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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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The League of Women Voters of Santa Monica in both its values and practices, affirms its belief and commitment to diversity and pluralism, which means there shall be no barriers to participation in any activity of the LWV on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.

June 30, 2015  

Local fireworks are already long over and the 4th isn't for another four days. Yet, maybe a week of celebration is not a bad thing. The events of the past week have given us a lot to think about.  The shooting in South Carolina and resulting discussions about the battle flag of the Confederacy.  A flurry of important Supreme Court decisions at the end of the session.  Some to mourn, some to celebrate, all in need of reflection and thought.

Very important from the League's positions was the Court's approval of the Arizona redistricting, patterned after and thus validating the system in California.  Leagues in many other states will now be able to support systems where the people choose their politicians instead of it being the other way around.  Read the press release from LWVUS here.
Make It Fair

The LWVC is pleased to be a member of this group working to modify Proposition 13 to correct some unfair tax breaks that have been available to commercial and industrial properties.  This has been a long standing interest and goal of the League.

A webinar discussing the background of this effort and the role that League at both the state and local level can play in the campaign is scheduled for July 9th at 1:00p.m. and repeated at 7:00p.m.  While this is planned for League members, any friends who want to join us in the campaign are welcome to listen in.  Of course, we would like for you to join in our efforts.

Registration for the 1:00p.m. session is available here.
Registration for the 7:00p.m. session is available here.

Each session will last one hour. 

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA) into law. The VRA was a cornerstone achievement of the civil rights movement and ensured that every American citizen, regardless of race, ethnicity or language, had equal access to the right to vote. But two years ago this past week, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a key part of the VRA leading to a full frontal attack on the voting rights of American citizens.


Despite public outcry since the Supreme Court's decision, Congress has ignored widespread voter discrimination and the will of the American people. Tell Congress it's time to restore the Voting Rights Act! 


We should be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and its protections, but what's to celebrate when voters are instead more vulnerable to discrimination than at any time since the law was first passed in 1965. Congressional leadership has yet to act on restoring the law, putting the right to vote for all Americans in continuing danger.


The right to vote is one of the most basic rights in our country and it must be protected. Tell Congress to stand with the American people and restore the VRA! 

July 9, 1:00 and 7:00p.m.
Webinar training for MAKE IT FAIR campaign
See LWVC news above

July 18, 10:00a.m.  
Popovers in Pasadena   Pasadena Women's City Club 
The traditional Summer County League Day 
Guest speaker, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
Check the flyer and reserve early. This will be a sellout!

July 26, 10:00a.m. Board Retreat 
Call or email for more information

August 23, 12:00 noon  
New Member Orientation
For new or prospective members
Save the date/watch for flyer 
Summer in Santa Monica

For most of the country summer starts Memorial Day Weekend.  Not in Santa Monica, it really starts on the 4th.  First is the Holiday parade down Main Street.  Twilight Concerts on the Pier start July 9th.  Cinema on the
Street (Promenade) is July 17th.  Picnic on the Promenade every Friday July 10-August 21.  And that is just for starters!


League of Women Voters of Santa Monica
P. O. Box 1265
Santa Monica, CA 90406
Phone: 310-692-1494


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