The October 2017 Voter is now available and has been mailed to members who have chosen to receive a hard copy.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
1300 S. El Camino, San Mateo CA 94403
Join the League for an interactive workshop on civil discourse, led by Marieann Shovlin,Communications Director, LWV Cupertino-Sunnyvale.
We will begin by learning the basics on civil discourse, break into groups to work on rules and roles, and finish with a discussion on what we have learned.
Groups in Berkeley facing off over conservative and liberal views. Fights breaking out as everyone screams their views at each other. Arguments started over Facebook and Twitter postings. Everyone is talking, but no one is listening
In these contentious times it is more important than ever that we learn how to discuss issues in a civil manner. As defined by the LWV San Luis Obispo and the LWV San Diego, civil discourse is courteous, constructive communication characterized by mutual respect, fairness and attentive listening. At a minimum, it is mutually respectful, courteous, constructive, and orderly communication.
For more information, email Susie Raye, Program Director or leave a message on the League phone (650-342-5853).
2017-2018 Member Handbooks will be distributed to members who attend the meeting.
League Office, 444 Peninsula Avenue, Suite 1, San Mateo 94401
Join us for another informal opportunity to talk about current issues with fellow members.
The brown bag lunch series kicked off on September 13 with a lively discussion of health care issues. The news that day featured a proposal at the federal level for universal health care which added to the discussion. We also looked at questions raised in a recent analysis by the California Budget & Policy Center about impacts on California if the state were to adopt its own single-payer health care system. This proposal died in the Legislature during this year but it could be proposed in the future.
Those who attended the lunch agreed that the topics should be chosen based on issues that are currently in the news. The topic for October 11 fits that criterion; so join us to talk about Free Speech and what it means for the U.S.
The Federal Constitution as originally framed in 1787 had no reference to inalienable human rights. Immediately, there was a cry for a Bill of Rights and on December 15, 1791 the first ten amendments to the Constitution were ratified.
What does the provision that "Congress shall make no law...........abridging the freedom of speech or of the press........" mean for us? This discussion is happening daily in the news, in op-eds and articles in the newspaper, magazines and online. The Soul of the First Amendment, a recent book by Floyd Abrams, offers an interesting perspective on this issue. There are many other ideas of what it means.
There are also several local ballot measures. See pages 5 & 6 of the October 2017 Voter for a list.
For more information on these measures and the candidates, be sure to see Voter's Edge.
In addition to registering voters, we will use this opportunity to inform people about the Voter's Choice Act and to let them know about our League activities and meetings.
The first tabling will be on Saturday, October 28 from 9 am - 12 noon. If you can come for an hour or two, please email Ann Kuchins. Or if you are shopping, stop by and say hi!
In case of rain, we will cancel!
After making so many strides towards becoming a more inclusive society, America has become polarized along lines of race, gender and political affiliation. Not long ago, Democrats and Republicans in Congress would work together for the good of the country. But gridlock has become the norm in Washington. And this stalemate has trickled down to the rest of us, sometimes spilling into open animosity. Dialogue between progressives and conservatives is rare. Social media, with its opportunity for anonymity and its lax policing of hate speech, has made it easy to demonize those of opposing political and social views, and of different races and ethnicities.
See the full article on pages 5 & 6 of the October Voter
You are eligible to register and vote if you are:
President's message, p. 2
Board Highlights, p. 3
State Action, p. 6
Bay Area League Day, Saturday, February 3, 2018, p. 6
Voter's Choice Act, The Next Step, p. 7
Woodlake Association Election, p. 7 & 8
Member Handbooks Available in October, p. 9
Legislators for North & Central San Mateo County, p. 9
Calendar, p. 10