League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania

League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania (www.palwv.org) The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan grassroots civic organization. We encourage informed active participation in government and work to influence public policy through education and advocacy.
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The League of Women Voters began formally as an organization in February 1920 in Chicago, six months before the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote. The new organization was intended to be a means of teaching all the newly enfranchised women about the mechanics of registering and voting, nomination and election procedures, and our form of government. The members

The League of Women Voters began formally as an organization in February 1920 in Chicago, six months before the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote. The new organization was intended to be a means of teaching all the newly enfranchised women about the mechanics of registering and voting, nomination and election procedures, and our form of government. The members

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We've said it once, and we'll say it until #RGGI is adopted in PA - lawmakers need to pass this cap-and-trade initiative...
09/03/2021
Pennsylvania legislators mount defense against carbon price regulation

We've said it once, and we'll say it until #RGGI is adopted in PA - lawmakers need to pass this cap-and-trade initiative as a first step in preserving the natural beauty of our Commonwealth.

As constituents of Pennsylvania, we have a constitutional right to clean air, water, and preservation of nature, which RGGI will help protect. Not to mention the economic benefits for everyone.

(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania Republicans waited less than a day to mount a legislative defense against an impending carbon price regulation on the state’s lucrative power sector.

RGGI Investments Act has vast amounts of needed benefits across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Learn more about RGGI...
09/02/2021

RGGI Investments Act has vast amounts of needed benefits across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Learn more about RGGI & the Investments Act on the Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania page!

Do you know how the RGGI Investments Act will benefit Pennsylvanians? Find out how ⤵️⤵️

Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy. Subscribe to alerts from the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania: https://bit...
09/01/2021

Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy. Subscribe to alerts from the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania: https://bit.ly/lwvpasubscribe

Pennsylvania's school funding lawsuit will go to trial on October 12th.   The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania bel...
09/01/2021
Pennsylvania School Funding Litigation: Frequently Asked Questions | Education Law Center

Pennsylvania's school funding lawsuit will go to trial on October 12th. The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania believes all children deserves equal access to high quality education. Learn more about the lawsuit at the link below!

504 Plan | Accountability | Alternative Education | bullying | Charter School Law | Charter Schools | COVID-19 | Cyber Charter Schools | Early Childhood Education | Early Intervention | Education | Education Law Center | English Learners | equal access | ESSA | Expulsions and Suspensions | harassmen...

** DATE CHANGE ** Our School Funding Webinar has moved to Thursday, September 9th at 11AM!  Join us then to learn more a...
08/30/2021
School Funding Webinar — League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania

** DATE CHANGE ** Our School Funding Webinar has moved to Thursday, September 9th at 11AM! Join us then to learn more about the upcoming school funding lawsuit from the Executive Director of the Education Law Center. Learn more & register for the event below. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Deborah Gordon Klehr, the executive director of the Education Law Center, is hosting a webinar open to all league members to learn more about the lawsuit and ways to get involved leading up to the trial. Register here . Stay tuned for details regarding for league members to visit the state capita

#Redistricting is happening NOW in Pennsylvania!  Check out the where, when, & how of #FairMaps on Fair Districts PA web...
08/30/2021
Happening NOW: Testimony Opportunities for Fair Maps | Fair Districts PA

#Redistricting is happening NOW in Pennsylvania! Check out the where, when, & how of #FairMaps on Fair Districts PA website below.

Fair Districts PA is a nonpartisan citizens group working to stop gerrymandering. Help us create a transparent and fair redistricting process in Pennsylvania.

This week, LWVPA President, Dr. Terrie Griffin signed a letter of support for the bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, sent t...
08/27/2021
Ahead of House vote, progressives offer Appalachia infrastructure agenda | Wednesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star

This week, LWVPA President, Dr. Terrie Griffin signed a letter of support for the bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, sent to the Pennsylvania Capitol Delegation . This bill is a once in a lifetime bill that will significantly boost "our infrastructure, family-sustaining jobs, and a cleaner environment for future generations in the Appalachian region" and across the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania supports the passage of this bill and the expansive benefits it will have for the Constituents of PA.

The letter from a coalition of three-dozen stakeholders urges lawmakers not to pass on a 'once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in our infrastructure.'

