League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara, Inc.

League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara, Inc. The League of Women Voters is a trusted nonpartisan volunteer organization. Our members do the hands-on work to encourage an informed electorate and to advocate for civic improvement.
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The League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara is a volunteer organization working to empower citizens through advocacy and education about public policy concerns. We strive to increase voter registration and turnout at polls by providing accurate, non-partisan information on elections and the political process.

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Morehouse’s decision to pull out prompted other schools to follow suit, including Spelman College, Clemson and Vanderbil...
05/05/2021
Morehouse leaves debate tournament following anti-Black mockery

Morehouse’s decision to pull out prompted other schools to follow suit, including Spelman College, Clemson and Vanderbilt. As a result, the rest of the tournament was canceled and a public forum was held where students and judges from across the country were able to voice their discomfort and share their own stories of racism that took place during their debate careers.

The Morehouse College debate team has experienced much success over the years. It was a finalist in the 2015 United States Universities Debating Championship (U…

Learn how these women broke barriers in their respective fields, creating innovative solutions to long-standing problems...
05/03/2021
Meet The Changemakers: Speaker Series - Rochester Museum & Science Center

Learn how these women broke barriers in their respective fields, creating innovative solutions to long-standing problems and amplifying their own voices and others that deserve to be heard. While their work is groundbreaking, admirable, and sometimes seems larger than life, you may learn that these women are just like you and that becoming a Changemaker isn’t as impossible as you may think.

All events will be held virtually via Zoom. Zoom links will be sent to attendees following registration. Cost: This speaker series is free with a suggested donation of $10.

Multiple Dates Meet some of the regional Changemakers featured in our exhibit, The Changemakers, through our upcoming speaker series. Their stori...

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and the Smithsonian has resources to help you learn, teach, a...
05/01/2021
Home | Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and the Smithsonian has resources to help you learn, teach, and take action in support of our AAPI friends and neighbors.

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center tells Asian Pacific American stories through innovative museum experiences.

Kicking off League action for fair redistricting!
04/28/2021
People Powered Day of Action | League of Women Voters

Kicking off League action for fair redistricting!

On April 29, 2021, the League of Women Voters will host events around the country to increase public awareness and engagement around the redistricting process, and make sure the public's voice is heard.

The National Disability Institute found that adults with disabilities require, on average, 28% more income to achieve an...
04/27/2021
Living with a disability is very expensive – even with government assistance

The National Disability Institute found that adults with disabilities require, on average, 28% more income to achieve an identical standard of living as a household of the same size and income where no one has disabilities – and that’s on top of what is already covered and provided by government programs offering disability benefits. At the median U.S. income level, that amounts to an additional US$17,690 per year. One in ten Americans lives with a disability.

A household earning the US median income needs an additional $17,690 per year – on top of current government disability benefits programs.

"The participants conceded that the bill, which would stem the flow of dark money from such political donors as the bill...
04/25/2021
Inside the Koch-Backed Effort to Block the Largest Election-Reform Bill in Half a Century

"The participants conceded that the bill, which would stem the flow of dark money from such political donors as the billionaire oil magnate Charles Koch, was so popular that it wasn’t worth trying to mount a public-advocacy campaign to shift opinion. Instead, a senior Koch operative said that opponents would be better off ignoring the will of American voters and trying to kill the bill in Congress."

On a leaked conference call, leaders of dark-money groups and an aide to Mitch McConnell expressed frustration with the popularity of the legislation—even among Republican voters.

Let's continue the conversation! Our second webinar will start at 7 p.m. Find complete details and sign up on our websit...
04/25/2021

Let's continue the conversation! Our second webinar will start at 7 p.m. Find complete details and sign up on our website, www.lwvbn.org.

Let's continue the conversation! Our second webinar will start at 7 p.m. Find complete details and sign up on our website, www.lwvbn.org.

04/25/2021

THIS.

Kurt Vonnegut: "When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of “getting to know you” questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject? And I told him, no I don’t play any sports. I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes. And he went WOW. That’s amazing! And I said, “Oh no, but I’m not any good at ANY of them.

