Tuesday, June 30, 2015

LWVT Blog and Calendar

                               What are these League members smiling about?
                                          See the Garage Sale pictures here.

Welcome to our Blog! 
Want to find out more about our League? Read our history, look at our 
membership brochure. Check out the latest issue of our newsletter, League Lines, (below) to see what is happening right now. Write lwvteaneck@gmail.com for more information and to join.

Latest League Lines  July 2015  Nonpartisan policy draft included.



LWVT Board Meeting July 6  at 7:30 PM  Janet's house.

August 26: Women’s Equality Day

September 8: Teaneck Schools open for students

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

Monday, Oct. 19. LWV of Ridgewood Annual Luncheon with Gov. Christine Todd Whitman.The Annual Luncheon will feature Keynote Speaker Governor Christine Todd Whitman with an introduction from LWVNJ President Nancy Hedinger. 12-2  PM. Old Paramus Reformed Church, 660 E Glen Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450.


From the Editor  The summer of 2015 will bring vacations and a change of pace for some. It is, however, a good time to reflect on who we are, what we really do, and what beliefs guide our actions as League members. 

The LWV leadership has no hiatus in sight, and presently are sending fundraiser letters about voting rights, asking for financial support to forge ahead. There is no halt to the struggle for equal voting rights for all.

The summer of 1920  had no interruption  in store for the League either. Both the LWV and the 19th Amendment came into existence 95 years ago. Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY) initiated Women’s Equality Day in 1971; U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”  The date was selected to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Read the full text of the Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971 to learn the history in the making that day. 

Check out this blog often during the summer for news of local celebrations of the 26th.



Friday, May 1, 2015: 
Convention Cocktail Reception. 
Making Democracy Work Awards

Saturday, May 2: LWVNJ State 61st Biennial Convention. 8-4. 
The Convention will commemorate the 50 year anniversary of 
the Voting Rights Act. $95.00 

Thursday, May 7 "Money in Politics” 10 AM 
Leonia Library 227 Fort Lee Road.

Monday, May 11: LWVT Board Meeting, 7:30 PM Shirley Sosland’s house.

Thursday, June 4: 63rd Annual Membership Meeting . Margie Hirscherg's house.

Saturday, June 13 & Sunday, June 14 LWVT Garage Sale. Doris’ s Driveway


February: Black History Month 
Thurs., Feb 12: Board Meeting: 
Arlene’s House Program Planning: Local.

Sat., Feb. 14: League’s 95th Birthday.

Wed. Feb. 17, 7 pm.“Let the ‘Sunshine’ In: A Forum for Open Government.”Senior Center, Ridgewood Village Hall, North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood. LWV Ridgewood.

March: Women’s History Month 
Mon.March 2: Women’s History 
Discussion. Janet Austin’s house, 7:30 PM. 

Mon., March 30. Board Meeting, 7:30PM. Barbara Ostroth’s house.


Thursday, January 15 
          Membership Program Planning-
          State and Local 2015-2017 

Monday, January 19 Martin Luther King Day 

Saturday, February 14 95th Anniversary of LWV’s founding


Tuesday, Nov. 4 Election Day.

Saturday, Nov. 8 LWV sponsored film at TIFF: 10:30 AM Teaneck Cinemas on Cedar Lane.

Wednesday, Nov. 12  5:30-8 PM
  Tribute to Phoebe Seham Women’s Rights 
  Information  Center Register by Nov. 5  
  108 W. Palisades Ave. Englewood NJ 
  www.womensrights.org 201-568-1166

Tuesday, Nov. 18 12:30 PM Immigration: An American Dilemma. Temple Emeth, 1666 Windsor Rd., Teaneck.

Wed., Nov. 19 LWVT Board Meeting 8:15 PM. Margot’s house.


Sept. 18 Voter Registration at Back-to -School Nights  

September  24 Citizen Swearing-In Historic Newbridge Landing

October 2 Charter School Consensus Meeting. Arlen r'sds house. 

October 11 LWV NJ Engaged and Empowered:
A New Generation of Leaders (2014 Fall Forum ) 

October 15  Charter School Consensus  Board Meeting (if needed)

Nov. 5: LWV sponsored film at TIFF


July 23.Board Meeting,  Janet Austin’s house, 7:30 PM

August 26 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.