Happy Women's Equality Day 2021!  Today we remember & celebrate all those women who fought for the passage of the 19th a...
08/26/2021
Women's Equality Day 2021: A Message from LWV President Dr. Deborah Turner

Happy Women's Equality Day 2021! Today we remember & celebrate all those women who fought for the passage of the 19th amendment, including our sisters who founded the League of Women Voters. The fight for equality is far from over - there are systemic barriers in place that bar eligible voters from casting a ballot on election day.

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania believes that the For The People Act is a necessary step to achieving full equality in our governance and election processes.

See the League of Women Voters of the Unites States President, Dr. Deborah Turner's #WomensEqualityDay speech, recognizing the trials and tribulations in the fight for equality.

League of Women Voters of the United States Board President Dr. Deborah Ann Turner delivers a message on Women's Equality Day 2021.Find out more about the Le...

A big win for Fair Districts PA, other good governance groups, and most importantly, VOTERS this week!  THE LRC will no ...
08/25/2021
Pa. ends ‘prison gerrymandering’ with closely divided committee vote

A big win for Fair Districts PA, other good governance groups, and most importantly, VOTERS this week! THE LRC will no longer count prisoners in the districts that they are incarcerated in, rather in their home districts, for this year's redistricting process.

“It’s just power back to the poor communities that those people, most of those people, are from,” Carol Kuniholm, Fair Districts PA Chair. The work to create an fair redistricting process that does not dilute anyone's voice is far from over. The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania will continue to advocate for #FairMapsForAll !

The commission redrawing Pa.’s House and Senate maps has voted to stop counting state prisoners as residents of the districts where they’re incarcerated.

All Pennsylvania students deserve adequately and equitably funded schools.  Pennsylvania's school funding lawsuit will g...
08/25/2021
Pennsylvania School Funding Litigation: Frequently Asked Questions | Education Law Center

All Pennsylvania students deserve adequately and equitably funded schools. Pennsylvania's school funding lawsuit will go to trial on October 12th.

Join LWVPA and Deborah Gordon Klehr, the executive director of the Education Law Center, on August 30th at 12PM for an overview of the case and learn how you can support a school funding system that will work for all of Pennsylvania's students.

Please register at this link prior to the event: https://krc-pbpc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrduqvqzgtGd0kcDg_hCjjyxw7jsfXj-hT

Academic Standards | Accountability | Alternative Education | Charter School Law | Charter Schools | COVID-19 | Cyber Charter Schools | Early Childhood Education | Early Intervention | Education | Education Budget | Education Law Center | English Learners | ESSA | Expulsions and Suspensions | Gov. C...

Join us  this Monday, August 30th, for our Equity Team Meeting.  This meeting will feature NAACP representatives, member...
08/25/2021
August Equity Discussion — League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania

Join us this Monday, August 30th, for our Equity Team Meeting. This meeting will feature NAACP representatives, members of the LWVPA BOD, and our now forming Equity Off-Board Steering Committee to facilitate conversations on civil discourse, equity and non partisanship and how Critical Race Theory, DEI, and the concept of civil discourse, equity and non partisanship has become misrepresented.

All LWVPA members, volunteers, and guests are invited to join this conversation, more information can be found below on our Website!

EQUITY INITIATIVE general meetings are open to all LWVPA members, volunteers, and guests. Discussions and webinars cover a wide range of topics. Look for the fall programming announcement. The August meeting will be interactive with audience Q&A. When: Aug 30, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (U

With redistricting underway, prison gerrymandering in Pennsylvania must be addressed. While the Census Bureau currently ...
08/23/2021
Other Voices: Prison gerrymandering in Pennsylvania must be addressed

With redistricting underway, prison gerrymandering in Pennsylvania must be addressed. While the Census Bureau currently counts incarcerated persons in their places of incarceration, League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania asks the Legislative Reapportionment Commission (LRC) to adjust that count and reallocate census data to home communities to ensure a more accurate, equitable count.

Read more from President Terrie Griffin in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

The League of Women Voters has been an active voice for fair redistricting here in Pennsylvania for over 30 years. As the Legislative Reapportionment Commission...

On the 101st anniversary of the 19th amendment, our Director of Government policy, Susan Gobreski said it right “We’re n...
08/23/2021
Advocacy groups reflect on voting rights on the anniversary of the 19th Amendment | Pennsylvania Capital-Star

On the 101st anniversary of the 19th amendment, our Director of Government policy, Susan Gobreski said it right “We’re not celebrating, we’re working”. There is a long way to go until no voter is left disenfranchised and The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania will continue to work to protect the right to vote for all.

