Organizing Meeting for Charleston Area Members-At-Large Unit: Nov. 11

Great news for the Charleston Area — We’ve decided to become a Members-at-Large unit!

On October 9, a group of a little more than a dozen motivated women (and a few men) affirmed that there is a role in the Charleston area for a League of Women Voters Chapter. As the first step towards becoming a full chapter, we decided to officially coalesce as a MAL Unit.

As a Members-at-Large (MAL) Unit, we will

  • Hold 4 meetings a year
  • Elect a steering committee (to be elected at the next meeting)
  • Adopt a nonpartisan policy
  • Hold voter service events

At this meeting, we will:

  • Elect a steering committee
  • Adopt a nonpartisan policy
  • Suggest a calendar of voter services activities
  • Discuss establishing an observer corps to report on local and state meetings

More details on how to affiliate as a MAL with the Charleston area chapter, and notes from the October 9th meeting here

Wood County Voter October-November 2019

pdf iconLWVWC Voter Oct – Nov 2019.pdf

Read Morgantown-Monongalia County League’s Newsletters Here!

All Morgantown-Monongalia County League’s newsletters are now available online here.

Fall VOTER 2019

Get updates on 19th Amendment Centennial celebrations, LWV WV actions, natural resources and state government in the Fall issue of the VOTER.

pdf iconVoterFall2019.pdf

Interest Meeting: Restarting the Charleston-area League of Women Voters

You’re invited to an interest meeting for the League of Women Voters! We are aiming to restart the Charleston-area League of Women Voters chapter and be up and running by 2020, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.

We’ll meet at Black Sheep Burrito & Brews in Charleston on October 9. Gather beginning at 5 PM, meeting to begin at 5:30.

At this meeting, we will talk about the role we believe the League of Women Voters could have in the Charleston area, overview the process to becoming a chapter, brainstorm future events, and enjoy time with other civic-minded people! The League is open to both men and women over 16, and is free for students.

We can’t wait to have you on the team!

RSVP for the meeting here. 

LWV Huntington Area October Bulletin

Kickoff meeting to celebrate the passage of the 19th amendment.

pdf iconbulletin.10.19.pdf

Easy Action to Oppose SNAP Eligibility Changes

The LWV-WV has sent a letter to US Department of Agriculture opposing proposed changes to SNAP eligibility requirements. These proposed changes would deny nutrition assistance to 3.1 million people and more than 25,000 West Virginians.  

Please take a few minutes and join us in submitting comments opposing this proposed rule. 

Click here to send a letter. Comments must be received on or before Monday, September 23, 2019. 

Below is the letter sent by LWV-WV. Thanks for taking action!

Sincerely, 

Julie Archer
1st Vice President, LWV-WV

September 14, 2019

USDA, Food and Nutrition Service
Program Design Branch, Program Development Division
3101 Park Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302

Re: Docket ID Number FNS-2018-0037 – Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Dear Secretary Perdue,

I am writing on behalf of the League of Women Voters of West Virginia to oppose the proposed rule to eliminate SNAP’s broad-based categorical eligibility (BBCE) option that allows states to streamline the process for households with slightly higher incomes that still experience financial hardship to participate in SNAP.

SNAP plays a critical role in food security in West Virginia. In fiscal year 2017, SNAP benefits reached 340,000 West Virginia residents, or 19% of our state population.

Eliminating the BBCE option would deny access to food assistance to more than 3 million people, including thousands of West Virginians, and punish families for saving money for emergencies or for their children’s future.

This proposed policy change would also be counterproductive and remove incentives for people to enter and stay in the workforce. Allowing them to continue to receive assistance lets them focus on being successful rather than having to worry about how they will pay for food.

Additionally, this attack on those struggling to get by sidesteps Congress by eliminating an option that has been in place for more than 20 years and was recently upheld in the bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill. Eliminating this option takes food off the tables of working individuals and families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities.

The League of Women Voters supports programs and policies to prevent or reduce poverty and to promote self-sufficiency for individuals and families, and believes those who are unable to work, whose earnings are inadequate or for whom jobs are not available have the right to an income and/or services sufficient to meet their basic human needs for food, shelter, and access to health care.

SNAP helps millions of Americans and thousands of West Virginians make ends meet. Please reject these unnecessary changes to this proven program.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Rosenbaum, President
531 Woodland Circle
Morgantown WV 26505
304-599-2370, jr@lwvwv.org

FINAL_LWVWV_Letter_Opposing_SNAP_Eligibility_Changes_Sept.2019

LWV Wood County Voter September 2019

Meeting on changes in the Medicaid program, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at Parkersburg-Wood Co. Library, Summers Auditorium. Open to the public

Lisa Diehl, Northern Regional Coordinator for West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, an organization whose goals include preserving, protecting, and improving Medicaid and the Medicaid expansion, will be our speaker. ( see www.wvahc.org )

West Virginia was one of the states that opted to expand Medicaid when the Affordable Care Act was adopted in 2010. Medicaid provides health care and long-term care for more than half a million West Virginians. (more than 29% in 2017) Miss Diehl will talk about changes to the program since then and proposed changes under the current administration.

pdf iconLWVWC Voter September 2019.pdf

July 2019 Morgantown-Monongalia Guide to Government Officials

CLICK HERE:

LWVMM Guide to Government Officials July 2019

Online event – Learn about DistrictBuilder – July 26 @ 12pm

DistrictBuilder is web-based, open source software for collaborative redistricting.

Related links and web conference info:

https://www.azavea.com/blog/2017/07/31/districtbuilder-road-ahead-redistricting/

https://map.drawthelinespa.org/

Azavea – DistrictBuilder Demo Fri Jul 26, 2019 12pm – 1pm Joining info: meet.google.com/ewh-bvmf-cps
Or dial +1 413-729-2090 PIN: 175696528#