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Archived Events September 2011-June 2012

Torture, the Constitution & Solitary Confinement

posted Jun 21, 2012, 6:11 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:59 PM ]
and a Preview of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Report

a talk by Elisa Massimino, President and CEO of Human Rights First

Thursday, June 28, 7:30pm
Princeton Unitarian Universalist Congregation Church – Sophia Lyon Fahs Auditorium
50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Ms. Massamino supervises a staff of 70 in New York and Washington and is a world leader in torture and civil liberties-related issues around the world. As an introduction to the lecture, a panel of experts will each make a short statement on issues related to torture.

Elisa Massimino is President and CEO of Human Rights First, one of the nation’s leading human rights advocacy organizations. Established in 1978, Human Rights First works in the United States and abroad to promote respect for human rights and the rule of law. Massimino joined Human Rights First in 1991 and served as the organization’s Washington Director for more than a decade before being named chief executive in September 2008.

Massimino has a distinguished record of human rights advocacy in Washington. As a national authority on human rights law and policy, she has testified before Congress dozens of times and writes frequently for mainstream publications and specialized journals. In May 2008, 2009, and 2011 the influential Washington newspaper The Hill named her one of the top public advocates in the country.

Massimino holds a law degree from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Massimino serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches human rights advocacy. She is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court.  

Sponsored by the Princeton-Area Interfaith Anti-Torture Group. Co-sponsored by the Coalition for Peace Action; National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT); American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ); Rabbis for Human Rights North America; Amnesty International Princeton-Area Group; Princeton Friends Monthly Meeting; Trenton Friends Monthly Meeting; Nassau Presbyterian Church; Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton-Social Justice Committee; Princeton University Office of Religious Life; All Saints Church; Hanan M. Isaacs, PC; and Princeton Community TV. 

Refreshments will be served. Plenty of parking. Free. 

80th Annual Meeting

posted May 23, 2012, 9:13 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:58 PM ]
Dead Presidents and Live Politicians:
The Assault of Campaign Cash on Our Democracy

The League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area
invites you and your guests to join us
for our 80th Annual Meeting and dinner

Monday, June 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Salt Creek Grille
Princeton Forrestal Village (Route 1 south, near the Westin hotel)

Leslie Gerwin
Keynote speaker:  Leslie Gerwin, JD, MPH, MPA
Associate Director, Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University
and Adjunct Professor of Law, Yeshiva University

Topic: Dead Presidents and Live Politicians: The Assault of Campaign Cash on Our Democracy

Cost: $25 for members or $40 for a member plus a guest
Cash bar 
New members are welcome!

Please make your check payable to the League of Women Voters 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, contact

Voting 101

posted May 11, 2012, 8:08 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:59 PM ]
A non-partisan workshop for new citizens and new voters will be held on 

Sunday, June 3, 2012
from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Vote Here Sign
in the Community Room of the Princeton Public Library.

Attendees will learn the voting process step-by-step: understanding the sample ballot, signing into the polling place, using the voting machine, knowing their rights, and more. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area, the Human Services Commission, the Latin American Task Force (LATF), and the Princeton Public Library, the workshop is free and includes refreshments and instruction in English and Spanish.

Recycling Forum

posted Apr 30, 2012, 3:09 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:59 PM ]
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

NJ Pure Conference Center
Capital Health Medical Center
Scotch Road, Hopewell

Questions constantly arise regarding what can be recycled in our curbside buckets and ways to recycle everything else. Come out and learn what you can do to simplify your recycling life and reduce your impact on the environment.

Speakers and topics:

Dan Napoleon, Chief of the Mercer County Recycling Program,
will speak regarding the curbside program and answer questions about what should and should not go into those barrels, AND why.

Jim Lee from Mercer County Freecycle Network,
will explain this grassroots movement of people who are giving (and getting) things for free in their own towns and thus keeping good stuff out of landfills.

The evening will be interspersed with 30-second tips on how to
“Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” even more,
and will offer an opportunity for neighbors to share tips with each other.
Members of the Hopewell Valley Green Team will also be on hand to participate in discussion about local recycling issues

sponsored by
The League of Women Voters of the Hopewell Valley

For more information, contact Joann Held (President of LWVHV) at 737-0867 or

Keeping Public Schools Public

posted Dec 2, 2011, 5:05 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:58 PM ]
The League of Women Voters of Lawrence Township presents

Keeping Public Schools Public

a talk on current education policy in New Jersey
by Dr. Julia Sass Rubin
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 7:30 PM
at the Lawrence Library.

Dr. Rubin is Associate Professor at Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. She is one of the founding members of Save our Schools NJ, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization of parents and other concerned residents who believe that all New Jersey children should have access to a high-quality public education.

