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LWVTV Supports
NAACP Position Statement on
Policing and Our Community
City of Fairbanks City Council
November 23, 2020

 

The League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley is committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion in principle and in practice. We are committed to equal justice and social equity and support the fight against systemic racial injustice and inequality. But more than words, we need change. We come as an ally in support of the NAACP Position Statement on Policing and Our Community as a step forward that promotes constructive change while endorsing the indisputable contribution that law enforcement brings to the safety and well-being of the people and property in our community. The statement simply advocates for reasonable inclusion in the selection of police leadership, pertinent training of officers and administrators, the undeniable need to include community mental health experts on public safety teams and a transparent, citizen-led mechanism to consider police actions. The real potential for change lies with local government. The actions outlined by the NAACP Position Statement on Policing and Our Community offer sensible steps to move our community ahead and begin to rekindle public trust and support for those who serve and protect.

 

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ERA

Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. --Section 1 of the Equal Rights Amendment.

 

Visit the LWV Alaska site here to learn more.

 

See the LWVUS ERA Toolkit

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John Lewis VRA

The US House of Representatives passed H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, on December 6, 2019, by a bi-partisan vote. A full victory will come when the US Senate passes the John Lewis VRA and we can have free and fair elections that build the representative democracy America deserves. 

 

Visit the LWV Alaska site to learn more.

 

Follow the LWVUS Blog on the John Lewis VRAA with words from LWVAK president, Judy Andree.

If these issues are important to you, write to your Senators, talk to your friends, write letters to the editors, post Facebook posts, and Tweet your support!

For the ERA (S.J.Res 6) and VRAA (S. 561), please write to Senator Lisa Murkowski and thank her for her support of these bills.  And, specifically — write, call or email  Senator Dan Sullivan to encourage him to support both of these. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) - LWVUS webinars

Webinars will resume in early 2021.

 

All DEI webinars are scheduled for 7pm ET. 

 

Register for upcoming webinars and listen to earlier discussions.

 

Check out other League resources on DEI

 

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August 8

Salt by Mark Kurlansky

 

September 12

Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

 

October 10

Give Us the Ballot by by Ari Berman

 

November 14

Fascism by Madeleine Albright

 

December

No Book Discussion

 

January 9

What Does It Means to be White and White Fragility

both written by Robin DiAngelo

 

February 13

North To the Night by Alvah Simon

 

Book Club   2020 - 2021

March 13

How the Post Office Created America by Winifred Gallagher

 

April 10

Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World by Amanda Little

 

May 8

Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

 

June 12

Book Selection for 2021-2022

 

July 10

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari and The Rightous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

Recent Activities - check out what happened

To see a comprehensive list of LWVTV activites over the past seveal years, click  the Past Activities menu item (upper left menu)

 

 

 

Polling Place Locator - call 1-888-383-8683

Alaska Division of Elections - Information on the General Election 

 

Absentee In-person, Early Voing, Electronic Transmission & Special Needs Voting
675 7th Avenue Suite A2 Fairbanks AK

 

October 19 - November 3
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sundays Noon - 4:00 pm

Election Day (Nov. 3) 7:00 am - 8:00 pm

 

Beware of voting information found on social media sites.

Jeremy Johnson from Division of Elections advised that people looking for election information should use https://www.elections.alaska.gov/ or call 451-2835 for voter information. There are now fake sites on Social Media that look really good and bona fide but they are not. 

       

LWVTV and Others Hit the Streets to Encourage Voting
Oct. 26 - 30, 2020

 

Organized by LWVTV member, Bernardo Hernandez, members, friends and family covered streets all over the FNSB encouraging citizens to exercise their right to vote. Lots of honks, thumbs up and waves were enjoyed from the passing vehicles. It was plenty cold out there but waving signs keeps you warmed up.

 

 

LWVTV & Get Out the Native Vote Meet Young Voters
October 22 and 29, 2020

 

Partnering with Black Spruce Brewing Company, LWVTV member Nicky Eiseman had precinct maps, Division of Election election pamphlets, sample ballots, and access to search for polling stations available for voters and would-be voters visiting this craft beer business. Ballots and Brews provided a convivial atmosphere for meaningful conversations on voting, why it's important and how your vote makes a difference for you and democracy. Specialty beers, "I Voted Today DDH Pale Hazy Ale" and "People Power Triple IPA" were available.

  • Round 1 featured House candidates Jeremiah Youmans,
    Kevin McKinley, Adam Wool, Mike Cronk, Elijah Verhagen,
    Vernon Carlson, and Julia Hnilicka.

     
  • Round 2 introduced Senate candidates Evan Eads, Robert Myers and Marna Sandford and House candidates Bart LeBon, Christopher Quist, Mike Prax, Keith Kurber, and Grier Hopkins.

​League members Shari and Tom George, Diane Lyon, Janna Miller, Martha Raynolds, Rich Seifert and Valerie Therrien asked questions, timed candidate responses and kept the forum moving. All the questions were submitted by League members and FNA.

