Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Ending Partisan Gerrymandering in Virginia: What Has to be Done NOW!

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Hear from One Virginia 2021 director Brian Cannon on what you can do now to help get urgent legislation passed through the General Assembly this winter to end partisan gerrymandering in Virginia.

If we don't act now, we are doomed to at least another decade of being the most gerrymandered state in the country! It is all hands on deck!

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Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

SECURE THE VOTE: SAFEGUARDING OUR ELECTIONS

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Four top election security experts will explain the threats to our electoral process and what election officials are—or should be—doing to protect and make sure your vote is counted as you intend. 

MODERATOR: 

Lynn Garland, an unaffiliated authority on election security, is co-executive editor of “Principles and Best Practices of Post-Election Audits.”  She has worked on evaluating optical scan systems for Maryland’s State Board of Elections and currently serves on the federal Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines cybersecurity working group to help establish standards for future voting systems.   Ms. Garland was previously a manager in manufacturing operations for a Fortune 100 electronics company.

SPEAKERS:  

Jeremy Epstein, a cybersecurity researcher for over 30 years, now with the National Science Foundation, leads a portfolio of 20 research programs, including cybersecurity, privacy, and networking. He also serves on the advisory committee of Verified Voting Foundation and is vice chair of the Association for Computing Machinery US Technology Policy Council. In addition, Mr. Epstein is chief elections officer for precinct #841 in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Liz Howard is Counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, focusing on cybersecurity and elections.  She was formerly Deputy Commissioner of Elections for the Virginia Department of Elections. In that role, Ms. Howard coordinated several election modernization efforts, including decertification of all paperless voting systems, implementation of the electronic Motor Voter program, and adoption of online, paperless absentee ballot applications. Previously, she served as General Counsel for Rock the Vote.

Audrey Malagon is a Batten Associate Professor of Mathematics at Virginia Wesleyan University.  Working with Virginia legislators and election officials, she has been active in promoting election security. As a member of the inaugural Verified Voting Audit Roadshow, Dr. Malagon has widely advocated risk-limiting audits. Her writing on a range of election security topics has appeared in newspapers in Virginia and West Virginia.

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Oct
6
10:15 AM10:15

Arlington Chapter Social and Update

Say hello to your fellow League members at our fall social! This is great for new members learning about what we do and veterans who want to catch up.

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Join us in an informal and relaxed setting to find out what the League is doing this year!  There will be light refreshments and lots of opportunity for discussion and mingling!

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Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

County Board Candidate Debate

  • Arlington Mill Com. Cntr. - Rm 527 AB (map)
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Come hear the candidates for Arlington County Board debate the issues @ Arlington Mill Community Center:

John E. Vihstadt and Matthew D. "Matt" de Ferranti will answer your questions on your questions before you head to the polls on November 6!

This is participatory democracy at it's best! 

REGISTER

   John E. Vihstadt

  John E. Vihstadt

       "Matt" de Ferranti

      "Matt" de Ferranti

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Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Restoration of Ex-felon Rights in Virginia 7-9:PM

The Arlington League of Woman Voters presents another Sips and Civility Program!

Our focus this time is the restoration of ex-felon rights in Virginia. Unfortunately, our Commonwealth has one of the most difficult systems for those who have paid their dues to society to become voters again. We will learn about this process and how you can help change it from Elizabeth Jones Valderrama, a Director [scroll to bottom of the page] of Offender Aid and Restoration OAR.

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Sep
15
1:00 PM13:00

Forum: HOUSING SOLUTIONS FOR ARLINGTON'S "MISSING" MIDDLE CLASS

  • Marymount University at Ballston Center (map)
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Speakers include County Board Member Erik Gutshall and Michelle Winters of the Alliance for Housing Solutions. You will also hear from people being "squeezed" by Arlington housing crunch.

Learn what you can do to remedy this situation! You will leave better informed and have the chance to write postcards to County Board members.

Register here

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Sep
5
1:00 PM13:00

The Dissolution of the Electoral College

Connie Wesley, LWV a member of the Wilmette, Illinois chapter, will be in town and will share their Powerpoint Presentation on this issue. Ann Sharp has graciously agreed to host her and any other LWV Arlington member interested in learning more about dissolving the Electoral College.

Contact Ann if you can come or can't make it but want more information. sharpab2828@gmail.com.

