Thursday, August 20, 2015

LWVTeaneck: Calendar & Board Members

June Garage Sale

Calendar August  - September 2015

August 26: Women’s Equality Day

September 10: Board Meeting 7:30 PM Arlene's house

September 16: LWVNJ Education Committee 10 -12 J. Perkus Monroe Township

October 19: LWV of Ridgewood Annual Luncheon with Gov. Christine Todd Whitman.12:00 - 2:00 pm at The Old Paramus Reformed Church, 660 E. Glen Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450 The Annual Luncheon will feature Keynote Speaker Governor Christine Todd Whitman with an introduction from LWVNJ President Nancy Hedinger. 

Updates and changes: LWVTeaneck Blog: Write Patricia O’Brien Libutti about calendar items


The mission is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government. Members, men and women, look back to sixty years and more of active involvement and advocacy in Teaneck. 

As the organization has grown and adapted to the changing role of women in our society, we have continued to work to “make a difference in government" through its involvement in public policy issues. 

Currently, the League supports the community through voter’s forums, organization of new citizen swearing-in ceremonies, sponsorship of films by and about women, (Teaneck International Film Festival’s Wadjda), Women’s History discussions, and informational meetings on consensus topics (charter schools.)

We continue to  support good planning and zoning; we have studied the Township’s Master Plan and made recommendations for the Planning Board and Council. 

We have encouraged development that balances the need for housing and revenue with the preservation of open space and parks. We strongly support affordable housing for senior citizens and families.

Read our newsletters, find out the latest developments in LWV policy areas, and join us in the celebration of democracy at work. 

The League was a good idea in 1952; it is still a good idea in 2015.

(Suburbanite, November 6, 2014)

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,  Women's History

Doris Thurber, Advocacy

Off-Board Service:

Margot Embree Fisher,  Education

Naomi Cramer, Observer Corps


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Voter Information

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 Applications, 
and Important Election Dates

Sunday, May 31, 2015

LWVT Newsletter Archive

  ARCHIVE League of Women Voters, Teaneck, NJ 

League Lines Newsletters July 2014-July 2015


June 29, 2015 

October 15, 2014
(Suburbanite, November 6, 2014)

Oct. 7, 2010
Teaneck women honor 90th anniversary of Amendment)

Sen. Loretta Weinberg (at podium) and Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin  presented LWV Teaneck with a certificate of appreciation "celebrating 90 years of  voting privileges."( The Suburbanite, Oct. 7, 2010  Teaneck women honor 90th anniversary of Amendment)

July 15, 2010
League of Women Voters of Teaneck  Elects Officers
The 58th annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of Teaneck (LWV-Teaneck) took place on June 28 at the home of Marjorie Hirschberg in Cresskill.

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.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

LWVUS Study: Money in Politics 2015-2016

"Who stole the people’s money?" Tammany Hall.  Thomas Nast, 1871.
Cartoon in public domain

Money in Politics Review is an update study to "update  the League’s position on campaign finance for the purpose of addressing the lack of member understanding and agreement as to whether financing a political campaign is protected speech under the First Amendment."  The "Meeting in a Box" includes educational resources. issue papers,a background reading list, Powerpoint and script, and suggested uses in the community.

Money in Elections  links current news articles about finance and elections.

Two other resources necessary for this discussion are: 
History of Campaign Finance Chart  (legislation and events)


Sources, Powerpoint and script  for information listed below were prepared by The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts Campaign Finance Project and Toolkit .

Organizations involved in reform efforts (in addition to LWV):  From their site:" The Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting-edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them — in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion."

Common  "In this spirit, Common Cause serves as an independent voice for change and a watchdog against corruption and abuse of power.  To make our democracy work, we must claim it as our own.  John Gardner, Common Cause’s founder, wrote that, “The citizen can bring our political and governmental institutions back to life, make them responsive and accountable and keep them honest.  No one else can.' ”   "Democracy 21 provides the public and media with the latest information and analysis on money and politics and campaign finance reform efforts. The organization’s activities include:
Promoting campaign finance reforms, including the creation of a new public financing system for presidential and congressional races to empower citizens by providing multiple public funds to match their small contributions, ending secret money in federal elections by enacting new campaign finance disclosure laws, curbing the role of Super PACs in federal elections and creating a new system to effectively enforce the campaign finance laws.” (This is the organization involved with Anti-Corruption Act)"What We Do We are building a fiercely non-partisan movement to pass tough anti-corruption laws in cities and states across America, and end the legalized corruption that has come to define modern politics."   "OUR GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPT. Not corrupt in any criminal sense. But corrupt in a perfectly legal sense: special interests bend the levers of power to benefit them at the expense of the rest of us. Both par  Center for Responsive Politics
"The Center for Responsive Politics launched the website following the 1996 elections. Before that time, the Center, founded in 1983 by U.S. Sens. Frank Church (D-Idaho) and Hugh Scott (R-Pa.), published its work tracking money in politics in extensive reports and books. The first Open Secrets book, published in 1990, was a massive 1,300 pages and analyzed contributions by political action committees in the 1988 congressional elections. Featuring contributor profiles for every member of Congress, it was an unprecedented resource that illuminated money's role in congressional elections and policymaking. "  “ We research and compile data about the sources of campaign contributions in U.S. presidential, congressional, state, and local ballot and candidate elections. We provide journalists and citizens with transparency tools that connect data on campaign contributions, politicians, legislative votes, industries, companies, and more to show patterns of influence never before possible to see. These tools allow users to gain unique insights into how campaign contributions affect policy so they can draw their own conclusions about how money influences our political system”.  "The Sunlight Foundation is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses the tools of civic tech, open datapolicy analysis and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all. Our vision is to use technology to enable more complete, equitable and effective democratic participation.

Public Citizen   " As the federal government wrestles with critical issues – fallout from the global economic crisis, health care reform, climate change and so much more …We have five policy groups: our Congress Watch division, the Energy Program, Global Trade Watch, the Health Research Group and our Litigation Group. Learn more about them here.

Money in Politics:  Democracy for Sale? was presented  to League members from Bergen County and the public on Thursday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. at the Leonia Public Library. Nike Bach gave an overview of the history and current status of the role of money in poltics.