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The League of Women Voters of Rhode Island Needs You!

You will soon receive the League's  annual appeal letter from LWVRI President Jane W. Koster. In her letter, Jane  reminds us of all of the League's work over the past year and makes a good case for why you should support the League.  Please help us be your voice in Providence and continue our efforts to help make democracy work.

Answer the call!
You can donate online or simply send your check to LWVRI, One Richmond Square, Suite 220 A-W, Providence, RI 02906. Donations made to the LWVRI are not tax deductible.
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To support our voter service and education activities, make a tax-deductible donation to the "LWVRI Education Fund."
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NEEDED: Volunteers
The Ethics Commission, the Board of Elections, legislative committee session, the Environmental Council of RI... all need citizen input.

The LWV needs volunteers to attend meetings. If many volunteer, we would each attend a few sessions, and report back. If you can spare a few hours, contact Susan Escherich at 401-433-4896.

 

NOW MORE THAN EVER,
THE LEAGUE NEEDS YOU

Dear Members and Friends of the League,

What makes the League stand out from other good government organizations and why does it deserve your support? The League's story is an historic and respected narrative that continues to resonate today, almost 100 years since its founding. The League believes that participation in democracy doesn't end when citizens leave the polling booth, but continues during the legislative process. From its beginnings, citizens have not only looked to the League for nonpartisanship when it comes to elections, but also to advocate for issues that affect citizens.

This past year has seen many successes for the League.  We fought for seven years to reestablish the Rhode Island Ethics Commission's jurisdiction over our General Assembly, and finally in the 2016 election, state voters were given the opportunity to vote on this issue, and it passed with an overwhelming majority.

The vote is your voice, and over the past few years, the League has focused our support on legislation to erase obstacles confronting access to the ballot box. During this 2017 legislative session the League has testified before the House and Senate Judiciary in support of several bills relating to safe and secure elections including automatic voter registration, in-person early voting, and post-election audits.

We have also testified supporting bills relating to gun safety, heath care, women's reproductive rights, immigration issues and improving open meetings and access to public records. We have responded to the renewed political energy in our country by offering forums  on these issues throughout Rhode Island. Our "Call to Action Forum" in Newport in March provoked lively engagement with our panel of speakers on these issues.

At our annual LWVRI Day at the Rhode Island State House our focus was on sharing our skills as advocates. We engaged many friends of League in lobby training and participants followed up by seeking out and conversing with their respective General Assembly representatives. During our wrap-up all in attendance agreed that they were inspired to organize their next plan of action.

Our success as an advocacy organization depends on you. We are an all-volunteer, grassroots, good government organization. When you donate to the League, you are helping us continue the League's work to advocate, lobby and educate for open and honest government at the local, state and national level.

Please join in this work and give generously. You can mail your donation to Susan Wells, Annual Fund Chair, 229 Gibbs Ave., Newport, RI 02840.

Or make a donation online at www.lwvri.org/supportus.htm.

Our future success depends on you.

In League,
Jane W. Koster
President, LWVRI


UPCOMING EVENTS
PAST EVENTS


You are cordially invited to
THE SUSAN B. WILSON CIVIC
EDUCATION MERIT AWARDS RECEPTION

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, @ 4:30pm
Governor's Reception Room
Rhode Island State House
Providence, RI

Keynote Speaker: Thomas Kerr-Vandeslice

Winning Schools are:
North Kingstown High School, North Kingstown
Blackstone Academy Charter Academy, Pawtucket
Rhode Island School for the Deaf, Providence

See Past Winners


RHODE ISLAND ACTS:
BEYOND THE 2016 ELECTION

Community Discussion Series
A partnership of Lippitt House Museum
and the Providence League of Women Voters

6:30pm Reception  |  7:00pm Discussion
Lippitt House Museum, 199 Hope St, Providence
Wheelchair-accessible. Free.

