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(Please see the LWVGB home page for most recent news.)
Thank you, T.K. Thorne, for sharing your personal story and research into the investigation of the 1963 bombing of the Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Thank you, also, to all members and guest swho attended the LWVGB Luncheon and shared this special time. If you missed the luncheon, read on to see what you missed. This article appeared in the December, 2016 edition of The Voter, LWVGB’s newsletter.

LWVGB Annual Holiday Luncheon

Saturday, December 3, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
The Club
1 Robert S. Smith Dr.
Birmingham, AL 35209


Guest Speaker:
T. K. Thorne

Author of
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.

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Thorne spoke on her book Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers. The book has been listed on the New York Post’s “Books You Should Be Reading.” Now we know why.

Last Chance for Justice recounts the investigation of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church on September 16th, 1963 in Birmingham. It is said that justice delayed is justice denied, but there were those who struggled to bring closure. Ben Herren and Bill Fleming and others worked diligently for five years to put Thomas Blanton and Bobby Frank Cherry behind bars for the rest of their lives. Blanton and Cherry were two of the murderers of Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, all 14, and 11- year-old Denise McNair. Blanton and Cherry were finally convicted in 2002. Thorne also put us behind the scene in the investigation and trial of murderer “Dynamite” Bob Chambliss who was convicted of this crime in 1977. We thank T. K. Thorne for bringing these people - the four little girls, the heroes, and the vile perpetrators of this heinous crime - to life through her writing.

In the 60’s and 70’s, T. K. (Teresa) Thorne’s mother, the late Jane Katz, was a forceful lobbyist in the state legislature for the LWV of Alabama. In her honor, the “Jane Katz Public Service Award” is given each year by LWVAL to “recognize an individual or organization whose work strengthens democracy.”

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But there was another side to this woman Jane Katz. Attendees at the luncheon were deeply moved by T. K.’s loving personal story of herself as a young girl and her mother. On one special occasion before a big dinner in the Katz’s home, Teresa’s little hands did not have the strength or balance to hold two precious homemade pies, and the results were disastrous. Thank goodness, the upside down pie-dump happened out of view from the many guests. Mother Jane did not scold. Instead she comforted and had only kind words for her daughter. She proceeded to create something beautiful and delicious (and sanitary) out of the mess. The secret of this little tragedy remained between mother and daughter. And so we learned that Jane Katz, the legendary woman who was literally feared by legislators on Goat Hill as a ferocious advocate for the League of Women Voters of Alabama, was a very kind, loving (and inventive!) mother. Thank you, T.K., for sharing this personal and moving story with us.


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T. K. Thorne is a retired captain from the Birmingham Police Department and recently retired as the Executive Director of Birmingham’s Citizen Action Partnership (CAP) after many years of service. Thorne now spends much of her time on book tours around the country. She is the winner of several awards for her historical nonfiction books Noah’s Wife and Angels at the Gate.


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.

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Thank you for voting,
Greater Birmingham!


Unofficial 2016 Election Results for Jefferson County

Official 2016 Election Results The audit review required for certification of election results (state election result canvassing) takes place in the office each county judge of probate at 12:00 noon on the second Friday following the election. See the law: Alabama Code 17-12-15. When certified, results will be posted on this webpage.
Status of Provisional and Absentee Ballots Did your provisional or absentee ballot count? Check this webpage.


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The following election information remains posted for your information.

Are you ready for Election Day 2016?

AL candidate and amendment info. at Vote411.org

Check all our election resources.
Get the information you need to
register, get informed, and
VOTE on November 8, 2016.


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MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
ON NOVEMBER 8!
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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.


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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 jjohnson@lwvgb.org.

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.


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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
membership@lwvgb.org
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 jayme.rotch@clubcorp.com.


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!


*Complimentary Parking is available in the Regions-Harbert Plaza Parking Garage.

Visit LWVGB online at www.lwvgb.org
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“Dog Days of Summer”? Not! It’s a busy time for LWVGB voter registrations and election education.


