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Upcoming and recent events are listed below. Check our Activities and Presentations page under "ABOUT LWV" for presentation notes from older events.

VOTE411 "Ask me about Voting" T-Shirts for Sale

T-Shirts, anyone? Sussex County League has reactivated this Custom Ink order for the VOTE411.org t-shirts. The cost is dependent on number sold. If we buy 20 shirts the cost will be $23 which includes shipping. You must order by June 15. If we do not have 20 shirts sold by then the order will be cancelled.

T-Shirt: Ask me about Voting - VOTE411
The back side of the shirt is pictured. The front has the LWV logo.

The shirts will be delivered by June 29, just in time for the launch of VOTE411 on July 16.

You can go to the following link to order and pay for your shirt: www.customink.com/g/jns0-00be-5tnj

May TED Discussion - Ending Sexual Harrassment

The LWVNCC TED viewings are free and open to the public; we'd love to see you there! The format is simple... we watch an inspiring, thought-provoking TED video, and then talk about it afterward. See meetup.com for more information or to RSVP.

Gretchen Carlson
Gretchen Carlson

The May TED was held at The Greene Turtle restaurant in Christiana on Saturday, May 19, at 1pm.

Kay Palmer led the May TED discussion on the current topic of sexual harassment in the work place. Not only is this a topic of discussion in many venues it is also being discussed in the Delaware Legislature in the form of HB 360. The talk chosen as the beginning for the discussion was "How We Can End Sexual Harassment at Work". Gretchen Carlson, TV journalist and women's empowerment advocate, describes her experiences of workplace sexual harassment and identifies three specific things we can all do to create safer places to work. Filmed in New Orleans in November 2017, Carlson says: "We will no longer be underestimated, intimidated or set back. We will stand up and speak up and have our voices heard. We will be the women we were meant to be."

meetup logo script TED - Ideas worth spreading

State Council - May 19

State League Council will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Dover Public Library. Registration starts at 10:15 am. The business meeting is 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. A small donation for food at time of registration is requested.

Y'ALL COME, WE NEED YOU! WHY? WHY? WHY? THE MERGER.

The bylaws of the League of Women Voters of Delaware state that Council (held in even years between state Conventions) shall consist of local League Presidents and Vice Presidents or their designees, and the members of the Board of Directors of the LWVDE. In recent years, however, we have expanded the invitation to all members and we have had speakers or workshops.

This year our invitation is Y'ALL COME. We need you!!!

The Boards of the LWVDE and the DLWVEF (Education Fund) have approved the merger of the LWVDE and the Ed Fund into a single 501(c)(3) organization. This will simplify bookkeeping and administrative functions greatly and, due to changes in IRS regulations, enables us to continue our advocacy work as before while giving donors some tax advantages. Now we need approval from the wider membership to proceed with the merger. We will vote on this at the May 19 Council. HOWEVER, we need broader attendance at Council than is specified in the bylaws.

OTHER CHANGES ARE COMING TO LEAGUE

Patriotic Celebrants
For the last several years, our national organization has been exploring ways to make our 98 year old organization more responsive, relevant and attractive to new members as we move toward our100th birthday. We are very fortunate that our national board representative Amy Hjerstedt has accepted our invitation to attend State Council to help us to understand the proposals for change which are in process or under discussion.

Come to Council to approve the merger and hear about the LWVUS Transformation Roadmap.

Great Decisions Discussion Group

The Great Decisions discussion group meets regularly at the Newark public library. Next up: Louise Little will lead "Media and foreign policy" on Monday, May 21, at 1:30pm.

Contact Flo Waibel for more information about the Great Decision discussion group, and if you are interested in joining group members for lunch at Skipjack prior to the meeting. See our calendar page for directions to the Newark library.

