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Let's Talk about
Digital Threats to Democracy
April 23, 2024
1:00 PM ADT on Zoom
LWV of Alaska & Maine

Misinformation online is a complex problem, and there is no silver bullet to curb its worst effects. But there is a promising new approach to get out ahead of online manipulation — one that is catching the attention of governments, companies, and researchers. 

Join the LWV of Alaska and Maine and our guest, Beth Goldberg, Head of Research & Development at Jigsaw, a Google unit that explores threats to open societies. Beth is also a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Yale’s Jackson School of Global Affairs where she teaches graduate courses on misinformation and AI.

Register here

A Community Conversation on Voting by Mail
April 26, 2024
7:00 PM ADT
Murie Auditorium  UAF

Also broadcast by
KUAC FM 89.9

To explore whether voting by mail in local elections might increase and broaden voter participation, we've invited two knowledgeable guests from Anchorage, Jamie Heinz, Anchorage Municipal Clerk, and Joyce Anderson, LWV Anchorage board member and former member of the Anchorage Elections Commission, to share information from Anchorage's experience in their elections by mail. Our local clerks will participate, and there will be plenty of time for audience questions. 

LWV of Alaska
Annual Convention
April 27 -28, 2024

The State League Convention will be held on Saturday, April 27, and the business meeting will be on Sunday, April 28.

Once again, we will be having a hybrid convention.  On Saturday, LWVTV members and guests will be able to meet in person at the IBEW (2000 Airport Way), or via Zoom.  We will have speakers, presentations, and a democracy café discussion. On Sunday, we will be conducting the business portion of the Convention via Zoom only.

 

Click here for more information and/or to register.

Join LWVTV and KUAC for a
Live Broadcast on the
Special FNSB Election

FNSB Proposition A

Tuesday, April 30, 2024
7:00 PM ADT
KUAC FM 89.9
 

In the upcoming Borough special election on May 7, voters will answer the question:

"Shall the Fairbanks North Star Borough be authorized to increase its maximum allowable tax revenue for areawide taxes by $10,000,000 to fund education? "
 

In order to educate voters about the issue and to raise awareness of  this special May election, LWVTV and KUAC are sponsoring a live radio broadcast on Tuesday, April 30 at 7 PM on KUAC-FM 89.9 with speakers to address the Yes and No positions. The program will be re-broadcast on the day before the election, Monday, May 6, and the recording will be available on the LWVTV and KUAC websites. 

Election Day - May 7
Early Voting begins April 27

LWVTV Board Meeting
May  8, 2024  6:00 PM Zoom

LWVTV Annual Meeting
May 11, 2024 
IBEW Meeting Room (2000 Airport Rd) or on Zoom
 

Board Meetings are open and generally held using Zoom. Please email us for a Zoom invitation if you would like to attend. We meet monthly on the second Wednesday.

 

The LWVTV Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 11 beginning at Noon at the IBEW Meeting Room.

All League members -- old and new-- are invited to gather to attend the League of Women Voters annual meeting and to celebrate 104 years of our national organization and the 60th anniversary of our local chapter this year. Our annual meeting is where we look back at our past year, elect officers and board members, approve our budget, and launch into a new year of voter education and civic engagement activities. Although birthday cake is not guaranteed, we will once again start with one of our always delicious potlucks.

Book Group 
August 2023 - July 2024
Next Book Group Meeting - June 8 

Date: Second Saturday of Every Month EXCEPT August and December 
Location: Raven Landing, Bldg. 2 - Common Room 
(Location may change back to the Noel Wien Public Library once the library has reopened after current renovation is completed.) 
Contact: Sue Keller suekeller06@gmail.com
Please contact Sue Keller to verify time. 
Pastel image of young girl reading a book.

