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    • 05 Dec 2020
    • 11:00 AM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom

    Please join us at our annual December Luncheon on December 5th at 11am. This year the luncheon will be held online via Zoom and it will be chance for members and the board to connect and get to know each other. We will share highlights from the year and answer any questions you may have. 

    Since we can't all eat together we have decided to partner with the women-owned St. Paul restaurant Hot Hands Pie & Biscuit to deliver you a pot pie! Pot pies will be delivered by a board member frozen with reheating instructions. We hope you take this opportunity to help support a local woman-owned restaurant and listen in on Saturday, December 5th.


    • 07 Dec 2020
    • 6:15 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom

    For Evening Book Club, we will be discussing The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. We will meet at 6:15 on Monday, November 2 via Zoom. If you are interested, please feel free to join us even if you haven't read the book. Please contact Heidi Kloempken (heidi.kloempken@gmail.com) if you would like the Zoom information for the meeting. 

    About: The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. Since its publication in 2010, the book has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than a year; been dubbed the “secular bible of a new social movement” by numerous commentators, including Cornel West; and has led to consciousness-raising efforts in universities, churches, community centers, re-entry centers, and prisons nationwide. The New Jim Crow tells a truth our nation has been reluctant to face.

    • 09 Dec 2020
    • 10:00 AM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom

    Join the LWV St. Paul Morning Book Club for discussion about The Fire is Upon Us by Nicholas Buccola. All are invited even if you haven't read the book. Please e-mail Mary (mgp33@msn.com) for the Zoom link. 


    • 04 Jan 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom

    For Evening Book Club, we will be discussing Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World by Catherine E. McKinley. We will meet at 6:00 on Monday, January 4 via Zoom. If you are interested, please feel free to join us even if you haven't read the book. Please contact Heidi Kloempken (heidi.kloempken@gmail.com) if you would like the Zoom information for the meeting. 

    About: Brimming with rich, electrifying tales of the precious dye and its ancient heritage, Indigo is also the story of a personal quest: Catherine McKinley is the descendant of a clan of Scots who wore indigo tartan; Jewish "rag traders"; a Massachusetts textile factory owner; and African slaves-her ancestors were traded along the same Saharan routes as indigo, where a length of blue cotton could purchase human life. McKinley's journey in search of beauty and her own history leads her to the West African women who dye, trade, and wear indigo-women who unwittingly teach her that buried deep in the folds of their cloths is all of destiny and the human story.


    • 09 Jan 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom

    CMAL Panel on County Government
    January 9, 2021 – 10:00-11:30 a.m.

    Panel will feature Jan Callison, former Hennepin County Commissioner; Lisa Weik, Washington County Commissioner, and Matt Smith, Dakota County Administrator. We have asked them to discuss current issues in county government, including effects of the pandemic, relationship with the Met Council, and efforts at transparency, accountability, and community engagement. Organized by Karen Schaffer, Chair for the Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues of Women Voters.

    All LWV members are welcome.

    Please RSVP to: kate.redden@yahoo.com

    Zoom Information
    Topic: CMAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT
    Time: Jan 9, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting – Click link below OR For Phone Dial in: 312-626-6799
    https://zoom.us/j/93758148664?pwd=YVBtSWFpVi9JbGh4a2c0dHROeEhwdz09
    Meeting ID: 937 5814 8664 Passcode: 975443


    • 13 Jan 2021
    • 10:00 AM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom

    Join the LWV St. Paul Morning Book Club for discussion about The Enigma of Clarence Thomas by Corey Robin. All are invited even if you haven't read the book. Please e-mail Mary (mgp33@msn.com) for the Zoom link. 

    Description: Delves into Thomas's biography and his jurisprudence, reading his Supreme Court opinions against the backdrop of his autobiographical and political writings and speeches. The hidden source of Thomas's conservative views, Robin shows, is a profound skepticism that racism can be overcome. Thomas is convinced that any government action on behalf of African-Americans will be tainted by racism; the most African-Americans can hope for is that white people will get out of their way. 


    • 01 Feb 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom

    For Evening Book Club, we will be discussing The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren. We will meet at 6:00 on Monday, February 1 via Zoom. If you are interested, please feel free to join us even if you haven't read the book. Please contact Heidi Kloempken (heidi.kloempken@gmail.com) if you would like the Zoom information for the meeting. 

    About: Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist, a brilliant writer, a passionate teacher, and one of the seven billion people with whom we share this earth. In The Story of More, she illuminates the link between human habits and our imperiled planet. In concise, highly readable chapters, she takes us through the science behind the key inventions—from electric power to large-scale farming to automobiles—that, even as they help us, release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere like never before. She explains the current and projected consequences of global warming—from superstorms to rising sea levels—and the actions that we all can take to fight back. At once an explainer on the mechanisms of global change and a lively, personal narrative given to us in Jahren’s inimitable voice, The Story of More is the essential pocket primer on climate change that will leave an indelible impact on everyone who reads it.


