Friday, March 27, 2015

League of Women Voters Calendar March-June 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015: 95 Years of Making Democracy Work: Convention Cocktail Reception. Featuring the Making Democracy Work Awards

Saturday, May 2: LWV NJ State 61st Biennial Convention. 8-4. Hilton Garden Inn, 800 Route 30, Hamilton, NJ. The Convention will commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. $95.00 Delegate.

June 2015

Thursday, June 4: 63rd
Annual Membership Meeting 6 PM Dinner 8 PM Meeting  

League of Women Voters US News Clips March 2015

Defending the Environment 

The League of Women Voters has been at the forefront of the environmental protection movement for decades, consistently supporting legislation to preserve our nation’s natural resources and protect our public health. More: )
League Asks U.S. Representatives and Senators to cosponsor "Frack Pack" Bills

The League signed on to a letter asking U.S. Senators and Representatives to cosponsor legislation that would help protect the environment and public health from the risks of oil and gas production including hydraulic fracturing. The set of bills is commonly referred to as the "Frack Pack."More:

League Joins letter to EPA regarding Ozone Standards

The League joined over eighty-five 85+ environment groups, public health advocates, labor allies, environmental justice and civil rights organizations and faith groups in support of revising the primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone to a level of 60 parts per billion (ppb). More:

U.S. Senate Fails to Override Veto of Keystone XL Pipeline 03/04/2015 
"We hope that President Obama will side with the thousands of League activists who have urged him to fully reject the pipeline after a complete review is finalized by the State Department," said President More:

US Supreme Court Chooses Not to Address Wisconsin Voter Photo ID Law  03/25/2015

Voter photo identification IS NOT required at the Wisconsin polls on April 7. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a big blow to voters in Wisconsin. The Court refused to hear a challenge to the state’s voter photo ID law, one of the strictest laws of its kind in the country. The Wisconsin law allows for only eight forms of acceptable identification;  a Veterans Administration identification card does not meet the state’s requirements. More:

Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act at the US Mission to the United Nations 
Rosalind Keech, LWVUS Board, UN Observer.
This week, I attended a powerful program at the Mission of the United States to the United Nations in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, opened the event reminding us that “it was a people’s movement that finally moved American legislators to guarantee African-Americans the right to vote.” More:

League Delegates Attend the Commission on the Status of Women  03/18/2015
Delegates at the Commission on the Status of Women   Over the course of a week, more than 9,000 delegates from 1,100 non-governmental organizations joined with delegates from United Nations member states for the 59th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59)  More:

It is still March, t it is never too late: 

Honoring the Female Justices of the Supreme Court for Women’s History Month

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

SAVE THE DATE! 63rd Annual Meeting & Dinner, June 4, 2015 Check backfor details

League of Women Voters 
of Teaneck

63rd Annual Meeting 
&  Dinner 

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Margie Hirshberg’s home 
6 PM Dinner  
8 PM Business Meeting

Check this area on May 1 for finalization of details 

Cost: $TBA   

Deadline for reservations:TBA

Mail  your  your check to:

"League of Women Voters of Teaneck "

and mail the check to :

Louise Williams, 

Monday, March 9, 2015

National Women's History Month Quiz (with one local LWV-made up question)

National Women's History Month Quiz
 Read each question and choose the best possible answer.

A clue for Question 10

1. What Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women
the right to vote?    A)  17th   B) 18th    C)19th      D) 20th  

2. In what month do we celebrate National Women's History Month?  A) March   B) April   C) June   D)  December    

3. What state was the very first to adapt the Amendment giving women the right to vote?   A) New Mexico   B) Colorado   C) Vermont   D)   Idaho    

4. In what year did Congress pass the Equal Pay Act, which made it illegal for employers to pay a woman less than a man for doing the same job?        
A) 1952  B) 1970  C)  1963  D) 1924

 5.  What was the first country in the world adopt women’s suffrage? A) New Zealand B) Norway C) Denmark D) Canada
6. In 1994, the Violence Against Women Act did what?  A) Tightened penalties against sex offenders B) Funded services for victimes of rape and domestic violence, C) Provided special training for police officers D) All of the above
7. The Roe vs. Wade case allowed the Supreme Court to establish what?
A)  A woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion B)  Better working conditions for employees C)   A woman’s right to own property D)   A set of rights in conjunction with divorce proceedings.      