And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before: “I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them.

And that honestly changed my life. Because I went from a failure, someone who hadn’t been talented enough at anything to excel, to someone who did things because I enjoyed them. I had been raised in such an achievement-oriented environment, so inundated with the myth of talent, that I thought it was only worth doing things if you could “Win” at them."

Next week! On April 29, 2021, the League of Women Voters will host events around the country to increase public awarenes...
04/23/2021
People Powered Day of Action | League of Women Voters

Next week! On April 29, 2021, the League of Women Voters will host events around the country to increase public awareness and engagement around the redistricting process, and make sure the public's voice is heard.

New district lines can be drawn to intentionally decrease voters' power based solely on their political party. We believe redistricting should be fair and transparent. Our program, People Powered Fair Maps™ advocates for redistricting processes that eliminate partisan and racial gerrymandering nationwide.

On April 29, 2021, the League of Women Voters will host events around the country to increase public awareness and engagement around the redistricting process, and make sure the public's voice is heard.

Important public hearing on redistricting!
04/22/2021

Important public hearing on redistricting!

We're excited to announce LatinoJustice PRLDEF and APA VOICE: Voting and Organizing to Increase Civic Engagement will be cosponsoring our People's Hearing on Thursday April 29th at 6:30 pm!

Our testifier list also includes NALEO Educational Fund Chinese-American Planning Council New York Civil Liberties Union Center for Law and Social Justice and New York Civil Liberties Union

Be sure to register via Zoom to catch all our testifiers: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SAAgQj4oSvynFjTLVfx6Hg

**DISCLAIMER: This is not an official legislative or agency sponsored hearing. This is a League of Women Voters sponsored event that is open to the public.**

From April 20-22, join the world’s leaders for Earth Day 2021. Together, we can prevent the coming disasters of climate ...
04/21/2021
Earth Day 2021 | Restore Our Earth™ | EARTHDAY.ORG

From April 20-22, join the world’s leaders for Earth Day 2021. Together, we can prevent the coming disasters of climate change and environmental destruction. Together, we can restore our planet.

Get info on Earth Day Live 2021 events on April 20-22, when the world will come together for 3 days of climate action to Restore Our Earth.

Mayor Driscoll said in a release that the new memorial site “presents an opportunity for us to come together as a commun...
04/19/2021
The Site of the Salem Witch Trial Hangings Finally Has a Memorial

Mayor Driscoll said in a release that the new memorial site “presents an opportunity for us to come together as a community, recognize the injustice and tragedy perpetrated against those innocents in 1692, and recommit ourselves to the values of inclusivity and justice.”

Baker believes that the memorial could turn Americans toward greater understanding of what a witch hunt truly means in today’s world full of fear of terrorism. “Americans today gaze back at the people of 1692 as a foolish, superstitious, and intolerant lot,” Baker wrote in A Storm of Witchcraft. “Yet that is to dismiss the figure in the mirror.”

In a town that has long profited from witchcraft-seekers and Halloween revelers alike, a new memorial strikes a different tone

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday signed into law legislation allowing doctors to refuse to treat someone because o...
04/17/2021
Arkansas governor signs bill allowing medical workers to refuse treatment to LGBTQ people

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday signed into law legislation allowing doctors to refuse to treat someone because of religious or moral objections, a move opponents have said will give providers broad powers to turn away LGBTQ patients and others. (article date: Mar 26, 2021)

The new law won't take effect until late this summer. The measure is among several targeting transgender people advancing through Arkansas' legislature.

Join us at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, via Zoom to hear more! Sign up at bit.ly/outerharbor.
04/16/2021
State park would protect Outer Harbor’s assets - The Buffalo News

Join us at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, via Zoom to hear more! Sign up at bit.ly/outerharbor.

Over the last year, many people have discovered the beauty of Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. As the pandemic made healthy recreation harder to find, thousands flocked to the waterfront to walk, bike, boat, picnic or watch a sunset.

The League is one of the four organizations sponsoring this important online event next Wednesday. Follow the link in th...
04/16/2021
Forum planned to promote future of Outer Harbor as state park

The League is one of the four organizations sponsoring this important online event next Wednesday. Follow the link in the story to sign up!

