Date: Sunday, October 2nd
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Place: Lakeside Park Band Stand (off Bellevue Avenue, between Children's Fairyland and the Lake Merritt Shore)
Join the reenactment of the first suffrage parade in California! Period dress encouraged but not
necessary. The parade will be led by the Montclair Women's Jazz Quartet and will be escorted
by Girl Scouts of America. All are welcome!
Judging from the newspaper ad inserts, it's back to school time again. Notebook filler paper, backpacks, and cute little pencil cases remind us how important the education of our children is to the life of all communities. So do the dire warnings of cuts to education budgets, and the intense debate over testing, standards, and fairness. The "League-like" response is not to sit and fret, but to turn to our method of "study--consensus-action."
A national League committee spent nearly a year on an impartial, in-depth review and analysis of the appropriate role for the federal government in public education. Our own hard-working LWVO Education Committee, along with counterparts in local Leagues across the country, then studied and analyzed the materials from LWVUS.
Now they are presenting this information to you, our members, together with questions for discussion and group decision. The results of the decisions, known as "consensus" in League lingo, will be communicated back to the national League from local Leagues all around the country. LWVUS will use the consensus to write a position statement that will be used as a basis for advocacy. National League will be able to support or oppose legislation, lobby elected officials, and influence public opinion, knowing that we have studied the issue thoroughly and that they speak for the grass roots membership. This process of study-consensus-action is at the heart of how we do business as a League. Here's your chance to take part in a national consensus: come to the September 10th kick-off meeting and the follow-up meetings - see details in this VOTER.
Looking a little further ahead in the fall: on October 2 we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in California with a parade and all the attendant hoopla. Come join the parade, a reminder of our history, of how far we have come in just 100 years, and a chance to have some fun - see the story in this VOTER.
As an Observer, you will attend meetings of City Council Committees or City Boards and Commissions, wearing an LWV pin to identify yourself, and then report back to the League about what happens at the meetings by filling out a brief form. Observers do not speak or act on issues discussed at meetings, but rather, gather information to help the League keep abreast of city issues. Your mere presence as an Observer also helps create more transparent government by reminding government officials that someone is watching. Observer reports are a critical tool for helping the League's Action Committee decide where and when our efforts are needed.
If you are interested in becoming a League Observer, or want to learn about the Observer Corps, please contact Echa Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510 847-6129.
Carole worked for Oakland Parks and Recreation as a program planner and administrator for many years, then joined U.C. Extension, through which she became a trainer and consultant with the U.S. Army, developing services for children at bases in Germany and around this country.
Perhaps because of this background, Carole is particularly interested in the League's new and active Education Committee, and as an "at-large" member of the Board of Directors she will have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of LWVO projects.
The national League has a longstanding position that the federal government shares with other levels of government the responsibility to provide equality of opportunity for education for all persons in the United States. However, recent laws and initiatives that give the federal government a larger role in early childhood and K-12 education led many local Leagues to conclude that was is time for a League study to develop a position that would allow the League to speak out and act on these issues. After approval by the LWVUS Program Planning Committee and the LWVUS Board, this education study was adopted at the 2010 Convention.
The scope of the study adopted by LWVUS is two-fold--common core standards, and equity and funding. The national study committee has developed background papers and study questions to guide a process leading to consensus and a position.
A study is a League-wide activity. In order to involve as many members as possible, local Leagues are called on to establish their own study committees for education and discussion, solicit broad participation by both LWV members and the public, and arrive at their own consensus to be forwarded to the national committee. The LWVO Education Committee has been working on this study for several months, and is organizing three public forums to address the relevant issues. All LWVO members are urged to become involved in this effort. The first public forum will be our kick-off program on September 10. See the details.
If you would like more information on the LWVUS study on the role of the federal government in education, check out the LWVUS website:.
All Education Study Forums will be held 10 am-noon
at the Oakland Main Public Library Auditorium, 125 -
14th Street (between Madison and Oak Streets). Consensus
on the LWVUS Study questions related to the
topics will be taken at each meeting with a review of
all questions on November 5.
Saturday, September 10--Forum 1: Study Introduction with speaker Delaine Eastin
Saturday, October 1--Forum 2: Common Core Standards and Assessments
Saturday, November 5--Forum 3: Equity and Funding for Public Education; including funding for Disadvantaged Children and Early Childhood Education
All Education Study Forums will be held 10 am-noon at the Oakland Main Public Library Auditorium, 125 - 14th Street (between Madison and Oak Streets). Consensus on the LWVUS Study questions related to the topics will be taken at each meeting with a review of all questions on November 5.
