Mark your calendar!

LWVGB Annual Business Meeting 2015
Thurs., June 18th,
5:30 p.m.
Sweet Tea Restaurant
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2205 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
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See you June 18th!

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FYI...
LWVUS Council
June 18-21, 2015
Washington, D.C.

Attendance limited to 2 delegates per state.

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LWVGB Public Transit Panel Discussion

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"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


Thank you for turning out, LWVGB members and friends of public transit! See information at right.

LWVGB 2015 Membership Mixer

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See all the photos!

Thursday, November 13, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
2170 Highland Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205


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.

More recent League events...

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

LWVGB Annual Business Meeting 2015
Thurs., June 18th,
5:30 p.m.
Sweet Tea Restaurant
®
2205 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
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Help chart the future course of your league.
Here's the information you'll need.
See you June 18th!

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UPDATE 4/14/15- We had a wonderful time on Sunday afternoon, April 12th. Thanks for coming out! We'll post photos and more information soon.

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REMINDER... PICNIC IN THE PARK THIS SUNDAY WITH LWVGB! :-)

Oh, and... We'll pitch blankets on "The Hillside" just west of the lake and the "17th St. Plaza" (the pavilion). We don't have a reserved space, so we'll just see where there's a space. Have a look at this map to get an idea of where we'll be. See you about 2:30-ish!RRP_highlighted_map_blow-up


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Sunday, April 12, 2015
2:30 p.m. 'til…

Railroad Park
1600 1st Avenue
Birmingham, AL 35233

Friends, family and the
public are welcome!

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Meet up with the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham on what we hope will be a beautiful Spring afternoon! Bring a picnic lunch (brown bag, a drink and snack, whatever) and good ideas for discussion. We'll spread out somewhere around the west side of the lake and pavilion - where ever we find a good space to throw our blankets. We'll have a few blankets, but another is always welcomed. Bring a folding chair if you'd like. And bring family and friends, too! If the children/grandchildren don't want to hang with us, they can go play football or frisbee.

What's on the agenda? We'll discuss whatever public issue is bugging you. Or maybe you have some news to share. We may solve the world's problems, or we may just have some good conversation and enjoy the afternoon.

If the weather is bad, the rain date is one week later, same time, same place - Sunday, April 19, 2:30 p.m. at the park. But keep your fingers crossed!

Hope to see you Sunday, April 12, at Railroad Park!
The public is welcomed and encouraged to picnic with us!

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May 2-3, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn
Auburn, Alabama
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Get the registration packet (.docx format)
(
.pdf format)
Register by April 15, 2015.

Make your hotel reservation
Reserve by April 1, 2015
for special LWVAL Convention rates.


This convention is for everyone, members and non-members. You do not want to miss LWVAL Convention 2015!

LWVAL's 2015 Transparency in Government Award
At the convention LWVAL will award the inaugural "Transparency in Government Award" honoring political leaders who have championed open and inclusive government in Alabama. (Nominations were due by March 21.)
Read more about this award.

Crime and Punishment in Alabama: The Court System, The Prison System, and Alternatives to Incarceration
On Saturday, May 2, there will be in-depth discussion of the AL Prison System with an expert panel. We'll explore solutions to the problems plaguing prisons, ways to bring about a more just court system, alternatives to incarceration, and more. See the exciting line-up of panelists.

Get ready for an outstanding weekend and share this news with your non-League friends! All are invited to attend!

Get all convention information here!

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IMPORTANT: FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION SUMMIT IN BIRMINGHAM FRI. FEB. 6, 2015

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Westin Hotel
2221 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd N.
Birmingham, Alabama, 35203
Fri., Feb. 6, Beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Call 205 254-2294 for registration information
See YouTube announcement:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afwvxL1lO8s&feature=youtu.be

On Wednesday, February 4, 2015 1:00 PM, Birmingham City Council wrote:

"Federal Transportation Summit in Birmingham to Discuss Expansion

Birmingham is one step closer to becoming the hub for transportation needs in the Southeast region. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s office of small business and the city of Birmingham are hosting a transportation summit Feb. 6, 2015 at the Westin Hotel in downtown Birmingham. Transportation Committee Chairman Councilor Kim Rafferty says the city and region are at a critical part of expanding it’s transportation strategy policy. City Council President Johnathan Austin says this is another successful effort to keep Birmingham on the national map. Mayors from all over the country and the administrator of the highway department will also attend the summit. For more information go to www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org."

Transportation Summit in Birmingham this Friday
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LWVGB Hosts Public Transit Panel Discussion, Jan. 25, 2015
See all event photos.

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Many thanks to panelists Shirley Worthington (former director United Way Clastran, Chairman Black Belt Commission Transportation Committee), Ann Dawson-August (Executive Director BJCTA), and Nancy Ekberg (LWVGB Director Pubic Transportation Issues) for their excellent presentations today at LWVGB's Greater Birmingham public transit meeting at the Homewood Public Library. Those present were able to get questions answered and to recommend their own suggestions for improving the Greater Birmingham transit system. Thanks also to Mike D. Smith, traffic and transportation reporter for AL.com / The Birmingham News, and WIAT News 42 (WIAT.com), for covering this event. Pictured here (L-R) are Ann Smith (LWVGB Observer Corps Chair and logistics planner for this meeting), Leslie O'Neal (LWVGB member and public transit advocate), Yvonne Brakefield (LWVGB President), Shirley Worthington, Ruth Wright (long time public transit advocate and LWVGB member), Ann Dawson-August, and Nancy Ekberg.

UPDATE Jan. 26, 2015...

Transit needs leaders

Public transit needs a leader to take us forward in the Greater Birmingham area according to Shirley Worthington, public transit advocate, who spoke to a crowd who listened to a panel describe the past, present and future of public transit Sunday, January 25th.

The League of Women Voters sponsored the Sunday afternoon meeting at the Homewood Library.

Featured were Worthington, long time transit advocate who ran Clastran when it was under United Way; Ann Dawson-August, Executive Director of the BJCTA (MAX) and former Executive Director of the transit system in North Carolina;
and Nancy Ekberg, Chair of Public Transit for the League.

Worthington described the difficulty in Alabama where there is no state planning or funding for transit, and groups who want to keep things just as they are to benefit their agendas. But her main push was to find leaders who would actually lead the effort for transit, and not just talk about how important it is. She said most people recognize that transit is an economic engine but that in Alabama it is often a race issue, or focused only on the elderly and handicapped.

We need leaders and we have one, in Ann Dawson-August, ED of MAX. She has improved service since she took office, adding more routes, reliability and even Saturday service plus Friday and Saturday evening service! She has brought e-mail availability so riders can track their busses. She recognizes the economic tool it is and meets with businesses to form partnerships.

The recent decision by the World Games to bring them here in 2021 is an incentive to improve transit in order to accommodate all the world travelers who will come to watch.

Handouts on current plans and on Birmingham's transit history were available.

From the audience, Rev. Lawton Higgs said he was seeking a grant that would fund grassroots efforts in Alabama for transit. And August mentioned a nationwide effort to ask states to set aside a day in April to focus citizens' attention on the need for public transit.

We will bring more information as Higgs' and August's transit promotion dates approach.

News coverage
"Robust transit possible in Alabama, but cooperation, leadership and political will lacking, advocate" says by Michael J. Smith, @TrafficMike_BHM, traffic and transportation reporter for AL.com/The Birmingham News

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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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GIVE TO LWVGB ***

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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...

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RECENTLY IN LEAGUE...

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