LWVGB Annual Holiday Luncheon
Saturday, December 3, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
1 Robert S. Smith Dr.
Birmingham, AL 35209
T. K. Thorne
Last Chance for Justice:
How Relentless Investigators
Uncovered New Evidence Convicting
the Birmingham Church Bombers
INVESTIGATION OF THE 16TH STREET BAPTIST CHURCH BOMBING COMES TO LIGHT
Author T. K. Thorne is a compelling storyteller and a meticulous historian. That is why the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham welcomed Thorne as guest speaker at this year’s LWVGB Holiday Luncheon. The luncheon was held on December 3rd at The Club atop Birmingham’s Red Mountain.
Readers can learn more about T. K. and all of her books at https://tkthorne.com/books/ Get Last Chance for Justice at https://tkthorne.com/books/last-chance-for-justice/ It is a must-read for students of history and especially the struggle for Civil Rights.
We thank T.K. Thorne for sharing this history and her personal story with us, and Laura Parenteau, for making the books available to League members and assisting her sis T. K.. We also thank LWVGB member Seth Johnson and wife April Smoke Johnson for hosting this 2016 Holiday Luncheon at The Club. We enjoyed a delicious feast and a grand view of our Magic City! And thank you also to Ida Tyree-Hyche, Esq. with assistance from LWVGB VP Arlene Godwin for event photos! See more photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/lwvgb/albums/72157675721938252.
LWVAL PAY DAY LENDING STUDY & CONSENSUS
Thanks to all who attended the Payday Lending Study Public Forum and Member Consensus. The event was well attended. A report and photos will be posted soon.
Graphic complements of flickr/andrewbain
Sunday, October 16, 2016
2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest
1221 Montgomery Highway
Vestavia Hills AL 35216
2:30-3:30 p.m. Payday Lending Community Forum (open to the public)
3:30-3:45 p.m. Break and prepare for closed LWVGB member consensus building
3:45-4:55 p.m. LWVGB Membership Payday Lending consensus building (for LWVGB members only)
5:00 p.m. Conclude
The Payday Lending study seeks to present a balanced view of the arguments for and against further regulation of payday loans based on previous studies. The League of Women Voters never supports or opposes political candidates or parties. It takes positions on issues after study, discussion and consensus.
Read “Payday Lending Stores in Alabama: Facts and Issues,” the unbiased study report of the LWVAL Payday Lending Study Committee.
Members can access the complete Payday Lending Study Packet
This packet includes an overview of the League’s consensus process, “Payday Lending Stores in Alabama: Facts and Issues,” consensus questions and more. Members, please review packet materials, especially the Facts and Issues study report and the consensus questions prior to consensus taking on October 16, 2016. If you need access information, contact email@example.com.
The forum and consensus taking will be presented by Ida Tyree Hyche, Esq., LWVAL Study Committee Member and Board Director and LWVGB Member Haley Colson Lewis. The information presented will be provided by the LWVAL Payday Lending Study Committee.
What a fun evening at the
2016 LWVGB Cocktail Reception Meet and Greet!
The invitation below went out to members and guests.
See the photos at Flickr or on Facebook.
Members and guests are invited to a…
Cocktail Reception Meet and Greet
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 PM at
City Club Birmingham
(formerly The Summit Club)
Regions-Harbert Plaza – Suite 3100 *
1901 6th Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Would you like to attend? Please email
by Tuesday, September 20, 2016
The League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham (LWVGB) and City Club Birmingham invite all League members and their guests to celebrate 96 years of Making Democracy Work® at every level of government! In 1920, the League was founded as an outgrowth of the movement that secured women the right to vote. Today, the League empowers all voters to improve their local, state and national government. LWVGB is a nonpartisan, grass-roots organization and membership is open to everyone – men and women! We invite anyone aged 16 and older to join the League of Women Voters!
MANY THANKS TO CITY CLUB BIRMINGHAM for their hospitality and for a very special City Club Birmingham membership invitation! The City Club Birmingham Board of Governors has approved a special invitation to join City Club Birmingham to all members of the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and their guests. At this celebration, you will be invited to become a Member of City Club Birmingham, Birmingham’s premier private business and social club. City Club Birmingham has a long history in our community of connecting business professionals and providing opportunities to foster relationships that have lasted over 25 years.
