Women's March on Washington

We're Marching

Many of our members are gathering next weekend in various Bay Area communities in support of the post-inaugural Women’s March on Washington.  Contrary to what we heard earlier this week, the national League announced on Tuesday that we are officially participating!  Here’ are some choices:

  • Dominican University, January 20:   sign-making 2:00 Meadowlands Assembly Hall; 3:30 teach-in, Guzman Lecture Hall
  • "Marin is Marching" January 20: from Pickleweed Park or Hub & Creek Park in San Anselmo at 1:00 p.m. to San Rafael Community Center, arriving 4-6 p.m. via San Rafael City Hall (3:00)
  • Novato Multicultural Commission Equity Forum January 21: 10:30 a.m., Novato City Council Chambers
  • Marches on January 21:  details at womensmarchbayarea.org. 

A Message from the LWVMC President

On January 9, helping us to celebrate the new year in style, 33 dedicated League members were joined by 17 guests at our monthly members’ meeting, where we heard Dr. Mindy Romero talk about voter participation and civic engagement.  Dr. Romero shared the results of years of research showing who registers and who votes in typically underrepresented communities across California, and offered suggestions for improving those statistics.  (Thanks are due to Board member Veda Florez, who organized and advertised this well-attended event.)

NOT covered in that meeting – mostly because we had more questions than time – were the marvelous works already being done by the League of Women Voters, Marin County, in this most important endeavor.  Here are three accomplishments that immediately come to mind:

  • Last Fall the League joined forces with West Marin Community Services to host a Spanish-language election basics workshop for the Latino community in West Marin. 
  • During the pre-election season our Voter Service Committee held voter registration events for released felons, who are now eligible to vote.
  • Our student intern has been working with the League on voter registration and civic engagement by young voters.  She recently reported that all seniors at Drake High School are registered to vote.

To keep our momentum going, the Voter Service Committee will hold its first committee meeting of the new year on Tuesday, January 24, noon in our new League office (F-133) – well in advance of our next election.  If voter participation and civic engagement is your thing, you’ll want to attend!.

V-Anne Chernock

League Day pre-registration ends Wednesday, Jan. 25th

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Did you know housing prices are so steep in Marin that only 2-Novato police officers live and work in the same City? 

Bay Area League Day focus on the Housing Crisis in the Bay Area. The event is just under 2-weeks away, Sat. January 28th. Pre-registration event pricing is $35. with lunch and $20 without lunch. Afterwards, pricing goes up $40 with lunch and $25 without. The event includes information packet with user-friendly tools; continental breakfast; 2-salads, pasta with chicken for lunch. 

Sign up on eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bay-area-housing-crisis-tickets-30767989886 

Panel topics include measuring the affordability gap, housing displacement and equity; the role of state, regional & local governments; and the agenda moving forward. Keynote address by CA State Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D 15. Ridesharing contact vedaart9@gmail.com for information.  

Additional info - including directions: http://www.lwvbayarea.org/2017_League_Day.html 

Big News, Part Two:

WE'VE MOVED!

After months of discussion and negotiation, the League of Women Voters of Marin County has signed a lease with our building owners to move into a new, larger suite, F-133, in the same complex, 4340 Redwood Highway, San Rafael.  Note that we're still near the conference room.

The new office is on the north side of the complex, a short walk along the covered walkway past the restrooms.  By car, enter the north driveway and drive all the way to the back.  Our phone number and email address will not change.

Kudos go out to League members Elaine Biagini, Office Administrator, who has carried this lease from the beginning and oversaw the move; Scott McKown, our tech guru who handled the electronic hookups (telephone and internet); and several strong and dedicated members who packed us up during the week after Christmas/Hanukkah.

WE STILL NEED HELP!

We're still hoping to acquire some new furniture and equipment, which will require funds.  If you'd like to donate $$ for tables, a rolling cart and some window coverings, please mail or drop off a check to LWVMC marked "Moving Expenses."  Thanks to those who have already sent donations!

If you have any questions about this move, call the office or e-mail me.

Best wishes for a lively New Year!

V-Anne Chernock, President
Email president@marinlwv.org