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William E. Schluter 
On Soft Corruption:
How Unethical Conduct Undermines Good Government and What To Do About It 
June 5, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Princeton Public Library, 2nd Floor Newsroom 

The author and former New Jersey state senator will be joined by Ingrid Reed, former director of the NJ Project at the Eagleton Institute to discuss his book, “Soft Corruption: How Unethical Conduct Undermines Good Government and What To Do About It.” In the book, Schluter recounts his 50-year fight to expose and reform acts of government misconduct in New Jersey and paints a vivid portrait of public servants who care more about political power and personal gain than the public good. 

His book focuses on five areas:
CAMPAIGN FINANCE, LOBBYING, CONFLICT OF INTEREST, PATRONAGE, ELECTORAL PROCESS.


Annual Meeting and Dinner 2017
You and your guests are invited to our Annual Meeting and Dinner.

Can Math Help Save Democracy? Gerrymandering, Statistics, and the Supreme Court

Monday, May 15, 2017

6:00 to 6:30 p.m. - annual meeting, for members; documents to be voted upon will be sent out soon
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - dinner and guest speaker

Guest
Speaker:


Samuel Wang
Sam Wang is professor at Princeton University in the 
Neuroscience Institute and the Department of Molecular Biology. 
His laboratory research concerns ho
w the brain learns during development 
and adulthood, and he has a particular interest in the origins of autism. He is also known as the founder of the Princeton Election Consortium, where starting in 2004, he pioneered the analysis of state polls to track Presidential races. He writes about politics and neuroscience for the New York Times, the American Prospect, The New Republic, and the Washington Post. In 2016, he won a prize in Common Cause's annual contest to identify a rigorous standard for identifying partisan gerrymandering.

PHOTO CREDIT: LAURA STRAUS

Salt Creek Grille, Princeton Forrestal Village (Route 1 south, near the Westin hotel).  Parking is conveniently located near the restaurant.

Cost: $40 per person, with cash bar

Please make your check payable to:
The League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area
and mail check to
LWV of the Princeton Area
PO Box 253
Kingston, NJ 08528

“Standing Together” Rally to Celebrate Diversity by

Gathering Individuals of Many Backgrounds 

Event Spearheaded by The League of Women Voters of East Windsor-Hightstown with Many Area Groups Participating

Mercer County Community College

Sunday, May 7

“Central New Jersey offers a rich mixture of ethnicities, religions, interests, talents, and strengths – the very foundation on which our country was built,” said Judith Arnold when she conducted the first meeting of a variety of community groups brought together to consider holding a rally to celebrate diversity.  “Now is a time when we should celebrate and show support for our values and those who work today to fulfill the American dream and to help others do so,” she continued.  A member of The League of Women Voters of East Windsor-Hightstown (the nonprofit organizing the gathering), Ms.  Arnold was joined by another League member, Deborah Macmillan, who emphasized that “Many Americans today – citizens and other residents – need to know that we stand together in support of one another.”  With that introduction, “Standing Together” plans were launched.

The “Standing Together” Rally will be held on Sunday afternoon, May 7, at Mercer County Community College, West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The rain or shine event will begin at 1:30 pm and conclude no later than 4:30 pm.  Everyone is welcome, admission is free, and there is ample parking.

This special event will feature several speakers at the beginning and end of the Rally representing a variety of racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. Among those who have been invited to participate is US Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman. “Standing Together” will also include a 1.2k (3/4 mile) walk through the campus on a flat, smooth walkway (wheelchair accessible). Participants are strongly encouraged to create and carry signs with positive messages and images celebrating diversity. Three of the most imaginative and/or inspirational signs will each be awarded a gift card prize.

According to the League of Women Voter organizers, this Rally is intended to affirm the value of diversity to society and defend that importance. “’Standing Together’ will be a time for neighbors and friends, new and old, to illustrate the meaning of the saying ‘The whole is greater than the sum of the parts,’” Arnold points out.  Macmillan agrees saying, “We look forward to ‘Standing Together’ as a true celebration of diversity in its many facets.  At a time when many live in fear, and hate crimes are on the rise, it seems particularly fitting for people across all backgrounds to rally and connect by standing – and walking – together.”

While admission and participation in the Rally is free, donations are welcomed to help defray event costs.

To make an online donation, please visit the GoFundMe website, look for “Standing Together 4 Diversity,” and follow the prompts.  There will also be opportunities to contribute at the event site as well.

For more information on “Standing Together,” please send an email to StandingTogether2017@gmail.com.


