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    • 18 Sep 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Eastside Freedom Library | 1105 Greenbrier Street, St. Paul, MN 55106

    Round table discussion for school board candidates at the East Side Freedom Library.  More details available at the Library's website.

    • 25 Sep 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Eastside Freedom Library | 1105 Greenbrier Street, St. Paul, MN 55106
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    Join League of Women Voters St. Paul for a free public forum on excessive bail and how it impacts economically disadvantaged populations at “Bail Me Out! Understanding Bail and Economic Justice.” The discussion will explore the structure of bail and excessive bail in Ramsey County; and how the bail system works and what impact it has on the
    community, especially for vulnerable communities.

    Featured speakers include The Honorable Nicole Starr of the 2nd Judicial District, Ramsey County, and Tonja Honsey, Executive Director of the Minnesota Freedom Fund. The Minnesota Freedom Fund is an nonprofit organization that pays criminal bail
    and immigration bond for those who cannot afford it. The organization stands against cash bail as unjust and they "identify wealth-based discrimination as a vehicle for the criminal justice system to target populations for structural violence."

    The East Side Freedom Library (ESFL) has its home in the former Arlington Hills library, one of St. Paul’s historic Carnegie library buildings at 1105 Greenbrier Street, located in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood. Its mission is to "inspire solidarity, advocate for justice and work toward equity for all.”

    Future LWVSP talks will include topics such as election security; affordable housing; the National Popular Vote, and presidential primaries vs. caucuses in Minnesota. Please check back later on the LWVSP event calendar for more upcoming events.


    For Further Reading on Problems with Excessive Bail

    “Locked Up in Debtor’s Prison” in the Atlantic 2/2015 issue

    “Jailed for Being Broke” Rolling Stone Magazine 6/23/2015

    "Gulf Coast town repeals ordinance criminalizing the poor" Southern Poverty Law Center

    Human Rights Watch: Price of Freedom Report 2010

    The Nation article “America is Waking up to the Injustice of Cash Bail” 10/19/2017

    Washington Post: “Cash Bail System isn’t working, We can fix it. 11/28/2017

    Priceonomics “America’s Peculiar Bail System” 5/26/2015



    • 26 Sep 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Landmark Center | 75 W. Fifth Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
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    Join Landmark Center and the League of Women Voters St. Paul to celebrate 100 years of women and voting on Thursday, September 26 (12pm-1pm), featuring Her Flag, a nationwide collaborative art and travel project celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and the 72 years-long nonviolent fight that kicked open voting for women in the United States.

    Her Flag is an artist-driven project by Oklahoma-based artist Marilyn Artus, as she travels the country in advance of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution on August 18th, 2020. It took 36 states to ratify the amendment into law. She is traveling to each state, in order of ratification, over 14 months and collaborating with a woman artist in each state. Each artist has created a stripe to represent her state. Marilyn's Minnesota-based artist is Anne Ulku, an independent creative and designer based in Minneapolis/St.Paul. She specializes in many fields including: branding and identities, art direction, illustration, lettering and type design, logo design, and art.

    In each of the 36 capital cities, including St. Paul, there will be a public performance where Marilyn will sew the stripe representing the state onto the flag.LWVSP will be registering voters at the event.  (If you are interested in volunteering to register, please contact LWVSP Co-President Amy Mino, amy@minofamily.net).

    Parking and directions to Landmark Center are available on the Landmark Center website.

    Together, artists and participants are building a 18' by 26' HUGE flag:  A flag with a stripe for each of the ratifying states that kicked open voting for women in the United States.  The flag will be completed in August of 2020.  More details are available at: https://www.herflag.com/

    About Artist Marilyn Artus: 

    My family has been in the United States since its inception. I can track family back to the revolutionary war. I have found 3 ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary, my great great great grandmother Jesse Hayes was an early member of The Daughters of the Revolution. Two family members fought for the Union during the Civil War and were captured and held in Confederate prisons. I also had family that came West and settled in Oklahoma in the 19thcentury. I have a family legacy that has actively participated in the American dream since its founding. I want to continue that legacy of service through my art making, by honoring the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote.
    • 01 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Pkwy

    Please join League of Women Voters St Paul, Highland District Council, and MacGrove Community Council to hear from St Paul city council candidates in Ward 3.

