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In This Issue
Learn About the League
Great American Write-in
Voter Registration
State Action Alerts
Voting Rights Petition
US Action Alert
More News
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Learn About the League

This Saturday, Aug. 17, 9:30-3 p.m

Marmalade Café in La Cumbre Plaza


Last chance to sign up to learn about League positions on:

ˇ      Money in Politics

ˇ      Agriculture Update Introduction

ˇ      Lobbying for the League

ˇ      Environmental Protection

ˇ      Immigration

ˇ      And much more

Cost: $20 includes coffee and lunch.

To reserve, call: Susan Shank, 899-9188, or Joanie Jones, 683-1937


Join 10th Great American Write-In
Saturday, Aug. 24, 1-3 p.m.
Santa Barbara Public Library, Faulkner Gallery
In recognition of Women's Equality Day, the  Santa Barbara Pro-Choice Coalition is hosting its 10th annual Great American Write-in. Admission is free.

More than 20 organizations--including LWVSB---will participate in a fun and energizing event in support of reproductive rights. Hundreds of attendees will have the opportunity to discuss critical issues impacting reproductive health care and sign letters to our legislators in support of a wide variety of legislation that protects women's health and personal decision making.
After signing letters, Pro-Choice Coalition supporters will gather for a "Stand Up for Choice!" rally from 3-3:30 p.m at the corner of State and Anapamu Streets, in front of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Signs will be provided.

This year organizers and supporters are inspired and electrified by activists around the country, from Texas to North Carolina, Wisconsin and beyond fighting to protect women's constitutional rights.

The theme is: "Stand with us to make sure policy makers hear us loud and clear-WE WON'T GO BACK!"
Help With Our August
Voter Registration Drive


An important League Voter Registration effort is taking place during August at the Santa Barbara Farmers' Markets and you are invited to help!


LWVSB will have tables at all the Tuesday Farmers' Markets (4-7 p.m.) and at the Saturday Markets (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) on Aug. 24 and again on Aug. 31 if there are enough volunteers.  Please let Janice Rorick know if you can help at any of these times. (805-962-7961 or janror@aol.com) 

LWVC Action Alert: Keep CEQA


You are needed to help protect the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)!
We urge you to contact your Assembly Member today, as an individual, and urge him to keep CEQA strong and oppose any weakening of the California Environmental Quality Act.


The League was one of the original supporters of the California Environmental Quality Act, which became law in 1970, and we have continued to advocate for keeping it strong. CEQA is an "environmental bill of rights" for all Californians. It is designed to ensure that people in every California community can understand how land use decisions will impact their communities and health, and can hold public agencies accountable to local and state environmental and land use  



The LWVC website www.lwvc.org/act-now/alert/2013/jul/keep-ceqa-strong has more details, and suggestions for calling or writing our legislator. Contact information for our Assemblymember, Das Williams, is on p. 25 of your LWVSB Directory. His website is www.asm.ca.gov/williams. We know that he supports CEQA, so please thank him and let him know you appreciate his efforts to keep CEQA strong.  

LWVC: Sign Voting Rights Petition
Tell Gov. Jerry Brown to make voting accessible for all Californians!
Sign this petition to support AB 817:


Earlier this summer, Assemblymember Rob Bontan (D-Oakland) introduced a state bill (AB 817) that would allow for more poll volunteers to assist voters who don't speak English fluently. Over 2.6 million eligible California voters are limited in their English proficiency. This measure passed the state Legislature and awaits being signed into law.


The League of Women Voters of California supports this voting rights bill to allow lawful permanent residents to serve as poll workers on Election Day. Election officials must recruit bilingual pollworkers to help voters who face language barriers, and AB 817 will enlarge the pool.

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LWVUS Action Alert:

Tell Congress to fix the Voting Rights Act!


Earlier this summer the U.S. Supreme Court erased fundamental protections against racial discrimination in voting that have been critical in protecting our democracy.


The damage to the VRA can and must be fixed - Congress has the power to act swiftly to restore the effectiveness of the Voting Rights Act. Tell your members of Congress to work quickly to repair and restore the VRA.


Before adjourning for the August recess, both the Senate and the House of Representatives held hearings to begin discussing solutions to discrimination at the polls and the path forward for the VRA. We were encouraged by what we witnessed - members from both sides of the aisle expressing a need to address the Supreme Court's mistake and vowing to ensure our elections are free, fair and accessible to all citizens.


Join with the League of Women Voters and thank your elected officials for starting the process to fix the VRA and encourage them to repair and restore it quickly. 


More News From LWVSB 


Water Water Everywhere? The water committee is returning on Tuesday, Aug. 27 with a meeting at noon at the League office. The subject will be water quality and chromium 6 in water.


CV Returning: After a summer break, the Channel Voter is coming back in early September. In the meantime, be sure to visit our website, www.lwvsantabarbara.org. The web team has been busy updating the site to provide easy access to the information you need.


Climate Realities: Mark your calendar for our first fall community forum: "Climate Realities and Our Responsibilities," Wednesday, Sept. 18, noon to 2 p.m. at the Louise Lowry Davis Center, 1232 De la Vina Street. Invite your friends to this important discussion.


No Units: There will be no units in September, but they will resume in October with a discussion on another important and timely issue--fracking.
Joanie Jones & Susan Shank  
League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara 

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