While the August heat was good for the tomato crop, it was awfully hot so the September weather is a nice respite. September also marks the beginning of the 97th program year for the League of Women Voters of Oak Park and River Forest, and it’s hard to imagine the work ever being more vital.
The world is seeing the “smash-mouth reality of climate change” (Governor Gavin Newsom), Covid is roaring back, partisan politics remain divisive, reproductive rights are under assault, and dis-information is rampant. For Pete’s sake, the CDC had to state you’re not a horse, you’re not a cow, so stop it ya’ll! Also, like 100 years ago, the right for every citizen to vote is under attack by people who swore an oath to defend and protect democracy.
The fight continues though with environmental, voter’s services, advocacy, and civic education work, and we stay resilient through kindness, books, gardens and music. We find hope in Bishop Desmond Tutu’s words “Do your little good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
Please plan on participating in the September 23 annual kick-off event: SOS Democracy: The Fight for Voter’s Rights. Guests from Common Cause and the ACLU IL will discuss how the restrictive voting laws being enacted across the country threaten the fundamental principle of democracy: fair, open and trusted elections. See below for details.
The Grace Wilbur Trout marker dedication was inspiring and a reminder that we do indeed stand on the shoulders of those that came before us. The marker is one of 250 on the National Votes for Women Trail in over 2200 sites across the nation. A special thanks to members Marge Massarello and Mary Ann Porucznik for their work with the 19th Century Charitable Association and the OPRF Historical Society in making this a reality. Also, a thumbs-up to member Leslie Lauderdale for being a photographer extraordinaire and posting the wonderful pictures and videos of the dedication on the LWV OPRF Facebook page.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy Labor Day.
Joan and Jane