Sunday, July 27, 2014

AUGUST 2014 League Lines

    August 2014                                                                                  

Women's Equality Day: August 26!

 "From Girl to Leader: 
A Celebration of Women's Equality Day!
Read the article below for details.

Celebrate the right of women in the United States to vote. Granted in August, 1920, the honor the memory of all women, especially those who labored long and hard to obtain the vote for women. 

Foremothers abound in New Jersey.From top: Alice Stone Blackwell, Inez Belmont, Lucy Burns, Susan Anthony,Alice Paul, Anna Howard Shaw, Lillian Feikart and ; Carrie Chapman Catt. All of these women were suffragists who formed the foundation of the League of Women Voters

From The National Women's History Project: What is Women’s Equality Day?

At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”
The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.
The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.

Also you may wish to test your knowledge of all things Women's Equailty : 
Day: you can open up the link:

and take the National Women's History Project  Women's Equality Day Quiz!

The League of Women Voters-New Jersey history was prepared by Dr. Fernanda Perrone of the Special Collections Department, Rutgers University Libraries. Shew described the history decade by decade. The abridged history is available on the LWVNJ web site.

Look below for an update of the celebration of Women's Equality Day to be held at the BCC, from Chris Sedona, President, Northern Valley LWV..


Coming in the September League Lines: View of The Study Packet for the Charter School Update Study (Meetings for the Board and  for Consensus,above

New Member Welcome
Theodora, we are glad to have you join us!


Fact: LWV Teaneck: The Blog has now been viewed over 10,000 times!

Dues are Due: Here is a handy short form

League of Women Voters of Teaneck Membership Application Form

Name ________________________________

Address ______________________________________________________

Telephone Number ____________

E-mail address ___________________________

 Mail your check(s) to Louise Williams

 _______LWV Teaneck Dues: $55.  (Not tax deductible)

_______Donation to LWV Teaneck (Not tax deductible)

_______ LWVNJEF :The Education Fund of LWV New Jersey (tax deductible)
ADVOCACY                                                                                                              LETTERS
Congress: Let’s work to protect all eligible voters

This August, our nation honors the 49th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965, the historic civil rights legislation crafted to protect against discrimination in voting. Again this year, a gray cloud hangs over this momentous occasion.

Just over a year ago, key components of the VRA were gutted by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, leaving room for discrimination to gain a better foothold at the ballot box. While many were hopeful when a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA) at the beginning of the year, months later, we are still waiting for Congress to finish what it started. The VRAA is a workable, commonsense solution that would modernize the elections process and protect voting rights against discrimination.
Without a strong VRA, our ability to fight off anti-voter legislation and keep our elections free, fair and accessible is significantly weakened. During the Congressional recess in August, voters must be loud and clear that the right to vote is fundamental to our democracy. We call on our Members of Congress to stand up now for the right to vote for all.

Let’s use this anniversary as motivation. There is no better time than today to push the fight for equality at the ballot box closer to finish line. Congress: Let’s get this done; let’s work to protect our elections and protect the rights of every eligible voter.

Doris Thurber
Advocacy Director, League of Women Voters of Teaneck
This letter went to the Suburbanite during the week of July 23, 2014
Aug 26, Hold the date free!!

Hello, All!

A5:30 pm on Aug., 26, 2014, we will be holding "From Girl to Leader: A Celebration of Women's Equality Day!"

Women's Equality Day was designated as Aug 26 by the late NY Congresswoman Bella Abzug, to honor what women went through to obtain the right to vote, to see where we are with the ERA, and to see how we are doing with equal pay.

The Girl Scouts will start us off with a Color Guard and flag ceremony! Their troops and their families are invited. We will talk to them about the League of Women Voters and the meaning of Equality Day.

Liz Abzug, who is Bella's daughter, and who is Executive Director of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, will be speaking to us on Aug 26 about her mother,the ERA, pay equity and the Leadership Institute.

Lucy Beard, Exec Director of the Alice Paul Institute (API), will show a short video and talk briefly about Alice Paul's fight for the passage of the 19th Amendment and the API girls' leadership programs.
Then Ann Moscovitz will emcee a portion of our evening where young girls will be able to meet women leaders! 

Another highlight of the evening is we requested that Aug 26 be declared
Women's Equality Day in New Jersey, in light of New Jersey's ties to the battle to gain the right to vote (including torture of New Jersey's Alice Paul). And we received an answer, that yes, indeed this Aug 26, there will be a presentation of a resolution declaring Aug 26 Women's Equality Day in honor of what New Jersey women went through to get the right to vote!! I  feel very moved by that! It is a good feeling of accomplishment as this is surely not just women's history but AMERICAN history!