    • 03 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • SPNN 550 Vandalia st Saint Paul

    Please join League of Women Voters for a candidate forum for Ward 4 at Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, 550 Vandalia St, Suite 170

    • 07 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida St. St. Paul

    The LWV St. Paul Evening book club will begin meeting on Oct 7th from 6-7pm at West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida St. St. Paul. All are welcome to attend! Please come with ideas for our first book to be discussed at the Nov evening book club meeting.


    • 08 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Sunray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave, St. Paul, MN 55119

    Please join the League of Women Voters St Paul to hear from the candidates for the City Council Ward 7 at Sunray Library.

    • 09 Oct 2019
    • 10:15 AM
    • Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave., St. Paul, MN 55119; 3M Room

    The LWV St. Paul book club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:15 am at the Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave. 55119. All are welcome to attend regardless of whether they have read the book that month. Please join us if you're interested!

    October's book is Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. This book follows eight families in Milwaukee as they each struggle to keep a roof over their heads. It transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating US problem. Sally P. will lead the discussion.

    • 10 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Washington Magnet

    Please join League of Women Voters in partnership with the North End Neighborhood Organization, Payne Phalen Community Council,  District 10 Como Community Council, and Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers for a ward 5 candidate forum.

    Where: Washington Magnate

    1495 Rice St Saint Paul

    When : 7-8:30pm October 10

    • 15 Oct 2019
    • 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Villa del Sol Community Space, 88 Cesar Chavez St, St. Paul, MN 55107

    Join LWVSP and the West Side Community COuncil for a Ward 2 candidate forum on Tuesday, October 15, from 7:15-8:45pm.  There will be opportunities to hear from candidates on a variety of topics and issues facing Ward 2. 

    • 23 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Arlington Hills Community Center 1200 Payne Ave, St. Paul. MN 55130

    Please join LWVSP and the Payne/Phalen District Council for a candidate forum for Ward 6.  This is a great opportunity to hear from the candidates on a variety of topics and issues facing Ward 6.

    • 13 Nov 2019
    • 10:15 AM
    • Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave., St. Paul, MN 55119; 3M Room

    The LWV St. Paul book club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:15 am at the Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave. 55119. All are welcome to attend regardless of whether they have read the book that month. Please join us if you're interested!

    November's book is One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying our Democracy by Carol Anderson. Many Americans feel angry, frustrated, and confused by a voting system that simply doesn’t work; Anderson traces the ugly history of disenfranchisement, gerrymandering, and suppression that disable true democracy. Discussion will be led by Claudia D.

    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Centennial Methodist Church: 1524 Cty Rd. C2 W Roseville, MN

    The League of Women Voters has a long history of being a strong advocate for affordable housing. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, our League is co-sponsoring a forum with other supportive groups to host a panel of housing experts who will discuss the current situation. Panelists will be: Rep. Alice Hausman, Chair of the Minnesota House of Representatives Housing Committee; Cathy ten Broeke, Executive Director of the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness; and Maria Wetherall, Director of Ramsey County Veterans Services who chairs Heading Home Ramsey, a community-wide partnership that seeks to end homelessness for veterans in Ramsey County.

    The program is organized by the Roseville Area League of Women Voters and  co-sponsors are: League of Women Voters Saint Paul, Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues (CMAL), the Community Action Network (CAN) that addresses

    Homelessness in Suburban Ramsey County, Centennial United Methodist Church and Hamline Church United Methodist. The event will be held at Centennial United Methodist Church, 1524 Co. Rd. C-2 W., Roseville at 6:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.


    • 11 Dec 2019
    • 10:15 AM
    • Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave., St. Paul, MN 55119; 3M Room

    The LWV St. Paul book club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:15 am at the Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave. 55119. All are welcome to attend regardless of whether they have read the book that month. Please join us if you're interested!

