|Friday, November 16
Souper Movie Night - Post Election Get-Together
6:30 Gather and Munch 7:00 Movie
- Carolyn Hedgecock coordinating
9th Holiday Party/Pot Luck and Program
10th Board meeting
11-1 League Office
Meeting 11-1 League Office
9th Bay Area League Day
- Discussion /debrief on Parkland Voter Movement voter
Dinner Celebrating Women’s History Month
- Keynote Speaker - Virginia Kase, LWVUS CEO
- Location: Google Community Room on Embarcadero in San
8 - Annual Meeting Guest Speaker
- Details will be announced later
- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley
League volunteers have
concluded another successful election season! We completed
following in just a few short months:
- Julie Dunkle, many
League volunteers, friends of the League, and the Parkland Voter
Movement youth registered over 1000 youth who are now ready to
participate in democracy! The total from last Spring and this
Fall has now exceeded 3000 youth!
- Marlyn Singer and
John Smith led the team completing the Voter Information Booklets for
Fremont, Newark and Union City. These booklets provide a vehicle for
candidates to send out information to registered voters in a very
- Sets Amann, Miriam Keller,
Carolyn Hedgcock, and me, with help from Alex Starr and Peter Starr,
and many other volunteers, organized ten candidate forums which were
videotaped and posted on our website. LWFNUC’s extremely
hardworking VP of Voter Service, Sets Amann, also organized several
voter registration drives.
- We held two main
pros/cons presentations for the Ballot Measures which were co-sponsored
by the Union City Library and the Fremont Main Library.
Keller organized the presentation in the Union City Library with
co-presenters Andrea Schacter, Alex Starr and me. Sam
outstanding pros/cons presentation at the Fremont Main Library was very
well received. Attendees left feeling that they had a much
grasp on the issues. There were several smaller presentations, mainly
taken on by the indomitable Miriam Keller and Sam Neeman!
of course, no one would have known about upcoming events if Shirley
Gilbert, Judy Chong and Peter Starr did not advertise on print and on
our website. We also very much appreciate Jo Szeto for
the many calls during this busy season.
The League of
Women Voters across the State and across the Nation works tirelessly to
further our mission to make democracy work! We thank you for partnering
with us by attending the forums, volunteering and
We invite you to the attend the December 7th Holiday and Program
Planning Potluck which is just around the corner. A
Voter-E-Blast will be sent out soon with more details.
the Holiday Season is a time to make that extra effort to help those in
need. The recent devastating fires in California have left thousands of
people without many of the basics of life: food, water and
shelter. There are various organizations who are helping to
provide relief. We hope you will participate, it will take all of us
working together and donating what we can to make this holiday season
just a bit brighter for so many who have lost so much.
Syeda Reshma Inamdar
League In ACTION During the 2018 Election Cycle
Information Book (VIB) team started preparing in July for three VIBs,
each of our cities. The completed books were mailed just before the
Mail ballots were received by voters. The team members were John Smith,
Morrison, Sets Amann, Carolyn Hedgecock, Jean Holmes, Amy Gunnerson and
Singer. Forty-two candidates participated, a new record. Profits earned
League will go towards Voter Service activities. Somewhere between
darn hard work the books were finished on time and on budget.
voters occupied our League both in the Spring and Fall. Focusing on
students, our partnership with Parkland Voter Movement (PVM) garnered
3,000 students for pre-registration and registration.Julie Dunkle and
Michael were the founders of PVM. They were joined by League members
friends of the League.
was supporting student leaders who actually organized their school’s
by contacting principals and teachers, securing the rooms where the
gathered for the presentation, and were the principal cheerleaders for
work with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters to distribute
forms throughout our area. Each month Sets Amann, Ellen Culver, Alex
Heer, Pat Lewis, Julie Dunkle, Beth Templeton, Joy Hurst and Marilyn
fill our boxes. The ROV pays the League to do this.
mission to make democracy work would not be possible without the
signature activities are our non-partisan candidate forums. This
year, we held
10 candidate forums, for mostly local races. These
forums require organizers, moderators, question sorters, time-keeper,
video tape professional, appropriate facilities and of course,
willing to run for office.
candidate forums for all three cities is a big job. Miriam Keller and
Amann invited the candidates and followed up on the responses. Carolyn
Hedgecock organized and lined up the greeters, time keepers, and
sorters and made response grids for the moderators. Syeda Inamdar
venues and the videographer. Sets Amann lined up the moderators: Judy
Jane Mueller, Syeda Inamdar, Kathy Steel-Sabo, Alex Starr, Jeff
Miller, Rita Manning and Merna Morse. Videos of the forums were put on
website by Peter Starr while in the middle of it all he was
League to our new MyLo site.
volunteers we have to thank and acknowledge related to the candidate
the following (no particular order): Sets
Miriam Keller, Carolyn Hedgecock, Syeda Inamdar, Jeff Spencer, Jane
Kathy Steel-Sabo, Rita Manning, Mary Miller, Sandy Cashmark, Joyce
Rafay, Pat Lewis, Andrea Schacter, Cathie Kelly, Kay Emanuele, Sybil
John Smith, Ellen Culver, Pat Heer,Evelyn LaTorre, Jo Szeto.
