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  • 01 Aug 2019 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest Voter Newsletter is out. Read the full version online.

  • 01 Jul 2019 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest Voter Newsletter is out. Read the full version online.

  • 03 Jun 2019 11:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest Voter Newsletter is out. Read the full version online.

  • 12 Apr 2019 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest Voter Newsletter is out. Read the full version online.

  • 04 Mar 2019 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest Voter Newsletter is out. Read the full version online.

  • 09 Feb 2019 10:12 PM | Anonymous

    The LWVUS Board approved the creation of a new taskforce regarding the national popular vote compact. This taskforce, comprised of a chair from the LWVUS Board and four additional members, will evaluate state League support, assess whether there is enough momentum around this effort to warrant further national engagement, make recommendations on the likelihood of gaining additional votes to pass the interstate compact, and suggest a plan of engagement for LWVUS. The taskforce will complete their work by August 15, 2019, for action by the LWVUS Board at their Fall Board Meeting.

    Anyone interested in applying for this taskforce should email Celina Stewart, cstewart@lwv.org.

    The deadline has been extended to indicate your interest to no later than Friday, February 15, 2019, at 5 pm EST. Application materials will be shared with all interested parties shortly after deadline.

  • 29 Jan 2019 3:25 PM | Anonymous

    Our Start By Believing Panel last week was a thought-provoking and interesting event. Special thanks to our speakers who each brought their unique insights to the issue of sexual assault response and prosecution (left to right): 

    • Sarah Colford is a Board Member and Moderator for Break the Silence. She is also a survivor. Break the Silence works to support survivors of sexual violence by striving to end rape culture and hold perpetrators accountable.
    • Jennifer Bjorhus is an Investigative Reporter for The Star Tribune. Originally a business reporter, in recent years Jennifer has begun focusing on criminal justice issues. Her recently published “Denied Justice” series examines how Minnesota’s criminal justice system often fails victims of rape and sexual assault. 
    • Commissioner Paul Schnell has held positions as Carver County Sheriff’s Deputy, in the Saint Paul Police Department, as Police Chief in Hastings and Chief of Police for Inver Grove Heights. His work in the SPPD included patrol officer, patrol sergeant, sex crimes & family violence investigator, public information officer, training officer, and crisis negotiator. From 2014 to June 2017, Paul served on the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board.
    • Nicole Matthews is Anishinabe from the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and is the Executive Director for Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition, where she has been since 2002 and serves as Executive Director. She was one of five researchers who interviewed 105 Native women used in prostitution and trafficking for their report: Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota.
    • John Choi is the Ramsey County Attorney. Both as Saint Paul City Attorney and in his current role as County Attorney, John's innovative approach to holding abusers accountable, while working collaboratively with advocacy agencies to help victims has transformed the way government intervenes in domestic violence and sex trafficking situations.
    Also, a huge thank you to our volunteers and partners in coordinating the event: League of Women Voters - Dakota County and Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN).

    Watch The Event

    If you missed the live event, there are still opportunities to learn. SPNN will be rebroadcasting the event on Channel 19 on the following dates and times: 

    • Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
    • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 9:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 1, 2019 at 9:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 10:30 p.m.

    We hope you find the program informative.

    *Photo courtesy of Kathy Defoe.

  • 22 Jan 2019 9:08 AM | Anonymous

    Volunteers from the League of Women Voters can be a welcoming presence at Naturalization Ceremonies as we register new citizens to vote. For the past 20 years, our volunteers (many of whom are new members!) have:

    • Collected forms from nearly 7,000 new citizens in 2017 alone, spread across 80 ceremonies.
    • Carried in over 80,000 registration forms to the Secretary of State’s office since 2007.
    • Increased the percentage of new citizens registering to vote (it is now about 90-95%).

    The schedule of ceremonies for October 2018 - January 2019 is now available.

    If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Judy Stuthman at jastuthman@aol.com.

    See Ceremony Calendar from LWV Minnesota >

  • 06 Jan 2019 11:18 PM | Anonymous

    Free panel discussion on our community response to sexual assault

    The League of Women Voters – Saint Paul and League of Women Voters – Dakota County are hosting a free community panel in order to bring attention to the issue of sexual assault and how it is investigated and prosecuted. This “Start by Believing” panel will address the prevalence of sexual assault in our community, the current ways in which sexual assault is investigated, and what we as a community can do to improve the criminal prosecution of sexual assault.

    As outlined in the Star Tribune ”Denied Justice” series, there is a lot of work to be done. In a review of over 1,000 sexual assault cases filed around the state in a recent two-year period, the series found:

    • In almost a quarter of the cases, records show, police never assigned an investigator.
    • In about a third of them, the investigator never interviewed the victim. 
    • In half the cases, police failed to interview potential witnesses.
    • Three-quarters of the cases, including those that addressed rape by strangers, were never forwarded to prosecutors for criminal charges.
    • Overall, fewer than 1 in 10 reported sexual assault cases resulted in a conviction.

    These findings generate questions regarding victim’s rights, community safety and police response and authority that deserve a community discussion. The panel will take place at Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) Studios, 550 Vandalia Street #170 Saint Paul, MN 55114 on January 22, 2019 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. There will be a reception with light refreshments starting at 5:30 p.m.

    The panel discussion will be moderated by Mary Rice, President of LWV Bloomington. The panelists include Jennifer Bjorhus, one of the lead journalists working on the Star Tribune's Denied Justice seriesNicole Matthews, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Woman’s Sexual Assault Coalition; John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney; and Paul Schnell, Inver Grove Heights Police Chief and future appointee as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Questions for the panelists will be accepted in writing at the event, live on Twitter with #StartByBelievingLWV, or in advance via email to lwvdakotacty@lwvmn.org.

    Registration for the event is free, but required. Register on EventBrite now >

  • 06 Jan 2019 10:26 PM | Anonymous

    Have you thought about what the Met Council does, and how its governance should be structured and be accountable to the people of the metropolitan region?  LWV has a current position on the Met Council governance that will be reviewed and updated this winter. The Council of Metropolitan Leagues (CMAL) is just finishing up a study on Metropolitan Council governance that will be distributed to all metropolitan League members. 

    LWVSP will be holding a program planning meeting in early February to register consensus on the study. If you haven't participated in a consensus before, this will be a great time to learn about this key role of League.  The outcome of the consensus that comes in from all leagues will re-frame our league position.  Stay posted for emails or check our website for the date of the meeting and related information. 

    Interested in getting more actively involved in metropolitan area-related issues?  Contact our president, Amy Mino, to register your interest in getting involved (amy@minofamily.net).

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