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League Newsletter June 2019


Princeton Area
 Volume 33  Issue 5
  June 2019

  In This Issue

    Annual Dinner and Meeting

    Business Meeting Schedule


V2019 Calendar

    Business Meetings

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    Tuesday, November 12, 2019

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020
    Tuesday, April 7, 2010

All meetings will take place
from 7-9 PM in the
Suzanne Patterson Building, Princeton



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Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

Annual Dinner and Meeting
Sandy Smith welcomed members and reviewed the Princeton Area League’s achievements and advocacy this year. She noted that we’ve grown to 56 members, while membership in New Jersey has increased 25%. Four new Leagues have been created. LWVNJ is piloting Get Out the Vote (GOTV) for LWVUS, and the League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary next year.Give Us the Ballot

Sandy Smith, Kathleen Moriarty, Jennifer Howard, and Ellen Kemp were our delegates at the LWVNJ Convention, where our nominee, Ann Armstrong of Somerset, shared the Distinguished Service Award with Peggy Delinger of Monmouth. Ari Berman was the keynote speaker. His well-received book, Give Us the Ballot, is available in paperback.
The Rita Ludlum Award was presented by Carol Collier, Rita’s daughter, to Madeleine Zullow and Katherine Benjamin, both high school students who emulated Rita in working for the League. We were delighted to have Carol and the parents of our awardees join us. Sandy thanked Kathleen Moriarty for having taken charge of the Rita Ludlum Award project.
The budget, Princeton League Positions, Leadership Committee, and Nominating Committee were approved. Sandy welcomed the new members of the Leadership Committee: Cindy Gordon, who will take on publicity, and Jeanne Turner, who will organize GOTV.  
Sandy thanked Sean Wilentz for giving his time as our speaker and Kip Cherry for inviting him. Sandy also thanked the organizers of the Annual Dinner: Kathleen Moriarty, Nancy Hall, and Ellen Kemp – and Toshi Abe for the sound system and videotaping. Sandy herself deserves tremendous thanks for having done all the paperwork and overseen every detail of the Annual Meeting.
swilentzWe were honored to have as our guest speaker Sean Wilentz, the George Henry Davis Professor of American History at Princeton University, whose topic was "Slavery and its Opponents at America's Founding."  Professor Wilentz’s reputation and topic drew a number of guests to the dinner. Toshi Abe videotaped the talk, and a link to the video will be posted in the near future.
Dr. Wilentz presented his contention, elaborated in his recent book No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding, that the Constitution, as ratified in 1788, was less racist and pro-slavery than many have thought. Referring often to colleagues with whom he disagrees, Dr. Wilentz explained that his interpretation is based on the fact that in the Constitution enslaved people were defined legally as “persons” and not property.  Because the framers were not about to challenge property law, they were careful not to refer to slaves as property. Nor do the words “slave” or “slavery” appear in the Constitution as ratified in 1788. Thus, although many of the framers were slaveholders themselves, they ensured that slavery was not enshrined in federal law.
Click here to read more about Dr. Wilentz's remarks.

LWV-Princeton Area Business Meeting Schedule 2019-20
All meetings will take place from 7-9 PM at the Suzanne Patterson Building in Princeton. Leadership Committee members responsible for leading the agenda at each meeting are listed.

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019: Lee Forbes
    • Welcome new members; focus on Voter Service for November election
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019: Sandy Smith
    • Recap of voter service activities and plan for rest of year
  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020: Lee Forbes
    • LWVUS Program Planning
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020: Sandy Smith
    • Plan for next year

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