LWVGB rules for participation in a candidate forum.
Is your organization considering holding a candidate forum? Do you want the League of Women Voters to conduct or moderate the event? Here are the LWVGB rules for participation in a candidate forum.
Register to Vote!
Are you registered to vote? Have you moved since you registered? We're celebrating American democracy by registering voters in the Greater Birmingham area. We will share coming events here as we schedule more registration drives.
CEASE FIRE BIRMINGHAM is an initiative of "comprehensive strategies to strengthen and educate communities and implement various methodologies to reduce violence where we Live, Work, Worship and Play." The work is happening in Birmingham public housing communities with CAFE (Community and Family Enrichment) Days. On Aug. 13, 2016, LWVGB participated at the kick-off event in Elyton Village with a well attended voter registration booth. Thank you Christopher L. Burrell, Esq. for inviting LWVGB to participate.
On Aug. 19, 2016, LWV of Greater Birmingham and Alabama visited the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB) to present a Voting and Election Workshop. Despite the rainy day, this event was well attended. We were pleased to educate the group about elections and the importance of voting and to answer questions. We were particularly pleased to register some older voters who had never voted.
Ragland Blue Devils rock! The students at Ragland High School were excited to register to vote on May 11, 2016! We registered during lunch outside of the cafeteria and then in the classroom. Thank you to Ragland HS Principal Roy Bliss and Counselor Mary McCullars for welcoming us into the school. Thank you to Voter Service volunteers Maggie Howard (VS Co-Chair), Jean Johnson, and Chris Underwood for working with the students! And thank you to Pete Johnson for making the arrangements to host our team! See all the photos.
Thank you Outgoing President Ida Tyree-Hyche, Esq. and all LWVGB members! YOU made it happen in 2015-2016!
And then it was time for the...
LWVGB Annual Business Meeting
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Dinner 5:00 p.m.
Business 5:30 p.m.
Sweet Tea Restaurant
2205 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
Thank you to all who attended the LWVGB 2016 Business Meeting at Sweet Tea Restaurant!
At our Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, April 28, we adopted a new budget, re-adopted program for 2016-2017 and elected new members of the board. (No bylaws changes are recommended.)
We are very grateful to the outgoing board members - President Ida Tyree-Hyche, Treasurer Michael O’Donnell, Director Connie Arnwine, and Director Barbara Powell - for their leadership and so many accomplishments in 2015-2016. They and YOU, all our League members, have been a busy bunch this year! To get an idea of what your League has been up to, have a look at this little slide show “LWVGB Year in Review: 2015-2016” above. You can share it with this link: https://youtu.be/qjlnH2D1d3k
The new board is excited to begin work! Continuing on the board are Jean Johnson as President, Arlene Godwin as Vice-President, Starr Culpepper as Secretary, Margaret “Maggie” Howard as Director, and Nancy Sales as Director. We welcome new board members Treasurer Rev. Albert Hyche and Director Mikesha Harvill. See the end of this message for names and full contact information for your new board. You are always welcome to attend board meetings. Feel free to contact any board member to volunteer and to make suggestions for how we can “Make Democracy Work” better in the Greater Birmingham community! We also thank outgoing President Ida Tyree-Hyche for accepting the position as Chair of the 2016-2017 Nominating Committee.
To read more about the business conducted by the LWVGB, see the Business Meeting booklet available to members.
Pictures from the Business Meeting will be posted soon.
Thank you, Jefferson County Citizens and Judicial Candidates!
Great turnout! Great participation!
Listen to the Decision 2016 Forum
Thank you to WBHM 90.3 FM and News Director Rachel Lindley for covering this event, making this recording, and inspiring JeffCo. citizens to become informed and vote.
Many thanks to the citizens and judicial candidates who turned out tonight, Feb. 8, for Decision 2016, a judicial candidate forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and the Upsilon Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.. All 2016 Jefferson County judicial candidates, those on both the Primary and General Election ballots, were invited, and a solid majority of the candidates were present.
There was standing room only at the Central Library Auditorium in downtown Birmingham to hear what the candidates had to say. The voters were eager to hear the candidates' views and background. Questions asked of the candidates included, "How have your training, legal experience, and interests prepared you to serve as circuit/district judge?" and "What do you consider the three most important attributes of a judge?" The voters were able to meet with the candidates one-on-one following the forum and ask their own questions. Attendees were also able to register to vote or change their registration information at this event.
