Time for LWVGB Membership renewal.

If you haven't done so already, please pay your 2014-2015 dues today, and help keep our good work going. Also, any little amount you can donate above your dues amount would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
LWVGB News & Notes
Nov. 2, 2014

Our League has held voter registrations, spoken out for the Voting Right Amendment Act 2014, and participated in Observer Corps to keep watch on government. Read here.
Get your LWVGB Voter Information Bookmark!

Citizens, we have a voter information bookmark that has been customized for the Greater Birmingham area. Print out, cut, (3 per page) and distribute to your friends, family and co-workers. Nice voter education tool!
Download. (Thanks, LWV of Gr. Tuscaloosa for this great idea!)

Recently in League...

LWVGB 2014 Business Meeting
June 19, 2014
6 - 8 p.m.

Sweet Tea Restaurant
2205 3rd Avenue S.
Birmingham, AL 35233
Thank you for turning out, LWVGB members! The Program, Budgets, bylaws changes, and Nominating Committee slate were passed as presented. Get Business Meeting information and documents.

LWVUS 2014 Convention

June 6-10, 2014
Omni Dallas Downtown Hotel
Dallas, TX

Get more LWVUS 2014 Convention information.

LWVAL 2014 Council

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Bluff Park United Methodist Church
733 Valley Avenue
Hoover, AL

It was an "A-Mazing" Council! Thanks to all LWVGB members who volunteered and extended your warm hospitality to our Magic City guests. A council report will be posted soon on the LWVAL website.
Check it out...

Recently in League!

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Mark Your Calendar!
See LWVGB Calendar for more dates of upcoming events.

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Mark your calendar! LWVGB presents...

"Public Transit in Greater Birmingham
and Beyond:
Past, Present and Hope for the Future"


Sunday, January 25, 2015
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Homewood Library Large Auditorium
1721 Oxmoor Road
Birmingham, AL 35209
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Panel Participants:

  • Shirley Worthington - Longtime advocate for public transit; former Director of United Way Clastran, and Chairman of the Black Belt Commission Transportation Committee
  • Ann Dawson-August - Executive Director of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (MAX) and former executive director of transit systems in other states
  • Nancy Ekberg - Transportation Chairman of LWVGB

About this meeting:
What is the state of our public transit system? What do we want it to be? If you are a citizen who is concerned about public transit in the Greater Birmingham area and in the state of Alabama, you will want to attend this public meeting. Our very knowledgable panelists will describe the current status of public transit and explain how we came to our current situation. And, most importantly, we will examine the steps necessary for making our public transit system what it should be.

Alabama is one of only three states (along with Alaska and Hawaii) that have no state public transit organization or funding. Our state constitution restricts fuel taxes and vehicle fees to only road and bridge expenditures. Consequently, public transit is severely underfunded. The limited bus and paratransit funding is provided by federal money and city or county matching funds.

Public transit leads to economic development. Studies show that each dollar spent in public transit generates up to $5.00 in  economic development, i.e. new businesses spring up at bus stops and merchants on the routes experience increased sales.


For decades, the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham has held that
adequate public transportation is a vital element in the well being of any urban area, impacting on land use, economic development, air quality, employment opportunities, and mobility for all citizens.  As such, it should be considered a public service whose operation is subsidized along with other public services. The LWVGB believes that public transportation funding should be adequate and sustainable and that its management organization should be equitable and area-wide in representation. Read the full public transportation positions of the LWVGB and LWVAL.

Join us at the Homewood Public Library on Sunday, January 25 at 2:30 p.m.. A good public transit system will meet the citizens' needs and provide for economic growth in our community and our state. Let's discuss what it will take to make this happen. Let's get it done!


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We asked for your gift to the
League of Women Voters
of Greater Birmingham
on #GivingTuesday, December 2
but it's never too late!

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#GivingTuesday@LWV2

Great gift idea!

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Does your mother really want another scarf? This holiday season, show your love by honoring her on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 2nd with a gift to the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham. Any woman would appreciate this thoughtfulness - a daughter, a niece, a neighbor who has shown you much kindness, a coworker or friend whom you deeply respect. Great gift idea for the special men in your life, too! Here is just some of the great work you'll be supporting in the Greater Birmingham community with your gift. Please give to the LWVGB at anytime! (Membership in the LWVGB is a very thoughtful gift for your loved one, too!)


Happy, Happy Holidays to you and yours
from the
League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham!



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Thank you for voting, Greater Birmingham!
Election News & Results


More Election 2014 information...

[Election information remains posted for
your review and until archived.]