CEASE FIRE BIRMINGHAM is an initiative of "comprehensive strategies to strengthen and educate communities and implement various methodologies to reduce violence where we Live, Work, Worship and Play." The work is happening in Birmingham public housing communities with CAFE (Community and Family Enrichment) Days. On Aug. 13, 2016, LWVGB participated at the kick-off event in Elyton Village with a well attended voter registration booth. Thank you Christopher L. Burrell, Esq. for inviting LWVGB to participate.

On Aug. 19, 2016, LWV of Greater Birmingham and Alabama visited the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB) to present a Voting and Election Workshop. Despite the rainy day, this event was well attended. We were pleased to educate the group about elections and the importance of voting and to answer questions. We were particularly pleased to register some older voters who had never voted.

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Ragland Blue Devils rock! The students at Ragland High School were excited to register to vote on May 11, 2016! We registered during lunch outside of the cafeteria and then in the classroom. Thank you to Ragland HS Principal Roy Bliss and Counselor Mary McCullars for welcoming us into the school. Thank you to Voter Service volunteers Maggie Howard (VS Co-Chair), Jean Johnson, and Chris Underwood for working with the students! And thank you to Pete Johnson for making the arrangements to host our team! See all the photos.

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Thank you Outgoing President Ida Tyree-Hyche, Esq. and all LWVGB members! YOU made it happen in 2015-2016!

And then it was time for the...
LWVGB Annual Business Meeting
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Dinner 5:00 p.m.
Business 5:30 p.m.
Sweet Tea Restaurant
2205 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233

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.


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Decision 2016
Thank you, Jefferson County Citizens and Judicial Candidates!
Great turnout! Great participation!

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Listen to the Decision 2016 Forum
Thank you to WBHM 90.3 FM and News Director Rachel Lindley for covering this event, making this recording, and inspiring JeffCo. citizens to become informed and vote.

Many thanks to the citizens and judicial candidates who turned out tonight, Feb. 8, for Decision 2016, a judicial candidate forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and the Upsilon Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.. All 2016 Jefferson County judicial candidates, those on both the Primary and General Election ballots, were invited, and a solid majority of the candidates were present.

There was standing room only at the Central Library Auditorium in downtown Birmingham to hear what the candidates had to say. The voters were eager to hear the candidates' views and background. Questions asked of the candidates included, "How have your training, legal experience, and interests prepared you to serve as circuit/district judge?" and "What do you consider the three most important attributes of a judge?" The voters were able to meet with the candidates one-on-one following the forum and ask their own questions. Attendees were also able to register to vote or change their registration information at this event.

We were pleased to have Ms. Rachel Lindley, WBHM 90.3 FM News Director, present at the forum to record the proceedings. Be sure to tune in to WBHM to hear more about the forum. Depending on the recording sound quality, excerpts may be broadcast.
Update: Listen to WBHM's recording of the forum.

We wish to extend special thanks to the Birmingham Public Library for the use of the library auditorium, an excellent venue for the event, and for the library's full support of this public service.


Thank you again to LWVGB President Ida Tyree-Hyche and UEO-AKA President Michelle D. Harris and the many LWVGB and UEO-AKA volunteers who helped make Decision 2016 such a great success. Photos will soon be available.

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ON @abc3340 Talk of Alabama 2/5/16, 9:45 am.
Ida Tyree-Hyche (LWVGB) and Ayla Russell (UEO-AKA) talk Decision 2016 Judicial Candidates Forum #alpolitics #JeffCoJudForum.

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LWVGB President Ida Tyree-Hyche and UEO-AKA's Ayla Russell invited Jefferson County citizens to meet and hear the 2016 judicial candidates on Monday, Feb. 8, 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Birmingham Central Library (main library downtown). They assured Talk of Alabama co-host Ebony Hall and the viewers that this is a nonpartisan forum and that voter registration/voter change of address service would be available. Also, they informed viewers that information and help would be available regarding restoration of voting rights. Attend Decision 2016 on Monday, Feb. 8 to meet and listen to our judicial candidates. Be an informed voter on March 1 and on November 8!

See the press release.



