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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.
To support our voter service and education activities, make a tax-deductible donation to the "LWVRI Education Fund."
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.
- Rhode Island Acts: Beyond The 2016 Election
17 & 24, 2017
- League Day at the State House
April 27, 2017
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
- MONDAY, APRIL 17
"Rhode Island/Federal: Who Leads?"
Meg Kerr, Senior Director of Policy, Audubon Society of Rhode Island; Kathy Cloutier, Executive Director, Dorcas
International Institute of Rhode Island; Peter Marino, President & CEO, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
- 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
LEAGUE DAY AT THE STATE HOUSE
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 (email@example.com) 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
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
THE BOOK GROUP MEETS MONTHLY
Book Group gathers for
Holiday Lunch at
Agawam Hunt Club
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
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).
Please let the governor know your stance on this important issue.
For Rhode Island, see Rhode
For Providence, see city site
LEAGUE SUPPORTS ETHICS LEGISLATION
LWV President Jane Koster testified to restore Ethics Committee oversight to legislators.
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.
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
FUNDING FORMULA SURVEY