With this preferred invitation, City Club Birmingham has approved a full waiver of the Club’s current $500.00 Initiation Fee and only a $50.00 Application Fee applies. These preferred memberships are limited and are being made available to you through September 23, 2016! Upon joining, City Club Birmingham will provide you with a “warm welcome,” a $100.00 Dining Credit! To learn more about this invitation or to visit City Club Birmingham, please contact Membership Director, Jayme Rotch at 205.252.0088 ext. 237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please come to the top of the Magic City on September 22 and enjoy networking with the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham while experiencing Birmingham’s Best Kept Secret!
Thank you to all who attended the LWVGB 2016 Business Meeting at Sweet Tea Restaurant!
At our Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, April 28, we adopted a new budget, re-adopted program for 2016-2017 and elected new members of the board. (No bylaws changes are recommended.)
We are very grateful to the outgoing board members - President Ida Tyree-Hyche, Treasurer Michael O’Donnell, Director Connie Arnwine, and Director Barbara Powell - for their leadership and so many accomplishments in 2015-2016. They and YOU, all our League members, have been a busy bunch this year! To get an idea of what your League has been up to, have a look at this little slide show “LWVGB Year in Review: 2015-2016” above. You can share it with this link: https://youtu.be/qjlnH2D1d3k
The new board is excited to begin work! Continuing on the board are Jean Johnson as President, Arlene Godwin as Vice-President, Starr Culpepper as Secretary, Margaret “Maggie” Howard as Director, and Nancy Sales as Director. We welcome new board members Treasurer Rev. Albert Hyche and Director Mikesha Harvill. See the end of this message for names and full contact information for your new board. You are always welcome to attend board meetings. Feel free to contact any board member to volunteer and to make suggestions for how we can “Make Democracy Work” better in the Greater Birmingham community! We also thank outgoing President Ida Tyree-Hyche for accepting the position as Chair of the 2016-2017 Nominating Committee.
To read more about the business conducted by the LWVGB, see the Business Meeting booklet available to members.
Pictures from the Business Meeting will be posted soon.
Come meet the Jefferson County Circuit and District Court judicial candidates running in the 2016 contested races and listen as they answer our questions. This public meeting is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and Upsilon Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.. Thanks also to the Birmingham Public Library Central Branch for free use of the Library Auditorium! For more information, contact LWVGB President ida Tyree-Hyche, Esq. at presidentlwvgb(at)gmail(dot)com or 205 601-8645.
Tuesday, Dec. 15th
Sweet Tea Restaurant
2205 3rd Avenue S.
Birmingham, AL 35233
4:00-4:30 p.m. - Early dinner and holiday social gathering with League friends
4:30-5:00 p.m. - Meeting - 2015 in Review and Exciting Plans Ahead
NO RESERVATIONS NECESSARY!
Guests welcomed! See you on the 15th!
League of Women Voters to celebrate 95 years helping to build democracy
We're celebrating 95 years of "making democracy work"®. Friends of the League are invited to attend our recepetion meet and greet at The Summit Club on Sept. 17. You must have a reservation. Email email@example.com by Sept. 15 with your request or questions. LWVGB issued the following media release on August 18.
Birmingham, AL -- The League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and The Summit Club will hold a cocktail reception meet and greet on Thursday, September 17, 5:30 – 7:30 PM at The Summit Club at Regions-Harbert Plaza – Suite 3100, 1901 6th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203.
The League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham (LWVGB) and The Summit Club invite all League members and guests to celebrate 95 years of Making Democracy Work® at every level of government. In 1920, the League was founded as an outgrowth of the movement that secured women the right to vote. Today, the League empowers all voters to improve their local, state and national government. LWVGB is a nonpartisan, grass-roots organization. Membership is open to all citizens, men and women, age 18 and older. Information about the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham is available at http://www.lwvgb.org.
For this celebration, The Summit Club Board of Governors has approved a special invitation to join The Summit Club to all members of the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and their guests. Attendees will be invited to become a member of The Summit Club, a private business and social club in downtown Birmingham. The Summit Club is 25 years old and is an organization known for connecting business professionals and providing opportunities to foster relationships. With this preferred invitation, the Summit Club will waive the Club’s current initiation fee. Only a small application fee will apply. The Club will also welcome new members with the gift of a dining allowance.