LWVGB Judicial Candidates Forum


Monday, February 8, 2016, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Birmingham Public Library
Central Branch Auditorium
2100 Park Place
Birmingham, AL
Map

Download this flyer.
Create/share forum information in your
social networks with
#JeffCoJudForum. Thank you!
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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.

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Alabama Party Primary Elections

March 1, 2016

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The "SEC Primaries" are right around the corner and Alabama is in that group of Party Primary Elections! Will you be ready to go to the polls on Tuesday, March 1 to cast your ballot?

  • Who's on your ballot?
  • Are you registered to vote?
  • Will you need to vote absentee?
  • Do you know what to carry with you to the polls?
So many questions and so little time! See our Learn and Vote section for answers to these questions and much more! And don't forget to attend our Jefferson County Decision 2016 Judicial Candidates Forum on Feb. 8. Details below!

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Money in Politics (MIP):
A National Study of American Campaign Finance

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On Sunday, January 17, 2016, LWVGB members gathered at the Vestavia Hill Library in the Forest to discuss unbiased research information on campaign finance and take consensus on this issue. Many thanks to the LWVGB "Money in Politics" Study Committee: Connie Arnwine, Chair, Haley Colson, and Nancy Ekberg for presenting the extensive study resource materials and to Yvonne Brakefield who served as Consensus Recorder. Discussion and consensus taking was restricted to LWVGB members, but the public was invited to attend and learn more about this issue so critical to American democracy.

We discussed:

  • Goals and purposes of campaign finance regulation
  • What activities should or should not be considered to be political corruption
  • 1st Amendment protections for speakers and activities in political campaigns (with regard to individuals, organizations, and the press)
  • Methods for regulating campaign finance to protect the democratic process

Members were asked to review the Money in Politics (MIP) Study Introduction and Overview and the unbiased background information and consensus questions on Money in Politics before attending so that they could lend their voices to the discussion. The members discussed the questions. Where consensus could be reached they either agreed or disagreed with the points proposed in the questions. In some cases there was divided opinion and no consensus was reached. The League will report both majority and minority opinions in the consensus report that will be submitted to the LWVUS. Reports such as this from local Leagues throughout the United States will be used to determine the League's updated national position on campaign finance. The proposed updated position will be voted on by the member delegates at the 2016 LWVUS Convention in Washington, D.C., June 16-19, 2016.

Other Resources for Your Consideration


You might be interested to review the League's summary chart of the
history of campaign finance reform in the United States and definitions of terms used in this study. If you would like to study campaign finance reform further, the national study committee has provided much more information and additional resources on MIP here (including these suggested readings on MIP).

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LWVGB wins grant to register high school students in the Birmingham Metro area.


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The LWVGB Voter Registration Services Committee applied for and was awarded a grant from the National League of Women Voters Education Fund to implement a Youth Voter Registration Project in the Greater Birmingham Metropolitan Area.   Our task is to bring voter education and registration events to high school seniors in Birmingham City, Bibb County and St Clair County.  The project will kick off in early January, 2016.

Members, please contact the League at 205 583-5000 to lend your help with this exciting project. Not a League member, but would like to help? We will welcome you! This is a great opportunity to join the League and get involved.

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LWVGB Holiday Dinner and Board Review reveals 2016 projects to strengthen democracy.

Tuesday, Dec. 15th
Sweet Tea Restaurant
2205 3rd Avenue S.
Birmingham, AL 35233

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December 15, 2015 --
A message from the President...

"YOUR League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham's Board of Directors' presented a briefing to the LWVGB General Membership tonight. The Directors did an excellent job communicating what the League has done since August and the League's directions in 2016. Highlights: The League applied and was just awarded a Grant for voter registration and education services within inner city high schools in Birmingham, St. Clair and Bibb Counties. The League will be conducting a Consensus Study among its membership on "Money in Politics," and the League will host a judicial Candidates Forum. We were pleased to have several past Presidents present: Leonette Slay, Yvonne Brakefield, and Trish Crain. We were pleased to welcome our new member who joined in September: Javan Patton. We were equally pleased to welcome back Sheila Tyson. Directors giving reports were: Starr Culpepper - Membership, Nancy Sales - Voter Services & Outreach and Maggie Howard - Voter Services & Outreach, Barbara Powell - Observers' Corps, and Jean Johnson - Communications. Consider
joining or making a donation to the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham. Visit our website at www.lwvgb.org. We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization. The organization is also open for male membership. Currently our Chapter has several male members."

