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League of Women Voters of Moore County
September 2019 Newsletter

2019-2021 Officers
Jay Emery and Joan Matula, Co-Presidents
Jo Nicholas, Past President and current Chair of LWVNC
Janet Samuelson, 1st Vice President
Karen Curtis, 2nd Vice President
Mary Price and Peggy Crawford, Secretary
Judy Trivett, Treasurer
Greetings
 
We are excited to contribute to the first edition of the League of Women Voters of Moore County Newsletter. 

Kudos to Christine Foote and Terri Watt for researching and identifying a format for creating the newsletter.

The upcoming year promises to be an exciting one as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

There are many opportunities to participate as we EDUCATE and EMPOWER voters through our candidate forums, working to secure fair elections, exposing the dangers of gerrymandering, educating the public about the upcoming census and other issues critical to our democracy and way of life.

The themes for this year are communication, civil discourse, involvement and fun!

We encourage ALL members to become involved in an area or areas of interest during this exciting time and in preparation for the upcoming 2019 local and 2020 national elections.

We need your ideas, your engagement and your support to accomplish the 2019-2020 goals of the League of Women Voters of Moore County.

Please contact us for ways in which you can share your talents, we'd love to hear from you!

 
Jay Emery and Joan Matuala
Co-Presidents, LWV Moore County
lwvmcpres2@gmail.com
We invite you to join us for our

Monthly Luncheon Meetings
Held the third Tuesday of the month
11:30am - 1:00pm

 
Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club
1010 Midland Road
Southern Pines, NC 28387

Buffet lunch $20 includes tax and gratuity
Checks payable to LWVMC
Member guests and visitors are welcome!


*Next meeting on Tuesday, September 17*

Former NC Legislator Lane Brown, who co-sponsored the ERA ratification legislation in NC in 1973 and 1975, will be our speaker for the September League Luncheon Meeting on Sept. 17. 

A captivating speaker, Brown will walk us through the history of the ERA in the NC Legislature, highlighting the legislative process and how bills can be killed before being considered. 

His educational credentials include UNC Chapel Hill Law School, the graduate tax program at New York University, and post-graduate work at Harvard Law School. 

 
RSVP to Charlotte Gallagher
charlottegallagher@gmail.com
THINK GLOBALLY  |  ACT LOCALLY


Since 1987, The Ruth Pauley Lecture Series has been providing residents of the North Carolina Sandhills and surrounding areas with the opportunity to benefit from a roster of renowned thinkers, statesmen, artists, experts and other extraordinary speakers -- at no charge. Each year we present a new schedule of speakers to deepen society's understanding of key issues and encourage public participation in their resolution.

Visit the RPLS website for a complete lineup of guest speakers.

Wednesday, October 30 at 4 PM
Barbara Claypole White
"A Crazy Little Thing Called OCD"
Location: Sunrise Theater, Southern Pines

This lecture is hosted by the League of Women Voters.

***LEAGUE UPDATES***
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Centennial Celebration

Citizen Rights - Women's Reproductive Rights

Civic Leadership Scholarship

Communications

Education

Election Information

Environment

Equal Rights Amendment

Fair Districts NC

Health Care

Vote411.org

Links to Websites
CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
COMMITTEE


Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the
Ratification of the 19th Amendment


Mary Lou Bernett, Chair


Join the celebration!

I hope everyone is making plans to participate in our 2020 Centennial Celebration!  We have lots of events and ideas for next year to mark the 100th anniversary of our right to vote. 

I have been working on the project all summer – we have received permission from HBO to show the movie Iron Jawed Angels, for our opening event, with a reception following at The Jefferson Inn.

I have written our suffrage story for presentation throughout the community, and we are looking for a flatbed truck for our float..does anyone know someone that might lend us their truck? 

Most of the details are nailed down for our Garden Party at Weymouth, and I am preparing the invitations to be sent to potential “Celebration Partners”

If you know of a group or club that might like to support us, please give me their contact information and I will follow up. 
 
I have also begun to write our Legend’s script for next year – to fit right in with our celebration.  Plan to start rehearsals in January – it will be here oh so soon.
 
We will need “all hands on deck” to educate, lead, and celebrate with the community.  This is a wonderful opportunity to make our League shine throughout Moore County.

So, fellow Leaguers – don your white dresses and beautiful hats and prepare to join us in this once in a lifetime celebration!!

CITIZEN RIGHTS

Women's Reproductive Rights
Education and advocacy for protecting women's health


Terri Watt, Chair
Ginger Minichiello, Co-Chair


JOIN OUR WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS COMMITTEE

The Women’s Reproductive Rights team, (WRR), is a group of energetic and devoted League of Women Voters of Moore County members, dedicated to protecting the rights of women to make their own decisions regarding reproductive health care.

What is at stake?

Women’s fundamental right to make decisions about our bodies, our lives, and our futures.

The next WRR meeting will take place:

Thursday
September 26, 2019
3:00 PM
@ The Watt Casa

RSVP to Terri Watt
tswatt@gmail.com

If this is an issue that interests you please join us!

CIVIC LEADERSHIP
SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE


Providing scholarship opportunities for Moore County students

Joan Matula, Chair


The Scholarship Committee worked diligently this summer to revise the application for scholarships.  The purpose of the change was to standardize the information in order to better read and evaluate the many applications rather than to limit the number of students who apply.

