Juvenile Justice Commission

posted Jul 11, 2019, 9:30 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Jul 11, 2019, 9:31 AM ]

LWV of Monroe Township


JULY 22, 2019 at 1:00 PM
Municipal Building, Monroe Township

SPEAKER: Edwin Lee, from the Juvenile Justice Commission of N.J.

Come and learn about important programs for N.J. Youth

The Juvenile Justice Commission: Realizing Potential and Changing Futures 

“The Commission emphasizes accountability and offers programming that afford young people the opportunity to become independent, productive and law abiding citizens. “

Business Meeting Schedule 2019-20

posted May 31, 2019, 11:54 AM by Ellen Kemp

LWV-Princeton Area Meeting Schedule

All meetings will take place from 7-9 pm at the Suzanne Patterson Building in Princeton. Leadership Committee members responsible for leading the agenda at each meeting are listed.
  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019: Lee Forbes
    • Welcome new members; focus on Voter Service for November election
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019: Sandy Smith
    • Recap of voter service activities and plan for rest of year
  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020: Lee Forbes
    • LWVUS Program Planning
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020: Sandy Smith
    • Plan for next year

Affordable Housing in NJ: What's Next?

posted Apr 24, 2019, 10:25 AM by Ellen Kemp

Affordable Housing NJYou are invited to attend: 
An NJ Spotlight Roundtable
Affordable Housing in New Jersey: What's Next?
Friday, May 31, 2019 from 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

More than 250 New Jersey municipalities have finalized with the courts and housing advocates plans that detail how many affordable homes they are allotting within their borders and where these units could be built.

Not all of the proposed developments will happen. Towns are not obligated to build all the housing, they simply need to allow for its construction. It's not clear how many may be built as there is no longer a state agency overseeing the process.

This year, for the first time in more than a decade, a New Jersey governor has proposed depositing the full amount of fees received — about $60 million — into the state Affordable Housing Trust Fund in recognition of the need for more affordable housing.

At this NJ Spotlight roundtable experts will look briefly at the history of the affordable housing issue in New Jersey — from the Mount Laurel decisions to the current court process — and dive deeply into:
  • Where we are today regarding the state's need for more affordable homes
  • How many more municipalities need to draft plans and how many units are planned?
  • How many homes are actually likely to be built? Where and when? Who's going to pay for them?
  • What are the prospects of the state retaking control of the process?
Attendees may submit questions for consideration in advance of the event as part of the registration process.


Staci Berger, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ

Kevin Walsh, Executive Director, Fair Share Housing Center

Additional panelists to be named.


Colleen O'Dea, Editor at Large, NJ Spotlight

RWJ Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness
3100 Quakerbridge Road
Mercerville, NJ 08619

For more information and to register, click here.

Immigration in America Today

posted Apr 23, 2019, 2:28 PM by Ellen Kemp

Immigration in America Today

Final Flight Final Fight

posted Apr 20, 2019, 2:52 PM by Ellen Kemp

May 18, 2019 LWV Greater New Brunswick Event

Annual Meeting May 2019

posted Mar 30, 2019, 1:26 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Mar 30, 2019, 1:30 PM ]

You are cordially invited to our annual meeting and dinner.  Please see details below:

Monday, May 20, 2019
Salt Creek Grille at Princeton Forrestal Village (Route 1 south, near the Westin hotel). Parking is conveniently located near the restaurant.
6:00 to 6:30 p.m. - annual meeting, for members only.  Documents to be voted upon will be sent out prior to the meeting.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - dinner and guest speaker

Sean Wilentz
Guest speaker:  Sean Wilentz, the George Henry Davis Professor of American History at Princeton University

Topic:  Slavery and its Opponents at America's Founding

Professor Wilentz's primary research interests include U.S. social and political history. He has written numerous award-winning books and articles including, most notably, The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln, which was awarded the Bancroft Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.   His work on slavery was the basis for his book No Property in Man, a radical reconstruction of the founders’ debate over slavery and the Constitution in which the founders abided slavery without legitimizing it.  A contributing editor to The New Republic and a member of the editorial boards of Dissent and Democracy, Professor Wilentz lectures frequently and has written some three hundred articles, reviews, and op-ed pieces for publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, the American Scholar, and The Nation.  He earned a B.A. at Columbia University and also at Oxford University (Balliol College), and an M.A. and Ph.D. at Yale University.  Professor Wilentz is currently on sabbatical from Princeton University, returning this autumn.

Cost: $42 per person, with cash bar
Please make your check payable to:  The LWV of the Princeton Area
    and mail check to:
LWV of the Princeton Area
PO Box 253
Kingston, NJ 08528

Please mail your check by May 14th.  New members and guests are welcome to join us for an enjoyable evening!

