This page will include messages from

your current LWVMC President,

Peggy Crawford

2016-2017

April News Alerts, Opportunities

Happy Earth Day!  For 60 years, environmental concerns have been an important part of the League’s Advocacy at the national, state and local levels.

 April 18 Luncheon Meeting at Little River

Fifty members and guests attended the luncheon meeting last week at our new venue at Little River.   Of the 13 guests, two have already joined the League – a special welcome to new members Jay Emery and Sara Turner!   Thanks to members who brought visitors. Perhaps you could forward this to them.

Speaker Allison Riggs, Senior Staff Attorney at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, affirmed the positive and crucial role our state and local Leagues continue to play in Voting Rights and Fair Districting in NC.   Important court decisions are coming in the near future.

Lunch with Legends Success

Lunch with Legends set records this year: 220 in attendance – a sold out event (190 was our previous high);  ad sales doubled, thanks to diligent volunteers and generous community businesses; and we raised a record $4,398!!    Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed, with special gratitude to Kathy Bergquist for spear-heading the effort!!   A list of businesses which donated gifts or bought ads is attached – please thank them!!

Thanks to this success, we are able to fully fund our Civic Leader Scholarships – $1000 awards each to Katherine McVay of Pinecrest and to Samie McLeary of Union Pines and a $300 Finalist Award to Brittany Moore of North Moore.   These will be presented at each school’s Academic Awards Program this spring.  As a founding and supporting member of the Ruth Pauley Lecture Series, the LWVMC can contribute $500 this year.  And there will be seed money for beginning a Civics 101 series and taking Legends into the schools next year.

 State League Convention – May 6 – Greensboro – Downtown Marriott

If you might be interested in attending the state convention on Saturday May 6 – and hear the major presentations – it is possible to do so for $50, including lunch.  Check out the attached schedule and how to register if you are tempted!  Even if you can’t attend, you might like to see the Saturday schedule.

 Fair Districting – take action!

We’re one week away from “crossover” at the N.C. General Assembly — the deadline for a bill to pass out of the chamber in which it was introduced. Several additional redistricting bills have been introduced. Of those, two especially would help accomplish fair districting advocated by the League.  If you are willing, please reach out to our legislators today in support of Senate Bill 554 and House Bill 714.

Why are these bills so important?  North Carolina has a long history of lawmakers drawing voting districts in ways that weaken the political power of voters, especially Black voters. Our state desperately needs a new and fair redistricting process to restore voters’ faith in our democracy.

These bills would provide just that — creating a structure to thoroughly study the redistricting process, encourage deep involvement from local communities, and develop a uniquely North Carolina solution to end unconstitutional gerrymandering once and for all.   Here is a link, thanks to Democracy North Carolina, through which you can contact legislators:

Take one more step — tell your legislators to support these important redistricting bills before it’s too late.

 Ruth Pauley lecture link

In case you were not able to attend and would like to hear the April 22 lecture by Dr. Joe Romm on “Almost Everything You Know about Climate Change is Outdated,” it was recorded and posted on YouTube.  It is long – but very important.  Romm focused a lot on renewable energy and showed that by 2030 all energy can be non-renewable.  With a PhD in Physics from MIT, Romm is considered “one of the most influential energy and environmental policy makers of our era.”     You can view his presentation on FACEBOOK by  CLICKING ON THIS LINK

“Avoiding catastrophic climate change becomes the organizing principle for humanity.”     -Romm

Hope this finds you outside on this beautiful Earth Day, as you consider ways to advocate for scientific facts and the future of our Earth!!

Here’s to peace and justice for all,

Peggy

 

 

April 17…New Meeting place!!!

Dear League members,

Beginning in April, Little River Golf Resort will host our monthly luncheon League meetings.  It’s a beautiful space which can accommodate our increasing League membership.  Restaurant Filly and Colts, sourced by Sandhills Farm to Table, will be serving our lunches, still at the price of $13, including tax and tips.  Little River is located on route 15/501, four miles north of the Pinehurst traffic circle.  We’ll meet on the second floor (elevator provided).   Hope you will come enjoy this new location and give us your feedback.   We would love to have a great group for our first meeting there!

