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The League of Women Voters of Rhode Island Needs You!

You will soon receive the League's  annual appeal letter from LWVRI President Jane W. Koster. In her letter, Jane  reminds us of all of the League's work over the past year and makes a good case for why you should support the League.  Please help us be your voice in Providence and continue our efforts to help make democracy work.

Answer the call!
You can donate online or simply send your check to LWVRI, One Richmond Square, Suite 220 A-W, Providence, RI 02906. Donations made to the LWVRI are not tax deductible.
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To support our voter service and education activities, make a tax-deductible donation to the "LWVRI Education Fund."
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NEEDED: Volunteers
The Ethics Commission, the Board of Elections, legislative committee session, the Environmental Council of RI... all need citizen input.

The LWV needs volunteers to attend meetings. If many volunteer, we would each attend a few sessions, and report back. If you can spare a few hours, contact Susan Escherich at 401-433-4896.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS
PAST EVENTS

LEAGUE DAY AT THE STATE HOUSE
NEW DATE/LOCATION
THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
STATE HOUSE LIBRARY

League Day has a new location...
The State House Library

League Day at the State House will be held on Thursday, April 27, at 2:30 in the State House Library. The program will include brief remarks from LWVRI President Jane Koster, briefings from the League's Advocacy committee, and "Lobbying 101" with League member Linda Finn. Linda will share her experiences as a lobbyist and RI State Representative. We'll be given a chance to role play with Linda on how to talk to and lobby our representatives. We'll have seating charts, sample scripts and bill descriptions relating to League Issue. After Q&A, we'll move out around 3:40 to Senate and House floors to find our respective reps and gather back in the Library Room for sharing when Legislative Session begins around 4:15 p.m.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • RSVP—There is no registration fee for League Day, but please contact us (sknarr@lwvri.org) so we will have sufficient materials for all attendees. Just add "League Day" in the subject line and tell us how many are attending.
  • Location—We have a new location for League Day, the State Library. It is on the second floor of the State House, directly across from the Governor's Reception Room. Download a map here; the library is no. 13 on the map.
  • Directions—Visit the Secretary of State's website for directions and parking information.
  • Parking—Parking is also available at the Providence Place Mall, which is down the hill from the State House. Allow about 20 minutes to park and walk up the hill.

Governor Raimondo speaks at
League Day at the State House
March 24, 2015


RHODE ISLAND ACTS:
BEYOND THE 2016 ELECTION

Community Discussion Series
A partnership of Lippitt House Museum
and the Providence League of Women Voters

6:30pm Reception  |  7:00pm Discussion
Lippitt House Museum, 199 Hope St, Providence
Wheelchair-accessible. Free.

  • MONDAY, APRIL 24
    "Citizen Voices: What Can We Do?"
    Jim Vincent, President, NAACP-Providence Branch; Aaron Regunberg, Rhode Island State Representative; Josh Fenton, CEO & Co-Founder, GoLocal24.com


LWVRI CONVENTION 2017

June 1, 2017 at 4:45 p.m
Jamestown Library
Jamestown, RI

Keynote speaker: Arlene Violet

Register Online or see the Spring Voter.


LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF RHODE ISLAND'S STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CALL FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO WIDESPREAD VOTER FRAUD

League of Women Voters of Rhode Island President Jane W. Koster released this statement today in response to President Trump's call for an investigation into unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud:

"President Trump's claims of widespread voter fraud are seriously flawed and unfounded in fact and voters must not be swayed by these statements from the White House. Irresponsible announcements from the President that instill distrust and misunderstanding of our voting system are not acceptable.

"League of Women Voters of Rhode Island continues our work with the League of Women Voters of the United States, the Rhode Island Secretary of State's office and with other good government partner organizations to advocate and lobby for a safe and secure election process. Rhode Island has instituted new practices to accomplish these goals. This last year the state joined the Electronic Registration Election Center (ERIC), a multi-state secure data-matching center organized to improve accuracy of voter registration systems.

"The League of Women Voters, as we have proven during the 97 years of our existence, will continue our fight to protect our right to have a voice and the right to vote.   The League shall work and give oversight to any restrictions on voting and voter suppression."


The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.

— Dwight Eisenhower

 

SPREAD THE WORD!
SUSAN B. WILSON AWARD
The League of Women Voters, South County is asking for your help to spread the word about The Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Awards. We are accepting nominations to honor Rhode Island's innovative teachers and their exceptional work in civic education. Ask your friends and family to forward this message to those who are currently teaching in a Rhode Island school (preK -- 12^th grade). The cash prizes will be awarded to three individual teachers or teams of teachers for work that has already been accomplished and whose impact has already been assessed.

Grand Prize - $1,000
Jury Prize - $500
Honorable Mention -$250

Details and online application

Deadline for Applications
April 30, 2017

See Past Winners

Rosalie Harris, Chair
Susan B Wilson Civic Education
Merit Awards Committee
League of Women Voters
South County
lwvscri@gmail.com


THE BOOK GROUP MEETS MONTHLY

Book Group gathers for
Holiday Lunch at
Agawam Hunt Club
MORE INFO


ACCESSING GOVERNMENT IN RHODE ISLAND
ACCESS/RI has outlined the limitations on the public's access in Access Limited: An Audit of Compliance with the Rhode Island Public Records Act (2014).
MORE INFO


LWVRI PROMOTES TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT
The LWVRI has been working with other good government groups to ensure transparency in government. You may have read out postings about the letter that Access/RI wrote to the Governor about compliance with the APRA (Access to Public Records Act).
READ LETTER

Please let the governor know your stance on this important issue.
READ MORE


GOVERNMENT DATA
For Rhode Island, see Rhode Island Foundation
CLICK HERE

For Providence, see city site
CLICK HERE


LEAGUE SUPPORTS ETHICS LEGISLATION
LWV President Jane Koster testified to restore Ethics Committee oversight to legislators.
READ TESTIMONY
READ COMMENT


THE TRANSPARENCY PORTAL
The LWV has long urged urged transparency in government. Look at Rhode Island up close, through the Transparency Portal, which details budget expenditures, open meeting law regulations, and asks for citizen input.
CLICK HERE


STATE LEAGUE SURVEYS DISTRICTS 2010 EDUCATION FUNDING FORMULA
The LWVRI surveyed school districts during the 2013-2014 school year about the education funding formula enacted by the General Assembly in 2010. With the support of the RI State Superintendents Association the League requested participation from all school districts. Barrington, Burrillville, Chariho, East Providence, Foster-Glocester, Johnston, Pawtucket, Providence, Smithfield, Westerly, Woonsocket responded.

For more information, contact Joanne DeVoe
at 401-247-3004 or
joanned@qis.net

FUNDING FORMULA SURVEY

 


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