We were pleased to have Ms. Rachel Lindley, WBHM 90.3 FM News Director, present at the forum to record the proceedings. Be sure to tune in to WBHM to hear more about the forum. Depending on the recording sound quality, excerpts may be broadcast. Update: Listen to WBHM's recording of the forum.
We wish to extend special thanks to the Birmingham Public Library for the use of the library auditorium, an excellent venue for the event, and for the library's full support of this public service.
Thank you again to LWVGB President Ida Tyree-Hyche and UEO-AKA President Michelle D. Harris and the many LWVGB and UEO-AKA volunteers who helped make Decision 2016 such a great success. Photos will soon be available.
LWVGB President Ida Tyree-Hyche and UEO-AKA's Ayla Russell invited Jefferson County citizens to meet and hear the 2016 judicial candidates on Monday, Feb. 8, 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Birmingham Central Library (main library downtown). They assured Talk of Alabama co-host Ebony Hall and the viewers that this is a nonpartisan forum and that voter registration/voter change of address service would be available. Also, they informed viewers that information and help would be available regarding restoration of voting rights. Attend Decision 2016 on Monday, Feb. 8 to meet and listen to our judicial candidates. Be an informed voter on March 1 and on November 8!
Monday, February 8, 2016, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Birmingham Public Library
Central Branch Auditorium
2100 Park Place
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Come meet the Jefferson County Circuit and District Court judicial candidates running in the 2016 contested races and listen as they answer our questions. This public meeting is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and Upsilon Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.. Thanks also to the Birmingham Public Library Central Branch for free use of the Library Auditorium! For more information, contact LWVGB President ida Tyree-Hyche, Esq. at presidentlwvgb(at)gmail(dot)com or 205 601-8645.
The "SEC Primaries" are right around the corner and Alabama is in that group of Party Primary Elections! Will you be ready to go to the polls on Tuesday, March 1 to cast your ballot?
Tuesday, Dec. 15th
Sweet Tea Restaurant
2205 3rd Avenue S.
Birmingham, AL 35233
December 15, 2015 -- A message from the President...
"YOUR League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham's Board of Directors' presented a briefing to the LWVGB General Membership tonight. The Directors did an excellent job communicating what the League has done since August and the League's directions in 2016. Highlights: The League applied and was just awarded a Grant for voter registration and education services within inner city high schools in Birmingham, St. Clair and Bibb Counties. The League will be conducting a Consensus Study among its membership on "Money in Politics," and the League will host a judicial Candidates Forum. We were pleased to have several past Presidents present: Leonette Slay, Yvonne Brakefield, and Trish Crain. We were pleased to welcome our new member who joined in September: Javan Patton. We were equally pleased to welcome back Sheila Tyson. Directors giving reports were: Starr Culpepper - Membership, Nancy Sales - Voter Services & Outreach and Maggie Howard - Voter Services & Outreach, Barbara Powell - Observers' Corps, and Jean Johnson - Communications. Consider joining or making a donation to the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham. Visit our website at www.lwvgb.org. We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization. The organization is also open for male membership. Currently our Chapter has several male members."
-- Ida Tyree Hyche, Esq., President LWVGB
Nov. 13, 2015
View and share LWVAL press release here.
The League of Women Voters of Alabama sees DMV closures as a threat to voting rights. The LWVAL calls for state legislation that would suspend the state’s voter photo ID law until the driver’s licensing centers are reopened. On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, the League of Women Voters of Alabama sent out a press release and an open letter to Alabama government leaders Gov. Robert Bentley, House Speaker Mike Hubbard, and President Pro Tempore Del Marsh, calling for this action. View and share the press release with letter.
Update: On Oct. 16, 2015, Gov. Bentley ordered ALEA to open closed AL DMV offices one day per month and denies racial motives for original closings. Read.
National Voter Registration Day a great success in Birmingham, AL!
