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LWVNJ Convention 2013

posted Feb 2, 2013, 8:58 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Mar 27, 2013, 10:34 AM ]
Calling All Delegates! First Call to Convention

The 60th Biennial Convention of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey

Saturday, May 4, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Conference Center at Mercer
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, New Jersey 08550

$95 per delegate or visitor
Click here for details about the convention.

And make sure to join us the night before, Friday evening, May 3rd, at
The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village
201 Village Boulevard
Princeton, NJ 08540

for a special cocktail reception honoring “Hurricane Heroes” - the individuals and organizations who worked tirelessly to make Election Day run as smoothly as possible in the midst of Superstorm Sandy.

Delegates and Voting
Composition: Delegates are chosen by the local Leagues, MAL units or ILOs and shall include the President/Leader or other duly authorized representative(s).

Qualifications of delegates: Each shall be a voting member of the LWV of New Jersey and the League he/she represents must have met its PMP responsibilities. 

Representation: In addition to the President/Leader, or the authorized representative, each local League, MAL unit or ILO in good standing is allotted one more voting member up to the first 25, each additional 25 voting members entitles the group to one additional delegate, according to the count on January 1, 2013.

NOTE: This is the official First Call to Convention. You will be receiving a substantial amount of additional information in the coming days and weeks regarding agenda, program, registration and so on - So stay tuned!

Learn to Lobby

posted Jan 29, 2013, 2:10 PM by Ellen Kemp
Thursday, February 14, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 
LWVNJ State Office, 204 West State Street, Trenton, NJ

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey will hold a training session for members interested in joining the League Lobby Corps. Lobby Corps members visit their legislators in their district offices and in Trenton to discuss issues of importance to the League.

Having relationships with elected officials is a huge positive step towards strengthening our advocacy efforts. We need you - local League members - to help establish better relationships and make the League of Women Voters a more powerful voice.

This training session will provide you will all the tools needed to be an effective lobbyist. We will also review legislation the League is watching and the specific details of how the League Lobby Corps operates.

The training session will go until 1 pm, but we encourage attendees to stay and visit the State House to take a tour and see the state committees in action.

Lunch will be provided but we ask for a $5 donation to cover the cost. Please RSVP to Kerry Butch, LWVNJ Executive Director at no later than noon on February 13th. We will hold two more lobby trainings in the near future. One will be in the Morristown area and the other will be near Camden.

Roe at 40: Looking Ahead

posted Jan 17, 2013, 1:38 PM by Ellen Kemp
A forum on reproductive rights. It's time to stand up for reproductive justice!
Sunday, January 27, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Rutgers University, Douglass Campus, Trayes Hall A, 100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 

Learn More and Buy Tickets

Please join NJAAF, along with the League of Women Voters of New Jersey and other co-sponsoring organizations, for a conversation on abortion rights and access in New Jersey and beyond.

The event keynote speaker is Deborah Jacobs, Vice President of Advocacy and Policy, Ms. Foundation for Women, and former Executive Director of the ACLU of New Jersey. This year's NJAAF Reproductive Justice Award will be presented to Ann Baker, founder of the National Center for the Pro-Choice Majority.

Additional panelists include:
Amanda Allen, JD, Policy Manager at National Institute for Reproductive Health
Michele Jaker, JD, former executive director for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of New Jersey
A family practice physician and public health researcher

General admission tickets start at $30 and are available here.

January 2013 Meeting

posted Dec 25, 2012, 7:00 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Dec 25, 2012, 7:02 AM ]
Please Join Us!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
7 to 9 PM
45 Stockton Street, Princeton

This will be a program planning, working meeting to discuss and finalize our recommendations on League positions for 2013-2015. Light refreshments will be served.

In preparation for the meeting, please review the League positions. We will be recommending that the League Drop, Reaffirm, or Update each position. If you cannot attend the meeting, please let us know your comments via our email address Your input is essential and greatly appreciated.

Our local League welcomes new members and invites interested women and men of the community to join us. 

