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Police Reforms Demanded in Huntsville, AL
Published on: 6/2/2021
The actions of the Huntsville Police Department during the protests following George Floyd's murder in the summer of 2020 have come under scrutiny. The Huntsville Police Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) completed an investigation and submitted a report to the city council highlighting a number of key issues that need to be addressed.
This report and the recommendations within it have not been fully addressed by the City Council, the City Manager, or the Chief.
The League of Women Voters of Tennessee Valley urges the council to address the CAC report, and present a plan for implementing its long overdue and necessary reforms.
Join us in demanding transparency and accountability from the Huntsville Police Department. Contact your City Council Member today!
Presentation to the local AKA Sorority
Published on: 4/25/2021
On April 25, 2021, Ms. Kathleen Leonard, President, gave a presentation to the Phi Upsilon Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Martin Luther King: Civil Right No.1 - The Right to Vote
Published on: 1/18/2021
Today we honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, having celebrated the anniversary of his birthday on January15th. Dr. King was a passionate advocate for Civil Rights, desegregation, racial justice, and voting rights of Black Americans.
The right to vote of Black Americans was hard won and wasn't protected until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed. Dr. King and other visionaries fought against violence, voter suppression, and restrictive voting laws. In an article published in the New York Times in March of 1965, Dr. King outlines that copious hurdles placed between Black Americans and their Constitutional right to vote. You can read the full article attached.
Violence at the Capitol
Published on: 1/8/2021
The motto of the League of Women Voters is “Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy."
Don't Not Vote with LWVTNV!
Published on: 10/27/2020
Head to the polls with confidence this Election Day! When you get to your polling place, don’t leave without voting!
Make your voting plan in advance, including how you will get to the polls. Come prepared to stand in line! Check the weather, dress accordingly, bring snacks and a chair.
If you’re listed as inactive, request a revalidation form - you can still vote! If you make a mistake, a poll worker can spoil your ballot and give you a new one. If you’re in line when the polls close, don’t leave! Stay in line - you can still vote.
If you experience any issues when you go to vote, or see behavior that is suppressing or intimidating voters, call 866-OUR-VOTE, it’s the national Election Protection Hotline and they will mobilize local resources to help you exercise your right to vote.
#Vote #Vote2020 #ChillCity #VoteSafeAL #VictoriaJones #ElectionDay #MicrowaveDave #DontNotVote
Election Day with LWVNTV!
Published on: 10/20/2020
Head to the polls with confidence this Election Day!
Please wear a mask, bring your own black pen, and you will need to bring a valid photo ID.
Poll workers will scan your ID, and have you sign a statement that you are yourself and you live at your current address, and hand you your ballot.
Fill your ballot out by filling in the circles for the candidate of your choice for each race (and amendment). You then feed your ballot into the tabulator, receive your “I Voted!” sticker, and you’ve made democracy work!
To find out where your polling place is, visit MyInfo.AlabamaVotes.Gov
#Vote #Vote2020 #ChillCity #VoteSafeAL #VictoriaJones #ElectionDay #bit #pixelart #retro
Voting FAQ with LWVTNV
Published on: 10/13/2020
Voting is serious business – and is the most effective way to make your voice heard and make the changes that you want to see in your government, and in the country.
We get a lot of questions about registering to vote – who is eligible, how to apply, what the deadlines are.
AlabamaVotes.Gov is the first place to look for all your voting questions and applications.
To get engaged with your election, find resources, learn about your ballot and the candidates, visit Vote411.Org.
Even though we say “let’s get serious” - this video segment had the most outtakes! Can you tell we’re having fun?
#Vote2020 #VoteSafeAL #LWVTNV #GOTV #ChillCity
Make Your Voting Plan!
Published on: 10/9/2020
Are you hearing a lot about “making a voting plan?”
We’re in the middle of a pandemic.
We’re facing a big election.
It would be smart to make a plan.
Here we lay out some critical steps and resources that will help you make your voting plan to get ready for the election on November 3rd.
Get Out The Vote with LWVTNV!
Published on: 10/6/2020
We believe that every single vote counts, and voting is the best way to make your voice heard at a national, state, and local level. This year, there is a lot more on your ballot than just the presidential election. Senate, House of Representatives, local and state elections - and state constitutional amendments are all on your ballot this year. All of these races affect your daily life.
Voting is your right as an American adult citizen and is your duty to your community and your country. It’s not “political” to cast your vote, it’s how democracy works.
The League of Women Voters is committed to empowering all voters and defending democracy for everyone – to find out more about us, and get engaged with your elections and government, visit us at LWVTNV.Org and watch this space for updates, information, forums, and more!
#ChillCity #VOTE #VOTE2020 #VoteSafeAL #GOTV #NoExcuses
Summary of the Alabama Constitutional Amendments
Published on: 10/1/2020
Are you looking for a summary of the Alabama Constitutional Amendments? Follow this link for a briefing with the amendments in plain English.
Follow along during when The League of Women Voters joins Julian Butler and David Person for the inside story of what's on your ballot this election.
Voting in the time of COVID-19
Published on: 9/29/2020
Any registered Alabama voter who is concerned about voting at their polling place due to COVID-19 can apply to vote absentee, all you have to do is fill out an application to vote absentee (https://www.sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes/voter/absentee-voting) and send it your absentee election manager. For most absentee excuses, you will need to provide a copy of your photo ID.
