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League Newsletter May 2014

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The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area
 Volume 28  Issue 8
  May 2014

   In This Issue

    Annual Meeting

    Voter Service

    Torture Awareness Month


    Stand Against Racism

    Princeton Community Housing   

    Spring Workshop   

    LWVUS Convention

    Treasurer's Report

    Leadership Committee

    Meeting Rooms

  2014 Calendar

    June 10, 7 PM
        Monthly Meeting
        Suzanne Patterson Building

    June 16, 6 PM
        Annual Meeting
        Salt Creek Grille

    June 26, 7:30 PM
        Torture Wareness Month
        "The Challenge of
          Human Trafficking"



The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area

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about issues

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Annual Meeting 
 CornellBrooks-sm Please join us at the annual meeting of the LVW-Princeton Area on Monday, June 16 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM at the Salt Creek Grille. Cornell Brooks, Esq., recently selected to be President and CEO of the NAACP, and currently President and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, will speak on: "The Beloved Community Behind Bars: A Dream Deferred." Click here to read more about the meeting and to register to attend.

Voter Service

Vote! Primary Election, June 3

12th Congressional District Democratic Candidates Forum
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In co-sponsorship with Princeton Community TV, the League held a forum on Tuesday, April 29 at 7 PM at Witherspoon Hall in Princeton. For ninety minutes Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, from the 17th New Jersey legislative district; Senator Linda Greenstein, from the 14th legislative district; Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman from the 15th district, and Andrew Zwicker, Head of the Science Education Department at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory answered questions from an SRO audience of 140 people. The forum was videotaped for rebroadcast on Princeton Community TV and was posted on its website and on that of the LWV.

Princeton Council Democratic Candidates Forum

PrincetonCouncilDems2014-smIn co-sponsorship with Princeton Community TV, the League held a forum on Wednesday, April 30 at 7PM at Witherspoon Hall in Princeton. Thirty-four people braved a deluge to hear Jo Butler, Bernie Miller, and Sue Nemeth in an hour-long forum that was videotaped for rebroadcast and posting. Click here to watch the video.

Click here to read more about the forums and about other voter service activity this spring.

Torture Awareness Month Speaker
"The Challenge of Human Trafficking"

ChiesaJeffrey Chiesa, former U.S. Senator and former N.J. Attorney General, will speak for Torture Awareness Month on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 7:30 PM, Sophia Lyon Fahs Auditorium at the Princeton Unitarian Universalist Congregation Church, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 (just off Rt. 206 at Cherry Hill Road).
The event is sponsored by the Princeton Area Interfaith Anti-Torture Group with numerous co-sponsors, including the LWV-Princeton Area. Light Refreshments will be served. Free. Click here for more information.

LibertyThe League had a good spot on Witherspoon Street and, like last year, offered voting—rewarded with an “I Voted” sticker—and the chance to dress as Lady Liberty or Uncle Sam.  We aggressively handed out Fun Facts about the League and publicity about upcoming events.
Click here to read more and for more photos.

Stand Against Racism 
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Only Not In Our Town and the League staffed tables at Hinds Plaza on Friday, April 25 for the YWCA's "Stand Against Racism," to which about 125 people attended. Nancy Hall and Chrystal Schivell handed out publicity about the League's upcoming debates and the panel on Affordable Housing. Please click here to read more about the event.

Princeton Community Housing
AffordableHousingFifty-four people attended the May 5 Affordable Housing forum co-sponsored by the LWV-Princeton Area and Princeton Community Housing. The forum was a a great success! Click here to read more and to watch a video of the forum.

Spring Workshop
Nancy Hall and Lee Forbes reported on the Spring Workshop they attended at Brookdale Community College. The "Restoring Trust in New Jersey’s Government" roundtable participants spoke from their areas of expertise on ethics, transparency, and accountability. There was a good turnout, including some students and LWV interns; and the afternoon sessions that Nancy and Lee each attended were worthwhile.

LWV National Convention and National Positions
Proposed LWVUS program, budget, and bylaws changes were discussed at our May meeting. In addition to the existing program, the Human Trafficking proposal from LWVNJ has been recommended. Lee also mentioned several emails regarding items that are likely to be brought up from the floor, such as income inequality, minimum wage, some minimal bylaws rewording, and an effort by one of the nominees for the board to be nominated for president. To read more about the convention, go to the LWVUS website.

LWV-Princeton Area now has business cards. Please email us if you would like some to distibute to people who might be interested in learning more about the League and hopefully becoming members.

We are considering adding a new membership category to attract those for whom payment of our current dues may be an obstacle.
Click here to read more.

Treasurer's Report
Our League's asset balance is $6,681.67. Year-to-Date income was $3600 and expenses were $3915.22.

Leadership Committee
At the annual meeting, the membership will vote on a proposal to keep the current Leadership Committee in place for another year (June 2014 - June 2015). Click here for a description and list of the Leadership Committee members.

Meeting Rooms for the Coming Year
We plan to meet in the evening at the Suzanne Patterson Building for all months except February and March. We may need a new daytime location for February and March, since the Princeton Public Library has increased its room rental fee.

Summaries of LWV-Princeton Area monthly meetings may be found at

Reminders about upcoming events will continue to be sent by email, but everyone should go to the League website and click on rss-button Subscribe to be sure of missing nothing.