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971 Designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day. Read the full text: http://www.nwhp.org/resourcecenter/equalityday.php

Action Alert: Call the Governor to Sign the Democracy Act S50/A4613


Urgent Action Needed:
Ask the Governor to Sign the Democracy Act

Yesterday, the Democracy Act, S50/A4613, was passed by the full Senate and now waits on Governor Christie's desk to be signed into law. 

Call the Governor right now at 609-292-6000 and ask that he sign the Democracy Act into law.

In a statement about the legislation, Senator Gill said, "Fifty years ago, President Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act, which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called 'a great step forward in removing all the remaining obstacles to the right to vote.' Today, we demonstrated our commitment to continuing the legacy of those leaders and protecting voter's rights. This bill is a long overdue update to New Jersey's voting laws and a 'great step forward' to expand opportunities for people to participate in the process and exercise their most fundamental constitutional right."

This groundbreaking legislation modernizes and improves New Jersey's outdated voting laws, ultimately making the ballot box more accessible. This legislation, which has been amended since our last action alert, includes provisions that will: 
  • Establish in-person early voting in our state, opening up access to polling places prior to Election Day;
  • Allow voters to complete and submit voter registration forms online;
  • And institute automatic registration, similar to Oregon's new law, that will register New Jersey's voters automatically (unless they opt out) when they apply for drivers licenses/non-driving identification at the MVC.
The legislation no longer includes same day voter registration, but still includes other changes that will improve our voting system including pre-registration of voters that are 17, printing election material in more languages, expanding vote by mail, and ensuring access for people with disabilities. Read more about the bill here. 

Increasing voter turnout and modernizing outdated election laws are issues of the highest priority for the League of Women Voters of New Jersey and we know our members and supporters voices carry great weight on voting issues. We need your help!

Please call Governor Christie's office right now at 609-292-6000 and say that as a member/supporter of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey you are asking that he sign the Democracy Act into law. 

The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of New Jersey always puts voters first, and this legislation will help increase voter turnout and make the ballot box more accessible. Similar voting laws have been passed and enacted in other states with overwhelming bipartisan support. Please ask Governor Christie to sign this legislation on behalf of New Jersey's voters. Thank you for taking action.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Press Release: League of Women Voters Wins Communications Award June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015
League of Women Voters--Teaneck

League of Women Voters of Teaneck Wins Communications Award

Teaneck, NJ: The League of Women Voters of Teaneck (LWV-Teaneck) was honored by the LWV of NJ at its annual statewide convention on May 2, 2015. The Local Leagues Communication Award was conferred on the Teaneck chapter for its coordinated work with its newsletter (League Lines) and blog (LWVTeaneck). Patricia O’Brien Libutti, Editor of League Lines/LWVTeaneck blog, is a member of the LWV-Teaneck Board of Directors. She noted that the award is a reflection of the important work being done by LWV-Teaneck. “Our chapter has a talented and diverse membership and we work hard to educate the voters of Teaneck about important legislative issues. I am gratified that the state League has recognized our commitment with this award.”

Libutti went on to say that the award is also a testament to the dedication of past editors of Leagues Lines, which started as a mimeographed work, and has been in circulation for more than 35 years. Doris Long Thurber and Janet Austin acted as Editor for 4 and 18 years, respectively. Recent activities featured in League Lines include the LWV-Teaneck’s participation in the statewide consensus update on charter schools, as well as activities in support of Women’s History Month, sponsorship of a film highlighting global women’s rights issues in the Teaneck International Film Festival, and on-going voter registration at a wide variety of community events, including Back-to-School nights at the Teaneck Public Schools.

For further information about LWV Teaneck or to get involved in its advocacy work, please email lwvteaneck@gmail.com or link to LWVTeaneck   at http://lwvteaneck.blogspot.com. Membership is open to both women and men at least 18 years of age.

The League of Women Voters-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 League of Women Voters of New Jersey was founded in Newark in April 1920.  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.

For further information, contact Patricia O’Brien Libutti, libutti@gmail.com

Patricia O'Brien Libutti
Margot Embree Fisher 

Photo caption (photo 

Leadership of the League of Women Voters of Teaneck includes (L-R) Joyce Jacobs, Secretary; Naomi Cramer, Observer Corps (off-Board); Louise Williams, Membership; Arlene Gartenberg, first Vice President, Program Planning; Barbara Ostroth, Second Vice President, Voter Service, Margot Embree Fisher, Education, (off-Board)Patricia Libutti, Co-Director, Women's History and Editor, League Lines/LWVTeaneck; Doris Long Thurber, Advocacy. Not pictured: Shirley Sosland, Treasurer; Janet Austin, Women’s History. Photograph: Philip Gartenberg.