December 2012 Meeting

posted Nov 26, 2012, 2:00 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Dec 25, 2012, 6:22 AM ]
December 11, 2012
7 to 9 PM
45 Stockton Street, Princeton

At our last meeting of 2012 on December 11, we welcomed Toni Zimmer, President of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, and Kerry Butch, Executive Director. They spoke about opportunities for action on topics such as voting issues, the environment, education, and government. Kerry discussed the Membership and Leadership Development Program; three of our members are looking forward to participating.
Toni Zimmer

Monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday evening of each month, from 7 to 9 PM.

Upcoming meetings:
January 8
February 12
March 12
April 9
May 14
June 11

Princeton Rocks the Vote Concert

posted Oct 24, 2012, 4:26 PM by Ellen Kemp
Rock the Vote
Hinds Plaza
Saturday, October 27
4:00 - 7:30 PM

This concert marks the upcoming Presidential election and celebrates the role of volunteers in this critical election. The event is non-partisan and is designed to get people engaged in the political process, and to increase voter participation, and local activism! The concept is - ROCK local, VOTE local, BE V-O-C-A-L– make your voice known!

Performers have been selected from local talent and include Jed Steadson & The Kumas, Chris Harford and his Band of Changes, JW Middle School Student Ben James, and Impact Winter. Cosponsors include the Princeton Public Library, League of Women Voters, Liz Lempert for Mayor, Woodbridge 4 Mayor, Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO), Small World Coffee, the Princeton Record Exchange, and others. Cosponsors will be staffing tables at the event.

Hinds Plaza is located at 55 Witherspoon Street, next to the Princeton Public Library. The weather looks very good but just in case of rain, the event will be relocated into the Princeton Public Library, at 65 Witherspoon Street. Free. More information can be found at For questions, please e-mail to

Workshop for New Citizens and New Voters

posted Sep 20, 2012, 8:14 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Sep 28, 2012, 12:52 PM ]
Your Vote Counts  Shape Tomorrow Register and Vote
Join the YWCA Princeton and the League of Women Voters
for the information you need to cast your vote!

A non-partisan workshop for new citizens and new voters

Register to Vote Now!

When / Where / How  to Vote
What you can learn from the political hype
Why it's important to choose a candidate who represents you and your ideals

Monday, September 24, 2012 or
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
10:30 - 11:30 AM

Bramwell House, YWCA Princeton
59 Paul Robeson Place
Princeton, NJ 08540

Workshop photos:
Voting 101 Participants 2

Voting 101 Participants

LWV Princeton Area  YWCA logo

Princeton Mayoral Candidates Forum 2012

posted Aug 8, 2012, 1:13 PM by Ellen Kemp
On Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 PM.
The Jewish Center of Princeton
will host a forum for the candidates for mayor of the newly consolidated Princeton.
The forum is sponsored by the LWV-Princeton Area and Princeton Community TV.
Questions will be taken from the audience.

Women's Equality Day 2012

posted Aug 8, 2012, 12:44 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:17 PM ]
Sunday, August 26, 2012
3:00 to 4:40 PM
Black Box Theater
YWCA Princeton

Jazz Cabaret fundraiser featuring jazz vocalist Sue Giles

Sue Giles
Armed with a full palette and range of vocal colors, Sue Giles swings, scats, and woos with a lush, playful, sweet, and heartfelt voice in the tradition of Ella, Sarah, and Dinah.

Ms. Giles will unveil a special jazz program and performance piece in celebration of Alice Paul's lifelong work on behalf of women. Her performance will also honor other phenomenal women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

Tickets: $25 per person for adults, $15 for children aged 14 and under. They may be purchased in advance or at the door. Advance ticket purchase is encouraged due to limited seating.

For more information and tickets, contact Debra Raines 609-497-2100 ext. 307, or visit

More about Sue Giles and This Performance
Sue Giles, has been making a strong impression in New York and New Jersey area as a solid jazz and blues vocalist turning heads and winning fans. She will headline a special performance and benefit 3:00 pm on Sunday afternoon August 26, 2012, in the YWCA Princeton’s new Black Box Theater, in celebration of Women’s Equality Day.

Sue Giles will honor our nation’s foremothers: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and New Jersey’s own Alice Paul, who were triumphant in their pursuit of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. She will honor them via a musical presentation of selections from some of our leading musical foremothers – written by female composers of music from the 1800’s through today’s popular artists. 