Our work continues as we develop a rubric to assess the essays on a point basis.  The applications will be delivered to the Moore County High Schools in August and the process for selecting the 2019-2020 recipients will begin.

The committee's plan is to post the forms online for access by the students.

COMMUNICATIONS
COMMITTEE


Working to keep members informed

TBD, Chair

Waiting for a volunteer!

JOIN OUR COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE


The LWVMC Communications Group has had a busy summer!  New communications projects are works in progress to keep you informed, engaged and active in our chapter. Soon we’ll have a newly-upgraded website with more intuitive navigation, plus increased local media presence.

To keep all the communications wheels running smoothly, we ask that announcement requests and content in general be written briefly while addressing all details of the who, what, where, when, and why, prior to sending. Don’t forget the due date or timing--and a contact name!

The year ahead promises important elections, a census that needs to count, hard work to educate voters, debate on key issues, significant volunteer efforts, a month’s long 100th Anniversary Celebration, and all our efforts to empower voters and ensure democracy.

Your hard-working Communications Group of eight has rolled their sleeves up and this newsletter is one of the first deliverables.
EDUCATION

Education and advocacy as related to
public education issues in Moore County


TBD, Chair

Waiting for a volunteer!

JOIN OUR EDUCATION LEAGUE ACTION TEAM


 
  • Work to ensure adequate funding for students in Moore County Schools
  • Monitor policies and laws at the state level that affect students in NC
  • Advocate for measures that ensure safe schools
  • Promote civic education and civic responsibility in the schools and in the community
2019 - 2020

ELECTION INFORMATION



 
Photo ID will NOT be required for any election in 2019.

Voters will be asked to show a photo ID beginning in 2020.

The State Board of Elections has created a presentation designed to inform the public about new voter photo ID requirements in our State, and other important information about voting.
 
 
A one page summary outlining the 2020 voter ID requirements is also provided.
 
ENVIRONMENT

Education and advocacy related to the protection of our environment

Suzanne Schenkel, Chair


JOIN OUR ENVIRONMENT LEAGUE ACTION TEAM

  • Monitor laws and policies that impact the environment
  • Advocate for programs, policies and laws that have positive effected on the environment and oppose those that would have a negative impact

EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

Education and advocacy related to the Equal Rights Amendment

Karen Curtis, Chair


JOIN OUR ERA LEAGUE ACTION TEAM

ERA MONTHLY MEETINGS

Held the fourth Thursday of the month at 12:00

Table on the Green
2205 Midland Road
Pinehurst, NC 28374


RSVP to Karen Curtis
kncurtis@earthlink.net

All members are welcome!

It is bizarre that women in the United States of America still do not have equal protection under the nation’s highest legal authority, the Constitution. As Justice Scalia stated, “Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t.”

Our League Action Team is committed to seeing ERA ratified by the NC General Assembly. Just two more states are needed to reach the required 38 necessary for the amendment to pass! Our plan:

  • Educate
  • Motivate
  • Collect Resolutions in support of passage from town and county boards, churches, clubs, businesses—and take them to Raleigh.

FAIR DISTRICTS NC

Education and advocacy for redistricting reform

Ann Torok, Chair

aetorok@embarqmail.com
910.235.9208

JOIN OUR FAIR DISTRICTS NC LEAGUE ACTION TEAM


 

About Fair Districts 

Fair districting (the opposite of partisan gerrymandering) has been in the National and State news recently.  Every 10 years after the national census, the electoral districts are required to be redrawn, by the political party in power in each state.

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) recently heard the case, Rucho v. LWVNC, but did not make a decision.  Therefore, it is up to each state to make clear procedures.  The NC case,
Common Cause v. Lewis, was heard in NC courts beginning July 15.  As of this writing, a decision has not come forth, but it seems as it will be referred to NC Supreme Court.

Why are Fair Districts important?

The current process, including gerrymandering, is hurting our democracy.  The districts are ‘packed’ or ‘cracked’ to keep political parties or even racial groups at a disadvantage.  There is often no competition at election time, and the politicians lose touch with voters and others.  This may be the cause of extremists in government, who do not listen to other opinions.

What has the LWVNC LAT done this year concerning the issue?

They formed a non-partisan organization, FairDistrictsNC.org and have conducted 17 meetings or community events in counties with no local League, to get the word out.  They have generated the Five Principles of Reasonable Redistricting Reform (see their website.)

What can you do?


1.  Register at LWVNC.com to get communication from the state LAT. Under ‘ACT’ in the top right or the very bottom of the homepage. Then click on ‘Fair Districts’ and fill in your details.

2.  Sign-up for the monthly webinar with the Fair Districts LAT. It occurs the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 PM. Instructions for attendance will be emailed to you prior to the webinar.

HEALTH CARE

Education and advocacy related to health care reform

Tina Ganis, Chair

 
JOIN OUR HEALTH CARE LEAGUE ACTION TEAM
  • Monitor and advocate for laws and policies and budgets that promote health for all people with special attention to children, women, reproductive rights, and the opioid crisis
VOTE411.org

Education and advocacy for voter protection rights

Carolyn Mealing, Chair

JOIN OUR VOTE411.ORG LEAGUE ACTION TEAM
VOTE411.org is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. This innovative voter resource provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information. Register to vote, find candidate information, and much more.

Help us provide accurate & unbiased voting information. 
For MOORE information visit:

LWV Moore County - New website coming soon!


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