Monthly newsletter for members of the League of Women Voters Northfield - Cannon Falls
October, 2016 (October 30, 2016)
Dear Members and Friends:
The recent forums held by LWVNCF had a much different tone than those on the national and even state level. The need for civil discourse, cooperation and transparency for the benefit of Minnesota citizens was expressed by all participants in the legislative forums. One candidate noted that they were already off to a good start by sharing a microphone. I hope that bodes well for the upcoming legislative session. School board candidates were complimentary of their peers and the commitment to education they all shared, leaving observers with the feeling that our schools will be in good hands, regardless of who is elected.
“Making democracy work” summarizes the goals of the League of Women Voters. Locally, the LWVNCF registered voters and sponsored five forums at the Northfield Senior Center in October.
Many of the forums may be viewed on line:
The membership committee (Bonnie Jean Flom, Mary Carlsen, Janet Petri, Mary Hahn) oversaw the creation of a new membership brochure for the League of Women Voters Northfield-Cannon Falls. The striking design was created by LWV member Anita Koch using informative content provided by the membership committee. The brochures are available from members of the committee and at LWVNCF events. A special thank you to all who contributed to a brochure we are proud to hand out!
Here’s our huge VOTE TODAY sign, to be erected at dawn in Ames Park on November 8. But you don’t have to feel envious. You too can have display a VOTE TODAY sign in your yard.
Some readers may recall that when we hosted moderator training two years ago, students from Carleton, St. Olaf, and the high school participated. This year, since we didn’t host a larger event, we brought a brief training experience to the Northfield High School and Carleton College in response to requests from them. Northfield High School students carried out their forums for the mayoral, city council, and school board races on Thursday morning, October 28th.
10/12/2016 | by Sarah Courtney
Washington, DC and Tallahassee, FL – A Florida judge ruled in favor of voters today, extending voter registration an additional week.
"We'll now be able to make up for lost time and help register people whose lives were disrupted by the storm," said Pamela Goodman, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida. "Our goal is to help every Floridian register, vote, and be heard, and we're grateful that the storm did not silence their voices.”
Have you seen our new brochure? With special thanks to member Anita Koch for her graphic design work, we are excited to bring this resource into circulation. Thanks, membership committee, for your collaboration on our new design.
The website of LWVUS states that, “The League of Women Voters has been at the forefront of the environmental protection movement for decades, consistently supporting legislation to preserve our nation’s natural resources and protect our public health. We support legislation that seeks to protect our country from the physical, economic and public health effects of climate change while also providing pathways to economic prosperity.” The League of Women Voters adopted a position on natural resources in 1986.
The local chapter of environmental advocacy group Citizens’ Climate Lobby will host a family-friendly Kids’ Climate Carnival on Saturday, November 12, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon. There will be a variety of hands-on creative activities for kids, games with prizes from local merchants, educational displays on climate change solutions, and an opportunity for adults to fill out postcards, which will be hand-delivered to our legislators in Washington, asking for action on climate change.
09/12/2016 | by Maggie Bush
The League of Women Voters Stands with the Children in Federal Court to Address Climate Change
Washington, DC and Eugene, Oregon - Today the League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR) joined the League of Women Voters United States (LWVUS) to file an Amicus Brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.
Northfield Reads is a collaboration to promote community interaction and discussion about topics of shared concern. In the past it has been sponsored by our League and many other groups, including: Human Rights Commission, Northfield Public Library, NHS, Community Action Center, Thrivent Financial, Content Bookstore, Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement, and St. Olaf College’s Department of Social Work and Family Studies.
The selected book is Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression, Nell Casey, editor.
Every employee who is eligible to vote in an election has the right to be absent from work for the time necessary to appear at the employee's polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work on the day of that election, without penalty or deduction from salary or wages because of the absence. An employer or other person may not directly or indirectly refuse, abridge, or interfere with this right or any other election right of an employee.
- Mayoral Candidate Debate
- 7 PM at Great Hall in Severance Hall on the Carleton Campus
- Sponsored by Northfield Initiative and the Center for Community and Civic Engagement at Carleton College
- Election Day
- 7 AM to 8 PM
- Find your polling place at http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/
- Preview your ballot at http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/whats-on-my-ballot
- Kids’ Climate Change Carnival
- 9 AM to 12 noon. Stay for 15 minutes—or more!
- Hosted by Citizens’ Climate Lobby
- Northfield Montessori School
- 340 Montessori Court, Northfield (across from DQ and John Deere)
- No cost to participate
- LWVNCF Board meeting
- 7 PM
- Friends Meetinghouse
- 512 Washington St.