VOTER newsletter
March 2019-Volume 71, Issue No.2

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League of Women Voters

San Jose / Santa Clara

P. O. Box 5374
San Jose, California 95150 

President's Message

Mary Collins
 Mary Collins  President,  LWV SJ/SC
This month I want to reflect on the League's efforts to realize Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in our efforts and our membership. February 14 we celebrated the 99th anniversary of our founding in 1920 at the last meeting of the National Women's Suffrage association in Chicago. Over those years we proudly worked for and achieved many gains for a better democracy.
At the National convention in 2018, we were introduced to the transformational journey, a reorganization to align efforts and establish a message that would validate our existence for the next century. A second pillar for this effort is the embracing of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in all our actions- to be an effective agent for democracy, we must engage our entire community.
Our League is committed to achieving diversity, equity and inclusion in our membership, committees, community actions and alliances. At program planning DEI was supported as a key issue for 2019-20.
As we look at ourselves, broadening our membership may seem daunting. With the support of LWVUS and LWVC, we are stepping up this effort. As the LWVUS Policy states
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are central to the organization's current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy.
To learn more go to the LWVUS website-DEI.
Thank you for keeping our League vital, and I know you support our efforts.


Thank you to the following member
for  contributions for our League:

Susan Devencenzi

Lunch with League - March 21, 11:00am
San José Hope Village and Homelessness in Santa Clara County
Speaker: Jacquie Heffner, San José Hope Village

Jacquie Heffner
Our March speaker is Jacquie Heffner from San José Hope Village. Hope Village organizes and develops successful tent communities of varying sizes for homeless individuals. Hope Villages' goal is to provide a safe, clean, protected space to live on a continuous basis and a path for personal development--until permanent housing is available.

Jacquie has lived in the Bay Area her entire life. For over 40 years she has been engaged with community activities including founding a neighborhood association, serving on San Jose's Mobile Home Advisory Commission and founding the community group "San Jose Residents for Housing Solutions."
She has also helped to organize many local community events, including the Million Mom March and the Woman's March. She has a degree in Public Relations from SJSU and is currently working on homelessness issues in Santa Clara County.
Jacquie Heffner
San  José Hope Village
T opic: A Safe, Clean Protected Space to Live while Homeless

Thursday, March 21, 11:00am to 1pm

Free Parking is across the street from the restaurant.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 19th by going to and filling out the form, including your choice of entree. Beverages include coffee, ice tea, and soda. Select entree: Grilled Chicken Salad; Sausage, Mushroom, and Peppers Sandwich; Minestrone Soup and half Italian Combo on Roll (Capicollo, provolone, vinaigrette, lettuce and tomatoes); Siciliana Salad (Mixed Green Salad, Oranges, Tomatoes, Onion, Anchovies, Olives); Burger (w/cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, with fries); Penne Palermo. You may also RSVP by sending an email with your choice of entree  to or call Marie Arnold,  629-5340.

We meet at 11:00am and are served lunch at 11:30am. The guest speaker begins her talk at noon for 15-20 minutes and then invites attendees to ask questions and give comments. LwL ends at 1pm. 

The price of lunch is $20 payable in cash at the door or, if you don't want to worry about having cash, you can prepay just after you register by using PayPal which will take a credit card or a personal PayPal account. 


Save the April Date!

Spring Into the League! 

Join us in April for our member event -  Spring Into the League
Choose one of two convenient times to hear about the League's planned activities for 2019. Whether you are a long-time member, a new member or are interested in becoming a member this event will highlight our goals and activities for the year. Find out how you can work with other League members to influence our community and make a difference. And, share this engaging event -- bring a friend!

Mark your calendars, more information will be coming.....
Saturday, April 13, 10:00am
Thursday, April 25, 6:00pm

New Options for Green Electricity in San José
Join the Climate Change/Natural Resources Committee
With the launch of San Jose Clean Energy, the LWV is encouraging San Jose residents and businesses to read these materials provided by the City of San José to better understand the benefits of the new options for green  electricity. 

Our Climate Change /Natural Resources Committee of the LWV of San Jose/Santa Clara has been following and strongly supports the start of the program. Members who are interested in these developments are welcome to join the Committee which meets monthly, the first Thursday at 11 am.  

