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. 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. We are so grateful to our teams, from the Voter and web crews (Chris Moose, Gayle Oswald, Dawn Dawson, Ann Hunnewell, Laurie Barlow, Peter Zavala) to our social media folks (Carol Caley on Twitter and Carina Jacob on Facebook). Gayle has been invaluable as we’ve worked through the challenges of using Zoom not only for smaller meetings but also for large webinar events such as the May League Day, where she worked closely with Events Committee Chair Katherine Gavzy, and the upcoming Annual Meeting, where she has been instrumental in planning the webinar and the e-voting process. Thanks to the work of Marcia Baldeschwieler, Fundly (now known as Nonprofit Easy), our online events registration and dues payment platform, is much easier to use. And we wish to acknowledge our committee secretary, Kay Adams, who takes minutes of our virtual meetings. If you would like get involved in exciting ways to communicate with our members, we would love to have you. Contact us! —Dorothy L. Keane, Chair (

Education. In March, the Pasadena Unified School District entertained a proposal by a group wishing to establish an Armenian Charter School in Pasadena. Committee members studied the proposal and attended two PUSD board meetings, which resulted in a dual-language program in Armenian language and culture to be housed at the Blair campus; we continue to follow this program. Our Civic Learning Subcommittee held a meeting with a representative of the Superintendent’s office to discuss current programs emphasizing civic responsibilities and civic learning.  We expect to continue this project when life returns to normal. Since COVID-19 forced the closure of the Pasadena-area schools, we have been sharing information on the ways our public schools have continued their educational programs, posting to our Google group, and we are holding meetings via Zoom. Contact us for details on how you can join us the fourth Thursday of every month at 4:00 p.m. —Elsa Pendleton and Hannah MacLaren, Co-chairs (

Events. The Committee is organizing virtual 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 (

Healthcare. The Committee has met twice, once via Zoom and once via email. We brainstormed priorities for education and advocacy for 2020–2021, to be discussed at the Annual Meeting with an opportunity for LWV-PA members to weigh in. Meetings will be via Zoom for the foreseeable future and anyone who would like to join us is welcome; just email and we will add you to the distribution list. —Margan and Thad Zajdowicz, Co-chairs (

Immigration. At our April Zoom meeting the Committee adopted four priorities for the 2020–2021 program year: (1) Educate voters on current immigration law and regulations; (2) Study the feasibility of treating migrants as they go through the immigration process with the same procedural protections as U.S. citizens; (3) Study how to improve the conditions in the immigration courts; (4) Study how to protect those undocumented migrants who have grown up in the United States and provide a path to citizenship. We’re always interested in speakers on immigration topics, and with Zoom meetings it’s easier for a speaker join us for a short time.  If you have speaker suggestions or simply wish to participate, email us for a meeting invitation. We meet on the first Friday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  —Bob and Elsa Pendleton, Co-chairs (

Membership. Please mark your calendars: The new LWV-PA fiscal year will begin July 1, and with that comes membership renewal. We plan to send out membership renewal letters, along with a membership form, on June 1. Please send in your check or renew online at 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 (

Natural Resources. The Committee meets on Zoom the second Friday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. To learn more about preserving our climate, please email for a Zoom link to the meeting. —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 Subcommittee studies issues surrounding fair and affordable housing. We have temporarily suspended meetings but hope to resume soon. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Anita Mackey at or 203-685-2315. —Anita Mackey, Chair (

Policing Practices. Our current effort is to amplify the LWVC support of AB 2200, the Racial Justice Act, as it makes its way through the state legislature. We are contacting outside organizations to support the establishment of this law, which will prohibit the use of race, ethnicity, and national origin as bases for convictions and sentencing. Please join us Monday, June 1, 1:00–3:00 p.m. for a Zoom meeting, by contacting Kris Ockershauser at The meeting will offer updates and provide information on other relevant activities. —Kris Ockershauser, Chair (

Units. Units will not meet in June, July, or August but plan to reconvene in the fall. Stay connected with LWV-PA; attend a Unit meeting this fall, and watch the Voter and the LWV-PA website for updates. 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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