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We’re marching into election season! 75 years old and still marching strong!
Want to find out more and learn how to get involved? Drop by our casual “meet & greet” gathering to mingle with League members, hear about our plans for the months ahead, explore volunteer opportunities -- and learn how YOU can join the march!
All are welcome, and light refreshments will be provided. Bring a friend!
The League of Women Voters of Arlington just celebrated its 75th anniversary… and we’re still at it!
In the past year, we…
• Held events on topics including election security, affordable housing, nonpartisan redistricting, and restoration of voting rights, in addition to standing-room-only candidate forums for state and local offices.
• Won second place in a statewide League of Women Voters advocacy competition (missing first place by just ONE point… but we'll do better next time).
• Registered over 400 voters and sent over 5,000 get-out-the-vote postcards.
Elbridge would have turned 275 on July 17th but his legacy, the scourge of gerrymandering lives on.
Join us for games, trivia, action steps, education and fun.
We want to slay the gerrymander. Find out how you can, too - win prizes - eat cake!
$10 - covers the cost of heavy appetizers at Ireland’s Four Courts - and our work to SLAY THE GERRYMANDER
Get your Virginia certification to conduct voter registration drives for 2019 - 2020. This program will be conducted by Mr. Ellis of the Virginia Election Commission. Completion of this course will allow you to conduct third party voter registration events in Virginia for the upcoming year.
YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR THIS CLASS. THERE IS NO ADMITTANCE AT THE DOOR!
We are planning a major effort to reach the management teams of condomiums and apartments in Arlington. Come to learn about our plans and how you can lend a hand. We need people to put packets together, make phone calls, track responses and make visits. Don't think you can't help just because you don't have the time to knock on doors.
Join us to learn about this exciting project!
We are also looking for people to communicate with area human resources managers in office buildings. Let's give them to tools to register people when they move here for a new job!
Brookings Senior Fellow Vanessa Williamson will present the findings from her innovative research that linked voter registration to tax preparation for low and middle income through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) in Ohio and Texas. The results were surprising and positive! The Filer Voter program doubled the likelihood of unregistered tax filers registering to vote.
Speaker: Vanessa Williamson, Senior Fellow Brookings Governance Studies and Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy, Harvard University. Author, "Read My Lips: Why Americans are Proud to Pay Taxes."
Location: Arlington Mill Community Center. Parking in underground/garage.
Yes, that is what the Redistricting Committee is planning for the man whose name gave us gerrymandering - Elbridge Gerry.
Join them to plan this fun and informative event -
4 -June @ 7:PM at Meridian Pint, 6035 Wilson Boulevard
You are invited to join the celebration by attending our annual member meeting on June 1, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn Arlington/Courthouse. The meeting will feature an anniversary luncheon featuring Elaine Weiss author of “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote”, followed by the annual League business meeting.
All attendees will receive a 75th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet honoring some of the many accomplishments of LWV Arlington. If you cannot attend our celebration, you can still purchase a copy of the Booklet at checkout. Attendees may order additional copies.
The meeting will begin at 12:00 noon with a reception and book signing with Ms Weiss on the patio. You may purchase the paperback now or at the meeting (LWV Arlington receives a portion of the proceeds.) These make great holiday gifts! LWV Arlington members who want to read the book before the meeting please contact Joan for pick up information.
Celebration Reservations here
What methods did suffragists use to communicate their message, and how did public representations of women shape the battle for the 19th Amendment? Moderated by Tamara Keith, NPR White House Correspondent and co-host of the NPR Politics Podcast, panelists Rebecca Boggs Roberts, author of Suffragists in Washington, DC; Elisabeth Griffith, author of In Her Own Right; and Linda Lumsden, professor of journalism, University of Arizona, will discuss the unparalleled communications machine of the suffrage movement and how that struggle in the early 1900s continues to shape the women’s movement today.
The League of Women Voters of Arlington in conjunction with the Nu Xi Zeta Chapter, Alexandria and the AAUW Arlington Branch invite you to a candidate debate between Parisa Dehghani-Taft and Theo Stamos for Commonwealth Attorney.
Attendees will have be able to ask questions of both candidates and meet with them as time allows.
The League of Women Voters of Arlington in conjunction with the Nu Xi Zeta Chapter, Alexandria and the AAUW Arlington Branch invite you to a candidate debate between Julius Spain, Sr. and Alfonso Lopez for the General Assembly District 49.
