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Annual Meeting 2014

posted May 13, 2014, 11:14 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Jun 6, 2014, 1:36 PM ]
The League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area 
invites you and your guests to join us 
for our Annual Meeting and Dinner 

Monday, June 16, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. 
(brief business meeting, from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m., at which we will vote on the budget, Leadership Committee, and positions) 

Salt Creek Grille 
Princeton Forrestal Village 
(Route 1 South, next to the Westin Princeton) 

Keynote Speaker: 
Cornell William Brooks, Esq. 

The Beloved Community Behind Bars: A Dream Deferred 

Cornell William Brooks, Esq.

Cornell William Brooks, Esq. was recently selected to be President and CEO of the NAACP and currently serves as President and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. He is a veteran civil rights attorney and fourth-generation ordained minister. With business leaders, faith communities and advocates, Mr. Brooks is working to reduce the employment barriers for those with often minor, aged and irrelevant criminal records—especially those who are young and who have merely been arrested. These barriers affect one out of every four adults. 

Dinner: $40 
Cash bar 
New members are welcome! 

Please make your check payable to 
LWV of the Princeton Area 
and mail check by June 10 to 
LWV of the Princeton Area 
PO Box 253 
Kingston, NJ 08528

For further information, email:

Know Your Water

posted Apr 25, 2014, 3:42 PM by Ellen Kemp
Water Quality and Sources in the Hopewell Valley

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Capital Health on Scotch Road
NJ Pure Conference Center

  • Michael Aucott, Hopewell Township Environmental Commission
  • Joann Held, Pennington Borough Environmental Commission
  • Bonnie McDevitt, NEw Jersey Water Association

Where does your water come from in each of our municipalities? Is it safe? Where can you get more information about possible contamination? What can residents and municipalities do to protect our groundwater?

For more, email

12th Congressional District Democratic Primary Forum 2014

posted Apr 17, 2014, 8:09 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated an hour ago ]

Tuesday, April 29 at 7:00 PM 
Witherspoon Hall (formerly Township Hall), Princeton

LWV-Princeton Area will co-sponsor, with Princeton Community TV

a forum for the four Democratic primary candidates for the 12th Congressional seat currently held by Rush Holt.

The candidates
  • Upendra Chivukula
  • Linda Greenstein
  • Bonnie Watson-Coleman
  • Andrew Zwicker
Email the League if you are interested in volunteering for this event.

Affordable Housing Panel

posted Apr 10, 2014, 4:38 PM by Ellen Kemp
The League and Princeton Community Housing (PCH)
invite you to an Important Community Event

Affordable Housing
Opportunities and Challenges
in Princeton

A Roundtable Panel Discussion presented by:
Sandy Smith, League of Women Voters

Panel Participants:
Edward Truscelli, Princeton Community Housing (moderator)
Arnaz Yousafzai, Princeton Community Housing
Christy Peacock, Princeton Affordable Housing
Scott Parsons, Princeton Housing Authority

Monday, May 5, 2014, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Main Meeting Room, Princeton’s Monument Hall
(formerly Princeton Borough Hall - free parking available)

For further information, please go to:

Princeton Council Democratic Candidates Forum 2014

posted Mar 25, 2014, 7:33 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Mar 25, 2014, 7:34 PM ]
Wednesday, April 30 at 7:00 PM
Witherspoon Hall (formerly Township Hall)

Voter Service needs the following:
  • a timekeeper
  • two people to distribute index cards to the audience for their questions
  • a screener to sort those questions for our moderator. 
Princeton League members: Please also suggest questions that can be used as back-up and email them to Chrystal Schivell at by April 22. 

Candidates for Princeton Council are
  • Jo Butler
  • Bernie Miller
  • Sue Nemeth

Stand Against Racism 2014

posted Mar 14, 2014, 9:47 AM by Ellen Kemp
Stand Against Racism 2014

The LWV-Princeton Area is co-sponsoring the Princeton YWCA's Stand Against Racism on Friday, April 25. The program begins at 6:00 PM in Hinds Plaza with music and skits and then moves indoors to the Community Room of the Princeton Public Library, where guest speakers, Patricia Fernandez-Kelly of Princeton University and legal expert, Poonam Bhuchar of Princeton will discuss the theme Is Racism Holding Up/ Delaying Immigration Reform? Members are encouraged to support this event and to volunteer to distribute League literature.