In celebration of National Voter Registration Day 2015, LWVGB held four voter registration events on three Birmingham college campuses. League volunteers registered voters on Sept. 22, 2015, at Jefferson State Community College - Center Point Campus, Lawson State Community College - Birmingham Campus, and Brown Mackie - Birmingham Campus. LWVGB wishes to thank Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Upsilon Eta Omega Chapter for their partnership and volunteer service at the LawsonState event. Thank you especially to AKA Sorority Sister Kristen Heard for her volunteer service and the photographs provided here of the Lawson State registration. Thank you LWVGB member Yvonne Brakefield for photos of the Jeff State registration event and to Leonette Slay for the photo taken at the Brown Mackie registration. And thank you to all League registration volunteers Yvonne Brakefield and Jean Johnson (Jeff State), Nancy Sales (with Kristen Heard) (Lawson State), Margaret "Maggie" Howard and Judith Hand (Brown Mackie - noon shift), and Leonette Slay, Michael O'Donnell, and Jo Taylor (Brown Mackie - evening shift). And finally we wrapped up National Voter Registration week with a spectacular registration drive at Jefferson State Community College Shelby Campus in Hoover on Sept. 24. Thank to all LWVGB volunteers, AKA-UEO volunteers, and college staff who collaborated to make this the most outstanding National Voter Registration celebration ever held in the Greater Birmingham area. The many newly registered voters are the real winners!. See the photos.
And we're just getting started! Find upcoming LWVGB registration in the column at left or browse our calendar. Bring your friends. We'll get all of you registered to vote. It only takes a few minutes. We need YOU to make democracy work!
***** CALL TO ACTION BELOW
NOW CANCELED *****
UPDATE ON THIS ISSUE 9/17/15, 12:05 p.m.: AL Legislature has passed and Gov. Bentley has signed the state budget into law. Read the story here and here. The Second Special Session of the Alabama Legislature adjourned Sept. 16, 2015.
$300 million of additional tax revenue is needed to prevent severe cuts in the Alabama General Fund budget.
LWVGB urges members and the public to call their legislators to ask for $300 million in new tax revenue. We must have this additional revenue in order to sustain programs that are vital to the most vulnerable citizens in our Greater Birmingham community. Members of the Alabama legislature and the governor cannot come to an agreement on the state budget, and a number of legislators have publicly stated that they are not hearing "an outcry" from the public regarding cuts to the budget. Let's change that! We join with the League of Women Voters of Alabama and Alabama Arise in calling for increased state revenue. This is a matter of urgency. Please see this Call to Action issued by the League of Women Voters of Alabama and take immediate action. Thank you!
League of Women Voters to celebrate 95 years helping to build democracy
We're celebrating 95 years of "making democracy work"®. Friends of the League are invited to attend our recepetion meet and greet at The Summit Club on Sept. 17. You must have a reservation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 15 with your request or questions. LWVGB issued the following media release on August 18.
Birmingham, AL -- The League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and The Summit Club will hold a cocktail reception meet and greet on Thursday, September 17, 5:30 – 7:30 PM at The Summit Club at Regions-Harbert Plaza – Suite 3100, 1901 6th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203.
The League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham (LWVGB) and The Summit Club invite all League members and guests to celebrate 95 years of Making Democracy Work® at every level of government. In 1920, the League was founded as an outgrowth of the movement that secured women the right to vote. Today, the League empowers all voters to improve their local, state and national government. LWVGB is a nonpartisan, grass-roots organization. Membership is open to all citizens, men and women, age 18 and older. Information about the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham is available at http://www.lwvgb.org.
For this celebration, The Summit Club Board of Governors has approved a special invitation to join The Summit Club to all members of the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and their guests. Attendees will be invited to become a member of The Summit Club, a private business and social club in downtown Birmingham. The Summit Club is 25 years old and is an organization known for connecting business professionals and providing opportunities to foster relationships. With this preferred invitation, the Summit Club will waive the Club’s current initiation fee. Only a small application fee will apply. The Club will also welcome new members with the gift of a dining allowance.
Those wishing to attend the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham’s reception on September 17 should contact the League at email@example.com by Tuesday, September 15 to RSVP. Complimentary parking will be available for the reception in the Regions-Harbert Plaza Parking Garage.
Happy Birthday to the 19th Amendment!
Ratified Aug. 18, 1920
The League of Women Voters has worked for many
decades for women's suffrage. See this nostalgic
19th Amendment slide show.
Women received the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920. It was first introduced in Congress in 1878. Alabama ratified the amendment on Sept. 8, 1953. The vote was not, in fact, assured for all until the National Voting Rights Act of 1965. (That act has been under attack and weakened in recent years. We hope you will join the LWV in restoring the #VRA!)
Flash back now with School House Rock's take on the 19th Amendment!
NEWS FROM THE STATE LEAGUE...
An Open letter to Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard
Alabama needs sustainable, equitable, long-term solutions to our state's fiscal problems, not short-term quick fixes. And let there be open discussion during the budget making process so that citizens are aware and can express their views, not announcement after deals are made behind closed doors. On July 27, 2015, LWVAL sent this open letter to Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard expressing the League's views.