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Ideas!?! Book Club Needs Yours
Although we hope to meet in person at the Noel Wien Library on June 13, the future is still murky. So...please send us your ideas for 2020 - 2021. Here's what we need to know:
LWVUS 54th Biennial National Convention
June 26 - 27, 2020
Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to LWV's current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communites and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy.
All DEI webinars are scheduled for 7pm ET.
Check out other League resources on DEI
Image attribution: Equity, diversity inclusion by quinn.anya licensed under CC BY-SA-20
Equal Rights Amendment
On March 25 LWVUS held a policy webinar on the ratification of the Equal Right Amendment. Legislation moving through Congress to remove the ratification deadline, and LWVUS' advocacy work surrounding this legislation, as well as mobilization efforts around the country to move this forward were highlighted. Here is a recording and slides of the webinar as well as an ERA Toolkit for talking points and resources around this legislation. Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
LWV Alaska State Convention
April 25, 2020
Using Zoom about 35 members attended the LWV Alaska State Convention. Local members Shari George, Rebecca Heaton, Mary Lee Guthrie and Sue Sherif joined members from Anchorage, Juneau and the Kenai Peninsula to conduct business and reconnect across the state. Tanana Valley member Phyllis Tugman-Alexander led the Nominating Committee for the state and will lead that again. This year's Board is:
Noel Wien Library Auditorium Closed until May 1
A ballot measure to create nonpartisan primaries and ranked-choice voting in Alaska is collecting signatures for this fall's election. The stated goals of the initiative are to:
Do you know how Ranked Choice Voting works? Let's talk about it and give it a try.
One of the functions of government is to provide services. Services cost money and take people. Opinions on the PFD diverge. The numbers show we cannot cut our way to a balanced budget and provide the services needed for a modern society. The end of our savings is in sight. What to do? Let's talk about the revenue stream for Alaska's future.
“The Bumpy Road to Women’s Suffrage” was offered through OLLI Feb. 11 – Mar. 6, 2020. The class was developed and led by LWVTV co-president Sue Sherif and Maida Buckley. In honor of the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote and LWV's 100th birthday this was a great way to learn about the women who led and traveled that road.
Noel Wien Public Library Conference Room 10:00 AM
Sept 14 - Becoming by Michelle Obama
Oct. 12 - King of Fish by David R. Montgomery
Nov. 12 - Fighter in Velvet Gloves by Annie Boochever with Roy Peratrovich
Dec. - No meeting
Jan. 11 - Sisters in Law by Linda Hirshman
Feb. 8 - Women's Hour by Elaine Weiss
Mar. 14 - Cod by Mark Kurlansky
April 11 -White Fragility by Robin Deangelo - Will be added to 2020 - 21 booklist
May 9 - Salt by Mark Kurlansky Will be added to 2020 - 21 booklist
June 13 - Selection of titles for coming year
July 11 - Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
August - No meeting
LWVTV partnered with the Fairbanks Branch of the American Association of University Women and the Noel Wien Public Library to host four forums in our Fall 2019 series. All the forums were held at the Noel Wien Public Library auditorium.
October 29 Judicial Selection and Retention in Alaska
Alaska’s constitution established a hybrid system for choosing and retaining judges. How well is it working? Are changes a good idea?
Judge Niesje Steinkruger, Alaska Senator John Coghill, local attorney Bob Groseclose and Bill Gordon (Board Pres. of Justice Not Politics Alaska) provided insight into the selection and retention system as well as arguments for and against any Constitutional changes. LWVTV and AAUW member Shari George moderated.
November 5 Capped and Cut
FNSB Mayor Bryce Ward and City of Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly and Chief of Staff Mike Meeks discussed how the tax revenue cap works, and the effects of the cap and state cuts on local budgets. AAUW Program Chair, Ritchie Musick moderated.
November 12 More than a math problem
Permanent Fund history: royalties, dividends, SB26 draw rates and Alaska’s fiscal politics. Larry Persily, Alaska Rep. Tammie Wilson and Dermot Cole led this spirited discussion. LWVTV co-president and AAUW member Sue Sherif moderated.
