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LWVBC June 2022 Newsletter

Laurie Teal | Published on 6/24/2022

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The Brown County Voter

June 2022 

The League of Women Voters of Brown County is a nonpartisan political organization

encouraging informed and active participation in government.

It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

Educate • Advocate • Empower • Reform


Just a Note

By Shari Frank, LWVBC President


How Do We Build Trust and Create a Less Divisive World?   

How do we solve problems?  What causes some to believe conspiracy theories when others see the falsehoods?  How do we find common ground?  How do we build trust? I went seeking answers on building trust and overcoming misinformation this past week.  I attended IU’s Mini-University, five days of classes for us old folks.  We attendees choose a few classes a day from a wide range in music, science, technology, business and more.  This is the 50th anniversary of Mini-U, and the first after a three year Covid hiatus.  I enjoy visiting the beautiful campus and Bloomington and learning from the research of renowned professors.  Though I also am thankful to return to our peaceful, quiet Brown County.  

So, I go looking for answers.  And the answer is ……… complicated.  Darn it!  

What do people trust?  Some everyday examples of what people trust are:  Recipes. Weather reports.  Electricians. Lifeguards.  We don’t have    time to research and find out everything ourselves, so we do pick some things to trust.  

What affects trust?  The way we present information affects how people receive it.  Describe the facts to me, but then don’t add judgement about what I ought to do because that’s just fodder for debate.  Do tell me ‘the current is strong out by the pier at the swimming beach.’  But don’t then tell me I shouldn’t swim there.  Do tell me ‘masks reduce the community spread of Covid 19.’  But don’t then tell me we must always wear masks.  When we add a value judgement about what someone “ought” to do, it makes all kinds of assumptions about interests that may or may not be shared.  When we stick with the descriptive factual statement, it’s easy to verify the accuracy, e.g., the current is strong, it is likely to rain, the recipe produces a cake. 

If we can stick to descriptive claims, we might have a better chance to come to a shared understanding.  Descriptive claims rely on facts that can be verified.  Normative claims include “ought to’s” or judgments that are based on norms that may vary between groups with whom people identify and may not be shared. (Source Prof. J. Agley class: Trust, Misinformation, and the American Relationship with Science).

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

George Bernard Shaw


What If We’re Wrong?


We tend to seek information that confirms what we already think 
– ‘confirmation bias’.  We are very good at telling ourselves we are right, and we resist changing our opinions or views even when our facts are proved wrong.  


How do we influence this and work toward willingness to have an open discussion?  
We can start with seeing disagreement as problem solving, not a battle.  We can replace pride and conviction with humility, doubt, curiosity, and discovery We can start with listening to the other person – not starting with our own argument.  We can show support with eye contact and open hands, not crossed arms and frowns.  We can question the facts, not the person.  


Improvement starts with us and a little humility.
  If we think we have all the answers, we stagnate and don’t learn.  If we’re not afraid to admit we might not have all the information, we can think more objectively.  


Those who ask, “What if We’re Wrong?” are able to pivot and change, to grow and develop deeper understanding.  
If we rethink our opinions, if we change our views when facts are proved wrong or there is a better argument, we can be more successful, reduce stress and create a less divisive world.  


Simple, right?
  Well, no.  But some good ideas to work on:  Welcome the opportunity to be wrong (humility).    Have open objective discussions (explore, avoid judgement).  Together we can continue to learn, build trust, and reduce divisiveness.  “If not us, who?  If not now, when?” (Source: Prof. T. Baldwin class: “Utility of Humility”)


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Looking down the steps of the Indiana University Memorial Union.
Photo courtesy of Shari Frank

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LWVBC Board Activity

Notes from the June 13 LWVBC Board meeting:

  • The Board voted to participate in this year’s 4-H Fair by hosting a booth. LWVBC Co-VP Sunny Leerkamp is this year’s Fair Chair, coordinating volunteers. League members, if you are interested in helping at the booth this year, please contact Sunny: s.leerkamp@gmail.com . This year’s Fair runs July 25-30. The booths will be open from 6 – 10 pm each evening.
  • League members who participated in the June 9 Lake Monroe Forum reported back to the Board their thoughts and comments. Please see the article in this newsletter about the findings and recommendations of the Friends of Lake Monroe.
  • The Board voted to have LWVBC President Shari Frank serve as the sole delegate for the upcoming LWVUS Convention.
  • The Board voted to support a recommendation by the LWVUS to change the dues structure by splitting member dues one-third each to the national, state, and local Leagues, with one national dues amount set.
  • The Board voted to approve concurrences on Health and Criminal Justice that will be presented at the LWVUS national convention.  
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Education Focus of LWVBC 2022 Annual Meeting

May 25, 2022.  It was an evening focused on local education. 

Cathy Rountree, LWVBC Board member, opened with a Land Acknowledgement:  We wish to acknowledge and honor the ancestral and contemporary caretakers of this place, and to offer gratitude for being welcomed, held, and nourished by the land.  We recognize the Miami, Delaware, Potawatomi and Shawnee people as past, present and future caretakers of this place. This acknowledgment is but a first step in recognition of indigenous populations who came before us as we seek understanding in how to be respectful and inclusive in the present day.

Attendees enjoyed being together in person at the Seasons Conference Center, a welcome change from Zoom meetings.

The May 25, 2022, annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of Brown County welcomed three of the 13 Summa Cum Laude graduates from Brown County High School, each of whom were also recognized for their additional efforts:

  • Kelli Branson, this year’s winner of the LWVBC Stewart Scholarship
  • Annika Evenson, first place winner in the high school category for the League’s Essay Contest
  • Josephine Fieldswho with BCHS teacher Kristi Billings initiated the Pursue Our Purpose program at the high school, a program LWVBC wished to honor

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Kelli Branson (center) poses with

 her parents Elizabeth and Sean

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Annika Evenson (right) with her parents Dale and Kelly


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Kristi Billings (left) and Josephine Fields

 

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Alayna Jacobus (center) with her parents Barbara and Luke at the Annual Meeting

 

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Keynote speaker Emily Tracy, Superintendent of Brown County Schools, discussed new planned initiatives for the school system, includingan Ambassador Program. This program would train up to25 community members each year about the Brown County Schools programs. These community members would then serve as ambassadors for Brown County Schools, talking to groups and individuals about the programs and services our school system has to offer.



During the Business Meeting:

  • The LWVBC Board had previously approved accepting the power point presentation from last year’s meeting as the minutes, submitting it to membership for approval. The power point was accepted by voting members present as last year’s annual minutes.  
  • Treasurer Jan Swigert was not present but provided Treasurers report for 2021-2022 and proposed budget for 2022-2023 which was presented by Laurie Teal presented.  The financial report was accepted into the record by voting members present.   
  • Nominating Committee Chair Pam Raider then presented Nominating Slate. Voting members present accepted the  Nominating Slate and new officers and directors were voted in.  There was discussion about the Committees and name additions for this year – there are many openings.  Listed below are Officers, board members and committees approved to work on the LWVBC local program goals.
  • President: Shari Frank (term expires 2024)

    1st Vice President: Sunny Leerkamp (term ends 2023)

    2nd Vice President: Laurie Teal (term expires 2023)

    Secretary: Pam Raider (term expires 2023)

    Treasurer: Laurie Teal (term expires 2024)

    Directors (elected): serving until 2024 – Janet Kramer, Cathy Rountree, and Carol Birkemeier.  

    There are openings for at least three more directors.

    Appointed directors:  Ruth Reichmann.  Any additional to be chosen at next board meeting.