    December's book is Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig. Benny and Khin’s eldest child, Louisa, has a danger-filled, tempestuous childhood and reaches prominence as Burma’s first beauty queen soon before the country falls to dictatorship. As Louisa navigates her newfound fame, she is forced to reckon with her family’s past, the West’s ongoing covert dealings in her country, and her own loyalty to the cause of the Karen people. Discussion will be led by Cheryl P.

    • 08 Jan 2020
    • 10:15 AM
    • Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave., St. Paul, MN 55119; 3M Room

    The LWV St. Paul book club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:15 am at the Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave. 55119. All are welcome to attend regardless of whether they have read the book that month. Please join us if you're interested!

    January's book is When Republicans Were Progressive by Dave Durenberger. Senator Dave Durenberger explains how Minnesota's progressive Republicans earned voters' trust and delivered on their promises—and how progressive ideas fell out of favor when an increasingly anti-government, anti-tax national party shifted Minnesota Republican thinking to the right. In the ensuing partisan realignment, both the Republican and the Democratic parties have lost public trust. Durenberger argues that the principles and practices of progressive Republicanism are a fitting remedy for what ails American democracy today. Barb B. will lead discussion.

    We also recommend a companion book for January, Don Fraser: Minnesota’s Quiet Crusader by Iric Nathanson. Iric Nathanson, historian and frequent contributor to MinnPost, underscores the fact that a man who seems so quiet on the outside has been a significant player in the events that have shaped our times. There are a lot of politicians who make a few headlines with their flash and then disappear. Nathanson makes it clear that Fraser is among the few politicians who make a lasting difference because of their beliefs. Mary P. will lead discussion.

    • 12 Feb 2020
    • 10:15 AM
    • Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave., St. Paul, MN 55119; 3M Room

    The LWV St. Paul book club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:15 am at the Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave. 55119. All are welcome to attend regardless of whether they have read the book that month. Please join us if you're interested!

    February's book is The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America by Daniel Okrent. Daniel Okrent has taken a largely forgotten epoch in American history and brilliantly brought it back to life. Okrent’s book tells the story of the immigration battles of the early twentieth century in a way that’s both fascinating on its own terms, but also, relevant to today’s news. Joan D. will lead discussion.

    • 11 Mar 2020
    • 10:15 AM
    • Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave., St. Paul, MN 55119; 3M Room

    The LWV St. Paul book club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:15 am at the Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave. 55119. All are welcome to attend regardless of whether they have read the book that month. Please join us if you're interested!

    March's book is Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S.C. Gwynne. The first story traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches. Cheryl P. will lead discussion.

    • 08 Apr 2020
    • 10:15 AM
    • Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave., St. Paul, MN 55119; 3M Room

    The LWV St. Paul book club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:15 am at the Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave. 55119. All are welcome to attend regardless of whether they have read the book that month. Please join us if you're interested!

    April's book is Call Me American: A Memoir by Abdi Nor Iftin. Abdi loved the U.S. so much he became known around Mogadishu as Abdi American, but when the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab rose to power in 2006 Abdi was eventually forced to flee to Kenya. He won entrance to the U.S.  though his route to America did not come easily. Now a proud resident of Maine, his dramatic, deeply stirring memoir is truly a story for our time: a vivid reminder of why America still beckons to those looking to make a better life. Cheryl P. will lead discussion.

    • 13 May 2020
    • 10:15 AM
    • Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave., St. Paul, MN 55119; 3M Room

    The LWV St. Paul book club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:15 am at the Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave. 55119. All are welcome to attend regardless of whether they have read the book that month. Please join us if you're interested!

    May's book is The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis. Lewis takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders through willful ignorance. In Agriculture the funding of vital programs like food stamps and school lunches is being slashed. The Commerce Department may not have enough staff to conduct the 2020 Census properly. Over at Energy, where international nuclear risk is managed, it's not clear there will be enough inspectors to track and locate black market uranium before terrorists do. Claudia D. will lead discussion. 

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