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October 2020-September 2021
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.
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.
Webinars will resume in early 2021.
All DEI webinars are scheduled for 7pm ET.
Check out other League resources on DEI
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Salt by Mark Kurlansky
Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
Give Us the Ballot by by Ari Berman
Fascism by Madeleine Albright
No Book Discussion
What Does It Means to be White and White Fragility
both written by Robin DiAngelo
North To the Night by Alvah Simon
How the Post Office Created America by Winifred Gallagher
Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World by Amanda Little
Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
Book Selection for 2021-2022
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari and The Rightous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gunnar Knapp's Alaska Fiscal Facts and Choices (from 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
(President, LWV of Tanana Valley) 2021
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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