Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Saturday, November 4, 12:00 PMTeaneck Cinemas
An election day in the world's largest democracy. With this story shot in the jungles of Chhattisgarh in central India, 'Newton' couldn't be more Indian in its taste for movie aficionados at a gala as prestigious as the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, says the film's lead actor Rajkummar Rao.

The movie had its world premiere at the film jamboree last week, and ended with a standing ovation from the audience.  This may definitely be a film to strongly consider in light of global events with democratic elections.  

November 2-5, 2017
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017




An important letter arrived from LWV US today, alerting us to simple actions to take to get the vote out:

Today is National Voter Registration Day!

For the sixth year, thousands of organizations across the country are celebrating National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) by registering new voters.

Today is an important day for all of us to help voters get ready to head to the polls to weigh in on the issues that matter most to them. We may not be in a presidential election year, but there are thousands of important offices at stake across the country on November 7 – not to mention the upcoming federal races in 2018.
Help us get new voters ready to weigh in! Here are three simple steps YOU can take to help celebrate National Voter Registration Day:
  1. Help us make sure no one is left out! Send our eCard to people you know who may need to register to vote or update their registration. Make sure to include anyone you know who recently turned 18, became a citizen, moved or changed their name.
  2. Share a photo of your voter registration card, an “I’m registered” sign or a voter registration application on your social media channels with a link to our online voter registration tool. Be sure to include the #NationalVoterRegistrationDay hashtag. Your actions on social media can influence your friends to take action, so encourage your networks to get registered!
  3. Mentor a friend who is new to the elections process. Help show new voters the ropes by sharing our online elections resource, with them. VOTE411 can help voters learn about upcoming elections, including important deadlines and information regarding in-person and absentee voting in every state. Then commit to going to the polls with them on Election Day.
The League is once again on track to be the largest on-the-ground NVRD participant, with 350 local Leagues holding registration activities today. League volunteers will be out in force finding new voters at bike races, supermarkets, gyms and new citizen ceremonies. With each voter we register, we are helping to get as many people participating as possible.
Voter registration is the key to ensuring that all Americans can engage in our political process. That is why the League is committed to National Voter Registration Day, and it is why League volunteers will be out in force today and right up until every state's registration deadline, this year and every year.

Thank you for Making Democracy Work®.

Maggie Bush
Programs and Outreach Director


You will also find information on this blog at:

Friday, September 15, 2017


League of Women Voters 
To register to vote, turn to this central site. All the information you need is at the link below, including downloadable registration forms (in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Gujarati.

Get Informed

This LWVNJ link covers the following areas:

Voting Forms

Where to Vote
General Election
2017 Election Dates

General Election Day:
     Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Deadline to apply in person for mail-in ballot:
      November 6, 2017 - by 3:00 pm

For all elections the deadline to apply by mail for a

mail-in ballot is one week before the election.

To apply in person, the deadline is 3 pm the day before the election.

If you have any questions, please call the
League at 1-800-792-VOTE (8683)
or email us at

Thursday, September 14, 2017


October 19, 2017 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm                                 
Fairleigh Dickinson University
140 University Plaza Drive
Wilson Auditorium
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Network for Responsible Public Policy (NFRPP)

Our founders laid the groundwork for a form of government that never existed before in history. Democracy: an opportunity for ordinary people to have a real voice in how they are governed. The founders understood that there would always be conditions that would undermine democracy and our sense of nationhood. We are now seeing that their concerns were real, as democracy is jeopardized y suppression of voter’s rights and gerrymandering.

David Becker,\ is the Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, a cutting-edge non-profit that works to improve election administration through research, data, and technology. Prior to founding CEIR, David was Director of the elections program at The Pew Charitable Trusts, and also served under two administrations as a senior trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Voting Section.

Thomas Wolf, Counsel with the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, focuses on redistricting litigation and regularly participates as an amicus in matters pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. His articles and op-eds on racial and partisan gerrymandering have appeared in Time, The Hill, U.S. News &World Report, and The American Prospect, among other outlets.

                    Sponsored by
League of Women Voters of Northern Valley


Naturalization Ceremony and Voter Registration
for New Citizens:
September 8, 10:30 AM, Old New Bridge Landing Historical site

Click here to see the ceremony   Source:

League of Women Voters, Teaneck members relay their perceptions of
the ceremony and their experiences with it:

Shirley Sosland: (cameo appearance in the video)
2017 is my 7th year witnessing the swearing in of new citizens at the Historic Old New Bridge Landing site in Riveredge and registering these citizens to vote.

I have been registering new citizens to vote for over 25 years and it is a privilege to do so.

This year was exceptionally memorable because a member of the Historic New Bridge Landing Commission spoke of 3 immigrants ,Thomas Payne, Alexander Hamilton and Baron Von Steuben and their importance to the American Revolution and to the creation of our country.

Her speech was extremely relevant this year because of the contributions of so many immigrants, who may lose their ability to remain  in this country and we could lose these valued contributors to our society.

                                                                            Barbara Ostroth: 
Several LWV representatives were there on Friday, September 8th at the New Bridge Landing Historical site in New Milford, where 22 people from a dozen different countries took the oath of allegiance to the USA to become new citizens of our country.  

The Teaneck LWV and Bergen County ILO then offered the opportunity for those new citizens to immediately register to vote, and we also gave out information on the process of voting, getting an absentee ballot mailed to them, etc.  The new citizens, surrounded by supportive family and friends, were more than eager to participate in our democracy and registered on the spot!"
    Pictured: ILO members 

Test your understanding of the Citizen Test, Civics.

Future citizens are quizzed orally with 10 out  of 100 possible questions. They must get 6 out of 10 correct.

Saturday, September 9, 2017


Sixty Five Years of a Grand Idea!

Highlights of Accomplishments in 2016-2017
The League of Women Voters of Teaneck :

• Registered voters at back to school nights

• Held a Candidate's forum

• Made Consensus recommendations on Sexual Assault on College Campuses study

• Participated in Women's March in Washington and Trenton, January 21st
• Made recommendations to LWVNJ on program planning agenda for 2018

•Supported advocacy initiatives via letters and member telephone calls to member of Congress and the state legislature

•Regularly monitored Teaneck town council, Board of Education and developments in Washington and Trenton in the education arena

• Used our blog,,  for ongoing communication and education of our members and the public

•Sponsored and participated in the selection of a Teaneck High School student for a scholarship through Teaneck Community Scholarship Fund

•Held a discussion for Women’s History Month on Protest and Power: Women’s Rights in America.

Monday, August 14, 2017


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 League 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


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.