“We’re not celebrating, we’re working,” Susan Gobreski, director of government policy for the Pa. League of Women Voters, told the Capital-Star.

State Leagues in our neighbor states of CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD and VA have helped bring an end to the unjust practice of cou...
08/21/2021
End Prison Gerrymandering in Pennsylvania

State Leagues in our neighbor states of CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD and VA have helped bring an end to the unjust practice of counting incarcerated persons in their places of incarceration. The PA legislature has refused to address this, but the Legislative Reapportionment Commission has the legal and moral authority AND obligation to adjust the count. Sign your name to this petition. It will be delivered to the LRC and others on Monday, August 23.
https://tinyurl.com/EndPAPG

Prison Gerrymandering is the practice of states/local governments counting incarcerated individuals as residents of the areas where they are imprisoned instead of their homes when election district lines are drawn. The practice inflates the population count - and thus, the political influence - of t...

Lawmakers in PA need to combat climate change, RGGI is a first step to address these issues while boosting the economy. ...
08/19/2021
Senate environmental panel urges opposition to regional greenhouse gas initiative | Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Lawmakers in PA need to combat climate change, RGGI is a first step to address these issues while boosting the economy. The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania supports PA's adoption of this initiative as a means to protect the natural beauty of the Commonwealth.

The cap-and-trade initiative, backed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, would limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

"The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a great opportunity for us to clean the air, tackle climate change, and boost...
08/16/2021
Pennsylvania must be a climate leader (letter)

"The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a great opportunity for us to clean the air, tackle climate change, and boost the economy." -Kathy Cook, LWVPA Director of Environmental Policy

Check out this letter to the editor by Cook on the vast benefits that #RGGI will have for Pennsylvania.

The Aug. 9 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated that our climate is in crisis. By reducing carbon dioxide emissions, we could limit climate change and boost

Carolyn Cavaness, LWVPA's Director of Membership was honored  as a Montco Millennial Superstar for her dedication to her...
08/16/2021
2021 Montco Millennial Superstar: Pastor Carolyn Cavaness

Carolyn Cavaness, LWVPA's Director of Membership was honored as a Montco Millennial Superstar for her dedication to her congregation and community. We are honored to have Pastor Cavaness as a member of our new board and are excited to see the work she'll accomplish! Congrats!

Carolyn Cavaness, Pastor, Bethel AME Church & Montco Millennial Superstar, her proudest accomplishment was keeping the church community connected.

Now that Census data has dropped, what does that mean for #Redistricting ? It means that the LRC has 90 days to draw map...
08/13/2021
Census in Pa.: What the latest figures mean for legislative and congressional seats

Now that Census data has dropped, what does that mean for #Redistricting ? It means that the LRC has 90 days to draw maps that will dictate politics for the next 10 years.
Fair Districts PA's Carol Kuniholm asks the LRC that this years process leaves time to allow for public comment & review, instituting transparency in the drawing of Maps - a necessary factor in #FairMapsForAll.

Thursday's Census data drop is the unofficial start of serious congressional and legislative redistricting efforts in Pennsylvania.

The right to vote is protected by Constitution, provisions and measures that restrict voting access are a threat to our ...
08/12/2021
Americans Want President Biden To Fight To Pass The For The People Act

The right to vote is protected by Constitution, provisions and measures that restrict voting access are a threat to our democracy. The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania supports the For The People Act, and so do the people, of all political identities, in Pennsylvania and across the country. It is far beyond time that we pass legislation that protects voting access.

Following mounting calls for President Biden to take a more active role in the fight to pass the For The People Act, a new poll from Data For Progress, Equal Citizens, End Citizens United//Let America Vote Action Fund, and The Leadership Conference Education Fund shows it would be in the President.....

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania is pleased to invite you to the Reimagine Cambria & Blair Counties: Visioning...
08/11/2021
Reimagine Cambria & Blair Counties: Visioning Sustainable Communities — League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania is pleased to invite you to the Reimagine Cambria & Blair Counties: Visioning Sustainable Communities event. The event is designed to engage county residents in conversation about making their communities more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

The event will be held via Zoom on Thursday August 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but you must register in advance to get the Zoom link to attend. Registration can be found on our website below.

We look forward to engaging in meaningful conversations with everyone!

