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Fall 2019 Hot Topics Well Attended
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.
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 was 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.
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
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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 - Titles for 2020 - 2021 will be sent to members
July 11 - Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
August - No meeting
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.
A Conversation on Redistricting with Michael Walleri
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
IBEW Multipurpose Room
About thirty members and guests gathered to learn about the purpose of redistricing and reapportionment and the history and process of redistricting in Alaska. Redistricting will follow the 2020 census and Mr. Walleri spoke on the importance of the census and census challenges in Alaska. Prior to the "line drawing" led by a Redistricting Board, there will be a Redistricting Planning Committee that works to compile and prepare information necessary for the work, secure office space/staff and technology/software to aid in the redistricting process. Mr. Walleri talked about the difficulties facing the Board given Alaska's unevenly distributed population, cultural landscape and varied socio-economic foundations.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Opportunities on Jan. 18, 19 and 21, 2019
The King Holiday Bill was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Nov. 2, 1983. It took until 2000 for the last state to sign a bill recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday.
Several LWVTV members attended the Community Celebration.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr, the Alaska Bar Association answered legal questions for free on MLK Day (1/21/19) in communities across Alaska. These clinics were for low income Alaskans with civil legal needs that include family, landlord-tenant, and public benefits issues. This clinic is a public service project of the Alaska Bar Association, Alaska Court System, Alaska Legal Services Corporation, and Alaska Public Media in partnership with local bar associations.
JP Jones Community Development Center
2400 Rickert St.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
November 6, 2018 Alaska state General Election.
LWVTV members offered voting opportunities for folks at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Pioneer Home during the Alaska state election.
LWVTV part of Naturalization Ceremony ~ Sept. 28, 2018
We registered 23 new citizens on Sept. 28 at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center following the always moving Naturalizaion Ceremony.
Linda Witt led our group along with Shari George, Sue McHenry and Janna Miller. Thanks to Carol Ann Varner for organizing our participation.
Municipal Candidates Forum
Elections impact every aspect of our lives, and we all need to weigh in. We are all equal at the ballot box, but only if we vote. LWVTV engages our community every year ensuring we offer information that voters need to participate in elections that determine the future of our community.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
7:00 - 9:00 PM at the
FNSB Assembly Chambers
Primary Candidate Forum
August 17, 2018 ~~ 6:30 - 9:00 PM
FNSB Assembly Chambers
The League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley hosted a candidate forum at on Friday, August 17th in the FNSB Assembly Chambers for the upcoming Alaska Primary Races. Candidates from the US representative race, state house districts 1-6 and state senate seat A were represented.
For more than 50 years, local voters have looked to our League for unbiased, straightforward information about the election. Many voters rely on our forums to learn more about candidates and candidates have come to rely on our forums to get their message out to the electorate.
Open House ~~ Running for Local Public Office
July 7, 2018 ~~ 10am - Noon ~~ FNSB Assembly Chambers
Thinking of running for FNSB Assemby, FNSB Mayor, North Pole Assembly, North Pole Mayor, School Board, IGU Board?
LWVTV supported the Clerks from FNSB, City of Fairbanks and City of North Pole who were available to answer questions from prospective candidates.
Juneteenth Citywide Celebration
June 16, 2018
10:00am - 7:00pm
Bernice Allridge Park
2250 Wilson St.
LWVTV registered voters and let participants know about the League's work making democracy work.
Juneteenth or Freedom Day, commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas. Congress recognized the day through Senate Joint Resolution 11 and House Joint Resolution 56 in 1997.
President - Rebecca Heaton
Vice President - Sue Sherif
Treasurer - Jean James
Secretary - Clare Hill
Past President - Shari George
Mary Lee Guthrie
A Workshop on How to Run for Public Office was offered on May 16, 2018, at the Fairbanks City Council Chambers. The workshop was a collaboration with the FNSB, City of Fairbanks and City of North Pole clerks and took advantage of material created by the LWV of Juneau. LWVTV members Mary Lee Guthrie, Rebecca Heaton, Sue Sherif and Phyllis Tugman-Alexander led the charge on this event which was well-received and well-attended.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Walk - April 25, 2018
Several League members joined in the walk that started at Fairbanks Native Association Community Services and ended at Golden Heart Plaza. Outreach tables and community information were at the end of the walk.
February 14, 2018
League's 98th Anniversary
“Ninety-eight years after the League’s founding, members of the League in the Tanana Valley are proud of the great progress it has made empowering voters and defending our democracy,” said Rebecca George Heaton president of the League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley “The League in Fairbanks has involved thousands of voters in electing government decision makers for our state government and in holding them accountable for their actions.”
Enjoy the complete press release prepared by our president, Rebecca George Heaton.
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LWVTV is a Golden Heart Meeting Ambassador
Along with 28 other local groups that led events during 2017, LWVTV was honored by Explore Fairbanks as a Golden Heart Meeting Ambassador for hosting last year's LWVAK Annual Convention. Explore Fairbanks estimates that the Convention brought in more than $10,000 to Fairbanks! Shari George and Mary Lee Guthrie were on-hand to receive the award at a reception and dinner held at Raven Landing on February 7, 2018.