Great Decisions group Nov 2017
Some November 2017 Great Decisions 'Groupies'

The Great Decision discussion topics and schedule for 2018 are as follows:

1. Feb 12 - The waning of Pax Americana?
2. Mar 19 - Russia's foreign policy
3. Apr 9 - China and America: the new geopolitical equation
4. May 21 - Media and foreign policy
5. June 18 - Turkey: a partner in crisis
6. Sept 17 - U.S. global engagement and the military
7. Oct 15 - South Africa's fragile democracy
8. Nov 19 - Global health: progress and challenges

Volunteer Opportunities

You do not have to be a league member to participate in these volunteer activities.

Voter Registration
Volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis to register new voters at schools and community venues. 2018 has been a crazy busy year for voter registration requests! Contact Voter Registration Coordinator Patti Christopher if you'd like to help with voter registration, or to request a voter registration table at your school or event.

New Citizen Ceremonies
The League distributes welcome packets including government and voting information to new citizens at Delaware naturalization ceremonies. These are extraordinarily emotional and rewarding events to witness. See our calendar page for upcoming dates, and contact Lorraine Botticelli if interested in helping out.

VOTE411 Online Voters' Guide
Vote411.org The Delaware leagues will be participating in the VOTE411 online voters' guide website for the 2018 election year. This is a wonderful opportunity to become involved in a meaningful way in the upcoming 2018 elections. We need volunteers this summer and fall to follow up and encourage candidates to participate, and to help promote VOTE411.org to the voting public.

If you are interested please contact VOTE411 Coordinator Kim Wells.

President's Message - Burning Man

The League of Women Voters of New Castle County (LWVNCC) President Marjorie Johnson's message for May 2018 is included below...

Marj Johnson
LWVNCC President Marj Johnson

"This past weekend, I was in DC and took in the Burning Man exhibit at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian. If you aren't familiar with Burning Man, it is an annual festival that takes place in Black Rock City, Nevada in the desert and attracts around 70,000 people for one week in late summer. It is described as an experiment in community and art, and takes its name from the culmination of the festival, the symbolic ritual burning of a large wooden effigy 'The Man.'

At Burning Man, the community explores various forms of artistic self-expression and participation is a key precept. Many works invite participation through climbing, touching, technological interface or motion. This year, the Renwick Gallery brought the large-scale work to the nation's capital for the first time, labeling it 'No Spectators.'

I found the exhibit massive, and extraordinarily inventive. According to one of the explanatory posters, 'Through the experience, participants gain an enlightening glimpse of the imperfect system in which they play a part, recognizing that every choice is a tradeoff: that not all value is monetary, that comfort often comes at the expense of freedom, and that they play an active role in building the society they want to live in.' While the League of Women Voters might not be this creative, I couldn't help but feel an identity with that last statement. And then I wandered into another room with another explanatory poster which referred to what the world would look like if all women felt safe. Amen to that!

So speak out, show up, be creative and participate. No Spectators!"   -- Marj Johnson


Yolanda Schlabach's Second Ted Talk is Available for Viewing

Yolanda Schlabach speaks at TEDx 2017
Yolanda Schlabach
Yolanda Schlabach has been one of the main speakers at each of the four Human Trafficking Forums that LWVNCC has sponsored in the last two years.

Yolanda's new TEDx Talk, Life After Trafficking: The Bridge From Trauma to Triumph was published in Dec 2017. This video addresses the following questions: What happens to survivors after escape from, or arrest of, their traffickers? What do they need? What do we, as a nation, offer?

If you haven't seen Yolanda's original TEDx Talk, Sex Trafficking in the U.S.:Young Lives, Insane Profit, watch that one first.

These gripping Wilmington TEDx videos shine a light on the dark underbelly of the sex trade and human exploitation in Delaware.

LWVDE has actively supported legislation addressing this issue, including a bill enacted last year that gave the state regulatory authority over massage parlors so that those where trafficked women were forced into prostitution could be identified and shut down.

Photos of Past Events

Photos of past League events are available on Flickr.

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