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Murphy proposes 8 ‘sweeping’ new gun laws in wake of rising homicides, shootings nationwide
NJ.com
Published on: 4/15/2021
Gov. Phil Murphy proposed a host of new gun policies Thursday, including only giving permits to residents who pass gun safety classes and raising the purchasing age from 18 to 21.
N.J. sees dip in new unemployment claims as state added thousands of jobs in March
NJ.com
Published on: 4/15/2021
As New Jersey’s economy begins reawakening and adds jobs, new unemployment filings dipped for the first time in three weeks.
Historic audit of N.J. mail-in election is complete.
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Published on: 1/30/2021
Historic audit of N.J. mail-in election is complete. The results are promising, officials say.
H.R. 1, the For the People Act
Congressman John Sarbanes
Published on: 1/30/2021
The 2020 election underscored the need for comprehensive, structural democracy reform.
66,000 Ballots Rejected in NJ
Montclair Times
Published on: 12/15/2020
More than 66,000 ballots were rejected in New Jersey in November’s general election, a 1.4% rejection rate that represents a sharp decrease from July’s primary.
Cedar Grove celebrates The LWV 100th Anniversary
Published on: 11/11/2020
The Township of Cedar Grove presented Kathy Keegan, of the League of Women Voters, with a Proclamation celebrating the League's 100 year anniversary and the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.
Do You Have the Courage to Get Into Good Trouble?
Montclair Local
Published on: 10/12/2020
Do You Have the Courage to Get Into Good Trouble?
Montclair and 100 Years of Suffrage
Published on: 10/12/2020
Montclair and 100 Years of Suffrage - Montclair Local - 8/26/20
Signed, Sealed, Undelivered: Thousands of Mail-In Ballots Rejected For Tardiness
NPR
Published on: 10/12/2020
Signed, Sealed, Undelivered: Thousands of Mail-In Ballots Rejected For Tardiness - NPR - 7/13/20
Montclair Gets New Mayor, But Rally Over Uncounted Ballots Precedes Swearing In
Montclair Times
Published on: 10/12/2020
Montclair Gets New Mayor, But Rally Over Uncounted Ballots Precedes Swearing In - Montclair Times - 7/1/20
League, NAACP Plan to Get Rejected Votes Counted
Montclair Local
Published on: 10/12/2020
League, NAACP Plan to Get Rejected Votes Counted - Montclair Local - 6/27/20
Town Square: A Primer on Montclair Government
Montclair Local
Published on: 10/12/2020
Town Square: A Primer on Montclair Government - Montclair Local - 4/1/20
Elections: Candidates Discuss Montclair Issues at League, Local, AIM Forum
Montclair Local
Published on: 10/12/2020
Elections: Candidates Discuss Montclair Issues at League, Local, AIM Forum - Montclair Local - 4/30/20
Tune Into Candidates Forum on Wednesday, April 22 - Montclair Local - 4/18/20
Montclair Local
Published on: 10/12/2020
Tune Into Candidates Forum on Wednesday, April 22 - Montclair Local - 4/18/20
Montclair HS Senior Creates Mail-In-Ballot Video
Published on: 10/9/2020
Local Montclair High School student creates a video about Mail-in-Ballots.

LWV Article

100 Years of LWV History
LWV
Published on: 2/5/2021
We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.
That's been our vision since 1920, when the League of Women Voters was founded by leaders of the
women’s suffrage movement. For 100 years, we have been a nonpartisan, activist, grassroots organization
that believes voters should play a critical role in democracy.
League of Women Voters Supports HR1
LWV
Published on: 1/30/2021
SWEEPING DEMOCRACY REFORM BILL WILL MAKE ELECTIONS FAIRER AND PUT POWER BACK IN THE HANDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
The League Anticipates Working Closely with the Biden Administration
LWV
Published on: 1/30/2021
Opportunities to advance voting rights and democracy in Biden Administration.
The Electoral College Must Go
League of Women Voters
Published on: 1/5/2021
As a rule, steps to the LWV’s adopting a position on an issue include a nonpartisan, comprehensive study, debate and review, and the participation of all Leagues within the hierarchy of the LWV. And it was through that process that the League came to the conclusion that the Electoral College needs to be abolished.
‘DO YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO GET INTO GOOD TROUBLE FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE?’
Jennette Williams
Published on: 11/17/2020
‘DO YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO GET INTO GOOD TROUBLE FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE?’
NJ Library Association Newsletter
Carmel Loughman
Published on: 10/26/2020
The League of Women Voters partners with the NJ Library Association.
Q & A with Essex County Clerk, Chris Durkin
Donna Ward
Published on: 10/17/2020
Essex County Clerk, Chris Durkin answers questions about the 2020 voting process.
LWVNJ 100th Anniversary Virtual Gala - Video - 9/16/20
Published on: 10/12/2020
LWVNJ 100th Anniversary Virtual Gala
Town Square: League of Women Voters Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage
LWV
Published on: 10/12/2020
Town Square: League of Women Voters Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage - 2/10/20
League of Women Voters Responds To New Push For An Elected Montclair BOE
Carmel Loughman
Published on: 8/14/2020
Baristanet article in response to OP ED piece by Eric D'Amato

Press Releases

AMISTAD PLACARDS ON DISPLAY
Montclair Public Schools
Published on: 2/27/2021
The mandate requires the integration of the history and contributions of African-Americans and the descendants of the African Diaspora.
Walking the Old Boonton Line
Published on: 1/28/2021
The LWV Supports the Essex-Hudson Greenway.
Baristanet Letter to the Editor NOW VOTE by Liz Milner
Carmel Loughman
Published on: 10/26/2020
Letter by League President describing the work the League has done to educate and register voters and encouraging people to vote.

