Who are we? We are the League of Women Voters, an organization of women and men who want to make a difference in the political future of our country. We are a diverse, non-partisan, political group with a long-standing tradition of educating voters.
Our panel will include Jennifer Madden, Alameda Assistant District Attorney, Sgt. Holly Joshi of the Oakland Police Department, Adela Rodarte, Transition Age Youth Services Coordinator at West Coast Children's Clinic, and Genice Jacobs, anti-trafficking activist and consultant.
Ms. Jacobs works with community organizations, government agencies and corporations to raise awareness about human trafficking and child exploitation. Information about domestic child sex trafficking and prevention education resources for teachers, parents and journalists can be found at her website AbolitionistMom.org.
Come and hear information on measures and other efforts in legislative public policy to prevent human sex trafficking.
What are the statistics on prosecution and penalization of traffickers and abusers?
What type of essential services for victims is Oakland providing?
For more information from Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County District Attorney, on her office's H.E.A.T. Watch (Stop Human Exploitation and Trafficking) web page, click here.
For some statistics on children at risk, compiled by the office of Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County District Attorney, click here.
For a short clip, "Bought & Sold: Sexually Exploited Children on the Streets of Oakland," click here.
On Thursday, October 8, LWVO will hold a Program on Money in Politics. To kick off our Money in Politics national study this fall, and in conjunction with the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville, we will show clips from a compelling new documentary Pay to Play: Democracy's High Stakes, introduced by its award winning producer Holly Mosher.
There will be plenty of time for audience questions and discussion!
Put them on your calendar! To see the LWVO Calendar for details on this event and others, click here.
The League of Women Voters was born in the fight for the 19th Amendment's ratification.
Stand with the League as we continue today to defend the voting rights of all Americans from fresh attacks.
People often forget that women could not vote throughout the U.S. until 1920. This August 26th is the 95th anniversary of women winning the right to vote through passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
Both women and men owe a great deal to the brave suffragists who persevered over seventy years until they succeeded. They were led by outstanding American patriots like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, Carrie Chapman Catt, Alice Paul, and many others. We remember them all - speakers, field workers, political organizers, strategists, demonstrators, and prisoners - and honor their love of democracy on Equality Day, August 26.
This 95th anniversary also marks the start of the drive to recognize the final five years of this great civil rights movement, leading up to its centennial in 2020. New efforts like the campaign to put a woman on the $20 bill and placing statues of suffragists in New York and Tennessee show that exciting activities have already begun.
Since women in every state were involved, it can be very rewarding to learn about that part of local history. This year, celebrate women's vital victory for democracy by
For celebration and educational materials related to women and democracy, visit Women's Rights and Women's Equality Day Resources.
To learn more about the National Women's History Project, go to their website.
Left: LWVO members Marisel Brown, Phyllis White Ayanruoh and June Grant at our booth.
Right: Marisel Brown registering voters."
Great news! The Oakland league is the largest in the state at 372 members, and a model for using technology to attract young women. Read more in the article here.
If successful, the Make it Fair Coalition's commercial property tax reforms could bring a whopping $9 billion (including $633 million for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties) in additional tax revenue for local services.
To learn more about Make It Fair, and to see Robert Reich's video release on commercial property tax reform, see their website.
Mr. Ogilvie is the director of SPUR's newly-opened Oakland office. Over the past 20 years he has worked extensively in community development and planning to help improve low- and middle-income neighborhoods.
Read more about the Luncheon and see more photos here!
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