Making Democracy Work

Past Events

Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, January 26, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Braise Restaurant
3333 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, Va.
There is no need to RSVP. Most attendees order lunch.
Discussion of positions of League of Women Voters of Virginia. To see what these positions are, go to http://www.lwv-va.org/positions.html. We will also discuss Automatic Voter Registration and League Advocacy Day on February 1 at the General Assembly.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
7:00 a.m.
5 Points Farm Market, 2500 Church Street, Norfolk, Va. Discussion of proposed Programs of LWV of VA. Please note that you must respond to webmaster@lwvshr.org if you wish to order breakfast. Continental Breakfast Buffet includes coffee, choice of orange juice, muffins, fresh fruit & hard boiled eggs for $8.00 (including tax). Coffee or hot tea ONLY (no breakfast) is $2.00 (including tax). Topic: Discussion of state positions of LWV of Va.; we will also talk about Automatic Voter Registration.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
10:45 a.m. to noon
Lafayette Branch Library,
1610 Cromwell Drive,
Norfolk, VA 23509
Report from the Virginia General Assembly. Virginia State Delegate Joseph C. Lindsey of the 90th House District will discuss events at the last Virginia General Assembly session and what to expect at the April veto session. This meeting is free and open to the public.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
10:45 a.m. to noon
Lafayette Branch Library
1610 Cromwell Drive,
Norfolk, VA 23509
Report from the Virginia General Assembly. Virginia State Delegate Joseph Lindsey of the 90th House District will discuss events at the last the Virginia General Assembly and what to expect at the April veto session. This meeting is free and open to the public.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
1 - 2 pm
Forbidden Palace Bistro
3333 Virginia Beach Blvd #34,
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Report from Virginia General Assembly. We will discuss events from the last Virginia General Assembly session and what to expect at the April veto session. This meeting is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP to Thursday, March 23, 2017
1-2 pm

Forbidden Palace
3333 Virginia Beach Blvd #34,
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Report from the Virginia General Assembly. Virginia General Assembly Delegate Jason S. Miyares of the 82nd District will discuss events at the last the Virginia General Assembly and what to expect at the April veto session. This meeting is free and open to the public.
Please rsvp to Carolyn Caywood
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
7 am - 8 am
5 Points Farmers Market
2500 Church St,
Norfolk, VA 23504
Report from the Virginia General Assembly. Virginia State Delegate Steve Heretick of the 79th House District will discuss events at the last the Virginia General Assembly and what to expect at the April veto session. This meeting is free and open to the public.

If you would like breakfast, please RSVP to Martha Rollins. Continental Breakfast Buffet includes: Coffee, choice of orange juice or cranberry juice, muffins, fresh fruit & hard boiled eggs for $8.00 (including tax). Coffee or hot tea ONLY $2.00 (includes tax)

Saturday, April 1, 2017
10:30 am
Larchmont Branch Libary
6525 Hampton Blvd,
Norfolk, VA 23508
LWVSHR Study Committee. Gerrymandering! Join us to discuss redistricting! Saturday morning, April 1st, 10:30 am, at the Larchmont Branch Library in Norfolk. All are welcome to attend.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
7- 8 am
5 Points Farmers Market
2500 Church St,
Norfolk, VA 23504
How to Engage and Take Action. What works and how to contact your representatives will be discussed. Get on the Action Alert email list.

If you will eat breakfast, please RSVP to Martha Rollins (mrollinslwvshr@aol.com). Continental Breakfast Buffet includes: Coffee, choice of orange juice or cranberry juice, muffins, fresh fruit & hard boiled eggs for $8.00 (including tax). Coffee or hot tea ONLY $2.00 (includes tax)

Thursday, April 27, 2017
1 - 2 p.m.
Braise Restaurant,
3333 Virginia Beach Blvd,
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
How to Engage and Take Action. What works and how to contact your representatives will be discussed. Get on the Action Alert email list.
Please RSVP to Carolyn Caywood
Sunday, May 21, 2017
2-4 pm
ODU Library
4427 Hampton Blvd,
Norfolk, VA 23508
Gerrymandering Book Discussion. RAT F**CKED, The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy, by David Daley will be discussed. David Daley reveals the REDMAP strategy "which has radically altered America's electoral map and has created a firewall in the House." Park in parking garage on 49th St in metered spaces. Meet in Conference Room 1310 in ODU Library.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
5:30 pm
Holiday Inn Virginia Beach - Norfolk
5655 Greenwich Rd,
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Education to Action. Hear Donald Luzzatto speak about advocacy and what makes democracy work in the United States. Mr. Luzzatto, the newly named vice president for civic engagement at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, spent 17 years at The Virginian-Pilot, most recently as Opinion Editor. Luzzatto's role at the community foundation will be to help that organization identify and address our region's biggest challenges through research-based community initiatives, regional forums and information sharing. After his presentation, Mr. Luzzatto will answer questions from the audience.