You can also go to the absentee election manager’s office and fill out an absentee ballot on the spot, up until October 29th.
If you are considering volunteering to be a poll worker on Election Day, visit PowerThePolls.Org. You’ll receive training, and some locations will even pay you for your work on Election Day.
#Vote2020 #VoteSafeAL #LWVTNV #GOTV #ChillCity #PowerThePolls #QuarantineLife
Alabama State Constitutional Amendments
Published on: 9/28/2020
What's up with those state constitutional amendments on the Alabama ballot?
The League of Women Voters joins Julian Butler and David Person for the inside story of what's on your ballot this election.
Join us for a discussion of the state constitutional amendments:
- what are they on the ballot?
- who put them on the ballot?
- what do they mean?
Join us Thursday, October 1, at 7pm, streaming to the LWVTNV's youtube page:
Tuesday, September 22: Today is National Voter Registration Day!
Published on: 9/22/2020
Are a US citizen
Are over 17 ½ years old
Have a DMV-issued ID
You can register to vote online right now! Go to AlabamaVotes.Gov and scroll down to “voter registration” then “online registration” – check the requirements, and start the application process!
Take a screenshot of your confirmation, and check your email for confirmation that your application has gone through!
#Vote2020 #VoteSafeAL #NVRD #LWVTNV #NationalVoterRegistrationDay #GOTV
National Voter Registration Day, September 22, 2020
Published on: 9/21/2020
The League of Women Voters of the Tennessee Valley is getting ready to observe National Voter Registration Day on September 22, 2020. There will be multiple opportunities to take part in NVRD and get ready to vote in the General Election on November 3rd.
We will be launching:
- a Voter Video Series every Tuesday
- sending a Virtual Voter Drive Kit to local high schools and colleges (32 and counting!)
- a "Don't Not Vote" concert with local artists Microwave Dave and Victoria Jones (Sept. 23 @ 7pm)
- continuing our weekly drive-up Saturday voter services clinic!
LWVTNV Makes a Second Demand to Remove the Confederate Monument
Published on: 9/7/2020
On September 2, 2020, Kathleen Leonard, President of the LWVTNV, accompanied by Rita Bray, member, attended the Madison County Commission Meeting. Each made a made public statement regarding the confederate monument. The LWVTNV will continue to make statements regarding the monument as part of our Diversity Equity and Inclusion program that includes the truth telling and reconciliation necessary to make democracy work for the entire Tennessee Valley.
Presentation to Madison County Democratic Women
Published on: 9/7/2020
The Madison County Democratic Women graciously invited the LWVTNV give them a presentation on voting. We discussed current voter registration requirements, absentee voting, and election day procedures. If you want to learn more, read the attached presentation. We are happy to give the presentation to your group and address any specific topics you request. As we approach the election, we will update our website with additional information to help you learn about the issues.
LWVTNV Calls for Removing Confederate Monument
Published on: 8/19/2020
On July 22, 2020, the President of the LWVTNV made a statement to Madison County Commission calling for the removal of the confederate Monument
Presentation to Huntsville Black Photographers
Published on: 7/14/2020
The Huntsville Black Photographer's graciously invited the LWVTNV give them a presentation on voting. We discussed current voter registration requirements, absentee voting, the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA), Voter Rights Restoration (VRR), and #VoteSafeAL. If you want to learn more, read the attached presentation. We are happy to give the presentation to your group and address any specific topics you request. As we approach the election, we will update our website with additional information to help you learn about the issues.
The Struggle to Vote
Published on: 6/28/2020
We're excited to share Part 1 and Part 2 of the League of Women Voters of the Tennessee Valley's 19th Amendment Centennial project. Part 1 covers the period 1848-1920 and Part 2 covers 1920 until the present. They were developed by the LWVTNV Historical Education Committee and reflect our theme of "The Struggle to Vote in Alabama"League of Women Voters of the Tennessee Valley (LWVTNV) Centennial Committee co-chair, Sari Oosta, did a wonderful job narrating the presentations. We are celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to Vote while acknowledging the ongoing struggle to vote in Alabama. Due to the pandemic we have to find alternative ways to communicate and celebrate the 19th Amendment and acknowledge the ongoing struggle to vote in Alabama.
LWVTNV Calls for Police Reform
Published on: 6/10/2020
On Monday June 1, and Wednesday, June 3, 2020, the latest chapter in Alabama's sad history of civil rights violations was written. The Huntsville police, Madison County Sheriff, and the Alabama State Troopers combined to attack demonstrators who were
protesting police brutality. The attacks were out of proportion to the action of the protestors.
We are horrified at this threat to civil liberties, and deeply dismayed to find it here in a town we had believed to be a beacon of progress for the rest of Alabama. We urge our city and county leaders to ensure that the first amendment rights of all are protected. Our local government and police must put in place policies and procedures to ensure respectful and appropriate treatment of all people they are sworn to serve and protect. We stand ready to engage in civil dialogue with any and all interested stakeholders to address this issue and to Make Democracy Work for Huntsville, Madison County, and Alabama.
New Member Orientation and Membership Meeting
Published on: 3/5/2021
On 24 February 2021, the LWVTNV held a new membership orientation and membership meeting by Zoom.