8. What was the name given to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which guaranteed women’s right to vote in the United States. A) Abigail Adams Amendment  B). Sojourner Truth Amendment C) Susan B. Anthony Amendment D) Gloria Steinem Amendment

9. How many poems of Emily Dickinson were published during her lifetime?   A) 0  B) 6   C) 391    D) 12    

 10. What First Lady said  "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" ? A)  Nancy Regan  B) Mamie Eisenhower  C) Eleanor Roosevelt  .

ANSWERS: 1. 19th C       2.  A   March      3. Colorado C    4. 1963  C       5. New Zealand 1993 A      6.  All  D.    7. Abortion    8.  Susan B. Anthony C      9  6 Poems B.   10. Eleanor Roosevelt C

Thursday, February 12, 2015

2015 – 2017 LWVNJ Program Planning ---Excerpt League Lines 03/2015

Arlene Gartenberg, Vice President, Program , LWVTeaneck 

In January, we completed our consensus and submitted our recommendations on issues and positions for LWVNJ consideration for 2015 – 2017.  Submissions from all the NJ local leagues will be compiled for review at the LWVNJ convention in May.  Our League’s lively discussion covered a wide range of topics including: Women and Family; Education (including charter schools); Social Policy; Fiscal Policy; Government; Natural Resources; Transportation; and Administration of Justice.  We had the opportunity to reaffirm a position or recommend that a position be dropped or updated. We reaffirmed all current League positions with the exception of two policy areas:

1) State role in achieving quality education; while we reaffirm the overall position, we expressed our concerns about the adverse impact of the State Department of Education’s ever-changing standards and

(2) The year 2000 charter school position because it is already being updated based on the consensus that we and other NJ leagues participated in last year.

We are also identifying local issues for action and advocacy by our League. Suggestions include Township of Teaneck‘s budgetary process, community relations, voting issues and education. Please share your views on where we should devote our resources and efforts.

Opposition to High Stakes Testing Grows Statewide---Excerpt from League Lines 03/2015

  Margot Embree Fisher, Education Director, LWV Teaneck

This March, all New Jersey public schools will begin administering a new series of annual high-stakes standardized tests to all students in grades 3-11. These tests were developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC, as part of the federal Race to the Top Program,

Mounting Criticism of the PARCC Tests. Critics, however, question the educational validity of the PARCC tests, including the claim that the tests will provide teachers with timely information on individual students’ academic progress. Districts are also worried about the costs and logistics of administering these time-consuming online tests. In NJ, there has been so much controversy about the PARCC examinations that Governor Christie has formed a commission to review student assessment.

Meantime, parents and teachers flooded a State Board of Education meeting open public testimony session in the beginning of January to complain about the new tests. Now, as the testing period gets closer, public opposition to the tests has been growing louder, with an increasing number of parents refusing to allow their children to be tested. This has led to conflict in many districts: while schools are required by law to administer standardized tests to students, students and their parents have the right to refuse to take the tests.

The Opt-Out Movement. Currently, the treatment of students whose parents choose to “opt out” is at the discretion of individual school districts. A number of districts are requiring students not taking a standardized test to "sit and stare":  that is, to be present in the testing room with their peers for hours, with no access to alternative educational activities. Other districts are requiring students as young as 8 to personally refuse to take the test before the district will honor their parents' written wishes. Some districts have even threatened disciplinary action against non-testing students.

The grassroots organization, Save Our Schools NJ ( )has been advocating for NJ legislature to require school districts to follow a consistent, nonpunitive procedure in the event of a test refusal. About 90 districts have already adopted PARCC refusal policies that accommodate parent/student wishes with an alternative venue or activities. Bill A-4165, which is being discussed in the Assembly Education Committee this week, would make those policies mandatory statewide. Other bills that have been proposed include A-3079, which would make standardized testing before Grade 3 illegal , and A-4190 / S-2768, which would limit the use of PARCC results in teacher evaluations and protect the privacy of student data.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Women's History Month: Know Your Historic NJ Women! Excerpt from League Lines 03/2015

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

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

The records are archived (Administration, Minutes, events)at the Alexander Library, Rutgers, New Brunswick. The first set of Minutes , April, 1920,are visible on the web, courtesy of Rutgers University Libraries, which houses all the papers from 1920 through 1991.

LWVUS-History Resources

League of Women Voters History

Library of Congress American Memory: 
Women's History

"Votes for Women" Suffrage Pictures

Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party

Exhibits Featuring Women

Suffragists Oral History Project