The census sets up political lines and determines where funding goes. It's important to our community that everyone takes the census.
Advocate, Educate, Reform! The League of Women Voters Loudoun County
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy, never supporting or opposing any political party or candidate. Formed in 1946, the Loudoun League was the first rural League of Women Voters (LWV) in Virginia. For more information, P.O. Box 822, Leesburg, VA 20176, www.loudoun.va.lwvnet.org.
The census sets up political lines and determines where funding goes. It's important to our community that everyone takes the census.
This is a tough time for many people who lost their jobs because of the quarantine, help your community by making a donation.
Needs Assistance for Loudoun Residents during Covid-19: https://www.loudoun.gov/5327/COVID-19-Needs-Assistance
Learn more about social distancing to help slow the spread of COVID-19
Important dates - remember you can register online so share with anyone who you think may not be registered.
A reminder of elections coming up:
"Amelia Jenks Bloomer was an early suffragist, editor, and social activist. Bloomer was also a fashion advocate who worked to change women’s clothing styles." #womenshistorymonth https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/amelia-bloomer
Loudoun County Public Schools update
❇️School Board Meeting Update❇️
Just one week after closing schools, we held a 5️⃣ hour Special School Board meeting last night. I am so proud of our school division for leading the way with closing schools. Our staff has been stellar in taking action to ensure students are being fed and preparing our teachers and students for distance learning. We appreciate the flexibility from all as we navigate uncharted territory and make modifications to address changing state guidelines and processes are improved. I am also grateful to be on a board that communicates, works together and truly listens to the community.
❇️Budget- we unanimously voted to use state funding to go toward teacher salaries as we previously promised in the prior budget meeting.
❇️Grades- For now, we are not grading any work and 3rd quarter grades are on hold until further notice. Principals will share information about AP classes and dual enrollment grading and distance learning expectations next week.
❇️Distance Learning-DOI created and posted a continuity of learning framework with dates and details for staff, parents, and students. Updates will be made and posted as we receive more information and direction from the state. I asked for staff to create a protocol to ensure all students are connected and have support. I was happy to hear a hotline is available to support teachers and students who are in need of support. Our IFT’s are also working hard to provide training and support for our teachers as they learn new technology platforms.
❇️Laptop Distribution- DDI is rolling out a plan to distribute Chromebook as early as next week. I asked for staff to create a protocol to ensure all students, especially our most at-risk and disadvantaged students in grades 3-12 receive a computer and hotspot. I also asked that staff provide a document for students and parents to include directions and safety precautions written in English and Spanish.
❇️Meals- Over 62,000 meals have been served by our LCPS staff in partnership with Loudoun Hunger Relief and Mobile Hope and many other organizations. Our bus drivers are delivering meals to bus stops to provide food to children without transportation. EVERY LCPS student is welcome to participate! The USDA is covering the cost of food. I asked for staff to look at the meal distribution data and if needed, create a plan to ensure students in our neediest communities are taking advantage this service.
❇️Mental Health Support- Staff is working on a protocol and information to support mental health outreach for our students and families. Look for more information soon.
❇️Waxpool Elementary Update- I asked Dr. Goodfriend to explain the protocol for testing staff at students at Waxpool after an employee tested positive for the virus. He confirmed no additional testing measures will be taken and students and staff who may have been in contact with the staff member should stay home and follow the standard protocol if they become symptomatic.
❇️Communication- I shared my concern about communicating with LCPS families who are homeless, have non English and Spanish reading parents, and families with no access to the internet or computers. Families facing these challenges are present throughout the county and will be the most negativity impacted by the school closure. It is vital that we provide them strong, proactive outreach with communication and support. I suggested all information and update are communicated through connected Ed phone calls and we have a outreach plan to ensure families are receiving updates and support.
❇️Emails and Communication- I encourage the community, staff and students to continue to reach out to the school board and school division. We are doing our best to respond and address your concerns. Your voice matters!
✳️ Disclaimer ✳️
I will not comment or engage with posts from people who hide their identity, use my platform to post false information, name call and attempt to speak for me. There is a name for people like that!
Governor Northam's March 25th briefing of the Covid-19
I'm holding a briefing with updates on COVID-19 in Virginia.