New Citizen Naturalization Ceremonies and Voter Registration
Cheryl Fuelleman, Chair, Voter Service Committee
Voting in federal elections is both a right and a responsibility that comes with U.S. citizenship. After individuals take the  Oath of Allegiance at the administrative ceremony, they have the opportunity to register to vote. 

Every month from January through September, one of the five county Leagues is responsible for manning the Voter Registration Table at the New Citizen Ceremonies held at the Heritage Theatre, 1 W Campbell Ave., Campbell 95008. Each League is encouraging their members to volunteer for any of the events whether or not hosted by their League. Our League hosted in January and we will host again in April. There are hundreds of individuals receiving their Certificate of Naturalization that day, so the more volunteers for registering, the better! Let's show the other Leagues our commitment to Making Democracy Work!

The spring ceremonies are:

  Thursday, March 21st

Thursday, April 18th

Sessions are 8:30am, 10:15am, 12:45pm and if necessary 2:30pm. Volunteers are required to arrive 45 minutes AFTER the start of each session for instructions.
Sign up, come join in, and be amazed at the enthusiasm of these new Citizens!
Please contact me at to volunteer for one or more sessions!


Bay Area League Day - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Resources are now online
Members from 21 Local Leagues, students and special guests attended this year's Bay Area League Day, Feb. 9 in San Francisco. Also noteworthy, 21 out of 25 Local League Presidents were in attendance. This sends a clear message to League that you care about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

What is the League story, the local league's collective story?
Telling our Story: What do people ask about the League? Impact - What have you done lately? Learning - What are you doing that's new? Diversity - Does the League look like the community it serves?

BALD's meeting packet pulls how-to's from the conference speakers and partner organizations. This is not so much a manual, but dozens of creative strategies to share our collective and diverse stories.

Articles - LWVUS
"Diversity and Authenticity," Katherine Phillips, Tracy Dumas, Nancy Rothbard
"How Black Women Describe Navigating Race and Gender in the Workplace," Maura Cheeks
"Neurodiversity as a Competitive Advantage," Robert Austin and Gary Pisano
"Reducing the effects of gender stereotypes on performance evaluations," C.C.Bauer, B.B.Baltes
"Unlearning Automatic Biases: The malleability of implicit prejudices and stereotypes," L.A. Rudman, R.D. Ashmore, M.L.Gary
"Warmth and Competence as Universal Dimensions of Social Perception. The Stereotype Content Model and the BIAS Map." Amy Cuddy, Susan Fiske, Peter Glick

Download the BALD Meeting Packet HERE
 After opening the above link - click on BALD flyer (not the search box) for meeting packet.

League and Community Activities

LWV Presents: Insights and Perspectives
Comcast Channel 30, Mon, 7:30pm and Sun, 4:30pm; Ch 27, Wed, 5:30pm
The best way to describe Channel 30 and Bay Voice Channel 27 is TV "by the community for the community." Channels 30 and 27 air non-commercial, member-produced videos that educate, express views, and expose talents to the San Jose community and beyond.  

Connect to our League Web Site for current and archived Insights and Perspectives broadcasts:

Rita Norton interviews
Susan Sayre Batton, Oshman Exec.Director
San Jose Museum of Art
Airs: Weeks of March 4 & 18
Rosaleen Zisch interviews
Shari Liss, CEO, Ignited
Airs: Weeks of March 11 & 25 

Gloria Chun Hoo interviews Fredah Joses,
Elections Mgr., Papua New Guinea Electoral
Commission, IREX Community Solutions
Leader with LWVC, Sacramento, November
2018 elections.

Information on many of these events is available in this newsletter. See our  website calendar  for current listings and more information.  If you'd like more information but don't have web access, contact the League at (408) 271-7163.

March 21 Lunch with League  
April 13
New Member Event -Spring into League
April 18 Voter Registration at US Naturalization Ceremony
April 21 Lunch with League
April 25 New Member Event - Spring into League
April 27 2019 Biennial Council - Business Mtg and Voter Services 101

Address / Email Change
To keep our records current please send any changes to your address, email address, or phone number, to our Dues Secretary, Sandy Remmers.  The only updates she receives are on the renewal form which is only sent once a year.
The Voter
Submissions due the 20th of the month
The LWV SJ/SC Voter is distributed monthly.  Article deadline is the 20th of the month.  If you have questions or comments, contact Liz Bogatin-Starr , the Voter Editor.

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