Four local organizations believe the Outer Harbor would be better protected in the long term if designated as a state park.

More than 700,000 residents live in DC, which is more than that of Wyoming and Vermont, yet its residents still lack vot...
04/15/2021
League of Women Voters

More than 700,000 residents live in DC, which is more than that of Wyoming and Vermont, yet its residents still lack voting members in the U.S. House and Senate. Without these voting members, residents of DC are denied a voice in Congress to defend them from attacks on their own locally passed laws and citizen backed initiatives.

Residents in DC deserve full representation in Congress. Sign the petition to support DC statehood today!

Rooted in the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government by working to educate voters and to increase understanding of major public policy issues, including pro...

Don't miss this timely presentation about making our unique lakeshore resource a state park! Find details on our website...
04/14/2021

Don't miss this timely presentation about making our unique lakeshore resource a state park! Find details on our website: www.lwvbn.org, or sign up at bit.ly/outerharbor.

Don't miss this timely presentation about making our unique lakeshore resource a state park! Find details on our website: www.lwvbn.org, or sign up at bit.ly/outerharbor.

Along with helping to filter the air and prevent flooding, trees on and around a street can cool down asphalt and the ai...
03/30/2021
Tree Equity Score Project - American Forests

Along with helping to filter the air and prevent flooding, trees on and around a street can cool down asphalt and the air and reduce energy demands for air conditioning—saving people money ($7.8 billion nationwide annually) and reducing emissions. Unfortunately, trees are often sparse in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods and some neighborhoods of color.

American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the United States, can now calculate a Tree Equity Score for urban areas (cities and towns that have at least 50,000 people) across the United States. The score is an indicator of whether the neighborhood has the enough trees so all people experience the health, economic and other benefits that trees provide. And it is based on such factors as the existing tree cover, population density, income, employment, race and ethnicity, age and urban heat island effect (as measured by surface temperature).

City government employees, community activists, urban foresters and others are encouraged to use the scores, especially in areas where low tree cover overlaps with socioeconomic and environmental needs, to make the case for planting more trees in neighborhoods and allocating resources needed to do so.

Tree Equity Score helps cities in the United States address social inequities and climate change impacts nationwide.

We still have a lot of work ahead of us to achieve a world where all women and men have access to equal opportunities.
03/28/2021

We still have a lot of work ahead of us to achieve a world where all women and men have access to equal opportunities.

We still have a lot of work ahead of us to achieve a world where all women and men have access to equal opportunities.

At the current rate, parity in the highest levels of public decision-making will not be reached for 130 years. Learn mor...
03/26/2021

At the current rate, parity in the highest levels of public decision-making will not be reached for 130 years. Learn more at UN Women, the United Nations agency for gender equality and women's empowerment, established to accelerate progress on meeting the needs of women and girls worldwide.

At the current rate, parity in the highest levels of public decision-making will not be reached for 130 years. Learn more at UN Women, the United Nations agency for gender equality and women's empowerment, established to accelerate progress on meeting the needs of women and girls worldwide.

Learn more about how to spot—and combat—misinformation and disinformation online.
03/24/2021

Learn more about how to spot—and combat—misinformation and disinformation online.

ACTION ALERT to fund redistricting in New York! Please help.
03/23/2021

ACTION ALERT to fund redistricting in New York! Please help.

The state budget deadline is approaching fast! Help us ensure that funding for the NY #Redistricting Commission makes it across the finish line. Urge your legislator to #FundFairMaps in #NYS!

https://conta.cc/3bOr8OB

The Internet is a wealth of information where we can learn about just about anything, but it's also kind of a pit of inf...
03/22/2021
Introduction to Crash Course Navigating Digital Information #1

The Internet is a wealth of information where we can learn about just about anything, but it's also kind of a pit of information that can be false or misleading. This easy-to-digest video from Mediawise and the Stanford History Education Group helps you learn the facts about facts!

We love the internet! It's a wealth of information where we can learn about just about anything, but it's also kind of a pit of information that can be false...