Women's March January 20, 2018 Golden Heart Plaza
The American Association of University Women and LWVTV hosted a public meeting on November 13, 2017 at the Noel Wien Library Audotorium. The presentation highlighted Marilyn's and Joy's immersion and work in the West African culture.
Peace Corps volunteer, Marilyn Russell, and dissertation researcher, Joy Morrison, both spent time in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Marilyn in 2013 - 15 and Joy in 1988 - 89. They are both feminists who focused on strengthening rights of Burkinbe women. They also focused on some family/health issues, and gender equity, Marilyn - through the US Peace Corps and Joy through the Academy of Education Development. Russell and Morrison shared their experiences in West Africa using an interactive presentation, slides, and regalia/materials.
Caroline Pettit gave a fascinating and informative presentation on, "DC Statehood - Fixing the Hole in Our Democracy," at the IBEW Conference Room on October 28, 2017. Supported by a grant to LWVUS, Ms. Pettit has been visiting Alaska (Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks) providing history and progress and building a nationwide infrastructure in preparation for a positive time to push for DC statehood in Congress. Ms. Petitt and others active in this effort will be visiting many other states over the next months. Special thanks to Phyllis Tugman-Alexander for spearheading this opportunity.
The League of Women Voters believes that citizens of the District of Columbia should be afforded the same rights of self-government and full voting representation in Congress as are all other citizens of the United States. The LWVUS supports restoration of an annual, predictable federal payment to the District to compensate for revenues denied and expenses incurred because of the federal presence.
LWVTV hosted an FNSB Assembly candidates forum on Friday, September 29, 2017, at the FNSB Assembly Chambers. League posed questions covering borough economics, education, air quality and marijuana. A wide range of questions offered by the audience rounded out the 90-minute question-and-answer session. Each candidate was also given the opportunity to explain why citizens should vote for them.
The forum was open to the public and free. Thanks to KUAC for providing online streaming of the forum for those unable to attend in person.
LWVTV joined with the Young Professionals Council to present a "Get to Know Your Candidates" forum at the FNSB Assembly Chambers on September 26, 2017. Jennifer Imus, supported by LWVTV's Rebecca Heaton and Jennifer Schmidt, posed questions developed by the Young Professionals Council and League to candidates for Seats E, F and G. Questions from the audience were also put to the candidates. KUAC live streamed the forum for those not able to make it in person.
Special thanks to Jennifer Schmidt (once again), Becca Brado (Young Professionals Council) and KUAC.
uly 8 - Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter Diamondis and Steven Kotler
Aug. - No Meeting
Sept. 9 - Thanks for Being Late by Thomas Friedman
Oct. 14 - Dark Money by Jane Mayer
Nov. 11 - Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance or Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie R. Hochschild (Reader's Choice)
Dec.- No Meeting
Jan. 13 - Molly Hootch: I Remember When: Growing Up in Alaska on the Kwiguk Pass of the Lower Yukon River by Molly Hootch Hymes and/or Coming into the City by Elise Patkotak (Reader's Choice)
Feb. 10 - The Fix: How Nations Thrive in a World in Decline by Jonathan Tepperman
Mar. 10 - Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right and We Can Too by George Lakey
Apr. 14 - Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
May 12 - Alaska's First Millionaire: The Life and Times of Cap Lathrop by Elizabeth A. Tower
June 9 - Book Selection Meeting
July 14 - Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives During World War II by Vicki C. Croke
President - Rebecca Heaton
Vice President - Sue Sherif
Secretary - Jenifer Cameron
Treasurer - Jean James
Past-President - Shari George
Board of Directors:
Mary Lee Guthrie
A great group of members gathered together at Raven Landing to review what the LWVTV has been doing 2016 - 2017, adopt a program and budget for the coming year and hold elections. Members were actively engaged and there were spirited discussions throughout the meeting. We were also lucky to enjoy a lively presentation by Marna Sanford (Tanana Chiefs Conference) discussing their progress, learning experiences and a look forward for the Get Out the Native Vote initiative.
Special thanks to outgoing Board members: Donna Dinsmore, Emma Marcucci and Matthew Putnam, and, Past-President Phyllis Tugman-Alexander.
Note that Phyllis Tugman-Alexander was elected earlier this year as Vice President of the State League and Mary Lee Guthrie as a State Director; Tanana Valley is well-represented at the State LWVAK.
Saturday evening the convention enjoyed the traditional auction and dinner at Pike's Waterfront Lodge. We were treated to a very interesting and thought-provoking talk by Adam Tanner on his in-depth research into privacy concerns and the selling of medical data to private companies. His latest book, Our Bodies, Our Data - How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Records, gives one plenty to think about.