The flyer has a link to where you can register to attend this event. I hope
that everyone does register and does attend! This seems like it will be an interesting and meaningful event!  I so hope you can attend!

The flyer is attached!! After you take a look at it, please go to the following link to register for the event!

Then please be so kind as to print out a flyer and hang it at your spa or gym or library, or municipal hall, or on a store bulletin board, etc. 

Thank you.

Respectfully yours, Chris Sagona 

LWV Teaneck Sponsors Film for the Teaneck International Film Festival 
TIFF 2014 – Sneak Peek: League of Women Voters presents feature film

The Teaneck International Film Festival is happy to welcome a new sponsor – the League of Women Voters of This Saudi Arabian / German comedy drama was actually filmed in Saudi Arabia and was written and directed by that country’s first female filmmaker, Haifaa Al-Mansour, who, according to the Doha Film Institute in significant cinematic figures in the kingdom.” It is the third production and first full-length feature for the director, who is dedicated to providing a platform for Saudi women. It was nominated for an Academy Award  for Best Foreign Language Film in 2013, and has received 19 awards, among them, one from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry in 2013.

Friday night – Sunday night, November 7 - 9
Activism:  Making Change is the theme of the 9th annual Teaneck International Film Festival that will include independent features, documentaries, and shorts; talkbacks with filmmakers and actors; Kid Flix Mix with host Bob McGrath and the Oscar nominated film Ernest and Celestine for young audiences; Bollywood features; and more.  

Ticket sales start mid-October, online and at Teaneck Cinemas and Teaneck General Store:  weekend passes, $35; individual tickets, $6 in advance and $8 at the door; online, $6 + service charge.  Saturday night Gala - a concert starring Tony winner Lillias White with Grammy winner Billy Stritch; $50 or more for two invitations, or $35 per person at the door.  Venues are Teaneck Cinemas, Puffin Cultural Forum, and Temple Emeth.  Complete details about films-tickets-directions, at or call 201/203-1723.

-Thank you, Judy Distler, Public Relations R,

Coming in the September League Lines: More on TIFF


League Lines Editor: Patricia O'Brien Libutti
Contact the editor about  article ideas or submissions.

Friday, July 4, 2014

JULY 2014 LWV Teaneck League Lines


July 2014                                                                                     

    62nd Annual Membership Meeting: June 19, 2014 

The 62nd annual Membership dinner was held at Marge Hirschberg's on June 19, 2014. Many thanks go to Marge for her unflappable hospitality and style. A special call out is needed for Louise Williams' skill in  arrangements for  the dinner. The small posters, above are mementos of the League's significant activities this year, which were celebrated.

The meeting included the election of officers and directors. This year's slate is listed below.


Vice President, Program Planning: Arlene Gartenberg

Co-Vice Presidents / Voter Services: Shirley Sosland & Barbara Ostroth

Treasurer & MembershipLouise Williams


Women’s History:
Janet Austin &; Pat Libutti

Observer Corps: Naomi Cramer

Education: Margot Embree Fisher

Advocacy: Doris Thurber

Newsletter & Blog Editor: Pat Libutti


Welcome to new member: Jaqueline Grindrod, Teaneck 
Email and local addresses are in the roster, sent via email.

Check out the new membership brochure , we will be finalizing the design. 

Next Board Meeting July 23, Janet Austin’s house,7:30 PM
Agenda items include planning for Voter Registration activities and Charter School Consensus.

Welcome to Marge Embree Fisher, who is taking the role of Education Director.

A special Thank You to Doris Thurber, who worked as editor of League lines for four years! As Advocacy Director, you will see a continuation of her newsletter content in a column on advocacy issues.

Read this overview of our new mayor and the Council as of July 1. 2014.
Lizette Parker, our first African American female mayor, heads up  a roster of new Council people.


Watch for Consensus Planning :


The  consensus study (approved Saturday June 28) was up on the website yesterday mid afternoon.  You can access it from the  home page or at

President Toni Zimmer also informed local league presidents of this in her monthly letter.
Please let any members you know are particularly interested in education that the material is up  as they may be the ones to plan an update meeting.

---Sandy Matsen, Chair, Education Committee, LWVNJ


Save the Date: Women's Equality Day August 26 at the Women's Rights Information Center

Hello, All!

