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The LWVRI has moved its
office from East Providence to One Richmond Square in Providence. The new space is closer to Smith Hill and the State Capitol, as well as the offices of other Rhode Island good government
groups. It is handicap accessible with plenty of parking. One Richmond Square is in a re-purposed industrial building on the Seekonk River and offers both the LWVRI and the LWVRI Education Fund a
convenient location and easier access and safer storage for League files. With the move, the League phone number has changed; it is now 401-339-9766. The complete address is
LWVRI, One Richmond Square, Suite 220 A-W, Providence, RI 02906. The League's website address (www.lwvri.org) and Facebook listing remain the same.
LWVRI ANNUAL FUND RAISING CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY
The League of Women Voters of Rhode Island Needs You!
Have you received your annual appeal letter from LWVRI President Jane W. Koster in which she outlines
the League's work for the past year and makes a good case for why you should support the League? In it, she points out, "We can not do our work without your support. Help us turn this
beautiful state around, improve the political climate, and show everyone that we have an honest, transparent, and welcoming government. "
Answer her call!
You can donate online or
simply send your check to LWVRI, One Richmond Square, Suite 220 A-W, Providence, RI 02906. Donations made to the LWVRI are not tax deductible.
To support our voter service and education activities, make a tax-deductible donation to the "LWVRI Education Fund."
LEAGUE SUPPORTS ETHICS LEGISLATION
LWV President Jane Koster testified to restore Ethics Committee oversight to legislators.
CIVIC PARTICIPATION AWARD
The League of Women
Voters of Newport County is accepting nominations for the fourth annual Joan C. Arnold Civic Participation Award. For more information about the award criteria and deadlines please see: Joan C. Arnold Participation Award.
STATE LEAGUE SURVEYS DISTRICTS 2010 EDUCATION FUNDING FORMULA
The LWVRI surveyed school districts during the 2013-2014 school year about the education funding formula enacted by the General
Assembly in 2010. With the support of the RI State Superintendents Association the League requested participation from all school districts. Barrington, Burrillville, Chariho, East Providence, Foster
-Glocester, Johnston, Pawtucket, Providence, Smithfield, Westerly, Woonsocket responded.
For more information, contact Joanne DeVoe
at 401-247-3004 or
FUNDING FORMULA SURVEY
THE TRANSPARENCY PORTAL
The LWV has long urged
urged transparency in government. Look at Rhode Island up close, through the Transparency Portal, which details budget expenditures, open meeting law regulations, and asks for citizen input.
PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY 2016
Where to vote and what is on the ballot
There will be one-third fewer polling places for this election. Your polling place may have changed. To find out where you should
vote, visit the Secretary of State's Voter Information Center. A sample ballot may be found on the same page.
CALL TO COUNCIL 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Jamestown Philomena Library
26 North Road
Council is held on even numbered years. At Council delegates elect directors and a secretary. The Council also has the power to
change or adopt programs; however, no call for changes have been put forward according to the LWVRI Bylaws. Delegates also approve the budget. (The budget and the nominating committee reports appear on page 5 of The Voter.) Local League, LWVRI
officers and committee chairs, and the LWV Education Foundation will also present reports.
All members of the League may attend the meeting, and indeed, they are encouraged to attend so they can learn more about the
League's operations and meet members from other Leagues throughout the state. However, only Council delegates may vote. Delegates are composed of the presidents of each local League or
an alternate; one delegate chosen by each local League; the LWVRI Board of Directors; and one delegate representing the LWVRI's members-at-large. Please contact your local League, if
you wish to be a delegate to Council.
There is no registration fee, but members who plan to attend should contact Jane W. Koster, LWVRI president, so we can plan
to have sufficient materials to distribute.
LOCAL PERSPECTIVE ON VOTING
Lippitt House Museum's Second Community
Discussion Series in partnership with the
Providence League of Women Voters
Lippitt House Museum
199 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906
Doors open at 6:30 pm with a short reception,
followed by discussion at 7:00 pm.
Admission is free.
This series is part of the Pell Humanities Initiative
in Rhode Island to celebrate the 50th anniversary
of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Becoming Americans: Immigration, Citizenship & Civic Engagement
Providence's population is growing primarily through immigration. What does it mean to become a citizen? What barriers and responsibilities come with citizenship?
Speakers: Kathleen Cloutier & Bruno Sukys, Dorcas International
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Every Voice Counts: Voter Participation & Engagement
Only a small number of citizens vote. What are the barriers ? What impact does voter ID have on turn-out? What changes might increase voter turnout?
Speakers: Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island Secretary of State & Wendy Schiller, Professor of Political Science, International & Public Affairs, Brown University
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Money in Politics
During Presidential elections the impact of money on our political
process is clear. What role do PACs and other big donors play in the electoral process? How will campaign finance reform efforts make a difference?
Speakers: Stephen Erickson, Commissioner, Rhode Island Board of Elections & Richard Arenberg, Visiting Lecturer in Political Science, International & Public Affairs, Brown University
All moderators from the Providence League of Women Voters
Note: Attendees with limited mobility can park in the drive at the entrance off Angell Street. That entrance has 6 steps with
handrails. Once inside, the doorways can accommodate wheel chairs. To park in the drive, please notify the Museum in advance (453-0688).