2023

  • AUG - No Meeting
  • SEPT - The Train to Chyrstal City by Jan Jarboe Russell
  • OCT - Profiles in Ignorance:  How American Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber by Andy Borowitz
  • NOV - The Big Myth:  How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway
  • DEC - No Meeting

2024

  • JAN - The Women They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore
  • FEB - Dark Money:  The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Meyer
  • MAR - Eisenhower:  The White House Years by Jim Newton
  • APR - Being Heumann:  An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by Judith Heumann
  • JUNE - Factfulness:  Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling AND Let American Be America Again by Langston Hughes and Select Books
  • JULY - Freakonomics:  A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Current Above and Past Below
Cans, Bans & Fans (of the LWV)

Program Planning for 2024 - 2025

January 20, 2024  at IBEW & on Zoom
April 16, 2024 using Zoom

LWVTV members gathered in January to discuss League guidance and goals and to make recommendation to the LWV of the United State and LWV of Alaska on League positions and priorities for the coming year. Our recommendations are then passed onto the LWVUS to be used to set national priorities and studies at the National Convention in June and to the LWV of Alaska for consideration and presentation at the LWV of Alaska Convention at the end of April.

In April, local members met online to talk about our goals,  local positions, potential studies, and to prioritize activities. The results will be presented to the local membership at our Annual Meeting in May

Cans, Bans & Fans (of the LWV)

Cans, Bans & Fans (of the LWV)

November 11, 2023  1:00 - 3:00 PM
IBEW @ 2000 Airport Way

Members and friends gathered at the IBEW multipurpose room for great food, conversation, and a banned book quiz and trivia fun.  Fall decorations, a baked potato bar with fixings, and a host of potluck appetizers, salads, and desserts made for a special afternoon with our friends and fans of League. Special thanks to Phyllis Darrah and Diane Lyon for all the prep work, gathering books, activities, and organization.

KUAC Fall Fundraiser Phone Bank

KUAC Fall Fundraiser Phone Bank

October 22, 2023

LWVTV has a close connection with KUAC as we sponsor the broadcast of the Borough Assembly meetings and they cosponsor our candidate forums and some of our Hot Topic events. We had a full house of volunteers for the Fall Fundraiser event. It was a fun and easy way to spend a couple of hours with other League members for a good cause. 

Citizenship Celebration

Citizenship Celebration

October 20, 2023

LWVTV has a long-standing tradition of signing up newly naturalized U.S. citizens.  For years we did this at the official national Immigration Service ceremony in Fairbanks.  

Beginning with the pandemic and with continued federal budget constraints, the Immigration Service no longer conducts naturalization ceremonies in Fairbanks.

To fill the gap for the last three years, the Literacy Council has scheduled a citizenship celebration for newly naturalized  Fairbanks residents. These are smaller but no less meaningful occasions. The Literacy Council invites us each year to offer the new citizens an opportunity to register to vote,

Municipal Elections

Municipal Elections

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Visit the FNSB Clerk's Office Election Information website for  information 

Municipal Candidate Forum - FNSB Assembly / FNSB School Board

MUNICIPAL CANDIDATE FORUM 
FNSB Assembly / FNSB School Board

Friday, SEPT. 22  7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

In-person at FNSB Assembly Chambers.

Broadcast live on KUAC-FM 89.9

CLICK HERE to listen to a RECORDING of the FORUM.

Brought to you by the League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and KUAC-FM 89.9. Thanks to the FNSB for room and technical support.

LWVTV Registers Young Voters at West Valley HS

LWVTV Registers Young Voters at West Valley HS

September 21, 2023

Several LWVTV members were on hand at West Valley High School on the day that students held their candidate forum featuring FNSB School District School Board candidates. This is a nice opportunity to meet young people who are dipping their toes into civic engagement and support Vote Local.

LWVTV Helps with ESSA Tally

LWVTV Helps with FEA and ESSA Tallies

August 31 & September 9, 2023

LWVTV members supported the Fairbanks Education Association and the Education Support Staff Association with their recent contract ratification tallies. Members were on hand to count ballots and provide nonpartisan support for the Associations' votes.

