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Our success as an advocacy organization depends on you. We are an all-volunteer, grassroots, good government organization. When you donate to the League, you are helping us continue the League's work to advocate, lobby and educate for open and honest government at the local, state and national level.

Please join in this work and make a donation to support the League in its annual campaign. You can mail your donation to Susan Wells, Annual Fund Chair, 229 Gibbs Ave., Newport, RI 02840 or make a donation online.

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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.

 

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.


UPCOMING EVENTS
PAST EVENTS


PROVIDENCE CONVERSATION

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 emhead603@hotmail.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

 

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2017 CONVENTION

Arlene Violet addresses LWVRI Convention on June 1.


LWV PROVIDENCE/LIPPITT HOUSE CONVERSATIONS 2017

Kathleen Cloutier, Executive Director, Dorcas International; Meg Kerr, Senior Director of Policy, Audubon Society of RI; and Peter Marino, President & CEO, Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, and LWV moderator Joan Retsinas. The speakers were part of "Rhode Island Acts: Beyond the 2016 Election: Rhode Island/Federal Government—Who Leads?" one of two community discussions co-sponsored by the LWV Providence and  Lippitt House Museum in April.


THE BOOK GROUP MEETS MONTHLY

Book Group gathers for
Holiday Lunch at
Agawam Hunt Club
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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).
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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).
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Please let the governor know your stance on this important issue.
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GOVERNMENT DATA
For Rhode Island, see Rhode Island Foundation
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For Providence, see city site
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LEAGUE SUPPORTS ETHICS LEGISLATION
LWV President Jane Koster testified to restore Ethics Committee oversight to legislators.
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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.
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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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