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Jul
26
6:30 PM18:30

In-Person Voter Registration Training with VA Election Commission

All organizations requesting more than 25 voter registration forms must have trained people at voter registration events - this is a great opportunity to prepare yourself and your group for the 2018 election cycle.

The Arlington League of Woman Voters in conjunction with VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Civic Engagement) is offering an in-person voter registration training. Mr. Garry Ellis of the Virginia Election Commission will conduct the class.

This is a much more comprehensive program that the on-line class and Mr. Ellis will be available to answer your voter registration questions.

To attend the event and earn your certificate RSVP here

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Jul
15
3:00 PM15:00

Book Club

The next meeting is July 15 at 3:PM –  5800 23 Street North

The title to be discussed is “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong” - by James W. Loewen

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Jul
12
7:30 PM19:30

Gerrymandering and the Future of Popular Sovereignty

Please join the Arlington League of Woman Voters and Professor Michael Latner as he discusses the effect of gerrymandering on the will of the people. Professor Latner is the Kendall Voting Rights Fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientist and co-author of ”Gerrymandering in America: The House of Representatives, the Supreme Court and the Future of Popular Sovereignty.”

Free Registration here

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Jun
26
6:30 PM18:30

Sips and Civility: Experiencing the Lives of DACA and Dreamer Kids of Arlington

Tickets HERE

Robert Remes, the attorney for the Dream Project*', will update us on the increased danger these dreamers face in the current environment and what you can do to help them either through the project's scholarship or mentoring programs.

Food provided by Cafe Sazon.

*The Dream Project empowers students whose immigration status creates barriers to education by working with them to access and succeed in college through scholarships, mentoring, family engagement, and advocacy.

Cost $20 per person to cover the cost of food and room rental. Any profit will be donated to the Dream Project. Pay by credit card on the "HERE link" above or cash at the door.

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Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

LGBTQ Rights in Virginia: Where We Are Now?

Tickets here

The Arlington League of Woman Voters along with the Arlington Gay & Lesbian Alliance and Equality UUCA is sponsoring this non-partisan forum on the legislative status of full LGBTQ equality in Virginia. We will review the legislation introduced in the 2018 Virginia General Assembly and look forward to the 2019 session.

Speakers will include Delegate Adam Ebbin (D -30) and James Parrish, Executive Director of Equality Virginia on topics such as:

  • Youth Conversion Therapy bill - history and plans for the future;
  • Updating language in the code to reflect Obergefell marriage equality decision'
  • Protecting trans students in local schools

The forum starts at 7:30 PM - but you are invited to come early to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month at a small plate pot luck happy hour. Bring a finger food dish or your favorite beverage (alcoholic/non-alcoholic).

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May
24
6:00 PM18:00

"Putting Women Back into History" , a benefit for the Suffragist Association

Register here

to attend an event where

Mother-daughter journalists / authors

Cokie Roberts & Rebecca Boggs Roberts

will provide riveting insights into accomplished American women who have been routinely omitted from our history books. 

Rebecca will be signing her new book:

“Suffragists in Washington, DC:  The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote”

The event benefits the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association

and is sponsored by the Tower Club's  Women to Women Committee.

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May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Arlington League's Annual Meeting and Breakfast

  • Stars Room - Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel (map)
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Our FEATURED GUEST SPEAKER:

Thomas Hicks*, Commissioner, U.S. Election Assistance Commission

If you wish to pay by check at the door - click on the debit/credit drop down box on the payment page to bring up that option. Payment at the door must be check only made out to League of Women Voters, Arlington- and if you pay by check you do NOT pay the processing fees so breakfast would be $30. etc.

$30 breakfast is optional. Plan to renew your League membership, donate to the League, and buy our new, "We the People Defend Democracy" League t-shirts!

More info and RSVP

* Commissioner Hicks served as a Senior Elections Counsel and Minority Elections Counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration, a position he held from 2003 to 2014. In this role Mr. Hicks was responsible for issues relating to campaign finance, election reform, contested elections and oversight of both the Election Assistance Commission and Federal Election Commission.

