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    • 06 Feb 2023
    • 6:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom

    For February we will read Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor by Kim Kelly. 

    The names and faces of countless silenced, misrepresented, or forgotten leaders have been erased by time as a privileged few decide which stories get cut from the final copy: those of women, people of color, LGBTQIA people, disabled people, sex workers, prisoners, and the poor. In this assiduously researched work of journalism, Teen Vogue columnist and independent labor reporter Kim Kelly excavates that history and shows how the rights the American worker has today—the forty-hour workweek, workplace-safety standards, restrictions on child labor, protection from harassment and discrimination on the job—were earned with literal blood, sweat, and tears.

    Fight Like Hell comes at a time of economic reckoning in America. From Amazon’s warehouses to Starbucks cafes, Appalachian coal mines to the sex workers of Portland’s Stripper Strike, interest in organized labor is at a fever pitch not seen since the early 1960s.

    Inspirational, intersectional, and full of crucial lessons from the past, Fight Like Hell shows what is possible when the working class demands the dignity it has always deserved.

    Please contact Karen Williams (kare14will@gmail.com) if you would like to be added to the e-mail list. 

    • 08 Feb 2023
    • 10:00 AM (CST)

    Join the LWV St. Paul Morning Book Club for discussion about Fight Like Hell: The Untold Story of American Labor by Kim Kelly. All are invited even if you haven't read the book. Please e-mail Mary (mgp33@msn.com) to be added to the e-mail list to receive updates.

    Kim shows how the rights the American worker has today - the forty-hour workweek, workplace-safety standards, restrictions on child labor, protection from harassment and discrimination on the job - were earned with literal blood, seat, and tears. 

    • 21 Feb 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom

    Can a Restorative Justice approach break the cycle of repeat offenders in the justice system? 

    Panelists:  John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney, will define the concept and discuss restorative practices in Ramsey County.  Roslyn Harmon, Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center, will address their work with juveniles.  Tina Sigel, Program Manager, Restorative Justice Community Action, will discuss their work with adults and juveniles in Minneapolis and Hennepin County. Q and A will follow the panelists’ presentations. Co-sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters Roseville Area and St. Paul, in cooperation with Ramsey County Library. 
    Register in advance for this webinar:

    https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Kmd76p9gRXGceyv8HXiS0w

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation emailcontaining information about joining the webinar.

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    • 06 Mar 2023
    • 6:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom

    For March we will read Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell. 

    Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other—a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

    Please contact Karen Williams (kare14will@gmail.com) if you would like to be added to the e-mail list. 

    • 08 Mar 2023
    • 10:00 AM (CST)

    Join the LWV St. Paul Morning Book Club for discussion about Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis by Britt Wray. All are invited even if you haven't read the book. Please e-mail Mary (mgp33@msn.com) to be added to the e-mail list to receive updates.

    Young people today are facing a future of rising temperatures, melting ice sheets, drought, fires and the resulting changes these are bringing; Britt illuminates how we can learn from the past, from our own emotions, and from each other to help them survive - and even thrive - in a changing world. 

    • 03 Apr 2023
    • 6:30 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    For April we will read Here, Right Matters by Alexander Vindman. 

    Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who found himself at the center of a firestorm for his decision to report the infamous phone call that led to presidential impeachment, tells his own story for the first time. Here, Right Matters is a stirring account of Vindman's childhood as an immigrant growing up in New York City, his career in service of his new home on the battlefield and at the White House, and the decisions leading up to, and fallout surrounding, his exposure of President Trump's abuse of power.

    Please contact Karen Williams (kare14will@gmail.com) if you would like to be added to the e-mail list. 

    • 12 Apr 2023
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)

    Join the LWV St. Paul Morning Book Club for discussion about The Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in an American Crisis by Andrea Elliott. All are invited even if you haven't read the book. Please e-mail Mary (mgp33@msn.com) to be added to the e-mail list to receive updates.

    Andrea follows a child named Dasani as she comes of age, just as New York City's homeless crisis has exploded, deepening the chasm between rich and poor. She must guide her siblings through a world riddled by hunger, violence, racism, drug addiction, and the threat of foster care.  

    • 01 May 2023
    • 6:30 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    For May we will read Gideon's Trumpet by Anthony Lewis. 

    "Gideon's Trumpet is the story of this extraordinary case, from the night of June 3, 1961, when the Bay Harbor Poolroom was robbed, to the moment that Clarence Earl Gideon walked out of the Panama City, Florida, Courthouse a free man, on August 5, 1963.

    Gideon's plea to the United States Supreme Court was deceptively simple: he had been denied a lawyer at the time of his trial for burglary because he could not afford one. To most laymen this would seem to provide grounds for a new trial, but the fact is that until the Supreme Court heard Gideon's case, an indigent prisoner did not have the right to a lawyer in many state courts.

    The case of Gideon v. Wainwright changed all that. The Supreme Court decided to hear Gideon's plea, and it appointed Abe Fortas, a noted Washington lawyer, to represent him."

    Please contact Karen Williams (kare14will@gmail.com) if you would like to be added to the e-mail list. 

    • 10 May 2023
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)

    Join the LWV St. Paul Morning Book Club for discussion about Political Tribes: Group Instincts and the Fate of Nation by Amy Chua. All are invited even if you haven't read the book. Please e-mail Mary (mgp33@msn.com) to be added to the e-mail list to receive updates.

    Amy Chua offers a bold new prescription for reversing our foreign policy failures and overcoming our destructive political tribalism at home. 

    • 12 Jun 2023
    • 6:30 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    For June we will read The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong. 

    "The Brethren is the first detailed behind-the-scenes account of the Supreme Court in action.

    Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong have pierced its secrecy to give us an unprecedented view of the Chief and Associate Justices—maneuvering, arguing, politicking, compromising, and making decisions that affect every major area of American life."

    Please contact Karen Williams (kare14will@gmail.com) if you would like to be added to the e-mail list. 

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