PROVIDENCE LWV CONVERSATION
Citizenship Topic at the Lippitt House Museum
April 5, 2016
Left to right: Carrie Taylor, Director of Lippitt House Museum, Bruno Sukys, head of Citizenship &
Immigration Services at Dorcas International, Kathy Cloutier, Director of Dorcas International Institute and Barbara Feldman, Providence LWV, discussion leader.
LWVRI MEMBER FEATURED AT BOOK CLUB
On April 7, 2016, the RI League Book Club discussed member Marian Styles-McClintock's book, But Isn't That What We're Supposed to
Do? In writing the book, Marian (on left) interviewed elderly black women in several Southern communities about their roles in mentoring the children in the community. The mutual concern of
the elders gave the children the opportunity to to be educated and a chance to rise in the world. The women interviewed viewed their concern and active roles in the community as "What we're
supposed to do." The book discusses the advantages of a small homogeneous community where everyone knows everyone else and feel responsibility towards them.
Pictured with Marian are Mary Speare (center) and Liz Head (right).
Photo courtesy of Susan Escherich.
LWVRI PROMOTES TRANSPARENCY
The LWVRI has been working with other good government groups to ensure transparency in government. You may have read out
postings about the letter that Access/RI wrote to the Governor about compliance with the APRA (Access to Public Records Act).
Please let the governor know your stance on this important issue.
CELEBRATE 95 YEARS OF
WOMEN & THE VOTE
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 11:00am
Marble House, Newport
Mildred Nichols displays the October 6,
1920 Notice (from the Irene Precinct,
Loudoun County, VA)
certifying that her grandmother,
Eppie Clark, had registered and was on
the books as a registered voter.
Women in sashes fête the
anniversary of the Act.
The League of Women Voters of Rhode Island and the Preservation Society of Newport County celebrated 95 years of women's
suffrage on the terrace of Marble House. The event was free and open to the public.
Former Representative Donna Walsh, retired Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Judith Colenback Savage, and LWVRI board member
and author Marian Styles-McClintock read excerpts from suffragists' speeches and documents. Poet Amber Rose Johnson read a poem written to mark the occasion (VIEW VIDEO). A musical interlude and a re-enactment of a "Votes for Women" march completed the event.
The Newport Restoration Foundation, the Newport Historical Society, the Women's Fund of Rhode Island, and the YWCA of
Rhode Island co-sponsored the celebration.
SIGNING OF VOTING EQUIPMENT BILL
Transfers the purchasing power of Voting Equipment
from the Board of Elections to the Secretary of State.
State House, August 6, 2015
On the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Right Act
Front: Senate President Theresa Paiva-Weed (District 13), Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne (District 32), Sen.
Gayle L. Goldin (District 3), Sen. Maryellen Goodwin (Majority Whip District 01 applauding in back of Secretary Gorbea), Governor Gina Raimondo. Back: Rep. Shelby Maldonado
(District 56) and Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (District 35).
Jane Koster, LWV RI President, served on the Secretary of State's "Voting Equipment Task Force"
ROB ROCK ADDRESSES LWVRI
AT JUNE CONVENTION
Robert B. Rock, Director of Elections from Rhode Island Secretary of State's Office, with Jill Kassis and
THE 8TH ANNUAL
$1,000 - Grand Prize Recipients
SUSAN B. WILSON CIVIC EDUCATION
MERIT AWARDS CEREMONY
Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 4:30pm
Governor's Reception Room, State House
Louise A. Oliveira, History Dept. Chair,
Exeter-West Greenwich High School
Mark Gardner, Social Studies Teacher
Chariho High School
LEAGUE IN ACTION
The League in Photos
Governor Raimondo speaks at
League Day at the State House
March 24, 2015
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in
government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.
— Dwight Eisenhower
CALLING ALL EDUCATORS
you know any educators who make a difference in the civic life of our communities? Nominate them for the Ninth Annual Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Award
sponsored by The League of Women Voters, South Kingstown Narragansett. This award honors Rhode Island's school teachers and educators who encourage their students through both political and non-political processes.
First Place Grand Prize is $1,000. Second Place Jury Prize is $500. Third Place Honorable Mention is $250.
SEE THE LATEST VOTER!
SPRING 2016 (pdf)
IN RHODE ISLAND
ACCESS/RI has outlined the limitations on the public's access in Access Limited: An Audit of Compliance with the Rhode Island Public Records
For Rhode Island, see Rhode
For Providence, see city site
THE BOOK GROUP
Book Group gathers for Holiday Lunch at Agawam Hunt Club
"The Secret History of Wonder Woman," by Jill Lapore
The Ethics Commission, the
Board of Elections, legislative committee session, the Environmental Council of RI... all need citizen input.
The LWV needs volunteers to attend meetings. If many volunteer, we would each
attend a few sessions, and report back. If you can spare a few hours, contact Susan Escherich at 401-433-4896.