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Ida Tyree Hyche, Esq., President LWVGB

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LWVGB Holiday Dinner!

Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 2015


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!


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Nov. 13, 2015

"Alabama agrees with DOJ to comply with motor voter law" via al.com

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Get a Photo Voter ID if you need one. It's required to vote in Alabama!


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Do you need to get a valid PHOTO voter ID? It is required to vote in the state of Alabama, so don't get caught without one when the next election rolls around! Acceptable IDs include a valid driver's license, valid passport, or in-state college/university/technical/professional school photo ID. (See the complete list of acceptable photo voter ID here.) If you do not have an acceptable photo voter ID, you will need to get one in order to vote! You can also get one at the DMV office in these area counties when getting a driver's license or renewing your license: Jefferson, Shelby, Blount, Bibb (if open), St. Clair (if open), Tuscaloosa, or Walker Co.. Also, the Secretary of State's Mobile ID units tour the state. See the AL Mobile ID Unit schedule here


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League of Women Voters of Alabama sees DMV closures as threat to voting rights; calls for state legislation to suspend Voter ID Law

View and share LWVAL press release here.

The League of Women Voters of Alabama sees DMV closures as a threat to voting rights. The LWVAL calls for state legislation that would suspend the state’s voter photo ID law until the driver’s licensing centers are reopened. On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, the League of Women Voters of Alabama sent out a press release and an open letter to Alabama government leaders Gov. Robert Bentley, House Speaker Mike Hubbard, and President Pro Tempore Del Marsh, calling for this action. View and share the press release with letter.

Update: On Oct. 16, 2015, Gov. Bentley ordered ALEA to open closed AL DMV offices one day per month and denies racial motives for original closings. Read.


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National Voter Registration Day a great success in Birmingham, AL!

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In celebration of National Voter Registration Day 2015, LWVGB held four voter registration events on three Birmingham college campuses. League volunteers registered voters on Sept. 22, 2015, at Jefferson State Community College - Center Point Campus, Lawson State Community College - Birmingham Campus, and Brown Mackie - Birmingham Campus. LWVGB wishes to thank Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Upsilon Eta Omega Chapter for their partnership and volunteer service at the LawsonState event. Thank you especially to AKA Sorority Sister Kristen Heard for her volunteer service and the photographs provided here of the Lawson State registration. Thank you LWVGB member Yvonne Brakefield for photos of the Jeff State registration event and to Leonette Slay for the photo taken at the Brown Mackie registration. And thank you to all League registration volunteers Yvonne Brakefield and Jean Johnson (Jeff State), Nancy Sales (with Kristen Heard) (Lawson State), Margaret "Maggie" Howard and Judith Hand (Brown Mackie - noon shift), and Leonette Slay, Michael O'Donnell, and Jo Taylor (Brown Mackie - evening shift). And finally we wrapped up National Voter Registration week with a spectacular registration drive at Jefferson State Community College Shelby Campus in Hoover on Sept. 24. Thank to all LWVGB volunteers, AKA-UEO volunteers, and college staff who collaborated to make this the most outstanding National Voter Registration celebration ever held in the Greater Birmingham area. The many newly registered voters are the real winners!. See the photos.

And we're just getting started! Find upcoming LWVGB registration in the column at left or browse our calendar. Bring your friends. We'll get all of you registered to vote. It only takes a few minutes. We need YOU to make democracy work!

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***** CALL TO ACTION BELOW
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UPDATE ON THIS ISSUE 9/17/15, 12:05 p.m.: AL Legislature has passed and Gov. Bentley has signed the state budget into law. Read the story here and here. The Second Special Session of the Alabama Legislature adjourned Sept. 16, 2015.

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$300 million of additional tax revenue is needed to prevent severe cuts in the Alabama General Fund budget.