April 18th is our League’s annual Bring-a-Friend meeting – with our new space and an EXCELLENT speaker Allison Riggs, Senior Staff Attorney for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.  (Allison worked closely with our own Jo Nicholas to help bring the legal case to defend Voting Rights of North Carolinians.)   So please reach out – maybe to someone who came to Lunch with Legends – and invite them to our meeting – perhaps offering a ride, too.   This is by far the most effective way to bring new ideas and new energy into our League!

Charlotte Gallagher will be contacting you for reservations; you can let her know if you prefer the vegetarian option.   Hope you will join us on April 18th to hear Allison’s talk and celebrate the amazing success of the 2017 Lunch with Legends!!

On a sad note, our deepest League sympathy goes out to Dot Greenwood on the loss of her husband Tom this week.  Our thoughts are with you, Dot.

See you on April 18th!

Peggy

 

February 2017 News

Hello League members!

Exciting opportunities are coming in the next months  .  .  .

Our February 21 Luncheon Meeting

  • 11 – 11:30 Come early, enjoy some nibbles, and welcome 11 new members into our League with a reception in their honor
  • 11:30 meeting: Focus will be on NC Environmental Issues from the Coast to the Mountains with two excellent speakers – Stephanie Schweickert, Senior Campaign Organizer, and Molly McKinley, Public Action Organizer – from the NC Conservation Network, a statewide network of nearly 100 environmental, community, and environmental justice organizations that focus on protecting North Carolina’s environment and public health.
  • You are encouraged to bring a guest – perhaps someone with an interest in the environment.
  • Charlotte Gallagher will contact you about reservations for lunch.

Lunch with Legends – March 14

This year promises to be one of our best ever Lunch with Legends – with local ”legends” Loretta Aldridge  and the Reverend Charles McKnight portraying Victoria Woodhull and Frederick Douglass, entertainment by professional singer Larissa Glassman, and narration by our own Jo Nicholas. A number of generously-donated door prizes will be given away.  And our Civic Leader Scholarships will be awarded.

If you have not already bought tickets for yourself and friends, you can purchase tickets at the February meeting or through Carol Wurster – carollee@embarqmail.com.  Make checks for $35 to LWVMC.  Be sure to give Carol  the names for each ticket purchased and let her know if anyone prefers the vegetarian or gluten-free/dairy free menu options.  You will be seated with your guests.  We hope for a sell-out of 200 tickets.  Please come and bring others!!

 One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote Dr. Seuss Book Project – to encourage elementary students to be informed future voters

Thanks to the generosity of folks at the January League meeting, enough money was donated to buy a book for every school and library in Moore County!!  Books have been purchased at a nice discount, thanks to the Country Bookshop, and are ready for delivery, with an inscription from the League and a note to the librarian.  Volunteers are needed to hand-deliver the books to schools and libraries throughout Moore County.  At the February meeting, you can sign up and take a book (or books) to deliver to a particular school or library. Although we don’t need additional $$, a copy of the project is attached, in case you would like more information or to see the list of schools.  Thanks to Jo Nicholas, Mary Price, and Doe Ann Litton for spear-heading this project – and to all who donated!

An Environmental Issues Group is getting started in our League, thanks to the leadership of Pat Pinkerton.  An overview “report” is attached.  You will hear more about this new group at the February meeting.

Visit to the NC Legislature

Kirk Tours is offering a March 22 trip to Raleigh to the NC Legislature to meet with our representative Jamie Boles, including lunch, attend part of a legislative session, and then have free time to visit a museum.  Cost is $45.  Although this is not a lobbying or politicking opportunity – and not a League-sponsored event – it would be a good way to educate ourselves about the NC Legislature and foster relationships with Representative Boles.  Info is attached, with the number to call to make reservations.  I have signed up to go!

