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. As of March 11, 2020, the LWV-PA Board has issued a policy to suspend face-to-face meetings during the COVID-19 outbreak. Technology will be employed to make meeting possible. Please contact committee chairs to determine the status of upcoming meetings. Active links to our committees are listed on the "Committees" page.

Advocacy. Join us on the fourth Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. to learn more about current issues the League is supporting and how to help. —Debbie Fagen, Chair (

Communications. This is the third edition of the LWV-PA e-Voter. Take advantage of clicking on links that invite you to become engaged. If you want to print out the Voter, see the step-by-step instructions in this issue. Join our committee and be involved in getting out the word. We have a special need for volunteers to help with social media (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) and will provide training to those interested. We meet the first Wednesday of each month, 7:00–8:30 p.m. —Dorothy L. Keane, Chair (

Education. The Committee is developing an inquiry into the civic learning curriculum of our public schools, with an emphasis on middle schools. We continue to study the relationship between public schools and charter schools. We look forward to learning about programs supporting parents and children as they make decisions about the schools for their children. Our observers will continue to report. Join us the fourth Thursday of every month at 4:00 p.m. —Elsa Pendleton and Hannah MacLaren, Co-chairs (

Events. The Committee organizes League Days, League@Nite, and other membership meetings and public forums, working together with the sponsoring LWV-PA committees. We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 9:00 a.m. Come join our lively, dedicated group of volunteers. —Katherine Gavzy, Chair (

Immigration. The Committee plans to analyze the lessons on immigration taught by our March League Day speaker, Jennifer M. Chacón, as we decide the directions we will take in our own studies and advocacy. We are working on building our skills in understanding and communicating the wealth of information on immigration issues that fills the news sources. We welcome everyone interested in immigration topics to attend our meetings the first Friday of the month from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. —Bob and Elsa Pendleton, Co-chairs (

Membership. LWV-PA is looking for members who are interested in taking on roles as officers and directors. Help strengthen LWV-PA with a larger and more diverse membership—bring a friend to League Day or a special event. —Anne Wolf and Cheryl Rose, Co-chairs (

Natural Resources. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 9th Annual Climate Forum has been postponed. Stay tuned to the LWV-PA website and the Voter for updates. The Committee meets the second Friday of the month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Members interested in the climate emergency, plastic pollution, and other natural resource issues are encouraged to join us. —Maureen Johnston and Kitty Kroger, Co-chairs (

Social Justice. The Committee has two active subcommittees, Housing and Policing Practices. Those who wish to work in this area are encouraged to get in touch! —Michelle White, Chair (

Housing. The Housing Subcommittee studies issues surrounding fair and affordable housing. Please contact us if you are interested—we welcome new members. —Anita Mackey, Chair (

Policing Practices. The Subcommittee is recommending that our League urge the Pasadena Police Department to accurately reflect the language of AB 392 in the new policy on the use of deadly force, as have the Los Angeles and Long Beach PDs. AB 392, which became law on January 1, requires a more restrictive standard that authorizes the use of deadly force only when “necessary” to save human life. LWVC was a strong supporter of AB 392. —Kris Ockershauser, Chair (

Units. Stay connected with LWV-PA—attend a Unit meeting on the third Wednesdays during the months of April and May 2020. Leadership positions are open and we need volunteers to step up. Contact us at to participate and engage in these informal settings.

Voter Services. Stay involved in the 2020 elections! Participate, engage, inform, and help us get out the vote leading up to the general election this fall. Please submit your contact information at your earliest convenience. —Martha Y. Zavala, Chair (


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Communications Committee