LWVNCA Convention

lwv.jpglwvnca.pngLEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
 OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA           

Invites you to:

LWVNCA 2019 Annual Convention

Saturday, May 4th ~~ 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Maggiano’s Little Italy

533 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20015

(Parking lot next door to restaurant and closest Metro: Friendship Heights)

Page Harrington, Keynote

"Women's Suffrage and Race Relations: A Divided Legacy" 

Registration at 9:30 will be followed by a buffet breakfast and the keynote

presentation. The business meeting will include election of officers, approval of LWVNCA 2019-20 budget, and adoption of the Biennial Program

Cost is $40 per person

Register Online at   https://lwvnca2019-annual-convention.eventbrite.com

OR Mail a check payable to: LWV of the National Capital Area, or LWVNCA

Provide a registration form for each person attending the convention. Mail form & check to:

Bill Thomas, Treasurer, 19365 Cypress Ridge Terrace #301, Leesburg VA 20176-8432

Deadline for receipt of forms and checks is April 22, 2019

Questions? Contact: treasurer@lwvnca.org or 703-606-2397

(Please print and include this portion with your check)

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Telephone: _______________Email: ____________________________________

 

Local or State League: _______________________Delegate: (Circle one) Yes  No

 

Number of attendees: __________ Amount Enclosed __________________

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LWVMD Joins Civil Society Amicus Brief for SCOTUS Gerrymandering Case

Press Release - March 8, 2019

ANNAPOLIS - Today the League of Women Voters of Maryland joined as amici on a brief filed with the United States Supreme Court challenging the practice of drawing district lines to favor a political party as unconstitutional and stressing the importance of representative districts as a measure of a healthy democracy.

“For far too long we have seen politicians of both parties draw election maps that protect themselves rather than reflect the interests of the voters,” said Elaine Apter, Co-President of LWVMD. “We are encouraged that later this month the Supreme Court will review the impact partisan gerrymandering has on the voters in Maryland, who have been drawn into districts that limit their voice. It is time to end this practice and create fair maps that put the power back in the hands of the American voters.”

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Maryland Gerrymandering and the 6th District Emergency Commission


Maryland’s 6th Congressional District is prime example of the partisan gerrymandering that occurred in Maryland after the 2010 census, the Emergency Commission tasked with redrawing it hopes its work will help Maryland find its way to enacting a more transparent, independent and multi-partisan redistricting process.


District 6 (Phil Ateto) Speaking at Benisk rally at SCOTUS in March 2018


 

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Kirwan Commission: Preliminary Recommendations

See Media Links Below for Updated Info on the work of the Commission


While the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (Kirwan Commission) still has meetings scheduled for December 18 and 19 to finalize recommendations, we have a general idea about their priorities from the four working groups discussed at the December 6 meeting: (1) early childhood education; (2) high-quality teachers and leaders; (3) college and career readiness pathways; and (4) more resources for at-risk students. A fifth policy area for governance and accountability is being evaluated by the full commission.

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Governor Appoints LWVMD Administrator to Emergency Commission on Sixth District Gerrymandering

PRESS RELEASE: November 26, 2018

Annapolis – This afternoon the Governor announced an executive order to establish an Emergency Commission on Sixth District Gerrymandering to fulfill the order issued on November 7 by the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. The Governor has appointed three members of this nine-member multi-partisan   commission today, including Ashley Oleson, LWVMD Administrative Director (Unaffiliated), Walter Olson, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute (R), and Judge Alexander Williams (D). Oleson stated, “I’m excited to get to work immediately to comply with the court’s order, because there is no time to waste in ensuring District 6 has a district that fairly represents their interests in 2020.”

The six remaining members of the Commission will be selected from a public application process. Two members will be chosen from both the Democratic and Republican parties, and two members will be from neither of those parties. The application process is open now at https://governor.maryland.gov/free-and-fair/. Applications are due by December 10, 2018.

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LWVMD Applauds Significant Redistricting Reform Progress in Maryland and Nationally

Press Release - November 13, 2018

The League of Women Voters of Maryland and member Leagues across the state are celebrating the U.S. District Court’s November 7th decision to require our state to redraw the boundaries of the 6th Congressional District. The Court’s decision follows one day after voters in Michigan, Colorado and Missouri voted to get rid of Gerrymandered boundaries by margins of 61%, 71% and 62% respectively.  

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LWVMD Adopts Positions on 2018 Ballot Initiatives

At its September 6 meeting the LWVMD Board voted to take a position in favor of a ‘Yes’ vote on ballot Question 1 and a 'Yes' vote on Question 2.

Question 1:

The proposed Constitutional amendment would specify that revenue from gambling would be used to supplement rather than supplant other state funding for public education. The amendment phases in specified amounts from gambling revenues that the Governor would be required to include in the state budget for public education (increasing from $125 million in fiscal year 2020 to $375 million in 2022, and an amount equal to 100% of commercial gaming revenue in all following years.

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LWVMD Hosts Gerrymandering for Beginner Webinar Series asking Marylanders “What Does Your Gerrymander Look Like?”

Press Release: September 19, 2018

Annapolis – The League of Women Voters Maryland (LWVMD) has launched an educational campaign on gerrymandering in light of the clock running down on the “redistricting countdown.” The campaign has begun with a series of 7 webinars entitled “Gerrymandering for Beginners – How to Make Every Vote Count in Maryland”. These webinars – running weekly from now until October 23rd – are free and open to the public - https://www.lwvmd.org/gerrymandering_for_beginners_events The events are being led by LWVMD Redistricting Advocate, Ashley Oleson. Oleson also serves on Maryland’s Redistricting Reform Commission appointed by the governor to study the issue and make recommendations on a new redistricting process for the state.

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Activists Gather in Maryland's 6th District to Raise Awareness of Need to End Gerrymandering in MD

07/15/18 – Frederick, MD – On Sunday, the Tame the Gerrymander coalition hosted over 50 activists and more passersby in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, the subject of the recent Supreme Court case Benisek v. Lamone. Activists gathered at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater for their mock celebration for the birthday of Elbridge Gerry, the namesake of the term gerrymandering.  The event included gerrymandering-themed birthday games, speakers, as well as an Elbridge Gerry impersonator in a dunk booth.

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LWVMD Voter’s Guide Informs over 250,000 Marylanders

For Immediate Release

Monday, July 2, 2018 – The League of Women Voters of Maryland (LWVMD) provided candidate information to more than a quarter million Marylanders in advance of the June 26 primary election. This included 188,000 copies of the Voter’s Guide printed by local Leagues, over 10,000 views of those Guides on the LWVMD website, and more than 53,000 users of the interactive online version of the guide at Vote411.org. This represents more than 30% of the votes cast for all candidates for Governor.

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