Education Issues: Tomorrow – February 11- an Education Forum and advocacy training will take place at the NCAE building at 700 South Salisbury St. Raleigh NC 27601 from 1 to 4 PM.   You are welcome to attend.  This is late notice, but I thought you might like to know about it.  There will be more opportunities in the future.                                                                     Perhaps you are following the news about the financial dilemmas and choices facing Moore County Schools – and schools across our state.  At the January meeting, Education was voted the number one priority for our League.  Please be thinking of ways the LWVMC can get involved.

Save the date:  May 5 – 7   NC League of Women Voters State Convention in Greensboro.    All members are welcome to attend.

As we navigate – as a League and as individuals – this time of political uncertainty and continued contentiousness, these may be some helpful suggestions, no matter what your partisan preference:

  • Put some limits on the time spent absorbing media news.  It can be overwhelming.
  • Find an issue that you care about and work actively on that to make a difference.
  • Take care of yourself – exercise, sleep, enjoy the company of friends and family.
  • Be positive and patient, as well as passionate.  It took decades of advocating – by both women and men – to get women the right to vote.

Hope to see you at the February meeting – AND at Lunch with Legends!!

Peggy

Please open the following files for more details:

Kirk Tour to Raleigh legislature

NC Environmental Issues Overview 2017

Dr Seuss book project

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January  2017 News

1/8/17

Luch with LEGENDS is approaching!   Tuesday, March 14, 2017  – 11:30 am to 1:30 pm  – Pinehurst Country Club

The Committee has been hard at work on plans:

  • The Pinehurst Members Club ballroom is reserved with 20 tables of 10.  We are hoping for a sell-out!
  • A new delicious chicken main course and dessert will be served (with a chopped salad option for guest with special dietary needs)
  • Legends Victoria Woodhull (a colorful and convention-defying woman who ran for President in 1872, almost 50 years before the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote) and her V-P running mate Frederick Douglass (social-reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman) will share their stories, with help from Narrator Jo Nicholas.
  • A professional singer will provide musical entertainment.
  • Both Civic Leaders Scholarship winners – Katherine McVay and Samie McLeary – are excited about attending. They’ll be recognized and thank the League.
  • Tickets have been printed and will be available beginning at the January meeting.  $35 each.

How can League members get involved in Lunch with Legends??

 Buy a ticket For tickets contact Carol Wurster at  (910)-673-2330  or carollee@embarqmail.com   Checks should be made out to LWVMC and mailed to Carol at 4261 Seven Lakes West  West End, NC  27376.  Names of guests need to be included so places can be reserved for them. Include your name, too!

  1. Become an “angel” donor If you can’t come to Lunch with Legends (or even if you can),  contribute $25 or more to the Civic Leader Scholarship fund by February 15 and your name will be listed on a special “Angel” Scholarship page in the Lunch with Legends program.  (Donations can be brought to the January meeting or mailed to treasurer Doe Ann Litton 20C Pinehurst Manor  Pinehurst, NC  28374)

 Gather together friends for a table for 10, inviting both members and non-members to join you.   (Some members even get 2 or 3 tables together.)  Or collaborate with another member to fill a table for 10.   A flyer about the event and sample email invite and are attached for you to modify and use.

  1. Sell an ad — or more!  Kathy Bergquist, Harriet Ecker, and others have already been hard at work selling ads.  A list of businesses that have already been approached will be ready  at the January meeting, so you will know what businesses can still be asked.  Forms to solicit ads will also be available.

With 8 successful past years to date, Lunch with Legends has become a Moore County League tradition – and it is easy to sell tickets and even ads.  As our only fund-raiser to support both the Civic Leader Scholarships and the Ruth Pauley Lecture Series, it is important that League members do their part to contribute.  And we THANK YOU!!  In addition to fund-raising, Lunch with Legends is FUN – and an educational gift to ourselves and the community.

