The Grapevine

The Grapevine

This is news from your League committees. You are always welcome to join or just sit in. Committee membership is both rewarding and fun, and it does the good work for which the League is known. On March 11, 2020, the LWV-PA Board issued a policy to suspend face-to-face meetings during the COVID-19 outbreak. Many committees are now connecting via Zoom; check with committee chairs on current meeting status and to learn more about this easy way to join others in a face-to-face teleconference from the safety of home.

Advocacy. Join us on the fourth Monday of the month at 1:30. Learn more about current issues the League is supporting and how to help. —Anita Mackey, Chair (advocacy [at] lwv-pa.org)

Communications. The Committee has been busy helping to prepare voters to vote in the November 3 election. Join our committee and become involved in getting out the word. We have a special need for volunteers to help with social media—Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram—and we will have some training sessions. We meet the first Wednesday of each month, 7:00–8:30 p.m., via Zoom and conference calls. You are needed. Join us! —Dorothy L. Keane, Chair (communications [at] lwv-pa.org)

Education. New members expressing interest in education issues were welcomed and encouraged to join ongoing projects, which include an inquiry into the extent of police activity in Pasadena public schools, development of a directory of public schools and contacts, support of Proposition 15 (Schools and Communities First), voter registration in area high schools, and reminders to complete the Census. Our next virtual meeting is on September 21 at 4:00 p.m. Email bobandelsa [at] gmail.com to receive a Zoom invitation! —Elsa Pendleton and Hannah MacLaren, Co-chairs (education [at] lwv-pa.org)

Events. We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 9:00 a.m. We welcome anyone interested in joining our lively, dedicated group of volunteers. —Katherine Gavzy, Chair (events [at] lwv-pa.org)

Healthcare. The Committee has been busy with GOTV activities during this pre-election season. Anyone who would like to join us is welcome; just email Margan.Zajdowicz [at] gmail.com to be added to the distribution list. Dates and times of future meetings are to be decided pending input from HCC members. —Margan and Thad Zajdowicz, Co-chairs (healthcare [at] lwv-pa.org)

Immigration. At our August meeting we were joined by Desiree Hernandez, director of the Quest Center at Pasadena City College, who described the work her center is doing to support college students. The California Department of Social Services has provided the center a grant for legal assistance for undocumented students. We delivered a supply of Register to Vote and Census Count cards to the Queer Center, which will distribute them to students. We meet on the first Friday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. —Bob and Elsa Pendleton, Co-chairs (immigration [at] lwv-pa.org)

Membership. Thank you to all members who have renewed their memberships. If you have not had the opportunity to renew yet, please hurry. The Membership Directory will be available soon, and we want all our members to be up to date on their dues so they will be included. Thank you all for your past and continued support. Our membership is what keeps the League strong and allows us to continue our important work. You make a difference! —Anne Wolf and Cheryl Rose, Co-chairs (membership [at] lwv-pa.org)

Natural Resources. The Committee meets via Zoom the second Friday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Please consider joining us to learn more about preserving the climate. New members are welcome! —Maureen Johnston and Kitty Kroger, Co-chairs (naturalresources [at] lwv-pa.org)

Social Justice. The Committee has two active subcommittees, Housing and Policing Practices. Those who wish to work in these areas are encouraged to get in touch! —Michelle White, Chair (socialjustice [at] lwv-pa.org)

Housing. The Subcommittee will meet by Zoom on Friday, September 25, at 9:00 a.m. to prepare for the November League Day, which will focus on building affordable housing. New members are more than welcome! Email anita [at] pixelriot.com to reach the convener of the meeting. —Anita Mackey, Chair (socialjustice [at] lwv-pa.org)

Policing Practices. The Subcommittee is addressing criminal justice issues via education and advocacy—see our report in this issue of the Voter. League members interested in criminal justice and our committee should contact Kris Ockershauser at kmopas [at] earthlink.net or Valerie Jones at vcjones30 [at] gmail.com for more information. —Kris Ockershauser, Chair (socialjustice [at] lwv-pa.org)

Units. We currently have four units—small groups that meet once a month to get to know each other—in Monrovia, Altadena, South Pasadena, and Monterey Park. We are seeking a Units chair. Contact us at units [at] lwv-pa.org

Voter Services. Voter Services needs YOU—as a poll worker, forum facilitator, ballot measure educator, or GOTV volunteer. This is IT, and the time is NOW. Get involved in the 2020 election! Please contact us immediately, get trained, and make a difference! —Martha Y. Zavala, Chair (voterservices [at] lwv-pa.org)

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Communications Committee