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Upcoming and recent events are listed below. Check our Activities and Presentations page under "ABOUT LWV" for presentation notes from older events.

April Hot Topic - American Promise

The public is invited to all Hot Topic meetings to become informed on a wide variety of topics. This is a time to check in with members of LWV, make new friends, invite your neighbors, and colleagues to experience the League in an informal setting, as we enjoy Michaels' terrific buffet lunch.

Please note that there is no Hot Topic lunch scheduled for the usual fourth Saturday in March, because League Day in Dover was originally scheduled close to that date on March 21, 2018.

Money in Ballot Box On Monday April 23, League members Judy Butler and Sharon Kwiatkowski will speak about American Promise, an umbrella organization trying to coordinate and encourage the many groups working toward a Consitutional Amendment to reduce the influence of money in politics.

The American Promise website states "The goal of American Promise is to win the 28th Amendment to The Constitution to restore American democracy in which we citizens - not money, not corporations, not special interests - govern ourselves."

More details on this Hot Topic will be available in early April.

League Day in Dover - New Date May 9, 2018

*** Please note: the 2018 League Day in Dover was rescheduled from its original Wed 3/21/2018 date due to weather conditions.*** The new date is Wednesday, May 9, 2018, same place, same time, same program.

2018 League Day Speakers Click for details: LEAGUE DAY 2018 (May 9th) and registration form.

This year's topic is "Financing State Government: Everybody's Business. Let's Stop Kicking the Can Down the Road!"

Spend the day with us in Dover!  We'll have morning speakers and luncheon at the Duncan Center, and an (optional) afternoon of meeting legislators and observing committee meetings at Legislative Hall.

  • The State Budget Office, State Treasurer Ken Simpler and DEFAC Chair Mike Houghton will address their roles and responsibilities in the creation of a state budget
  • UD's Ed Ratledge will discuss future trends in Delaware
  • Former state senator Karen Peterson will speak on the politics of state finance

The $30 registration fee includes lunch. League members, wear something purple (like a purple scarf or pin) to honor the suffragettes. For more information, contact Sandy Spence, Joann Hasse, or our Office Manager.

Great Decisions Discussion Group

The Great Decisions discussion group meets regularly at the Newark public library. Judy Taggart led the group on "Russia's Foreign Policy," on Monday March 19. Next up: Sherry Wenger will lead "China and America: the new geopolitical equation" on Monday, April 9, at 1:30pm.

Contact Flo Waibel for more information about the Great Decision discussion group, and if you are interested in joining group members for lunch at Skipjack prior to the meeting. See our calendar page for directions to the Newark library.

Great Decisions group Nov 2017
Some November 2017 Great Decisions 'Groupies'

The Great Decision discussion topics and schedule for 2018 are as follows:

1. Feb 12 - The waning of Pax Americana?
2. Mar 19 - Russia's foreign policy
3. Apr 9 - China and America: the new geopolitical equation
4. May 21 - Media and foreign policy
5. June 18 - Turkey: a partner in crisis
6. Sept 17 - U.S. global engagement and the military
7. Oct 15 - South Africa's fragile democracy
8. Nov 19 - Global health: progress and challenges

Volunteer Opportunities

You do not have to be a league member to participate in these activities.

Voter Registration
Volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis to register new voters at schools and community venues. 2018 has been a crazy busy year for voter registration requests! Contact Voter Registration Coordinator Patti Christopher if you'd like to help with voter registration, or to request a voter registration table at your school or event.

A voter registration training class is scheduled at the Brandywine Library on Tuesday May 1st from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Program Room which is right off the lobby. Learn how to register voters using the universal form! Let Patti know if you plan to attend.

VOTE411 Online Voters' Guide The Delaware leagues will be participating in the VOTE411 online voters' guide website for the 2018 election year. This is a wonderful opportunity to become involved in a meaningful way in the upcoming 2018 elections. We need volunteers to help frame questions for candidates to answer, to follow up and remind candidates to respond, and to help promote to the voting public.