Announcements

History of the Women's Suffrage Movement
Bloomfield Public Library
Published on: 2/12/2021
Reflecting on the women’s suffrage movement, Alice Paul remarked: “the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end." This lecture examines the long history of women’s activism over the course of the nineteenth century in order to highlight the multi-faceted mosaic of paths that led to the women’s suffrage movement.
MONTCLAIR VOTERS HOLD RALLY AT WATCHUNG PLAZA TO ENSURE EVERY VOTE COUNTS
Montclair Times
Published on: 11/13/2020
MONTCLAIR VOTERS HOLD RALLY AT WATCHUNG PLAZA TO ENSURE EVERY VOTE COUNTS
"Protect the Vote" Rally
Carmel Loughman
Published on: 11/2/2020
November 6 Watchung Plaza rally will take place if problems with election

Videos

Can We Lower Our Property Taxes?
LWV
Published on: 4/7/2021
Two experts on NJ government, Marc Pfeiffer and Richard Keevey, will explain where our sales, income and property taxes go in relation to NJ state, county and local municipal budgets and services.
"Creating an Inclusive K-12 Curriculum for Engaged Citizenship"
Dr. Lillie Edwards
Published on: 2/27/2021
Now more than ever, young people must be taught how to be engaged citizens. Engaged citizenship requires understanding American history, institutions, and cultures, and informed participation in the democratic processes that continue to shape our republic into a “more perfect union".
Songs of the Suffragists
LWV
Published on: 2/8/2021
The music of the women’s suffrage movement reflects the culture of change that activists inspired, and that inspired activism. Songs sung by and about suffragists reveal their persuasive arguments for political equality, and helped link their cause to the other activist movements of their time. Notably, the lyrics of pre-Nineteenth Amendment songs foreshadow the feminist message of later suffragists, who sought to advance the cause of women’s equality in their own times.
HIstory at Home
Montclair History Center
Published on: 1/28/2021
The Montclair History Center interviews members of the LWV of the Montclair Area and learns about their years of advocacy.
LWV 2021 New Member Orientation
LWV
Published on: 1/28/2021
Welcome to our new members! Join us for an overiview of the Leagues activities and learn how you can become involved.
The LWV and the United Nations
LWV
Published on: 1/28/2021
Hear how the LWV has advocated for women and children at the United Nations.
The LWV and Eleanor Roosevelt
LWV
Published on: 1/28/2021
Learn how Elaeanor Roosevelt acknowledged the work done by the LWV in their advocacy for the right to vote.
Interview with Dr. Jonathan Ponds
Jennette Williams
Published on: 11/22/2020
The League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area and the NAACP interviewed Dr. Jonathan Ponds, Superintendent of Montclair Schools. See the Video of the Zoom call here.

Voting News

NJ Primary: Dozens file challenges in party legislative races
NJ Spotlight
Published on: 4/6/2021
The unusually large number of legislative retirements this year has brought an outsize number of contested primary races in both parties for seats in New Jersey’s Senate and Assembly.
Congress Could Change Everything
Brennan Center for Justice
Published on: 4/6/2021
Forty-three states are trying to enact legislation that could make it harder to vote. The Senate can stop voter suppression by passing the For the People Act, which recently passed the House.
Murphy just made it easier to vote in N.J. amid national voting rights debate.
NJ.com
Published on: 4/5/2021
As a bitter debate over voting rights takes place on a national stage, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed a law that will expand voting in New Jersey by allowing residents to cast their ballots in person up to 10 days before Election Day.
Sen. Nia Gill: NJ's New Election Law Will Fight Voter Suppression
Patch.com
Published on: 4/5/2021
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey's recently passed early voting law is a tribute to the value of persistence, according to Sen. Nia Gill (District 34).
Virginia’s governor announces his support for a sweeping voting rights bill.
NY Times
Published on: 3/31/2021
Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia cleared the way for a landmark voting rights bill to become law in his state on Thursday, announcing his approval of a sweeping proposal that recreates one of the core components of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 that has since been hollowed out by the Supreme Court.
New Jersey Will Expand Voting Rights, as Some States Limit Them
New York Times
Published on: 3/30/2021
“I plan to take action to ensure that early voting becomes the law of the land in New Jersey,” Gov. Philip D. Murphy said on Friday.
U.S. Senate will vote on permanently expanding vote by mail — and stopping states from curtailing it
NJ.com
Published on: 3/30/2021
Legislation to permanently expand vote by mail and prevent states from making it harder to cast ballots will go before the U.S. Senate for the first time, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Wednesday.
Biden marking ‘Bloody Sunday’ by signing voting rights order
NJ.com
Published on: 3/30/2021
A new executive order from President Joe Biden directs federal agencies to take a series of steps to promote voting access, a move that comes as congressional Democrats press for a sweeping voting and elections bill to counter efforts to restrict voting access.
League Celebrates House Passage of the For the People Act, HR1
LWV
Published on: 3/30/2021
“Passing the For the People Act in the House of Representatives is an important step toward protecting our elections and building a more inclusive democracy. The League of Women Voters is proud to support this bill that will end partisan and racial gerrymandering, remove dark money from our elections, and restore transparency in our government.