Report From State Circle Vacancies

I am pleased to report that most of our reporters have agreed to continue writing for Report from State Circle (RSC). However, we have vacancies on the subjects of Election Process, Government Transparency, and Gun Control. Election Process and Transparency are particularly important to our Making Democracy Work priority.

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The League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area

The League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area (LWVNCA) is an Inter-League-Organization (ILO). It is one of around twenty in the USA--almost all surrounding a major city. LWVNCA is unique among them since we surround the nation's capital city and have member Leagues situated in nearby portions of two states, Virginia and Maryland.

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2018 Spring Internship Experience

240 Hours Later


What can you do in 240 hours? You can drive from Annapolis to San Francisco three times (roundtrip), you can watch the all the Star Wars films 11 times, or you could earn 6 college credits. I don’t think I could drive to San Francisco and back without stopping, I love Star Wars but watching 11 times straight would be taxing. But earning credits towards graduation seems to be the perfect way to spend 240 hours, and that’s what I did this past spring as an intern for the League of Women Voters Maryland state office.


Ashley and Brielle at NationBuilder Event in DC

Ashley & Brielle at a NationBuilder Event in DC


 

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Highlights from Council

The LWV State Council went off on June 9, 2018, without a hitch. Harford County Executive Barry Glassman opened to program with a brief talk about LWV and Harford County. Amy Hjerstedt gave a presentation on the Transformation Road Map which focused on who LWV is and what our main concerns should be. The council then broke into small “work groups” to discuss the presentation and the reactions of the individual members and local LWVs. When discussing the things we either approved of or found concerning, notes were made to the 2018-2019 State Board which will be discussed out the Board Retreat in July.

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True Grit on the Eastern Shore

The LWVMD teamed up with the League of Women Voters of Prince George’s County to host a Spring Fundraiser over to the Eastern Shore, the highlight of which was a stop at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center where we were greeted personally by one of the park rangers. Exhibits at the Center feature information about Tubman’s childhood and young adulthood, living and laboring under slavery in Dorchester and Caroline Counties. The center immerses visitors in the secret networks of the Underground Railroad and Tubman’s own daring rescue missions. Exhibits also feature Tubman’s actions during the Civil War, and her later years as a suffragist, civil rights worker, and humanitarian.

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