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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.

 

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
NEWPORT COUNTY CALL FOR APPLICANTS
FOR THE JOAN C. ARNOLD CIVIC
PARTICIPATION AWARD

The League of Women Voters of Newport County is seeking applications for the sixth annual Joan C. Arnold Civic Participation Award. Joan C. Arnold was a long-time member of the League who also served in many other organizations in the community. This award honors those who exhibit the same persistence as Joan in bringing relief to those in need or improving the quality of life in Newport County.

The award winner is chosen from nominations sent by community members. The recipient must be a resident or work in Newport County (which includes Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, and Tiverton). The award will be given to either a single individual or an organization or group. The deadline for applications is October 16, 2017 and the award will be announced at the end of October. The application is available here or or by contacting Susan Wells at 401-846-9537 or swells229@yahoo.com.


UPCOMING EVENTS
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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).
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.
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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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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.
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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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