League members from across Alaska gathered at the IBEW for the state's annual convention. The convention was opened by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Ralph Beistline. Following Judge Beistline's remarks, the convention began the formal business meeting. As part of the proceedings, League members were encouraged to participate in the March for Science. Pat Watt (Juneau League) then worked with the group in developing a How to Run for Local Office workshop based on material developed by the Juneau League in collaboration with the Juneau City Clerk's Office, the Juneau Public Libraries and the Juneau School District. LWVTV organized a panel made up of Nadine Winters offering a candidate's perspective, Linda Schandelmeier speaking on the impacts to family and Lachlan Gillespie who has been a campaign manager and legislative staffer.
Sunday the convention concluded with formal business including program adoption and elections.
LWVTV partnered with SWEET to offer the public an opportunity to hear the latest State of Alaska budget updates from Office of Management and Budget Director Pat Pitney. Even though it was late afternoon on Valentine's Day about 85 attended the presentation and question-and-answer session held at Schaible Auditorium. Director Pitney presented facts, figures and a plea to advocate for balancing the budget. She brought the budget to "human" terms by comparing Alaska's to an average family budget.
The event also offered us the opportunity to acknowledge League's 97th birthday and remember Elizabeth Peratrovich for her courageous, unceasing efforts to eliminate discrimination and bring about equal rights in Alaska. Special thanks to UAF economics professors Sherri Wall and Chris Wright and League members Sue Sherif and Mary Lee Guthrie.
League members assisted voters at the Pioneer Home and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Shirley Gordon, Meg Green, Mary Lee Guthrie, Rebecca Heaton, Dianne Hermann, Clare Hill, Ann Swift and Phyllis Tugman-Alexander worked with the Division of Elections and staff at both facilities to ensure all were able to cast their ballots.
TCC held a candidate mixer at Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall on November 4. Candidates from across the Borough area attended and were available for one-on-one discussions. League joined with this Get Out the Native Vote opportunity.
The LWVTV joined with Get Out the Native Vote supporters to register voters and provide information at the Elders and Youth Conference hosted by the First Alaskans Institute and at the Alaska Federation of Natives 50th Annual Convention. Both conferences were held at the Carlson Center.
This was a wonderful chance to meet young people and encourage them to be lifelong participants in voting. It also let us show our support for the Get Out the Native Vote project.
Thanks to Linda Witt, Jean James, Caroline Wolf, Phyllis Tugman-Alexander, Ann Swift, Karen Parr, Mary Lee Guthrie, Donna Dinsmore and Shari George.
Following the forum, the public had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the candidates. Here, League member Mary Lee Guthrie discusses issues with candidates Matt Cooper and Shaun Tacke.
League members also made sure voters at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Denali Center were able to cast their ballots.
We sponsored a candidates forum on August 11 from 6:00 - 8:45 pm.
Candidates for House Districts 1,2,5 and 6 and candidates for Senate District B and House Districts 3 and 4 were asked a series of League-prepared questions.
The forum was webcast and recorded. Links were provided for folks who were unable to attend.
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On Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016,
Alaska Native Education presented a marvelous Elizabeth Peratrovich program at Denali Elementary featuring a composite video of local students reciting Ms Peratrovich's famous speech to the Alaska Territorial Legislature urging passage of the Anti-Discrimination Act in Alaska in 1944.
ANE Coordinator Yatibaey Evans encouraged the crowd of over 100 Native families and students to take an active role in government by informing themselves on the issues and to VOTE at each and every election.
George Freese was the guest speaker who eloquently conveyed how his 18 years of unjust incarceration was only recently ended through the overwhelming commitment and perseverance of activist community members and legal battles waged by the Alaska Innocence Project. In a very moving speech Mr. Freese thanked those who fought for his freedom for all those years and committed himself to continue their activism to improve representation and justice in Alaska.
Past president Jennifer Schmidt coordinated assisted voting at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and the Pioneers Home. She was joined by Clare Hill, Ginny McDowell and Mary Lee Guthrie on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, for our Borough Election. Many thanks to these Volunteers in helping to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to vote. Well done!
League members volunteered at the Naturalization Ceremony, September 17, 2015, at the Federal Building, and were thrilled to welcome 21 of our newest citizens and register 16 to vote. Thanks to Carol Ann Varner for continuing to coordinate these heartwarming events, and to Clare Hill and Sue Sheriff for volunteering their time.
The Last Forum of the 2015 five part series, "Forging Alaska's Fiscal Future" continued to impart important financial information in a very palatable format.
Please continue your involvement in fiscal planning by contacting legislators, writing Letters to the Editor, and opening discussions with friends and family.
You can continue gathering fiscal information by accessing Governor Walker's proposed Sovereign Wealth Fund, Revenue and Expenditure Model and Challenge at:
The League of Women Voters of the Tanana Valley is a nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to encourage active and informed citizen participation in government. We provide factual information on the structure and function of government, voting procedures and election issues.
We DO NOT support or oppose candidates or political parties, but DO take positions on issues which we have studied and discussed.
Our purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government.
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