CT Atty General Jepsen speaking to Darien LWV

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CT Attorney General George Jepsen spoke at the LWV Darien 11-16-2016 meeting on the impact of the recent lower court trial ruling "CT Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) vs Rell". To review a recording of the program, please click here.

LWVCT Fall Conference, October 2016

"Follow the Money: Money in Politics in CT." The 2016 Fall Conference, second session in Hartford. How much of an influence does "dark money" have on the politics of CT? Where does this money come from? How does the Citizen's Election Program in CT push back? Is "dark money" a problem? How does the "Citizens United" decision play into the equation? How can voters track the flow of money? Please watch the video below and join our knowledgeable panel to explore this important topic.

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Missed Candidates Night?

Catch the re-broadcasts on cable channel 79 or click HERE to view on-line.

Darien LWV Candidates Night

The Darien LWV held it's annual Candidates’ Night on Tuesday, October 25th in the Town Hall Auditorium.

Candidates for the Board of Education and candidates for 141st and 147th Connecticut House of Representative districts and the 25th and 27th Senate Districts were invited to be on stage to answer questions from the audience. The debate was moderated by Kay Maxwell , former National President of the LWV.

SAVE THE DATES – March and April 2017

Engage With Your Government

A Nonpartisan Letter Writing Campaign
Thursday, March 23, 2017 
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 
Darien Library Conference Room
Got an issue with your local, state or national government? Want to give an “attaboy” or “attagirl” to an official you think is doing something right? Put your thoughts into action by writing a letter to one or more of your elected officials! We’ll provide the supplies, contact information and even cover the postage. An old-school handwritten letter often gets the most attention in an elected official’s office.
More of a digital letter writer? Bring your laptop and we’ll get you started. No matter your cause or concern, all are welcome.
The Darien League of Women Voters is proud to co-sponsor this community event with The Darien Library

A Conversation with Your Muslim Neighbors

Sponsored by WomanPower Action Network of CT

Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 pm
St Luke’s Parish, Youth & Community Center
1864 Post Rd., Darien 06820
We are living in divisive times where people find themselves unsure of whom to trust. With a media and leadership who sometimes use skewed or false information to spread fear and intolerance, now more than ever communities need to come together to try to build bridges. The Darien LWV is pleased to recommend this informative event.

This panel will attempt to dispel or subvert stereotypical notions of what and who your Muslim American neighbor is. It will give the community an opportunity to have a conversation with their Muslim neighbors who are pillars of their immediate communities.

The panelists are Dolores Durrani, co-founder Saffron Road Foods, Westport; Azra Assaduddin, community activist, member, Interfaith Council of Norwalk; Zeeshaan Fatema Aratsu, history teacher, New Canaan High School; and Ameena Meer, author, brand manager, Sufi, Brooklyn, NY.

The panel will be moderated by Darien author and professor Sharbari Zohra Ahmed. All are welcome to this free community event.

National Popular Vote Program (Is the Electoral College System Still Relevant?)


 

Monthly LWV Meeting (all members invited)

Wednesday, April 5th 
9:10 AM Coffee and Conversation (bring your own coffee)
9:30 AM Business Meeting
Meeting Site – The Depot 
Agenda and March Minutes to follow
Join Us for a review and discussion of our recent League activities. Learn the background of the League’s involvement and support of the National Public Vote Position. Help prioritize and clarify the issues we want our local elected officials to cover in that evening’s Town Officials Event.  Engage in the conversation!

LWV Annual Town Officials Event

Wednesday April 5, 2017
6:30 PM Coffee and Dessert Reception
7:00 PM Program Begins
Darien Library Community Room
 
Join Us in meeting with our top elected town officials for an update and conversation about the major issues facing our town. Local budget impacts regarding education funding and regionalization are sure to be primary topics. There will be short prepared remarks by each speaker addressing their priorities, followed by open Q&A.
Participants include:
  • First Selectman, Jayme Stevenson
  • Board of Finance Chair, Jon Zagrodzky
  • Board of Education Chair, Michael Harman
  • Planning and Zoning Chair, John Sini
  • RTM Moderator, Seth Morton

LWVCT (SIRS) Symposium on International Relations

“What’s in a Watt?” The Story Behind Sustainable Energy and Electricity

Friday, May 12
8:30 AM Registration, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM Program including Continental Breakfast
 
Henry R. Luce Hall Auditorium
Yale University
34 Hillhouse Avenue
Details to follow

LWVCT Convention

Saturday, June 17
Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University
Details to follow

Happy New Year 2017

Please save the dates!

Legislative Coffee
Wednesday, Jan 25th 9-11 AM
Hosted by Joyce Critelli, 39 Shields Road
One of the perks of League membership is the opportunity to meet with our State Elected officials (State Senators and Representatives) in an informal small group setting. Join us and bring a friend for this structured discussion on important State issues.  It is not a “meet and greet”. If you’ve attended before you know that we get into serious issues and expect full answers, not sound bites from our officials. A great opportunity to learn more about State affairs and initiatives.
 
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SAVE THE DATE
“Equal Means Equal” documentary film at the Darien Library, Sunday February 12th, 2:00 PM
Free and Open to the Public
  • Remember the ERA, Equal Rights Amendment? “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex”. The ERA won bi-partisan approval in the Senate in the 1970s but fell three states short of ratification as a Constitutional Amendment. Is there still a case for the ERA decades later? This is a provocative documentary film, sure to make you think.
  • Free and open to the public, sponsored by the Darien LWV