Questions or comments? E-mail LWV Lawrence Township at

16th Legislative District Candidates Forum

posted Aug 25, 2011, 4:17 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated an hour ago ]

Monday, October 17, 2011
7:00 PM
Princeton Municipal Building Main Meeting Room

The six candidates for the newly realigned 16th legislative district will participate in a forum.

Republican and Democratic candidates for the New Jersey State Legislature's 16th  District will debate and answer questions from the audience at a public forum. Princeton and South Brunswick are new to the 16th  District and to its incumbents and their challengers.

The event, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area, is open to the public.

Candidates for the one Senate seat are

  • Republican Christopher Bateman, incumbent, from Somerville
  • Democrat Maureen Vella of Hillsborough.

Candidates for the two Assembly seats are

  • Republicans Peter J. Biondi, incumbent, from Hillsborough and Jack Ciattarelli, also from Hillsborough
  • Democrats Marie Corfield of Flemington and Joe Camarota of Kendall Park.

Barbara Trought, a member of the League of Women Voters of Burlington County, will moderate.

The Candidates Debate has been videotaped and archived at It is available for broadcast within the 16th district. For information and access to the videotape, contact

Princeton Future Open Meeting

posted Aug 15, 2011, 6:41 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:58 PM ]
Saturday, October 1 at 9 AM
Princeton Public Library Community Room

Join a conversation about the proposed consolidation of Princeton Borough and Princeton Township. Representatives from the Consolidation Commission and the Center for Government Research will attend.

Back to League Night 2011

posted Aug 15, 2011, 5:25 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:58 PM ]
Monday, September 19, 2011 at 7 PM
Princeton Township Municipal Building

Ben Dworkin
Ben Dworkin, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Director of the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics
will discuss
Congressional Redistricting: Likely Winners and Losers

The meeting is free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be served.

Women’s Equality Day 2011

posted Aug 10, 2011, 8:39 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:59 PM ]

All Yes! Males Too! -  are invited to attend a Women’s Equality Day Celebration at the YWCA Princeton...


YWCA Princeton and Princeton Public Library Special Event

Celebrating 91st Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote


When.......................... 11:30 am-1:00pm, Friday, August 26th


Where......................... All Purpose Room, YWCA Princeton, 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton


Cost............................ Suggested donation of 91 cents celebrating the 91st Anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.


Other.......................... Please RSVP Debra Raines at 



Sponsors: YWCA Princeton  and The Princeton Public Library


Screening of “The Equal Rights Amendment: Unfinished Business for the Constitution”.  An 18 minute film.  Followed by a panel discussion with ERA activists Roberta W. Francis and Dr. Dorie Rothman.  Panel speakers will lead an open audience discussion.


Sculpture of Alice Paul, from Dr. Rothman’s “Heroes of the Women’s Movement” collection will be on display. 


Special guests: Director, Kris Meyers, of the Alice Paul Institute and members of the League of Women’s Voters of the Princeton Area.


Light refreshments: Desserts provided, once again, thanks to the generosity of Jen’s Cakes & Pastries. Bring your brown bag lunch.


eliminating racism

empowering women



For more information, contact Debra Raines

Director of Mission Advancement


YWCA Princeton | 59 Paul Robeson Place | Princeton, NJ | 08540 | (609) 497-2100 ext. 307 | |


YWCA Princeton  Established in 1922, the YWCA Princeton is a local not-for-profit organization with nearly 7,000 women, men, children and families as members. It serves Princeton and the surrounding communities offering a wide array of affordable classes for adults and children in addition to social services, advocacy, education, and leadership development dedicated to the empowerment of women and girls, and the elimination of racism. Class offerings include aquatics, arts, breast cancer resources, dance, early childhood education, after school programs, English as a second language, gymnastics, martial arts, newcomers and women networking groups, and summer camps. It is one of 300 YWCA USA affiliates nationally and part of World YWCA with locations in 106 countries. For additional information,, or contact (609) 497-2100.


Princeton Township Committee Candidates Televised Debate

posted Aug 5, 2011, 8:50 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:59 PM ]
Princeton Community TV will televise a live debate among candidates for Princeton Township Committee

co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area and

Monday, September 26, 2011 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM

Questions for the candidates can be emailed to

Video of the debate will be archived on the websites of all three sponsors.

2011 Princeton Borough Mayoral Candidates Debate

posted Aug 5, 2011, 8:34 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:58 PM ]
Forum between candidates for Princeton Borough mayor
sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area in cooperation with

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 7:30 PM

hosted by
The Jewish Center of Princeton
435 Nassau Street, Princeton

Questions from the audience will be taken.