Those wishing to attend the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham’s reception on September 17 should contact the League at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, September 15 to RSVP. Complimentary parking will be available for the reception in the Regions-Harbert Plaza Parking Garage.
LWVGB Annual Business Meeting
Thursday, June 18th, 5:30 p.m.
Sweet Tea Restaurant®
2205 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
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Dear LWVGB Members,
As the League year draws to a close, it is time for our membership to come together for our Annual Business Meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18th at Sweet Tea Restaurant®. We will adopt a new budget and Program, vote on changes to our bylaws, and elect new leadership for the next biennium. Your input will help determine the future of this league and is vital to the success of our organization. I strongly urge all members to attend.
Our business meeting documents are available through the links below. Please review carefully and bring a printed copy to the meeting for reference during our deliberations.
I look forward to seeing you in June.
Members of the LWVGB were pleased to represent our League at the LWVAL Convention in Auburn, AL on May 2 and 3, 2015. Thank you to LWV of East Alabama and especially to LWVEA President Kristen De La Fuente for their warm and gracious hospitality on Friday evening, May 1, and throughout the weekend! LWVGB President Yvonne Brakefield, Vice-President Ida Tyree Hyche (delegate), Treasurer Michael O'Donnell, Director Jean Johnson (delegate), Director Joyce Lanning (also Director LWVAL Board), LWVAL Co-president Leonette Slay, and member O. L. Pete Johnson were present from Birmingham. Pete led the symposium "Crime and Punishment in Alabama: The Court System, The Prison System, and Alternatives to Incarceration." See the video and audio of the symposium here. LWVGB was honored to be recognized as the local League with the second highest increase in membership. We're growing and it's showing!
Below is a map of the genereal area where we met. Check out the picnic photos here. Let's do it again soon!
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.
"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
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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Happy, Happy Holidays to you and yours
League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham!
Thank you for voting, Greater Birmingham!
Election News & Results
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 email@example.com or (205) 266-0304.
THANK YOU, LWVGB VOLUNTEERS!
We passed Alabama's voter registration deadline for the November 4, 2014 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!
On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, LWVGB Celebrated National Voter Registration Day!
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, 2014! #CelebrateNVRD
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 2014 election was fast approaching! LWVGB was there for those who needed to register to vote or change name or address on their registration.
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.
Orientation and Planning Meeting
Saturday, July 12, 2014
9:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
Vestavia Public Library
1221 Montgomery Hwy
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
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Members, thank you for attending the...
LWVGB Annual Business Meeting
Thursday, June 19, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sweet Tea Restaurant
2205 3rd Avenue S.
Birmingham, AL 35233
See below for business approved by the membership at this meeting.
Following is the business approved by the membership of the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham for 2014-2015. Note that the LWVGB bylaws and budgets and personal contact information for the Board of Directors is accessible by members. If you are a LWVGB member and need access assistance, please contact Jean Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 205 870-3063.
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:
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.
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.
Thank you Judge King and to all who turned out on Jan. 27, 2014 to learn about this important change in voting process. This page will be updated soon.
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.
ATTENTION, LWVGB BOARD MEMBERS
Board Training and Planning
Sun., June 30, 2013 12:00 - 5:30 p.m.
(This Sunday afternoon!)
at the Home of Barbara Powell
Training & Planning Leader: Sarah McDonald
All LWVGB board members, your attendance is very important. We are pleased to have past AL and Birmingham League president Sarah McDonald to lead this training and orientation session. She has returned to Alabama for this weekend to lead both the state and local training and planning sessions. Thank you, Sarah!
League members may attend this meeting. Please let Barbara Powell know if you are coming. Also, LWVGB board members, please bring your personal calendar for LWVGB calendar planning. More details about the meeting will be sent to you soon.
UPDATE: Members, thank you for attending this meeting and lending your voice. Updates to LWVGB business documents and board members as were approved by the membership will soon be posted.
LWVGB Annual Business Meeting
June 13, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
233 Finley Avenue West
Birmingham, AL 35204
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Members, don't miss the annual business meeting! It's important that you attend and lend your voice and vote. We are a grassroots organization.This is your opportunity to set the course for our League in the coming year. LWVGB program, budgets, bylaws changes, and elections are on the agenda. Be sure to look at the "Documents for Member Consideration" linked below before attending so that you'll be prepared to add your voice and vote. Mark your calendar now, and we'll see you June 13, 6 p.m. at Niki's.