Second Presidential Debate Watch on Sunday, October 9
WHERE: TRINITY CATHEDRAL CHURCH, 801 WEST STATE STREET, TRENTON, NEW JERSEY 08618  
CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS

TIME: 8:00 P.M. – 10:30 P.M. TELEVISED DEBATE BEGINS AT 9:00 P.M. 

SPONSORED BY THE TRENTON BRANCH NAACP AND COALITION FOR PEACE ACTION – PRINCETON, WITH CO-SPONSOR LAWRENCE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

Remember to access VOTE411.org by clicking on this link: www.Vote411.org. Tell your family, friends, and neighbors to visit this site for election information, candidate positions, and to check their voter registration status. 

Thank you again to everyone who is generously donating their time to support voter service.
http://www.lwvprinceton.org/

Presentations
Saturday, October 8 – Jennifer Howard’s presentation at West Windsor Library

Friday, October 21 (10:30 to 11:45 AM) – Sandy Smith’s presentation on Women and the Right to Vote, to Women in Retirement at the Princeton Senior Center

League of Women Voters Candidate Forums

Princeton Mayoral Election
On October 4, the two candidates for Princeton Mayo(Democrat Elizabeth “Liz” Lempert and Republican Peter Marks) met in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area and Princeton Community TVClick here for a videotape of the forum. It will also be posted at www.VOTE411.org and rebroadcast on Princeton TV  (Comcast Channel 30 and Verizon's FIOS Channel 45) at the following times:
October 11 at 8 PM
October 12 at 10 AM
October 16 at 9 PM
October 21 at noon
October 22 at 9 PM
October 23 at 3 PM

Princeton Board of Education
On October 6, the four candidates for Princeton Board of Education (Debbie Bronfeld, William Hare, Alex Martin and Gregory Stankiewicz) met in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area and Princeton Community TV.  Click here to watch a video of the forum.
Rebroadcast on Princeton TV (Comcast Channel 30 and Verizon's FIOS Channel 45) at the following times: 
October 9 at 8 PM
October. 11 at 9:30 PM
October 13 at 8 PM
October 15 at 10 AM
October 16 at 3 PM
October 17 at 11 AM
October 19 at Noon
October 21 at 10 AM

Twelfth Congressional District
UCCIO – WATSON COLEMAN FORUM
Twelfth Congressional District candidates Steven Uccio and Bonnie Watson Coleman will meet in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area, East Windsor-Hightstown, Hopewell Valley, Lawrence Township, and Monroe Township.  

The forum is hosted by The College of New Jersey in Ewing at the music building’s Mayo Hall and will take place on Thursday, October 20 from 6:30-7:30 PM.  

Questions will be taken from the audience, and videotape of the forum will be posted at VOTE411.org
and on each League’s website.

Contact Chrystal (chrystal.schivell@verizon.net) to help with forums. Volunteers are needed for Screener, Timekeeper and Index card patrol.

Presidential Debate Watch
WHERE: TRINITY CATHEDRAL CHURCH, 801 WEST STATE STREET, TRENTON, NEW JERSEY 08618

DATE: Monday, September 26, 2016
TIME: 8:00 P.M. – 10:30 P.M.  
TELEVISED DEBATE BEGINS AT 9:00 P.M. 

SPONSORED BY THE TRENTON BRANCH NAACP AND COALITION FOR PEACE ACTION – PRINCETON, WITH CO-SPONSOR LAWRENCE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

Volunteers are needed to be in charge of the Voter Registration table, and to say a few words at the beginning of the event about the importance of voting & the voter regulations for the State of NJ (for example, change of address, change of name, and the rules for released felons and their right to vote).

Please contact Sandy Smith at sa2smith@comcast.net if you can volunteer.  Thank you again to everyone who is generously donating their time to support voter service.

Voter Registration

PLEASE VOLUNTEER FOR UPCOMING VOTER SERVICE EVENTS – FALL, 2016

Saturdays in September – Joan Bharucha registers at the West Windsor Farmers’ Market

Friday, September 16 (11AM-1PM) – Registration at Mercer County Community College, Kearney Campus in Trenton

Monday, September 26 (11AM-1PM) – Registration at MCCC, West Windsor Campus

Tuesday, September 27 (11AM-1PM) - Registration at MCCC, West Windsor Campus

Tuesday, September 27 (9AM-9PM) - Registration at Princeton Public Library

Contact Sandy Smith  sa2smith@comcast.net) to help with voter registration

How to Vote

Somerset County Library System of New Jersey

Hillsborough Public Library

Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 1:30 PM

To Register, sclsnj.org, the Reference Desk, or call 908-369-2200 ext 12