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Newsletter - July 15, 2021

LWVIN | Published on 7/15/2021

The newsletter will return in September.
In the meantime, watch for and act on redistricting updates—including from All IN 4 Democracy.


We’ve learned that IN will receive Legacy Format data from the Census Bureau on August 16.
The IN Legislative Services Agency will format the data for the state’s map-drawing software bySeptember 1, and they anticipate having maps drawn bySeptember 20.In a private July 7 meeting ( Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston and Senate Pro Tempore Rodric Bray announced they plan to complete the state’s redrawing of electoral maps byOctober 1.User-friendly census data files will not be released until September 30—by which time the IN General Assembly will have already formulated redistricting legislation.

This timeline—which has not yet been made transparently available to the public—means we must ramp up our efforts to demand transparency and accountability, using every means available.

• Phone calls
• Emails
• Postcards
• Letters to the editor
• Op-eds
• Social media—posting, sharing, tagging
• Join a lobbying team

EMAIL RECOMMENDATION: The legislature has received the Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission Report. We need to make sure the report has an impact. Please contact your state representative and state representative by email - you can find their addresses at Attach a copy of the report to your message; ask your legislators to read it and take the recommendations that it contains seriously. Tell them you expect them to advocate for fair maps.

You can read the Commission's report HERE.

SEND POSTCARDS, this time with the Coalition message “Fair Maps By the People, For the People.” If you would like to engage family, friends, neighbors, or a group in sending postcards to our legislators demanding transparency and fair maps, please contact Linda Hanson.

You may still volunteer to join one of the Lobbying Teams, led by Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) members. Contact Linda Hanson or volunteer HERE.

Lobbying team leaders(revised) are:
Northwest Indiana– Chris Brandon and Missie Summers-Kempf
North Central Indiana– Ranjan Rohatgi and Leigh Morris
Fort Wayne area– Marilyn Moran-Townsend and Tom Hayhurst
Hamilton County and CD 5– Xavier Ramirez and Jack Tharp
Marion County and CD 4—Clara Glaspie, Julia Vaughn w/ help from Marcia Goldstone
8th & 9th CDs– Sonia Leerkamp and Vickie Dacey
East Central Indiana—Chip Taylor and Linda Hanson


Invite fellow League members, partners, volunteers, and friends to attend!

From our ALL IN for Democracy coalition:

July 17, 2 pm, Indianapolis—Rain or shine! Decorate your car and come!

LWVIN ClubExpress Zoom Workshop, Wednesday, August 4, 2021; 7-9 PM ET

Many of you are now in the midst of renewals and, finally, in-person event scheduling. Join us for a LWVIN ClubExpress Workshop to review the details of handling these on your ClubExpress website and more such as “how do I know what a deposit is for?". Time for questions will be available.

To register, click the link below or visitlwvin.organd look for the event.

Hope to see you then.
Tom Gardiner, Treasurer, LWVIN


This summer, be part of the great legacy of American quilt-making as a means of patriotic expression!

The Quilts4DC Challenge asks quilters everywhere to share their creativity and lift the message of full representation and voting rights for fellow Americans residing in Washington, DC.

For more information go to

A Call to Action: VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021

The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) established in 1984 is the primary funding source for victim services in all fifty states and six territories. Deposits to the Crime Victim Fund (CVF) originate from criminal fines, forfeited bail, penalties and special assessments collected by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, federal courts and prisons. Funding comes from offenders convicted of federal crimes, not from taxpayers.

These funds help victims of crime to seek services for issues that they experience as a result of that crime – counseling, medical care, lost wages, courtroom advocacy and temporary housing. VOCA served 2.5 million victims from 2015 – 2019 but is in danger of being underfunded; this fund is projected to be at a ten year low by the end of 2021.

In order to stabilize and maintain the Fund for use in the future, Congress must amend VOCA in the following three ways:

Deposit all monetary penalties from deferred and non-prosecution agreements into the Crime Victims Fund. Over the last decade, the Department of Justice has increasingly utilized deferred and non-prosecution agreements to resolve cases of corporate misconduct. These agreements bypass a traditional prosecution process and shift fines and penalties into the general treasury rather than the Fund. Redirecting these deposits will provide increased funding to the Fund, which will allow for better predictability of state awards.

Increase the rate at which states are federally reimbursed for victim compensation programs to 75%. In order to supplement a state's efforts to financially assist victims for crime-related out-of-pocket expenses, the CVF reimburses states 60% of spending in a fiscal year. An increase in the reimbursement rate from the CFV to at least 75% ensures states have more money accessible to serve victims and survivors with much needed financial support.