LWVGB urges members and the public to call their legislators to ask for $300 million in new tax revenue. We must have this additional revenue in order to sustain programs that are vital to the most vulnerable citizens in our Greater Birmingham community. Members of the Alabama legislature and the governor cannot come to an agreement on the state budget, and a number of legislators have publicly stated that they are not hearing "an outcry" from the public regarding cuts to the budget. Let's change that! We join with the League of Women Voters of Alabama and Alabama Arise in calling for increased state revenue. This is a matter of urgency.
Please see this Call to Action issued by the League of Women Voters of Alabama and take immediate action. Thank you!


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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 lwvgbreception2015@lwvgb.org 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 lwvgbreception2015@lwvgb.org by Tuesday, September 15 to RSVP. Complimentary parking will be available for the reception in the Regions-Harbert Plaza Parking Garage.



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Register to Vote!
#CelebrateNVRD

Are you registered to vote? Have you moved since the 2014 elections? We're celebrating American democracy and National Voter Registration Day (Sept. 22) by registering voters in the Greater Birmingham area. Find a LWVGB voter registration location near you.

  • Sept. 15 - Jeff State Community College Shelby-Hoover Campus - 12:30-2:30 pm
More locations soon!

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Happy Birthday to the 19th Amendment!
Ratified Aug. 18, 1920
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The League of Women Voters has worked for many
decades for women's suffrage. See this nostalgic
19th Amendment slide show.


Women received the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920. It was first introduced in Congress in 1878. Alabama ratified the amendment on Sept. 8, 1953. The vote was not, in fact, assured for all until the National Voting Rights Act of 1965. (That act has been under attack and weakened in recent years. We hope you will join the LWV in restoring the #VRA!)

Flash back now with School House Rock's take on the 19th Amendment!

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The National Voting Rights Act: What does it matter?

A lot! How did the Voting Rights Act of 1965 expand voting access in the United States? What was the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in 2013 to essentially make Section V of the Voting Rights Act (Shelby v. Holder) inoperable? In an interview with journalist Ari Berman, National Public Radio offers this overview of the weakened NVR and discriminatory attempts to restrict free, fair, and accessible elections. (Thank you to
LWV Mobile for pointing out this piece.)

Also see this article "50 Years After the Voting Rights Act Became Law, It Needs to be Restored" by LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara.



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LWVGB Board Orientation and Planning


Saturday, August 1, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. mingle
9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. business

Vestavia Library
1221 Montgomery Hwy
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

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New Board Members and outgoing LWVGB President Yvonne Brakefield attended. Breakfast pastries, coffee, juice, fruit, were available throughout the morning compliments of Yvonne. Thank you, Yvonne. Outgoing LWVAL Co-president Leonette Slay led orientation in the first segment. Thank you, Leonette! Via teleconference, current LWVAL President Anne Permaloff reviewed the state League's priorities and planned projects for the coming year. Thank you, Anne! Minutes will be available soon on this website in the Members section.

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NEWS FROM THE STATE LEAGUE...
An Open letter to Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard


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The Alabama Legislature convened the 2015 First Special Session in an effort to pass a General Fund Budget for the coming fiscal year which begins on Oct. 1. When the session adjourned on August 11, a budget had not passed. Call for a Second Special Session is expected. The League of Women Voters of Alabama has made the following statement with accompanying letter to AL House Speaker Hubbard:

Alabama needs sustainable, equitable, long-term solutions to our state's fiscal problems, not short-term quick fixes. And let there be open discussion during the budget making process so that citizens are aware and can express their views, not announcement after deals are made behind closed doors. On July 27, 2015, LWVAL sent this open letter to Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard expressing the League's views.


Keep up with this state-wide issue on the LWVAL website at
www.lwval.org. To contact your state legislature with your own views on this or any other issue before the Alabama Legislature (in your own name, not in the name of the League), you can get contact information for your legislators here. You can follow all legislation at the Alabama Legislative Information System Online (ALISON). Bills that impact the League's Principles and LWVAL issue positions are reported in the LWVAL Legislative Report here.