  • Portfolios:

    Communications (newsletter, website, Connections, notifications): Laurie Teal (chair) 

    Voter services: Shari Frank (chair), Janet Kramer, Sunny Leerkamp, Pam Raider, Cathy Rountree and Laurie Teal

    Redistricting: Sunny Leerkamp (chair) and Shari Frank

    Membership:  Laurie Teal and Pam Raider (co-chairs), Shari Frank, and Janet Kramer  

    DEI: Sunny Leerkamp (chair), Shari Frank, Janet Kramer, Cathy Rountree, Jan Swigert, Laurie Teal, Bill Todd

    Nominating: Pam Raider (chair), Janet Kramer and Jan Swigert

    Health: Cathy Rountree and Pam Raider (co-chairs), Shari Frank, Sunny Leerkamp, Karen Green Stone (LWV-BMC)

    Wellness and Heritage Tourism: Ruth Reichmann 

    Essay Committee: Jan Swigert and Laurie Teal (co-chairs)

    Natural Resources: Seeking a chair.

    Education: Amy Oliver (chair) 

    All League committees welcome additional volunteers at any time. Please contact LWVBC President Shari Frank at browncountylwv@gmail.com for more information.

  • The National and State programs for 2022 were read.  Websites were provided on program to consult state and National for a more comprehensive look.
  • LWVBC President Shari outlined the various activities the League was involved in this year, which mainly revolved around election issues and redistricting.  Then she discussed the local program focus of the upcoming year.
  • Presentation of the 9 point Local program for 2022-2023 is read and discussed.  
  1. Making Democracy Work.  Voter Services including: 
    1. Redistricting – Fair Maps Education and Advocacy.  Support development of advisory redistricting commissions at state and local levels. 
    2. Voter Education – Voter registration, Candidates forums, Voting Information
    3. Voter Rights –Observe Elections, County Election Board, Poll worker training for compliance
  2.  Communications and Membership:   
    1. Communications Committee:  Gain volunteers to help with coordinating the work needed on all communications fronts (website, newsletter, connections, and emails)
    2. Membership Committee:  Plan member meetings to increase involvement and membership
  3. Support Local Brown County, State and National positions and Issues 
    1. Environmental, Natural Resources, and Lake Monroe                                                                                                                           
    2. Support Wellness and Heritage Tourism as Economic Development
  4. Health 
    1. Strengthen ties to the State League Advocates and other Local Leagues 
    2. Take an active role in protecting women’s access to reproductive health 
    3. Advocate that all U.S. residents should have access to quality health care (LWVUS position)
  5. Youth and Education 
    1. Annual LWVBC Essay Contest
    2. Support local civic education e.g., Dorothy Stewart Memorial Scholarship Fund, BCMS “We the People” and BCHS “National History Day”; BCMS Reality Store and more as identified
    3. Support Quality Education, Pre-K, Child Care, and related initiatives
  6. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion   
    1. Continue the learning process with educational materials and conversation
    2. Plan and join projects, donations when appropriate
    3. Continue to seek ways to integrated DEI into all we do.

7.  Advocacy and education on legislation during Indiana general assembly sessions

8.  Strive for ally-ships with other organizations on shared interests

9.  Annual review of LWVBC Member handbook, Nonpartisan Policy, By-laws

The voting members present accepted the 2022-2023 Local program by unanimous vote.

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White House Issues Proclamation on 2022 Juneteenth Day of Observance

Source: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2022/06/17/a-proclamation-on-juneteenth-day-of-observance-2022/


Editor’s Note: Excerpts from the White House Proclamation follow. The full proclamation can be found at the website above.


“After the Union Army captured New Orleans in 1862, slave owners in Confederate states migrated to Texas with more than 150,000 enslaved Black persons.  For 3 years, even after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved Black Americans in Texas remained in brutal bondage, immorally and illegally deprived of their freedom and basic dignity.  On June 19, 1865 — over 2 years after President Lincoln declared all enslaved persons free — Major General Gordon Granger and Union Army troops marched to Galveston, Texas, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and free the last enslaved Black Americans in Texas. 

