Monday, July 27, 2015

Special Women's Equality Event from LWVNJ

Join the League of Women Voters of New Jersey
for a Special Women's Equality Day Event

Uncovering the League's History

When: Women's Equality Day, August 26, 2015, 2 pm 
Where: Pane Room, First Floor, Alexander Library, Rutgers University, 169 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. 
Cost and RSVP: $5 dollar suggested donation; light refreshments served. Please RSVP to Jesse Burns at by Monday, August 24th so we can arrange parking for you.   

This Women's Equality Day, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey invites you to join us for an afternoon of uncovering the League's past as we visit our archives. Dr. Fernanda H. Perrone, Head Archivist at the Special Collections and Rutgers University Archives in charge of the League's collection, will lead us through a hands on exploration of our history. Dr. Perrone arranged and described our archives as part of the "Women in Public Life" project and also wrote this detailed League history.    

Items in the archives range from 1920-1991 and include interesting items such as notes detailing a controversy over a man joining the League, scrapbooks highlighting our voter registration partnership in the 1970s with the NAACP, scripts from our 1940s radio broadcasts centered on policy issues, and decades more of artifacts, correspondences, photos, and publications that illustrate the long and broad history of our organization.

We will also have an opportunity to hear  from current League members who were present during some of these historical events. Please RSVP to Jesse Burns at We look forward to having you join us for this fun and informative afternoon.   

Thursday, July 16, 2015

LWVT Leadership & Calendar


Members of the Executive Board of the League of Women Voters of Teaneck. Pictured (from left): Joyce Jacobs, Naomi Cramer, Louise Williams, Arlene Gartenberg, Barbara Ostroth, Margot Embree Fisher, Patricia O’Brien Libutti, and Doris Long Thurber; not pictured: Janet Austin and Shirley Sosland
See the article in the July 16 Suburbanite (p.11) about our Chapter.

League of Women Voters of Teaneck Board of Directors 2015-2016


Arlene Gartenberg, Vice President, Program Planning

Barbara Ostroth, Vice President, Voter Service

Joyce Jacobs, Secretary

Shirley Sosland, Treasurer 

Louise Williams, Membership 


Janet Austin & Patricia O'Brien Libutti,  Women's History

Doris Thurber, Advocacy

Patricia O'Brien Libutti, Editor, LWVTeaneck (blog)

Off-Board Service:

Margot Embree Fisher,  Education
Naomi Cramer, Observer Corps



July 29: WEBINAR on two the upcoming LWV-US studies,

August 26: Women’s Equality Day (See post) 

September 8: Teaneck Schools open for students

September 10: Board Meeting. Arlene's house.

Summer: Town Council meetings 7/14, 8/11, 9/8


June 29, 2015 
League of Women Voters of Teaneck Earns Award at Convention  
(Suburbanite, July 16, 2015)

October 15, 2014

Women's Equality Day: August 26, 2015

Images of Women's  Equality Day:(L-R:) Bella Abzug, Gender Pay Disparity, Silicon Valley celebration (National Women's Equality Day), Pictures of Woman's equality Day, Rosie the Riveter, Suffragist March for Votes, Poster celebrating women's equality, women's diversity.

On August 26, we celebrate the right of women in the United States to vote. It was granted in August, 1920, to honor the memory of all women, especially those who labored long and hard to obtain the vote for women. See our collection of Women's History links to get that perspective.

Closer to home, one member remembers last year's Women’s Equality Day

Did you know there was a Women's Equality Day? I didn't. 

But then I got an invitation to an 
event sponsored by the Northern Valley League commemorating that day. Since the event was also to commemorate Bella Abzug who as a pioneering Congresswoman (1971-1977) had Aug 26 designated Women's Equality Day by the U.S. Congress.

