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  • 17 Mar 2024 12:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Claudia Dieter and Cheryl Bailey sat with Rita Mills (Roseville Area LWV) for four hours of enrichment at the Voting Rights Symposium held at St. Thomas University February 1, 2024. Sponsored by FairVote Minnesota, this seminar was packed with wisdom, inspiration, and calls to action by a multitude of Minnesota’s elected officials and activists. 

    Who spoke? Governor Walz, Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, Mayor Melvin Carter, SOS Steve Simon, former SOS Mark Ritchie, Attorney General Keith Ellison, Humphrey School Dean Nisha Botchwey, Rep Athena Hollins, Ward 1 City Council member Anika Bowie, Senator Liz Boldon, Rep Cedrick Frazier, and Rep Emma Greenman, along with professors and academics from the CATO institute to Stanford University. 

    Here are some takeaways and highlights, in no particular order: SOS sponsors a bill this session to make RCV possible for all cities if they want it. “Restore the Vote Act’ that passed last session took twenty years of stories, activism, and volunteer work. The SOS met at Camp Ripley to run multiple scenarios to prepare for possible interference from AI and other bad actors. Asian Americans are the fastest growing voting bloc, followed by Hispanics—please make voting spaces welcoming to all, especially those who don’t speak English well. Keep organizing while your elected officials are governing, not just getting them in office. Help them make decisions and support your causes. For cooperative, bipartisan results, watch the rhetoric and language used. Promote same-day registration, which half the country (including MN) uses. Support RCV—it does not favor one party, but decreases the extreme choices made by small numbers at primaries and encourages more civil campaigning since candidates ask for voters to rank them 1st or 2nd. When asked for three actions, the panel offered: get involved, join a group, support a candidate, believe you can effect change, follow local issues on city councils and school boards, engage ten more people, talk to people outside your usual group, get involved in the thing that frustrates you, think about the things that government has done which makes you happy and promote them, talk to all the 16- and 17-year-olds you can about voting! 

    A Special quote from Sen Liz Bolden: “If climate change is your issue, then democracy is your issue. If gun control is your issue, then democracy is your issue. Responsive, multiracial, gender-inclusive democracy should be for everyone across the state.”

    AG Ellison concluded: “Rev Martin Luther King never said (pause) I HAVE A COMPLAINT!” He urged hope, and reminded the audience that most of the people who worked so hard for civil rights restoration were not elected officials. Our democracy is up to us. Go League of Women Voters!

    Symposium on Voting Rights, run by FairVote Minnesota, held 2/1/24 at the College of St. Thomas

    FairVote Minnesota presented an excellent program for us on ranked choice voting 9/12/23. Watch the recording on our St. Paul League YouTube site (insert link). 
    Thanks to Cheryl B. for the write-up.

  • 09 Oct 2023 8:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you missed a forum or wanted to rewatch one, here are the recordings from SPPN: 

    Recordings of Completed Forums

  • 17 Sep 2023 9:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This LWVSP Learn with the League "Know Your Ballot: Ranked Choice Voting this Fall" program featured an informative program on “how to” rank choice vote, from FairVote Minnesota. Included in the program will be a demonstration of the process, a short video and mock-up run of an actual vote. Erin Zamoff, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for FairVote Minnesota, presented.

    Relevant links:




  • 06 Aug 2023 9:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Attached is the CMAL (Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues) Newsletter for August. It includes an update from the annual meeting in May and a slideshow presentation (also attached).



  • 02 Aug 2023 8:59 PM | Anonymous member

    In this month's edition of The Voter:

    • A welcome letter from Beatrice
    • Events for your fall calendar (including September candidate forums)
    • Highlights from an evening with Commissioners Toni Carter (Metro Council) and Rena Moran (Ramsey County)
    • Diversity, equity, and inclusion: thoughts on policy and progress from our DEI committee chair
    • Voter registration drive for post-incarcerated Minnesotans
    • Book club news, award recipients & more

  • 29 Jun 2023 8:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    League of Women Voters of St Paul has focused on water issues this year. including this recording of the June program. "The 'State' of MN Water" will featured two guest speakers: Ellen Considine, Hydrologist Supervisor, DNR Avonna Starck, Minnesota State Director, Clean Water Action Ellen Considine will discuss the ground water issues in greater Minnesota, how the changing climate affects ground water, and how it will impact Saint Paul water and the water infrastructure. Avonna Starck from Clean Water Action will walk through issues related to old lead pipes replacement.

    Recording link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbCefX6x21s

    Resources from the program: 

    Clean Water Action: Minnesota

    Clean Water Action: Lead and Drinking Water

    Healthy Legacy

    Minnesota DNR Water Availability and Assessment Report: Appendix C, 9/15/2020

    SPRWS - Drinking Water, where it comes from and how it's treated (3:52 video)

    Metropolitan Council: Wastewater Treatment

    Saint Paul: Water Conservation

    Saint Paul: Food Waste

    Saint Paul: Household Hazardous Waste

  • 28 Jun 2023 8:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For the May Learn with the League Program, we had a conversation with Metropolitan Council member for district 14 Toni Carter and Ramsey County Commissioner for district 4 Rena Moran. We discussed what they have learned, the transition from campaigning to holding office, and other reflections on their first few months in these positions.

    Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTHp7gJ2ggY

    Resources from program: 

    Metropolitan Council

    Ramsey County

  • 29 Apr 2023 7:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In this program we learned how the very earliest months and years of brain development are critical to a child’s success and well-being, plus discovered barriers and solutions to making high quality childcare more attainable. We heard details about bills aimed at advancing early childhood education in the current legislative session. Guest speakers at the program were Dr. Megan Gunnar, Regents Professor of Child Development at the University of Minnesota and Ami Wazlawik, Principal Assistant to Ramsey County Commissioner Nicole Frethem and a former District 38B State Representative.

    Some resources mentioned during the presentation: 

    - Great Start for All Minnesota Children Task Force: https://mn.gov/mmb/childrens-cabinet/great-start-childrens-task-force/

  • 29 Apr 2023 3:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The recording of the Tuesday, March 28 Learn with the League Program - "Holy Buckets: Novel Water Management at Highland Bridge. 


    After a decade of planning the old Ford assembly plant, the City of St. Paul and many partners began development. Now in the site improvement stage, the community is getting a glimpse of how it will look and what features it will have, including an innovative use of water. The Highland Bridge development's scenic water feature rejuvenates what used to be Hidden Falls Creek and provides storm water management for the 122-acre development, which remains under construction. This program is presentations and conversation with Bob Fossum, Monitoring & Research Division Manager at Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD), and Ellen Stewart, Senior Landscape Architect, Parks and Recreation Design and Construction Division of the City of St. Paul.

  • 20 Feb 2023 2:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Read the February CMAL Newsletter  and mark your calendars for the March 18 Quarterly Meeting where audience members will be able to quiz Metro Transit staff on the issues of crime, safety and ridership on the metro transit system. The Zoom link will be available on the LWVMN calendar.  

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