    • 10 Feb 2021
    • 10:00 AM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom

    Join the LWV St. Paul Morning Book Club for discussion about The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics by John Judis. All are invited even if you haven't read the book. Please e-mail Mary (mgp33@msn.com) for the Zoom link. 


    • 01 Mar 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom

    For Evening Book Club, we will be discussing Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism by Anne Applebaum. We will meet at 6:00 on Monday, March 1 via Zoom. If you are interested, please feel free to join us even if you haven't read the book. Please contact Heidi Kloempken (heidi.kloempken@gmail.com) if you would like the Zoom information for the meeting. 

    About: From the United States and Britain to continental Europe and beyond, liberal democracy is under siege, while authoritarianism is on the rise. In Twilight of Democracy, Anne Applebaum, an award-winning historian of Soviet atrocities who was one of the first American journalists to raise an alarm about antidemocratic trends in the West, explains the lure of nationalism and autocracy. In this captivating essay, she contends that political systems with radically simple beliefs are inherently appealing, especially when they benefit the loyal to the exclusion of everyone else.

    • 10 Mar 2021
    • 10:00 AM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom

    Join the LWV St. Paul Morning Book Club for discussion about How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. All are invited even if you haven't read the book. Please e-mail Mary (mgp33@msn.com) for the Zoom link.

    Description: Kendi is today's visionary in the enduring struggle for racial justice. In this personal and revelatory new work, he yet again holds up a transformative lens, challenging both mainstream and antiracist orthodoxy. He illuminates the foundations of racism in revolutionary new ways.  


    • 05 Apr 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom

    For Evening Book Club, we will be discussing Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women's Movement by Lori Sturdevant. We will meet at 6:00 on Monday, April 5 via Zoom. If you are interested, please feel free to join us even if you haven't read the book. Please contact Heidi Kloempken (heidi.kloempken@gmail.com) if you would like the Zoom information for the meeting. 

    About: While there is no single hero of the Minnesota women’s movement, Rosalie Wahl, the first woman on the Minnesota Supreme Court, changed the way her fellow judges saw the cases they decided. A champion of both women’s rights and civil rights, she brought new attention to the problems that faced women impoverished by divorce, women abused by their partners, and others who coped with poverty and discrimination. With sharp intelligence and hard work, Wahl herself had overcome childhood tragedy and a difficult marriage to become a defense attorney, a respected judge, and a mentor to many.


    • 14 Apr 2021
    • 10:00 AM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom

    Join the LWV St. Paul Morning Book Club for discussion about American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland by Marie Mutsuki Mockett. All are invited even if you haven't read the book. Please e-mail Mary (mgp33@msn.com) for the Zoom link. 

    Description: A Japanese-American bi-coastal woman inherits a Nebraska wheat farm and spends a summer following the conservative Christian harvesters from Texas to Idaho. Her basic question is "Why is it that so many conservative Christians believe in creationism and reject evolution, but use GMOs, while my friends in the city don't believe in God, but do believe in evolution and want organic food." How do we bridge the great divide? A story of religions, agriculture, technology, geography, landscapes, history (including the Comanches and Quanah), and identity.


    • 03 May 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom

    For Evening Book Club, we will be discussing Vanguard: How Black Women Broke  Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All by Martha S. Jones. We will meet at 6:00 on Monday, May 3 via Zoom. If you are interested, please feel free to join us even if you haven't read the book. Please contact Heidi Kloempken (heidi.kloempken@gmail.com) if you would like the Zoom information for the meeting. 

    About: In Vanguard, acclaimed historian Martha S. Jones offers a new history of African American women's political lives in America. She recounts how they defied both racism and sexism to fight for the ballot, and how they wielded political power to secure the equality and dignity of all persons. From the earliest days of the republic to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and beyond, Jones excavates the lives and work of black women -- Maria Stewart, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Fannie Lou Hamer, and more -- who were the vanguard of women's rights, calling on America to realize its best ideals.


    • 12 May 2021
    • 10:00 AM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom

    Join the LWV St. Paul Morning Book Club for discussion about Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism by Anne Applebaum. All are invited even if you haven't read the book. Please e-mail Mary (mgp33@msn.com) for the Zoom link. 


    • 07 Jun 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom

    For Evening Book Club, we will be discussing Turnout: Making Minnesota the State that Votes by Joan Anderson Growe with Lori Sturdevant. We will meet at 6:15 on Monday, November 2 via Zoom. If you are interested, please feel free to join us even if you haven't read the book. Please contact Heidi Kloempken (heidi.kloempken@gmail.com) if you would like the Zoom information for the meeting. 

    About: In inspiring and often funny prose, Growe recounts the events that framed her life and changed the state’s voting practices. She grew up in a household that never missed an election. After an astounding grassroots feminist campaign, she was elected to the state legislature in 1972; two years later, she was elected secretary of state, the state’s chief elections administrator. As one of the nation’s leading advocates for reliable elections and convenient voting, Growe worked with county officials to secure Election Day registration (used for the first time in 1974) as a Minnesota norm. She brought new technology into elections administration and promoted motor voter registration. And as an ardent feminist, she has encouraged and inspired scores of other women to run for office.


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