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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.

LWVUS Convention Report

Joann Hasse holding up the Delaware sign
Delaware Represents! Joann Hasse holds aloft the Delaware sign at National on June 29, 2018

State League President Joann Hasse and New Castle County League President attended the National League Convention in Chicago, Illinois at the end of June, 2018. Here is Marj's summary of the convention discussion and decisions reached: 2018_LWVUS_CONVENTION_REPORT.pdf

Sept. TED Discussion - Seeking Truth in an Era of Fake News

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 for more information or to RSVP.

The TED Talk discussion for September was centered on "How to Seek Truth in the Era of Fake News". This talk is an interview with respected journalist Christiane Amanpour. This was held at The Greene Turtle restaurant in Christiana on Saturday, September 15, at 1pm. We had ten attendees and a very lively discussion.

Christiane Amanpour with TED Curator Chris Anderson
Christiane Amanpour with TED Curator Chris Anderson

Known worldwide for her courage and clarity, Christiane Amanpour has spent the past three decades interviewing business, cultural and political leaders who have shaped history. In conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Amanpour discusses fake news, objectivity in journalism, the leadership vacuum in global politics and more, sharing her wisdom along the way. "Be careful where you get information from," she says. "Unless we are all engaged as global citizens who appreciate the truth, who understand science, empirical evidence and facts, then we are going to be wandering around -- to a potential catastrophe."

Kay Palmer led an informal discussion among attendees afterward.

meetup logo script TED - Ideas worth spreading

Great Decisions Discussion Group

The Great Decisions discussion group meets regularly at the Newark public library. Next up: Brenda Toomey will lead "U.S. global engagement and the military" on Monday, September 17, 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

Fall Hot Topics

Mark your calendar for these exciting hot topic lunches coming up in the fall!

On Monday September 24, our Hot Topic lunch will feature LWV representatives from the Washington, DC League, making their case for representation in Congress. Per Wikipedia... "As the U.S. capital, the District of Columbia is a special federal district, not a state, and therefore does not have voting representation in Congress." The District has a non-voting delegate in the House of Representatives, and no representation in the U.S. Senate. This lack of voting representation in Congress has been an issue since the capital's founding. Numerous initiatives have been tried over the years to change the situation, but none have succeeded. Click to view the event flyer.

Fixing the hole in our democracy - DC Statehood

wind turbine stock photo On Monday October 22, our speaker will be Joy Weber, Skipjack Project Manager from Deepwater Wind. Deepwater Wind is the off-shore wind energy development group that built the Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island, the first in the nation. Skipjack is the name of the off-shore wind project 19 miles off the coast of Delaware. The plans are that the construction of the wind turbines and platforms will begin in 2023.

Delaware VOTE411 is live! Delaware's VOTE411 online voters guide for the 2018 statewide general election was launched on 9/7/2018. This release of the VOTE411 guide reflects the races that will be on the voters' ballot on the Tuesday Nov 6.

Please join the League in thanking our VOTE411 community partners and supporters.

At, enter your home address to see a sample ballot for your location, compare the viewpoints of the candidates for those races, and even text or email yourself your candidate selections for later reference. The website also offers links to general election information for the state of Delaware, such as election dates, registration deadlines, and polling places.

To learn more, watch this 15-minute video tutorial on how to use the voters' guide feature of the Delaware VOTE411.

We've been getting some great publicity! Check out this July WHYY website article on VOTE411, and this August interview on WDEL. The League will also have a half-hour radio talk-show segment with Lora Lewis at WJBR in September.

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
The VOTE411 online voters' guide is a terrific resource that lets voters learn about the candidates for office BEFORE heading to the polls. It speaks to the "knowledge and confidence" part of the LWV vision: We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate. Contact Kim Wells if you'd like to join the VOTE411 team in creating and promoting Delaware's VOTE411 guide.

President's Message - Whirlwinds

Marj Johnson
LWVNCC President Marj Johnson

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

"What a whirlwind we've been in leading up to the Primary in Delaware 9/6.

Many thanks to Kim Wells and her team for the fantastic site (70 percent response from candidates!) and many thanks to Patti Christopher, the Indivisible groups, and all of you who volunteered to work tirelessly to register voters and inform them about Vote 411. There is a renewed energy around the upcoming elections which the League hopes will transfer into more active participation at the polls, especially for a midterm election.

I have been reading The Woman's Hour by Elaine Weiss, whom we heard speak at Convention this year. It recounts the road to ratification of the 19th amendment and the struggles of the women on both sides of the issue. It is interesting to me to read the reasons why many women were opposed to the idea of getting the vote and women in politics, and I find it relevant to the issues today where forces are at work to make the exercising of the right to vote so difficult for certain groups. As we continue to defend democracy and empower voters, we still have much work to do on the road to equality.

Your Board will be meeting Sept. 12 to look forward to the next few years, trying to strategize and plan for meaningful events, fundraising, and a celebration of our 100th anniversary in 2020. If you have ideas you would like us to include in the agenda, please let me know."  
-- 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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