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LEAGUE SUPPORTS ETHICS LEGISLATION
LWV President Jane Koster testified to restore Ethics Committee oversight to legislators.
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CIVIC PARTICIPATION AWARD
The League of Women Voters of Newport County is accepting nominations for the fourth annual Joan C. Arnold Civic Participation Award.  For more information about the award criteria and deadlines please see: Joan C. Arnold Participation Award.


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


FINANCING EDUCATION
Financing Education Forum held in Newport.
HIGHLIGHTS


UPDATE
Position on Financing Public Education in Rhode Island
MORE INFO


AT THE STATE HOUSE

State League Studies Education Funding Policy
A subcommittee of the Advocacy Committee has interviewed local officials on the impact of the education funding formula instituted in Rhode Island in 2011.


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

 

PROVIDENCE LEAGUE CONSENSUS
MEETING ON LIBRARY FUNDING
Thursday, February 18, 2016

A subcommittee has been interviewing librarians, poring over written materials, all the better to understand the state funding of libraries. At this consensus meeting, we will discuss our findings, and try to reach consensus on recommendations.

This Consensus meeting is open to Providence and at-large League members.

Background information:

  • The draft report on the current funding formula
    CLICK HERE
  • The response from Karen Mellor, Director of the State's Office of Library and Information Services (comments made at a December 1 "Conversation")
    CLICK HERE

For more information, contact Joan Retsinas at 401-272-0422 or joan.retsinas@gmail.com.


LEAGUE MEMBER, GEORGE KASSIS,
SPEAKS ON ISIS CRISIS
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Sponsored by Newport County League

The League of Women Voters, Newport County presented a talk by Mr. George Kassis entitled "Crisis ISIS: An Alternative View" at St. John's the Evangelist Church, 61 Poplar Street, Newport, held in the church's Parish Hall.

Mr. Kassis was born in Syria and attended an American high school there. At 18 he moved to Lebanon to attend the American University of Beirut where he received his undergraduate and master's degrees in Biology.

He then went on to serve for 25 years with the United Nations.  His work took him around the world with assignments in Sudan, Lebanon, Jordan and Yemen before being transferred to UN New York Headquarters in 1984, where he served in several senior positions through 1995. His work involved developing teacher training in Palestinian refugee camps and UN run schools in Lebanon, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and later serving in a regional capacity managing UN advised programs in 9 countries in the Middle East.

In 2009 Mr. Kassis and his wife, Jill, moved to Portsmouth, RI. Now retired, he has been teaching courses at Salve Regina University Circle of Scholars on Understanding the Middle East, the Arab Israeli conflict and, most recently on The Emerging Dynamics of the Middle East.

This event was free and open to the public.


JOAN C. ARNOLD AWARD RECIPIENTS
FÊTED AT JAMESTOWN ARTS CENTER

On December 3, the League of Women Voters, Newport County honored Linda and George Warner, the 2015 recipients of the Joan C. Arnold Civic Participation Award, at a wine and cheese reception held at the Jamestown Arts Center.

The Warners, lifetime Jamestown residents, are longtime volunteers at Beavertail Lighthouse. They have each served as president of the Beavertail Lighthouse Association Board and given untold hours volunteering there to help make it "a Rhode Island Jewel." Both are actively involved in Jamestown town government and many other local organizations.

The award honors the life of Joan C. Arnold, a member and long time treasurer of both the League of Women Voters of Newport County and Rhode Island State League. The award commemorates her life and work by recognizing individuals whose work has resulted in bringing relief to those in need or to improving the quality of life in Newport County.

Linda Jenkins giving her annual tribute to Joan Arnold.

Left to right: George Warner, Linda Warner, Kathy Gallagher,
Ann Arnold (Joan Arnold's daughters).


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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CELEBRATE 95 YEARS OF
WOMEN & THE VOTE
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 11:00am
Marble House, Newport

Mildred Nichols displays the October 6,
1920 Notice (from the Irene Precinct,
Jefferson District, Loudoun County, VA)
certifying that her grandmother,
Eppie Clark, had registered and was on
the books as a registered voter.

Women in sashes fête the
anniversary of the Act.

The League of Women Voters of Rhode Island and the Preservation Society of Newport County celebrated 95 years of women's suffrage on the terrace of Marble House. The event was free and open to the public.

Former Representative Donna Walsh, retired Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Judith Colenback Savage, and LWVRI board member and author Marian Styles-McClintock read excerpts from suffragists' speeches and documents. Poet Amber Rose Johnson read a poem written to mark the occasion (VIEW VIDEO). A musical interlude and a re-enactment of a "Votes for Women" march completed the event.

The Newport Restoration Foundation, the Newport Historical Society, the Women's Fund of Rhode Island, and the YWCA of Rhode Island co-sponsored the celebration.

MORE INFO
VIEW VIDEO


SIGNING OF VOTING EQUIPMENT BILL
Transfers the purchasing power of Voting Equipment
from the Board of Elections to the Secretary of State.
State House, August 6, 2015
On the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Right Act

Front: Senate President Theresa Paiva-Weed (District 13), Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne (District 32),  Sen. Gayle L. Goldin (District 3),  Sen. Maryellen Goodwin (Majority Whip District 01 applauding in back of Secretary Gorbea), Governor Gina Raimondo. Back: Rep. Shelby Maldonado (District 56) and Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (District 35).

Jane Koster, LWV RI President, served on the Secretary of State's "Voting Equipment Task Force"


ROB ROCK ADDRESSES LWVRI
AT JUNE CONVENTION

Robert B. Rock, Director of Elections from Rhode Island Secretary of State's Office, with Jill Kassis and Susan Escherich.


THE 8TH ANNUAL
SUSAN B. WILSON CIVIC EDUCATION
MERIT AWARDS CEREMONY
Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 4:30pm
Governor's Reception Room, State House

$1,000 - Grand Prize Recipients
Louise A. Oliveira, History Dept. Chair,
Exeter-West Greenwich High School
Mark Gardner, Social Studies Teacher
Chariho High School


LEAGUE IN ACTION
The League in Photos

 

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


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

 

PUBLIC FORUMS HELD
Providence LWV helped conduct public forums for candidates of Providence School Committee on November 4 and November 12, 2015. Twelve candidates answered questions posed by the School Board Nominating Commission. LWV'ers included Christine Townsend, Molly Clark, Barbara Feldman, Robin Halpin-Ruder, Joan Retsinas.


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


SEE THE LATEST VOTER!
SPRING 2015 (pdf)


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

For Providence, see city site
CLICK HERE


THE BOOK GROUP
MEETS MONTHLY

Book Group gathers for Holiday Lunch at Agawam Hunt Club

UPCOMING BOOKS

September 2015
"The Secret History of Wonder Woman," by Jill Lapore

MORE INFO


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.

 


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