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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.
Diversity Policy
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.
 

August 25, 2015  

Small group new member meeting at Thea Brodkin's home.


Tomorrow, August 26, is Women's Equality Day--the day 95 years ago when it became officiai that women had the fundamental right to the vote all across the country.  As we recognize this date each year it is good to take a few minutes to remember with thanks those women who paved the way: Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott and others who did not live to see the day; Carrie Chapman Catt who was a transitional figure and very instrumental in founding the League of Women Voter a few months earlier in preparation for this day; and the younger women, Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and others who staged the final protests.

And we should not forget a word of thanks for those men who were brave enough to vote yes. We often forget that it took the votes of men in the national legislature to pass the 19th Amendment and those in the legislatures  of 36 states to ratify it. 

That event, that week, influences all we do as a League: To assure, to the best of our ability, that all voters have access to the opportunities that this offered, the right to vote with as few barriers as possible, easy registration, convenient voting, etc.; the ability to make an informed decision when they cast that ballot with informative  forums, electronic media and printed materials; and a voice in influencing the decisions those elected make through informed advocacy.

The picture above is just one way we do this.  A small group meeting of experienced League members (some more experienced than others), with new members to help them understand how League works, how they can find a place within League to both contribute and grow.

If you were unable to attend this meeting and would like to know more about our League and League in general just let us know. 
FALL MEMBERSHIP LUNCH
Guest Speaker City Manager, Rick Cole

Our next scheduled event is the annual Fall Membership Luncheon, Saturday, September 19th at 11:00a.m.  We are fortunate to have Rick Cole, our new City Manager, as our guest speaker.  This is no charge, pot luck, a wonderful opportunity to bring a friend and introduce them to the League.  Again, we are meeting in a private home and you will receive the address and directions in response to your reservation. This is an excellent opportunity to hear Cole in an informal, small group setting. Here is a flyer you can share with a friend.
LWVC News
 Get Involved in Legislative Activity

Did you know that the California League supports bills to improve the vote-by-mail process, require further reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, increase funding for affordable housing, remove the cap on school district reserves that was imposed last year, and more?

Check out the LWVC Bill Status Report that lists all the bills on which the League has taken a position and links to more information about each bill.

Action will be fast and furious from now until September 11 when the Legislature adjourns for the year.  Be alert for possible calls for action as we move into these critical days.

UPCOMING EVENTS
 
August 29, 9:30a.m. 
What is being done to prevent HUMAN TRAFFICKING and what you can do to help
Sponsored by LWVLA 
Full information on flyer     
 
September 19, 11:00a.m.
Fall Membership Luncheon

Guest Speaker: City Manager Rick Cole
Private home, directions with RSVP to Pres. 
This is a special opportunity to bring a prospective member and introduce them to the League as well as meet our new city manager in a small group setting.
More information on flyer.   
 
September 28, 6:30p.m.
Regular Board Meeting
Fourth Monday of each month. All members are welcome. Call or email for location.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
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Water Saving Rebates

Contrary to what you see in the news, Santa Monica is still funded for rebates to those choosing water saving landscapes, toilets, washing machines, etc.  Free low flow shower heads are available as well as those for kitchen and bathroom faucets. Check it out here.

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

 

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