Letter from the President
"I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end."
Suffragist Alice Paul (1885-1977)
Dear Friends and Activists,
Welcome to the 3rd edition of the League of Women Voters of the Tennessee Valley’s (LWV TNV) “The Voter” newsletter! During the past year, our Local League’s members have continued to grow and demonstrate civic engagement and leadership in our community. I am so proud to lead such a strong and dedicated team of women and men who share the League’s vision! As you can see in this newsletter we accomplished quite a bit in 2019. This coming year we continue to push to expand and improve our voter services and voter education. Also, 2020 holds special significance for the League since our 100th birthday is on February 14th and August is the Centennial of the 19th amendment which “prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.” Our historical Education Committee has an incredible year planned to celebrate and educate about the importance of the 19th Amendment and the Alabamians who sacrificed to secure voting rights for all. In addition to displays at libraries and archives across our 5 county region, we have established a speakers bureau to present the Struggle to Vote in Alabama to the community. Our Equalitea in August will be an event for all of our Community to celebrate the 19th Amendment and acknowledge the complex story of Alabamian’s struggle to vote.
This year the Census will set the stage for our voting districts to be redrawn by Alabama’s politicians. In November 2018 we began a redistricting study and in 2020 we are going to share what we have learned with the community to raise awareness of the partisan process and how people can stage engaged as the maps are being created.
Our League is also dedicated to learning about the issues that affect us all. We hold monthly meetings that the community is invited to attend. In 2019 we had a robust agenda for our monthly public programs. We were honored to hear from the following individuals in 2019:
Madison County Probate Judge Frank Barger; David Whiteside (Tennessee Riverkeepers); State Representative Laura Hall (lessons and observations from 2019 Legislative Session); State Senator Arthur Orr (Understanding the Alabama Redistricting Process); Julian Butler (1901 Constitution); Steve Murray (Alabama Archives: Alabama Women’s Suffrage Centennial Informational Meeting); Danial Walker (Gay and Lesbian Independent School Teachers Network (GLSEN)-Huntsville); Holly Ray (Legal Services Alabama on Civil Forfeiture and Expungement in Alabama). This coming year we have another year of impactful monthly public meetings planned!
In the coming year for League members we will be starting a book club as well as Program of Study potluck dinner events where we’ll discuss topics of interest.
As you can see, there is a LOT going on in the League of Women Voters of Tennessee Valley! If there is something that sparks your passion and interest, we would love to have you join us!
Kathy Jones, President