“Those who were freed from bondage celebrated their long-overdue emancipation on June 19.  Today, our Nation commemorates Juneteenth:  a chance to celebrate human freedom, reflect on the grievous and ongoing legacy of slavery, and rededicate ourselves to rooting out the systemic racism that continues to plague our society as we strive to deliver the full promise of America to every American.

“This Juneteenth, we are freshly reminded that the poisonous ideology of racism has not yet been defeated — it only hides.  Our Nation continues to mourn the 10 lives senselessly taken in Buffalo, New York, and grieve for the families who have lost a piece of their soul.  As we confront the awful reality of yet another gunman massacring innocent people in the name of hatred, racism, and fear, we must meet this moment with renewed resolve.  We must stand together against white supremacy and show that bigotry and hate have no safe harbor in America. 

“The emancipation of enslaved Black Americans was not the end of our Nation’s work to deliver on the promise of equality — it was only the beginning.  On Juneteenth, we recommit to our shared work to ensure racial justice, equity, and equality in America.  We commemorate the centuries of struggle and progress led by abolitionists, educators, civil rights advocates, lawyers, activists, trade unionists, religious leaders, public officials, and everyday Americans who have brought our Nation closer to fulfilling its promise. 

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 19, 2022, as Juneteenth Day of Observance.  I call upon the people of the United States to acknowledge and condemn the history of slavery in our Nation and recognize how the impact of America’s original sin remains.  I call on every American to celebrate the emancipation of all Black Americans and commit together to eradicate systemic racism and inequity that can never be tolerated and must always be fought against.”

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Membership Renewal Time

ClubExpress, the website server for the LWVBC website, has emailed members with an invitation to renew membership online. When you receive the email there will be a link to click to take you right to the website. There, you can renew your membership with a few clicks and pay via credit card. 


There are many of us who prefer the “old school” method of renewal – and that’s OK. If you’d rather send a check to renew your membership, please mail your check to the League at PO Box 74, Nashville IN 47448. As a reminder, annual membership is $50 for individuals, $85 for couples, and $20 for Friends of the League (non-voting but supporting the League). 

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Second Lake Monroe Forum Held June 9 at Library

Submitted by LWVBC Secretary Pam Raider

The group that attended the second Lake Monroe Forum was small, yet very engaged.  Held June 9 at the Brown County Library, many Leaguers were present as well as members of the Friends of Lake Monroe. This event was a follow-up to the original meeting of January 2020 when The Friends of Lake Monroe announced receipt of a grant to study the water quality of Lake Monroe and solicited opinions from those in attendance about what they thought were major issues.  Brown County is key to solving any problems since about 56% of the lake watershed is in our county.

The results of the two year study on water quality issues were shared at the June 9th meeting.  Friends of Lake Monroe hoped to hear from those in attendance suggestions for how to move forward and best address these issues.  Copies of the Lake Monroe Watershed Management Plan 2022 Executive Summary were available which detailed their findings. Maggie Sullivan, Lake Monroe Watershed Coordinator, shared an excellent slide presentation which summarized these findings. 

Lake Monroe Reservoir is the largest lake in Indiana and provides drinking water for over 130,000 people.  The lake’s visitors generate over $40 million annually in recreational spending. Lake Monroe has about 17 miles of shore line and the watershed, which spans 441 square miles, spreads over three counties: Monroe; Jackson; and Brown.  The topography is steep, the soil highly erodible, and over 82% is forested, which is unusual and a plus since shade increases the amount of dissolved oxygen. This might be why Lake Monroe is one of the cleaner lakes in Indiana.  However, its rural location means an estimated 9,000 households are using on-site septic systems. The lake problems identified in the report were also found in the extensive watershed.

