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May Unit Meetings to Seek Consensus
Super Senior 1999 Award to Naomi Glass
Unit Calendar May 1999
Councilmember Catania Meets with Unit Members: Seeks DC Attorney General
DC League Joins Citizens Forum
Early Alert: Future of Social Security Discussion Option for Units in June
LWV/The National Capital Area
Creed of a Just and Inclusive Community
Presidents Corner Luci Murphy
Happy Mother's Day to all of you who give motherly care to the children of our city.
Thanks to Elinor Hart's NCA Committee on D.C. for the discussion materials in this issue on D.C. Revitalization which I urge you to read for your May unit meeting.
Thanks to Mary Ann Luby of the Legal Clinic for the Homeless, for giving D.C. residents a Creed for a Just and Inclusive Society and a celebration to affirm longstanding League principles (see below). Thanks to Anise Jenkins for inviting me to the site of a former slave market at 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to participate in "D.C. Emancipation Day" which recognizes the day on which Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves residing in Washington, April 16, 1962. The event called for people to support the law suits heard on April 19, 1999. Thanks to all who attended the court hearing for the two cases demanding democratic rights for D.C. Thanks to June Duke, Chris Matthews and members of the board who have supported my growth and development as president these last two years. I carry fond memories of last summer's convention where our team of delegates put D.C. up front on the national LWVUS agenda. While I leave the board, I will continue to be an active LWVDC member...helping Scott McLarty with the Health Committee, cochairing DC VOTE (aka the Coalition for D.C. Representation in Congress) and assisting the transition of our newly elected LWVDC president. Even though my daughter graduates from Trinity College this month, I will continue to assist the student unit at the school.
As the bombs fell in the former Yugoslavia, I was called to work as coordinator of the Washington Peace Center, a multi-issue volunteer organization with a monthly newsletter. Sound familiar? Feel free to reach me at (202) 234-2000 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
May Unit Meetings to Seek Consensus
The LWV National Capital Area has completed its two-year study of D.C. finances and revitalization, culminating in consensus questions for May unit meetings. Leagues in Maryland and Virginia, as well as the D.C. League, will review the six questions which could form a strong basis for legislative advocacy and action in the coming year. The May Units are crucial as the League moves to strengthen its positions regarding the District's financial health. See Unit Calendar.
May 2 (Sun) various, Soul Talk Poetry Event at Trinity, Call
Tarisai for info: 202/518-6625
Super Senior 1999 award to Naomi Glass!
The League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia is pleased to announce that our Super Senior for 1999 is Naomi Glass, who currently serves as our Treasurer (since 1996) and President of the League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area. Naomi fills many shoes and has served in numerous capacities, including the presidency. Her educational training is in mathematics and experimental psychology. Most recently, she worked as Budget Officer for the D.C. Department of Finance and Revenue and then as Special Assistant to the Director of that agency. She has been a League member since 1966 and her tireless commitment to the League is invaluable. Thanks for all you do, Naomi!!
Unit Calendar May 1999
Chevy Chase, 4601 31st Street, NW, Mary Rodgers, 202/244-1933, May 19 (Wed)
May Units focus on D.C. revitalization (see insert)
Councilmember Catania Meets with Unit Members: Seeks D.C. Attorney General
At their March meeting, Northwest Evening Unit, their guests, and members from other LWVDC units heard At-Large Councilmember David Catania address a "shopping list" of issues facing the D.C. Council.
Mr. Catania discussed the need for Council oversight of the Executive, and invited anyone with problems with D.C. government services to call his office for assistance. He advocates amending the Home Rule Charter to establish an elected Attorney General empowered to prosecute corruption and enforce D.C. criminal laws.
Mr. Catania is chair of the Local and Regional Affairs Committee, which now includes oversight of the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. He also serves on the WMATA Metro Board, where he seeks to improve commuting transportation for D.C. residents to reach jobs in the suburbs.
At the meeting's end, Anna Marsh, vice president for local program and chair of the D.C. Affairs Committee, noted that the League needs volunteers to observe Council meetings at One Judiciary Square and on Cable TV.
We are very saddened about the death, March 22, of member Dorothy Duncanson. Dorothy had been an active member of the Upper Sixteenth Unit and served on the D.C. Commission on Aging. Prior to her serving on the Commission, she had been an extremely valuable supporter of the League in many capacities: Education Committee, International Relations Committee, Voters Service, and recorder for U.S. unit.
Robert H. Cory, Jr.
