Selma Showing postponed to January 30

Due to winter storm warning continuing into Saturday, the LWVWC’s planned showing of Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot is postponed to Saturday, January 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wood County Library.

Selma Movie Showing

The LWV of Wood County plans to show Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot on Saturday, January 23 at 2 p.m. at the Wood County Library. Note that if weather makes driving risky, the event will be postponed to January 30, same time, same place. If postponed, notice will be posted here. Please check Friday evening or Saturday morning before venturing out.

ALERT: Tell Manchin to oppose the SAFE Act

Please call Senator Manchin TODAY! 

http://www.manchin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form
You can call his home office in West Virginia at 304-342-5855 or Senator Manchin’s Washington, D.C. office at 202-224-3954. In addition, West Virginians with a 304 or 681 area code can contact Senator Manchin’s office through our toll-free number at 855-275-5737.

What Legislation?  The U.S. Senate plans to vote this Wednesday, January 20th on H.R. 4038, “The American Security against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act,” which would grind to a halt the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. This bill was passed by the House of Representatives in November, so it is critical that it does not pass the Senate. Such proposals and the anti-refugee sentiment that has accompanied them are morally reprehensible and go against who we are as a nation. It is critical that Senators hear from their constituents NOW.

Urge Manchin to vote NO to H.R. 4038 and any legislation that would stop, pause or defund the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

Sample Script: “I am your constituent from WV, and I support the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. I am opposed to any bill that would stop or pause the resettlement of refugees of any nationality or religion. I urge you to vote NO to H.R. 4038, The American SAFE Act.”

Below are some helpful points on the security checks involved in refugee resettlement, which is the focus of this legislation. The most important points to mention, however, are your story and why your community wants to welcome Syrian refugees.

  • The U.S. government handpicks the refugees who resettle here, and the U.S. resettlement process has the most rigorous screening process in the world.
  • Refugees are the most thoroughly vetted people to come to the United States, undergoing interagency screenings by the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, Department of Defense, National Counter Terrorism Center and multiple intelligence agencies, including biometric checks, forensic document testing, medical tests and in-person interviews.
  • Continuing refugee resettlement while maintaining national security is not an either/or situation. The United States can continue to welcome refugees while also continuing to ensure national security. We can and must do both.

The League of Women Voters believes that immigration policies should promote reunification of immediate families; meet the economic, business and employment needs of the United States; and be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises. Provision should also be made for qualified persons to enter the United States on student visas. All persons should receive fair treatment under the law.

The League supports federal immigration law that provides an efficient, expeditious system (with minimal or no backlogs) for legal entry of immigrants into the United States.

To complement these goals the League supports federal policies to improve economies, education, job opportunities and living conditions in nations with large emigrating populations.

LWV of Wood County January 2016 Voter

Upcoming Movie: Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2 p.m. Summers Auditorium of the Parkersburg/Wood County Library 3100 Emerson Avenue, Parkersburg Free and open to the public Assistance will be available for anyone wishing to register to vote online. Note that a WV Driver’s license or state ID is required to register online.

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LWV Huntington’s January Bulletin

On January 18, noon the LWV Huntington will meet at Fratelli’s to discuss the upcoming legislative session. Rick Wilson will talk about Our Children Our Future’s priorities and Helen Gibbins will talk about the League’s priorities.

Here is information about the offices to be on the 2016 Cabell County ballot plus calendar dates and links to election information.

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Morgantown-Monongalia Legislators Forum

 

Legislators Forum

Hosted by the

League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County

Thursday, December 10, 7 – 9 p.m.

Suncrest United Methodist Church

479 Van Voorhis Road

Come to meet your legislators and discuss local and state issues! 

Sponsored by

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE AT WVU 

This forum is designed to let the legislators tell the public what their priorities and proposals are for the upcoming Legislative session, and for them to hear from you about your hopes, needs and concerns. In the past this forum has led to very fruitful discussions between the public and the legislators. The legislators will be given four minutes to discuss their interests in the upcoming session, and the public will then have the opportunity to voice their requests. After the forum there will be refreshments and time to talk individually with the legislators. Please plan to come!

For additional information call Kitty Lozier at 304-599-8233.

http://morgantown.lwvwv.org

 

Legislators Forum 2015

Morgantown-Monongalia Interest Survey

Morgantown-Monongalia members, please fill out the League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia Interest Survey.  Thank-you!

