6 March the Arlington League hosted an enthusiastic crowd at our first Sips and Civility – a Trivia Game on the VA General Assembly – at Bistro 360 in Arlington. Not only did guests tell us they learned a lot about their government, but they had a wonderful time meeting friends and neighbors! It was a fantastic night of fun, food, and even some learning!
4 March several LWV-Arlington members joined the "March Forth March Fourth" against Gerrymandering in Virginia. They car-pooled together to Richmond where they marched from the Hippodrome to a rally in the park next to the Capitol bell tower. On returning to the Hippodrome, they participated in training exercises; heard delegates from both parties discuss the importance of fair redistricting; and ended up with some humorous remarks by fake delegate, Gerry Mandering. In all about 300 people participated.
20 February the Arlington League kicked off its High School Registration Campaign at Wakefield High School. League volunteers were joined by Morgan O’Toole (Inspire Staff) and Inspire VA students in classroom presentations and registering students eligible to vote in the 2018 elections. Over 290 students have been registered.
The students participate in a voting exercise. All students in the class stand representing all eligible youth voters 18-29. 50% of students sit down. Seated students represent the percentage of eligible youth voters who did NOT register. Half of remaining students sit down. They represent the percentage of registered youth voters that did NOT vote. The 25% still standing are those who ACTUALLY VOTED in a presidential election. 3 out of 4 young people gave up their voice to others. The remaining standing  students represent the percentage of youth voters who DO VOTE in an off year election LIKE THE ONE THIS YEAR.
62 students registered and LWV volunteers joined the Wakefield "Walk Out".
League volunteers, Inspire staff, and Inspire students registered 59 students at Washington-Lee High School.
172 students filed registration forms at Yorktown High School.
14 February our league trained volunteers to register Arlington high school students who will be old enough to vote by Nov 6, 2018. President Kathy Matusiak lead the presentation. Watch for these new volunteers at our APS High Schools between 20 February and 2 March as Arlington HS seniors register to use their votes to make their voices heard!
11 February we enjoyed light food selections and drinks at Cassatt's with fellow and prospective League members and learned about all of the wonderful programs we are planning for this year and ... VOLUNTEER-ed!
10 February the Arlington League Redistricting Committee organized the "Opportunity to Work for Fair Redistricting in Virginia" event held at Arlington Mill Community Center featuring One Virginia 2021 Executive Director Brian Cannon. Arlington League Vice-President Joan Porte kicked off the event and facilitated the question and answer session. The League Redistricting Committee meets on a monthly basis to share information and coordinate strategy to increase awareness and support for fair redistricting. New members are welcome to attend.
6 February LWV-Arl participated in a panel discussion on Arlington County Civic Federation's Resolution: Redistricting. Members of the panel were: Don Gurney, LWV-Arl; Brian Cannon - OneVirginia2021; Juliet Hiznay ACCF Legislative Committee. Also in the picture is Duke Banks, ACCF President. The resolution passed. Read the resolution HERE.
30 January members of the Arlington League attended the "State of the Resistance" presentation at Busboys and Poets. Read the report.
21 January our league sponsored a discussion on The Electoral College in “Federalist Papers 10 and 68” presented by Dr. T. Lindsay Moore, Adjunct Professor. United States Military Academy (International Relations) Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University (National Security Studies) Adjunct Professor, National Defense Intelligence College (Law and Intelligence).