We are also very saddened by the death of member Robert H. Cory, Jr. He was the Quaker representative to the United Nations in the early 1960's and a founder of the William Penn House on Capitol Hill, which he and his wife, Sally, directed for more than a decade. Bob Cory was a life-long advocate for peace and social justice. We express our sympathy to his wife, Sally Cory, also a League member.
Welcome New Members:
Bonnie Barhyte, Ozeal Syne Brown, Anita Gurney, Ronald Dellums, Amy Dunbar, Pablo Eisenberg, Penelope Feuillan, Janet Fox, Traci Kammer Goldberg, R. Kenaston, Eugene Dewitt Kinlow, Mary Kruger, Maureen McCarthy, Dusty McClintock, William Meadows, Marion Moore, Kathryn Nelson, Kenneth Nesper, Ann Perman, Cereta Perry, Elizabeth Peterson, Mary Restifo, Doris Rich, Ann Teras, and Ethel Williams.
Welcome back to reinstated members: J. Hopper, Marshall Hornblower, William Olson, and Norman Portenow. Send in those member interest forms! We want you to be "plugged in"!
On the second Wednesday in May at 10:00 a.m., LWVDC member Gladys Weaver will address
the Education Committee. Her topic is home-schooling. Anyone interested in learning more
about this fast growing trend is welcome to join us at 1234 Massachusetts Avenue, NW in
the LWVDC office. -- Kathy Schmidt, Chair
According to Impact on Issues 1998-2000: A Leader's Guide to a National Program, the League of Women Voters of the United States "believes that a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost should be available to all U.S. residents" (p.58).The League also "calls for a national health insurance plan financed through general taxes, commonly known as the 'single-payer' approach" as the ultimate goal of reform. The question of health care reform is certain to emerge as a major issue in the 2000 elections.
On March 13, Maryland's Coalition for Universal Health Care held a forum in Bethesda which also drew the participation of people from D.C., including Shadow Representative Florence Pendleton and several LWVDC members. After the forum, we met informally and agreed that the District, with its unique and urgent health care needs, should have a similar coalition now the revived LWVDC Health Committee.
We will build on the League's record of advocacy of health care reform, using the extensive research the League conducted in the early 1990s, as well as its high visibility locally and nationally. Since then, we've met a few times and discussed at length how we might educate and mobilize D.C. residents in support of universal coverage.
The LWV Health Committee has proposed a District-wide town meeting, to be sponsored by LWVDC. We hope to initiate a united grassroots coalition for tax-based universal health care.
For more information about universal health care or the Health
Committee of LWVDC, call 202/518-5624. The next meeting of the Health Committee will take
place Monday, May 3, 6:30 p.m. at the LWVDC office, 1234 Massachusetts Avenue NW. --
As we go to press, Unit Meetings on "U.N. Treaties in Trouble" are still two weeks ahead and member interest in foreign policy issues remains to be assessed. Look for a report on the sense of the meetings in the June DC Voter. Meanwhile, at its recent meeting, the LWVUS board concluded that there is insufficient member understanding and agreement on the NATO/Kosovo question for the League to take a position "on this very complex issue" (e-mail communication from LWVUS Program Chair Eleanor Revelle).
In other action, LWVUS sent a letter on April 2 to Members of the Senate regarding the Comprehensive Test Bank Treaty, which still awaits a hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She wrote, "Polls indicate overwhelming public support for the treaty. We urge you to speak out in support of expeditious consideration of the CTBT this year." The letter is accessible on the LWV.org website and on file at the LWVDC office..
Our Great Decisions discussion series continues. This month's topics are "The Information Age" (Wednesday, May 12) and "Iran and the Caspian Basin" (on Wednesday, May 26). We meet in the Rosalie Goodman Room of LWVUS, 1730 M Street NW, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Visitors are most welcome; call Janet Burmester 202/237-6928 for information.
Other outreach activities: On April 14, Pat Hallman and Sheila Keeny
responded to an invitation from the Institute of International Education to meet with a
delegation from Jordan, participants in USIA's International Visitor Program. Asked to
discuss "how one of the oldest and best known citizen organizations in the U.S.
promotes citizen participation in government and promotes public understanding of major
public policy issues, Pat and Sheila gave a quick sketch of League history from its
women's suffrage origins to today's emphasis on outreach to a diverse community. We even
had a chance to explain the peculiar condition in which D.C. citizens find themselves with
respect to representation in Congress. A parting gift from our five visitors, a small
hand-embroidered wall hanging, will grace our new office. -- Sheila Keeny,
Brown Bag Dialogue: Voter Roll Maintenance,
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