Membership Interest Survey

December 2015 Morgantown Newsletter

TALK TO YOUR LEGISLATORS!

On Thursday, December 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. our League will host a Legislators Forum. It will be held at Suncrest United Methodist Church, 479 Van Voorhis Road. The forum is designed to let the legislators tell the public what their priorities and proposals are for the upcoming Legislative session, and for them to hear from you about your hopes, needs and concerns. In the past this forum has led to very fruitful discussions between the public and the legislators.

The legislators will be given four minutes to discuss their interests in the upcoming session, and the public will then have the opportunity to voice their requests. After the forum there will be refreshments and time to talk individually with the legislators. Please plan to come!

President’s Message

Democracy is tough, people always seem to be in disagreement, and, to the untrained observer, nothing seems to get done. Maybe that is why people tell me on an increasing basis that politics do not interest them anymore.  Nobody said it was going to be easy; a government ruled by the people has always been difficult from the very beginning, but the alternative was to be ruled by a monarchy where the voice of the common person would not matter.  Some people want lots of change, and that’s OK, and other people don’t want any change at all, and that is OK too, because through the convening of humans, good government ultimately does succeed in seeking out the Goldilocks Zone, where our life can happily exist regardless of the differences in the views of our representatives.  This is why the League is enamored by people who choose to exercise their right to vote, because that very right, so hard won, is the foundation on which people can have a voice in their own government. – Jonathan Rosenbaum

NATURAL RESOURCES

Members from the Natural Resources committee went to the Green Team presentation on Recycling in Morgantown and Monongalia County. The message was that single stream recycling offered by Republic Services to the city has been very effective in increasing tonnage of materials recycled from 198 tons in 2012 to 892 tons in 2014. However many citizens of Morgantown are still not recycling, even though they are paying for it. They recommend that we encourage our neighbors to recycle. The Republic representative also said that they removed the recycling bins from many student neighborhoods because the students were using them as garbage cans and contaminating the recycling materials.

In the county there are two places to do single stream recycling: the Walmart on Hornbeck Road every Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m. (except not the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28); and in Westover next to the City Building on Dupont Road, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. County Commissioner Tom Bloom reported that right now that is probably what will be available for some time, since having Republic pick up once a week in each of these places is what the County can currently afford.

Another issue that the Natural Resources committee is studying and wants to take action on is climate change and reducing greenhouse gases. John Bird presented an overview of the subject at the Natural Resources meeting on November 11. Members resolved to become more informed on the subject, to become better at educating others about the dangers of human activity, to lobby our legislators to take action, and to write letters to the editor. The National League is also encouraging all League members to lobby our members of Congress to support Obama’s Clean Power initiative.

There were a few NR members at the Water Forum sponsored by the Green Team: Linda Yoder, Judith Wilkinson and Jonathan Rosenbaum. Basically, the most interesting tidbit we learned there is that currently Monongalia has the cheapest water bill rate in the state.  The new increase will push us up slightly to the 6th cheapest place in the state.

Here are links to the Green Team videos:

How Clean is Morgantown’s Air and What Can We Do About It? – https://youtu.be/pmm3fQCEN3Q

How Clean is Morgantown’s Water and What Can We Do About It? – https://youtu.be/cSUNR0NDVq4

Is Recycling Working in Morgantown and What Can We Do About It? – https://youtu.be/2P2Jl4Xpggc

OCTOBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING

The Secretary of State’s office and the League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County are calling attention to two very important changes for voters in WV. A new law was passed in the 2015 Legislative session which makes the May 10, 2016 Primary Election even more important than ever. That law requires that the election of justices of the Supreme Court of Appeals, circuit court judges, family court judges and magistrates be on a nonpartisan basis and that candidates for those positions will be elected on the same date as the primary election.

At our Membership Meeting October 14, Briana Wilson, Communications Director for the Secretary of State’s office, informed attendees that the process for electing judicial candidates will follow the current process for electing school board members. On May 10, Mon County voters will be electing one Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals, three circuit court judges, two family court judges and four magistrates. The Secretary of State’s office and the League of Women Voters will be distributing further information reminding voters of this important change. Ms. Wilson also introduced the new on-line voter registration process, which is available at https://ovr.sos.wv.gov.

Members and the public meet at the Aull center to hear about changes in the 2016 Primary Election

LWVMM Newsletter December 2015

LWV Huntington Nov. Bulletin

Money in Politics will be discussed at the LWV Huntington’s Nov. 16 meeting. See the bulletin for more information.