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MEMBER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties members are asked to volunteer for one of our upcoming Voter Registration Sessions on December 11, December 14, and December 26. Please sign up in advance by contacting Gladys Hodges. More Info.
Homelessness Study Committee Meeting
The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties organizing meeting of the Homelessness Study Committee will be on Thursday afternoon, December 13 at Southglenn Public Library.
This new study was proposed by our members and is an excellent opportunity to get involved with League. Info.
The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties Great Decisions group will meet to discuss hot topics of interest on Friday morning, December 14 at Southglenn Public Library. More.
January Unit Meetings
The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties January Unit Meetings will be on Thursday morning, January 10; Thursday afternoon, January 10; and Monday evening, January 14. Members are encouraged to attend and share their ideas for State and Local Program Planning as we choose upcoming meeting topics. Do you have an idea for an issue you'd like to see covered? Bring it! Details.
LWVCO Legislative Conference
The annual League of Women Voters of Colorado Legislative Conference on Monday, January 14, will bring you up-to-date on the 2019 Colorado General Assembly Session. Register by January 7. Complete information is here. The LWVCO registration form is here
Water and Climate Change Committee Meeting
The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties Water and Climate Change Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 16. Info.
The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties Movie Night will feature "Years of Living Dangerously" on Wednesday evening, January 16 at Koelbel Public Library. Free and open to League members and their friends. Details.
Management Team Meeting
The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties Management Team will meet on Monday evening, January 28 at Castlewood Public Library. More.
February Unit Meetings
The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties February Unit Meetings will be on Monday evening, February 11; Thursday morning, February 14; and Thursday afternoon, February 14. Don't miss this month's topic: Aging out of Foster Care. Details.
March Unit Meetings
The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties The March Unit Meetings will be on Monday evening, March 11; Thursday morning, March 14; and Thursday afternoon, March 14. You won't want to miss this month's topic: Immigration. Details.
International Human Rights Day
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which promotes equality, justice and human dignity, turns 70 on December 10.
Human Rights Day is the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being -- regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
Eleanor Roosevelt, who was a League of Women Voters leader, helped write the 1948 United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.
• The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all.
• Human rights are relevant to all of us, every day.
• Our shared humanity is rooted in these universal values.
• Equality, justice and freedom prevent violence and sustain peace.
• Whenever and wherever humanity's values are abandoned, we all are at greater risk.
• We need to stand up for our rights and those of others.
United Nations Human Rights Day web site.
Candlelight Vigil For Victims of Gun Violence
The League of Women Voters invites the public to join the International Remembrance Vigil on December 12 in remembrance of all victims of gun violence, especially those Colorado victims from Columbine High School, Aurora Theater, and so many more.
Meet at 4:15 pm at Lincoln Street sidewalk in front of the State Capitol. Bring flashlights or candles. Handmade signs (not political) are encouraged.
Organized by Colorado Faith Communities United and supported by various local organizations committed to turning our collective grief into shared hope and advocating to reduce death and injury caused by firearms.
Some street metered parking usually available on Lincoln St. between 13th and 14th Avenues after 4 p.m.
"Undesign the Redline" Exhibit
The "Undesign the Redline" exhibit, created by the Denver Foundation and the Enterprise Community Partners, is open now until December 15 at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library and also December 18 until January 2 at the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building.
The exhibit demonstrates how government redlining has maintained segregation and prevented minorities from accumulating wealth in the City of Denver since 1934, when the Federal Housing Administration was created. Maps of neighborhoods were color coded and zoned and this information was used by banks and mortgage lenders to deny loans and mortgages to those considered undesirable. White families moved out to suburbs like Aurora and Littleton. Minorities were kept in the city in areas like Park Hill, Montbello, Five Points, Globeville and other areas, all of which were redlined. The lack of good, reasonably priced housing Is contributing to homelessness today along with discriminatory land use practices based on those past actions.
The Foundation hopes to change that pattern through grants, education in basic human needs, economic opportunity, leadership, and equity. You'll find more information on the exhibit website.
Colorado General Assembly Session Begins
The first day of the 2019 Colorado Legislative session is January 4.
Visit their web site for information about committee meetings, bills, and votes. Live video and audio streams are available for some proceedings. Legislative web site.
Communicating Effectively With Your Representative
On the subject of action alerts, here are some helpful tips on how to contact your representatives effectively from the Jefferson County League's newsletter:
A quick telephone call to your representative is easiest. Most legislators count calls supporting or opposing bills and those from their own constituents count the most.
Email is another good way to communicate with your legislator. Here are some tips to communicate your position to your representative:
• State the bill number in the subject line
• Keep the email short and to the point
• If you have a personal story relevant to the issue, include it
• Use bullet points when possible to make it more readable
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Last revised: December 10, 2018 03:15 PST.