Accompanying Giles is Scott Trent, son of legendary local Barbara Trent. A brilliant, multi-faceted pianist in his own right, Trent’s contributions to the performance promise to shine just as bright.

A gifted voice combined with an improvisational approach, Sue Giles’ performances are powerful and memorable. Audiences young and old should be prepared to be transfixed as she takes them from soulful and smooth, to lively, heartfelt and funky as she chronicles the history of the women’s movement through the fresh versions of classics and modern day selections.

Giles, a former director of the Trenton Community Music School, engages young and old in this multicultural, multi-generational event sure to delight. “The universality of music brings people together,” states Giles. “I enjoy creating an appreciation of the arts beyond music.”

In her jazz performance, Giles’ will share glimpses of women throughout the decades through her musical selections and stories. She will share how melodies, stories, and time are fused to create music that bind women and history.

When asked about the connection she sees between women today and of yesteryear, Giles feels that many of the same struggles still exist. She believes women continue to be nurturers by instinct, even in the workplace, although access to education has served to empower women in new ways.

“We are pleased to commemorate this special day in history and celebrate all women,” shares Diane Hasili, YWCA Princeton spokesperson. “As part of a global movement, the YWCA stands alongside millions of women around world every day.”

The Homewood Suites of Princeton has created a specially priced package which includes two tickets to the jazz performance in addition to deluxe accommodations all weekend long in honor of YWCA Princeton’s Women’s Equality Day. For additional information, contact the Homewood Suites sales office at (609) 720-0550 ext. 6007 and mention "equality". 

80th Anniversary Party

posted Aug 7, 2012, 3:46 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:54 PM ]
Help celebrate the 80th anniversary of the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area with a portrayal of Alice Paul, by Taylor Williams of the American Historical Theatre.

Alice Paul, portrayed by Taylor Williams
Join us
Monday, October 15th at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church
50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton

Portrayed by Taylor Williams, blunt-speaking, no-nonsense Alice Paul was born into a Quaker family in New Jersey. She earned a BA in Biology from Swarthmore, studied social work at the New York School of Philanthropy (now the Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work) and the University of Birmingham. At the London School of Economics She received an MA in Sociology and a PhD in economics, from the University of Pennsylvania. Paul earned a Bachelor of Legal Letters, a Master of Legal Letters, and, finally, a Doctor of Civil Law, all from American University.

Inspired by Britain’s Christabel Pankhurst to speak out for women’s right to vote, Paul joined the fight for suffrage in Great Britain and returned home to work with the National American Woman Suffrage Association in order to help secure the 19th Amendment. When that passed, in 1920, Alice Paul wrote and worked for the Equal Rights Amendment, introducing the bill in 1923. The ERA has been introduced to Congress every session since 1982, but has never gotten out of committee. 

Taylor Williams takes up the standard of Alice Paul. Both studied extensively, studied law, and have dedicated their lives to protecting civil rights. Williams explains the simple idea behind the Equal Rights Amendment: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” Ms. Williams demystifies the concept, as well as its non-ratification. Williams brings to life the all-too-human woman willing to be classified a political prisoner and endure force feedings in order to convince a nation that women deserve the vote.

When Alice Paul was asked why she persevered so single-mindedly, Paul quoted her father, “When you put your hand to the plow, you can’t set it down until you get to the end of the row.” Taylor Williams would remind us that we haven’t yet finished the row. Taylor Williams has a BS in Education and an MA in Writing and Editing, from Penn State, as well as an MA in Theater Arts from Villanova University. Ms. Williams’ studied acting in England at the Royal National Theater. A practicing lawyer for 30+ years, with a J.D. degree from Temple University, Ms. Williams heads the litigation unit for Pennsylvania’s Unified Judiciary, representing Pennsylvania’s justices, judges and court systems, predominately in cases of constitutional scope, and largely in federal court. An acting teacher for many years, Taylor has taught at the Walnut Street Theater, and developed and teaches a course in theatre skills for lawyers for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Williams has performed in venues that include the University of Iowa, University of Pennsylvania’s Law School, a tour of colleges in the southern states, and the Frazier Museum. She is especially proud of recreating Alice Paul’s speech introducing the ERA at Seneca Falls, with Hillary Clinton and other notable politicos present at the ERA Summit.