Governor of Virginia
Sorry for the delay in posts: Covid-19 has changed the rhymth of work-home-volunteer life: Matilda Joslyn Gage - "Imagine there was a suffragist who exposed sex trafficking and the sexual abuse of women and children by priests over 100 years ago?" #womenshistory #womeninhistory #suffragist https://matildajoslyngage.org/about-gage
Dedicated to educating current and future generations about Gage’s work and its power to drive contemporary social change.
Looking for a way to help?
From: Ken Kukovich & Sandy Lockhart
Date: March 19, 2020 at 5:58:40 PM EDT
To: LoCo Gardener
Subject: Do you have a sewing machine? Do you have time on your hands?
If you answer yes to both questions, then consider joining in the effort across the country to make face masks to help with the shortage. i have a friend in Arlington who is making triple-layer face masks from cotton that can be washed and used again, as detergent inactivates the virus. She has a cousin who is a physician at a hospital in Martinsburg, WV, and he has asked her to make as many as possible for the staff at his hospital as they anticipate a shortage very soon. My husband heard on the news today that some hospitals in D.C. are in the same situation.
Tips from my friend:
Use cotton or muslin cotton.
Wash the fabric before cutting.
Iron it as needed.
Don't order fabric online as the quality varies widely.
Fabric is available at Jo Ann stores and likely others
You Tube has some videos on making face masks.
I am going to Arlington tomorrow to get a pattern for the face masks from my friend. So if anyone wants one, let me know and I will copy and make one for you.
Local good news story!:
Stay safe. Stay well.
In face of the COVID-19 pandemic and runs on sanitizer in stores, Catoctin Creek Distilling in Purcellville has announced it
Latest on Covid-19 in Loudoun County
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Absentee voting for town elections in #Loudoun County begins Friday, March 20, 2020. Social distancing measures will be in place for in-person absentee voting. Details here: http://bit.ly/3dcE2EG
Absentee voting for town elections in #Loudoun County begins Friday, March 20, 2020. Social distancing measures will be in place for in-person absentee voting. Details here:
Loudoun County Government
Keep up to date about coronavirus disease 2019. Text LCCOVID19 to 888777 to receive text alerts from Loudoun County about COVID-19. Details at loudoun.gov/coronavirus
"During World War I the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) decided to continue their suffrage activities while helping with the war effort. Rosa [Rosa Marie Finocchietti Levis] joined with other members of the association to roll bandages and create kits for Italian-American soldiers fighting in the war." https://longislandwomansuffrage.com/?p=2721
Rosa Marie Finocchietti Levis was born March 17, 1878 on Hull Street in the North End of Boston. Her parents had emigrated from Genoa, Italy and would eventually have a family of nine children.
Recommendations from the CDC if you think you have covid19
Please share. Meals will be thrown out at 1 pm (unfortunately it cannot be donated). Pass the word around so that this information has a chance of getting to those who need it.
After announcing the closure of Loudoun County Public Schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, LCPS Superintendent Eric Williams said the division planned to continue supporting students who rely on
Joan Baez - Musician, and activist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQwQlPIn6LU
#LivingHistory #WomensHistoryMonth #WomensHistoryMonth2020
After six decades performing, folk legend Joan Baez is saying farewell to music with a tour this summer. But before setting off, she sat down with Jeffrey Br...
"For over seventy years, she [Belle Winestine] devoted time, money, and energy to support and enforce legislation pertaining to women’s rights and children’s issues." https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/winestine-belle
Belle Winestine is best remembered as Jeannette Rankin’s legislative assistant, though she served in this capacity for only one year (1916–1917). Nonetheless, her work with Rankin served as an important apprenticeship that created a lasting friendship, profoundly influenced her understanding of ...
League of Women Voters Loudoun County's cover photo
Political Cartoonist for the Women's Suffrage Movement: Nina Allender #womenshistorymonth #womenshistory #womenssuffrage
Full program airs on Sunday, June 12 at 6 and 10 pm ET Nina Allender worked as a political cartoonist for the National Woman's Party from 1914 until 1927, co...
"Hazel MacKaye (1880-1944), a skilled theatrical professional, added her talents to the many diverse approaches used to argue the cause of voter rights for women. MacKaye designed, directed and wrote four political pageants for suffragists to perform." #womenshistorymonth #womenshistory #womensuffrage #womensuffragist
Pageantry & Passion for Women’s Suffrage: Hazel MacKaye Hazel MacKaye (1880-1944), a skilled theatrical professional, added her talents to the many diverse approaches used to argue the cause of voter rights for women. MacKaye designed, directed and wrote four political pageants for suffragists to ...
