Recent League events
NEW MEMBER MEETING
The League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford held a new member breakfast meeting in April. It was an opportunity for veteran League Board members to converse with the seven women and men new to the organization about the activities that our Chapter is involved in and find out what activities would be of most interest to each of them.
Over a continental breakfast, an overview was given of the voter service activities and advocacy that the League has been engaged in over its long history. Opportunities for involvement in voter registration and moderating of debates was explained by the Voter Service chair. An important focus was on LWV role as a non-partisan, political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government through education and advocacy of issues. League study of current issues and its consensus positions in many policy areas, such as election law, voters’ rights, environment, health care, net neutrality, and education, were explained by Board Members and led by Libby Swietek. Libby also explained a number of the sub-committees in which members can participate to make the best use of their interests and abilities. They are: Voter Service, Advocacy, Communication, Social Media, Events and Programs, Fund Raising, and Administration.
Contact Libby Swietek at email@example.com if you are interested in finding out more about the League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford.
March For Our Lives
LWVGH members participated in March For Our Lives in Hartford at the Capitol. Many League members from around the state were there to march and we were present also to register voters at the request of the organizer of the event Tyler Suarez, a student at the University of Bridgeport.
Seen here in the accompanying photo is LWVGH member June Rosenblatt who provided this student with the voter registration form that he filled out on the spot in the middle of the rally. The registrants are informed that they should receive an official letter from the registrar confirming registration and providing the location at which to vote. The League delivers the voter application form to the designated town registrar in person or by mailing it as a service for the new voter.
The thousands of students and supporters at this event were an inspiration. As many voices said, “this is what democracy looks like.” This was an enthusiastic yet peaceful declaration for gun safety and gun control. The League of Women Voters takes a very real stand on guns in its position statement regarding gun laws. It states, “ [we] Support: protection of the health and safety of citizens through limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semi-automatic weapons.”
|LWVGH members June Rosenblatt and Tim Sullivan and Joe Mulready raised the sign forleague during the Saturday march.
||Lots of men help support the League of Women Voters.
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