Women Voters mark anniversary

To the Burgh:

As we mark the 93rd birthday of the League of Women Voters (LWV), we congratulate and celebrate ONE BILLION RISING, its work to curb violence against women, and the devoted and dedicated women who have joined the effort, founded 15 years ago by Eve Ensler, to stop violence against women and girls.

It is important to note that ninety-three years ago, 14 February 1920, suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt founded our great organization to advocate for women’s suffrage. After decades of advocacy, and a mere six months after the founding of the League of Women Voters, Chapman Catt, League members, and women across the country saw their dream realized with the passage of the 19th Amendment.

But today, 93 years after the League was founded to help democratize the right to vote, the voting rights of many Americans are at dire risk. Later this month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that questions the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. The thought that the Supreme Court might soon overturn the Voting Rights Act of 1965 should send a chill down the spine of every American. The League believes we should be expanding voting rights, not curtailing them, and working to make elections free, fair, and accessible to all eligible citizens. Membership in the League is open to men and women of all ages.

Our local LWV is one of nearly 800 groups in all 50 states We respect all points of view and never support or oppose candidates for office or political parties. It is this that sets us apart from so many organizations, and it is why we welcome new volunteers to join us in our work.

Our next event, a presentation on Campaign Finance Reform for New York State, will be held on Saturday, 2 March, at the Plattsburgh Town Hall, at 1 PM. For more information about this event, which is open to the public without charge, please visit our website, www.plattsburgh.nylwvnet, or call me, Sally Sears-Mack, president, at 518-561-7199.

Sally Sears-Mack, Plattsburgh

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