Monday, August 14, 2017

LWV Teaneck Board and Calendar


Upcoming Events LWV Teaneck

See LWVTeaneck Facebook page for LWV articles from LWVUS and LWVNJ

Naturalization ceremony and Voter registration for new citizens:
September 8, 10:30 AM, Old New Bridge Landing Historical site.


Board Meeting: September 14, 2017, Arlene's house

LWV Teaneck Board List  2017-2018

Officers 

Arlene Gartenberg, Vice President, Program Planning

Barbara Ostroth, Vice President, Voter Service

Joyce Jacobs, Secretary

Patricia O'Brien Libutti, Treasurer 

Shirley Sosland, Membership 


Directors

Janet Austin and  Patricia Libutti,  Women's History

Doris Thurber, Advocacy

Patricia  Libutti, LWVTeaneck Blog/Facebook page


Off-Board:

Margot Embree Fisher,  Education

Naomi Cramer, Observer Corps




Contact: lwvteaneck@gmail.com


Women's Equality Day August 26, 2017

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Images of Women's  Equality Day:(L-R:) Bella Abzug, Gender Pay Disparity, Silicon Valley celebration (National Women's Equality Day), Pictures of Woman's Equality Day, Rosie the Riveter, Suffragist March for Votes, Poster celebrating women's equality, women's diversity.

Women’s Equality Day
By Naomi Cramer

This article (from League Lines, August 2014), is about Naomi's attendance at a Women's Equality Day event and  her thoughts about Bella Abzug, the framer of the Women's Equality Day Bill. Naomi passed away on August 19, 2017. She will be sorely missed by her Leagu colleagues.





Did you know there was a Women's Equality Day? 

I didn't.  

But then I got an invitation to an event sponsored by the Northern Valley League commemorating that day.  The event was also to commemorate Bella Abzug, who,  as a  pioneering Congresswoman  (1971-1977)  had Aug 26 designated Women's Equality Day by the U.S. Congress.

 I contacted my Women Strike for Peace "sisters" and 4 of us went to the event.  August 26 was the day that the 19th amendment was passed in 1920 giving women the right to vote. Bella Abzug was a leader and founder of Women Strike for Peace (1961) -- an organization in the 60's - 70's that educated  about  and protested against the Vietnam War. 

Many women's organizations had representatives  at the event  giving out  literature.  
The program included women who had important elected positions in Bergen County, including Kathy Donovan and Joan Voss, and our own Mayor Lizette Parker. 


It was too bad that most of the people there were only the  representatives from the organizations giving out literature.  A local girl scout troop was there to meet with the women in government and to learn about the issues surrounding the day. 

The highlight of the event was a talk by Liz Abzug, Bella Abzug's daughter, who said that  the best way for women's equality to have meaning is if we elect more women to positions of power in government.  Ms. Abzug has for years been the director of Bella Abzug Leadership Institute at Hunter College,  mentoring and training Hunter HS and College women to become future leaders in their community. 

I questioned Liz about Bella's run for Senate in 1976, since I thought she should have stayed in the House (forever) - especially since she lost the Senate election and had to give up her House seat.  

Liz explained that Bella only lost by 1% of the vote and should have had the Times endorsement.   At the NY Times the entire editorial board voted to give Bella the endorsement but the then-owner,  Sulzberger,  refused to allow it,  so they endorsed Daniel Moynahan instead. 
 
---Naomi Cramer,

Director, Observers Corps,
League of Women Voters of Teaneck
August 2014





Other Women's Equality Day Resources

On August 26, we celebrate the right of women in the United States to vote. It was granted in August, 1920, to honor the memory of all women, especially those who labored long and hard to obtain the vote for women.


From The National Women's History Project: What is Women’s Equality Day:



At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.



The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.








From top: Alice Stone Blackwell, Inez Belmont, Lucy Burns, Susan Anthony,  Alice Paul, Anna Howard Shaw, Lillian Feikart and Carrie Chapman Catt. All of these women were suffragists who formed the foundation of the League of Women Voters


You might also be interested in:



"Votes for Women" Suffrage Pictures


Women of Protest: 

Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party

Exhibits Featuring Women


About Alice Paul: Web site


Saturday, June 24, 2017

LWV Teaneck 2017 Community Scholarship Winner: Zipporah Olukanni



Zipporah Olukanni was educated in the Teaneck Public Schools, attending Hawthorne Elementary School,  Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and Teaneck High School. She served on the Student Council at THS, and also achieved the gold, silver and bronze levels of the Girl Scouts. Zipporah has been an excellent student and earned a final class rank of 70/318.

She will be attending Howard University this fall to major in political science.  She wants to make a difference in the lives of the disabled, serving as a champion for people with disabilities and wants to be an active participant in government. These achievements made her an excellent choice for the 2017 LWV scholarship, which was awarded this year in memory of our longtime member and former Teaneck mayor Eleanor Kieliszek ,who recently passed away.  


Visit the Community Scholarship Fund of Teaneck site for more information.

Below: Thirty-four Teaneck High seniors received scholarships on June 15, 2017.






Thursday, May 18, 2017

Eleanor Kielizcek, former LWVT member, passed away

A longtime former LWV member has passed away -- Eleanor Kielizcek.  

Obituary:
http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/teaneck/2017/05/17/eleanor-kieliszek-teanecks-first-female-mayor-dies-91/327839001/

Articles about Eleanor's role in the civic health of Teaneck are  in the Virtual Village digital datanase:


Several pictures of Eleanor show her many civic involvements.
Readers are urged to send in more for posting  to Pat Libutti:  lwvteaneck@gmail.com




Eleanor with Garden Club members Grace Kriegel and Julia Condit celebrating the Centennial Herb Garden, for which she overturned the first shovelful of dirt.

Below: Eleanor  with Garden Club Herb group at Grace Kriegel Herb Garden Dedication at Library, 1996.   Nancy Cochrane is now the Herb Garden Group Chair.

Eleanor with Kay Hower celebrating the fortieth anniversary of LWVT's founding . Eleanor was Mayor for the second time.



Friday, May 5, 2017

Sixty-five Years of a Grand Idea: LWVTeaneck HISTORY: 1952-2017








Sixty-five  Years  of a Grand Idea:
History of the League of Women Voters of Teaneck

May 2017


PRESS RELEASES 




June 29, 2015 League of Women Voters of Teaneck Earns Award at Convention  
(Suburbanite, July 16, 2015)

October 15, 2014 League of Women Voters of Teaneck Concludes Study of Charter Schools (Suburbanite, November 6, 2014)





To the editor,
This August, our nation honors the 49th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965, the historic civil

Patch Oct. 2012 LWV Guide: Teaneck School Board CandidatesThe candidates for Teaneck's Board of Education respond to questions ranging from test scores to outsourcing.

The League of Women Voters of Teaneck and Teaneck Council of Parents and Teachers has scheduled a Candidates’ Forum for the upcoming Board of Education election, Monday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.




Sen. Loretta Weinberg (at podium) and Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin  presented LWV Teaneck with a certificate of appreciation "celebrating 90 years of  voting privileges."( The Suburbanite, Oct. 7, 2010  Teaneck women honor 90th anniversary of Amendment)

July 15, 2010
League of Women Voters of Teaneck  Elects Officers
The 58th annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of Teaneck (LWV-Teaneck) took place on June 28 at the home of Marjorie Hirschberg in Cresskill.


TEANECK POLITICAL LEAGUE FEELS FINE AT 40

           

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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:

    http://forum.lwv.org/document/womens-march-washington-saturday-january-21

    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.