 

Thanks to KUAC FM 89.9 for broadcasting and recording the forum, the FNSB Clerk's Office for setting up the Assembly Chamber and Get Out the Native Vote for providing voting encouragement.

LWV Alaska endorses Ballot Measure 2

 

For details and a good list of references and discussion on this ballot measure, click "Past Activities" in the menu on the upper left of this page.

League Members Worked
Early Voting and Election Day Polling Sites
for the 2020 Municipal Election

 

League members assisted both with Early Voting at Shoppers Forum and at Election Day polling locations. Early voting ran from Sept. 21 - Oct. 1. Election Day was October 6, 2020.

 

Voter turnout was 22.4% for the FNSB, 17.7% for the City of Fairbanks and 15.4% for the City of North Pole. Sad turnout for our community and our democracy.

 

Link to Election results at the FNSB Clerk's Office.

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News Desert: Why Local Journalism Matters

A Free Public Webinar

September 22, 2020  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Zoom and Facebook Live

 

More than 80 participants joined Dermot Cole (reporter, columnist and author), Virginia Farmier (Sneden Foundation) and Melissa Harter (Director of the FNSB Public Library) for a lively and enlightening webinar on the scary place local journalism is in today, the perils and effects of mis- and disinformation and  some potential ways forward. There were many questions posed to the panelists by attendees on Zoom, Facebook and the phone. LWVTV member, Janna Miller, organized and moderated thiis very informative session. The webinar was hosted by the  LWVTV and the Fairbanks Branch AAUW.

 

A recording of the webinar is here.

 

Municipal Candidates Forum
August 31, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Livestreamed on KUAC FM 89.9

 

Candidates for the FNSB Assembly, the FNSB School Board and the City of Fairbanks City Council were present at the FNSB Assembly Chambers to answer a series of short answer and lightning round questions. You can listen here.

 

LWVTV members Phyllis Darrah, Shari and Tom George, Janna Miller and Valerie Therrien asked the questions, kept the candidates on time and sanitized the Assembly Chamber following FNSB COVID-19 protocols. 

League Members Assisted with the Primary Election on August 18, 2020

 

LWVTV was on station to assist the Division of Elections with Special Needs voting during the Primary.

Safe and Secure Voting
A Free Public Webinar

August 7, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Zoom and Facebook Live

 

Division of Elections Supervisor Jeremy Johnson, April Trickey (Clerk of the FNSB), Dani Snider (Clerk of the City of Fairbanks) and Aaron Rhoades (Clerk of the City of North Pole) led this informative discussion about ways to vote, dates, new equipment and measures inplace due to the COVID-19 pandemic. League members Phyllis Darrah, Shari George, Mary Lee Guthrie, Helenmarie Matesi, Gael Murakami and Sue Sherif were joined by AAUW president Margaret Soden, FNA Coomunications Director, Diana Campbell, and Get Out the Native Vote/Doyon Ltd. lead Sharon Hildebrand to keep the webinar on track. Many questions from the attendees were fielded by Jerermy and the Clerks.

 

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LWVTV submits letter of support to adopt Fairbanks North Star Borough Resolution 2020-29

 

The resolution was in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and civil rights for all people, notably those individuals from historically marginalized groups. The resolution passed unanimously after amendments.

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Running for Local Office

June 27, 2020

 

LWVTV members Shari George, Phyllis Tugman-Alexander and Linda Witt were on hand in the FNSB parking lot with all the Clerks from the City of Fairbanks, the City of North Pole and the FNSB.

We provided information and encouragement to potential candidates for local office. LWVTV also hosted a website with how-to's for local candidates.

LWVTV Members Support Juneteenth

June 19 & 20, 2020


LWVTV members participated in NAACP Juneteenth celebration affirming Juneteenth and celebrating moving forward. LWVTV VP Helenmarie Matesi helped organize the event and served as moderator for much of the commemoration. Music, poetry, history and discussion brought the celebration to life. Juneteenth memorializes the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas. Congress recognized the day in 1997.

LWVTV Annual Meeting

May 31, 2020

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State Board Members

Judy Andree, President
(Juneau) 2021

Vice-President
Vacant

Sandy Garity, Secretary
(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2022

Shirley Pittz, Treasurer
(Anchorage) 2021
Pat Redmond, Past-President
(Anchorage) 2021

Directors

Mary Lee Guthrie

(Tanana Valley) 2021

Carrie Henson 

(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2022

Marianne Mills

(Juneau) 2022

Cathleen Rolph

(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2021

Local League Presidents

Margaret McDonagh

(President, - LWV of Anchorage) 2020

Lois Pillifant
(President,  Central Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters) 2020

Shari George
(President, LWV of Tanana Valley) 2021

Kirsa Hughes-Skandjis & Judith Mitchell (Co-Presidents LWV of Juneau) 2021

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