Please join us Monday, June 5, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room (upstairs) of the LCNB Bank for a Fair Districts Fair Elections training class! The training will be hosted by the Oxford NAACP and led by Jenny Fisher of the League of Women Voters. Come learn how to talk about gerrymandering and congressional redistricting. This training will review the congressional redistricting reform proposal and provide the dos and don'ts of signature gathering. Together we can improve representational democracy!
Ohio Redistricting Petition Aims to End Gerrymandering
The Ohio League, along with Common Cause Ohio and the Ohio Environmental Council, filed 1,000 signatures with the state Attorney General's office on April 24 to kick-off an effort to put congressional redistricting reform on the November 2017 or 2018 ballot. The goal is to dampen the political gerrymandering that allows the political party in control to draw districts to its benefit, creating few competitive seats and securing the party's majority status, according to a Columbus Dispatch article.
Attorney General Mike DeWine has 10 days from that filing to determine if the summary language is fair and truthful, the article says. If it checks out, the request goes to the Ohio Ballot Board, which will decide if it is a single issue, and then the group begins collecting more than 300,000 valid signatures of Ohio registered voters.
Oxford League members will join with the local NAACP group and other organizations to collect signatures for the petition once it gets the green light.
Oxford League of Woman Voters Joins March for Science
Sibyl Miller (left) co-president for organization of the Oxford League of Woman Voters, and Michelle Boone, the League's director of Natural Resources Portfolio, were among the speakers at the March for Science in Oxford on April 22. Oxford's mayor, Kate Rousmaniere, also a League member, made the opening remarks before an estimated crowd of more than 450.
Listen to Sibyl Miller speaking at the Oxford March for Science.
A number of sign-carrying League members participated in the march.
League of Women Voters of Oxford Elects New Officers at April Local Convention
Newly elected director of membership, Kathy McMahon-Klosterman, receives Membership Committee materials from Sally Southard, outgoing director. Next to Klosterman is Michelle Boone, newly elected director of the Natural Resources Portfolio. Continuing in office are Sibyl Miller (third from left), co-president for organization, and Prue Dana (far right), co-president for voter service, who was re-elected to serve one more year. Others re-elected but not shown are Warren Mason, director of the International Portfolio; Jane Fryman, director of the Observer Corps; Harv Roehling, chair of the Nominating Committee; and Steve Gordon, Nominating Committee member. Kathy McMahon-Klosterman will continue to serve on the Nominating Committee.
2017 Oxford League of Woman Voters Annual Local Convention
The Oxford chapter of the League of Woman Voters is getting fired up for our 64th Local Convention, on Wednesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the Undercroft of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Oxford.
Why are we fired up? We know we have vital work to do in living out our Mission -- Making Democracy Work! We are ready to work with other Leagues on the "Fair Districts=Fair Elections" petitioning campaign, aimed at redrawing district lines for Congressional Districts in Ohio, reducing gerrymandering, and resulting in a fairer election process throughout our state. We also are involved in local issues, including our natural resources and other concerns of our civic life. These points and others will be part of the discussion at our Convention, so please be sure to attend and participate!
Click here to get the Convention Packet. Print it out and bring it with you to the Convention, so you can follow along with the proceedings. League members, please wear your name tags.
We will also be electing new officers for some positions. The Slate for the Election is as follows:
The League Looks at the Myaamia
The news of Daryl Baldwin's MacArthur Fellow award in September has been a cause for celebration at the Myaamia Center, the research institute Baldwin helped found and which he directs at Miami University. The joy was felt by his colleagues throughout the university, by friends in Oxford, Ohio, and Liberty, Indiana, throughout the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and across the nation. The award, often referred to as "the Genius Grant," recognizes Baldwin's accomplishments in revitalizing the Miami language, history and culture through his scholarship and leadership, and the promise of his work to continue to expand and deepen the self-identity of the Miami people and to educate all of us. League member Toni Saldivar tells the whole story in her The League Looks at the Myaamia column in The Oxford Press.
Election Day 2016: Tuesday, November 8
When are the polls open? 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
What do you need to bring? ID Requirements Guide
Meet the Candidates, Oct. 5, 2016
The League of Women Voters of Oxford sponsored a Candidates Forum on October 5 at the Knolls of Oxford. More than 45 people attended the forum where the public was able to meet candidates seeking elected office in November and discuss issues with them.
Lifetime League member Carolyn Auble (pictured above, at left) and her husband Don participated in the forum. Carolyn was one of the founders of the Oxford chapter sixty-two years ago.