This is a "save the date" email! We are planning a Women's Equality Day event
with the Women's Rights Information Center at 4 pm-ish on Aug. 26 at 108 E Palisades Avenue in Englewood. Women's Equality Day was created by Bella Abzug as a time to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment and a time to see where we are with the ERA and equal pay for women!

This is how it is shaping up: 

- Girl Scout Color Guard/flag ceremony
- Girl Scout's brief song/poem (very cute)

- Lucy Beard of the Alice Paul Institute
- Liz Abzug (Liz is Bella Abzug's daughter) of the Abzug Institute

- The evening culminates with a plaque dedication to be placed on the outside of the Women's Rights Info Center in honor of Phoebe Seham, attorney and founder of the center and founder of a New Jersey women's attorney group, AND member of the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley!

So please save the date - Aug 26.

We will send out a later email if we need help in the form of greeters,
any baked goods, or set up, etc. For now, simply please save the date and plan
to join us for a special evening in honor of Women's Equality Day! (A good day
to bring daughters/sons or grandchildren!).

Thank you!

Respectfully yours,
Chris Sagona
President - League of Women Voters of Northern Valley


League Lines Editor: Patricia O'Brien Libutti
Contact the editor about  article submissions.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

JUNE 2014 Membership Brochure

Join the
League of Women Voters Teaneck!
Are you interested in public policy issues? Do you want to help others be informed? Want to meet others who have these interests, too?
Come and join us!
We have been in the USA since Feb. 14, 1920, the year the 19th Amendment was passed, and are the proud descendants of the suffragists.

The LWV-US was founded in 1919 as a partner to the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and designed to be a non-partisan organization. The League replaced NAWSA after August 26,1920, when the Nineteenth Amendment was passed, which prohibited gender-based discrimination in voting by federal and state agencies.

The LWV-NJ was founded in Newark in April 1920.

The LWV Teaneck was founded in 1952.

Men and women are welcome to join in support of the League's mission, which is to encourage informed and active participation in government, to work to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.

LWV Teaneck’s members organize and run:
·         Candidate Forums for the Board of Education and Town Council elections

·         Voter Registration Drives,

   Issue-oriented films

·         Women’s History discussions

·         Information sessions on LWV studies

League of Women Voters of Teaneck Membership Application Form

Name ________________________________
Address ________________________________________________________________________
Telephone Number ____________
E-mail address ___________________________

 Mail your check(s) to Louise Williams,            961 Phelps Rd., Teaneck, NJ 07666
 _______LWV Teaneck Dues: $55.  (Not tax deductible)
_______Donation to LWV Teaneck (Not tax deductible)
_______ LWVNJEF :The Education Fund of LWV New Jersey (tax deductible)

LWV members look at current issues with resources from local, regional, state and national levels. Topics are studied to provide positions for local, state and national levels.
Our League members have participated in studying:

·         In-State Tuition for Unauthorized Immigrants (2010)

·         Popular Vote Compact (2009)

·         Federal Role in Public Education. (2011)

·         Human Trafficking (2014)

·         Agriculture: Genetically Modified Foods (2014)

·         Current: Charter School Update

LWV Teaneck Blog: Download LWVT forum guides, check film events, see Action Alerts, LWV NJ and LWV US:

2010:  90th Anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment
2014: 94th Anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment
2014: The year you join the League?


 LWV Teaneck Board Members
Vice President, Program Planning: Arlene Gartenberg

Co-Vice Presidents / Voter Services: Shirley Sosland & Barbara Ostroth

Treasurer & Membership:
Louise Williams


Women’s History:
Janet Austin & Pat Libutti

Observer Corps: Naomi Cramer

Education: Margot Fisher
Advocacy: Doris Thurber
Newsletter & Blog Editor: Pat Libutti

Thursday, May 1, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 2014 : Elections, Board Meeting

Check out the 
Voters Guide  Town Council Election 

May 13, 2014

You can also find information in the  
Thursday May 1, 2014 

The League of Women Voters, Teaneck 
Board Meeting:
May 19, 7:30 PM Arlene's house 

Monday, April 21, 2014

APRIL 24: LWV Teaneck Sponsors Teaneck Town Council Candidates Forum

Teaneck Town Council
Candidates Forum
Sponsored by
League of Women Voters of Teaneck

Thursday, April 24th
7:30 PM
Teaneck High School
3rd Floor Student Center

Eric Brauer
Jason Castle
Adam Gussen
Elie Y. Katz
Lizette Parker
Alex Rashin
Alan Sohn
Emil “Yitz” Stern

Bring Your Questions – Be An Informed Voter!