LWVFNUC is extremely
fortunate to have such
dedicated volunteers, our sincere thanks to all of them. We
thank also Walter
Garcia who has been videotaping our forums for many years now. We also
thank the videographers for Union City
and Newark Unified
School District videographers.
presentations were made at several smaller venues. Presentations at the
City library by Miriam, Alex, Syeda and Andrea and Fremont Main library
Neeman were with a spectacular power point presentation.
and Judy Chong handled public relations for all of our events by
keeping the League in the public eye.
Edge was a
valuable tool along with our own website. We continue to fund Voter’s
Edge - even
upping our contribution - with funds secured through our election
was written by
Shirley Gilbert and printed in the TriCity Voice. A big thank you to
DeBenedetti for his assistance.
It Takes a Tri-City Community to
Register Teen Voters
Dunkle was brokenhearted when she learned of the tragic deaths
of 28 youngsters and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. She and her son Michael
wanted to do
something meaningful to pay homage to the kids and their grieving
The Fremont family put together a family project they called RAKs – Random
Acts of Kindness. For example, they stuffed lottery tickets
in Ziplock bags and placed them into stroller bags, and purses, and
to homeless folks at a concert in Central Park.
They pasted inspirational quotes in public bathrooms. They rang doorbells at
police stations, fire
stations and Emergency Room venues and left homemade cookies and
the selfless people who help others.
the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School deadly shooting took
place in Parkland, Florida in February of this year followed by the
campaign to boost youth
voter registration and turnout.
and her son had an epiphany. “We
loved the idea of registering
Tri-City young people,” she
felt it would honor those who lost their lives in Parkland while
providing a venue for young people to channel their voices into
change through voting.”
points to the alarming statistics.
Only 8 percent of California’s
eligible youth voted in the 2014 mid-term general election. This translates into only
285,000 of 3.5
million eligible youth – 1
out of 12 – who
cast a ballot. This,
thought, has to change.
and her son went to work.
They recruited adults and teens to start a program
called the Parkland Voter Movement (PVM).
The aim of the group is to allow teens to
pre-register and register
their fellow teens for this year’s
November elections. In
California, as of
four years ago, it became legal to pre-register 16 and 17- year-olds. These early registrants
be eligible to vote at age 18.
small team realized they needed to partner with a like-minded
non-profit organization with the ability to raise funds if they were to
successful. So they
nonpartisan League of Women Voters for the Tri-City area, an
mission is to build citizenship for all in the democratic process.
and volunteers Andrea Wedewer and Corrine Hansen met with a
League team headed by Alex Starr, long-time League member and currently
Editor for the non-profit.
was positively blown away by this group’s
high aspirations and excitement,”
I knew this
was a natural symbiotic relationship.
could help both with volunteers and dollars for a cause the League
believes in –registering
young voters and
empowering them to be involved in the political process.”
points out that one of the League’s
new goals is to register as many eligible young people as possible
and invite them to become League members free of charge.
order to register students from the Tri-City area’s
dozen high schools, Dunkle and her initial team started by
recruiting volunteers from many parts of the community:
high school student leaders, teachers,
principals, League members and other Tri-City residents. Some 20 volunteers came
from the local Next
Door community website.. Dunkle was delighted that the Parker Voter
team ended up with well nearly 130 volunteers: 86 adults and 43
volunteers gave voter education presentations and helped with
the registration process at all the schools
before the June primary, and the November midterm
took the potential young voters
step-by-step through the paperwork. Each registered student got a
voter wristband and a sticker that said “I
registered to vote” to
commemorate the occasion. To date, the team has registered over
Dunkle is proud of that number and proud of the team who made that
presidential election, 84 percent of registered teens voted. So,
is the magic key.”
success has provided the League
with a good model that other chapters or groups can follow said Starr. “The
partnership with the community and the League worked so
well. And the
outcome was spectacular.”
whole community of active teens and adults worked together to make
said Dunkle. “ I
honored the young people of Parkland and so many others whose voices
silenced. And we’ve
empowered over 3,000 Tri-City youth so that their voices can be
translated into meaningful policy to improve our democracy.”
sixteen and older can pre-register or register registertovote.ca.gov.