  • MONDAY, APRIL 24
    "Citizen Voices: What Can We Do?"
    Jim Vincent, President, NAACP-Providence Branch; Aaron Regunberg, Rhode Island State Representative; Josh Fenton, CEO & Co-Founder, GoLocal24.com


LWVRI CONVENTION 2017

June 1, 2017 at 4:45 p.m
Jamestown Library
Jamestown, RI

Keynote speaker: Arlene Violet

Register Online or see the Spring Voter.


LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF RHODE ISLAND'S STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CALL FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO WIDESPREAD VOTER FRAUD

League of Women Voters of Rhode Island President Jane W. Koster released this statement today in response to President Trump's call for an investigation into unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud:

"President Trump's claims of widespread voter fraud are seriously flawed and unfounded in fact and voters must not be swayed by these statements from the White House. Irresponsible announcements from the President that instill distrust and misunderstanding of our voting system are not acceptable.

"League of Women Voters of Rhode Island continues our work with the League of Women Voters of the United States, the Rhode Island Secretary of State's office and with other good government partner organizations to advocate and lobby for a safe and secure election process. Rhode Island has instituted new practices to accomplish these goals. This last year the state joined the Electronic Registration Election Center (ERIC), a multi-state secure data-matching center organized to improve accuracy of voter registration systems.

"The League of Women Voters, as we have proven during the 97 years of our existence, will continue our fight to protect our right to have a voice and the right to vote.   The League shall work and give oversight to any restrictions on voting and voter suppression."


The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.

— Dwight Eisenhower

 

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2017 CONVENTION

Arlene Violet addresses LWVRI Convention on June 1.


LWV PROVIDENCE/LIPPITT HOUSE CONVERSATIONS 2017

Kathleen Cloutier, Executive Director, Dorcas International; Meg Kerr, Senior Director of Policy, Audubon Society of RI; and Peter Marino, President & CEO, Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, and LWV moderator Joan Retsinas. The speakers were part of "Rhode Island Acts: Beyond the 2016 Election: Rhode Island/Federal Government—Who Leads?" one of two community discussions co-sponsored by the LWV Providence and  Lippitt House Museum in April.


THE BOOK GROUP MEETS MONTHLY

Book Group gathers for
Holiday Lunch at
Agawam Hunt Club
MORE INFO


ACCESSING GOVERNMENT IN RHODE ISLAND
ACCESS/RI has outlined the limitations on the public's access in Access Limited: An Audit of Compliance with the Rhode Island Public Records Act (2014).
MORE INFO


LWVRI PROMOTES TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT
The LWVRI has been working with other good government groups to ensure transparency in government. You may have read out postings about the letter that Access/RI wrote to the Governor about compliance with the APRA (Access to Public Records Act).
READ LETTER

Please let the governor know your stance on this important issue.
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GOVERNMENT DATA
For Rhode Island, see Rhode Island Foundation
CLICK HERE

For Providence, see city site
CLICK HERE


LEAGUE SUPPORTS ETHICS LEGISLATION
LWV President Jane Koster testified to restore Ethics Committee oversight to legislators.
READ TESTIMONY
READ COMMENT


THE TRANSPARENCY PORTAL
The LWV has long urged urged transparency in government. Look at Rhode Island up close, through the Transparency Portal, which details budget expenditures, open meeting law regulations, and asks for citizen input.
CLICK HERE


STATE LEAGUE SURVEYS DISTRICTS 2010 EDUCATION FUNDING FORMULA
The LWVRI surveyed school districts during the 2013-2014 school year about the education funding formula enacted by the General Assembly in 2010. With the support of the RI State Superintendents Association the League requested participation from all school districts. Barrington, Burrillville, Chariho, East Providence, Foster-Glocester, Johnston, Pawtucket, Providence, Smithfield, Westerly, Woonsocket responded.

For more information, contact Joanne DeVoe
at 401-247-3004 or
joanned@qis.net

FUNDING FORMULA SURVEY

 


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