Also shown at this roundtable discussion is Suzi Rubin (center), Democrat, who is running for Ohio State House Representative, District 53. Other candidates who attended were as follows:
>> Bill Coley, Republican, seeking reelection to Ohio Senate, District 4, and his challenger, John Kinne, Democrat
>> Steven Fought, Democrat, seeking election as Representative to U.S. Congress, 8th District
>> Nancy Nix, seeking reelection as Butler County Treasurer.
Prue Dana, co-president for voter service, organized and moderated the event as well as prepared the 2016 Voters Information Guide, the nonpartisan publication Oxford area voters have come to depend on for election information.
Voters also can find the names of all 2016 candidates and their stated positions on the VOTE411.org website, a non-partisan voter information service provided by the League of Women Voters of Ohio.
Town Hall Meeting: How Do We Find Out What's Happening in Oxford?
The League of Women Voters of Oxford sponsored a Town Hall meeting Sept. 21 to address the question, "How Do We Find Out What's Happening in Oxford?" Organized and moderated by the league's Sandra Woy Hazleton, co-president for program, the meeting drew a large crowd of Oxford residents wanting to enhance communication in our community.
A panel of communication experts from various organization and news media outlets presented their thoughts on the subject and discussed audience concerns.
Journalists on the panel were, from left to right: Bob Ratterman, retired editor of The Oxford Press and contributing journalist to the Hamilton Journal-News and The Oxford Press as published by Cox Media; James Steinbauer, editor, The Miami Student, Miami University; Amy Burzynski, editorial assistant, the Journal News and The Oxford Press; Annie-Laurie Blair, clinical professor of journalism, Miami University; Eddie Mowen, Jr., editor, The Register-Herald, Eaton, Ohio; and Leslie Collins, general manager of The Register-Herald.
Others on the panel included Douglas Elliott, Oxford City manager Douglas Elliott; Holli Morrish, Talawanda School District director of communications and public engagement; Kelly Riggs, president, Oxford Chamber of Congress; Jessica Green, executive director, Oxford Visitors Bureau; Joan Potter-Sommer, executive director, Oxford Seniors; and John Skillings, vice president, Oxford Community Foundation.
League Tours Kramer School
On August 26, Women's Equality Day, League members toured the job site of the new Kramer Elementary School. Michael Davis. Talawanda School Board treasurer, offered the tour through Anna Kelly, League of Women Voters of Oxford school board observer.
Davis wanted the League to see "tax dollars at work" in this new facility which will meet standards for a "green" school at a cost of about $15 million at completion. Kelly noted that the construction of the new Kramer school did not require a new local levy because of Davis' "ability to research, apply for, and receive money from a state grant that covers 65% of the total cost."
Among Kramer's innovative features are redesigned special education classrooms to improve learning for children with special needs. Supporting public education has been a high priority for the League since its founding.
Construction on the school is scheduled to be completed Dec. 9, 2016. Students and staff are expected to move in at the beginning of the second semester.
Open League Board Meeting, July 13, 2016
There will be an open board of directors meeting of the Oxford League on Wed., July 13, from 10:00 to noon in the basement of Holy Trinity Church (also known as the the "undercroft"). All members are urged to attend.
The first half of the meeting will be a workshop on making the most of our two websites and our Facebook page to enhance communication within our League and beyond. Please bring your laptop, iPad, tablet, iPhone, or other device to the workshop. We will have wireless access to the internet. If you don't have a device to bring, you will be paired with a member who does, so all will participate.
The second half of the meeting, from 11:00 to noon, will be devoted to discussing plans, setting priorities, and developing strategies for meeting the League's goal of "Making Democracy Work" for all.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 25 E. Walnut St., Oxford, OH 45056, at the corner of Poplar and Walnut Streets. There is metered parking on Walnut and unmetered parking on Poplar. The church is one block from the Municipal Parking Garage on Walnut St. Members should enter Holy Trinity through the double doors on Poplar St., which lead directly into the undercroft.
Please RSVP by July 12 to Sandi Woy-Hazleton email@example.com.
Special Exhibit: The Remarkable Stantons and the "Magnificent Dwelling"
Oxford League Marches in Freedom Fest Parade
Members of the Oxford chapter of the League of Women Voters marched down High Street in the Freedom Fest Parade on July 2 as part of the city's Independence Day celebration. Pictured below (left to right) are: Janis Dutton, Kathy McMahom-Klosterman, Toni Saldivar, Jaqueline Rioja-Velarde, Diana Uhlman, and Becky Quay.
