Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Police Staffing and Budget

Councilman Sam Zurier's April 29, 2014 Ward letter discusses the issue of crime and crime prevention, covering (1) the level of property crime on the East Side, (2) the Police Department resources available to address crime, (3) work in the City Council on this issue and (4) a community meeting to be held on May 21 to promote the formation of neighborhood crime watch groups.

Convener's / Annual Meeting for LWV-Providence‏

May 12 at 10:30 

Monday, April 28, 2014

LWVRI Council 2014 Registration

LWVRI Council, May 10 from 10:00 – 2:30, at the Jamestown Philomena Library

To register, use this form or download one from the LWVRI Web site. The registration fee is $20 and includes coffee and lunch. More information.

Please make your check payable to LWVRI and mail to Rosemary Forbes-Woodside, LWVRI Treasurer, 23 Skysail Ct., Jamestown, RI 02835 or register online at Deadline is May 7, 2014.

Please print clearly as we will use this for your name tag

Name ________________________________________________________________________

League _______________________________________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________________________________


E-mail ______________________________________

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Women Holding Office: A Seat at the Table - 6th annual celebration

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 6pm to 8pm
Kirkbrae Country Club - Lincoln, RI

keynote speaker: Rosie Hidalgo
director of public policy, Casa de Esperanza, Washington, DC

emcee: Arlene Violet
Rhode Island Attorney General 1985-1987

reception - complimentary hors d'oeuvres - cash bar

tickets: $25
must be reserved in advance - limited seating

YWCA Rhode Island has partnered with DuoPictures to create a documentary about women in politics. This film is the second in a series entitled 'Women Holding Office.'

The documentary will premiere at this year's Women Holding Office Celebration.
For more information. - To purchase tickets for the event click here.

To preview the documentary, click here.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Rhode Map RI

Mark Your Calendars: During the first two weeks of May, there are 6 opportunities across the State to learn about and provide feedback on ideas for growing Rhode Island’s economy and providing for healthy homes, neighborhoods and communities.

See the attached flyer for the schedule of events.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Call to Council

Every even numbered year, the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island calls delegates to Council to hold elections and conduct the League’s business. (In the alternate years, the League holds its Convention.)

The 2014 LWVRI council will be held on Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Jamestown Philomena Library, 26 North Road, Jamestown.

Dana Chisell, the co-director of the Center for Civic Design, will be the guest speaker and will discuss ballot design.

About Council: Program, Nominating, Budget, Registration

FLASH! LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara will attend Quad State

The 8th Annual Quad States Leadership Conference will be held on May 3 and 4, once again at the
Hampton Inn in Wells, ME.

With energy production and distribution currently “hot topics,” this year's subject will be Energy and
Energy Efficiency.

Tentative Agenda and Registration

LWVUS Program Recommendation for 2014-2015

For the biennium the LWVUS Board recommends:

Retaining all our current positions in the areas of representative government, international relations,
natural resources, and social policy.

A Concurrence on the convention floor with the position of the LWVNJ on human trafficking. and

A comprehensive three-part program combining study and review of key, specific structures of
American Democracy   -   More

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Meet the Candidates for Mayor of Providence

The mayoral candidates are participating in a series of three forums sponsored by PCL Friends groups and moderated by the League of Women Voters.
  • Hear what the candidates for mayor of Providence have to say about neighborhood issues.
  • Ask questions and tell them what you think they need to know about schools, libraries, safety, and other issues of concern to you and your neighbors.
Come to one of our forums—or come to them all!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Street Sweep Schedule for 2014

Street sweeping will be done according to Police Districts to better monitor the alternate side parking requirements. A map of the Police Districts can be found here.

Sweeping will be performed both during the day and during overnight hours. Please respect the posted parking restrictions.
See more here.

To help keep Providence beautiful, please sweep debris from your sidewalks into the street before City street sweepers come to your neighborhood.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

An interview with LWVRI President Jane Koster and Past President Hollie Courage.

This Cable Access Television show highlights the people, places and events that make Rhode Island a great place to live. Juliana Anderson; Host and Executive Producer

League of Women Voters
Wednesday April 23rd and 30th Cox 18/Verizon 38 Prov. 9:30PM
Sat. April 26th and May 3rd Cox 13/Verizon 32 Statewide 6:30PM...
Monday April 28th Cox 18/Verizon 38 Prov. 5:30PM

Facebook Links:

League of Women Voters of RI

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Education Article to be Heard on Wednesday, 4/9, 4:30 PM‏

The League board voted to join the Right to an Education Coalition which has put together a bill to change the RI Constitution education article, see the bill attached.  A hearing is scheduled for the house bill in the House Committee on Health, Education & Welfare on Wednesday, April 9th, at the rise of the House, approximately 4:30 PM, in the State House Room 101.  The list of bills being heard is long so the wait to hear this one may be too. 

It is very important for League members to contact members of the House Committee on Health, Education & Welfare;  see the names and contact information below.  Please say that as members of the League, you support this bill.

Regards,  Joanne, 247-3004

House HEW Agenda
House HEW Committee Members
H 7896
S 2397

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Agricultural Consensus Meeting: April 7, Providence, 7 pm‏

This is a fascinating study to update the national agriculture policy position.  Several short articles pertaining to the Agriculture Update study and the consensus meeting:

Just read as much as you can, but DON'T look at the list and think I can't possibly contribute to the consensus.  This is overwhelming for Congress.  Just come and learn and contribute.  The Healthy Farm is very informative and a short interesting read.

If you really get into it, other study documents can be found on the LWV website.  Use this link to go directly to the study documents   They include articles on nanotechnology as it pertains to agriculture, water management and tons of source material.
And finally, since the study in part is about feeding people, I thought it would be nice to bring a non-perishable item for the Camp Street Food pantry which longtime league member Mary Hazeltine is a co-director.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Magistrates and Ethics bills up for Hearings‏

The magistrates bill is up for a hearing today in the House Judiciary and the Ethics amendment is posted for tomorrow(Thursday) in Senate Judiciary.  It's really important that we have our League members and friends of Good Government there. 

John Marion, Executive Director Common Cause RI;  Derry Riding, LWVRI Advocacy chair and I are hoping to see you.  Please wear your League buttons or name-tags.  LWVRI will be submitting testimony. 

Time:  Rise of the House 4:30

For more information on bills and amendments go to:
Find out time and place meetings are scheduled and links to bill texts click on Committee Agendas
For Bill Text search by bill number for either house or senate or both.

Jane W Koster
mobile (401) 339 2351