“Civics and history education has eroded in the U.S. over the past fifty years, and opportunities to learn these subject...
03/20/2021
Massive investment in social studies and civics education proposed to address eroding trust in democratic institutions

“Civics and history education has eroded in the U.S. over the past fifty years, and opportunities to learn these subjects are inequitably distributed,” states a new report from Educating for American Democracy. “Dangerously low proportions of the public understand and trust our democratic institutions. Majorities are functionally illiterate on our constitutional principles and forms. The relative neglect of civic education in the past ­half-century—a period of wrenching change—is one important cause of our civic and political dysfunction.”

Read more at: https://www.educatingforamericandemocracy.org

There’s broad backing for a government-funded road map to address failures in teaching government and history.

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Does this chapter cover northern Cattaraugus county? If so, how can I help in my next of the woods to get out the vote?
Votingnewyork.org check it out for your ballot information and polling place. Tomorrow is Primary Day!
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The chief vulnerability: internet exposure Many parts of election systems are at risk of being exposed to the internet — and thereby potentially being inappropriately accessed or meddled with — because of human error or bad security protocols. Here are some of the main points of risk: Registration interfaces: When people enter their voter registration information online, any vulnerability on users' devices could expose the information they enter to potential bad actors. (Only their individual data should be at risk.) Voter registration databases: Security measures like firewalls and physical network separation can protect these data troves, but no firewall is foolproof. Electronic poll books: E-poll books are the electronic version of the books of voter records that poll workers refer to on Election Day at voting locations. In some instances, e-poll books can send live updates back to the county or state offices using active network connections. If the security on those networks fails, the information could be exposed. Printed poll books: Some counties print their poll books using third-party printers, according to Maurice Turner, the senior technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology. That could expose this part of the process to the internet if the third party has bad security protocols or other vulnerabilities. Voting machines: At DefCon last year, hackers demonstrated that any voting machine with wireless connectivity or a USB port can be accessed in about 90 minutes, physically or over the internet. In theory, it would be very difficult to exploit the vulnerabilities physically, because someone would likely notice this kind of tampering. (But it's not unusual for people to take their time in a voting booth, and election officials can't and shouldn't observe every single move that voters make.) Electronic vote tabulation: This can require data from electronic ballots to be transferred to an Election Management System (EMS). Any of the methods used to do that — USB sticks, email, or other internet transfer — can expose the data to tampering if not properly secured. Optical scan vote tabulation: Scanners often tabulate paper records of votes, like a standardized test. But in some cases, these scanners may be rented from third-party vendors, which means they might have been exposed to tampering or bad security there. Election management systems: These systems, used in different locales to tabulate and store voting results, may be at risk of exposure to the internet as well, depending on the jurisdiction's security protocols. Absence of paper trails: Most of these vulnerabilities are deepened by the lack of paper backups to electronic election systems. In five states there is no paper records of votes, and in nine others the paper record is spotty. Risks from human error, confusion, and doubt Any time a human being interacts with a device or a system, things can go wrong. For example, if workers improperly mark that a voter appeared at a polling location, officials could end up with a discrepancy between the tally of total voters who showed up on Election Day and the tally of total number of votes cast. Why it matters: Mistakes introduced through human error — as when people enter voter registration information incorrectly, or election officials input the wrong numbers by accident — aren't likely to affect an election outcome if they happen at a small scale. But they can add to the confusion in the context of other simultaneous efforts to undermine public trust in elections or to create chaos. And if Russia or another adversary can still claim responsibility for any cascade of errors even if it had no part in them. This tactic — experts call it a "blended attack" — can cause just as much disruption to the elections and cast just as much doubt on their results as more direct interference could. Remember: Most of what the Russians did with regard to election systems in 2016 was probe voter registration records — as far as we know, they didn't change registration records or vote tallies — and that still sparked a national debate. Be smart Any vulnerability can be exploited in ways that reduce public trust in elections, and if that's the goal of an adversary like, say, Russia, then the system's credibility could be weakened even if tampering hasn't promoted a particular winner or loser. from AXIOS news 7/3/18