Election Day
Tuesday, May 13th
Polls Open 6AM to 8PM

Nonpartisan Municipal Elections, held the second Tuesday in May, will be on May 13, 2014.  Voters in Teaneck will be asked to chose four Council members from eight candidates.  The LWV Teaneck Voter Service Committee has invited all eight candidates and queried them via the questionnaire used to generate our Voters' Guide to this election, which will be available to members via email and be available at the Forum. Members who are not Teaneck residents, please come if your schedules permit and gather momentum for applying this essential League function to your respective municipalities. 

Friday, March 7, 2014



MEMBERS---Candidate's Forum Votet's Guide sent out--- Check your email!

The Guide has questions for the candidates and all of their responses.

Upcoming THIS WEEK
The Candidates  Forum APRIL 24  7 :30 PM at Teaneck High School Third floor Student Center

ELECTION:Teaneck’s bi-annual Municipal Election scheduled for Tuesday, May 13th


LWV Consensus Preparation: 
Agricultural (US) and Education (NJ, Charter Schools)
Check our Studies page for links

Agricultural Consensus Meetings 

Information: LWV ILO consensus meeting on Food Safety (parts I and II) on March 11th at 11  AM in the Garden Room at the park at 130 Engle St, Tenafly.

Consensus: The LWV has reserved the meeting room of the Paramus Public Library, 116 E. Century Road, Paramus, on Wednesday, April 2 from Noon to 3:00 pm for its Agriculture Study presentation and consensus.  All local leagues and their members are invited.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014



Information on Daisy Bates an
this film:



March 6, 2014

Contact: Barbara Ostroth
                201-965-3105 cell


The Teaneck League of Women Voters and NCBW/Bergen-Passaic chapter are co-sponsoring the screening of DAISY BATES: FIRST LADY OF LITTLE ROCK on Sunday, March 30th at 2PM in the Teaneck Library auditorium in celebration of Womens’ History Month.  This film viewing will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Theodora lacey, retired TPS educator and civil rights activist.  Light refreshments will be served before and after the movie, provided by the NCBW.

 Daisy Bates was in Little Rock, AK in 1957---the right time to help her fellow citizens. She was “a complex, unconventional, and largely forgotten heroine of the civil rights movement who led the charge to desegregate the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957” (PBS description.) Come see and discuss this woman’s role in a turning point in American history.

The non-partisan Teaneck League of Women Voters has been active in hosting candidates’ forums, voter registration as well as participating in discussions and studies on local and state current events issues for over 60 years.  The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Bergen/Passaic Chapter (NCBW), is a 501c3 non-profit organization made up of progressive women of African descent who advocate through national and local actions and strategic alliances for leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. 

For more information on this event, please contact (LWV) Naomi Cramer at 201-692-8163 or (NCBW) Gwenette Reese at 201-927-4288.

March 6 Board Meeting and Women's History Discussion-- Details below.


Celebrate  Women’s History Month
“Women Who Made a Difference in Your Life”
March 6, Barbara's house, 7:30 p.m.
After Board Meeting 

The woman who had an influence on you may  be a historical figure, national icon, a  community activist---  or someone  closer to you--- such as a  friend, mother, sister or grandmother. 

Think about what she  did that was an example to you , what she  said that made a difference in your life.

You are encouraged to bring  letters, diaries, news articles, pictures or other items, whatever you need to let us know how important that woman was to you.

Bring your ideas and memorabilia for the hour-long discussion on March 6th at Barbara 's house after the Board meeting.

The Gallup Poll site has the men and women who command our admiration in 2013. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama top the listing.


Candidates Forum 

This spring is Teaneck’s bi-annual Municipal Election scheduled for Tuesday, May 13th

There will be a Candidates’ Forum on April 24, 7 PM, at Teaneck High School.

LWV Consensus Preparation: 

Agricultural (US) and Education (NJ, Charter Schools)
Check our Studies page for links

Agricultural Consensus Meetings 

Information: LWV ILO consensus meeting on Food Safety (parts I and II) on March 11th at 11AM in the Garden Room at the park at 130 Engle St, Tenafly.

Consensus: The LWV has reserved the meeting room of the Paramus Public Library, 116 E. Century Road, Paramus, on Wednesday, April 2 from Noon to 3:00 pm for its Agriculture Study presentation and consensus.  All local leagues and their members are invited.