The League also ran a voter registration table at Freedom Fest held at the Oxford Community Park on July 3. Pictured (left to right) are: Judy Kolbas, Harv Roehling, Prue Dana, and Sandi Woy-Hazleton.
Officers Elected at 63rd Annual Local Convention
Sibyl Miller was elected Co-President for Organization at the League of Women Voters of Oxford's 63rd Annual Local Convention. Miller will share executive responsibilities with two other Co-Presidents: Sandra Woy Hazleton, Co-President for Program, and Prue Dana, Co-President for Voter Service.
Others elected at the April 26 meeting were as follows: Sandra Drewes, Secretary; Virginia Scott, Treasurer; Sally Southard, Director, Membership Committee; Toni Saldivar, Director, Communications/Publicity; Jane Fryman, Director, Observer Corps; Steve Dana, Director, Government Portfolio; Cathryn Loucas, Director, Natural Resources Portfolio; Pat Willeke, Director, Social Policy Portfolio; and Warren Mason, Director, International Portfolio.
Also approved on the slate by members were Jacqueline Rioja Velarde, LWVOx Facebook Administrator; Stacey Peterson, LWVOx Website Administrator; Alice Laatch, Editor and Publisher of the monthly newsletter The Voter; Harv Roehling, Chair, Nominating Committee; and Larry Frimerman, Chair, Budget Committee.
League of Women Voters of Oxford, Ohio, Call to the 63rd Annual Local Convention
Background information for the 2016 Local Convention
Butler County Transportation: Where Does the Bus Go?.
Connor Briggs, director of transit operations for the Butler County RTA, spoke at the March 8 meeting. View his presentation.
Robert E. Strippel Memorial Continuing Dialogue on Justice and Human Rights
Jane Strippel, League of Women Voters of Oxford Lifetime Member, is shown surrounded by Cincinnati students at the close of the Feb. 26-27, 2016, Robert E. Strippel Memorial Continuing Dialogue on Justice and Human Rights. The students are participants in M.O.R.E. (Men, Organized, Respectful and Educated), an initiative of Cincinnati public schools that promotes achievement especially among African American students.
The topic of this year's two-day Strippel dialogue was "Eradicating the School to Prison Pipeline" with keynote speaker Judith Browne Dianis (behind Jane Strippel), civil rights attorney and co-director of the national Advancement Project. The Strippel forum was established in 1974 to honor the late Robert E. Strippel who served as Dean of Students at Miami University and who actively promoted civil rights and social justice. As a community leader, Robert Strippel worked closely with his wife, Jane. In 1964, they founded the Friends of the Mississippi Summer Project, an interracial group of Oxford citizens that gave financial and emotional support to Freedom Summer volunteers training in at Western College to found schools and community centers in Mississippi and to register African Americans to vote.
Jane Strippel has continued the activism she shared with her husband, including working for voting rights. She has been a member of the League of Women Voters of Oxford for more than fifty years. The League of Women Voters of Oxford is one of many organizations supporting the Strippel Memorial Continuing Dialogue. The forum is organized annually in partnership with the Center of American and World Cultures and Global initiatives at Miami University and is free and open to the public.
The League of Women Voters of Oxford hosted a brown bag lunch in the parlor of Patterson Place on February 24 for members and guests as a lead-in to Women's History Month in March. Dr. Kimberly Hamlin, associate professor of History and American Studies, Miami University, and author of From Eve to Evolution (University of Chicago Press, 2014) was the speaker.
Hamlin shared her current research for a biography of Helen Hamilton Gardener (1853-1925), a friend and free-thinking ally of Elizabeth Cady Stanton in Stanton's last years. Gardener became the key negotiator with President Wilson in gaining political support for the 19th Amendment, which was ratified in 1920. That year Wilson appointed Gardener to the United States Civil Service Commission, making her the highest ranking woman in the federal government at that time.
Program Planning Review
Twenty-four leaguers gathered February 13 to discuss our local and national positions. Focus on positions on which we could act, as well as Voting Rights initiatives were on the agenda. Thank you to the membership committee who supplied the muffins, fruit and coffee and also did the set up.
There was considerable interest in communication -- or lack there of -- which made education on voting, local issues and elections difficult. Housing issues of all kinds and mental health services for adults and children were also cited. Although we have made great progress on bike lanes, there is still much to do in planning for both trails and connectivity.