Communiversity 2014

posted Feb 17, 2014, 9:58 AM by Ellen Kemp
We will be participating in Communiversity again this year.

Sunday, April 27, rain or shine

  • volunteers needed from about 12:30 to 6 PM
  • we will provide ballots, custom-made for children to vote, and "I Voted" stickers
  • we will also be distributing tote bags with our logo, containing information about the League 
  • brochures and other handouts such as voter registration forms will be available 
  • please contact Nancy Hall at if you have any questions or would like to volunteer
More information will be provided over the coming weeks. Please plan to join us and help out if you can.

YWCA Tribute to Women 2014

posted Feb 17, 2014, 7:51 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Feb 17, 2014, 7:51 AM ]
SheilaBSheila Berkelhammer, past president of Princeton Community Housing and a member of LWV-Princeton Area, is being honored at the Princeton YWCA's 31st Annual "Tribute to Women" Awards Dinner on March 6th for her efforts on behalf of affordable housing. Congratulations to Sheila! To purchase tickets to the Awards Dinner, please click on this link for tickets.

Diane Ravitch: Public Lectures in Princeton

posted Oct 20, 2013, 7:31 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Oct 20, 2013, 7:38 PM ]
Diane Ravitch, NYU Research Professor of Education
Diane Ravitch

Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools 

Two chances to hear Diane Ravitch
Monday, November 4, 2013

at 4 PM — 
Princeton High School Auditorium
151 Moore Street, Princeton
Sponsored by Save Our Schools NJ, Labyrinth Books, and Princeton Public Schools
Contact with any questions


8:00 PM —
McCosh 50, Princeton University
This event, sponsored by the Walter E. Edge Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. For further information on this and other events in the series, please visit

Diane Ravitch is a historian of education and Research Professor of Education at New York University. She was assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education in the administration of President George W. Bush and was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by President Bill Clinton.

Reign of Error is an incisive, comprehensive look at today’s American school system that argues against those who claim it is broken and beyond repair. It is an impassioned but reasoned call to stop the privatization movement, which is draining students and funding from our public schools. Diane Ravitch argues that federal programs such as George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind and Barack Obama’s Race to the Top set unreasonable targets for American students, punish schools, and result in teachers being fired if their students underperform, unfairly branding those educators as failures. She warns that major foundations, individual billionaires, and Wall Street hedge fund managers are encouraging the privatization of public education; some for idealistic reasons, others for profit. Ravitch makes clear what is right about U.S. education, how policy makers are failing to address the root causes of educational failure, and how we can improve our public schools rather than destroying them. 

She is the author of seven previous books on education, including the critically acclaimed The Death and Life of the Great American School System (2010); The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn (2008); Left Back: A Century of Battles Over School Reform (2001); and The Troubled Crusade: American Education 1945-1980 (1985).

Back to League Night 2013

posted Oct 12, 2013, 7:41 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Oct 12, 2013, 7:42 PM ]
Tuesday, October 29 at 7 PM
Community Room at Witherspoon Hall
Witherspoon Hall (formerly Princeton Township Hall)
400 Witherspoon Street, Princeton

The program will begin with a video: Storming for the Vote: Hurricane Sandy and the Election.

Storming the Vote

After the presentation members will be encouraged to discuss the video.

Members will also be encouraged to learn about our present and possible future study groups which include Observer Corps, Lobby Corps, an Action Committee to restore voting rights to all parolees and probationers who are U.S. Citizens (an LWVNJ position), and Human Trafficking. Representatives will be available to answer questions and sign up volunteers.

There will be an opportunity for socializing and light refreshments will be served.

16th Legislative District Candidates Forum 2013

posted Oct 4, 2013, 9:40 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Oct 4, 2013, 9:47 AM ]
Candidates for the New Jersey State Senate and Assembly from the 16th Legislative District will take questions from the audience at a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area.

The 16th District includes Kingston, Montgomery, Princeton, Rocky Hill, and South Brunswick - all municipalities within the Princeton Area League.

Candidates include

Senate: incumbent Senator Kip Bateman and challenger Christian Mastrondrea

Assembly: incumbents Jack Ciattarelli and Donna Simon and challengers Marie Corfield and Ida Ochoteco.

This is an opportunity to hear from the legislators who will represent you.

The forum will take place
Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM 
at Witherspoon Hall (formerly Township Hall)
400 Witherspoon Street

The forum will be videotaped by George McCollough of Princeton Community TV for rebroadcast and posting on Princeton TV's website and on the League's website