The LWVC group that attended the LWVUS Council in June prepared a working plan outline for a Community Education Project on State and Local Finance. We also applied, in May 2011, to The San Francisco Foundation for a grant to help fund the project. We are waiting to hear back from the Foundation. We need members who are interested in researching, writing, and editing community education materials. The timeline for the project is July 2011 to June 2012.
We are working in partnership with other organizations, such as the Greenlining Institute, to achieve our goals
to provide easier to access and digest community education materials on this crucial topic. These materials
could range from a pared down "Easy Voter Guide" level to a much more in depth analysis and could include
"house party" packets with power points, handouts, videos etc. These materials would be distributed through a
wide variety of channels including local League activities such as community forums, placement in public libraries,
and announcements on social networking sites. The essential purpose of this project, and the resulting materials, is to answer the following:
▪ How we got here: budget history and how the
economy affects the state budget
▪ Where the money comes from and where it goes: state, regional, and local governments
▪ Initiative process: why it's important when talking about state budget
▪ Current California budget reality: why is it so bad?
▪ Taxes: California's current system and who pays for what
▪ Who pays for California's education system?
We also will take a critical look at redevelopment financing and tax increment financing. Finally, we plan to compare how California is doing in these areas in relation to the other states.
If you would like to participate in this project or have questions or comments, please email Helen Hutchison (email@example.com).
They were not successful, but it was the FIRST suffrage parade ever held in California. This parade of over 300 women re-energized the suffrage movement which led to the successful passage of the suffrage referendum in 1911, after the defeat of suffrage in 1896.
On the October 10, 1911 ballot included a suffrage referendum from the legislature and at least eight other items. In the Bay Area only Berkeley voted in favor of suffrage. It was soundly defeated in San Francisco and Oakland, the two big cities in Bay Area Counties.
By the time all the votes were counted the women won the vote, but the regions that put them in the winners' column were the farm counties. In San Francisco and Los Angeles the newspapers carried headlines announcing the defeat of suffrage again - a repeat of the 1896 referendum. Remarkably, a single vote in each precinct, just over 3,000, turned the tide for suffrage and by the end of the day, October 11, the tallies were final and suffrage won.
The Centennial Event
This is an opportunity for Oakland to shine with pride by reenacting California's first suffrage parade. A number of organizations in Oakland are coming together for the Suffrage Parade on Sunday, October 2, including LWV, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Oakland Heritage Alliance, Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), ACLU, Girl Scouts of America, and more.
Note on Suffrage Colors: Purple symbolizes Courage and Justice, White is for Purity of Purpose, and Yellow is for Hope, which comes from the suffrage campaign in Kansas--the Sunflower State!
The LWVO issues for emphasis for 2011-2012 are:
▪ Expand the reach and impact of the LWVO, including efforts to expand the Observer Corp and provide active support for the Public Ethics Commission.
▪ Encourage increased transparency in city government, with special emphasis on the harnessing of new technologies to make government information more accessible to the public, such as the provision of unfiltered data about city finances and operations in machine readable format.
▪ Educate members and the public about city finance and budgeting issues.
▪ Educate members and the public about economic development, job growth, and enterprise districts.
▪ Advocate for campaign finance reform. You will be hearing more about all of these, and opportunities to get involved with those that interest you most, during the coming year.
After remarks from LWVO President Katherine Gavzy, the business portion of the meeting was adjourned and we were treated to an informative and engaging presentation by the founder of Next 10, Noel Perry. Next10 is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that encourages Californians to think about the next ten years and beyond.
One of the tools developed by Next 10 is the interactive simulation known as the California Budget Challenge. The simulation contains information about various California revenue sources and spending programs, and allows participants to vote on the choices they would make to balance the state's $90 billion General Fund budget. Using this hands-on simulation we were able to balance the state budget in just under an hour! True, we were not constrained by many of the issues faced by our legislature, particularly the need for a two-thirds vote to raise revenue, but it was instructive and enlightening just the same.
If you are interested in taking the California Budget Challenge on your own, you can find it on the Next 10 website:.
To address this pressing challenge the LWV of the Bay Area Education Fund and the LWV of Berkeley- Albany-Emeryville will host a senior mobility forum featuring many speakers with expertise on transportation and aging.
When: Wednesday, September 21, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Where: Berkeley Public Library at 2090 Kittredge Street (off Shattuck Avenue)
This event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call (510) 839-1608.
Your statement as a League member will be that you are committed to providing non-biased, well-researched information to voters, and that the issues your League follows are those that affect every area in Oakland: schools, public safety, local government, parks, our economy, and more.
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Georgia D.L. Frazier
Gretchen and Leonard Nielson
Changes to the Roster
New email for Bruce Jacobs
New address for John and Megan Chenowet:
Congratulations to New
At the Annual Meeting in June the following women were
honored for their membership in LWVO for 50 years.