For the Making Democracy Work portion of program planning, many different topics were suggested from the details and questions on how one votes to the studying Campaign Finance and redistricting on the Congressional level in the state to Citizens United to planning viewing parties with students for the candidate debates.
We have an exciting year ahead of us.
Prue Dana, Co-President
Information on Voting in Ohio in 2016
For information on voting in Ohio in 2016 -- including how to register to vote and how to vote early or absentee -- go to The League of Women Voters VOTE411 website. U.S. citizens exercise their right to vote as an individual, voluntary act of participation on our democracy. If you are a citizen of the United States at least 18 years old and have not yet registered to vote, now is the time to do so. You may register by mail using the voter registration form on the website of the Ohio Secretary of State or you may register in person at designated locations including the Department of Motor Vehicles. For more information on how and where to register, contact the Butler County Board of Elections at (513) 887-3700 or go to its website.
League of Women Voters of Oxford Support Women in the Central Park Statue Fund
The day after Thanksgiving, 2015, in front of the iconic clock in Grand Central Station and under a century-old woman suffrage umbrella, Coline Jenkins, great-great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, accepted a check from the League of Women Voters of Oxford, presented on behalf of the League by Toni Saldivar, director of communications, to support the "Women in the Park" Statue Fund.
The League's contribution is in keeping with its commitment to promoting public awareness of the history of women's struggle for voting rights. The League recently acquired and dedicated an Ohio State Historic Marker at the Stanton-Bonham House on the Miami campus. One side of the marker tells of Miami University president, Robert L. Stanton, who built the house in 1868; the other side tells of his sister-in-law Elizabeth Cady Stanton, her lecture at Miami in 1870, and her impact on history.
The "Women in the Park" Statue Fund will place a likeness of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her colleague Susan B. Anthony in Manhattan's Central Park, where there has never been a statue of any historic woman. The very first such representation will be of the two pioneering woman suffrage leaders, Stanton and Anthony. Their statue is to be installed in 2017 on the west side of the Park across from the New York Historical Society. November 6 of that year will mark the centennial of women's winning the right to vote in New York State. Not until 1920 would all women citizens of the nation be granted the Constitutional right to vote.
The organized, political, non-violent movement to gain these rights began with Stanton's public demand in 1848 at the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, that women have the vote and thus be part of the social contract. Anthony joined Stanton's cause for woman suffrage in 1851.
Every year, 25 million people visit Central Park in Manhattan, "The Heart of the Island at the Center of the World." The statue will not only celebrate two remarkable historic women, it will also educate those who view it.
More information about the "Women in the Park Fund" can be found on its website.
And in this CBS report.
Brown Bag Lunch Honoring "Women on City Council" December 2 at Patterson Place
The first League of Women Voter's Brown Bag Lunch of the season will take place at noon on December 2 at Patterson Place on Miami's Western Campus (325 S. Patterson Ave., Oxford, OH 45056).
The program will honor local women who have served on our City Council. While no formal program is planned, we expect an engaging session hearing how these women feel about the impact they've had on our local government. Since 1950 there have been 21 women who have been elected to serve on Council. We expect to have with us: Mary Duerkson, Sally Southard, Prue Dana, Janis Dutton, Kate Currie, Kate Rousmaniere, and Edna Southard. Vanessa Cummings hopes to join us via Skype.
Beverages and cookies will be provided; bring your brown bag lunch and join us for this unique event. Please RSVP to Sandi Woy-Hazleton firstname.lastname@example.org, so we have an idea of how many tables to provide.
Parking passes will be available at the door: Pull in, and we will give you a pass for parking on Western Campus. Carpooling is advised. If you need a ride please email Sandi as above.
Co-President for Program
League of Women Voters Social Date Change -- January 31, 2016
The date of the League Social honoring newly elected city, township and school district officials has been changed to January 31, 2016. The event will take place at the Oxford Community Arts Center (10 S. College Ave., Oxford, OH 45056) from 4-6:00 p.m. This informal gathering is open to all residents who would like to meet and greet our elected representatives in local government.
Co-President for Program
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Celebration
You are invited to attend the Ohio historical marker dedication for the Stanton-Bonham House (1868) on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. This date marks the 145th anniversary of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's lecture "Our Girls" delivered to the Miami University and Oxford communities, Nov. 9, 1870. She was a guest in this house, the home built by her brother-in-law, Robert L. Stanton, then president of Miami University.
Related exhibit: The Remarkable Stantons and the "Magnificent Dwelling"
League of Women Voters of Oxford urges renewal of the Senior Services Levy, Issue 13 this November.