GENERAL ELECTION
TUESDAY, NOV. 4, 2014, 7 AM TO 7 PM
VALID, ACCEPTABLE PHOTO ID
IS REQUIRED TO VOTE
.
Learn more about this new voting requirement.

Election Calendar


  • Oct. 20—Voter registration deadline for General Election.
  • Oct. 30— Last day for voter to make application for an absentee ballot.
  • Nov. 3—Last day to postmark or hand-deliver absentee ballots. Must be received by noon on election day (except UOCAVA - military and some other oversees voters)
  • Nov. 4—General Election
  • Nov. 11—Deadline for receiving absentee ballots from UOCAVA voters


Five proposed state constitutional amendments on every Alabama Ballot on November 4.


The League of Women Voters offers an unbiased analysis of each amendment on your ballot. Who is for and who is against each amendment? What are the arguments for and against each amendment passes? Make an informed decision on November 4. Read the League's analysis of the proposed constitutional amendments. (Unbiased information published by the Education Fund of the League of Women Voters of Alabama.)

Questions on Election Day?

See information below or call:


Alabama Registration and Election Information



Get more election information from the AL Secretary of State...

Other Election Resources



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RECENTLY IN LEAGUE...

Members and Guests attended the
LWVGB Annual Membership Mixer!
... and brought many friends!
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See all the photos!

Thank you, Alamerica Bank, for hosting this event!

Thursday, November 13, 2014
5 - 7 p.m.
2170 Highland Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205


LWVGB membership is well worth your time and financial support.
• Here's just
some of what we've accomplished recently.
• Here's
how to join LWVGB or renew your membership.

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LWVGB's Annual Membership Mixer was a blast! Many interested in making the Greater Birmingham community a better place to live, dropped by Alamerica Bank on Nov. 16. It was free and all were welcome, men and women, members and non-members. We enjoyed casual and stimulating conversation with our guests over a glass of wine and light hors d'oeuvres. See the photos!

We shared information about the work that we do with those interested in joining our nonprofit, nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham. We enjoyed meeting all and getting their ideas for making democracy work better for everyone in our community. Members were excited to share the
League's work with their friends! Thanks again to Alamerica Bank for your very gracious hospitality!

If you would like to join the League or have questions, contact LWVGB Membership Chair Catrena Norris Carter at
catrena.whoswhoblackal@gmail.com or (205) 266-0304.

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LWVGB Members Help Citizens Register and Exercise Their Right to Vote

THANK YOU, LWVGB VOLUNTEERS!

We passed Alabama's voter registration deadline for the November 4 General Election on Monday, October 20, but during September and October, LWVGB pushed to register and educate as many voters as possible about the election process before that deadline. League members stepped up to register voters in Jefferson and Shelby Counties. The League’s voter registration activities were a fitting celebration of Constitution Day on September 17 and National Voter Registration Day on September 23. Watch this space for a full report on the League's voter registration effort to be published soon!

Speaking out for the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014


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On Monday, Sept, 22, LWVGB Vice-President Ida Tyree-Hyche, Esq. urged citizens to “Move forward on voting rights!” at the Moral Monday rally on the Alabama capitol steps in Montgomery. The crowd was in full agreement. Click below to listen to the audio of her address. Other LWVGB members present in support were Nancy Ekberg, Connie Arnwine, Joan Burroughs, Catrena Norris Carter, and Ida's husband The Rev. Albert L. Hyche. More photos of the day's events coming soon.


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On Tuesday, September 23, LWVGB Celebrated National Voter Registration Day!


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Tuesday, September 23, was National Voter Registration Day. As stated in our press release on al.com, "The League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham Challenges Citizens to Register to Vote On National Voter Registration Day 2014." (Well said, Ida Tyree-Hyche, Esq., LWVGB Vice-President.) LWVGB encourages you to register to vote! If you are already registered to vote, check your status and update your name or address if necessary.


Thank you, Birmingham Firehouse Shelter Executive Director Anne Wright and all other staff for hosting LWVGB Voter Registration!
We were glad to see so many residents and guests "celebrate democracy in America" by registering to vote on National Voter Registration Day, September 23! #CelebrateNVRD

Mr. Abdor Ezell registers to vote!

Mr. Abdor Ezell registers to vote!

Mr. Ezell is joined by Ms. Anne Wright, Birmingham Firehouse Executive Director.
Mr. Ezell is joined by Ms. Anne Wright, Birmingham Firehouse Executive Director.

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LWVGB Celebrated U.S. Constitution Day by registering voters!

Our U.S. Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787. What better way to celebrate and show your patriotism than registering to vote on
Constitution Day!? The Nov. 4th election is fast approaching! LWVGB was there for those who needed to register to vote or change name or address on their registration.

