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KEEP THE LEAGUE STRONG! DONATE TODAY
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.
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To support our voter service and education activities, make a tax-deductible donation to the "LWVRI Education Fund."
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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


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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Call to Action: Seizing Opportunity
in a Time of Uncertainty

Since it was founded in 1920, the League of Women Voters has believed that democracy required voters who were educated about the issues and understood how to operate within the government. For almost 100 years, the League has used the rallying cry, "Democracy is not a spectator sport" to remind  citizens that participating in a democracy does not end when the voter leaves the polling place.

This background explains why immediately after the November election, citizens turned to the League wanting to know how to become more involved. One of the first responses was the national League's "Ten Ways to Protect Democracy" followed by the League's support of the Women's March in January.

But many people asked, "What's next?" and in response, the League in Rhode Island has planned a meeting on Tuesday, March 7, to help citizens learn how to become actively engaged in our democracy. The event, "Call to Action; Seizing Opportunity in a Time of Uncertainty," will be held from 5:15 -6:45 at the Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport.

The Forum will focus on how to engage in action and advocacy around three core issues:  Voting Rights and Reform , Healthcare (including Affordable Care Act and women's health) and Immigration.  A panel of experienced advocates will facilitate the discussion and answer audience questions.  Panelist include:  John Marion, Director of Common Cause Rhode Island, Craig O'Connor, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Susan Taylor, an immigration attorney and member of Newport City Council, and Edward Fitzpatrick, Director of Media and Public Relations at Roger Williams University and former Providence Journal political columnist.  Jane Koster, president of the League of Women Voters, Rhode Island, will open the program with a brief review of the League's prioritized issues for this legislative session.

If you want to not only learn about these important issues but also how to effect change, then join the League for this important meeting. It's free and open to the public. Doors open at the Art Museum at 5:00 pm and the program will run from 5:15 – 6:45 pm. For more information, please call 401 -339-9766. To keep up to date on the League's activities and legislative agenda, please sign up to receive our action alerts and other publications.


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."


HONORING LONG-TIME
LEAGUE MEMBER, CAMILLA WIENER

At a June 4, 2016, luncheon at the Westerly Public Library, 50 friends fêted Camilla Wiener, long-time South County League member, and mother of League member Elizabeth Candas. In fifty plus years of volunteering, Camilla has poll-run, worked on studies, Know Your City books, voter drives. Congratulations!

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Elizabeth Candas and Camilla Wiener

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Joyce Stevos, Camilla Wiener, Joanne Rizzo


PRESENTING THE 9TH ANNUAL
SUSAN B. WILSON AWARDS

At a June ceremony at the State House, the League recognized teachers who have demonstrated expertise in civics education. Melissa Long, Deputy Secretary of State, was the guest speaker.

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Ryan Cannole (Honorable Mention), Michael Miele (2nd place),
and Heidi Vazquez (1st place)


UPCOMING BLITHEWOLD TEA

The Planning Committee met to discuss
"Afternoon Tea at Blithewold" - a benefit for
the Providence League of Women Voters
Monday, October 3, 2016

Left to right: Judy Dorian, Hollie Courage, Liz Head, Maureen Romans, Joan Retsinas.


PROVIDENCE LWV CONVERSATION
Citizenship Topic at the Lippitt House Museum
April 5, 2016

Left to right: Carrie Taylor, Director of Lippitt House Museum, Bruno Sukys, head of Citizenship & Immigration Services at Dorcas International, Kathy Cloutier, Director of Dorcas International Institute and Barbara Feldman, Providence LWV, discussion leader.


LWVRI MEMBER FEATURED AT BOOK CLUB

On April 7, 2016, the RI League Book Club discussed member Marian Styles-McClintock's book, But Isn't That What We're Supposed to Do? Marian (on left) interviewed elderly black women in several Southern communities about their roles in mentoring children. The women viewed their activism as "What we're supposed to do." In a small homogeneous community, the women felt responsible for others.

Pictured with Marian are Mary Speare (center) and Liz Head (right).
Photo courtesy of Susan Escherich.


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.

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"


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

 

LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
Join the LWVRI for League Day at the State House - Tuesday, March 21, 2017. There will be briefings on important statewide issues and a how-to session on lobbying your legislators. Mark your calendar now and sign up to receive League mailings by clicking here.
More details to follow.


SEE THE LATEST VOTER!
WINTER 2017 (pdf)


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WE'VE MOVED!
The LWVRI  has moved its office from East Providence to One Richmond Square in Providence.  With the move, the League phone number has changed; it is now 401-339-9766. The complete address is LWVRI, One Richmond Square, Suite 220 A -W, Providence, RI 02906. The League's website address (www.lwvri.org) and Facebook listing remain the same.


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


GOVERNMENT DATA
For Rhode Island, see Rhode Island Foundation
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For Providence, see city site
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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.

 


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