SIXTH ANNUAL JOAN C. ARNOLD
AWARD RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED
The League of Women Voters, Newport County has selected Henry J. (Hank) Kniskern
of Newport as the 2017 recipient of the Joan C. Arnold Civic Participation Award. The award will be presented on November 30, 2017
at a wine and cheese reception to be held at Harbor House, 111 Washington St. Newport from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Tickets for the event are $20.
Mr. Kniskern is the chair of the Newport Public Schools "One Newport Strategic Plan" initiative whose mission is
to lay out the key educational thrust of the Newport School District for the next five years and create a foundation for the future. This initiative is an important milestone for the Newport Public
Schools and the system's effort to respond to the needs of students and faculty in the 21st century. He also served as chairman of the Newport Waterfront Commission for 7 years and has been
active in a number of other Newport civic organizations. "He is a well-respected Newporter who has given so much to his community and we are very pleased to honor him with this award," Kathy
Gallagher, Joan Arnold's daughter and chair of the selection committee, said when announcing the selection.
The award honors the life of Joan C. Arnold, a member of the League of Women Voters of Newport County and Rhode Island,
who passed away in February 2011. Joan was a great admirer of the anthropologist Margaret Mead who said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed
it's the only thing that ever does." Joan believed in her power to "change the world."
Reservations may be mailed to LWVRI, 126 Storm King Drive, Portsmouth, RI 02871 or may be made online. Please respond
by November 22nd.
The League of Women Voters of Providence
Invites you to a Providence Conversation:
DACA: From Dream to Limbo to Deportation?
In 2012, President Obama signed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
order, allowing children born outside the United States who immigrated with their parents to stay in the country. Today 800,000 of these children have settled into
schools, training programs, and jobs. President Trump has threatened to halt DACA. What does this mean for Rhode Island's "Dreamers"?
Join the League and guest speaker, Kathleen Cloutier, executive director, Dorcas International Institute, on
Wednesday, October 25 from 7-9:30 p.m. at the home of LWV Providence member Liz Head in Providence. Contact her for directions at 401-351-2269 or email email@example.com.
LWVRI CONVENTION 2017
June 1, 2017 at 4:45 p.m
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