Program:
5:30 Networking, Silent Auction, Cash Bar
6:30 Dinner and Speaker
Please RSVP by May 15.
Please print RSVP form and mail with check to LWVSHR, PO Box 1010, Norfolk, VA 23501-1010

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
7 - 8am
5 Points Community Farmer Market
2500 Church St,
Norfolk, VA 23504
Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney Candidate's Forum for June 13th Primary. The candidates will introduce themselves and discuss their positions.
Ron Batliner, Jr
S. W. Dawson
Honorable Greg D. Underwood

Remember to vote on June 13th!
Menu for continental breakfast: quiche and healthy crafted sides plus robust coffee. $8 including tax.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
11 a.m. to noon
Pretlow Library
111 W Ocean View Ave,
Norfolk, VA 23503
Dillion's Rule. Learn about the Dillion's Rule and how it affects you.

Vivian Paige will discuss the Dillion's Rule for Virginia localities. Paige is a 2017 YWCA Woman of Distinction, writes for the Virginian Pilot, and writes a blog, "All Politics is Local." Some of her posts on Dillion's Rule: https://blog.vivianpaige.com/2006/02/19/virginia-is-a-dillon-rule-state/, http://pilotonline.com/opinion/columnist/vivian-paige/marshal-some-courage-on-dillon-rule/article_662b41e0-0463-50a1-81e0-e3a05d16cf93.html.

"Studying Dillon's Rule is very valuable for several reasons. Virginia is a Dillon's Rule state and as such there are very real limitations placed upon local government's power and authority. Understanding state control on local governments in Virginia as a result of Dillon's Rule is fundamental to understanding the government that affects people the most." Quentin Kidd, Ph.D., Christopher Newport University, http://vagovernmentmatters.org/case-studies/449

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
12 - 2 pm
Braise Restaurant
3333 Virginia Beach Blvd,
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Redistricting in Virginia. Vivian Paige will discuss redistricting. We have a room reserved. Please RSVP to Marty Rollins. She will let you know when we reach capacity!
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
12 - 2 pm
Braise Restaurant
3333 Virginia Beach Blvd,
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Redistricting in Virginia. Vivian Paige will discuss redistricting. We have a room reserved. Please RSVP to Marty Rollins. She will let you know when we reach capacity!
Sunday, July 16, 2017
2-4 pm
ODU Library
4427 Hampton Blvd,
Norfolk, VA 23508
Redistricting Book Discussion. Ari Berman's "Give Us the Ballot."

"There have been countless books written about the civil rights movement, but far less attention has been paid to what happened after the dramatic passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and the turbulent forces it unleashed. Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America tells this story for the first time."

First floor, Conference Room 1310, go past reception desk. (Parking at Garage B on 43rd Street on the west side of the Library, no charge on Sunday but avoid Reserved spaces). Note: The Library website says GPS will recognize the library address as 4427 Hampton Blvd. In reality, pedestrians will recognize that the Library is the 3rd building west of Hampton Blvd on 43rd Street.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
6:30 pm
New Calvary Baptist Church
800 E Virginia Beach Blvd,
Norfolk, VA 23504
VOTER REGISTRATION TRAINING. The League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads and New Calvary Baptist Church are hosting a Voter Registration Training July 19, 2017, 6:30 pm, at New Calvary Baptist Church. The training will be conducted by Mr. Garry Ellis, Voter Registration Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Elections. Participants registering on or before July 17, 2017, will receive a Certificate of Completion.

To register, please contact Glynis Mason at 757-717-9194 or gmasoncivicservice@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
7 am - 8 am
Pancake House
7633 Granby St,
Norfolk, VA 23505
Discussion of Public Education Concerns.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
11 a.m. to noon
Lafayette Branch Library
1610 Cromwell Dr,
Norfolk, VA 23509
Public Transit Overview of Planning and Funding. Speaker: The Executive Director of HR Transportation Planning Organization, Robert A. Crum, Jr

  • Review of past problems & solutions
  • Recent funding solutions 2013-2017 + how they helped, how they fell short
  • Special state committee currently working on funding possibilities for DRPT
  • 2018 General Assembly + approach and priorities
Thursday, August 24, 2017
1 - 2 pm
Braise Restaurant,
3333 Virginia Beach Blvd.,
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Gerrymandering Book Discussion. David Daley's book, "Ratf**cked," will be discussed.

Julian E. Zelizer of the Washington Post states, "Daley's book provides a blow-by-blow account of how redistricting happened. He draws on investigative reports, interviews and court documents to give readers an eye-opening tour of a process that many Americans never see....What Daley makes clear is that ruthless partisan gerrymandering is not good for democracy."

Free and open to the public.