After conducting an extensive water quality monitoring program, three main problems were identified.   1) Sedimentation and what comes with it.  The watershed is highly erodible with steep banks and 4% of watershed is conventionally tilled cropland.  Livestock access to streams, construction site runoff, and forestry without proper erosion techniques add to problems. Although sediment concentrations were low, about 92% of what enters the lake stays in the lake. 2)  Too many runoff nutrients are a problem.  In the heat of summer, nutrients such as Phosphorus and Nitrogen from agricultural runoff create algae blooms – something happening more often.  3)  Fecal contamination from humans and animals is widespread in streams.  

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Maggie Sullivan, Lake Monroe Watershed Coordinator

 

Improving water quality means adapting practices that improve the watershed, and this voluntary multifaceted action plan is designed to be long-term.  Changing land use practices helps address many sources of problems.  Some agricultural solutions include raising livestock on cement and gravel rather than grass, adding filter buffer crops along streams, no till farming to reduce soil erosion, and taking flood plains out of production.   Of course, humans play a big role in this effort by properly maintaining their septic systems.  Cleaning up shorelines and reducing litter are also important.

 

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Forum attendees developing suggestions to raise awareness of the Lake Monroe effort. 
Photo courtesy of Martha Fox

 

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LWVBC Secretary Pam Raider presenting her group’s recommendations. 

Photo courtesy of Martha Fox

 

During the last part of the evening, we broke into smaller groups with the task of identifying collaborative groups and/or projects that could be helpful with this effort.  Lively discussion followed and the shared ideas included such things as mailing out flyers to all residents in the watershed, offering boating and hiking events to raise awareness of issues and encourage protection of the lake.  Working with outdoor organizations, marinas, civic organizations, churches, realtors, youth groups such as the Boy Scouts and 4-H, education with periodic articles in media, exhibits at Wonderlab, and of course collaboration with governmental bodies were also mentioned. More information can be found at www.friendsoflakemonroe.org .


Friends of Lake Monroe have developed a twenty-year action plan, which can be found in the Executive Summary. Ways we can all help protect Lake Monroe:

  • Use phosphorus-free fertilizers
  • Minimize soil erosion by staying on designated walking trails
  • Choose native plants. Plants native to Indiana require less water, fertilizers, and pesticides, which improves water quality in Lake Monroe.
  • Have your septic system serviced at least once every three years. Remember: no fats, grease, solids, or harsh chemicals down the drain. 
  • Pick up trash. Bottles, wrappers, cigarette butts, etc., can all be washed into the lake, endangering wildlife, and creating a less-pleasant lake experience for everyone.
  • Plant a greenbelt garden. Grow native flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees between your lawn and the lake or stream. This stabilizes the lake and stream banks and absorbs nutrients before they enter the water systems.
  • Pick up after your pet. Keep bacteria and nutrients from pet waste out of swimming and drinking water.
  • Be a courteous boater. Observing no-wake zones protects the lakeshore, keeps the lake water clearer, and is safer for fellow recreationists.
  • Lake Monroe Watershed Coordinator Maggie Sullivan is interested in additional comments and questions: watershed@friendsoflakemonroe.org.  The full Lake Monroe Watershed Management Plan and a shorter Executive Summary are available online at https://friendsoflakemonroe.org/watershed-plan/

 

Health Care Corner

Submitted by LWVBC Health Committee Co-Chair Cathy Rountree

Upcoming Local and State Health Care Advocacy Opportunities: Two events supporting League health care goals are scheduled for July.  Both are supported by Medicare For All Indiana, a 501(c)(3) organization and the State Chapter of PNHP --- Physicians for a National Health Program.  http://hoosiersforacommonsensehealthplan.org/  PNHP and the LWVUS have collaborated on health care advocacy and education.  Medicare for all Indiana describes itself as “a group of Indiana citizens who support a publicly financed, privately delivered (single payer) universal health plan at the state and national level.” http://hoosiersforacommonsensehealthplan.org/


Medicare for all Indiana will participate in the Bloomington 4th of July parade
Supporters are welcome to join the walkhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/H4CHP/


Medicare for all Indiana and others will gather in Indianapolis on July 23rd to show support for single-payer universal health care. Information on the Medicare for All march in Indianapolis on July 23rd:  https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10228560523538510&set=gm.10159990238534630  and https://www.unation.com/event/10571021


Soon to come: 
An email alert will be sent soon to our League members, asking supporters to write legislators a letter in favor of supporting reproductive health care.

