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Join the LWV West Contra Costa County and LWV Diablo Valley as we partner with our Contra Costa Library to present an im...
09/02/2021
Wildfires...Be Prepared!

Join the LWV West Contra Costa County and LWV Diablo Valley as we partner with our Contra Costa Library to present an important safety information: Fire season is upon us and everybody needs to know how to “Be Prepared!” Hear from Con Fire, the Insurance industry, PG&E and others to get critical information. Bring your questions!!!
https://ccclib.bibliocommons.com/events/610583113495192a0017d7e1

Fire season is upon us and everybody needs to know how to “Be Prepared!” Hear from Con Fire, the Insurance industry, PG&E and others to get critical information. Bring your questions!!!Register for the Zoom webinar with your email on this page. Information on how to access the Zoom webinar will ...

Join in today for this Town Hall Meeting. Dr. Romero will present findings from her latest paper. Today at 1:30 pm, pst....
09/01/2021

Join in today for this Town Hall Meeting. Dr. Romero will present findings from her latest paper. Today at 1:30 pm, pst. Free to the public!
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwsd-6tqDwpE9C87OgtbY6

Let's get excited about Civic Participation!
The Marin County Elections Department in partnership with Marin Center for Independent Living is hosting a Zoom Town Hall Meeting. Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 1:30 - 3:00 pm, PST.
Exchange ideas, learn the latest election findings, hear about voter resources, and most of all, get excited about National Disability Voter Registration Week! Register now with this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwsd-6tqDwpE9C87OgtbY6l3zZeHZqvjotX
#VotingInMarin

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08/27/2021

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Happy Women's Equality Day!

As we commemorate the adoption of the 19th Amendment, former LWV intern Nancy reflects on her contemporary heroes in the world of equality activism, from Gloria Anzaldúa to Kimberly Teehee.

https://bit.ly/3gAeQva

Monitor Notes: Air District, Bike Summit, ADUs, Bay Adapt - Bay Area Monitor
08/26/2021
Monitor Notes: Air District, Bike Summit, ADUs, Bay Adapt - Bay Area Monitor

Monitor Notes: Air District, Bike Summit, ADUs, Bay Adapt - Bay Area Monitor

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Air District Updates The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is forming the agency’s first Community Advisory Council and is accepting applications. The fifteen-sea...

08/18/2021

Exciting News!! House Democrats on Tuesday put forward a new proposal to update the landmark Voting Rights Act (HR 4), seeking against long odds to revive the civil rights-era legislation that once served as a barrier against discriminatory voting laws.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Terri Sewell of Alabama, seeks to restore a key provision of the federal law that compelled states with a history of discrimination to undergo a federal review of changes to voting and elections. The Supreme Court set aside the formula that decided which jurisdictions were subject to the requirement in a 2013 decision and weakened the law further in a ruling this summer.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pledged to move quickly and said Democrats plan to pass the bill when the House returns next week.
“With the attack on the franchise escalating and states beginning the process of redistricting, we must act,” Pelosi said in a statement.
The push comes at a time when a number of Republican-led states have passed laws tightening rules around voting, particularly mail ballots. Democrats have sounded the alarm about the new hurdles to voting, comparing the impact on minorities to the disenfranchisement of Jim Crow laws, but they have struggled to unite behind a strategy to overcome near-unanimous Republican opposition in the Senate.
The new House bill, known as H.R. 4, is named after Georgia congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, who died last year.
Sewell announced the introduction of the bill in front of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where Lewis was beaten during a civil rights march in 1965. The Voting Rights Act was signed into law a few months later.
“We’re not looking to punish or penalize anyone. This is about restoring equal access to the ballot box. It’s about ensuring that Americans know their vote counts and their vote will count at the ballot box,” Sewell said.
The Lewis bill outlines a new, expanded formula that the Department of Justice can use to identify discriminatory voting patterns in states and local jurisdictions. Those entities would then need to get DOJ approval before making further changes to elections. The bill also includes a provision designed to counter the summer’s Supreme Court ruling that made it harder to challenge potentially discriminatory voting changes.

Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., speaks during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Democrats on Tuesday put forward a new proposal to update the landmark Voting Rights Act. The bill was introduced by Sewell.
ALEX BRANDON — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE

Monitor Notes: Air District, Bike Summit, ADUs, Bay Adapt - Bay Area Monitor
08/14/2021
Monitor Notes: Air District, Bike Summit, ADUs, Bay Adapt - Bay Area Monitor

Monitor Notes: Air District, Bike Summit, ADUs, Bay Adapt - Bay Area Monitor

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Air District Updates The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is forming the agency’s first Community Advisory Council and is accepting applications. The fifteen-sea...