Hope to see each of you there.  Thanks for your help!!

Peggy Crawford, LWVMC President

Kathy Bergquist and Carol Wurster, Lunch with Legends Co-Chairs

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Hello to all and welcome to 2017, a year of continuing opportunities and challenges for voter advocacy and issues!

January 17 is our annual League of Women Voters of Moore County planning meeting.  We’ll ask for your input on issues for monthly programs and study for the coming year, and we’ll do some brainstorming of ideas of how to better engage members and contribute to our community. In addition, Karl Ecker will entertain us with his special presentation of “Presidential Rhetoric” – as he rocks us through US history from Washington to Obama.  And Joan Matula will give short book review of Crisis Point by former Senate leaders Republican Trent Lott and Democrat Tom Daschle on the partisan gridlock in Washington that has become a national crisis.  Should be an inspiring meeting as we reflect and set goals as a League for the coming year.  Please come!!  Charlotte Gallagher will be contacting you soon about reservation for the luncheon.  Guests are welcome, too.

Planning for Lunch with Legends is well underway, featuring fascinating and important “legends” Victoria Woodhull and Frederick Douglass.  More to come in a few days about how you can get involved.  Tickets will be on sale at the January meeting.

Some additional news and opportunities . . .

 

The book Hidden Figures has been made into a movie – which just opened at our local Frank Theaters off Morganton Road.  It’s a true story about the contributions to NASA made by African-American women.  Here’s the trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK8xHq6dfAo  Worth seeing!

 

Federal Judges Deny Request to Postpone Redrawing Districts

In a unanimous ruling this week, a panel of federal judges ruled against NC legislators in the General Assembly’s attempt to postpone an earlier order requiring that new districts be drawn and new elections take place this year. The federal court noted that it would be harmful to voters’ rights to not fix the unconstitutional districts as soon as possible. The federal court had previously called out and rejected previous voter suppression efforts and ruled that the racially gerrymandered districts are to be redrawn by March 2017.

http://www.wral.com/judges-refuse-to-delay-court-ordered-2017-legislative-elections/16400716/

 

Here’s an opportunity to learn more about redistricting in NC.  Please let me know if you are interested in attending:

“Ending Gerrymandering to Restore Democracy in NC: The Case for Nonpartisan Redistricting”

 

 

A program presented by the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad . . .

Reporting on a successful nonpartisan redistricting simulation by a volunteer panel of ten retired NC Supreme Court justices and Senior Appellate Court judges.  Panel includes Tom Ross, Former UNC President and Terry Sanford Distinguished Fellow at the Sanford School of Public Policy of Duke University and Justice Rhoda Billings (R) & Justice Henry Frye (D), retired Chief Justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court

When: January 26, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: UNCG School of Education, Greensboro, NC

 

Mark your 2017 calendars for May 5-7, the League Convention in Greensboro.  All members are welcome.

 

Next Ruth Pauley lectureSusan Southard

Thursday, February 9, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.

Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College

Nagasaki and Beyond: The Ethics of Collateral Damage

Southard is the author of Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, which was just awarded the 2016 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, an international award for literature that promotes peace, social justice, and global understanding. It also received which the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize administered jointly by the Columbia and Harvard Schools of Journalism. In addition, Nagasaki was named a Washington Post “Best Book of the Year” and the best history book of 2015 by Financial Times. It is based on 12 years of research, primarily oral history interviews with five nuclear survivors. Ms. Southard recently was invited to address the United Nations.

 

 

 

 

November News

Hello to all!

9 more days until the election!  Thought you might appreciate this attached photo of Susan B Anthony’s grave.  She died 14 years before women won the right to vote – an excellent example of “paying it forward” and working to make the future better for all.  Here’s tovoting!

The other attachment is a reminder/invitation for the November 3 Ruth Pauley lecture – a debate on the future of health care in the US – which should be fascinating and important.  The League is responsible for the reception after the lecture.

