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OK Voter Newsletter
January & February, 2017

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To build our statewide network, share ideas and updates, and to make the League's good work more visible the OK Voter is sent to all members and friends, usually every month. We're sending only one newsletter for January and February. Look for monthly newsletters  to begin again in March.

Helping the League
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Voting is Power

The League of Women Voters of Oklahoma is grateful for the support of these generous donors:

Helen Arnold

David and Marilyn Blumer

Polly Bowen

Karen Hardy Cárdenas

Joyce Collard

Dana Coover

Marti Dormer

Janice Dreiling

Sue Forney

Susan Garzon

Janice Goetzinger

Julie Gustafson

Lois Hilbert

Pat Jaynes

Mary Ellen Jones

Kathleen Kastelic

George and Aldean Krumme

Jan Largent

Connie Lavoie

Mary Jane Lindaman

Katherine McCollom

Jean McLaughlin

Martha McMillian

Erica Mackey

Dolores Martin

Anne Murray

Mary Jo Neal

Pat Netzer-Willard

Floretta Reed

Paul and Alice Richardson

Arleen Riggs

Paula Sanford

Phoebe Schmitz

Jeff Snodgrass

Cheri Spears

Sheila Swearingen

Marjorie Swofford

Deborah Whittaker

Barbara Wilson

Mandy Winton

and three anonymous donors

Thank you!


 
SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017
 
2017 Convention

in Tulsa

Dinner with the League
Friday, June 2
 
The League of Women Voters of Oklahoma welcomes delegates and guests from around the state to attend.
Look for more details soon, with some major proposed changes on the agenda. 


See you there!

 
Happy 97th Birthday to the League of Women Voters, February 14, 2017

On Valentine's Day, remember to vote (if your school board or city has an election that day). remember to do something sweet for yourself or someone else (the new Valentine's Day tradition), and remember to wish the League Happy Birthday.  

Looking for a great gift?  How about a League membership?
(and a few chocolates, too)

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President's Update:
Strong Roots and New Growth


Sheila Swearingen LWVOK The League of Women Voters is rooted in the radical idea that everyone deserves a place at the table, and that everyone has rights in a democracy.

We grew from the women's suffrage movement, and continued to be a voice for civil rights and voting rights. Some of the League's earliest work was to end child labor, a statement that children have a right to childhood.  The League supports the fundamental human right to clean air and clean water, among many other basic human and civil rights.

If you haven't read the League's statement on its positions, Impact on Issues, this is a good time to brush up on the strong roots, well-reasoned positions and ongoing actions in support of basic rights. 

The League of Women Voters of the United States was an official partner of the January 21 Women's March on Washington, and many League members in Oklahoma marched in Oklahoma City or their own communities. As LWVUS president Chris Carson noted, the League marched for voting rights, for the right to have access to health care, for the right to a sustainable environment. 
League marchers at the DC Women's March
January 21, 2017

(photo credit lwv.org)
Perhaps because of the League's strong record of standing up for women's rights, voting rights, human rights and the environment, there's been an increased interest in joining or volunteering with our organization. We are growing.

Membership in the state League (the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma) has increased by about 50% in the last six months. I've heard reports from local Leagues of more inquiries and new membership growth.

"What's next?" is the question, and we need to work together to create responses and actions.

As an organization, we will need to find new ways to be inclusive. We need to welcome new members and volunteers who are using social media to connect and plan events. We need to understand people who don't want to sit through a long meeting, but who do want to take action.  We need to make all who want to work with us true partners in our work.

I believe there are more people than ever who want to be part of a movement dedicated to the idea that everyone deserves a place at the table. 

In League,

President
League of Women Voters of Oklahoma

News from League Chapters Around Oklahoma
 

Lawton League of Women Voters Candidate Forum

Nine candidates for city, county, and state offices introduced themselves and answered questions for constituents at a Tuesday, October 18, 2016 forum coordinated by the League of Women Voters of Lawton.
The candidates for Lawton City Council Wards 3 and 4 joined with the Democratic and Republican candidates for Oklahoma House District 62 and 64 in the League’s traditional forum, which lasted two hours.  In addition, Comanche County Central District Commissioner Johnny Owens also was present, Republican Richard Strickland, couldn’t attend the forum, moderators said due to out of town work.
 In the city’s non-partisan races, Caleb Davis and Michael Dixon ran for the Ward 3 seat vacated by Dr. Rosemary Bellino Hall. In Ward 4, incumbent Jay Burk faced a challenge from a former councilwoman Jody Jody Maples.  In House District 62, first-term incumbent John Michael Montgomery, a Republican, faced Democratic challenger Larry Bush. In House District 64, Democrat Jacobi  Crowley faced Republican Rande Worthen.

Going and Growing - Bartlesville Area League of Women Voters

Bartlesville

After a busy year of voter registration events, in November we celebrated with an open house for all of our League and Voting is Power Coalition members and volunteers.   

The open house strengthened our connections and encouraged continued involvement.  

Also in November a group of our volunteers spent a day conducting a vote count for the Delaware Indian Tribe at their request.  One volunteer joined the League as a result of this experience.

We invited the public to a “League Planning for 2017" meeting at the library and brainstormed ideas about the most important work to focus on this year, as well as strategies for ways to get  it done.  In addition to our members,  four other community members took part in the discussion and contributed their suggestions.  Everyone in our League as well as all those who attended the meeting were sent the one-page meeting summary.

Connie Lavoie was invited to speak at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the Westside Community Center in Bartlesville.  She shared with the audience her experiences as a member of LWV and information about our work.  And she asked for their help, focusing on opportunities to assist with voter registration.   Two people in the audience stepped up to volunteer.

When we were out in the community this past year we noticed that people were more willing to talk with us and more interested in getting involved  - in registering to vote, or updating their registration, getting information and learning about candidates and issues.  We see 2017 as a time of great opportunity for the growth of the League.

Ready to take Action on Legislative Issues?

Look for an update in March.Email LWVOK Action Chair Sue Garzon at program@lwvok.org and let her know you're interested.
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