Monitor Notes: Air District, Bike Summit, ADUs, Bay Adapt - Bay Area Monitor
08/14/2021
Monitor Notes: Air District, Bike Summit, ADUs, Bay Adapt - Bay Area Monitor

Monitor Notes: Air District, Bike Summit, ADUs, Bay Adapt - Bay Area Monitor

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Air District Updates The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is forming the agency’s first Community Advisory Council and is accepting applications. The fifteen-sea...

08/12/2021
Is your League participating in Civic Health Month? LWVUS is a national sponsor for this nonpartisan awareness month ded...
08/03/2021
Civic Health Month

Is your League participating in Civic Health Month? LWVUS is a national sponsor for this nonpartisan awareness month dedicated to the important connections between health care, healthy communities, and civic participation. Learn more: https://www.civichealthmonth.org/

From grocery stores to transportation to affordable housing - our local elected officials make decisions everyday that affect the health and wellbeing of our communities. Civic Health Month helps to ensure that your colleagues and patients have a say in the decisions that impact their daily lives.

Monitor Notes: Plastic, Energy, Planning, and BART - Bay Area Monitor
07/29/2021
Monitor Notes: Plastic, Energy, Planning, and BART - Bay Area Monitor

Monitor Notes: Plastic, Energy, Planning, and BART - Bay Area Monitor

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Monitor Updates The Bay Area Monitor is returning to publishing long form journalism next week! It’s when the August print edition would be published anyway, but instead...

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07/24/2021

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The #2021CARecall will ask voters if they want to recall Governor Newsom (a.k.a. remove him from office). If 50% or more of voters vote NO, the governor would remain in office.

If more than 50% of voters vote YES, the governor would be removed from office and the person with the most votes would replace him.

Monitor Notes: BioBiz, Trails, Mobility, Sip Shop Celebrate, and Bats - Bay Area Monitor
07/22/2021
Monitor Notes: BioBiz, Trails, Mobility, Sip Shop Celebrate, and Bats - Bay Area Monitor

Monitor Notes: BioBiz, Trails, Mobility, Sip Shop Celebrate, and Bats - Bay Area Monitor

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Biomass Business This just in (yesterday): The Sonoma County Biomass Business Competition, aka BioBiz, has selected two business ventures to receive a sizable chunk of cha...

07/21/2021

Today, the Air District Board of Directors voted to strengthen the Air District's refinery rule to reduce particulate matter emissions from petroleum refineries.

The rule is now the most health-protective and stringent regulation of its kind in the country: bit.ly/3zmV39D

"The Air District is committed to reducing air pollution exposure in impacted areas and these amendments are a necessary and critical step toward controlling the most significant air pollution health hazard in the Bay Area.” - Jack Broadbent, Air District executive officer

The League supports the good works by John Lewis and encourages our members to join the candlelight rally and vigil in O...
07/17/2021

The League supports the good works by John Lewis and encourages our members to join the candlelight rally and vigil in Oakland - tonight.

Join us tonight for the Good Trouble Candlelight Vigil to honor the John Lewis & the work ahead. Sat. 7/17 - 8 pm - 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612, Entrance is on Martin Luther King between 12th St and 14th St.

Join dozens of activists tomorrow night in Oakland. Bring your tealight candles with homemade signs in support of the Fo...
07/16/2021
Good Trouble Vigils | Nationwide | Saturday July 17

Join dozens of activists tomorrow night in Oakland. Bring your tealight candles with homemade signs in support of the For the People Act, John Lewis Voting RIghts Act, and DC Statehood. 8pm, Sat., (7/17) - 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612, Entrance is on Martin Luther King between 12th St and 14th St.

Activists nationwide will host Good Trouble Vigils for Democracy at 8pm local time on Saturday, July 17. Find an event near you!

Meet Mike Adamson the Monitor Project Manager. Pictured here at the LWV Bay Area board meeting giving an update on his p...
07/13/2021

Meet Mike Adamson the Monitor Project Manager. Pictured here at the LWV Bay Area board meeting giving an update on his plans for our regular eblast called "Monitor Notes".