Attendees will have be able to ask questions of both candidates and meet with them as time allows.
Please join Delegates Patrick Hope, Alfonso Lopez and Mark Levine and State Senators Barbara Favola and Janet Howell for a review of the past session of the General Assembly.
Learn the fates of important legislation and prospects for future passage.
This will be live streamed from the AIM studios.
1:45 - Networking & refreshments
2:15 - 3:45 - Discussion w/Q&A
NOTE that we will start promptly at 2:15 because we're live-streaming; come early to get seated in the studio beforehand; late arrivals may have to be seated in the overflow room.
Recent elections have brought attention to both the value and disregard of the Black women's vote. As we move toward the celebration of the centennial of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote, we take a look at the role of Black women as suffragists, activists, voters, and political leaders.
Join Gloria Browne-Marshall, JD, MA, Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, along with moderator Krysta Jones, founder and CEO of Vote Lead Impact, Inc., as they discusses the power of Black women voters and how we can leverage all voters to create better public policy for all.
This event is co hosted by Arlington County Libraries, Women's Vote Centennial Initiative, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.***, Nu Xi Zeta chapter, League of Women Voters of Arlington, and Virginia's List.
*** Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is celebrating its Centennial in 2020 !!!
Virginia has a long way to go to remove restrictions to voting including the arduous process for restoring rights.
The ACLU and LWV worked together during this past legislative session to support an amendment to the Virginia Constitution. Unfortunately, the legislation did not pass.
The process to amend the Constitution is long requiring the passage of the amendment by two sessions of the General Assembly before it goes to the voters. Therefore, we have much work to do!
Join ACLU Virginia Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, for a conversation on what we have to do to make this a reality!
Proposed wording of amendment:
Every person 18 or over, is a citizen, a Virginia resident and who registers shall have the fundamental right to vote in the commonwealth, and such right shall not be abridged by law.
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Women Political Leaders in the Time of Trump and #MeToo.
Join the Schar School of Policy and Government for the first annual Martha V. Pennino Panel on Gender Equity and Inclusion. For this discussion we will consider how women come to power, the nature of their accomplishments, and the significance of closing the gender gap during this historical juncture. Join us for a reception after the discussion in the art gallery of Founders Hall.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. (Reception to follow)
Founders Hall at George Mason University's Arlington Campus. Featuring:
Representative Jennifer Wexton (VA 10)
Anne Holton, former Virginia Secretary of Education, Visiting Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government
Virginia House Democratic Leader Eileen Filler-Corn (House District 41)
Virginia House Democratic Caucus Chair Charniele Herring (HD 46)
Delegate Ken Plum (House District 36)
Moderated and Organized by Dr. Bonnie Stabile and Dr. Toni-Michell Travis, Directors, Gender and Policy (GAP) Initiative
This is the first in a planned annual series named for Martha Pennino, one of the longest serving members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, whose tenure began in 1967 after having served on the Vienna Town Council and as Vice Mayor.
Bipartisan Options to Address the Growing Influence of Money in Politics …
How can we resolve the problem of money in politics in a bipartisan fashion?
After a viewing of "Should we amend the Constitution to Authorize Political Spending Limits" we will have a discussion on bi-partisan ways to control money in poitics.
Our speakers will be former Republican Congressman Tom Davis and former DOJ prosecutor Gene Rossi.
There will be time for questions.
We may take photos to use on social media - let us know if you do not want your photo taken.
Co Sponsored by American Promise.
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
For the fourth year LWV Arlington and our partner Inspire Virginia will visit all of the Arlington High School government classes to register new voters.
For all who are interested in volunteering to work on this project, please join us on Feb 10 for training and information on this year’s effort.
Register for training HERE
Join us on Feb 4 at Heavy Seas Ale House, 1501 Wilson Blvd at 7 PM to test your knowledge of woman’s accomplishments and milestones throughout history. We will also be celebrating the 99th birthday of the League! Did you know that we were born on Feb. 14?
If you are going to the Women's March - stop by on your way back - the library is near the metro! Come and bring your friends and family to our day of action – postcard and email event!
Whether you are interested in supporting: the ERA, election security, nonpartisan redistricting, restoration of voting rights, no excuse early voting or want to support a fair 2020 Census – come to our Day of Action. You can write a postcard, (or email if you bring your I-pad or phone). We will also have information on how you can write letters to the editor and take other actions!
This is your chance to catch up on the legislation moving through the General Assembly and to make an impact!