Allow for additional years of spending or no-cost extensions for VOCA discretionary, assistance and compensation awards. Generally, these funds are for a four year period – meaning that the states have four years to spend their grant funding down. A no penalty extension should be permitted to allow for more long-term services to victims. Additional time will allow for the redirections of funds for emergency assistance without the threat to traditional services offered by states and their subrecipients.

This fix passed the House with more than 90% of votes. The Senate needs to pass this legislation, but the bill has met some resistance. For Indiana, Senator Young has signed on as a co-sponsor, but Senator Braun continues to stonewall. CONTACT SEN. BRAUN to support S.611

For more information go to

Kelly Sanford, LWVIN 2nd VP


With the change of board members, liaison assignments are shifting. Tracy (Heaton de Martinez, Indy/Columbus) and Karen (Martoglio, Greencastle) have come up with new assignments for LWVIN liaisons to leagues around the state. Working with the board members, leagues will hear who they have in the upcoming weeks along with items of note from the most recent board meeting.

Fall Workshop Planning is ongoing. Tom Gardiner (Muncie/Delaware), LWVIN Treasurer, will conduct a session onClubExpress, and Barb Schilling (Co-President) is working with Melissa (our LWVUS Liaison) for other workshops onPartnerships and Non-Partisanship.

The Publicity Committee, headed by Helen Hudson of LWV Montgomery County, and the Membership Committee, headed by Myra Abbott (Montgomery) and Kimber Sorenson (South Bend), will be meeting soon. Any members from around the state are invited to participate on these committees.

Finally, a large emphasis was placed on the Fair Maps campaign. Pressure is needed to get information about the tight timeline proposed by legislators and need for public input to legislatures. We need to let them know there needs to be adequate time for public input.

Karen Martoglio, LWVIN Secretary


Two months after the National League was founded in February 1920, the League of Women Voters of Tippecanoe County was established on April 30. Mrs. Thomas Arthur Stuart was appointed president, a role she would serve in for ten years. She said the following:

"We hope to enroll not only all those women who were active in the Franchise League* circles but also women who heretofore have not been identified with franchise interests. The League of Women Voters is a broader, larger and greater organization than the Franchise League ever could have become and it is, of course, absolutely non-partisan. It is educational and legislative and concerned with everything good affecting women and the home."

Today, the League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette (renamed in 1961) focuses on three programs: Redistricting, Environmental Sustainability and Voter Services. At its Program Planning meeting, held earlier this year, one of the LWVGL’s current positions, Domestic and Relationship Violence, was proposed for re-study to update the status of available services, investigate legislation that impacts perpetrators and victims of domestic violence, and evaluate availability of resources. And, the LWVGL Observer Corps is once again an active listener at township and city council meetings as well as Lafayette Civil Service Commission hearings, a collaboration with the Diversity Roundtable.

Voter Services, always a very busy committee of the LWVGL, undertook an advertising campaign around the 2020 Elections aimed at Purdue University students to urge them to register to vote and then vote! One of the clever ads, placed in the college newspaper, is shown below. Voter Services also continued its relationship with three area high schoolsduring this time of Covid-19 by offering registration tables outside each main entrance -students were excused from their government classes to come out and register. And while the pandemic prohibited audiences at four debates presented by our League in October 2020, we partnered with a local television station, Star City Broadcasting, to organize, conduct and broadcast the forums.

As we begin our new fiscal year this month, we look forward to gathering in-person for the first time since February 2020, at our Annual Summer Pitch-In on August 28. And gatherings will continue throughout the year as the LWVGL kicks-off a quarterly lecture series focused on topics of interest to members and the community. We look forward to coming together often in 2021-2022 to continue Mrs. Stuart’s call to being “a broader, larger and greater organization.”

*The Lafayette Franchise League operated for the eight years prior to the local League’s formation and at its disbanding had 500 members. It was a suffrage group and was one of many throughout Great Britain and the United States, including the Women’s Franchise League of Indiana headquartered in Peru, IN."

Barbara Clark, Greater Lafayette League Executive Team member

by Isabel Wilkerson
a book review

CASTE (published in 2020) has become one of the most acclaimed analyses of the causes and effects of racial divisions, as well as the resultant injustices. Choosing the concept of “caste” instead of “white” and “race” and “racism” in favor of terms like “dominant caste,” “favored caste,” “upper caste” and “lower caste,” Wilkerson creates a new perspective on the racial divisions in this country.

A caste system, she argues, is “an artificial construction, a fixed and embedded ranking of human value that sets the presumed supremacy of one group against the presumed inferiority of other groups on the basis of ancestry and often immutable traits, traits that would be neutral in the abstract but are ascribed life-and-death meaning.” She continues that caste “is about respect, authority and assumptions of competence — who is accorded these and who is not.”

