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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization, open to both women and men, encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Our June Newsletter
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LWV W-M to Sponsor Juneteenth Celebration
In concert with the League of Women Voters’ commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), the Wichita Metro League has aligned itself with the local Juneteenth initiatives. Juneteenth, a celebration of freedom for African-Americans is the only American celebration connected to the re-uniting of the United States. From 1861 to 1865, the United States was two separate nations, embroiled in a horrific fight to determine if it would remain that way, with the southern “nation” maintaining enslavement of African-American people. Fortunately, the Northern “nation” prevailed and Lee surrendered in April of 1865. Federal troops were immediately dispatched to the south with the news. When they arrived in Galveston, Texas on June the nineteenth, African-Americans began to celebrate. The creative and jubilant freed Americans fused the date into Juneteenth.
Largely ignored by America as a whole, African-Americans have celebrated the re-uniting of the United States for over 150 years. Juneteenth celebrations cannot be separated from the reunion. America’s failure to make the connection may be a contributing factor as to its continued divisiveness.
The League of Women Voters Wichita-Metro is proud to be a sponsor of Juneteenth ICT as we continue to promote liberty and justice for all, as well as a truly united United States. Please join us on June 18, 6-9 p.m. and 19, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. at McAdams Park, 1329 East 16th Street. All Americans must be intentional if we ever hope to be a united people.
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Sunday, June 27 at 2 p.m. at Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 Museum Blvd (map)
We’re hosting a social event & silent auction and we want to see you! Join us for our High Tea Fundraiser at Old Cowtown Museum at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 27, in the museum’s visitor center which has a spacious hall with a beautiful patio.
Tickets are $20 each and can be bought online and by mail. The deadline for tickets is June 18th so we can ensure we’ll have enough volunteers, provisions, etc. for everyone. No tickets will be sold at the door. See details on our website and our Facebook event page.
Suffragist-era attire is encouraged but not at all compulsory. We want to enjoy each other’s company while supporting the League’s ongoing efforts by raising the funds we need for our work. All attendees who buy tickets by June 18th will receive a commemorative teacup and saucer.
This event is open to the public. All are welcome.
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Every year we have a meeting where our members vote on a proposed budget for the coming 12 months, a slate of board positions, etc. and then we do fun things like honoring our Citizen of the Year. It’s a great way to cap the previous 12 months and form a vision of how the next year will be.
This year we met virtually on Monday, May 24th. Watch the recording of the public meeting which included:
⭐ DEI Moment of Focus
⭐ Greetings from LWVUS CEO Virginia Kase
⭐ Presentation of our scholarship winners
⭐ Recognition followed by a keynote address from the League of Women Voters Wichita – Metro’s Citizen of the Year, Sedgwick County Health Director Adrienne Byrne
Have you renewed your membership?
LWV Wichita-Metro’s dues year is from July 1 to June 30. Renew here.
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee has developed a reading list for members interested in continued learning and appreciation of DEI issues.
This list was compiled based on critic reviews and other online booklists. Although it contains a variety of diverse groups and topics, it is not intended to convey every experience or issue related to this extensive subject matter.
Our DEI team also created a video shared at the February unit meeting. Watch it here. Aleris Charleman introduces the reading list and co-chair Joan Warren shares her take on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 2015 nonfiction book which is on the list.
Lots of U.S. Leagues already are!
Non-partisan Leaguers have been hearing about the ultimate non-partisan issue “climate change,” but what exactly is it? Climate change is THE story everyone needs to understand. Read more here with links curated by LWV-WM board member Jane Byrnes.