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LWVGB Annual Business Meeting 2015


LWVGB Annual Business Meeting
was held
Thursday, June 18th, 5:30 p.m.
Sweet Tea Restaurant
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2205 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
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Call to LWVGB Business Meeting 2015

This letter from LWVGB President Yvonne Brakefield was sent to the membership on May 8, 2015 and in a reminder on June 15, 2015.


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.

In league,
~ Yvonne

LWVGB Business for 2015-2016


Subject to LWVGB member review and approval at the Annual Business Meeting on June 18th. Please read and consider before attending the meeting.
Note: If you are a member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and need assistance in accessing these pages, contact Jean Johnson at jjohnson@lwvgb.org or 205 222-2097.

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LWVGB Members Participate in LWVAL 2015 State League Convention


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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!


Picnicking in Railroad Park on a Beautiful Sunday Afternoon? What Fun!


We pitched blankets on "The Hillside" just west of the lake and the "17th St. Plaza" (the pavilion) in Birmingham's Railroad Park on Sunday afternoon, April 12, 2015. We didn't have a reserved space, so just caught an available space. Here's a map showing the area where we met. A few of our members gathered about 2:30. We learned that Birmingham's Railroad Park is a great place to have a picnic and some very interesting conversation! We had no set agenda but talked about whatever topics picnickers wanted to discus. We talked about AL tax needs and tax reform, transparency in government, the recent Birmingham tax referendum for schools, the upcoming LWVAL Convention in Auburn, AL and the prison reform panel discussion to be held (May 2), good books we've read, and much more. So good to have Robyn Hyden join the conversation along with Nancy Sales, Yvonne Brakefield and Pete and Jean Johnson. We even had kisses from Trigger, the Johnson's Staffy/Jack Russell mix join the crowd. A new League mascot? Hmmm...


Below is a map of the genereal area where we met. Check out the picnic photos here. Let's do it again soon!

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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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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...

Other Election Resources



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Members and Guests enjoyed the LWVGB Annual Membership Mixer 2014!


... and brought many friends!
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See all the photos!

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, 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!

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, 2014, LWVGB Celebrated National Voter Registration Day!


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 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, 2014! #CelebrateNVRD

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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 2014 election was 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.

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LWVGB Board
Orientation and Planning Meeting
was held
Saturday, July 12, 2014
9:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
Vestavia Public Library
Historical Room
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 jjohnson@lwvgb.org or at 205 870-3063.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2014-2015

OFFICERS:

President (2014-2015)
Yvonne Brakefield

Vice President (2014-2015)
Ida Tyree-Hyche

Secretary (2014-2015)
Joan Burroughs

Treasurer (2014-2016)
Michael O'Donnell


DIRECTORS:

Nancy Ekberg (2013-2015)

Jean Johnson (2014-2016)

Joyce Lanning (2013-2015)

Barbara Powell (2014-2016)

Nancy Sales (2013-2015)

Ann Smith (2013-2015)



COMMITTEES / PORTFOLIOS

Committees / portfolios and persons holding those positions will be determined at the LWVGB Orientation and Planning Meeting on July 12, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Vestavia Public Library in the Historical Room.


OFF-BOARD

Off-board committees will be created by the board as needed.



NOMINATING COMMITTEE
2014-2015

Mary Lynn Bates, Chair

One member seat open.

One other member to be appointed by/from Board.



OTHER

Recent Past Presidents

Trisha Powell Crain (2013-2014)

Cyrondys Jackson (2012-2013)

Ida Tyree-Hyche (2011-2012)

Leonette Slay (2011)

Sarah McDonald (2009-2011)

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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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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.

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, 2014 @ 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:

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Thank you for voting Birmingham!

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? Check here 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.

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LWVGB Holiday Luncheon

Dec. 7, 2013
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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  (http://www.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!)


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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
Niki's West
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.

Meeting Agenda

Documents for Member Consideration

NOTE: These business documents are in the members' area of the LWVGB website. All documents except proposed budgets are in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format. Budgets are in Excel .xlsx format. If you are a member and need access or viewing assistance, please contact Jean Johnson at jjohnson@lwvgb.org, 205 222-2097 cell, or 205 870-3063.

See you June 13

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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.


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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.

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