Pictures from a Garage Sale in Teaneck, NJ

From League Lines, July 2015 issue.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

League Holds Annual Meeting, Reviews the Year, Elect Board. Considers Dues

The League of Women Voters of Teaneck held an Annual Membership Meeting for the 63rd time on June 4, 2015 . The first such meeting was in May of 1953, a year after its founding.
Margie’s unique hospitality made our  dinner memorable, as did the menu from Jerry’s in Englewood.  Thank you, Margie, from all of us. 

The meeting began with highlights from each Board member of accomplishments and second thoughts on this past year. We then deliberated  on where we will direct our efforts in our  64th year (see p.2 for reports). The Board celebrated a productive year, recognizing the service of each in her role. Margot Embree Fisher, Education, Naomi Cramer, Observer Corps, and Louise Williams, Treasurer are moving to different positions in LWVT and deserve the thanks of their colleagues. 

Both Naomi and Margot will continue service to LWVT as off-board members; Louise will continue on the board as Membership Chair. The meeting was adjourned, to reconvene in 2016. Details are listed below.

Members  of the League of Women Voters of Teaneck review the group’s consensus conclusions on the charter school update study. 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.

League of Women Voters of Teaneck Board of Directors 2014-2015


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, League Lines/LWVTeaneck (Blog)

Off-Board: Education: Margot Embree Fisher; Observer's Corps,: Naomi Cramer

Officer’s  Reports
1. Reading of 62nd Meeting Minutes: 
   Joyce Jacobs, Secretary

2.Treasurer’s & Membership Reports.
Louise Williams presented the Treasurer’s Report, and provided members with a credit/debit sheet.  Membership at this time is 20. Dues will rise, but it is not known until the next Board meeting how much they will rise.

3. Program Planning: Arlene Gartenberg: Arlene reviewed the meetings on Charter Schools, Program Planning: State and Program Planning: Local.

4. Voter Services: Shirley Sosland & Barbara
Ostroth. Autumn saw registration of voters at both grocery stores and schools, as done in the past. There were no forums this year.

Director’s Reports

5. Women’s History: Janet Austin & Pat Libutti.
The Women’s History discussion took place on
March 2, with a Women’s History Quiz and purple cupcakes. The attendance was disappointing; the chairs are looking for other topics for March 2016.

6. Observer Corps: Naomi Cramer. The effects of the new rule on time allowed for citizens to speak during Good and Welfare. Membership on LWV Board and involvement in local political campaigns were discussed.

7. Education : Margot Embree Fisher said The LWVNJ Education Committee only meets in the daytime,
which discourages membership for those who work
full time.

8. Advocacy: Doris Thurber said,   “We  need to get  the opinions of the membership in addition to the board to find out what will work better, as  e-mail is not doing it, nor conveying the mailings from LWV US and LWV NJ. Perhaps heads-up notices conveying either the link or the info from LWV US, LWV NJ sites, or our blog; phone calls are essential for activism.”

9.League Lines & LWVTeaneck Blog: Pat Libutti  is continuing with League Lines and LWVTeaneck Blog.Arlene and Barbara are continuing with the print
version. Janet is proofing League Lines.

10. Election of Officers and Board 2015-2016 (Results: see masthead, p.1).

11. Membership: Plans for 2015-2016
A.Dues increase rationale and amount for 2015-2016: Louise Williams outlined the expenses-to-income ratio. The members decided to table this item until the Garage Sale was over.

B. Plans/logistics for the Garage Sale Fundraiser were scheduled.

C. Teaneck International Film Festival sponsorship 2015. Members discussed a documentary Barbara Ostroth recommended.

D. Nonpartisan policy and application in LWVT:
A discussion included information on the documents used as a basis for this draft (LWVUS, LWVNJ, Bergen County ILO and what was different in the document (the mention of Teaneck’s form of government, which is nonpartisan). The draft was tabled  until the next Board meeting for voting for adoption.