MESSAGE TO THE MASSES OF UNREGISTERED VOTERS A PLEA FOR 2018 By Alberto O. Cappas, Founder/Co-Chair Puerto Rican Committee for Community Justice (PRCCJ) If your welfare check Was cut while you were on Facebook And you came to me for assistance But you are not a registered voter Don’t waste your time coming to me for advocacy. Register! If your food stamps were late and your local grocery store refuses to serve you And you came to me for assistance But you are not a register voter Don’t waste your time coming to me for advocacy. Register! If you were abused by The local police officers And you came to me for assistance But you are not a registered voter Don’t waste your time coming to me for advocacy. Register! If you’re dissatisfied with Your local community leaders For not doing anything for you And you came to me for assistance But you are not a registered voter Don’t waste your time coming to me for advocacy. Register! If your welfare check was cut While you were preoccupied Watching your soap operas And you came to me for assistance But you are not a registered voter Don’t waste your time coming to me for advocacy. Register! If your landlord increased your rent And you must move out because You can’t afford the rent And you came to me for assistance But you are not a registered voter, Don’t waste your time coming to me for advocacy. Register! If you get eviction papers to move out From your apartment because Gentrification is taking over the building And you came to me for assistance But you are not a registered voter Don’t waste your time coming to me for advocacy. Register! If your bills get out of hand And they send a bill collector after you And you came to me for assistance But you are not a registered voter Don’t waste your time coming to me for advocacy. Register! If you were turned down for a job because Your pants were below your waist line And you came to me for assistance But you are not a registered voter Don’t waste your time coming to me for advocacy. Register! If you’re fired from your job for no reason at all And you came to me for assistance But you are not a registered voter Don’t waste your time coming to me for advocacy. Register! If you’re Spanish dominant And want to learn English but can’t get into the Right program, always being rejected And you came to me for assistance But you are not a registered voter Don’t waste your time coming to me for advocacy. Register! If your college tuition gets to high where you Might have to drop out of college And you came to me for assistance But you are not a registered voter Don’t waste your time coming to me for advocacy. Register! If the city gives you the run-away when Applying for a permit or license And you came to me for assistance But you are not a registered voter Don’t waste your time coming to me for advocacy. Register! If your electricity bill is too high And they want to cut off the light And you came to me for assistance But you are not a registered voter Don’t waste your time coming to me for advocacy. Register! If you are upset with President Donald Trump’s Policies that will affect your public assistance And you came to me for assistance But you are not a registered voter Don’t waste your time coming to me for advocacy. Register! If the government garnish your paycheck for Back taxes that you know they’re wrong And you came to me for assistance But you are not a registered voter Don’t waste your time coming to me for advocacy. Register! If you’re tired of the crime and drugs And want to see improvement in your neighborhood And you came to me for assistance But you are not a registered voter Don’t waste your time coming to me for advocacy. Register! We keep losing our village We keep losing our families We keep losing quality schools We keep losing good leaders We keep losing good education We keep losing affordable housing We keep losing good jobs We keep losing business opportunities We keep losing respect We keep losing political power We keep losing We keep losing Stop complaining Stop crying Plug in your registration form into the political electrical system Introduce yourself to the board of elections Let them know we are ready to make a CHANGE. We are ready to build a Village. _________________________________________________ This piece was inspired by Puerto Rican poet, Jesus Papoleto Melendez, author of “Hey Yo! Yo Soy!”, published in 2015.
Anyone who's interested in long term science policy advocacy and next year's March for Science should check out general interest meetings next week. https://www.facebook.com/pg/march4sciencebuffalo/events/?ref=page_internal
Enjoyed a fabulous happy hour with League friends last night at Providence Social!
Join us for League of Women Voters Happy Hour Appetizer specials ... $5 Drink specials ... $5 Informed, even-keeled discussion about issues and current events...very valuable Come celebrate summer, friends old and new, and League issues at our monthly fourth-Thursday event. Everyone is welcome, so please feel free to bring a friend. Thursday, August 24, 5:30 p.m. Providence Social 490 Rhode Island Street Buffalo, NY 14213 Free parking in the parking lot across the street