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Mark you 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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- 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 para transit 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!
Previous League happenings...
(Please see the LWVGB home page for most recent news.)
Thank you Judge King and to all who turned out on Jan. 27 to learn about this important change in voting process. This page will be updated soon.
Photo Voter ID: What is this new requirement, and how will it affect your voting experience? Guest Speaker Judge Alan L. King
Monday, January 27 @ 6:00 p.m.
Homewood Public Library
1721 Oxmoor Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35209
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As mandated by the Alabama legislature in 2013, all voters in Alabama will be required to present valid photo identification at the polls beginning with the party primary elections on June 3, 2014. At the LWVGB meeting on January 27, Judge Alan King will explain the new requirement and how it will be implemented in Jefferson County. Judge King is Probate Judge and Chief Election Officer of Jefferson County and President of the Alabama Probate Judges Association. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Homewood Public Library.
Find out what you need to know about these new voting rules. What is a valid photo voter ID? If a voter does not have one, where and how can the voter get one? Will it cost the voter? Will it make voting in the state of Alabama more difficult? These and many more questions will be addressed in this informative meeting. Be prepared before
going to the polls. League members will discuss ways in which we can educate and assist voters in obtaining an ID. We invite and encourage the public to attend.More Information:
Thank you for voting Birmingham!
Please join the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and help us get it done. Membership is open to all American citizens (women AND men!), aged 18 or older, who agree with our mission and principles. Volunteer for small jobs on your own schedule or just lend your voice and moral support to the work that we do in the Greater Birmingham community. We welcome your participation in any way that suits you. Join the LWVGB today!
Birmingham Runoff Election News and Results
Did you miss the Oct. 8 runoff election?
"I missed the voter registration cutoff for this election but I want to vote next time! How do I get registered?"
We hear this a lot. Don't let another election slip up on you. Here's how to register to vote in future elections... Download a registration form
and mail to the Jefferson County Registrar
(JeffCo residents) or Shelby County Registrar
(Shelby Co residents), OR register at one of these locations
. The AL Secretary of State says you can "fill out and submit voter registration forms at all state and/or county offices that provide public assistance. In Alabama, public assistance offices, such as Medicaid, WIC, and DHR, must distribute voter registration forms, provide assistance in completing the forms if necessary, and accept such forms." Have you moved since you last voted?
If so, register with your new address. Are you sure you're registered?
to check your registration status and polling place or call the Jefferson County Registrar
at 205 325-5550. Shelby County residents call the Shelby County Board of Registrars
at 205 669-3913.
LWVGB Holiday Luncheon
Dec. 7, 2013
All LWVGB members were invited to get in the holiday spirit at the LWVGB Holiday Luncheon on December 7, 2013. Members reunited with "old" League friends, and got to know some of our new members, too at the Sweet Tea Restaurant, 2205 3rd Ave S in downtown Birmingham. One can hear some memorable League stories at this event. It's a great annual tradition not to miss. Members were reminded that holiday shopping at iGive.com/LWVAL
) benefits the LWVAL Education Fund. At iGive.com
there are over 1200 well-known stores, it doesn't cost the shopper a penny extra, and the LWVAL Education Fund receives a small percentage of each purchase amount. No parking problems, no lines, no hassles and LWVAL-EF benefits. Click here
to find out more about how iGive.com works and start shopping. (Works all year long!)
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.
The League in Greater Birmingham - Past Accomplishments, Future Goals LWVGB current and future presidents held a discussion in the "Be Birmingham" segment of "The Alabama Way," ION Station WPXH-TV 44, Thursday, May 30, 2013 and re-aire Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
What has the League of Women Voters accomplished in the Greater Birmingham community over this past year? You would be amazed. And what are the League's goals for 2013-2014? President Cyrondys Jackson Springer & President-elect Trish Powell Crane had a very informative discussion in the "Be Birmingham" segment on the program "The Alabama Way," ION Station WPXH-TV 44, on Thursday, May 30, 2013. The program re-aired Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
The coming year 2013-2014 will be a very active one for the League. Part of the LWVGB discussion on Tuesday morning focused on the League's Observer Corps and what role it might play in keeping the public informed about public affairs in the Greater Birmingham community. Government transparency and accountability are foremost concerns for LWVGB. Also, the Birmingham mayoral and city council elections are coming up in October. For 93 years, the League of Women Voters has had an excellent reputation as a nonpartisan voter service organization. Rest assured, the League will be assisting and educating voters and encouraging all to be active participants in our democracy!
LWVGB thanks ION Station WPXH-TV 44 and Station Manager Ms. Debra Perry for scheduling this interview on the "Be Birmingham" segment of "The Alabama Way" and for giving the League permission to post this segment.