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No LWVMC Newsletter in December, 
Have Happy & Healthy Holidays
Next Newsletter January 15, 2021!!!
 
November, 2020

LWVMC

NEWSLETTER
 
  Presidents Message


  October 2020 LWVMC Meeting 
         October 20, 2020 - Zoom



  Check Out Our New and                          Improved Website

   

      League Action Team Reports


  Women's Reproductive Rights


       Fair District LAT

 
  Healthcare LAT 


   Environmental LAT

                                        
  

  The Story Of Suffrage



  "Defending Democracy" Project



   A LWVMC Holiday Gift-Giving                Alternative


  Pay Your Dues


  Help Wanted 



 
 

How To Connect To Online Zoom Meetings
Links to Important Digital Areas


 

Presidents' Message


TRANSITION TIME

From Voter Registration and Participation to Civic Education and Community Engagement
 
The LWVMC membership actively fulfilled the program goals established for this important 2020 Election.  Thanks to all of you who worked designing posters, registering citizens,
placing Vote 411 signs, holding forums and conversations, producing effective publicity, educating and encouraging voters, and volunteering at the Board of Elections.  As we actively worked to Empower Voters and Defend Democracy, our League presence is celebrated by the unprecedented number of citizens who exercised their right to vote. 
We all must breathe a big sigh of relief when this tumultuous year is over and consequently, approach 2021 with renewed energy and enthusiasm as we work toward reinventing our democracy.  It is the appropriate time as we enter the next 100 years of League advocacy.

In the excitement of a new beginning, a few upcoming projects will be launched in January.

They include: 

 
    Membership Diversity (expansion to                 minority and younger populations) 
   
    Civic Education (OUR COMMON                         PURPOSE for civil discourse on specific         issues)
 
Programs/activities in our identified League Action Teams (LATS) are continuing/developing in the following areas:
 
     Women’s Reproductive Rights & ERA
 
     Health Care
 
     Environment
 
     Education

 

WE NEED YOU AS TEAM LEADERS AND TEAM MEMBERS

 
We wish you a
Happy Thanksgiving,
a Beautiful Holiday Season
and a Happy New Year.

                                                                                                    Joan Matula & Jay Emery


 

No in-person meetings until further notice.  LWVMC will hold Virtual Web meetings using 
Zoom
Video Conferencing  until the Pandemic is resolved.

LWVMC November Monthly Meeting
 
October 17, 2020 , 11:30 AM

>>>Zoom<<<

 
 
Grab a sandwich and a drink and join us to find out

'What's the Deal With the Electoral College'

Did you know that 5 out of our 45 presidents were elected without winning the popular vote?  Two in just the first 16 years of the 21st century!

Zoom in to listen to Eileen Reavy of NationalPopularVote.com explain the ins and outs of the electoral college and what her organization is doing to challenge this rather strange US institution.
Meeting link will be sent the day before the meeting.



 
The Future of Voting in the US
 

Eileen Reavey

National Grassroots Director,
National Popular Vote
 
 
  • BS, Environmental Science and Public Policy, York College of Pennsylvania
  • Master’s Degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law
  • Career as Director of a variety of non-profit organizations.
  • Website for info on the National Popular Vote organization: https://www.nationalpopularvote.com/ 
 

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS WEB SITE

 

         Expanded and Improved

 

If you haven’t taken the opportunity to open and explore our newly designed web site, please take the time.  You will find an abundance of current information, a depository of former activities and
presentations and lots of interesting pictures.
 
You will enjoy revisiting last year’s Lunch With Legends, or reviewing our Centennial Celebration Activities.  Check out ELECTIONS to see all of the effort that went into registering and educating voters.  Zoom allows us to record our presentations so if you miss a monthly meeting you can view on your own time schedule.
 
Thanks to Peggy Crawford working with her Son-in-Law,
The LWVMC now has a web site to be proud of.

 
In this time of COVID 19 and Zoom Meetings, use the Web Site to stay informed and follow the programs and activities that are happening. You will be glad you did! 

Click below and Enjoy!


LWV Moore County


 
League Action Team News
CITIZEN RIGHTS = HUMAN RIGHTS = WOMENS' RIGHTS


Women's Reproductive Rights Committee

 

´"Reproductive freedom is critical to a whole range of issues.  If we can’t take charge of this most personal aspect of our lives, we can’t take care of anything.  It should not be seen as a privilege or as a benefit, but rather a fundamental human right.” 
Faye Wattleton

 

 
WHAT CAN WE DO?????
 
