Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Friday, April 14, 2017
 
Connecticut Your Help is needed! Two bills under consideration need your support. HB 5434 National Popular Vote It is essential to get more Democratic legislators to sign on to support HB 5434. It has passed out of the GAE committee but won't get to the house floor without additional support. Please go to http://www.npvct.org to see which legislators to contact. In addition write or call the Speaker of the House Joe.Aresimowicz@cga.ct.gov who will have the last word on whether the bill will make it to the floor. Feel free you use any of the following talking points from our testimony in support of this bill or any of the other materials we have on the homepage of our website http://www.lwvct.org. We urge Connecticut sign onto the National Popular Vote Compact, to stand up for making every vote count. Under the current Electoral College system, presidential candidates tend to focus their campaigns on the relatively few battleground states that determine an Electoral College victory or loss. A large part of the country is virtually ignored by the candidates, and residents of non-key states become passive observers of the election process. With a shift to the NPV Compact, voters across the country, including Connecticut, would have a greater sense that their votes do indeed count in a meaningful way and would have an incentive to pay attention, vote and participate in the electoral process. The League believes that it is more important than ever that we preserve the democratic ideal of making every vote count. Thank you! Your advocacy matters!

SB 996 Bottle Bill

Raised SB 996 has made it out of committee and will be on the floor of the state Senate. The bill would do away with CT's 5 refundable bottle deposit and replace it with a 4 per bottle tax that would go into the state's coffers. The state would -- in theory -- then do the bottle cleanup currently being done by ordinary citizens. The bill is opposed by a coalition of beverage, transportation and grocery store owners. It is supported by the envirnmentalists in the state.

Sunday, April 30, 2017
1:30 - 4:30 pm
Town Hall Meeting Room
Greenwich Town Hall
101 Field Point Road, Greenwich
Advocacy 101: How to Be An Effective Citizen-Advocate. Using examples from the current state legislative session, learn from the experts how political power works in Hartford, what influences legislators and their committees, and the strategies and tactics for successful advocacy campaigns.

Special Guest Legislators: State Rep. Fred Camillo (Greenwich) and State Rep. William Tong (Stamford)

Training by Judith Blei Government Relations of Hartford Judith Blei, Mary Grace Peak and Micaela Blei

Made possible by a generous donation from Alex Bergstein to The League of Women Voters of Greenwich Educational Fund All are welcome; no charge RSVP to: jillkoberlander@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
6:30 - 8 pm
Greenwich Audubon
613 Riversville Road
Greenwich CT 06831
Impacts of Fracking Waste. Impacts of Fracking Waste. Jen Siskind, Local Coordinator for Food & Water Watch, presents the current efforts to prevent processing of fracking waste in CT. She will outline the potential effects of toxic, radioactive waste spillage as well as provide resources for contributing to local and state-wide conservation efforts. Presented in partnership with League of Conservation Voters, League of Women Voters of Connecticut and Greenwich Conservation Advocates. Refreshments and Q&A to follow. FREE

RSVP appreciated: eschaffer@audubon.org or 203-930-1349

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Cole Auditorium
Greenwich Library
Fake News, Alternative Facts and the Future of the Mainstream Media. The League of Women Voters of Greenwich together with Greenwich Library invite you to a panel discussion.

Panelists: Gretchen Carlson, Television journalist and female empowerment advocate; Amy Davidson, Staff Writer,The New Yorker; and Lizzie O'Leary, Host, Marketplace Weekend.

Moderated by: Lynn Oberlander, General Counsel, Gizmodo Media Group.

RSVP: League.RSVP@gmail.com

Refreshments: 6:40 - 7:00 pm Program: 7:00 - 9:00 pm Admission is free

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
5:30 - 9:00 pm
Riverside Yacht Club LWVG Annual Meeting and Dinner. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Julie Varughese Medical Officer, Americares "Promoting the Health of Vulnerable People Around the World and at Home in Connecticut"

Presentation of The Mary Award to Caroline Adkins

5:30 Annual Meeting; 6:30 Reception (cash bar); 7:30 Dinner and Keynote Speaker.

Dinner Tickets $75 ($90 after May 30) Patron Tickets $100

About the speaker: Americares, the disaster relief and global health organization based in Stamford, CT, is the world's leading nonprofit provider of donated medicines and supplies. As Americares' medical officer, Dr. Julie Varughese is responsible for increasing access to quality medicine for low-income patients in more than 90 countries. She shapes health programs to enhance patient care, provides medical oversight and reviews offers of donated products from over 200 pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, ensuring the contributed items are used safely and effectively by Americares' health care partners around the globe. Dr. Varughese also oversees Americares' Medical Outreach program, which supplies medical products to U.S.-based health care professionals traveling overseas to provide primary care services and surgeries for patients in desperate need. Since joining Americares in 2015, Dr. Varughese has traveled with the organization to Cambodia, El Salvador, Haiti, India and Tanzania. She is Board Certified in infectious disease, internal medicine and pediatrics.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
12 - 2pm
To be announced Annual Legislative Picnic. Details to follow!