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Newsletter - May 19, 2022

LWVIN | Published on 5/19/2022

 

Our meeting at the Westfield Washington Public Library was a welcome opportunity to meet in person after two years of virtual meetings!

For those of you who were unable to attend or who would like to review, the materials and presentation videos are available HERE on our LWVIN website and under the tab for Resources > Council - 2022.

Taylor Flanery presented potential changes to the LWVUS bylaws that will be introduced at Convention–particularly changes related tomembership administration and dues. She is part of the Structure Task Force, continuing the LWVUS work on the Transformation Roadmap. If you have questions about that work, here are the three contacts she mentioned.

Jessica Lowe-Minor
Vice President LWVUS Board
Chair of Structure Taskforce
jlowe-minor@lwv.org

Melissa Currence
Director LWVUS Board
Chair of the LWVUS Bylaws Committee
Our LWVUS Liaison
mcurrence@lwv.org

Taylor Flanery
Member of the LWVUS Structure Taskforce
Member of the Greater Lafayette League
mcurrence@lwv.org

 


LWVIN Presents the 2022 Documentary Film Series with Panelists and Q&A
—to Engage, Educate, And Empower Citizens to Eliminate Voting Barriers and Expand Access

Thursday, June 2, 7:00-9:00 p.m. EDT

RIGGED: THE VOTER SUPPRESSION PLAYBOOK
Runtime: 72 minutes

Narrated by Jeffrey Wright, Rigged chronicles how our right to vote is being undercut by a decade of dirty tricks—including the partisan use of gerrymandering and voter purges, and the gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court. The film captures real-time voter purges in North Carolina and voter intimidation in Texas.

Speaker: Shruti Rana, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, IU

REGISTER HERE .You will receive a registration confirmation email containing information & a unique link to attend the program.

Tuesday, June 14, 7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT
SUPPRESSED AND SABOTAGED: THE FIGHT TO VOTE

Runtime: 44 minutes

Robert Greenwald documents the growing threat of voter suppression and election sabotage to our 2022 midterm elections. In 2021, 19 states passed 34 new voter laws following the Big Lie of the 2020 election. The film focuses on this recent wave of voter suppression and subversion laws being enacted by states, and how the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp provides a blueprint for today’s voter suppression laws across the country. The film includes perspectives from voters in Arizona, Florida, Texas, and Georgia that highlight how these new laws will affect their constitutional right to vote. Suppression tactics covered in the film include Registration hurdles; Polling place closures; Voter purges; Missing absentee ballots; Extreme wait times at polling locations; Exact match disqualifications; New vote by mail limitations; Changes to ballot collection and drop off and more. Voter suppression laws disproportionately affect American students, senior citizens, Black, Indigenous, Latine, and People of Color from casting their ballots. Suppressed and Sabotaged 2022 is a call to action against the calculated, unconstitutional, and racist attacks intended to suppress the right to vote in America.

Speaker: Sheila Kennedy, Emerita Professor of Law and Public Policy, IUPUI

REGISTER HERE.You will receive a registration confirmation email containing information & a unique link to attend the program.

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE LOCAL LEAGUE SUMMER CHALLENGE!


It’s easy. Here’s what you need to do:


1. Meet with members of your League and choose a book, documentary or podcast that deals with any voting rights issue which interests your members. We are offering a resource list to make it easier for you.

2.The Summer Challenge will run from June 15 to September 1.

3.If you are reading a bookset a date to discuss the book and create an action plan.

4.If you are viewing a documentary or listening to a podcast, set a date to watch or listen, discuss, and create an action plan.

5.The discussion leader should prepare questions to aid participation and lead discussion toward creating an attainable and needed action follow-up
.

6.Please email Barbara Schilling with your choice, short report of your discussion and your League’s action plan by September 5. We will put your report in the state’s September newsletter, “THE LWVIN VOTER.”


For Resources, go HERE and scroll down.