November luncheon meeting – November 15
Our speaker will be Walter Salinger, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at UNCG, where he taught for 38 years and served as Head of the Psychology Department and Chair of the Faculty Senate.  Since retiring in 2010, he has become an active member of the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad, focusing on public policies for improving access to healthcare and increasing the fairness elections by the reform of campaign financing and the redistricting process.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina.

Salinger, like many others, thinks that the gerrymandering of legislative districts has a huge impact on how government functions, and he has just completed some new interesting research which he will share with us, including the impact on Moore County.  He’ll talk on “The Importance and Possibility of Redistricting in NC.”

Charlotte Gallagher will email you with details of lunch and reservations. Vice-President Mary Price will be presiding at the meeting. Hope you will come!

Preview of January Luncheon Meeting: Focus will be on new beginnings and future goals – politically (at the national, state, and local levels), and as a local League. For a look at the national political situation, you are invited to read Crisis Point and participate in the discussion to be organized by Mary Price, as part of the meeting.

Here’s a preview of the book:

Former Senate leaders Republican Trent Lott and Democrat Tom Daschle believe that the partisan gridlock in Washington has become a national crisis. Never before has faith in government been so dismally low.  While they disagree on many issues, they agree that congressional dysfunction and the current polarization have a crippling effect on democracy. In their new book, Crisis Point: Why We Must — And How We Can — Overcome Our Broken Politics In Washington And Across America, Lott and Daschle itemize damaging forces–the permanent campaign, unprecedented money, the 24/7 news cycle–and offer practical recommendations, pointing the way forward. Most crucially, they recall the American people, especially our leaders, to the principles enshrined in the Constitution, and to the necessity of debate and compromise–which will take vision and courage to bring back.   Hope you will order or download the book and read it.

Thanks again for the many ways you have “made democracy work” by registering, educating, and encouraging voters in this important election – both personally and through the League!

Peggy             obamacare_debate_flyer

 

 

October News

We are still celebrating the success of Voter Advocacy activities of the LWV of Moore County – with thanks to the MANY of you who volunteered your time and energy and expertise.

  • Twenty-two League members at 6 different venues registered 92 new voters and helped numerous others with information – and enthusiasm – about voting!
  • The Candidates’ Forum for School Board members and  Soil and Water Director had twice as many attend as typical for a School Board Forum – and it was  executed with Carolyn Mealing’s grace and poise and experience, with the help of 10+ League volunteers. The video-taping by Jim Heim should be on the LWVMC website soon.
  • The Voters’ Guide is now complete and ready for publication by The Pilot in the October 16 Sunday paper.  It is in full color, with helpful sample ballots, early voting information, and candidates’ responses to our questions from every local race on our ballot  —  and even responses from candidates for US Senate and Governor!  Carolyn Mealing and her committee did a fabulous job. You will be proud!

 Civic Leader Scholarship update:  The Scholarship Committee met this week to review the 11 excellent applications for 2016 and selected 4 Finalists for interviews: one from Pinecrest HS, one from North Moore and two from Union Pines.  The Board voted to dedicate the 2016 Civic Leader Scholarship to John Reagan and Kay Hodge, long-time active members of the League who passed away recently.  If you would like to make a contribution to the scholarship in their memories, you can bring a check to the October meeting or mail it to Doe Ann Litton  20C Pinehurst Manor  Pinehurst, NC  28374.  John’s wife Janice and Kay’s daughter Judy will be notified of your gift (not the amount).

On Saturday, October 15, the state League is sponsoring a workshop on Advocating for Our Issues in Greensboro.  There will be presentations on five issues of concern: Education, Environment, Medicaid Expansion, NC Budget/Taxes, and Redistricting, followed by sessions about how to approach our legislators on these issues.  Please let Jo Nicholas know if you are interested in attending (myrlejo@gmail.com).  This is an excellent opportunity provided by our state League.

