Sunday, December 28, 2014

Our League Wraps Up: What We've Done Since August


League Members were busy during the months of August through October registering, and reaching out to voters to educate them about the November 4th elections.  The following activities and events occurred during this period: 

Voter registration  at NOVA: Sept. 2, 3, 11th, 17, 29, 30, Oct. 1.  We registered more than 200 people at both NOVA campuses. 

Voter Registration at Libraries: Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 7

Voter Education and Registration: August 2nd at the African American Heritage Festival; September 21st at the Latino Festival in Manassas; and October 4th at the Manassas Fall Festival. 

A Voting Rights and Restoration of Felons' Rights Forum in partnership with the AKA Sorority was held at the Kelly Leadership Center on September 13th.   Carol Noggle gave a presentation on League activities and provided voter education materials.  Below is a table which shows material from various groups that participated. 

September 23rd was National Registration Day.  League members passed out voter materials at three VRE stations. 

On September 25th,  the Reentry Council conducted its Adult Detention Center Community Resource Fair at the Detention Center in Manassas.  League members  attended  and provided information on Absentee voting, and Restoration of Rights.  Many of the inmates were not aware that their voting rights could be restored.  

On October 13th, the LWV-VA/AARP sponsored a Senate Debate in Richmond.  Karen Kaiser, Barbara Kreykenbohm, and Carol Noggle attended.

There were a number of Meet and Greet candidate forums held.  The LWV-PWA assisted LWV Fairfax and AARP on these forums.  Brenda Carswell organized the 11th District Meet and Greet held at Westminster on October 14th.

Voter Education Guide:  Our LWV-PWA Voter Guide was published in the Prince William Today newspaper  in online and hard copy. It included Congressional candidates and candidates for Manassas City Council and Manassas Park City Council.

Top Ten Election Cards: We distributed 2000 Top Ten Election Information Cards at many venues.

Photo ID materials: A late change was made to the requirements for photo IDs resulting in the League having to affix at least 3000 correction stickers to handouts about the new voter Photo ID rules.  League members spent many hours printing out labels with the correct information and placing them on cards and flyers for distribution to the NOVA campus, libraries, churches, and fall events.  

Awards:  Chris Lee was presented with the Top Ten award for her efforts to encourage the students to register. She gave our Top Ten cards to dozens of students at the NOVA Manassas Campus as an incentive to each individual to register and vote. Jane Maddocks got the "Sticker" award for applying hundreds and hundreds of stickers to Photo ID awareness cards.

Other members who added hundreds of stickers to the Photo ID cards and flyers were Brenda Carswell and Diane Riffer. 

Join Us! 

We are always looking for new members, so please share all the wonderful work our League is doing to make our Democracy work with your friends and acquaintances.  Ask them to join us so that we can become an even stronger and more effective League.  Have them visit our site at http://www.lwvpwamal.org/p/who-we-are.html for a sign-up form.

 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Prince William Board of County Supervisors Agenda‏ - September 16, 2014

Board Chamber, One County Complex Court
Prince William, Virginia  22192

HON. COREY A. STEWART, CHAIRMAN
HON. MICHAEL C. MAY, VICE CHAIRMAN
HON. MAUREEN S. CADDIGAN
HON. PETE CANDLAND
HON. W.S. WALLY COVINGTON III
HON. JOHN D. JENKINS
HON. MARTIN E. NOHE
HON. FRANK J. PRINCIPI

1. Pledge of Allegiance 2:00 P.M.

2. Invocation
Minister Dessain Terry, Church of Christ, Dale City

3. Proclamation

A. RES - Proclaim – September 19, 2014 – Prisoner of
War/Missing in Action Recognition Day – Supervisor
May

4. Citizens' Time

5. Presentations 

A.     – Presentation – 2014 Community Survey Results –
Tracey Hormuth, Office of Management and Budget and Elise Delahanty, ORC International 

6. County Executive

7. County Attorney

A. RES - Authorize - Closed Meeting 

8. Public Hearings 2:00 P.M.

A. RES – Authorize – Sale of Approximately 2,008 Square
Feet of County-Owned Property Located at 14790 Lee
Highway – Brentsville Magisterial District –
Angela Horan – County Attorney
Budget Amendments – All Departments

B. RES - Carryover of FY2014 Encumbered and Unencumbered
Balances; Decrease the FY2014 Budget and Increase the FY2015 Budget and Appropriation in an Approximate Amount of, but Not to Exceed,
$250,000,000 – Steven Walts - Prince William
County Public Schools

9. Economic Development

A.     – Presentation – Economic Development Quarterly
Report – Second Quarter 2014 – Jeff Kaczmarek –
Economic Development

10. Public Works

A.     – Presentation – Quarterly Project Report – First
Quarter FY 2015 – Thomas Bruun – Public Works
 
11. Intergovernmental Report view

12. Supervisors’ Time

13. Closed Meeting

A. RES – Certify Closed Meeting

14. Adjourn

A. RES – Adjourn Meeting

Virginia Senate Debate‏

The People’s Debate
Senator Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie Accept People’s Debate Invitation
Statewide Broadcast on October 13

RICHMOND_ The League of Women Voters of Virginia and AARP Virginia are pleased to announce Senator Mark Warner has accepted the groups’ invitation to debate challenger Ed Gillespie during a statewide
television broadcast on October 13. Gillespie had accepted the invitation earlier.   

The statewide-televised debate to be held at 7 p.m. on October 13 in Richmond.  Media partners for the debate are WCVE-TV (PBS) and WTVR-TV CBS 6.  The debate will be held at the WCVE-TV studio.

This unique debate, organized by The League of Women Voters of Virginia and AARP Virginia, will ask the candidates to go on record about issues important to all Virginians.

"We are excited to offer this forum to the voters of Virginia," said Anne Sterling, president of the League of Women Voters.  "The League is pleased to work with AARP, PBS and CBS on this event.  Citizens have a right to learn where both U.S. Senate candidates stand on the issues and we thank each for accepting our invitation to debate live on television, in October." 

The four panelists for the debate will include one representative each from AARP, the League of Women Voters, WCVE-TV and WTVR-TV.

“Non-partisan voter engagement and education has been part of AARP’s mission to help Americans live their best lives for nearly 30 years,” Bill Kallio, State Director of ARRP, said.  “We are proud to sponsor the People’s Debate because AARP informs voters about the candidates’ positions, giving them the ability to make an informed choice on Election Day.”

Richmond television stations WTVR-TV CBS 6 and WCVE-TV PBS are co-producing and distributing the debate to broadcasters statewide in order to make the forum available to voters across Virginia.
Follow news about the debate on Twitter with the hashtag #PeoplesDebate.

About LWV
The League of Women Voters of Virginia, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  Formed 94 years ago from the movement that secured the right to vote for women, LWV has continued working for voters.  Today we concentrate on voters rights, making sure every vote is counted and registering voters, high school and college students.  The centerpiece of the League’s efforts remains to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans. . .  We do these at all three levels of government, engaging in both broad educational efforts as well as advocacy.  Our issues are grounded in our respected history of making democracy work for all citizens.  LWV operates through more than 800 state and local Leagues, in all 50 states as well in DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong.  LWV does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates.

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.  AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates.  We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with nearly 35 million readers; AARP
Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; and our website, AARP.org.  AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors.  We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.