The author analyzes America’s treatment of African Americans in comparison to India’s treatment of its untouchables, or Dalits, and Nazi Germany’s treatment of Jews. In establishing artificial hierarchies of power, the dominant classes—convinced of their innate superiority—have created a group of people they considered subhuman and who, therefore, could be denied empathy and the rights and privileges of those claiming to belong to a higher caste. She argues that the establishment of these hierarchies is about power and not morality.

Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations. Prominent among these are belief in the divine will, the importance of bloodlines, and stigma. The first of these tenets involves divine intervention. When a belief system is said to be the will of God, it becomes nearly impossible to argue the legitimacy of its claims. The will of an all-knowing spiritual power is at the heart of both the Indian and American castes.

Wilkerson’s arguments in “Caste” not only point out the irrational arguments of those who established these artificial categories superiority and inferiority, but also make us understand in order to help us dismantle them.

by Annemarie Voss, LWV Muncie-Delaware County

Mary Garrett Hay 1857-1928)
Mary Garrett Hay was an American suffragist and temperance reformer.

On August 29, 1857, Mary Garrett Hay was born into a prominent family in Charlestown, Indiana, the eldest of four daughters and a son of Andrew Jennings Hay and Rebecca H. Hay. Mary was especially close to her father, a physician active in politics. She first became interested in the political world by joining him at meetings and entertaining his Republican friends at their home.

Mary Hay briefly attended Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, from 1873 to 1874, where she studied to become a pharmacist and later worked for her father’s pharmacy. Hay chose to return home and involve herself in the two causes near to her heart: prohibition and women’s suffrage. She joined the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and became the secretary-treasurer for her local branch. She also worked as treasurer of the Indiana state WCTU for seven years and by 1885 found herself in charge of one of the departments of the national organization.

At about the same time, Hay joined the local woman suffrage movement and soon advanced to a state office. She met Carrie Chapman Catt, possibly at a National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) Convention. Hay formed a close association with Carrie Chapman Catt who was organizing women to campaign in their home states for suffrage amendments. In 1895, Hay assisted Catt with the formation of the Organization Committee of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and was soon recognized as Catt’s right-hand woman. That same year, Hay moved toNew York Cityto help with organizing the committee’s offices.The following year, Hay organized California/s suffragists at all levels during the California referendum campaign. In 1896, when California was creating its state constitution, Hay, along with women she organized, worked to have women’s suffrage be included, though the referendum for women to vote was narrowly defeated. Her work in California gave her valuable experience in organizing. Hay created suffrage groups across the country.In November 1895, she and the Rev. Henrietta G. Moore of Ohio organized the state convention that founded the West Virginia Equal Suffrage Association.

In 1899, Hay and Catt traveled 13,000 miles, visiting 20 states to organize women’s groups, made numerous speeches and attended 15 conventions. In 1900, Hay resigned from the Organization Committee but continued to work in an unofficial capacity with Catt.In 1905, after the death of Catt’s husband, the two women moved in together, and Hay became active in club work in New York City. Hay served as the president of the New York Equal Suffrage League from 1910 to 1918. In 1912, she was also the president of the group, The Daughters of Indiana!

Hay served as president of the Women’s City Club of New York (WCC). Hay was nominated to the WCC in order to bring a strong leadership role to the civic organization. She was also President of the New York City League of Women Voters between 1918 and 1923.

Hay became one of the first women in the Eastern United States to join a political party when she became a Republican. She served as chair of the Republican Women’s National Executive Committee in 1919 and 1920. Hay ensured that women’s suffrage remained an important plank in the Republican Party of the time. She encouraged other women to join the party.Her influence with women voters had helped her secure the post of chair of the Convention’s strategic platform coming—an unprecedented appointment for a woman—and she obtained a plank that endorsed the federal suffrage amendment. Once the women’s suffrage amendment passed Congress in June, 1919, Hay threw her energies into campaigning for its ratification in state legislatures.

In 1920, Hay and Catt together cast ballots for the first time for President. Having realized the dream of Women’s suffrage with ratification of the 19th amendment, she returned to the cause of prohibition.

While waiting for arrival of guests to her 71st birthday party in 1928, Mary Garrett Hay, died of a heart attack and was found by Carrie Chapman Catt in the home she shared with Catt. Catt created a monument to Hay, where she was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, New York. After Catt died in 1947, she was buried next to Hay. Their headstone reads, “Here lie two, united in friendship for 38 years through constant service to a great cause.”

Last summer Gail Pebworth and Barb Anderson worked together to research Hay for the 100 Year Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.In September 2020, Barb (South Central Indiana League) learned that her grant request to the Indiana Historical Society has been accepted. There will be a historical marker to honor Mary Garrett Hay!

by Sue Webster (information and Wikipedia)

This is a monthly feature. Sue Webster of the Porter County League is coordinating this column on suffragists throughout the state.