This Tuesday night – Oct. 11 – syndicated columnist and renowned political analyst Mark Shields will present the Ruth Pauley lecture on “The Challenge of Governing in a Polarized World.”  His talk begins at 7:30 in Owens Auditorium and should be of special interest to League members.  Reception follows the lecture with a chance to meet Shields.

And last, but certainly not least, is our monthly League Luncheon meeting on Tuesday, October 18 at 11:30 at Table on the Green.  In addition to a Get Out the Vote push, the program will focus on Women’s Reproductive Rights, organized by our local League’s study group on that topic.   Our speaker is Janet Colm, founder and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, a women’s health organization that served 10,000 clients a year with an annual budget of $5 million when she retired in 2015.  Janet has a B.A. in anthropology from Duke University and an M.S. in public health from UNC- Chapel Hill.  She will be joined by Tara Romano, president of NC Women United and executive director of NARAL Pro-choice NC.   Tara holds a Masters of Public Health degree as well as an MS in Extension Education.  We are fortunate to have two dynamic and knowledgeable women to share this important topic.  Please let Charlotte Gallagher know that you are coming: charlotteagallagher@gmail.com.  Guests are welcome, too!!

Hope to see you on October 18!

Peggy Crawford

President, League of Women Voters of Moore County

PS  If you have not yet paid your $50 dues for this year, they will be gladly accepted on Tuesday!

 

9/2016      LWVMC Voter Advocacy Update

Congratulations to the Voter Advocacy Committee for a successful Candidates’ Forum last night!   A tremendous amount of planning and phoning and preparation and patience went into the evening, which affirmed everyone there, including the candidates, and flowed seamlessly!   Thanks to Peter Latham for logistics, Dot Greenwood and Catherine Sigmon-Mitchell for screening questions, Harriet Ecker and Mary Ann Bartos for time-keeping, Charlotte Gallagher,  Ann Torok, Doe Ann Litton, Mary Price, Nancy Latham, Karen Kaplan and others for collecting questions, Mindy Fineman for photography, and Jim Heim for video-taping, and to all members who came to the Forum.  And SPECIAL thanks to Committee Chair Carolyn Mealing for her hours/days of organizing, hosting meetings, emailing, and scripting the Forum to run so smoothly!

We also celebrate the registration of 69 new voters at Sandhills and local high schools this past Tuesday for National Voter Registration Day, thanks to 13 LWV volunteers!

Work is progressing well on the Voters Guide – thanks to Carolyn Mealing and the Voter Advocacy Committee  – and should appear about Oct. 16 in The Pilot.

And this Saturday is Autumnfest – organized by Mary Price and Kathy Bergquist – to register more voters .  Thanks to all who are volunteering at the League booth.  Hope other League members will come by and say hello – downtown Southern Pines  park – booth 55 – from 9 to 4 pm!

Here’s to promoting civic responsibility and civil discourse this election season!

Peggy

 

Special Message:  9/10/16

As an important election approaches, our local League of Women Voters is actively working to Make Democracy Work . . .  

September 20 is our first luncheon meeting and we hope you will be there – Table on the Green Restaurant – 11:30 am.  Guest speaker is our own Superintendent of Schools Bob Grimesey who will talk on new initiatives in Moore County schools, as well as challenges being faced. Come prepared with questions to ask!   Guests are welcome.  Please let Charlotte Gallagher know as soon as possible that you are coming, so she can let the restaurant know:   charlotteagallagher@gmail.com   Cost $13 – make check out to LWVMC.

LWVMC priority for the fall:  Voter Advocacy

  • Candidate Forums – Pinehurst Town Hall – September 29 and October 6 – at 7 pm
  • Voter Guide – for local offices – questions have been sent to candidates and responses will be published in a special guide by the Pilot
  • Volunteer Training for Voter Registration –  September 20 – 10:45 – 11:30 by Glenda Clendenin, Board of Elections Director, at Table on the Green before the League meeting
  • Voter Registration Day – September 27 – registering students at local high schools and Sandhills CC
  • Autumnfest – October 1 – Southern Pines – League booth to register citizens to vote
  • Get out the vote efforts – newspaper, public service announcements, aimed at Why Vote.  Note: Early voting hours/places for Moore Co. were just decided by the NC Board of Elections this past Tuesday.  We will publicize details when they are ready.
  • Vote 411 – League effort at the state and national levels to provide on-line information on candidates to voters.  Our dues help support this.

