LWVAL 2014 Council
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Bluff Park United Methodist Church
733 Valley Avenue
ALL LWVGB MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND
WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE A COUNCIL DELEGATE!
Your volunteer help with this event would be greatly appreciated.
Contact Ann Smith at anncsmith1(at)charter(dot)net to see how you can help. Let's offer our warmest hospitality to our League members from across the state! Also, there will be a fun welcoming dinner on Friday evening, April 25 for all League members and guests arriving in the Magic City the day before Council. Put this one on your calendar! You'll receive more information when you register.
LWVAL COUNCIL REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16th!
All Alabama voters will be required to show PHOTO voter identification beginning with the party primary elections on June 3, 2014. Do you have an acceptable ID? Only specific types of ID are acceptable. Not all photo IDs are acceptable! Here is official information about the law from the Alabama Secretary of State's Office.
Be informed! Be ready to vote in 2014!
Schedule for the Alabama Mobile Photo Voter Identification ID Unit
The Alabama Mobile Photo Voter Identification ID Unit will be in Jefferson County to provide free photo voter ID for qualified individuals as scheduled below. To find out if you qualify see the Photo ID Guide published by the AL Secretary of State (SoS). For other counties see this AL SoS website.
Jefferson County Schedule for Mobile Photo Voter Identification ID Unit
Monday, May 5th
9:30 AM – 12PM –Bessemer, Alabama – Bessemer Public Library, 400 19th Street North, 35020
1 PM – 4 PM – Center Point, Alabama –Center Point City Hall, 2209 Centerpoint Parkway, 35215
Tuesday, May 6th
9 AM – 12PM – Brighton, Alabama – Brighton Senior Services Center, 4100 Main Street, 35020
1 PM – 4 PM – Gardendale, Alabama – Gardendale Civic Center 970 Main St, Gardendale, AL 35071
Wednesday, May 7th
9 AM – 12PM – Irondale, Alabama – Irondale Detective Building, 5415 Beacon Drive Suite 123, 35210
1 PM – 4PM – Leeds, Alabama – Leeds Civic Center, 1000 Park Drive, 35094
Thursday, May 8th
9 AM – 12 PM – Pinson, Alabama – Pinson Public Library, 4410 Main Street, Pinson, AL 35126
Friday, May 9th
9 AM – 12 PM – Trussville, Alabama – Trussville Civic Center, 5381 Trussville Clay Road, 35173
1 PM – 4 PM – Warrior, Alabama – Warrior City Council Chambers, 215 North Main Street 35180
Monday, May 12th
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM – Hoover, Alabama – Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Hoover, 35216
RECENTLY IN LEAGUE...
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:
LWVGB Agriculture Update
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
Includes the LWV discussion leaders packet and consensus questions
Agriculture in the United States
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.
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.
House District 53 Runoff Election is postponed until Feb. 4
The Special Democratic Party Primary Runoff Election for AL House District 53 was postponed for one week due to inclement weather conditions. House District 53 is located in Jefferson County and is the seat previously held by the late Representative Demetrius Newton. Representative Newton passed away on September 11, 2013. As stated on the website of the AL House of Representatives, "Representative Demetrius Newton was elected in 1986 and served as the first African-American Speaker Pro-Tem of the Alabama House of Representatives from 1998 until 2010."
Candidates on the District 53 Democratic Party primary runoff ballot are Anthony "Alann" Johnson and Arthur D. Shores Lee. If you live in District 53, be sure to go to the polls on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 and vote!
The LWVGB was very busy in 2012-2013, but we have even bigger plans for 2013-2014! Here's what we're taking on this year:
You are awesome, Greater Birmingham!
On Thurs., September 26, 2013, LWVGB held it's annual Membership Mixer at Alamerica Bank, 2170 Highland Avenue South on Birmingahm's Southside. What a fantastic turnout! You really showed how much you care about our community and confidence in the League to help move us forward. We'll have a few pics posted soon.
Thank you, especially, to those of you who joined or renewed your membership in LWVGB that evening! We greatly appreciate your membership, contributions - wo/man power and financial - and steadfast support. LWVGB is a grassroots organization, and we cannot do the work we do without you.
And many thanks to Alamerica Bank for providing this wonderful venue and our refreshments!
It's still not too late to join the League of Women Voters for 2013-2014. LWVGB membership is well worth your time and financial support.
Thank you, Sarah McDonald, for leading an excellent LWVGB Board orientation and planning session on Sunday, June 30! Many thanks also to Barbara Powell for opening her home to us and her most gracious hospitality. ￼
6/25/2013 -- LWV Reacts to Supreme Court Decision on the Voting Rights Act
Supreme Court erases protections against racial discrimination in voting. Congress must act quickly to restore the Voting Rights Act
Washington, D.C. – “Today is a sad day in America: Through its decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, the U.S. Supreme Court erased fundamental protections against racial discrimination in voting that have been effective for more than 40 years,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. “Only strong action from Congress can fix this huge mistake made by the Court.”
Read the full statement by the LWV of the United States.
Read NVRA background.
Members, thank you for attending the LWVGB annual business meeting on June 13, 2013 and lending your voice. Updates to LWVGB program, budget, bylaws and board members as approved by the membership are posted.