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We got it done at Brown Mackie College (105 Vulcan Rd #100, Birmingham, AL 35209) and Jefferson State College,
Shelby Co. Campus (4600 Valleydale Road, Birmingham, AL 35242)! Over two days and five shifts, LWVGB volunteers registered (or updated) 38 and gave out several more forms to be filled out and submitted. Many thanks to Nancy Sales, Rita and Jim Winkates, Joan Burroughs, Judith Hand, Jean and Pete Johnson, Kaydee Erdeich-Breman, Sybil Breman, Ann Smith and Connie Arnwine for volunteering for this successful voter registration effort.

LWVGB 2014 Business Meeting
June 19, 6 - 8 p.m.
Sweet Tea Restaurant
2205 3rd Avenue S.
Birmingham, AL 35233

LWVGB Members met to elect officers and board directors, set the general and Education Fund budgets, vote on changes in LWVGB bylaws, and decide what our issue program will be for 2014-2015. These are the proposals discussed and on which members voted:
Business Meeting information and documents here.

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LWVAL 2014 Council
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Bluff Park United Methodist Church
733 Valley Avenue
Hoover, AL

It was an "A-Mazing" Council! Thanks to all LWVGB members who volunteered and extended your warm hospitality to our Magic City guests. A council report will be posted soon on the
LWVAL website.

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LWVGB Co-hosted Nonpartisan
Community Forum on Voting


The League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham cosponsored  a "Nonpartisan Community Forum on Voting" on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the St. John AME Church, 708  15th Street, North, Birmingham, AL. This voter service program was presented to the public in collaboration with the Magic City Bar Association (MCBA), the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham (LWVGB), and the Upsilon Eta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA), Incorporated.

These topics were discussed: 

  • "The importance of Voting"
  • "All about the new Alabama Voter Photo ID. Are you ready?"
  • "Felons and Voter Restoration Process"
  • "Alabama 2014 Election Calendar"

Citizens registered to vote at the forum IDs were taken for approved Alabama government photos.

This meeting was open to the public and was well attended.

LWVGB thanks these members of the host committee:
  • Ida Tyree Hyche, Esq., UEO AKA Connection Committee Chair & Magic City Bar Chair, Community Outreach (and former LWVGB president!)
  • Brooke Adams, UEO AKA President
  • Tameka Wren, Esq., MCBA President
  • Trish Crain, LWBGB President
  • Rev. Mashod Evans, St. John Pastor

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LWVGB Agriculture Update
Consensus Meeting


On Sunday, March 16, 2014, members of the LWVGB came to consensus on questions regarding the League's position on agriculture in the United States. The members deliberated in the appropriate "great outdoors" of Tree House Room in the Vestavia Public Library.
A report of the consensus deliberation has been submitted to the national League of Women Voters. In the grass-roots tradition that has been followed by the League of Women Voters since 1920, member responses to the consensus questions will determine the League's updated national position on agriculture.

For member and public review, below are consensus information resources reviewed by members in answering the consensus questions. Many thanks to Nancy Ekberg, Connie Arnwine, Haley Colson and all members of the LWVGB Agriculture Study Committee for presenting this unbiased information in a neutral manner and guiding LWVGB members through the consensus process.

Agriculture Position Update http://www.lwval.org/members/agriculture-position-update/
Includes the LWV discussion leaders packet and consensus questions

Agriculture in the United States
http://www.lwval.org/learn-vote/agriculture/
Unbiased information and balanced points of view


Agriculture Study Summary and Fact Sheets
Helpful condensed resources that summarize
this very complex subject

Not a member of the League of Women Voters? Join the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham to participate in future grassroots conversation that will help set the League's policy positions on local, state and national issues. Join the LWVGB.

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Agriculture in the United States:
A Public Discussion

Thank you for participating in the discussion of Agriculture in the U.S. held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4300 Hampton Heights Dr., Birmingham, AL on Sunday, February 23, 2014. A meeting report will be posted here soon. See photos of the event. Read the press release for this event.

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Each One Bring One: 4 Ways You Can Help Grow Your League

LWVGB Members, resolve to bring one new member into the League in 2013-2014! Here's how you can help...
  • Bring an interested guest to one of our very informative League meetings. Watch the LWVGB calendar for upcoming events.
  • Print out the LWVGB membership brochure (newly updated for 2013!) and give to your friends.
  • Print and cut out a few of these small, handy "Join the League" membership cards. Keep with you to give to friends.
  • Keep us in your "social circles".
         Like & share LWVGB articles on
    Facebook.
         Follow & retweet LWVGB on
    Twitter.

Let's grow the League!