LWVTV On-Hand to Register Voters at Teacher Professional Development Days

LWVTV On-Hand to Register Voters at Teacher Professional Development Days

Aug. 11 & Sept. 1, 2023 

New registrations, changing addresses, upcoming election day information, Division of Elections info - LWVTV members provided current and new educators with what they need to keep voting.

First Summer Social

First Summer Social

Sunday, July 23, 1:00 - 4:00 PM 2023

The grill was hot, the side dishes were delicious, the weather was great, and there were no mosquitoes. About a third of our membership showed up to socialize and just have fun. It was great!!  Thanks to Mary and Ramon Galvan for spearheading this event.  If you missed it this year, don't miss it next year. We even got a new member!

Golden Days Street Fair

GOLDEN DAYS STREET FAIR

JULY 15, 2023

A Fairbanks tradition since 1952, we jumped in to host an informational tent with all-things-voting. We want to support our community and showcase the League's nonpartisan support of our democracy at all levels. LWVTV volunteers staffed the tent from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and shared information all day.

Midnight Sun Festival

MIDNIGHT SUN FESTIVAL

June 22, 2023 
Downtown Fairbanks

About 30,000 folks enjoy the Midnight Sun Festival and LWVTV was there, too. It was our first time hosting a tent at this event and we got a lot of traffic with our info on registering to vote, help changing addresses, how ranked choice voting works and dates on upcoming elections.

Juneteenth Freedom Day

Juneteenth Freedom Day

Saturday, June 17, 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Allridge Park

A gorgeous day celebrating Juneteenth. Members Shari George, Bernardo Hernandez, Ellen Mannion and Linda Witt were there enjoying the community support, music, food and fun. We talked to participants, registered voters and provided information on running for office and voting in Alaska.

LWVTV Annual Meeting

LWVTV Annual Meeting

May 20, 2023

We held our Annual Meeting at the IBEW Meeting Room and on Zoom. We reviewed our local positions, updated bylaws, set priorities for the coming year, adopted a budget and elected officers for the new year. We were also treated to a fascinating and humerous presentation by James Brooks of the Alaska Beacon. 

LWVAK Annual Convention

LWVAK Annual Convention 

April 22-23, 2023

The Convention was held in-person at sites in each local area and online. We heard from Dr. Turner (LWVUS), Leah Edwards (AK's liaison to LWVUS), Anton McParland (Mary Pertola staff member), and Sen. Murkowski. We hosted a panel on overcoming obstacles for voting in Alaska. 

During the business sessions, the group retained all current Alaska positions, but voted to revise/update campaign finance, election processes and energy. 

We adopted a state study on civics education and endorsed a study on gun safety. LWVAK's emphasis areas are: election policy and procedures, ranked choice voting, reproductive rights, gun safety and judicial selection and retention. 

We updated bylaws, adopted per member payment  and the proposed 2023-24 budget. Officers for the coming year were elected.

Hot Topics Forum: Mining in Our Backyard

Hot Topics Forum: Mining in Our Backyard 

March 3, 2023 
Schaible Aud. UAF and broadcast live by KUAC-FM 89.9

Fairbanks has long been a mining center of the Interior from the days of the original gold panners to our large-scale modern, mechanized operations. What is the impact of mining on our local economy and our daily lives? Join us for a discussion of the role of modern mining exploration and operations in our borough.

Speakers included representatives from the Alaska Mining Association, the Institute of Social and Economic Research, UAA, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Planning Department, Save Our Domes, and Advocates for Safe Alaska Highways.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, and KUAC-FM.

CLICK to listen to a recording of the forum.

CLICK HERE for a PDF document of the audience questions. 

2023 LWV Program Planning and Annual Meetings LWVTV Program Planning

2023 LWV Program Planning and Annual Meetings
LWVTV Program Planning

January 13 & February 8, 2023

Program Planning recommendations to the LWV of Alaska for 2023 - 24 were decided during the January gathering and forwarded to the LWVAK. In February we focused on priorities for the Tanana Valley local League that would be discussed and voted on at the LWVTV Annual Meeting in May.

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