April Update 2021
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LWV Wayzata-Plymouth Area Annual Meeting
Saturday, April 17th
9:50 am - 12 pm
Gaye Adams Massey
Join us for an inspiring presentation from Gaye Adams Massey who currently serves as CEO of the YWCA of St. Paul. The YWCA's mission is to empower women, eliminate racism and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Gaye will address the intersection of gender, race, and democracy as she shares her work with us. Note: Guest speaker from 10 am-10:45 am followed by business meeting. Zoom link to be sent out to all members on April 15th which can be forwarded to your invited guests.
21-Day Racial Equity Challenge:
For 21 days following Gaye's presentation, LWV Wayzata-Plymouth Area members will be e-mailed challenges from the YWCA of St. Paul such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience, and taking action to promote change. The purpose of these challenges is to help us better understand how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, provide an opportunity to connect with one another, and help us identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. For example, Week 1 focuses on Voting – Day 1: How to Be Anti-Racist, Day 2: Racism & the Women’s Suffrage Movement, Day 3: The History of Voter Suppression, Day 4: Voter Suppression Today, and Day 5: The U.S. Census. All LWV WPA members will be enrolled in the Racial Equity Challenge unless they opt out by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org by April 18th.
Join the LWV Wayzata-Plymouth
Board of Directors
Help defend democracy in 2021-2022 by joining the LWV Wayzata-Plymouth Area Board of Directors. We meet bi-monthly via Zoom to plan voter registration initiatives, membership meetings, candidate forums, and community outreach. Working as a team, we support one another and our communities. New members welcome! Open positions:
Vice Presidents (1st and 2nd): Support the President
Secretary: Take meeting minutes
CMAL rep: Represent the LWV Wayzata-Plymouth Area at three meetings annually of the Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues
Please contact Rebecca Hawthorne at email@example.com for more information by April 8th.
People Powered Fair Maps
Contact your state legislator for their position on fair redistricting maps, if they support redistricting reform, and their plan to prevent gerrymandering to ensure that the people, not politicians (or the courts), draw the maps. Consider sending an email, calling their office, or using social media. You may use the following script as a starting point:
I urge you to support redistricting reform. Specifically, I urge you to support a process that is free of political manipulation, that uses objective criteria, and allows for public involvement. Legislators and political parties should not be allowed to draw their own district lines. I believe that, in so doing, politics becomes more divided, special interests get more influence, and my vote matters less. An independent commission will give legitimacy to the process and ensure all voters are represented fairly. I urge you to support redistricting reform.
Contact your Senator and request support for S1(For the People Act). Please take action here and tell the Senate to support S1. This bill comprises a bold, transformative set of reforms to strengthen our democracy, return political power to the people, and strengthen voting rights which are currently under attack. Access the full For the People Act HR1 Toolkit which includes talking points here.
You can now pay your LWV Wayzata-Plymouth Area membership dues on our website. Visit lwvwpa.org. Go to the Membership page and fill in the blanks.
Membership dues and additional donations support the work of the LWV Wayzata-Plymouth Area. Thank you for your support.