Spring, 2019  
The League of Women Voters of
Fremont Newark and Union City
Invites You to Taking a Seat At The Table


The League of Fremont-Newark-Union City asks you to pull up a chair and enjoy an evening in honor of Womens History Month.  It will feature an interactive panel discussion with three dynamic women leaders in our community who have found seats at the table and encouraged others to join them.  There will also be an opening reception with refreshments celebrating the suffragists who struggled to secure the vote for women in 1920.   This will all take place Friday, March 29 at the Niles Discover Church from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
One of the featured panelists will be Aisha Wahab who, in 2018, was elected a member of the Hayward City Council.  She is the first Afghan American to serve in public office in the U.S.  and fights for the plight of immigrants, low-income individuals, the homeless and now citizens of Hayward. 

Another joining the panel is Sandra Boz Edwards.  She has put her heart and soul into changing the educational environment in the Bay area to assure equal treatment for all students and teachers throughout her career as an educator and school principal.

Third panelist is Sue Chan. She is an East Bay educator who has dedicated her life to the idea of inclusion for all students.  She hass taught at Ohlone College, Chabot College, San Jose State University and California State University East Bay.  She is currently serving on the Ohlone Board.

Moderator will be Anu Natarajan.  She was a member of the Fremont City Council from 2004 to 2014 and was the first Indo-American elected to public office in California.

Taking a Seat At The Table will take place at the Niles Discovery Church Fellowship Hall, 36600 Niles Blvd., Fremont, CA. 94536, Friday, March 29, Reception 6-7 p.m., program 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, contact:  Martha Kreeger or lwvfnuc@lwvfnuc.org

 Panelists (left to right) Aisha Wahab, Sandra Edwards and Sue Chan



    Moderator Anu Natarajan

Who Gets to Live In Our Changing Communities?
A Bay Area Housing Discussion

Who Gets to Live In Our Changing Communities?  A Bay Area Housing Discussion will take place at the Fremont Main Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont California 94538, Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 11:00am to 12:30pm. For more information, contact: Martha Kreeger or lwvfnuc@lwvfnuc.org

Join us in a panel discussion on who gets to live in our changing community, presented by the League of Women Voters with the Greenbelt Alliance and featuring Randy Shaw, author of "Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America".

Randy Shaw is an attorney, author and activist who lives in Berkeley, California. He is the executive director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, a non-profit organization in San Francisco that he co-founded in 1980.  Randy will be available to sign books and we will have a limited supply of copies to sell on site.

LWVFNUC Annual Meeting

Saturday, June 8, 2019       
Location: Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose
43326 Mission Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539

Speaker will be District Attorney Nancy E. OMalley
OMalley has served as the chief law enforcement officer in Alameda County since being appointed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in September 2009. Subsequently, she was elected to the position in November 2010, 2014 and 2018.

President's Message

Dear Leaguers:

On February 14th, 2019 the League of Women Voters celebrated its 99th birthday!  Over these 99 years, the League has fought and struggled for every citizen to have full access to our democracy; League members have registered millions of voters, held innumerable candidate forums, advocated based on our principles and been a voice for good government.

In March 2019, we celebrate Womens History Month by featuring brief summaries of some of the awe-inspiring women from the Suffrage movement on our website.   The content  for these historical summaries was prepared by our outstanding intern from Irvington High School, Alice Ma.    On March 29, we will be hosting a program at Niles Discovery Church featuring amazing women who have found ways to get that seat at the table to impact policy or if there is no seat  to bring their own! 

Chris Carson, the President of the League of Women Voters of the US reminds us that as we count down to our 100th anniversary, our work has just begun.  The League continues to fight against voter suppression and obstacles to full civic engagement.  The League has achieved much but there is still a ways to go towards full participation.  Our local leagues moto has been: Democracy is not a spectator sport and we invite you to join us on our journey for the next 100 years.

Syeda R Inamdar

Board Briefs

    Our League continues to have a healthy bank balance thanks to the efforts of the VIB committee. This allows us to fully support our delegates to the LWVC convention in late May, to donate $350 to LWVC to support the convention, to cover costs of meetings and outreach in March and May, and to participate in the July 4th parade as part of our lead up to the 100th Anniversary celebration. The board also decided to donate $1,000 to support the 19th Amendment Memorial that will open August 26, 2020 at Occoquan Regional Park in Virginia. This is where many suffragists were jailed, tortured and kept in inhumane conditions.
    Speaking of our anniversary year celebrations, the committee planning our activities could use some more volunteer help. Their goal is to introduce new members to the League, including younger members, to stress the importance of all levels of the League from local to regional to state and finally national. Contact Andrea Schacter, Evelyn La Torre, or Sets Amann to help out. There are a lot of very fun ideas being considered for different ways to honor the Leagues 100 years.

Action Group
Action Group will review the proposal for a consensus on a Criminal Justice Reform position that will be proposed at the LWVC convention. All group members will discuss the proposal at the next meeting on April 25th. Other topics addressed were:
  • New Haven Unified School District is looking for a new Superintendent
  • Fremont Council continues to deal with rent/landlord issues as goals for affordable housing are difficult to achieve
  • Interested in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact? LWVUS has formed a taskforce to evaluate it. If you are interested in applying email Celina Stewart. Task force work should be completed by August 15, 2019.

Volunteers Needed for budget committee, 100th anniversary celebration committee, observers for school boards, councils, other local elected agency meetings like Washington Hosp, ACWD, Ohlone, AC Transit, etc. Contact Alex Starr. Some of these meetings can be observed at home on cable.