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League Newsletter January 2019

Princeton Area  
 Volume 33  Issue 3
  January 2019

  In This Issue

Advocacy Updates

  Education Committee

  Rita Ludlum Award

Princeton Community Housing

  Annual Meeting

  #MeToo: Violence Against Women

  LWVNJ Events

  Program Planning

 LWVNJ Events

  2019 Calendar
   Business Meeting: 
April 9

   LWVNJ Gala and Convention

   May 3-4


The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area

welcomes information
about issues

in our League area and
encourages comments at



Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.
Advocacy Updates
NJ MapOn December 17 League members turned out in Trenton to advocate against the recent redistricting bill proposed by Democrats. The bill was withdrawn. It is significant that the League was asked to take the lead by the other organizations opposing the bill and that, in opposing a Democratic proposal, the League confirmed its nonpartisan reputation.

LWVNJ will continue to educate and empower voters across the state about what real redistricting reform should look like through “Fair Districts.”  LWVNJ will be announcing a series of public forums in which it will present redistricting best practices and gather input from the public that can be shared with lawmakers in future redistricting conversations.  Lee Forbes is LWV-Princeton Area’s liaison to Fair Districts. Please watch for more information, take part, and contact Lee for details.

LWVUS urges local Leagues to schedule district office visits with our members of Congress in the month of January to ask ,"Will you support H.R.1 and prioritize legislation that fixes our democracy?"  H.R.1: For the People Act aims to improve our democracy and voting rights across the nation. We should hand our respresentatives a copy of our Declaration for American Democracy (click here to print a copy).

If you are not able to make an appointment, you can choose a day or time that works best for your group and coordinate a "drop-by" visit. Most district offices are staffed Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. for constituents to drop by. Lee Forbes has volunteered to visit Tom Malinowski. If other members from District 7 would like to join her as representatives of the League or if members from other districts plan to visit their Congress people, please contact Lee.  All members should, as individuals, contact their representatives. Click here for more infomation on H.R. 1.

Education Committee

Jennifer Howard, a member of the LWVNJ  Education Committee, reported that a three-judge panel of the Superior Court Appellate Division threw out a requirement that New Jersey public high school students take the PARCC Algebra 1 and 10th-grade English Language Arts sections as their end-of-course exams for graduation. The judges said the state Education Department requirement that students take two exams is not authorized under state law. The panel said state law merely requires that students take a single test in 11th grade for graduation. The committee is following this issue and the Murphy administration’s policy toward charter schools.

Rita Ludlum AwardRitaLudlum2008-crop
Members at our January meeting approved a suggestion made earlier this year that the League give a yearly award, the "Rita Ludlum Award," to a student who has helped with local League activities. Nominations will be made by Princeton Area League members; the Leadership Committe will select the winner(s). This year the award will be $300. Please send your nominations to Kathleen Moriarty at

Princeton Community Housing 
Needed: A League of Women Voters liaison to the Community Board of Princeton Community Housing, whose goal is to provide supplementary programs so that affordable housing becomes a bridge rather than an end in itself. The liaison need not be a Princeton resident. For information about the duties, contact Ed Truscelli, PCH Executive Director, at 609-924-3822.   

Annual Meeting 
Please save the dates Monday, May 13 and May 20, for our annual meeting at Salt Creek Grille. Kathleen Moriarty has graciously agreed to coordinate the event.  Details and a firm date will follow.

Violence Against Women: History and Hope
Monday, March 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
presented by LWV-Berkely Heights, New Providence & Summit
Click here for details.

LWVNJ Events
Jeanne Turner and Cindy Gordon have volunteered for Callathon, the state League’s reminder to those of us who haven’t yet responded to its yearly appeal. LWV-Princeton Area gets a portion of the donations made to LWVNJ.  Last year we made $287 by participating in Callathon.
State Convention and Gala – May 3-4
lwvnj-2015The Princeton Area League, with its more than 50 members, is entitled to four voting delegates to the LWVNJ Convention on May 4. Please email if you would like to be a voting delegate, but all members are urged to attend Convention to learn more about the League, meet the speakers, and share concerns with Leagues throughout New Jersey.  The location has yet to be finalized but will be less than an hour’s drive away – and we can carpool.

LWVNJ is also looking for members to serve on its board. Ellen Kemp, who serves now as board treasurer, or Lee Forbes, who recently left the board, can explain the duties. If you are interested in serving, please speak to them or email Nominations are due February 4.

The Gala, Making Democracy Work, on the evening of May 3 is a fundraiser, as well as a party with good food and drink, that honors NJ figures who reflect the League’s mission. It was agreed that LWVPA buy an ad in the program and that it honor Rita Ludlum.  We are also participating in the wine-pull and silent auction.  Lee Forbes will coordinate contributions to a Princeton basket for the silent auction.  She suggests " Greetings from Princeton " as the theme and would like feedback and help from members. Lee will also collect other contributions and wine from members of the Princeton Area League. Wine, bagged, may also be donated at the Gala itself; but contributions to the silent auction are due April 1. For more details click here.

Program Planning
Lee Forbes led the consensus on whether to drop, reaffirm, or update each of LWVNJ’s positions as found in “Study and Action,” available online. The consensus was to reaffirm all positions with a question about whether that of the office of Lt. Governor is still needed. For more, click here


Next Business Meeting
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 7-9 p.m.
Suzanne Patterson Building, Princeton
Help plan for next year's programs and events.

Read more about our January business meeting on our website.
Visit our public Facebook page. Events will be posted there as well as on the Princeton Area website. Please invite your friends on Facebook to Like the page so that we can increase our followers.

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