 

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May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Voter registration event at the Arlington Mill Farmer's Market

New to the neighborhood or changed address? You need to REGISTER to VOTE! We'll have a team out @ the market to help you register. Deadline to register for the 12 June Primary is 21 May.

http://columbia-pike.org/arlington-mill-farmers-market-grand-opening/

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Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Gerrymandering and the Supreme Court: An Expert Update

  • Room 111 George Mason University Arlington Campus Founders Hall (map)
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Get an update on the various gerrymandering cases now before the Supreme Court by someone who argued the pending Wisconsin case before the Court!

 

***** Space is limited - you must RSVP at the link below and bring your Eventbrite ticket with you! 

RSVP

Paul Smith, Esq.* will provide an update on this case and others recently decided by the Supreme Court, including the Pennsylvania and North Carolina cases.

Paul M. Smith is the Vice President for Litigation and Strategy at the Campaign Legal Center. Until 2017 he was in private practice at the firm of Jenner & Block LLP. He had an active appellate practice for several decades, including oral arguments in 21 Supreme Court cases in a wide range of cases but emphasizing civil rights and civil liberties issues. Among his important victories have been Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark gay rights case, and Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Ass’n, establishing the First Amendment rights of those who produce and sell video games. Professor Smith also argued a long list of voting rights cases in the Supreme Court. Just this Term he argued Gill v. Whitford, the partisan gerrymandering challenge out of Wisconsin, and Husted v. APRI, a challenge to Ohio’s practice of purging registered voters for not voting.

 

 

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Apr
25
to Apr 26

Sips and Civility - Let's Talk! --- Even About Touchy Issues

  • Osteria da Nino Cucina Italiana & Bar (map)
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Is it still possible to have a civil conversation about politically touchy issues? YES, we at the Arlington League of Women Voters say it is always possible to find some common ground even in these divided times.

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Come to Osteria da Nino Cucina and help us bridge the divide as we learn how to discuss everything with everybody!

Join us for a fun, casual and informative evening and explore with us how to have "those" conversations on issues such as gun control, health care, LGBTQ issues, climate change - or bring your own issue!

The event is open to everyone. Bring a friend, bring a neighbor - just please let us know who is coming. Admission is free but we encourage you to support our host restaurant by purchasing some food and drink!

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Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Our state Delegates and Senators Report on the 2018 VA General Assembly

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Bring your curiosity and your questions!

 This is participatory Democracy at its best!

Join us for an analysis of the 2018 session of the Virginia General Assembly with your Delegates and State Senators. This is a rare opportunity to question them on what transpired while they were in session.  

Reservations HERE

UP-DATE: For family reasons, Delegate Sullivan will now be out of town and unable to participate.

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Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Women’s Suffrage and the Vote: Funding Feminism

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The 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) is an information sharing collaborative of organizations and individuals dedicated to commemorating the centennial of the 72 year fight for women to win the vote and the relevance of that struggle to issues of today.  Co-chaired by Nancy Tate, of the League of Women Voters, and Jennifer Krafchik, of the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, WVCI is proud to join the National Archives in sponsoring a program that focuses on the role and sources of money in the women’s suffrage fight – both in support of and in opposition to the suffrage amendment -  as well as for women in politics today.

Save your seat RSVP

Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW

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Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Gun Safety & the Safety of American Schools: a Conversation with Congressman Beyer

  • T.C. Williams High School Minnie Howard Campus (map)
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Please join us as we discuss actions we can take to ensure no other parent has to experience this kind of trauma.

Featured Speakers

  • Fred Guttenberg, a father in Parkland, Florida, who lost his 14-year daughter Jaime in the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School shooting
  • Students from Alexandria City Public Schools
  • U.S. House of Representative, Ted Deutch (Florida)
  • U.S. House of Representative, Don Beyer (Virginia)

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Mar
6
6:30 PM18:30

Sips and Civility: Virginia General Assembly Trivia Night!

Join the Arlington League of Women Voters in our first in a series of Sips and Civility Programs: a Virginia General Assembly Trivia Night. Sips and Civility are nonpartisan evenings of food, beverages, and civil discourse offered by the League of Women Voters.

As the old saying goes, “All politics is local.” So let’s have some fun with our local politics! This is a great way to brush up on your knowledge, meet new friends, and win some prizes.

FREE tickets

Bistro 360  1800 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia         

*** PARKING ***

FREE parking after 6:00PM on street or find a lot at 1550/1560 Wilson Blvd.

 

 

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