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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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  • 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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  • 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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