CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Check out our upcoming events!
All meetings are now held on Zoom for the foreseeable future – unless noted the Zoom address will be sent out to League
Upcoming Events to Watch For!
April 21: 6:00-7:00 p.m. THE STORY OF PLASTIC — Online Film Discussion
The Fredericksburg Food Coop presents a film: The Story of Plastic, a new feature-length documentary from @storyofstuff about the real causes of the plastic pollution crisis and the actions we can take today to address this pressing environmental issue. All who register for this online discussion will be sent a link to view the movie.
To register, go to https://fredericksburgfood.coop/events/
April 26: 6:00 p.m. GENERAL MEETING — ZOOM
“THE GROWING INFLUENCE OF WOMEN IN STATE LEGISLATURES”
Featured Speaker: Rosalyn Cooperman, Ph.D. and Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Mary Washington. Professor Cooperman will share her insights about how the growing number of women state legislators nationally as well as in the Virginia General Assembly, have assumed leadership roles and are exercising their influence over issues that have laid dormant over several years. She is currently writing a book that examines their contribution to state government over the last twenty years. A Zoom link will be sent to members the day before the meeting.
May 20: 6:00 p.m. GENERAL MEETING
LOCAL LEAGUE PROGRAM PLANNING
Mark your calendars and be on the lookout for more details for the May General Meeting when the LWVFRA Board of Directors begins the process of local “program planning.” We discuss and decide:
· are there local issues (not covered by state or federal League positions) that need to be studied, discussed, reached consensus on and developed into a local position that will be put into action, and/or
· are there state/federal issues we should review for their applicability to our area and develop area-specific positions to be put into action?
We’ll review our current position on Affordable Housing for Low-Income Seniors in the Fredericksburg Area and consider if any updates are needed. And are there LWVUS or LWV-VA positions that we should try to implement locally?
Be sure to start thinking about them now; jot down a few notes on what we might need to examine, discuss and possibly try to improve or impact; talk to one or two additional League members that share your concern and are willing to work on the topic; bring it up at the meeting, and send a heads up to email@example.com.
For example: just a few ideas that have come up over the past year by various members:
· Examine the pros and cons of implementing Ranked Choice Voting for local elections and whether our localities should exercise their option to implement it?
· Review how civics is being taught to students in our school systems and whether any changes/improvements need to be made?
· Review the impact of plastic bags in our area and determine if we should urge that local governments impose the optional bag tax that the legislature allows?
· Examine whether our local police department and sheriffs’ offices use alternative responses for non-criminal calls, for example, “intervention officers” who are trained to handle mental health calls and suicide attempts?
· review the LWVFRA Affordable Housing position at fredericksburglwv.org
· read summaries of the current LWV-VA positions at lwv-va.org/action/lwv-va-positioned-for-action/ and LWVUS positions at lwv.org/impact-issues at lwv.org/impact-issues.
May 22, 10:30 a.m. LWVFRA BOOK CLUB
MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the first meeting of the new LWVFRA Book Club Saturday, May 21, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
We will meet every other month, via Zoom, alternating with the monthly Virtual Coffee Hour meeting. Post-covid-19, we may want to meet at one of the library branches or some other venue.
Unlike other book clubs where all members read the same book, the League book club members will individually select a book of their own choosing on the designated theme. Each member will have about 10-15 minutes to talk about the book she/he read.
The book club will not be restricted to reading only books; we will devote several meetings to the reading of pertinent magazine and newspaper articles.
For our first meeting on May 21st, the selected theme will be “American Suffragists.” For some ideas, :
Susan B. Anthony
Mary Louise Baldwin
Janie Porter Barrett
Antoinette Brown Blackwell
Harriet Stanton Blatch
Nanny Helen Burroughs
Carrie Chapman Catt
Abigail Scott Dunaway
Mary Ann Shadd Cary
Matilda Josyln Gage
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Frances Watkins Harper
Ida Husted Harper
Julia Ward Howe
Daisy Elizabeth Adams Lampkin
Josephine Mathews Norcom
Anna Howard Shaw
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Mary Church Terrill
Harriet Taylor Upton
Ida B. Wells
Sue Shelton White
Read a book about (or a book that includes information about) your selected suffragist.
We’d like to create a list of all potential book club members, so please contact Lucretia Edreos(firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to join the group and be notified of upcoming themes.
May 21- 23 LWV-VA Virtual Convention
THEME: “Democracy for All: Now is the Time”