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Newsletter - January 19, 2023

LWVIN | Published on 1/19/2023


Wednesday, January 25, 9:30am - 3pm ET

Registration is still open until the 24th! We have ordered extra lunches so you can attend!

Schedule meetings with your legislators during this time.

State board members will be available in the Library and at the State House all day.

Join us for a lunch gathering in the State Library at 11:30 am ET. Issue advocates from partner organizations will be available at topiclunch tables to bring you up to date on legislation we’re following.


·Natural Resources (Indra Frank from Hoosier Environmental Council),

·Education (Joel Hand, Indiana Coalition for Public Education),

·Voting Rights (Julia Vaughn, Common Cause Indiana),

·Women's Health & Reproductive Rights (LaKimba DeSadier of Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates)

·Human services/housing (Andrew Bradley, Prosperity Indiana and Indiana Coalition for Human Services).

Register at

Registration is $20 and includes abox lunch from IndyFresh.

We already have about 50 reservations! Keep them coming!


There is metered parking on the streets surrounding the library (Senate and Ohio.).

The Indiana History Center parking lot is available for a fee ($15/$14 for seniors).The entrance is on New York Street.

The Indiana State parking garage is sometimes available for public parking for a fee. The entrance is on Senate Avenue.


Never been to a League Day? Not sure how to meet with your legislator(s)? Don't know what to say? Want to learn more?

Then meet with a panel of experienced LWVIN Advocates who will walk you through the information you need and answer your questions. The advocates will also be posting helpful documents on the LWVIN League Day page.

Join Zoom "League Day at the Statehouse Orientation"
Thursday, January 19th, 7 pm eastern (6 pm central)

No need to register! Click on this link to join

Members of the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana, et al. v. Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawai'i, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky, Inc., et al.

The Indiana Supreme Court held a hearing on this case on Thursday, January 19 at 9 am ET. You can watch the video at (allow at least 2 hours after the hearing ended at 10:11 ET.) The primary issue in this case concerns the Right to Privacy.

After vigorous testimony from both Ken Falk of the ACLU and Tom Fisher, IN Deputy Attorney General, and incisive questions from the 5 Judges, Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush said that an"opinion will be issued in due course." Until then abortions in Indiana will continueas specified by Indiana lawbeforethe special session.

Two other Court cases dealing with religious freedom have also been filed and heard by local courts. The Indiana Supreme Court hasn’t indicated how it will deal with those.

Pam Locker, member of the Women's Health/Reproductive Rights Advocates Team


The 2023 LWVIN State Convention will be held the weekend of June 9th at the beautiful Clifty Falls State Park.You can get more information and register at

To help with costs to the local leagues, the State board has authorized the issuing of a coupon to each league worth $100 towards a 2023 Convention registration.The coupon will be sent to each local league soon but, please remember, it can only be used once. To use it, just enter the coupon code on the payment page when completing the registration.


Advocacy, education, and empowerment, this is what the League does. We do it on theground in our towns, cities, counties, and states. But, with social media being a large portionof our lives, the League needs to meet them there. LWV Indiana has been making an effort toincrease our social media presence. Our presence includes providing more educationalcontent, encouraging voters and potential voters to become more active, and notification ofupcoming activities, and dates regarding historical events and diversity, to name a few things.

An easy way for you, a League member, to help is to follow LWV Indiana and share our postson your social media platforms. Ask your friends and followers to share the posts.You can find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and TikTok. Those sites aren’t the onlyplace to find LWV Indiana information online. Make it a point to visit LWV Indiana’s web site,and explore all of the tabs to find things such as past newsletters, articles on our ForgottenForemothers, upcoming events, voting information, and resources available to you.

Jerri Martin,LWV Indiana Social Media Coordinator


All local leagues are required to file a 990 form with the IRS each year by the 5th month after their fiscal year closed.Those leagues whose fiscal year ended on December 31, the 990 forms can be filed anytime now.It is usually easy and can be done simply by filing the 990N ePostcard. You can find instructions at> Resources-Treasurers if you need help.

Tom Gardiner
LWVIN Treasurer


For the fourth year in a row, Indiana’s youth will gather at the statehouse to demand action on climate change, and you have the opportunity to join them as history is made.

The statewide youth-led organization
Confront the Climate Crisis(CTCC) will host a climate action rally and press conference on Wednesday, February 1 at 11 AM in the Fourth Floor’s North Atrium at the Indiana Statehouse.The event is called “Act Now” and is being co-hosted with Representative Carey Hamilton (D-Indianapolis).

The event will begin with a press conference in which youth leaders and a bipartisan group of legislators will speak about the importance of enacting climate solutions to create a brighter future for Hoosiers.

Additionally, there will be speakers representing several of CTCC’s partner organizations, including Liz Solberg of the League of Women Voters, Wendy Bredhold of Indiana Beyond Coal, Bryce Gustafson of Citizens Action Coalition, Mary Blackburn of the Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation, and Zach Schalk of Solar United Neighbors.

As the fourth year in which Hoosier youth are organizing a climate action day at the statehouse and the second year in which CTCC is directly lobbying for a groundbreaking climate bill,2023 is likely to be the year in which persistent climate advocacy finally pays off! CTCC is currently championing Senate Bill 335, a bill authored by Senators Shelli Yoder (D-Bloomington), Ron Alting (R-Lafayette), and Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) to create a climate task force and develop a statewide climate action plan.

This is one of the largest youth-led movements that the state of Indiana has ever seen, and you need to be a part of it. Join us on Wednesday, February 1 at the Indiana Statehouse to demand climate action with us!

RSVP at, and direct any questions to

Rahul Durai (he/him),Co-Executive Director,Confront the Climate Crisis

Profiles of lesser-known heroines in the fight for women’s rights


In 1905, Britain’s Prime Minister Asquith didn’t understand all the fuss about women’s suffrage. He’d made politically expedient promises here and there, of course, but he had no intention of giving women the right to vote. As 1932 biography notes, "he considered politics to be peculiarly the male sphere, and it offended his sense of decorum and chivalry to think of them [women] as engaged in the rough and tumble of this masculine business."

Naturally, voting rights activists of the time disagreed with his perspective and Asquith became a target of their public protests. In the summer of 1906, Adelaide Knight, along with fellow working-class activists Annie Kenney and Jane Sbarborough, traveled to the House of Commons and demanded audience with Asquith. The women were promptly arrested for disturbing the peace and given a choice: Six weeks in jail, or they could go free...provided they suspend all suffrage and activism work for an entire year.
Eliza Adelaide Knight was born in 1871 in London’s East End. Her family lived on Kenilworth Road in Bethnal Green where the squalid conditions had been the subject of debate amongst politicians and would-be philanthropists for decades. “Most houses built since 1800 were two-storeyed with no foundations, small and damp, of the cheapest timber and half-burnt bricks with badly pitched roofs, 'erected by speculative builders of the most scampy class,'” according toA History of the County Middlesex,published by Victoria County History, London in 1998. “Unmade roads turned to mud or dust by builders' carts, lack of sewerage, and overcrowding, together with the unhealthy effects of the weaving industry, produced a stunted and sickly population.”
(Go HERE to read this entire article on the LWVIN website.)

Kathryn S Gardiner | Published on 1/13/2023


January 24 Indiana Conservation Day
January 26 Indiana Renewable Energy Day
February 14 Happy Birthday, League of Women Voters!
February 20 US President’s Day

Click HERE to view the entire 2023 LWVIN calendar