LWVGB Newsletter The Voter
April 2017 Edition

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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.

Updated "Government Representatives at Your Fingertips" is here!

We are pleased to announce that the newly updated "Government Representatives at Your Fingertips" (or "Fingertips" for short) is now available online. This resource has all the information you need to make your voice heard at the local, state, and national levels of government. "Fingertips" has been one of the League's most popular publications for many years and for good reason. Bookmark "Fingertips" now and be ready to contact your elected officials any time you feel the need to speak out!

We encourage everyone to be active participants in democracy, Of course, that means showing up and having your say at candidate forums and at the polls, but it also means speaking out to your elected government representatives at any time. We think it should be easy for you to get in touch with your mayor, a city councilman, your county commissioner, your state or Congressional representatives, or any other public official. That's why the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham is putting "Fingertips" … uhumm…at your fingertips. Use "Fingertips" often to reach out to your government officials.

Many thanks to LWVGB leaders Yvonne Brakefield and Judith Hand for their good work on "Fingertips." You've done a great service for the citizens of Greater Birmingham in updating this essential public asset!

See "Government Representatives at Your Fingertips"

Informational Session for Greater Birmingham Observer Corps a Huge Success!

Also, see "Greater Birmingham League of Women Voters Shines Light on Government" LWVGB Press Release, 3/9/2017

On February 23, 2017, the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham hosted an Informational Session on our efforts to strengthen the Greater Birmingham Observer Corps. LWVGB members Carol Clarke and Haley Lewis, and LWVGB President Jean Johnson spent the past several months planning this Informational Event and invited all LWVGB members, CAC Young Partners, media partners and other community-service minded Greater Birmingham residents.

We welcomed about 20-25 (including representatives from Weld and Birmingham Watch) guests at Architecture Works on the 23
rd. After enjoying delicious refreshments and conversation, Carol Clarke began the session by welcoming everyone and explaining that she, Jean and Haley came together to work on reviving the Observer Corps after discussing with other Birmingham community leaders that a “helpful presence” in board and agency meetings is a current, un-met need in Greater Birmingham. Jean Johnson then briefly introduced the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and explained the history of the Observer Corps and its role in board and agency meetings. Jean also described the role of an Observer and the benefits to the person observing, to the board or agency being observed and to the community at large. Finally, Haley Lewis initiated the call to action: to encourage all attendees to sign up for Observer Training, which will be spearheaded by Ann Smith, on March 15, 2017 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Architecture Works.

For more information about the Greater Birmingham Observer Corps, visit observercorps.lwvgb.org. If you are interested in attending the training, please email observercorps@lwvgb.org. We are all thrilled at the level of interest we have received thus far and are eager to revive the Greater Birmingham Observer Corps in the coming months!


Young people want to vote!
We want to help!


If you are a high school or college student who has never registered to vote, don't worry. We're on our way! Once again LWVGB Voter Service will be out in the community this Spring registering voters. We will be in several area high schools educating students about our electoral system and the importance of voting and, of course, registering eligible young people to vote! Look for more information soon.


In Memoriam to Ruth J. Wright, LWV Champion

Update: A memorial service for Ruth will be held on February 11, 2017 at 2:00 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham, 4300 Hampton Heights Drive, Birmingham, 35209. Please join us to celebrate and remember Ruth’s life.


Dear LWVGB Members and Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that we report that Ruth J. Wright, Life Member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham, has passed away. She died peacefully last night, January 18, 2017, at Brookwood Hospital due to respiratory complications. She was 93 years old. Ruth was an active leader in both the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and of Alabama. She was a champion of the League and for all citizens of our community and state. Read more…


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