The League is officially launching its new programmatic focus, Women Power Democracy, to advance a stronger, more repres...
07/09/2021

The League is officially launching its new programmatic focus, Women Power Democracy, to advance a stronger, more representative system.
Its focuses include restoring trust in our electoral system, increasing voter registration, countering mis- and disinformation, protecting voting rights, and creating powered-powered electoral maps.
Learn more: https://bit.ly/3xs20FS

Over the past year, anti-voter laws, gerrymandering, misinformation, and other threats to our democracy have out in droves. We are at a critical moment in our nation, where the very principles of fairness and equality are on the line.

And we’re ready to defend them.

The League is officially launching its new programmatic focus, Women Power Democracy, to advance a stronger, more representative system.

Its focuses include restoring trust in our electoral system, increasing voter registration, countering mis- and disinformation, protecting voting rights, and creating powered-powered electoral maps.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3xs20FS

Mark your calendar: July 14th 10-12:30pm - LWVBA board meeting. Join us! write to lwvbayarea@gmail.com for Zoom link and...
07/05/2021

Mark your calendar: July 14th 10-12:30pm - LWVBA board meeting. Join us! write to [email protected] for Zoom link and board agenda.

Mark your calendar: July 14th 10-12:30pm - LWVBA board meeting. Join us! write to [email protected] for Zoom link and board agenda.

Happy #IndependenceDay! Celebrate our hard won freedoms by registering to vote: registertovote.ca.gov
07/05/2021

Happy #IndependenceDay! Celebrate our hard won freedoms by registering to vote: registertovote.ca.gov

Happy #IndependenceDay! Celebrate our hard won freedoms by registering to vote: registertovote.ca.gov

Note: our offices will be closed on July 5

#CAvotes #California #freedom

Message from Deborah Turner, LWV President: Most of you have heard me say that the League is where I get my endorphins. ...
07/02/2021

Message from Deborah Turner, LWV President: Most of you have heard me say that the League is where I get my endorphins. Well, after a riveting national Council meeting with state leaders over the last weekend, I am still riding high on the power of the League. More than 150 state Leaders joined staff and the national board virtually for four days of training, presentations, and networking. Read More: https://www.lwv.org/league-management/council-convention/2021-national-council-highlights?utm_source=LeagueUpdate&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=070121

Message from Deborah Turner, LWV President: Most of you have heard me say that the League is where I get my endorphins. Well, after a riveting national Council meeting with state leaders over the last weekend, I am still riding high on the power of the League. More than 150 state Leaders joined staff and the national board virtually for four days of training, presentations, and networking. Read More: https://www.lwv.org/league-management/council-convention/2021-national-council-highlights?utm_source=LeagueUpdate&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=070121

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06/20/2021

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On Juneteenth, we commemorate the end of chattel slavery in the US. This day reminds us of the brutality and injustice in our history and our responsibility to build a future of progress for all.

This year, we made Juneteenth a federal holiday, yet there are still many more milestones to reach. We must keep working to end the systemic racism that still stands in the way of true equality for Black Americans.

Monitor Notes: EV Education, Energy Discussion, Income Inequality, and Sea-Level Rise - Bay Area Monitor
06/17/2021
Monitor Notes: EV Education, Energy Discussion, Income Inequality, and Sea-Level Rise - Bay Area Monitor

Monitor Notes: EV Education, Energy Discussion, Income Inequality, and Sea-Level Rise - Bay Area Monitor

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   EV Interest? Thinking about making the switch to an electric vehicle (EV)? Then join the League of Women Voters of California (LWVC) for “Drive Clean-a-Thon” events on...

Major LGBTQ+ Rights Cases Happening Now | League of Women Voters
06/05/2021
Major LGBTQ+ Rights Cases Happening Now | League of Women Voters

Major LGBTQ+ Rights Cases Happening Now | League of Women Voters

In the past year, The League signed on to numerous amicus briefs to defend the LGBTQ+ community from the wave of attacks on their rights. Many of these cases could set a precedent for discrimination against both LGBTQ+ and other marginized groups.

Monitor Notes: Wildfire Resilience, Racism Discussion, Water Service, Park Survey, and VTA Appointment - Bay Area Monito...
06/04/2021
Monitor Notes: Wildfire Resilience, Racism Discussion, Water Service, Park Survey, and VTA Appointment - Bay Area Monitor

Monitor Notes: Wildfire Resilience, Racism Discussion, Water Service, Park Survey, and VTA Appointment - Bay Area Monitor

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Building Climate Resilience The League of Women Voters of North and Central San Mateo County and LWV South San Mateo County continue their climate resilience series on Jun...

