Making Democracy Work

Programs and Meetings

Date & Time        Place        Description
Sunday, February 10, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free Library of Northampton Township
25 Upper Holland Road
Richboro, PA
How to Run for Local Office. Experienced and successful panelists who have won elections will share their expertise at this free, nonpartisan seminar

Open to all, this seminar has been offered since 1989 and has seen many attendees go on to successfully win their office. The Bucks County Chapter of the Women's Political Network (WPN) provides the training, which is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Bucks County (LWVBC) and the Levittown - Lower Bucks branch of the American Association of University Women

Tuesday, February 19. 2019, First day to circulate and file nomination petitions

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Municipal Primary

Topics to be addressed include:

Campaign strategies

Financing campaigns

Reaching voters

Petitions, forms and filing dates.

Who should attend:

Anyone considering a run for local office such as borough council, township supervisor, school director and county office.

No pre-registration is needed for this free seminar.

View a flyer here

Note:

In the event of inclement weather, the program will be re-scheduled to Monday, February 11, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Langhorne Branch, Bucks County Free Library. Check The Free Library of Northampton Township website http://www.northamptontownshiplibrary.org/ for weather-related closing. Please direct questions about the seminar to LWVBC at (215) 230-9986.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
7 - 8:30 pm
Free Library of Northampton Library
25 Upper Holland Road
Richboro, PA
Redistricting Reform: The Journey Continues. According to the Fair Districts PA website, "a landmark Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision found that our 2011 congressional district map violated the state constitution. The court redrew the districts and issued a new map. But this is only a short-term fix. Redistricting will happen again after the 2020 Census, and if we don't change the process, the 2021 map is likely to be gerrymandered, too--regardless of which party is in power. That's why we're advocating for a new approach."

Efforts to pass legislation to create an impartial, transparent and accountable system for redistricting both Congressional and State legislative districts were blocked by some members of the 2017-18 Pennsylvania Legislature. Nonetheless, Fair Districts PA gained influence in Harrisburg and earned the respect of both Republicans and Democrats. The alliances they forged and the good working relationships they built have given gave FDPA a big leg up in the 2019-20 legislative session.

We cannot give up this fight.

The League is pleased to have Carol Kuniholm, chair and co-founder of Fair Districts PA, as well as Co-2nd Vice President (Government and Social Policy) of the League of Women Voters of PA Board of Directors, as the featured speaker at this presentation. Carol will update the audience on the 2019 Redistricting Reform legislation strategy of Fair Districts PA and their coalition partners, current legislation status with local legislators and key Harrisburg leaders and what people can do to keep legislators aware of the urgent need for Redistricting Reform in 2019.

Note: In the event of inclement weather, the program will be re-scheduled to Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Free Library of Northampton Township. Check the Free Library of Northampton Township website for weather-related closing.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
10 am
Warrington Township Office
852 Easton Road
Warrington, PA 18976
Forgotten Heroes: Women and their Fight for the Right to Vote. A presentation of a new program that explores important people, changing cultural and social norms, strategies and tactics developed during the long 72-year fight for women's suffrage.

Open to all, this program about the 19th amendment, was developed over months by the League of Women Voters of Bucks County (LWVBC) Speakers' Bureau. Inspiration came from both the upcoming centennial on February 14, 2020 of the founding of the League of Women Voters of the United States as well as the centennial on August 18, 2020 of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Topics to be addressed include:

The women's suffrage fight both nationally and in Pennsylvania

The larger move for reform from which the suffrage movement developed

Lobbying, peaceful protests, and more that came from this movement - were significant in the Civil Rights Movement and continue to be useful today

The origins of the League of Women Voters from these early suffrage groups

Who should attend: No pre-registration necessary for this free program - all welcome

Note: Snow date March 12, 10 am

Anyone who may want to learn more about the LWVBC Speakers Bureau resources Anyone interested in an introduction to another League program - a curriculum for elementary school students highlighting the importance of the 19th amendment

Thursday, March 21, 2019
5:45 PM - Refreshments; 6:30 PM - Program
James - Lorah Memorial Home Auditorium
132 North Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
38th Annual Bucks County Women's History Month Award. This year's honoree is Jane Grim, a 49-year member of the League of Women Voters of Bucks County. Janes' decades of community involvement and volunteerism include service to many organizations serving Bucks County from education, to health care, the arts, juvenile justice and more. Her service through the League has covered the span of multiple committee and leadership volunteer roles, embracing all with her passionate interest in promoting voting and good citizenship.

Open to all, this event not only celebrates the award to Jane but also generates proceeds that will go to the charity or organization of Jane's choice.

Event details:

  • Invitation and RSVP can be printed
  • Attendees that submit their $15 or more in advance will have their names included in the program
  • Tours of the James-Lorah House will be provided prior to the event from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Snow Date Friday, March 22, 2019
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10AM-12:30PM
The Free Library of Northampton Township 25 Upper Holland Road
Richboro, PA
Climate Change Impacts Across the Life Cycle of Plastics. Sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Bucks County, Ms. Hamilton's presentation "Climate Change Impacts Across the Life Cycle of Plastics" is made possible by a grant from the Heinz Endowment to the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania's (LWVPA) "Straight Scoop on Shale" project.

Ms. Hamilton is the Director of the Climate & Energy division of CIEL, which is one of three of their program areas of focus. CIEL is headquartered in Washington, DC and has an office in Geneva, Switzerland.

The intent of the grant awarded to LWVPA is to engage people across the state in learning more about plastics, their impacts on our health and environment, strategies for dealing with plastic disposal, and environmentally safer alternatives to plastics.

As part of their broad scope of work, CIEL is looking at plastics pollution and how the oil and gas industry is prepared to invest billions in expanding plastics production. The oil and gas industries involved in shale extraction in Pennsylvania and the intersection with the worsening problem of plastics pollution will be addressed in this program.

LWVPA has among its position on issues, positions on natural resources and the natural gas extraction from Marcellus Shale. Positions are arrived at through a prescribed multi-step process including study, discussion, and consensus. Transparency and responsiveness to stakeholders is important, and bringing this information to the local Leagues in the state to share is key to informed communities. LWVBC plans to continue their study on plastics through additional research.

To learn more about Ms. Hamilton and the work of CIEL, visit the website http://www.ciel.org. For additional information about the League in Bucks County, visit http://www.lwvbucks.org.