Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Thank you note from this year's recipient of the LWV Scholarship award

Dear Teaneck LWV members,
As you know, each year we donate money to Teaneck's Community Scholarship Fund to support one of Teaneck's graduating seniors with their college expenses.  The eligible students are Teaneck residents who attend private or public high schools, and who apply by writing essays, getting interviewed by the Board of Directors, and collecting donations through canning in front of the post office and in business districts during the spring. 

They submit a financial aid form as well, which is evaluated independently.  The Board has emphasized that the student chosen for the scholarship be interested in public service, political science, civics and/or community service. 
Please click on the link and take a look at the thank you note we got from this year's recipient!
If you would like to donate to our LWV scholarship this year, you can send a check to the treasurer (Pat Libutti) or go on the website, www.communityscholarshipfund.org, and donate through PayPal.  Make sure to indicate that this is to be directed to the LWV scholarship.  If you have any questions, let me know!

Barbara Ostroth

VP, Voter Services


Dear League of Women Voters,

Thank you so much for your gift towards my education.

l thought I would outline what I'm planning to do in tne coming years so that you know what your money is going towards.
In the fall of .20161 will leave to travel across Europe doing work exchange opportunities through a service called Workaway, which connects workers/travelers with hosts. I am currently organizing my plan for my year which will hopefully include working in places such as hostels, farms, and community homes. I am particularly interested in among to The Netherlands, Germany, Iceland, Spain, Italy, and Ireland, but am staying open-minded and  researching opportunities in different countries as well.

ln the fall of 2017 I will be attending Macaulay Honors College@ Baruch. I  have been awarded a full scholarship as well as a $8,000 yearly research stipend and a Macbook Pro. I am planning to pursue a CUNY (City University of New York) BA degree which will allow me to design my own degree. Macaulay allows for me to take classes in any of the CUNY schools, which will be helpful when tackling a degree that wi1l hopefully cover geography, politics, management, public affairs, and any of the intersections that exist between.

l will be dormigô€‰ª on the Upper East Side and will need to cook for myself due to the fact that CUNY does not have a meal plan of any kind so these will prove to be very excited for my gap year because it will give me a strong foundation in the field of study I am planning to pursue in college. learning about other cultures through living with people from different countries will introduce me to the kinds of solutions needed for the diverse populations of the world.

Thank you for supporting me in my endeavors. It means more than you can imagine!  

Best Regards,
Julie Wondenberg


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Materials for the Current Study: Sexual Assault on College Campuses

                               Consensus Study Materials:

                   Sexual Assault on College Campuses

At the May 2015 LWVNJ Convention, delegates adopted a study of Campus Sexual Assault due to the sense of epidemic proportions and visibility of the problem on the nation's and New Jersey's campuses. The League adopted this study because we note with alarm the increase, or at least the increase in reporting, of campus sexual assault and want to determine how best to respond to alleged sexual assault on students in college communities. The formal scope of the study adopted at Convention was as follows:

The Consensus meeting will be on Wed. Feb. 8th, Arlene's house.
The study will consider the following issues/questions:
How should sexual assault be defined? Here we want consider sexual assault on men as well as women as well as what constitutes consent.

What is the appropriate role for local law enforcement and for campus student services?

What are viable means of prevention that all campuses should implement?

In this regard, what is the role of men in eliminating gender-based violence?

Resources and Study Materials:

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Women's March : Links

    If you're going to DC for Saturday's march, check:


    Also, LWVNJ is a supporter of the Women's March on NJ  in Trenton on Saturday.  You can see more information if you go to that group's website.

    Meeting Wednesday, January 25 and Consensus Meeting Date Feb. 8

    Meeting Wednesday, January 25

    REMINDER: our regular meeting that will include the LWVNJ Program Planning item is at Joyce's home on Wednesday, January 25.  Please RSVP to Joyce and send her your agenda items.  


    Please mark your calendar.  Based on your responses to the proposed meetings dates, the meeting is on Wednesday, February 8, at 7:30 pm at my house.  


    Monday, November 7, 2016

    For all the LWV in Washington

    March, LWVTeaneck members!

    Sunday, November 6, 2016

    If you missed the TIFF documentary TRAPPED , sponsored by LWVT

    This film is crucial to LWV members, since 1979, we have held a position on this subject. Current state's legislation and progress in dismantling it was the film's subject.

    Rent it at Netflix.

    The synopsis on the Netflix site is as follows:
    Amid a political climate that's produced a staggering array of regulations restricting abortion providers, this topical documentary looks at the clinics struggling to provide care and the people going to court to protect women's reproductive rights.

    Synopsis prepared by Barbara Ostroth, VP, Voter Service:

    Documentary - 90 minutes (http://www.trappeddocumentary.com)
    Directed by Dawn Porter
    Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Teaneck, NJ
    Talkback with Attorney Hillary Schneller, Center for Reproductive Rights; Angela Bonavoglia, author & journalist; Casey Olesko, Planned Parenthood NJ; moderated by Sandi Klein 
    OfficialSite - IMDb - Trailer
    From 2011 to 2013, hundreds of regulations were passed restricting access to abortion in America. Reproductive rights advocates refer to these as "TRAP" laws, or Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. Trapped interweaves the personal stories behind these regulatory battles: from the physician who crisscrosses the country assuring medical services are available; to the strong women and men who run the clinics; to the lawyers leading the legal charge to eliminate these laws; to the women they are all determined to help.

    Monday, October 31, 2016


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    Election Day Countdown: Get Informed!
    Register to Vote

    In New Jersey, the voter registration deadline is Tuesday, October 18, 2016.  
     If you are not registered or need to change your address or name, print out and mail in a voter registration form today!  
    Unsure if you are registered or if your information is up to date? Check here. 

    Need a Vote by Mail ballot? Vote by Mail ballots (formerly known as absentee ballots) are available for any registered voter for any election - you do not need a reason to request a Vote by Mail ballot, but you must complete an application.

    To apply for your Vote by Mail ballot by mail, your County Clerk must receive your application by November 1, 2016. You may also apply in person at your County Clerk's office until 3:00 pm November 7, 2016 (the day before the election).
    Learn More About Candidates
    The League of Women Voters of New Jersey is thrilled to offer an online voters guide, www.VOTE411.org with all the info voters need to get ready for  Election Day. We asked all the NJ candidates running for U.S. House a series of public policy questions. Visit www.VOTE411.org, enter your address, and see how your candidates responded. Check back often as more races (including county and local races in some areas of that state) are added.  
    Read Pros and Cons on Statewide Public Questions
    The League of Women Voters of New Jersey offers analyses of the two statewide public questions that will be on the ballot. They are available at VOTE411 and they are also available here:
    If you have any questions please call our voter assistance hotline, 1-800-792-VOTE(8683), email us at contact@lwvnj.org, tweet us @LWVNJ, or message us on Facebook.

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    The League of Women Voters of NJ,
    204 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608