November 19 The Census and Why It Matters to Interior Alaska
The census is a big job and a big deal. Learn how it works and why it matters to the Interior. Liz Brooks (State of Alaska Dept of Labor and Workforce Development), Alyesha Childs (FNSB Complete Count Coordinator), Jolene Malamute (TCC Complete Count Committee) and Laura White (Census) provided a history of the Census, a broad discussion of the 2020 Complete Count and its importance to the Interior. LWVTV and AAUW member Shari George moderated.
LWVTV members Phyllis Darrah, Shari George, Mary Lee Guthrie, Jean James, Helenmarie Matesi, Sue Sherif, Ingrid Taylor and Phyllis Tugman-Alexander attended this evening event on November 2, 2019, at the Wedgewood Resort Borealis Room. "Freedom Only Knows One Direction: Forward" was the theme and well-articulated by Master of Ceremony Robert Kinnard, Pres. Bennie Colbert and the guest speaker, Pastor Johnathan Kenney. The goal of the fundraiser is to continue the promotion of the NAACP's objectives of ensuring the political, educational, social and economic equality of all citizens and to achieve equality of rights,
LWVTV Helps Out with KUAC Fall 2019 Fundraiser
LWVTV members Sandy Daunhauer, Mary Lee Guthrie, Rebecca Heaton, Sue McHenry, Rich Seifert, and Ingrid Taylor answered phones during the late October fundraiser. LWVTV provides annual support to KUAC to offer public brodcasating of the FNSB Assembly meetings. You can contribute directly to this support. Please see our Donations page.
Sept. 26, 2019
Twenty-eight new citizens from sixteen countries were sworn in at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center. LWVTV members Shari George, Barbara Hompesch, Siri Tuttle, Phyllis Tugman-Alexander, Carol Ann Varner and Linda Witt were on hand to welcome the new citizens and provide the opportunity for them to register to vote.
LWVTV co-president Sue Sherif read the following at the FNSB Assembly meeting held on July 25, 2019, in support of establishing an FNSB climate change task force. It is based on local, state and national LWV positions. The resolution passed.
July 25, 2019
Fairbanks North Star Borough
907 Terminal St.
Fairbanks AK 99701
Dear Assembly Members:
The League of Women Voters of the Tanana Valley is a nonpartisan organization that has provided voter education and voter registration services in Fairbanks for 55 years. We do not support candidates for office; but, after a process of study and consensus, we do adopt and advocate for positions on public issues.
Our position on climate science underlies the League’s strong support for Resolution 2019-29 as presented by Assembly members Sanford and Williams. Alaskans across the state are already grappling with repercussions of climatic shifts. The proposed commission and the items of focus and action outlined in lines 45–52 are both practical and specific. And the partnerships outlined in the resolution will be necessary to create a plan leading to concrete actions.
This matter is both important and it is urgent. While our geographic location amplifies the effects of climate change, that same location tends to temporarily isolate us from the economic transformations underway in the energy transition. Falling costs of renewables and storage and the ever more obvious costs of fossil fuel combustion are accelerating economic shifts that will affect our households, businesses and city halls. A sober appreciation of the risks we face is the first step toward identifying and bringing into existence the many opportunities for profitability and sustainability in our local economy, municipal revenues and household budgets.
The LWVTV strongly supports the adoption of Resolution 2019-29.
Hays Reseach Poll of FNSB Residents during January 25 - 28, 2018.
Judy Andree, President
Sandy Garity, Secretary
(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2022
Shirley Pittz, Treasurer
Pat Redmond, Past-President
Mary Lee Guthrie
(Tanana Valley) 2021
(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2022
(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2021
(President, - LWV of Anchorage) 2020
(President, Central Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters) 2020
Sue Sherif & Mary Lee Guthrie
(Co-Presidents, LWV of Tanana Valley) 2020
Kirsa Hughes-Skandjis & Judith Mitchell (Co-Presidents LWV of Juneau) 2021
If you are a U.S. citizen and you are at least 18 years old, you can vote. In most states, before you can vote you need to register. Registration must be completed 30 days before Election Day.
Register to Vote now! Make sure you fill out the form completely; then print, sign, and mail it to the address given.
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