Monitor Notes: Voting Rights, Plan Bay Area, Trails Survey, and Green Homes - Bay Area Monitor
06/04/2021
Monitor Notes: Voting Rights, Plan Bay Area, Trails Survey, and Green Homes - Bay Area Monitor

Monitor Notes: Voting Rights, Plan Bay Area, Trails Survey, and Green Homes - Bay Area Monitor

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Know Your Voting Rights Reform Take a mid-morning break today and zoom into the “Making Democracy Work” series with the League of Women Voters of Sonoma and Marin coun...

Kansas Civic Groups File Lawsuit Against Newly Enacted Voter Suppression Laws | League of Women Voters
06/02/2021
Kansas Civic Groups File Lawsuit Against Newly Enacted Voter Suppression Laws | League of Women Voters

Kansas Civic Groups File Lawsuit Against Newly Enacted Voter Suppression Laws | League of Women Voters

Today, the League of Women Voters of Kansas filed a lawsuit challenging newly enacted voting laws in Kansas that will make it more difficult for Kansans to vote. House Bill 2183 and House Bill 2332 violate the Kansas Constitution by interfering with Kansans’ voting, due process and free speech and...

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It's obscure, until it isn't. The Electoral College has become controversial. Learn why in this March 25 event: https://my.lwv.org/california/diablo-valley/event/does-my-vote-count-future-electoral-college-community-conversation
Watch our Community Dialogue on Regional Issues held on 11/21/20 - many thanks to Dave Vautin, Carlos Romero, Diz Swift, and all the LWVBA board members who made the event possible:
For everyone in Alameda County: The Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership (AC-OCAP) is conducting a Community Needs Assessment Survey to receive input from the community to help identify the needs and gaps in services that exist for Alameda County's low-income residents. Responses must be received by Monday, June 10, 2019. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AC-OCAP-2019 #alamedacounty #communityneeds #servicegaps
Hola! We would love for your group in the Bay Area to join us for the 6th annual Waterbird Festival! It will be on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 12pm-4pm. Activities: -Music by Blue Summit Bluegrass, Beer and Wine by The Guzzler, and food by The Bodega. -There will be bilingual Bird Walks, Bay Boat tour with Outer Limits, WildCare Animal Ambassador Program, a nature journaling class, birding 101 class, and more! Register here: http://richardsonbay.audubon.org/programs/waterbird-festival Be sure to register for the festival, as well as any events you'd like to attend. This helps us track our attendance!" Apart from loving if your group came over for the event, I would really like for you to use your influence to invite the community to this event! PLEASE SHARE! It is an awesome opportunity to enjoy the local outdoors. Thank you!
Hey all I am a Team Leader with www.HeadCount.org , we have worked with many chapters of your organization, and would like to extend an invitation to an event we will be participating in at UC Berkely. There will be local politicians, exciting activations and even some Llamas... yes Llamas. So if you would like to volunteer, it is Tuesday Sept 25th from 10am-4pm, and you can sign up below! We look forward to seeing some of you there! Let's do it for the Voters and the Llamas!
Are you in? Join the table of #racialjustice. RAEB screens The Long Shadow OAK hosted by Resistance Action East Bay (RAEB) "The past makes the present inevitable" Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Avenue, #Oakland Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 7:15 p.m. Tickets Available Now In advance: Online at renaissancerialto.com At the door: 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland on April 11 The Long Shadow is a wonderful new feature-length documentary on the origins and legacy of slavery. Filmmaker and investigative journalist Frances Causey, a daughter of the South, set out to explore her personal family history of slaveholding. Her investigation traces slavery's history from America's founding up through its insidious ties to racism today. thelongshadowfilm.com Following the film will be a Q and A with the filmmakers and a discussion of what we can do now to work for racial justice. See thelongshadowfilm.com for more information and a trailer. Proceeds of this Fundraiser will support these important causes: - To promote further distribution of this great film, including free showings to school children; and - To raise funds for local People of Color-led racial justice organizations. Resistance Action East Bay (RAEB) is a local group promoting active citizenship and an Indivisible affiliate, and is hosting this fundraiser. Co-sponsored by KPFA Radio. RAEB | Indivisible Resistance Action East Bay (RAEB), a local group promoting active citizenship and an Indivisible affiliate, is hosting this fundraiser to help us strengthen our work for racial justice and to support throwing all 14 Republican members of Congress from California out of office in November. indivisble-raeb.org