in Crawfordsville and now lives on her Montgomery County family heritage farm on Overcoat Road with husband Jim, spent decades away distinguishing herself in many professional ways. Following completing a masters degree in social work, she was offered a job of doing performance audits of state agencies. These were year-long studies of agencies such as Departments of Correction, Mental Health, Education and the judiciary to see what would make them better and more cost effective. 
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  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:32 PM
    A Green Issues Summer Movie Series will again be co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the Wabash College Lilly Library. Free and open to the public, the movies will start at 7 p.m. in the Korb Classroom at the Fine Arts Center at Wabash College-570 South Grant Street. Brief discussion will follow each film, and light refreshments will be provided.
    Thursday, May 30: Gimme Green (Jellyfish Smack Productions, 28 minutes)
    “Lawns are undeniably an American symbol. But what do they really symbolize? Pride and prosperity? Or waste and conformity?” Gimme Green is a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets, and out outlook on life. From the limitless subdivisions of Florida to sod farms in the arid southwest, Gimme Green peers behind the curtain of the $40 billion industry that fuels our nation’s largest irrigated crop—the lawn”
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