It is not too late to get involved with these efforts – you are welcome to come to the voter registration training before the Sept. 20 meeting – just let me know, if you haven’t already signed up.

If you have not paid your $50 dues for this coming year, you can pay by check at the September meeting.  Our treasurer Doe Ann Litton will have a list of who has paid, in case, like many of us, you don’t remember!

On a sad note, two former LWVMC members have passed away in recent weeks: John Reagan was our first male Board member and Kay Hodge was a former president of the League and was instrumental in the League study on poverty in Moore County.  We will honor them at the September meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you on September 20!

Peggy Crawford,

President, League of Women Voters of Moore County

 

“Today we are in the middle of another election cycle. Once again, false claims, half-truths, hateful rhetoric, fear-mongering and demonization of the opposition dominate our civic space, driving out the genuine issue-oriented debate that a democracy needs to survive and thrive. We need citizens with chutzpah and humility to occupy our civic space and call American democracy back to health. Chutzpah is knowing that I have a voice that needs to be heard and the right to speak it. Humility is accepting the fact that my truth is always partial and may not be true at all—so I need to listen with openness and respect, especially to “the other,” as much as I need to speak my own voice with clarity and conviction. Humility plus chutzpah equals the kind of citizens a democracy needs.”

-Parker J. Palmer in Healing the Heart of Democracy

 

Here’s to our League of Women Voters as a forum for civil discourse and civic responsibility, as we continue our 96-years of striving to make democracy work!! 

 

 

Ist  e-blast ASugust 2016

Dear friends,

It is with enthusiasm and excitement that I send my first e-blast to you as President of the League of Women Voters of Moore County.

We have a lot to celebrate this month:  A federal appeals court sided with the League and other organizations in the lawsuit against the state of North Carolina and overturned the 2013 voter-discrimination law passed by the NC legislature.  Our own Jo Nicholas was President of the LWVNC in 2013 and was instrumental in bringing the lawsuit. The court decision blocks North Carolina from requiring photo IDs, restores a week of early voting and pre-registration for 16 and 17-year-olds, and maintains same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting.  This is a victory—not just for the League – but for thousands of voters in North Carolina whose right to vote had been jeopardized by the new law.

So now on to registering and informing voters – and encouraging them to vote!

Save the Dates: Tuesday, September 27, is National Voter Registration Day.  Our local League will send teams to each Moore County high school, plus Sandhills Community College, on that day to register students and staff during lunch time.  Our wonderful,  supportive county Board of Elections Director Glenda Clendenin will train League volunteers at 11 am at Table on the Green before the Sept. 20 League meeting (Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bob Grimesey is the speaker).   You can also volunteer to register voters at Autumnfest in Southern Pines at the League booth on Saturday October 1.  Hope many of you will get involved in this!   It’s fun and important!  More to come on this later.

 

A SPECIAL INVITATION . . .

Tuesday, August 23 is the date for our LWV of Moore County annual Board Planning Retreat at Table on the Green restaurant.  ALL members are WELCOME to attend.  The retreat will begin with fruit & pastries, coffee & tea at 9:30 am and conclude after lunch, about 1:15.  The $20 pp cost includes food and beverages and tips.  To register to attend, please email Charlotte Gallagher as soon as possible and let her know you are coming.  owegeecoach@gmail.com    You can also let Charlotte know if you have special dietary needs for lunch.  Bring a check for $20 and come ready for fellowship and planning for the coming year!

 

Hope to see many of you on August 23,

Peggy