Archived Events October 2013-June 2014

Annual Meeting 2014

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. 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.

Know Your Water

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?

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Hopewell Valley

12th Congressional District Democratic Primary Forum 2014

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

Affordable Housing Panel

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

Princeton Council Democratic Candidates Forum 2014

Wednesday, April 30 at 7:00 PM

Witherspoon Hall (formerly Township Hall)

Candidates for Princeton Council are

  • Jo Butler
  • Bernie Miller
  • Sue Nemeth

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

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

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

Sheila 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!


Diane Ravitch: Public Lectures in Princeton

Diane Ravitch, NYU Research Professor of Education

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


8:00 PM —

McCosh 50, Princeton University

This event, sponsored by the Walter E. Edge Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

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

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.

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.

16th Legislative District Candidates Forum 2013

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