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LWV of Cortland is organizing a education forum and community discussion entitled, Why Don’t US. Citizens Elect their President Directly? The History and Impact of the Electoral College. The speaker is Dr. Mary P. McGuire, PhD, Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Political Science at SUNY Cortland.

Youth Engaging Youth: The Next Step, a teen civic engagement forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Huntington, will be held in March. A panel of local youth activists will discuss how teens can make a difference in our community.

To celebrate Women’s History Month, LWV of Albany is hosting speaker, Brooke Kroeger, a journalist, author and professor of journalism at NYU, will discuss her book, “Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get The Vote.” Brooke tells the story of how some of New York’s most powerful men formed the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage. The Saratoga League is also celebrating this month with its annual fundraiser, this year Breakfast with Carrie Chapman Catt. Linda McKenney, famous in this League and the wider community for her very convincing portrayals of Susan B. Anthony, will assume the character of a different suffragist, Carrie Chapman Catt.

In February, LWV of Rochester celebrated Susan B. Anthony’s birthday with an event at the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House.

LWV of Schenectady offers a Citizenship Mentoring class that is non-partisan and aims to assist eligible permanent residents prepare for US Citizenship. Citizens participate in the democratic process by exercising their right to vote; only citizens can vote in federal, New York State, and local elections. The League of Women Voters believes in promoting the democratic process.

Kathleen Stein, the president of the St. Lawrence County League of Women Voters, discussed the new voting laws with North Country Matters host Donna Seymour in the latest North Country Matters video magazine. See Kathy’s interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gCwEbBeRR0.

LWV of Mid-Hudson has organized a discussion of the book, Breaking Through Power by Ralph Nader.

Two newly-elected Town Councilmen, David Lys (East Hampton) & Tommy John Schiavoni (Southhampton), will engage in a discussion regarding township initiatives at a meeting of the LWV of the Hamptons.

LWV of Buffalo/Niagara is hosting a viewing of the documentary Dark Money!to learn how money from secret, out-of-state funders was used to buy influence with state legislators in Montana, and how a determined investigative journalist exposed their activities. LWV of Brookhaven is also hosting a viewing of a film, FIX IT, which explains and comments on the single payer health plan proposed for New York State.

Presenter Julie Weisberg from Family Planning will share information and updates at a meeting of the LWV of Broome and Tioga Counties about two pieces of legislation integral to protecting and strengthening access to reproductive health care — a vital component for women’s health and equality — here in New York state.

“Fact or Fake: Exploring the Role of Media in Politics.”LWV of Westchester, in collaboration with the Westchester Library System (WLS), launches the second in its series Know Your Government. This program is designed to engage our communities in active discussions of how technology is influencing political change like never before and developing strategies for assessing the reliability of media content.

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