This support is based on the 1972 and 1982 local positions on support for Senior Citizens and the Senior Center for the provision of services and activities to older citizens in the Oxford area finance by public and private funding. The 1979 position was amended in 2010 and 2013 to include local, consistent, transportation for the elderly and/or disabled in the Oxford Area also financed by public and private funding. The rationale is that citizens needing public transportation need it year round not just when school or the university is in session.
Butler County Elderly Services Program makes a big difference for thousands of families who are caring for older loved ones. It helps working families keep mom and dad at home. It helps long-married spouses care for each other and stay together. And for those seniors who have no family nearby, it makes a difference in quality of life. The services provided are Meals on Wheels, homemaking help, transportation; Assistance and care are only a phone call away.
The Levy is a flat renewal of the one and three tenths mills for each one dollar of valuation that was voted on in 2010. This (1.3) mills amounts to thirteen cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of 5 years. This means that your taxes will not increase but will stay the same as they are now.
The tax levy provides 90% of the funding for the program. The program would not exist without support from the levy. According to its annual report, the Elderly Services Program served more than 3,800 Butler County Elderly Seniors in 2014.
The Remarkable Stantons and the "Magnificent Dwelling"
By Toni Saldivar, PhD
The Stanton-Bonham House: An Oxford and Miami University Landmark by Stephen Gordon, Administrator, William Holmes McGuffey Museum
This exhibit is based on an earlier exhibit on display in the McGuffey Museum that examines the house that Robert L. Stanton built and his life as a dedicated leader and educator. The exhibit also traces the lives of some members of his family: his brother, Henry Brewster Stanton, fiery orator of the American Anti-Slavery Society and politician; his son, Robert Brewster (Bob) Stanton, intrepid explorer and civil engineer; and, most important historically, his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, founder of the woman suffrage movement in 1848 whose work would lead to women's winning the constitutional right to vote in 1920. This exhibit tells the stories of these remarkable Stantons and coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of Freedom Summer 1964. That summer students from across the nation came to Oxford, Ohio, to train at Western College for voter registration drives in Mississippi. Many people of conscience in the generations before them, including the Stanton activists and reformers, fostered the ideals passed on to those brave, young civil rights workers.
Announcement from the League of Women Voters of Oxford:
Your electric power can be 100% green/renewable energy at the low rate of 5.785 cents per kWh if you are enrolled in the City of Oxford's Electric Aggregation Program, Option 1. You are already enrolled if you received a letter at the end of March from the City of Oxford about this program and you did not opt out of it. If you did not receive this letter, you are not enrolled--not yet. But you can be.
The aggregation letter went to Oxford residents who were purchasing electricity from Duke Energy. If you have been purchasing electricity from another company, you did not receive the letter, but you can still join the City of Oxford's Electric Aggregation Program. Duke will remain the means of distribution of electricity to Oxford residents (your monthly statements will continue to come from Duke) but the supplier of electricity for Oxford's aggregation program will be the company AEP. You will see this change on your monthly statements after you cancel your old supplier and enroll with AEP.
Go to the City of Oxford website for instructions how to enroll in the City's Aggregation Program with AEP. It's easy: http://www.cityofoxford.org/news/2015/03/update-oxford-electric-aggregation-program.
And if you choose Option #1, you will be joining millions of Americans committed to caring for our environment by using clean energy.
Toni Saldivar, Director of Publicity
League of Women Voters of Oxford
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Voter Service: Main mission of the League of Women Voters
The Lane Public Library in Oxford has available a video on DVD designed to help the hearing impaired. Given to the library by the League of Women Voters of Oxford, the video, titled "Vote: It's Your Right," is narrated in American Sign Language. "Every citizen, including those with disabilities, should have easy access to information on their voting rights," said Mary Jo Clark, President of LWVox who presented the video to the library.
Those who watch the video will be walked through the simple steps of voter registration and will receive answers to such questions as where to register, what identification is required, how to update registration information, how to register by mail, how to receive assistance at the polls if necessary and how to vote absentee. The video was produced by the League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area in partnership with the League of Women Voters OHIO.
Voter service has been an important part of League of Women Voters' work since the founding of this non-partisan organization ninety-three years ago on August 26, 1920. On that date, the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, giving women in the United States the Constitutional right to vote. August 26 is now observed annually as Women's Equality Day. The Oxford chapter of the League of Women Voters has, since its founding sixty years ago, regularly engaged in serving voters by publishing voter guides before elections, sponsoring candidates' forums, and facilitating voter registration.