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Local League News: March 2022

Equal Pay Day 2022 was March 15, but equal pay isn’t enough to provide the economic stability needed in today’s economy. Fair pay must be added to the mix for women’s economic recovery from Covid and to thrive in New York State. View Kathy Stein, President of LWV of St. Lawrence MAL Unit, speak at the virtual rally:

The LWV of Albany is again partnering with the Albany Public Library on a book-discussion program, a series of five online sessions on “The Sum of Us” by Heather McGhee, facilitated by Albany Law School Professor Serena Lake-White, who was outstanding in our Fall program on “The Color of Law.”

LWV of Saratoga is starting an Observer Corps again! Saratoga County has lots of Governments and they all deserve to have some sunshine on their meetings. Right now, many League members are concerned about the operations of Saratoga County, and we can learn more by observing county government meetings.

LWV of NYC recently organized a program, Closing Rikers and Banning Solitary Confinement in NYC. Criminal justice experts Rev. Sharon White-Harrigan, Executive Director Women’s Community Justice Association; Darren Mack, Co-Director Urban Justice Center’s Freedom Agenda Project; and Majority Leader City Council Member Keith Powers, Former Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee, discussed the current crisis and described steps to be taken to change this.

LWV Utica/Rome was approached by the New Visions program at Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES to host an unpaid intern this semester. One of the students is working with us to make our social media more relevant to a younger demographic. She is also working on holding a voter awareness/education/registration session for her peers at BOCES. We anticipate learning as much from her as she (hopefully) will learn from us!

In February, the LWV of Rochester presented “Teaching the History of Racist Policy and Resistance in Rochester” with Shane Wiegand and Kesha James, co-leaders of the Antiracist Curriculum Project. If you missed it, it’s worth watching:

LWV of Brookhaven recently organized a meeting to discuss “How data analytics can help improve outcomes for those with opioid disorder.” Kayley Abell-Hart spoke about her research at Stony Brook University developing treatments for opioid use disorder, the barriers to treatment and regional differences.

Supreme Court expansion was the topic at a recent meeting of LWV of Syracuse. “What’s the Deal with Supreme Court Expansion?” was the title of the presentation by Professor Tom Keck, the Michael O. Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law and Politics at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. His research and teaching focus on the Supreme Court, American Constitutional Development and Freedom of Expression. He is the author of two books: The Most Activist Supreme Court in History and Judicial Politics in Polarized Times.

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