Upcoming Events: Week of August 17, 2020

Join the League of Women Voters of Nevada on Friday, August 21st, 6-7:30 pm, for our first in a series of Judicial Candidates Open Houses.  We’ll be chatting about the courts with the candidates.  RSVP here for the Zoom link:

https://actionnetwork.org/events/judicial-candidates-the-courts-open-house/

Join the League of Women Voters of Southern Nevada on Saturday, August 22nd, 9-10:30 am, for a workshop on being a good ally. RSVP here for the Zoom link:

https://actionnetwork.org/events/being-a-good-ally-workshop/

Fair Maps Nevada Announcement

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and meritless, lengthy litigation challenges, the Fair Maps Nevada team was unable to gather sufficient in-person signatures to qualify our redistricting reform amendment to end partisan gerrymandering in Nevada. But we are very happy to announce that State Senator Ben Kieckhefer has graciously offered to facilitate a transparent dialogue on redistricting reform by sponsoring our amendment in the 2021 legislative session.

We continue to interpret the increasing number of Nevada voters registering as non-partisan, which now stands at nearly one-third of voters in our state, as well as the many voters from both parties who signed and pledged to sign our redistricting reform petition as evidence that Nevadans reject the intransigent politics distorted election maps create.

Consequently, today we are not abandoning the battle to stop gerrymandering, which we still argue is a growing systemic threat to democracy.  Instead, we are embarking on a plan to continue engaging the public in robust discussions about redistricting reform and we are officially launching our advocacy efforts to pass our legislative resolution in 2021.

If that effort encounters insurmountable opposition from self-interested legislators, we will refile our ballot initiative in October of 2021.

Anyone interested in our efforts to create and maintain fair election maps, which allows voters to pick their elected officials instead of politicians picking their voters, can join with us through a sign-up form on the Fair Maps Nevada Facebook page. Nevertheless, we will persist.

https://www.facebook.com/fairmapsnevada/

Welcome Voter! Voter Registration Social Media Challenge

Thank you for your interest in our Welcome Voter! voter registration challenge.  Here are the instructions:

On one or more social media platforms, encourage one or more of these groups of eligible voters to register to vote and to cast a ballot in the 2020 election.

Please include this sentence in all posts: Register to vote at www.RegisterToVoteNV.gov

1.  The first group is newly enfranchised Nevadans who have served a prison sentence and who are no longer incarcerated.  Nevada law AB431 now allows these eligible voters to register to vote.  Please either link to this AB431 Handout: https://lwvnvblog.org/2020/07/29/voting-rights-restored/

Or, include a reference to AB431.

2.  The second group is eligible voters who have turned 18 since the last election or who will be 18 by November 3, 2020.

Please provide reasons why young voters should make their voices heard through voting. Such as:

Did you know that elected officials decide the cost of college?  

Did you know elected officials make the rules for when a person can be arrested?

3.  The third group is adults who are eligible to vote, but who choose to not vote.

Please include reasons why someone who has never voted should vote.

Such as:

Did you know elected officials decide how the unemployment insurance program works? 

Did you know elected officials decide education policies? 

Did you know elected officials set the minimum wage?

After you create your content, please post it on one or more social media platforms and include the hashtag #WelcomeVoter! so we can find your post.

Decriminalizing Mental Illness

The League of Women Voters of Southern Nevada hosted a Zoom meeting with Leslie Turner from the Mass Liberation Project, NV, on July 25th to discuss the urgent need to decriminalize mental illness. 

A recent Channel 3 story about Stephen Burrell, who needed treatment for schizophrenia, but instead ended up in jail, demonstrates why this topic is so urgent.  This sweet soul went without eating for 47 days and starved to death while in custody.  Say his name.  Stephen Burrell needed medical treatment, but instead he starved to death in a jail cell in 2020.

https://news3lv.com/news/local/vegas-lost-starved-to-death-the-story-of-stephen-burrell

If you would like to join a working group planning messaging and strategy for decriminalizing mental illness in the upcoming second special session, we are meeting Tuesday, July 28th, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, in Zoom.

RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/special-session-justice-reform-advocacy/

LWV Northern Nevada Community Meeting on Policing Practices

On July 11, 2020, the League of Women Voters of Northern Nevada hosted a meeting with law enforcement leaders to discuss how each is addressing policing practices since George Floyd’s murder.  Our conversation ranged from various policy changes to the funding of mental health services.

You can view the Zoom meeting recording here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CniWMl_oty4BkeKk0SHXfKb7GU2SYrTX/view?usp=sharing

Here is the list of participants:

Kenneth Furlong, Carson City Sheriff

Ron Elges, Douglas Undersheriff

Pete Krall, Sparks Chief

Lt. Colonel Daniel Solow, NV Highway Patrol Chief

Darin Balaam, Washoe County Sheriff

LWVN July Community Meetings

The League of Women Voters of Northern Nevada is hosting an important meeting on July 11th, from 10 a.m. to noon, in Zoom on policing reform.  Like the LWVNN on Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/nevadavoters/

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The League of Women Voters of Southern Nevada is hosting a community meeting with a panel discussion about why candidates run as independents and with third parties, in Zoom, on July 18th, from 9 to 11 a.m.  You can RSVP here:

https://actionnetwork.org/events/accountability-crisis-guerilla-campaigning/

JOIN LWVSN JULY 18, 2020 9 to 11 am-6

The League of Women Voters of Nevada is continuing our conversation about decriminalizing mental illness, in Zoom, on July 25th, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  You can RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/continuing-conversations-decriminalizing-mental-illness

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