 

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Compelling Data That Vaccines and Boosters Keep Us Safe

 

Brown County is currently in the LOW level for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests ” Stayup to datewith COVID-19 vaccines. Get testedif you have symptoms. Wear a mask if you have symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19. Wear a mask onpublic transportation. You may choose to wear a mask at any time as an additional precaution to protect yourself and others.
https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view|Indiana|18013|Risk|community_transmission_level


COVID-19 Vaccine Indiana:
If you are age 5 or older, you can get a vaccine. https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/index.htm


The CDC now recommends anyone 12 years of age or older should get a booster vaccine. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html?s_cid=11711:%2Bwho%20%2Bcan%20%2Bget%20%2Bcovid%20%2Bbooster:sem.b:p:RG:GM:gen:PTN:FY22


Additional Resources:  

-- Call 2-1-1 to schedule vaccines or testing. For more information, go to https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/

-- Brown County COAD Hotline for food, medicine, transportation:  812-988-0001 https://www.facebook.com/BrownCountyCOAD/
Myths and facts:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html

 

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Updates from LWVIN

Source: www.lwvin.org

 

Meet Hiba Alalami, LWVIN Intern. A Hoosier by choice, Hiba Alalami begins an American Studies Ph.D. program at IUPUI this fall.  Her research focuses on how the League of Women Voters shaped the civic and political landscape in Indiana over the last century.  To that work she brings Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Jordan and a Masters from the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.  She recently resigned as Executive Director of the Indiana Muslim Advocacy Network but has also served as the Fund Development Coordinator for the Islamic Society of North America and the Communications Director of the Muslim Philanthropy Network at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. As her sponsoring organization for the next four years, we will benefit significantly from her experience and expertise—with fundraising, communications, grant writing—as she learns how the League works and who has made it work over the last century.

It’s The 50th Anniversary Of Title IX. President Richard Nixon signed Title IX (authored by Indiana Senator Birch Bayh) of the Education Amendments of 1972 into law. Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that removed many barriers that once prevented people, on the basis of sex, from participating in educational opportunities and careers of their choice. Other than the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, this is a landmark law for the advancement of women. What did it say and what did it do?  In brief, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation, in be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” *

Congress enacted Title IX with two principal objectives in mind: to avoid the use of federal funds to support discriminatory practices in education programs, and to provide individual citizens protection against those practices. This came about as the women’s civil rights movement gained momentum in the late 60’s and early 70’s as sex bias and discrimination emerged as a major public policy concern. 

Passage of Title IX opened doors for women in college admissions, sports, and many other areas in which they werepreviously denied opportunity or participation. Although Title IX opened many doors, women are still fighting for equal pay for equal work and other matters not settled under this law. 

(*From the Department of Justice)

 

Updates from LWVUS

Source: www.lwv.org


Juneteenth is a day to commemorate 
the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved people in the United States. However, this day also reminds us of the injustice and brutality in our nation’s history and the role each of us must play in building a future of progress and equity for all. I encourage each of you to learn more about the history of Juneteenth and what actions you can take by reading our blog,'Juneteenth: A Celebration of Emancipation and Black Liberation


Additionally, last week marked the beginning 
of the bipartisan House Committee’s hearings on the January 6th attack on the US Capitol. The League supports the committee's investigation and welcomes their transparency in sharing their findings with the American people.Read the statement from our CEO, Virginia Kase Solomón.

