OK Voter Newsletter, August 2016

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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 almost every month to all members and friends. After a break in July, the OK Voter is back.

You are Invited to Celebrate Equality Eve

You probably know about Women's Equality Day (see note below). Join us this month for Equality Eve. We'll toast all we've achieved together and look forward to all that want to achieve in the future.

Invited speakers include Sen. Kyle Loveless and Rep. Jason Dunnington, who introduced Equal Pay legislation in the 2016 legislative session.

When: Thursday, August 25, 5:30 to 7 pm

Where: McNellie's Pub, 1100 Classen Dr, Oklahoma City

Appetizers will be served and there will be an open bar with wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages.

The League is rebuilding an Oklahoma City chapter, and we welcome all to join us.

Note: Women's Equality Day, August 26, celebrates the 1920 signing of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. 


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It's Membership Time

League membership begins July 1 and expires on June 30 of each year.  

Why Join?

Through participation in League projects, you will:

  • contribute to your community
  • learn about timely and important issues
  • discover new interests, develop new skills, and meet interesting people
You can join online or print out a membership form and mail it in.  


News from the League's 52nd National Convention

The League of Women Voters of the United States 52nd biennial Convention, elected Chris Carson, as the organization’s 19th president.

In her acceptance speech, Carson thanked members for entrusting her with the leadership of this 96-year-old organization. “It’s an honor and a privilege to stand here today, thank you for choosing me to be your president. There is no doubt that today, our political situation is appalling, but it is not new. Much of our society’s greatest progress is born out of challenging times and the same can happen today as we tap the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.”

Read President Carson's complete Convention address here.

Ron Wilkinson: Oklahoma League Delegate to National Convention

Ron Wilkinson, League of Women Voters of Oklahoma Board Member, was the state delegate to the League's 52nd National Convention in June.

Although he has served on various League boards since 2010, this was Ron’s first national League convention. We asked him a few questions about his experience.

Q: What is your overall impression of Convention this year?  

A: The attendees seemed to be a group of well informed, public spirited individuals with a genuine interest in seeing that the cornerstone principle, the right to vote, is defended and expanded to all citizens. It's a rather invigorating environment when compared to the general trend among states controlled by governors and legislators that see democracy as a tool of personal power rather than a foundation of a democratic society. 

Q: What is your impression of LWVUS leadership and staff?

A: I was impressed with the professionalism of the LWVUS leadership and staff.  Unfortunately, this is clearly an organization that is understaffed and under financed. There is a keen recognition that the organization must lower the median age of the organization's general membership. The new Executive Director, Wylecia Wiggs Harris, is a step in the right direction. 

Q: What are your thoughts about the future of our organization? (Note: Ron focused on the state League in his response, and has some interesting observations)

A: LWVOK exists in one of the tougher environments for a public interest organization. First, the general image of Oklahoma of those outside the state is approaching dismal. One learned speaker singled out Oklahoma and noted that a statistically valid study indicated that only 3% of Oklahoma adults could pass the test administered to those seeking to become citizens. Second, within Oklahoma there is dislike, distrust and disinterest in government. This leads to a population that is easily swayed by politicians promoting fear. This in turn turns off the electorate even more.

Involving people in public interest organizations like LWVOK becomes more difficult but infinitely more important. The citizens core liberties are more at risk than ever before. The League of Women Voters of Oklahoma must expand its influence, and its ability to see that the electorate receives education in the fundamentals of democracy. An action plan to carry out this goal is critical. So is enlisting the support of important donors. Few organizations are as appropriately positioned for this task as the League of Women Voters. 

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