The League of Women Voters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. LWV influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The League remembers the suffragists that 100 years ago worked so hard to get the vote for women. On the 4th of July, we marched with the Girl Scouts in the Webster Groves parade to show off our 100-year history, our service today and the bright future we envision.
Mission: Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy
Vision: We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.
Jean Dugan, Louise Wilkerson, Nancy Price and Catherine Stenger joined other League members in Jefferson City on July 8 as Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft presented a proclamation recognizing the Centennial of the League and Missouri's ratification of the 19th Amendment. They stand by a plaque the League installed in the Capitol in 1931 "as a tribute to the those women in Missouri whose courageous work opened the opportunities of complete citizenship to all women in the state."
Watch Movie on Voter Suppression Sunday
Kirkwood Public Library (140 E Jefferson Kirkwood, MO 63122) will be showing the documentary "Rigged" followed by a discussion with League members on Sunday, July 14, at 2 pm. "Rigged: the Voter Suppression Playbook" exposes tricks used to undermine the right to vote, such as gerrymandering and hindrances to the Voting Rights Act. The documentary highlights Missouri's photo ID law as well as 2016 elections in North Carolina and Texas. The film contains interviews of activists and politicians from both parties and highlights issues of discrimination and racism. The screening will be held in the Kirkwood Library meeting room. Contact Nic Champion at email@example.com with any further questions.
State Convention Focuses on Making Voting Easier
The 64th state convention featured several speakers on election reform. On Friday, Alicia Gurrieri from LWVUS presented a workshop to help League members empower voters and defend democracy.
Keynote speaker Amber McReynolds explained how she worked to get comprehensive election reform in Colorado, including automatic voter registration and address changes, mail-in ballots and central vote centers. "Let's make the voting experience something everyone can celebrate," she told LWVMO convention delegates. The former director of elections for Denver, she is now the Executive Director for the National Vote at Home Institute. She was introduced by Eric Fey, Director of the St. Louis County Board of Elections.
St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones updated the convention on proposed election reforms "to ensure an effective government of, by and for the people." She called Amendment 1 "a tremendous victory to clean up Missouri politics." After commending the League for its work for American democracy, she challenged delegates to block legislation now in the Missouri Senate to override voter wishes and make it easier to gerrymander. She also shared some exciting opportunities to make positive lasting changes for voters, including approval or ranked choice voting.
Members Enjoy Centennial Tea
The League kicked off its 100th birthday celebration with a March 24 tea at the St. Louis Woman's Club. Other upcoming Centennial events include a Suffragist tour of Bellefontaine Cemetery on Thursday, May 2, summer parades and a banquet Nov. 13 at the Sheldon.
Pictured are LWV of Metro St. Louis co-presidents Nancy J. Miller and Louise Wilkerson.
Poster Encourages Students to Register to Vote
Laura Champion from Rockwood's Lafayette High School won the League's statewide poster contest to promote youth voter registration. The League of Women Voters of Missouri is sending a copy of Champion's poster to more than 700 high schools in Missouri
"The colors make it more exciting and enthusiastic, which is my stance on getting people to vote," Champion said upon getting her $500 prize. "I'm passionate about having people's voices heard."
Elad Gross Shines Light on Dark Money At the Holiday Luncheon, speaker Elad Gross spoke on the problem of dark money in elections and ways to prevent it. More than 80 attendees brought and bought books for Circle of Concern and Grace Hill.
Voters approve ethics, redistricting reform
Voters approved Amendment 1 by a large margin (62-38) on Nov. 6.
"The League of Women Voters of Missouri played a crucial role in promoting the anti-gerrymandering provisions of Amendment 1," said Clean Missouri Communications Director Benjamin Singer. "Thanks in big part to the League, Missouri will have more fair and competitive maps that protect minority representation and follow city and county lines when possible."
Nancy Miller, Co-President of LWV of Metro St. Louis, stressed the need for redistricting reform. "The League's position is that political and racial gerrymandering distort and undermine representative democracy."
Join the League of Women Voters and support our continuous fight to Defend our Democracy!
Our League was founded Nov. 13, 1919. To celebrate the League's first 100 years and kick off the next century, the League would like to invite you to join the 100th Anniversary Hundred Dollar Club.
Club membership is a $100 donation. Membership entitles you to an invitation to a members-only special event as well as numerous other celebrations the Centennial Committee is planning in 2019 and 2020 with the theme "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow."
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