E. High stakes testing:  Margot presented ideas on the program proposed in mid-spring for planning for a fall event.

F. Other:
---Money in Politics, a presentation by Northern Valley, had materials available from LWV Massachusetts. We are thinking  of a spring event on this topic (see p.5).
---The Community Scholarship Fund had a donation from LWVT. The scholarships were given out at THS on June 16th.

Dues are Due: Look for Members’ Letter by Mail

The dues we pay to LWV are used for yearly payments. This year, fifty-five dollars   per member goes directly to League: LWVUS and LWVNJ. Bergen ILO is another fee. 

What is left is allotted  to fund the expenses of our Teaneck League, which includes insurance. Program expenses,  League sponsorship of local groups to attract members, expenses incurred while preparing publicity, and sending a member to represent us at Convention are examples of what is covered by the small amount detailed.

Fifty-five dollars has been the dues amount for a number of years and is no longer enough.The Board will be adjusting the dues amount after our Garage Sale Fundraiser, June 13-14. The dues form will arrive in your mailbox with your membership letter in JULY 2015. Please send your dues to Shirley Sosland, Treasurer.  --Louise Williams, information

From League Lines, July 2015 issue.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

LWV Teaneck League Lines Archive

                      LEAGUE LINES ARCHIVE 
               League of Women Voters, Teaneck, NJ July 2014-July 2015

The Google Drive is, as of July 1, being used to deliver these newsletters.
Use the cursor on the right side to push the navigation bar to see more pages of the paper. 

Are you interested in joining the League of Women Voters of Teaneck?
You can find out more about us:

-by reading  "The History of the League of Women Voters of Teaneck"

--by  checking  out our Membership brochure to find out who we are, 
what we do and what we can do for voters.

--and by scanning our newsletters which show this last year's activities and news.

                           Quick links to newsletter issues:

                                                                           Google Drive 

      Article Listing 

                                  Calendar of Events ...  1 
                                   63rd Annual Membership Meeting ...1, 2 
Dues are Due ... 2
Nonpartisan Policy Draft  ... 3
LWV NJ Convention Report ...4
Bergen County Leagues  Receive Awards at Convention ... 4 
LWVNV: Money & Politics Presentation ...5
Teaneck Board of Education Report  5
Pictures from the Garage Sale Event ... 6

    League Lines May 2015  
Annual Membership Meeting ...1,7 
Reauthorization of Federal Education Act  ...2
Board of Education Report ...2
Town Watch: Three Minute Limit is Not Enough  ...3
LWVNJ Convention...4  
LWVNJ Charter Consensus News ...4  
LWV News Clips US ...5 

Calendar... 1
Program Planning... 1 
Opposition to High Stakes Testing Grows Statewide... 2
Volunteer Needed: Liaison ... 2
Board of Education Report ...3
Our Voices, Our Votes: Legislation ... 4
Town Watch: Billboards ... 5
Women’s History Quiz ...6
US LWV Action Alert: Keystone XL Pipeline ...6-7
Invitation to Women’s History Discussion (insert) ...8

Calendar ...1
Program Planning ...1 
Women’s History Discussion ...1
LWVT Sponsored Wadjda at  TIFF 2014 ...2
 Letter: Progress on Immigration 2
A Note on Consensus Progress:Charters ...2
ADVOCACY  Priorities for LWVUS 2015  ...3

LWV Teaneck Sponsors Wadjda...  1
Voter Links  and Voter Questions ...1
LWV Teaneck Consensus...  2
Municipal Budget Hearings Schedule....  3
Voter Services: New Citizens at Newbridge....3
Tribute to Phoebe Seham ... 3
Charter Schools: Further  Reading (Blogs)...4
LWV Teaneck Brochure (insert)    

League Lines September 2014

LWV NJ Charter School Update Study Meeting Schedule ...    1
The LWV Teaneck Year Begins Now ...  2
LWV Teaneck Voter Registration Events ... 2
Looking at the LWV Web Sites...2
Advocacy Agenda September 2014 …3
Women’s Equality Day ... 3
TIFF Schedule ... 4
Charter Update Study Links ...4
LWV NJ Charter School  Update Study Issues Overview ... 5

LWV of Celebrates Equality Day  ...1
Women's Equality Day: August 26!
 "From Girl to Leader: A Celebration of Women's Equality Day! ... 1
Congress: Let’s work to protect all eligible voters (Letter)... 2
62nd Annual Membership Meeting: June 19, 2014 ...  3
League of Women Voters of Teaneck Membership Application  ...4