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
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
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.
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.
- 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).
This event is for new and seasoned members.
- We'll discuss our local positions, why we have them, and how we can use them.
- Join us for networking and thoughtful conversation.
- Come learn how this legacy organization works to empower voters and defend democracy.
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.
The club resumes its regular meeting schedule to discuss Catherine Drinker Bowen's "Miracle At Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May - September 1787".
Click on the graphic to link to a book study.
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!
* 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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
UP-DATE: For family reasons, Delegate Sullivan will now be out of town and unable to participate.
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.
Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW
Please join us as we discuss actions we can take to ensure no other parent has to experience this kind of trauma.
- 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)
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.
Bistro 360 1800 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia
*** PARKING ***
FREE parking after 6:00PM on street or find a lot at 1550/1560 Wilson Blvd.
Although the senator can't be there in person, this is a terrific opportunity to get personalized and undivided attention from his staff. Please make an individual appointment by emailing Gaston_Araoz-Riveros@kaine.senate.gov. Walk in visitors will be accommodated upon staff availability.
20 Feb - 2 Mar VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to register eligible voters in all of the Arlington high schools.
Building on last two year’s success, the League is again partnering with Arlington Public Schools and Inspire Virginia to register Arlington high school students who will be old enough to vote by Nov 6, 2018.
We expect to visit 40+ classrooms to lead a short presentation/discussion on the importance of voting and register eligible voters during this period. We need to have sufficient volunteers to provide 2 people per classroom visit. Each class period lasts about 45 minutes, but recommend budgeting at least an hour per class to cover pre and post class administrative tasks.
Last year over 35 volunteers participated, successfully registering over 280 voters. We need at least that many volunteers this year.
Dr. T. Lindsay Moore* will lead a discussion on the formation of the Electoral College by getting to the roots of this very American and quite complicated system as presented in “Federalist Papers 10 and 68”.
Please review the “Federalist Papers” here:
*Adjunct Professor. United States Military Academy (International Relations) *Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University (National Security Studies)*Adjunct Professor, National Defense Intelligence College (Law and Intelligence)
The membership is invited to communicate their preferred positions for the league's 2018 Program. This input will guide the Board as they prepare the focus of the 2018 agenda at the following Board Meeting later that evening at Glebe School .
This annual kick-off to the Legislative Session provides an opportunity for those with various interests to come together and talk about what they think will be important during the upcoming Legislative Session. It is a great way to network and find new ways to share resources as well.
The Arlington League has the budget to pay for two people to spend one night in Richmond – FIRST COME / FIRST SERVED. If you are interested in a hotel stay please contact our Treasurer Don Gurney firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reservations and Agenda here