For further information, email:

63rd LWVNJ Biennial Convention

posted Mar 25, 2019, 2:32 PM by Ellen Kemp

Defending Democracy for the Next 100 Years!


The 63rd Biennial Convention of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey
Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8 am - 4 pm
The Imperia, Somerset, NJ
Join the League of Women Voters of New Jersey for our Biennial State Convention featuring:
  • Morning breakfast and networking, inspirational speeches, and the opportunity to inform decisions that will impact the future of the organization. 

  • Training sessions, specifically designed to strengthen our grassroots engagement and Get out the Vote efforts ahead of the 2019 General election. 

  • The business of voting on program, nominations, bylaws, and the budget.

  • Lunch Ceremony featuring awards honoring our 50 year members and outstanding achievements by local Leagues, and keynote address by Ari Berman

Ari Berman is a senior reporter at Mother Jones covering voting rights and a reporting fellow at Type Media Center. Rachel Maddow calls him “the best reporter in the country on national voting rights issues.” He is the winner of a 2017 Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media and Business Insider named him one of the 50 most influential political pundits in the US. He is the author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in AmericaGive Us the Ballot was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, The Boston Globe and Kirkus Reviews and Notable Book of the Year by both The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post. It was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist. Berman has written extensively about American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and commentator on MSNBC and NPR. His first book was Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics


Please also plan to join us on Friday, May 3  to celebrate  "Making Democracy Work" with a cocktail reception and awards ceremony at the Imperia at 6:30 pm.  We hope that you will make a weekend of it, spending Friday and Saturday celebrating at both the cocktail reception and Convention. We are offering a $35 discount when you register for these events together using the option available during the registration process.

Registration:  Registration is available online at You can register for Convention only ($110), for the Convention and Cocktail Reception combined ($200), or for Convention lunch only ($45). You will need to indicate if you are a delegate or a non-voting guest when you register. If you do not want to pay online, you can send a check to LWVNJ, 204 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608. There is a hotel block available until April 3rd – details are below and on the registration link. 

Delegate information:

All members and supporters of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey are invited to the Convention. However, only delegates will be permitted to vote on League business. Please contact your local League president about serving as a voting delegate for your League. If your local League delegation is full, or you are a League member that is not part of a local League but wish to serve as a voting delegate, please contact Pat Thompson at 


Hotel information:

A room block has been reserved at the Springhill Suites Somerset Marriott, 10 Cedar Grove Lane, Somerset, under the name League of Women Voters of New Jersey.  Double/queen room cost is $125 and includes hot breakfast and shuttle service to/from the Imperia. Call 732-595-5100 or go online here to make your reservations by April 3rd. 


Register by Monday, April 15, 2019. We look forward to an energizing and productive state Convention!

Climate Change in the Garden State

posted Mar 25, 2019, 4:54 AM by Ellen Kemp

Thursday, April 11, 7:30
DeCorso Community Center
15 East 4th Street, New Providence, NJ 07974

Dr. David Robinson, Presenter

As the New Jersey State Climatologist, Dr. Robinson has conducted research of an applied nature that focuses on the diverse weather and climate of the Garden State. This includes topics such as climate change, drought, flooding, and issues involving agriculture, transportation, public safety and commerce. He has also served on a number of national committees and occasionally publishes on issues related to his interest in the collection and archiving of accurate climatic data.

For further information please go to our website at

Building a Feminist Future

posted Mar 2, 2019, 12:54 PM by Ellen Kemp

Building a Feminist Future

Moderator Training

posted Mar 2, 2019, 12:49 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Mar 2, 2019, 12:49 PM ]

Two Dates

April 14, 2019; Sunday 12 – 4:30 PM
Moderator Training 101: Introduction to Becoming a LWV Moderator

League moderators committed to providing unbiased debates are in high demand! Will you help us provide this vital service to New Jersey voters? Join us for an introduction to becoming a trained League of Women Voters of New Jersey Moderator; the first required step.

DeCorso Community Center
15 E 4th St., New Providence, NJ 07974
Cost: $10 to cover the cost of materials; payable at the door.
Register: Please RSVP to Pat Thompson at by April 10, 2019.

April 28, 2019, Sunday 12- 4:30 PM
Moderator Training 201: Becoming an Effective LWV Moderator

Have you taken a moderator training already, but could use some more guidance? This is a practice review for beginning and experienced moderators. We will include some role playing to help build confidence, improve your moderating skills, and teach you how you can effectively navigate difficult situations.

Cost: $10 to cover the cost of materials; payable at the door.
Register: Please RSVP to Pat Thompson at by April 24, 2019

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