Volume 81, No. 9, May 2020

May 2020
 8—Natural Resources*
13—Board Meeting
14—Virtual League Day
15—June Voter articles due
20—Unit Meetings

June 2020
10—Board Meeting
12—July Voter articles due
25—Virtual Annual Meeting

*Committee meetings. These and other meetings will be virtual via conferencing software during the COVID outbreak. See “The Grapevine” page in this issue for details. Check with your committee chairs on how meetings will be held during the COVID outbreak. 
League Day: Fair Elections
Alma Couverthie
May’s League Day will be all about action: LWVUS National Organizing Director Alma Couverthie (seen at right) will fill us in on current LWVUS advocacy and present ways we can take part in this effort. We will also get firsthand information on plans for the November election from L.A. County Registrar staff. 
Date: Thursday, May 14
Time: 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Where: In your home, courtesy of Zoom 😀
Charge: Free—but a contribution to LWV-PA is welcome now more than ever, at our Donations page
How to attend? Please register no later than May 12:
  • online at LWV-PA.org/events (preferred)
  • via an email to office@lwv-pa.org, or
  • by calling the office at 626-798-0965
You will need to provide your email address, where you will receive an invitation with a link to join the meeting. For security, only those who register will receive the link.

Changes, challenges, and new choices: As we respond bravely to a new world, we are proving we can adapt and move forward at the same time, forging a new normal and getting on with the work of democracy. 
COVID Updates
Our League website is updated continually with articles on COVID-19 by our Healthcare co-chairs Margan and Thad Zajdowicz. Their series of deeply informative articles can be accessed at www.lwv-pa.org (and there is a link to our website in this e- Voter ). We encourage you to visit in order to stay up to date on rapid developments surrounding the outbreak.
Coming Soon—Membership Renewal

In early June, you will be receiving your LWV-PA Membership Renewal notice. We understand that during this time of social distancing and stay-at-home orders, your LWV-PA membership may not be a top priority in your life. On the other hand, we have a critical voting year ahead, with perhaps the most consequential general election in a generation. Your membership will be more important than ever before. With the risks of voter suppression, disengagement, and the chaos that seems to exist in our voting system, the League’s mission of making democracy work is being challenged—and it has never been more important to strengthen it. We encourage you to return your membership renewal and keep the LWV-PA the strong League that it is. There is much to be done in the coming year, and, with your support, the League can continue its mission to make democracy work for all. You make a difference!

(For details, watch lwv-pa.org .)

May 14, 2020
Virtual League Day
Voting during a Pandemic

June 25, 2020
Virtual League Day
Annual Meeting
Housing and COVID

COVID-19 has awakened our common compassion for those impacted by the pandemic. It has also exposed how close many of us are to losing our homes. 
March to November

Questions and concerns about the upcoming general election in L.A. County: the new vote center system, vote-by-mail options, and thoughts about how the coronavirus outbreak will have its impact on voting in November. 
April 2020

The LWV-PA Board met on April 8, 2020. Get an overview of this month's key League business, activities, and decisions during the meeting!

May Units

Unit meetings take place in smaller virtual settings to empower, encourage, inform, and uplift. Come join the Units this month on the third Wednesday, May 20.
Use of Deadly Force

LWV-PA and numerous local Leagues are part of a statewide campaign to urge local police departments and governing bodies to implement the language of the AB 392 as passed. President Pat Coulter’s letter to Pasadena Police Chief John Perez, also to be signed by a LWVC official, will offer local Leagues a model for use with local jurisdictions.
DEI Spotlight

As COVID-19 exposes societal fault lines, it’s no longer business as usual. Let’s take advantage of this time to reflect on what it means to make real change for our social, not just physical, health—so we’ll be more resilient and better prepared for what lies ahead.
Voting by Mail

In these COVID times, it behooves all of us to make sure we can exercise the franchise this fall. Check your status and consider voting by mail. Here’s how. 
School Board Observations

LWV-PA’s School Board Observers register their reports on developments in the Arcadia and Pasadena Unified School Districts. 
Zoom Tips

 Virtual League Days will now use the video-conferencing program Zoom. With Zoom, you can join with your computer, tablet, or phone. While you don’t need to be a technical whiz, it does help to prepare and learn ahead of time. We have provided some tips for you in this issue of the Voter and on our website.
LWV-PA History

From the LWV-PA archives, a window on another election year and the League’s key role in educating the public. A reminder of our historic and essential work, never more important than it is today.
Single-Use Plastics
Limiting Single-Use Plastics 
On Thursday, April 16, the LWV-PA cosponsored an interactive meeting that included a panel of experts and local activists. The meeting, conducted via Zoom, was the first event of a campaign to limit single-use plastics in our community and explore the ecological and economic implications that taking such action might have for improving our environment. For more information about this campaign and how to get involved, contact the Natural Resources Committee at naturalresources@lwv-pa.org . Find out how you can make changes that can contribute to solutions. —Maureen Johnston
Book Corner: Eyes to the Wind

Lawyer, social activist, leader of the Fed Up campaign, and co-founder of the Be a Hero PAC, Ady Barkan narrates his journey from becoming the country’s most influential progressive activist to battling ALS, advocating for healthcare reform, and inspiring his two children–and all of us.

News from your League committees. You are always welcome to join or just sit in. Many committees are now connecting via Zoom and other online video conferencing services; check with your committee chair for meeting status and to learn more about this easy, safe way to join with others virtually. Committee membership is both rewarding and fun, and it does the good work for which the League is known. 
Printing Your Voter

A step-by-step, illustrated mini-tutorial on printing your own copy of the  Voter . Piece of cake (or, rather, paper)! 

Voter Editor – Chris Moose
Web Coordinators – Laurie Barlow, Peter Zavala
e- Voter Coordinator – Gayle Oswald
The LWV-PA Voter is an electronic newsletter. The ten issues per year are free to members. Non-members may subscribe to the e- Voter for $20 a year by calling 626-798-0965 or emailing office@lwv-pa.org .

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