April 30, 2022 Annual Meeting 10:30am to 12:30pm

Join us in person at Smith Center at Brandon Woods, 4730 Brandon Woods Terrace , OR via Zoom at this link

As Douglas County is now ranked as “High” transmission for Covid cases we are asking in person attendees to be masked. Coffee and teas will be provided, but no food as to minimize time attendees are unmasked. Attendance numbers are needed for the venue, so please register. The “League of Women Voters Lawrence-Douglas County: Memories from 50-Year Members” video will be premiered and we will recognize our 50 year members. Annual Business Meeting will be conducted after the showing.

Membership dues must be paid; with the exception of lifetime members, to vote in the Annual Business Meeting. You can pay your dues through PayPal button or QR code on lawrenceleague.com website.

https://lawrenceleague.com/join-or-renew/

For questions, contact Denise Pettengill: pettengilldenise@gmail.com or 785-331-9276

Hot Topics!

Thursday, March 24, 2022, Noon to 1 PM via Zoom

On August 2, Kansas voters will have the opportunity to vote “NO” to protect the right to abortion in the state constitution. Join Leslie Butsch and Rachel Stoutamire with Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes and Kansans for Constitutional Freedom to gain a background understanding of the amendment, hear about the messages we’re using, and learn how to talk to your friends and neighbors about defending reproductive freedom in Kansas. https://tinyurl.com/3pdn72mj

Rachel Stoutamire (she/hers)
Leslie Butsch (she/Hers)

Hot Topics! “The Future of Our Schools”

Join us as Shannon Berquist, Kelly Jones, Alicia Erickson and Kay Emerson discuss “The Future of Our Schools.” Find much background information here. For more information, please contact Denise

Pettengill [PettengillDenise (at) gmail (dot) com].
Here is the Zoom link to the Feb 10, 7 pm event.

photo credit Caleb Oquendo: Pexels

DEI webinars: Feb 10 and March 10

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice Legislative Recommendations

On June 24, 2020, Governor Kelly signed executive order 20-48 forming the Governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice after the murder of George Floyd.

One hundred people joined the Commission’s webinar on Jan 6, 2022, where the final recommendations were shared for actions that would influence … “the economic, educational and health outcomes of our citizens.” The focus of the Commission in 2020 was criminal justice reform, with 60 recommendations in the Dec 1, 2020, report. In 2021, the focus was on social determinants of health.

For 2022, the first webinar focused on final legislative recommendations to realize universal equity policies. Among them: Expanding Medicaid, expanding eligibility for family planning services, and more funding for counselors in the schools.

The scope of the commission’s work was impressive and substantive.

  • On Thursday, Feb 10, at noon, the webinar will detail the Governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice’s final recommendations for local changes that would influence the economic, educational, and health outcomes of our citizens.
  • On Thursday, March 10 at noon, the webinar will detail the Governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice’s final recommendations for state/agency changes that would influence the economic, educational, and health outcomes of our citizens.

You can watch a recording of the first webinar and register for the next two GCREJ webinars at healthfund.org/a/crej-recs-webinars.