 SUPPORT-      


If Women's Rights and Women's Reproductive Rights are issues that move you, please join us!

Terri Watt & Ginger Minichiello, Co-Chairs
watttsus@gmail.com



 

Fair District Action Team 




Why? Current gerrymandering of districts hurt voters, who feel their votes don’t count anyway.  Correct and fair districts are helpful to both political parties in the long run; and if the voters see their vote counts, there is more citizen participation.  After the census figures are in; the state is required to redistrict.

How? Contact Ann Torok, 910-235-9208, or
aetorok@embarqmail.com.

What? We currently do zoom calls once or twice a month, with an informative webinar on the fourth Wednesday of the month. 

Current Plans? Hopefully the newly elected state legislators will be more receptive to thinking about the required redistricting.  We plan on connecting with newly elected state legislators at first, possibly with a different approach based on political party.

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HEALTHCARE LAT

We are shocked to see that North Carolina is getting worse and is above 300,000 Covid positives and record deaths.  COVID 19 is a huge threat and we should be encouraging all people to wear masks, keep social distance, and not gather large groups.
Our two big issues at this time are the virus and democracy.


News from the Environmental Committee:

This gift-giving season let’s include a gift to the environment by using eco-friendly holiday wrap.
The contribution to our world would be enormous!
Each year, over 7 billion dollars is spent on wrapping paper that is not recyclable, which translates to 227,000 miles of paper that ends up in landfills.  And that paper contaminates other recyclable material.  Add to that the glitter, bows, and tape – what a waste!

BUT THERE IS A BETTER WAY
Get Creative!
-wrap gifts in newspaper, old maps, kids’ drawings, craft or brown mailing paper
-use tea towels, holiday tablecloths, drawstring fabric bags or reusable ones
-replace ribbons with twine and decorate with twigs or greenery
It can be fun for the whole family – and with it pledge to start the year making a commitment to work for a sustainable future for us all.


 

COMING SOON

CIVIC EDUCATION BASED ON OUR COMMON PURPOSE
Reinventing Democracy for the 21st Century
 
“A Superlative benefit of a constitutional democracy as articulated in both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, is that it is adaptable to new circumstances and unanticipated challenges.”
 
A two-year study by the Commission on the Practice of
Democratic Citizenship identified six imperatives:

      1)  To achieve equality of voice and representation               through our political institutions

      2)  To empower voters in a lasting way

      3)  To ensure the responsiveness of our political                     institutions

      4)  To dramatically expand the capacity of civil society               organizations that foster "bridging" across lines               of differences

      5)  To build civic information architecture that                       supports common purpose

      6)  To inspire a culture of commitment to American               Constitutional democracy and one another


The six strategies are followed with 31 recommendations

The publication is available online at www.amacad.org/ourcommonpurpose.


American Academy of Arts and Sciences

League of Women Voters of Moore County Call to Membership

July 1 we begin a new year with high hopes and enthusiasm that this pandemic will soon be over, and we will be able to resume our activities. Your membership is now more important than ever before as we educate and promote voting in this most important election. We encourage continued and new membership for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Membership dues remain $50.00 per member or $75.00 for a family membership.

As Treasurer I welcome all membership checks for the current year, July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021. Please make your check payable to League of Women Voters Moore County and print the word “membership” in the memo portion of your check. Mail your check to: League of Women Voters, PO Box 203, West End, North Carolina 27376, Attn: Treasurer. Let us continue to support this worthwhile activity.
Stay safe; stay strong.
Rose Powers, Treasurer, LWVMC

 

 Help Wanted!!!
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HELP WANTED
Want to get involved? We have opportunities for almost any interest.

--Membership diversity committee 
  
--Virtual Lunch with Legends
 
--Communications
 
--Environmental committee

 

If your interested in pitching in on any of these volunteer positions, just send your email into: lwvmcpres2@gmail.com 

>>Virtual Meetings<<

virtual meeting is when people around the world, regardless of their location, use video, audio, and text to link up online. Virtual meetings allow people to share information and data in real-time without being physically located together.  Just grab you computer, phone or tablet and join the meeting.

 

LWVMC will use Zoom to hold these          meetings.  You will receive an email telling you the time and giving you the 'https://' link.  Just click on the link and follow the instructions.
You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting or interview. You will be prompted to download the software, once you have clicked on the link that you have been provided. For more instructions, go to Youtube and ask how to join a Zoom meeting - a little movie will guide you through.  It's easy!

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Moore County Board of Elections

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