 I contacted my Women Strike for Peace "sisters" and 4 of us went to the event. August 26 was the day that the 19th amendment was passed in 1920 giving women the right to vote. Bella Abzug was a leader and founder of Women Strike for Peace (1961) - an organization in the 60's - 70's that educated about and protested against the Vietnam War. Many women's organizations had representatives at the event giving out literature. 

The program included many women who had important elected positions in Bergen County, including Kathy Donovan and Joan Voss and our own Mayor Lizette Parker. It was too bad that most of the people there were only the representatives from the organizations giving out literature. A local girl scout troop was there to meet with the women in government and to learn about the issues surrounding the day. 

The highlight of the event was a talk by Liz Abzug, Bella Abzug's daughter. The best way for women's equality to have meaning is if we elect more women to positions of power in government. Ms Abzug has for years been the director of Bella Abzug Leadership Institute at Hunter College mentoring and training H.S. and College women to become future leaders in their community. 

I questioned Liz about Bella's run for Senate in 1976 since I thought she should have stayed in the House (forever) - especially since she lost the Senate election and had to give up her House seat. Liz explained that Bella only lost by 1% of the vote and should have had the Times endorsement. At the NY Times the entire editorial board voted to give Bella the endorsement but the then owner, Sulzbeger, refused to allow it, so they endorsed Daniel Moynahan instead. 

---Naomi Cramer, Director, Observers Corps, League of Women Voters of Teaneck

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Voter Information from LWV Teaneck

League of Women Voters
To register to vote, turn to this central site. All the information you need, including downloadable registration forms (in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Gujarati.


Local: League Lines LWVT Latest Issue 


LWVUS Press Releases

 LWVUS League Management: Voter Services

LWVUS Public Policy Positions:  Impact on Issues - Online Edition

Use this publication to find the position resulting from a study, as well as material on legislation accompanying it.

LWVUS Articles on Voting and Voters

by Elisabeth MacNamara 

LWVNJ News on Voter Service
Christie skeptical of voting rights overhaul - Asbury Park Press, 7/2/2015

Frequently Asked Questions about Registration and Voting covers:

Know your State’s Deadlines, and sections on major issues 
(Campaign Finance Reform, Civil Liberties, Election Administration, Ethics and Lobbying Reform, Global Climate Change, Health Care Reform, Tax Policy, etc.) make the League site an essential one for voters.

Voter information is provided in English and Spanish.

Need to register to vote? Use our voter registration tool --- VOTE411

New Jersey Board of Elections
Use this link to get:
  • Voter Registration Forms
  • Vote by Mail Application
  • Important Election Dates

Sunday, May 31, 2015

LWV Teaneck Newsletter Archive

  ARCHIVE League of Women Voters, Teaneck, NJ 

League Lines Newsletters July 2014-July 2015

The History of the League of Women Voters of Teaneck

 Membership brochure 


June 29, 2015 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

League of Women Voters of Teaneck Nonpartisan Policy

The purpose of this policy is to assure the credibility and integrity of the League of Women Voters of Teaneck as a nonpartisan organization which does not support or oppose any political party or candidate. The ability of the LWV Teaneck to be an effective voice for the public interest will be achieved only if its policies and positions are seen as independent of partisan influence.  Thus, those persons making such policies must also be perceived as being free of all partisan influence.  Only to the extent that the public and its elected officials are convinced of the League’s genuine nonpartisanship will the League be able to render effective voter service and gain a wide base of support for its positions on governmental issues.

Board members must recognize that, as a result of close identification with the League, they have a special responsibility to see that their activities do not create a partisan impression.

1.   Elected Office: No member of the Board of Directors shall run for or hold elective office at the national, state, county or municipal level except for school board or nonpartisan commission. If a board member declares for an affected elected office, the member shall resign from the board.  Public notices released by LWV Teaneck announcing the resignation of a board member to run for political office shall be carefully worded to avoid any appearance of endorsing the member's candidacy.

