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July 2020
President's Letter
Dear Members,

We have wrapped up our 2019-2020 year and are looking forward to continuing with our program agenda in 2020-2021.  At our June Transitional Board Meeting, we welcomed 3 new members to the Board:  Julianne Bonwit from Forest Part, Judith Crown from Oak Park, and Jane Hastings from River Forest.  Michelle Fitz-Henry will be our new Vice President, along with Joan Petertil.  Mary Haley has stepped down after four years of dedicated service as Vice President and former Vice President Kathy Balk will serve one more year as Director.  Sarah Shirk will be handing over the responsibilities of Treasurer to returning former President, Pauline Koch.  We thank all outgoing officers for their contributions to the League and wish them all well, and look forward to working with our new Directors.

June has been a tumultuous month as we begin to enter stage 4 of recovery from Covid-19, an indication that Illinoisans have been successful in slowing the spread of the virus.  

 The death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, adding "the final straw" to numerous deaths of Black and Brown people at the hands of local law enforcement in the U.S., resulted in huge protests throughout the world which have lead to a reexamination of policing throughout the country.  In Oak Park, the Mayor has called for an evaluation of police use-of-force policies and issues of police violence and systemic racism by an outside, impartial party.  River Forest will hold public forums to examine the relationship between the community and law enforcement.  The arrest of a River Forest man, who recently was charged with a hate crime, inspired a joint march of Maywood and River Forest citizens through both villages, and resulted in a historic covenant between them.

T hese issues are in part points of discussion in the LWV IL Criminal Justice Update Study commencing this summer and culminating in a statewide vote next June.  Our local committee currently has four members.  We hope more will join us in reviewing and approving the materials from LWV IL so that we can move forward with updating our position. This will enable us to support criminal justice reform legislation in the future.  

During the last week of June, some of us are attending caucuses and LWV sessions at the 54 th 2020 LWV US National Convention.  Usually held in Washington D.C., everything is being held virtually.  Pre-Convention Caucus topics included Climate Emergency, Criminal Justice Reform, Privacy and Cyber Security, Youth Vote, and others. 

There will be no meetings in July, as we take a hiatus at this time each year, but we are planning our Fall Kickoff and look forward to the upcoming election season, voter registration drives and candidate forums.  

Have a great summer!

Beverly Graham
Fair Tax Support
On June 23, the LWV OPRF Board became one of the first local Leagues to endorse the Fair Tax as part of LWV IL's statewide push to pass the Fair Tax in November. LWV IL is an early partner of Vote Yes for Fair Tax, a nonpartisan ballot committee working for the Fair Tax by recruiting organizational and individual endorsers. Read about Who We Are  here, and more about the Fair Tax  here.   Are you ready to become an individual endorser yourself? Our Board members are taking this opportunity, and we hope you will too by following  this link
Suffrage Stamp
On August 18, the United States Post Office will issue the Suffrage Stamp. Our lobbying efforts have paid off! Mark your calendars now to visit your local post office and buy these forever stamps.
Fair Tax Presentation
On Tuesday, July 14, Ralph Martire, the Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, will be doing a presentation on the Fair Tax in Illinois at 7:00 pm. This Zoom presentation is open to the public and sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois and LWV LaGrange Area. To register for the presentation, go here. There will be a question and answer session following the presentation.
Membership Renewal
LWV OPRF is now accepting membership renewals. Go online here to renew or print out the mail-in form here. Whatever way you choose to renew, please renew now. Your local League thanks you!
Suffrage Shows
In July, WTTW will be showing three different films on the women's suffrage movement. All shows will start at 9:00pm. On July 2, "One Woman, One Vote" will be shown; on July 6 and 7, the two part film, "The Vote: American Experience"; and on July 9, "By One Vote: Women's Suffrage in the South." You can check out WTTW's schedule page here.
Week in Preview
The Week in Preview will take a hiatus for the month of July. We look forward to starting our new League year in August. Contact Peggy Kell if you have any questions or would like to add any calendar items for the website.
Sister, Sister
LWV Cook County   June 26

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