If you are interested please contact VOTE411 Coordinator Kim Wells.

President's Message - Letter to High School Students

The League of Women Voters of New Castle County (LWVNCC) President Marjorie Johnson's message for April 2018 is included below. This was sent in late March to superintendents and high school principals in New Castle County...

Marj Johnson
LWVNCC President Marj Johnson

"I hope you will share this with all your students, whether they participated in the walkout or not. They should know that they are making a valuable contribution to our society, even before they are old enough to vote. And thank you for your dedication to the education of our youth and our future leaders.

I happened to be a witness to one of the student walkouts on Wednesday and, on behalf of the League of Women Voters of New Castle County, I couldn't be more proud of their actions. The League is a nonpartisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government to promote and protect our democracy. We do not support or oppose any political party or candidate but we do take positions on issues and educate the public concerning them, from land use and environmental issues, to human trafficking, and, yes, gun safety. In the tradition of the League, these students have been willing to stand up, speak out, and act. Our freedom and form of government did not come cheaply or easily. It was not won in 1783 with the end of the Revolutionary War nor in 1918 or in 1945. These young people have reminded us that it is won each and every day, each and every election, by an informed citizenry who are willing to stand up for the common good of the country, instead of the special interests of the few. They are part of a long history of people who have spoken truth to power and have taken their convictions to the ballot box. I hope their fervor and action continue to accompany them through life, and on behalf of the League of Women Voters of New Castle County I wish to thank them for showing the rest of us what citizenship looks like."   -- Marj Johnson

Yolanda Schlabach's Second Ted Talk is Available for Viewing

Yolanda Schlabach speaks at TEDx 2017
Yolanda Schlabach
Yolanda Schlabach has been one of the main speakers at each of the four Human Trafficking Forums that LWVNCC has sponsored in the last two years.

Yolanda's new TEDx Talk, Life After Trafficking: The Bridge From Trauma to Triumph was published in Dec 2017. This video addresses the following questions: What happens to survivors after escape from, or arrest of, their traffickers? What do they need? What do we, as a nation, offer?

If you haven't seen Yolanda's original TEDx Talk, Sex Trafficking in the U.S.:Young Lives, Insane Profit, watch that one first.

These gripping Wilmington TEDx videos shine a light on the dark underbelly of the sex trade and human exploitation in Delaware.

LWVDE has actively supported legislation addressing this issue, including a bill enacted last year that gave the state regulatory authority over massage parlors so that those where trafficked women were forced into prostitution could be identified and shut down.

Carrie Chapman Catt Awards - April 11

2018 Carrie Chapman Catt honorees
2018 Carrie Chapman Catt guests and honorees

Standing, L to R: "Carrie Chapman Catt," portrayed by Pat Jordan from the American Historical Theatre of Philadelphia, Senator Margaret Rose Henry, Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long.   Seated, L to R: Cassandra Piovoso, Connie Georgov.

The 2018 Carrie Chapman Catt Awards reception went off without a hitch!   A photo album will be coming soon to Flickr.

April TED Discussion - Shocking Events, Positive Change

Naomi Klein at Occupy Wall Street.
Naomi Klein on Thursday, Day 21, of Occupy Wall Street. Photo credit: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons

The LWVNCC TED viewings are free and open to the public; we'd love to see you there! The format is simple... we watch an inspiring, thought-provoking TED video, and then talk about it afterward. See for more information or to RSVP.

The April TED was held at The Greene Turtle restaurant in Christiana on Saturday, April 14, at 1pm.

This month's viewing and discussion was based on the TED Talk by Naomi Klein entitled "How shocking events can spark positive change." In the recent months there have been some what feels like shocking events. This talks about the drivers for people to take action or to not take action. One example would be the legislative response to shocking events that are the result of gun violence. Naomi Klein is a Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker. She is known for her political analyses and criticism in the areas of capitalism and corporate globalization. The talk was filmed September 2017 at TED Global in New York City.

meetup logo script TED - Ideas worth spreading

Photos of Past Events

Photos of past League events are available on Flickr.

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