L.E.D. Talks (League Embraces Democracy)
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

L.E.D. Talks (League Embraces Democracy)

This third program in our Democracy Series is modeled after TED Talks. Selected ‘talkers’ from the community will present their perspectives on various aspects of making democracy work. A fun night when our neighbors will educate us about what's at stake if we don’t pay attention.

Facilitated by former Saratogian editor, Barbara Lombardo, who now teaches journalism at the University at Albany. Free admission, open to the public. Doors open at 6:30pm. Students welcome. Food and beverages available from the Caffe menu.

Flyer with details.

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Flourishing in the Age of Climate Change - Finding the Heart of Sustainability
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

Flourishing in the Age of Climate Change - Finding the Heart of Sustainability

  • Skidmore College, Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall, (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The League of Women Voters, Sustainable Saratoga & Skidmore College Sustainability Office present Flourishing in the Age of Climate Change - Finding the Heart of Sustainability. Our speaker will be Bill Throop, Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Green Mountain College. Flyer

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Meetup: County Government as  Seen by Supervisors / The Role  of the Observer Corps
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Meetup: County Government as Seen by Supervisors / The Role of the Observer Corps

  • Adirondack Trust Mabee Office Building - Parking Lot Entrance Top Level (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We have invited two Supervisors to talk about their role as representatives of their locality and the way that our county government operates, including the committee process, agenda setting, weighted voting. We’ll hear how the Observer Corps operates and furthers transparency in government. Terry
Lowenthal is leading this program and reports that Supervisors Tara Gaston and Matt Veitch have accepted our invitation. Come with your questions.

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Meetup: Know Your News Sources / Being an Informed Voter
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Meetup: Know Your News Sources / Being an Informed Voter

  • Adirondack Trust Mabee Office Building - Parking Lot Entrance Top Level (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Jackie McConnell, career journalist, will point us toward credible sources and help us evaluate news and news sources. After studying journalism at NYU and applied anthropology at Columbia, Jackie worked at the Time-Life news desk, at a community weekly newspaper and in business journalism.

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Meetup: Economic Impact of Immigration in Saratoga County
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

Meetup: Economic Impact of Immigration in Saratoga County

  • Adirondack Trust Mabee Office Building - Parking Lot Entrance Top Level (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mary Estelle, our facilitator, is on our league’s steering committee. She will encourage discussion using several news articles and recent reports. There will not be an outside speaker as the focus will be on member discussion. Prior to moving to Saratoga Springs, Mary Estelle worked 30 years in the federal government.

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Breakfast with Carrie Chapman Catt
Mar
23
9:00 AM09:00

Breakfast with Carrie Chapman Catt

Join us for breakfast with Carrie Chapman Catt (portrayed by Linda McKenney).

“The League of Women Voters is an effort to make into a working
reality those dreams of a free American … that democracy is something
worth giving a life-time to obtain, that they will not rest until there is an
All-American democracy which lives up to its own boasts.” —Carrie Chapman Catt

Reserve by Wednesday, March 13. Buy tickets online at Eventbrite or print out flyer to mail with check.

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Meetup: Lobby Day Preparation/Jump Starting Civics Education
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Meetup: Lobby Day Preparation/Jump Starting Civics Education

  • Adirondack Trust Mabee Office Building - Parking Lot Entrance Top Level (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The first part of this Meetup will focus on the Legislative priorities we want to talk about with our representatives in Albany and the way we will organize ourselves to get our messages across. The second part will focus on the newly developed lesson plans about civics education and on strategies we can use to inform teachers of their existence, as well as ways we might use the plans with adult groups.
Facilitators: Ann Kril, Barb Thomas and Margie Van Meter

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New York Counts 2020 Lobby Day
Mar
5
12:00 AM00:00

New York Counts 2020 Lobby Day

  • Legislative Office Building / Capitol (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Save the date. The League recently became a coalition partner with New York Counts 2020. New York Counts 2020 is a broad-based, statewide coalition composed of racial, ethnic, immigrant, religious, health, education, labor, housing, social services, and business groups working in partnership with state and local gov-ernment officials. Their aim is to ensure that New Yorkers across the state - particularly marginalized communities in hard-to-count districts - can fully maximize their participation in the 2020 Census.

On March 5th they will hold a lobby day in Albany in support of funding for educational efforts surrounding the census question. You can learn more about New York Counts 2020. www.newyorcounts2020.org/.

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Women Rising: A New Wave of Leadership
Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

Women Rising: A New Wave of Leadership

  • Skidmore College, Gannet Auditorium in Palamountain Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This second in our Making Democracy Work series will be a panel discussion. A panel of three women representing business, advocacy, and politics will discuss their experiences, including challenges, growth, overcoming adversity and finding their inner strength or resilience.

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Cancelled - Democracy in Crisis: A Report from the National Task Force on Rule of Law and Democracy
Jan
29
7:00 PM19:00

Cancelled - Democracy in Crisis: A Report from the National Task Force on Rule of Law and Democracy

  • Skidmore College, Gannett Auditorium in Palamountain Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please note: This event will go forward despite the snow. Our speaker will be in town.