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania is pleased to invite you to the Reimagine Cambria & Blair Counties: Visioning Sustainable Communities event. The event is designed to engage county residents in conversation about making their communities more socially, economically and environmenta

The three Tioga County Commissioner, all Republicans, have asked for Senator Doug Mastriano to reverse his demands that ...
08/11/2021
Pennsylvania county asks senator to stop seeking vote audit

The three Tioga County Commissioner, all Republicans, have asked for Senator Doug Mastriano to reverse his demands that Tioga county, among others, turn over their election records.

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania supports a free, fair, and accessible election. Pennsylvanians should believe in the integrity of elections and that their vote will be counted fairly; such audits undermine Constituent's trust in the election system, ultimately undermining democracy.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Republican-majority county board in rural northern Pennsylvania on Tuesday accused a state senator of creating “unnecessary chaos” in pushing for a detailed review of how the county collected and counted votes in former President Donald Trump's reelection defeat last y...

This July floods ravaged eastern PA, destroying family homes & leaving citizens stranded. While floods have always been ...
08/10/2021
Letters: A responsibility to support the RGGI; Clear choice on vaccinations, masks

This July floods ravaged eastern PA, destroying family homes & leaving citizens stranded. While floods have always been a part of life meteorology proves that climate change increases the severity & frequency of these events.

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania supports #RGGI as our best option to combat these extreme events & protect the natural beauty of our Commonwealth.

A responsibility to support the RGGI

Prison Gerrymandering needs to come to an end. The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania is calling upon lawmakers to m...
08/09/2021
What is prison gerrymandering, and what’s being done about it in Pennsylvania?

Prison Gerrymandering needs to come to an end. The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania is calling upon lawmakers to make the necessary changes this year so PA can have a fair and representative democracy.

If you haven't already, sign the petition to end Prison Gerrymandering here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/end-prison-gerrymandering-in-pennsylvania

It is called prison gerrymandering, inmates are counted in counties they are incarcerated. “Prison gerrymandering is a foundational racial equity issue,” Salewa Ogunmefun of Pa. Voice s…

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The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania’s mission is protecting voting rights, advocating for reforms and issues important to our members, and educating voters about the structure and function of government and empowering them to participate in their government to effect change in their communities.

Through a rigorous study and consensus process, the League takes positions on issues that are important to its membership and advocates for change at the state level. As one of the country’s oldest and most respected nonpartisan grassroots organizations, the League does not support or oppose individual candidates or parties, but instead provides information for voters and the public to make informed decisions. Who Can Join? Membership is open to persons 16 years of age or older who adhere to the policies and positions of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania.


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Is anyone aware of a similar march happening in the Philly area?
Pennsylvania Republicans call for Arizona-style election audit. How do we stop this?
Members of the PA legislature today voted to fine women who miscarry and force them to fill out this form. They want to criminalize miscarriages. They want women to file a "fetal death certificate" for any & all miscarriages. And they want it to be a public document. Think about that. They want to make *public* these traumatic experiences of loss.T This is traumatizing for women experiencing incredible loss. Unbelievable.
Many thanks to the PA League for for co-sponsoring these compelling events: 1. https://www.pmconline.org/events/pa-commonwealth-court-candidates-forum and 2. https://www.facebook.com/events/1075573452965193
The 2017 recipient of the Justice Bell award, former Monroe County commissioner Nancy Shukaits, has died, although her legacy lives on. Our condolences to her family and the Monroe County community. https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10222290162257000&set=a.2190781843124
Join us for an inspiring and informational 'The Democracy We Want Program - 2021' program on Friday February 26th at 7:30 to 9 PM. The program is organized by UUJusticePA and will include a short film keynote with a panel discussion to follow on reforms that are needed in PA and what actions are needed to get there. Click https://uujusticepa.org/ for information and to register for this program. Our keynote is 3 short keynote videos from Tim Snyder (author of On Tyranny), Heather McGhee (Color of Change) and Frances Moore Lappe' (co-author of Daring Democracy) to open the discussion on democracy in America today. Our panel will include: Carol Kuniholm - director of Fair Districts PA and spokesperson for League of Women Voters PA; Khalif Ali - director of Common Cause PA; Kadida Kenner - director of campaigns, PA Budget and Policy Center; and Rabbi Michael Pollack - director of March on Harrisburg
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