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Here’s How to Contact Your State and Federal Legislators

 

LWVBC feels it is important to continue to contact legislators to advocate for voter protections, reproductive freedom, and gun safety legislation. Here is the contact information for our state and federal legislators.


State Senator Eric Koch 

Website: https://www.indianasenaterepublicans.com/koch
Email: Senator.Koch@iga.in.gov
Phone: 800-382-9467 or 317-232-9400
Address: Indiana State Senate, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis IN 46204 


State Representative Chris May 

Website: https://indianahouserepublicans.com/members/general/chris-may/
Email: h65@iga.in.gov
Phone: 317-232-9981
Address: Indiana House of Representatives, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis IN 46204 


9th Congressional District U.S. Representative Trey Hollingsworth 

Website: https://www.hollingsworth.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-5315
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepTrey
Address: 1641 Longworth House Office Building, Washington DC 20515 


U.S. Senator Mike Braun 

Website: https://www.braun.senate.gov
Phone: 202-224-4814
Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/mikebraunforindiana

Address: 374 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510 


U.S. Senator Todd Young 

Website: www.young.senate.gov
Phone: 202-224-5623
Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/SenatorToddYoung

Address: 185 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510 


Governor Eric Holcomb 

Website: https://www.in.gov/gov/
Phone: 317-232-4567
Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/GovHolcomb/
Address: Office of the Governor, Statehouse, Indianapolis IN 46204-2797 

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The League of Women Voters

Making Democracy Work

Grassroots Leadership since 1920

Educate • Advocate • Empower • Reform


The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Membershipis open to all regardless of gender.


The League does not support or oppose any political party or candidate.

We cordially invite you to join us and encourage you to learn more about the League by attending our meetings and other events, including legislator forums and Meet the Candidates. Membership is not required to attend these meetings and events.

 

Annual Membership Dues*:

$50/Individual $85/Couple $20/Friend of the League (non-voting)

Your dues include membership in the national, state, and local leagues.

*Membership Scholarships available


Email for more information:
browncountylwv@gmail.com

To join or to send a donation, mail your check payable to LWVBC, PO Box 74,
Nashville IN 47448

Please include your name, address, phone, and email


For more information, visit our website:
www.lwvbrowncounty.org.

 

 

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Government and Board Meeting Calendar
GOVERNMENT MEETINGS


PLEASE NOTE 
:Meetings may be in person and/or virtual.

See links below to check days/times.


Brown County Election Board

First Tuesdays of the month, 2 pm, Salmon Room

• July 5, 2:00 pm (check for possible changes)

• August 2,2:00 pm (check for possible changes)


Brown County Commissioners

First and Third Wednesdays, 2 pm, Salmon Room (check website for zoom link)

• July 6, 2:00 pm

• July 20, 2:00 pm

• August 3, 2:00 pm


Brown County Council
:

Third Monday of the month, 6:30 pm, Salmon Room

• July 18 6:30 pm (check for possible changes)

• August 16, 6:30 pm (check for possible changes)


Brown County Health Board

Bi-monthly, third Tuesday, 5 pm

• July 19, 5:00 pm (check for possible changes)

• September 20, 5:00 pm (check for possible changes)


Nashville Town Council

Third Thursday of the month, 6:30 pm

• July 21, 6:30 pm (check for possible changes)

• August 18, 6:30 pm (check for possible changes)



Note: for all government and advisory board meetings and to verify times, please check the Brown County government calendar: 
http://www.browncounty-in.gov

or the Brown County Democrat: www.bcdemocrat.com

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League of Women Voters of Brown County Meetings

LWVBC meetings are held the 

second Monday of each month

July 11, 6:30 pm (via Zoom)

August 8, 6:30 pm (via Zoom)


League Members, Friends, 

and the public are welcome


To participate in the meeting, contact League President Shari Frank
at browncountylwv@gmail.com