Democracy in Crisis: A Report from the National Task Force on Rule of Law and Democracy. Martha Kinsella of the Brennan Center for Justice will speak at the first in our three-part Democracy Series.

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Meetup: Climate Change - Proactive Solutions
Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

Meetup: Climate Change - Proactive Solutions

  • Adirondack Trust Mabee Office Building - Parking Lot Entrance Top Level (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are collaborating with Sustainable Saratoga on this topic. We’ll discuss what we can do as individuals and as an organization to encourage businesses, schools, faith communities and governments to help reverse global warming. We encourage members to check out: www.drawdown.org.

Dr. Stephen Danna will be the facilitator. Dr. Danna is Dean of the SUNY Plattsburgh at the Queensbury Branch Campus.

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Holiday Party
Dec
12
6:00 PM18:00

Holiday Party

  • Embassy Suites, Congress Plaza (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We’ve worked hard this year. It’s time to celebrate with friends. Join us for our Holiday Party. Please RSVP by Friday, Dec. 7th.

Flyer with details and RSVP form. Please RSVP by Dec. 7th. Make $30 check payable to LWVSC and mail to: Susan Ransom, 23 Lamplighter Lane, Saratoga Springs, 12866 or pay online on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lwv-holiday-party-tickets-52437056648

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The Times They Are A Changin’ - NYS Legislature
Dec
8
9:30 AM09:30

The Times They Are A Changin’ - NYS Legislature

  • Calvary United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us as we hear prospects for legislative action in the newly elected Legislature with a Democratic majority in the Senate. Jennifer Wilson, LWVNYS Program / Policy Director, will lead a discussion and YOU can help shape the 2019 LWVNYS Legislative Agenda. We’re also celebrating the Winter Solstice and holidays with a festive Brunch. Come and join your League friends (from Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady) and plan the
League’s advocacy agenda.

For more info contact Aimee Allaud, Communications Director of LWV of Albany County at 85aimee@nycap.rr.com.

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Film Screening - Line in the Street (Snow Date)
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening - Line in the Street (Snow Date)

  • The Linda WAMC's Performing Arts Studio (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Premiere screening of the gerrymandering documentary, “Line in the Street.” Director Robert Millman will be available for a Q&A after the show.

“Line in the Street,” a documentary film about gerrymandering, focuses on the ongoing political and legal battles in Pennsylvania, one of the most heavily gerrymandered states in the country.

Event Info

Eventbrite link to buy tickets


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Joy and Pain, Sunshine and Rain (New Date): Understanding the 2018 Midterm Elections
Nov
27
7:00 PM19:00

Joy and Pain, Sunshine and Rain (New Date): Understanding the 2018 Midterm Elections

The results of the 2018 elections caused joy and sorrow - and left more than a few puzzles. Join Professor Christopher Mann of Skidmore College for an analysis of the midterm election results.

This talk digs beyond the media coverage to understand the results of 2018 election - at the local, state, and national level. We will look at what the campaigns did and whether it worked as they hoped. We will look at how different election rules in different places shaped the outcome. We will look at who turned out, who they voted for, and how the electorate compares to recent midterm elections.

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Shore Stories (Film Screening) - Seismic Testing and Offshore Drilling
Nov
14
to Nov 15

Shore Stories (Film Screening) - Seismic Testing and Offshore Drilling

  • Skidmore College, Palamountain Hall, Davis Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is proposing to expand offshore oil and gas drilling throughout the Eastern Seaboard.

As Project Pericles Debating for Democracy award recipients, Skidmore students Isaac Bardin ('20) and Ted Randell ('19) will be hosting a documentary film screening of Shore Stories (35 minutes), co-sponsored by the Environmental Action Club, Environmental Studies and Sciences Program, and generously provided by Oceana. This 35 minute film and event features a documentary that tells the story of six different communities and individuals that have been negatively affected by offshore oil and gas drilling. We will provide action alert postcards to be mailed to elected officials, so you will have the opportunity to share your perspectives on this is monumental issue.

This event is not sponsored by the League of Women Voters and is being shared on this calendar of events because we believe it may be of interest to our members.


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Candidate Forum for 49th NYS Senate- Now Rescheduled
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

Candidate Forum for 49th NYS Senate- Now Rescheduled

The Candidate Forum for the 49th NY State Senate District has been rescheduled. It is now combined with the forum for the 20th Congressional District on Tuesday, Oct. 30th.

The schedule is below:

  • Part I: For 20th Congressional District: Both candidates have indicated they will attend.

    • Paul Tonko (Dem)

    • Joe Vitollo (Rep)

Co-sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters of Saratoga, Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties.

  • Part II: For NYS Senate 49th District: Both candidates have indicated they will attend

    • James Tedisco (Rep)

    • Michelle Ostrelich (Dem)

    Sponsored by the LWV of Saratoga County and the LWV of Schenectady County.

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Midterm Elections 2018
Oct
25
12:00 PM12:00

Midterm Elections 2018

  • Saratoga Springs Public Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Professor Christopher Mann of Skidmore College for a talk on the upcoming midterm elections. Which factors appear to be shaping the election? What should we look for in the polls? What should we watch in the running of the election process? No registration required.

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