2.   Political Party Office: No LWV Teaneck board member shall run for, hold or be appointed to a political party office at the national, state, county, or municipal level.

3.   Endorsements and Campaigns:   The president, voter service vice president (or director) and advocacy vice president (or director) may not publicly endorse or work for any national, state, county, or municipal political campaign or candidate.  Any board member involved in a candidate's campaign must inform the board. In such cases, the name of the League of Women Voters must not be used in identifying the board member nor may it be used in any manner implying support or opposition by the LWV Teaneck to a political party or candidate for any elected office.  The board has the authority to override the permissions provided herein given the specifics of a particular case.

4.   Campaign Contributions: All Board members may make personal campaign contributions within legal limits.

5.   Nominating Petitions: All board members may sign a nominating petition, except the president, voter service and advocacy vice presidents (or directors). The restriction does not apply to nominating petitions for nonpartisan school boards.

6.  Publicity in Social and Other Media: A Board member shall not indicate her/his political affiliations or candidate preferences at any level of government in the media, including on social networking  sites or other public venues that also prominently identify her/him as a member of the LWV Teaneck Board.

7.   League programs: LWV Teaneck shall not invite anyone who has declared as a candidate for any office to participate in any kind of program, whether as a speaker or member of a panel, unless it is a candidates forum. This ban would include members of his/her staff.

8.   Moderators and Timekeepers: A League member who runs for, or is elected to, any partisan office (including party committee) shall not be eligible to moderate any partisan forum. This prohibition shall run from the time such an office is first sought until the position is relinquished or the term ends. League members who are visibly active in a party in other ways besides public office should also not moderate partisan forums.

A member with such partisan activities or offices shall not moderate even nonpartisan forums, such as town council and board of education elections. The board can make exceptions to this restriction in special cases.

Timekeepers should follow the same guidelines, although the board or the moderator coordinator can authorize exceptions.

9.   Exclusion: These policies do not apply to the family of a board member.

10.  Additional Clarification: Situations not covered by this policy will be addressed as needed by the Board of Directors.

Adopted July 6, ­­­­2015


Based on LWVNJ Nonpartisan  Policy (8/20/2011)

LWVUS Study: Constitutional Amendment 2015

"will study the process of amending the U.S. Constitution".  

Constitutional Amendment Study: Consensus Questions and New Deadline! (REMINDER)

At its post-Council 2015 meeting, the League Board approved the Constitutional Amendment study questions so that Leagues can begin to meet and discuss this all important issue. LWVUS will be asking for the results of your consensus meetings by December 1, 2015. The consensus questions are accompanied by short PRO and CON statements that will help League members consider their responses. Educational materials can be found at the Constitutional Amendment Study page and others will be posted in the coming weeks. This will be an interesting, exciting and important way to kick off fall activities for the League! 

Constitutional Amendment Study Reading Guide

Major Time Points for Constitutional Amendment Study: 
Summer 2015 Consensus questions, study guide and educational materials posted on LWV website. 

Late Summer 2015-December 1, 2015 Leagues hold consensus meetings. 

December 1, 2015 Consensus reports (electronic) from Leagues due to LWVUS. 

Late January 2016 LWVUS Board Meeting Consensus reports and resulting position(s), if any, approved.

Reading Guide: "Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides two ways of proposing amendments to the nation’s fundamental charter. Congress, by a two-thirds vote of both chambers, may propose constitutional amendments to the states for ratification. OR, the legislatures of two-thirds of the states (34 at present) may ask Congress to call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution; this is commonly called an Article V Convention. Amendments proposed by either method must be ratified by three-fourths of the states, 38 at present.

The first method has been used by Congress to submit 33 amendments to the states, beginning with the Bill of Rights. Of these, 27 were approved; 26 are currently in effect, while one – the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) — was ultimately repealed. The second method, an Article V Convention, has never been successfully invoked."---From Committee's Reading Guide, above. Articles are listed in the guide for both alternatives.