So They’re Registered


September 14, 2017
Women’s City Club

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The dismal rate of voter turnout in non-presidential elections is a major concern to the League. 84% of eligible voters in LA County are registered, compared to 75% in California. LA County voter turnout was 67% in the 2016 presidential election, but was only 14% for the June 2017 special congressional election (Becerra). We can get voters registered, but what new strategies can promote active participation in elections?

To kick off our 2017–2018 program year, we’ll hear from one of our favorite speakers, Dr. Raphael J. Sonenshein. We have asked him to speak about voting trends and causes of low voter turnout, as well as possibilities for improving voter turnout rates.

Dr. Sonenshein is the Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at CSU Los Angeles. He received his B.A. from Princeton, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale. In addition to his award-winning academic work, Dr. Sonenshein has chaired Los Angeles City government Commissions, and received numerous honors for excellence in teaching.

At the September League Day, we will also hear about committee activities, Constitution Day presentations, and National Voter Registration Day. It will be a great start for our year, and you’ll want to be there!

Call to Action

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Call to Action Draws Full House
Sept. 9, 2017
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The specter of deporting 800,000 undocumented young people brought to the U.S. as children drew a full house to the Call to Action by the League of Women Voters Pasadena Sept. 9. More than 50 people wrote 177 postcards to elected representatives.

“We have to do something to help these wonderful young people who have demonstrated their belief in the American Dream,” was one message opposing the reversal of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

The League is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants and supports SB 54 California Values Act, which is now before the Assembly. The act promotes reunification of immediate families, provides of student visas and ensures fair treatment under the law. Other issues on the table were climate change, voting rights, affordable housing and racism.

The League believes climate change is by far the greatest challenge to the balance of our ecosystem. LWV supports the 100 Percent Clean Energy Act — SB 100.

The League remains committed to fighting suppression tactics that threaten the right to vote.

LWV supports an affordable housing bill in California — SB2, Building Homes and Jobs Act. Also, SB3, Minimum Wage; In-home Supportive Services; Pid Sick Days.

As for racism, Chris Carson, president of the national LWV, says: “There is no place for hatred and violence in our democracy and all leaders must condemn acts of domestic terrorism.”