Women of Space: https://www.microsoft.com/inculture/social-good/inclusion/edu-stem-nasa-downlink/?ocid=AID3009479_QSG_406156
#womenshistorymonth #womenshistory #womeninspace
NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to empower students in STEM with the Astro Socks Design Challenge and a live Q&A with astronauts on the ISS.
"It was the culmination of generations of activism, and Carrie Chapman Catt, who had devoted three decades to the suffrage struggle, was among the crowds that celebrated the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920." TIME https://time.com/5792441/the-suffragists-100-women-of-the-year/
Find out why TIME chose The Suffragists as some of the 100 women who defined the last century
"In October of 1911, she [Jovita Idár] founded and became the first president of La Liga Feminil Mexicaista (the League of Mexican Women). This feminist organization started their activism by providing education for Mexican-American students." https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/jovita-idar
"...she [Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin] became involved with the suffrage movement and the Society for American Indians (SAI), her views began to change. Instead of assimilation, Marie emphasized the value of traditional Native cultures while asserting her own (and therefore others’) place in the modern world as an Indian woman."
Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin (Metis/Turtle Mountain Chippewa) was born in Pembina, North Dakota. Her father, J.B. Bottineau, was a lawyer who worked as an advocate for the Ojibwa/Chippewa Nation in Minnesota and North Dakota. While a teenager, her family lived in Minneapolis, and Marie attended sc...
Know your park
Hey! Did you know that today is International Women's Day, and March is Women's History Month? To celebrate this wonderful occasion, we have some awesome ladies to recognize! Not only were hard-working women an essential part of the canal's operation in the past, but their dedication continues into the present, and the future! Thank you! #InternationalWomensDay #WomensHistoryMonth #GirlPower
HUZZAH REDISTRICTING REFORM BILL SJ18 PASSES! Thank you to everyone who contacted their representatives - https://mailchi.mp/9fbf4a86153a/redistricting-reform-bill-sj18-passes-thank-you-to-everyone-who-contacted-their-representatives
"Abolitionist and women's rights activist Sojourner Truth is best known for her speech on racial inequalities, "Ain't I a Woman?" delivered at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in 1851."
NEED SUPPORT NOW! One last chance to contact Delegate before TODAY's vote - https://mailchi.mp/52b2460e936a/one-last-chance-to-contact-delegate-before-todays-vote
Sign up for text updates
The #Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will receive a briefing on the global coronavirus outbreak and the county’s preparedness and response efforts at a special meeting March 11, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Residents may also sign up for email and text updates about coronavirus. Details here: loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=5528
Action Alert - Volunteers Needed for Census Lit Drop Off - https://mailchi.mp/b6ad0ec6bde4/action-alert-volunteers-needed-for-census-lit-drop-off
"Dr. Kate Waller Barrett built a legacy of contributions to suffrage in Virginia and the country on her belief in the power of motherhood. A widow with six children, she gave her intelligence, time and compassion to an enormous number of international humanitarian causes,..." https://suffragistmemorial.org/dr-kate-waller-barrett-1857-1925/
Mary Belle-Grossman "Cleveland’s suffrage movement launched [Mary Belle] Grossman’s public career. The treasurer of the Woman Suffrage Party of Greater Cleveland, she also led its Wage Earners League and served on its Labor Committee." https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/grossman-mary-belle
Great photo of our members with Pat Depew Wirth at our Women's Suffrage Program at the Cascades Library
The redistricting commission amendment (SJ18 -- Barker) is on today’s House of Delegates schedule. Unless it gets delayed, that means it could get a vote on the floor before the end of the day!
Time is running out -- call your Delegate ASAP and tell them to support the redistricting amendment. www.onevirginia2021.org/action
Now is the time to contact your legislators! THIS IS IT – WE’RE COMING UP ON THE FINAL PUSH TO END GERRYMANDERING IN VIRGINIA! CLICK HERE FOR A PHONE LISTING TO CALL YOUR DELEGATE. (Not sure who your Delegate is? You can find out here.) Voting districts belong to Virginians, not politicians or p...
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