Learn & Vote
We have a busy election season ahead….
LWVM Wednesday LuncheonsThe League of Women Voters of Mobile is resuming their monthly luncheons. Please join us the third Wednesdays of most months from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Bel Air Marriott Hotel, 3101 Airport Blvd, Mobile, AL to hear impressive speaker(s) around our water.
Next topic is Forever Wild on Wednesday, October 17.
RSVP to Jane Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-662-3386 by Sep 18. The buffet lunch is $15.00. This event is open to the public – bring a friend!
Thank you for joining us Wednesday, September 19. We heard an impressive lineup of speakers provide us An Introduction to the Organizations that Protect and Enhance our Waters. This powerpoint has the links they referenced.
Organizations and representatives speaking at the luncheon:
- Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Denise Heubach, urban regional extension agent
- Alabama Coastal Foundation, Mark Berte, executive director
- Alabama Coastal Heritage Trust, Hank Caddell, secretary & treasurer
- Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Patti Powell, state lands director
- Coastal Land Trust, Bill Goodloe, vice president
- Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dr. John Valentine, executive director
- Envision Coastal Alabama Environmental Committee, Jennifer Denson, environmental co-chair
- Friends of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Lloyd Culp, president
- Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Roberta Swann, director
- Mobile Bay Sierra Club, David Underhill, political & conservation chair
- Mobile Baykeeper, Donna Jordan, program director
- Mobile County Wildlife and Conservation Association, Marl Cummings III, past president, board member
- The Nature Conservancy, Mary Kate Stubljar, coastal conservation specialist
- Partners for Environmental Progress, Jennifer Denson, executive director
- Weeks Bay Foundation, Walter Ernest IV, executive director
- Wolf Bay Watershed Watch, Simone Lipscomb, recording secretary
VOTER SERVICE AND EDUCATION
PRICHARD MAYORAL CANDIDATE FORUM Prichard Mayoral Candidate forum was conducted and executed by C F Vigor High School Students - Tuesday August 14, 2012 at the school's auditorium, 913 Wilson Ave N, Prichard, AL 36610. See democracy in action - and be inspired by the young people that have done all the work. Check out the coverage - WPMI, WKRG and the Mobile Press Register
Read the coverage in the Mobile Register recently - we made the papers prior to the event as well!
Explore Vote411.org to learn about the candidates and amendments
Sep 18 Special Statewide Election
Oct 9 Municipal run offs
Nov 6 General Election
To support these elections, and voters in general, we conduct FREE voter education programs through out the year. See below for more details about this program and to schedule a session. Upcoming sessions include:
- Sept 24 7:30 AM - Baker High School
- Sept 25 11:30 AM - Bishop State Community College Southwest campus - Dauphin Island Parkway - part of National Voter Registration Day
- Sept 26 9:00 AM - Vigor High School
- Sept 28 10:00 AM - B C Rain - Dauphin Island Parkway - Mr. Lee - alternative school on that campus - single class at this time, but working on other opportunities.
- Oct 2 8:30 AM - Blount High School
- Oct 10 9:30 AM - Career Inc @ Bishop State Community College
The LWV Mobile began its Empowering Voters Project in March 2010. Using Vote 18, a 45-minute interactive voting program and empowerment tool (www.vote18.org), the project energizes the next generation of young Americans to be involved citizens, registers them to vote and empowers them with the tools they need to be informed and active participants in the political process. LWV Mobile has provided voter education in high schools, welfare-to-work employment readiness programs, public housing facilities, and community colleges to reach young and first-time voters. More than 2,400 people have participated in Vote 18 in over 100 sessions and over 1,200 new voters have been registered. To schedule a free session with your group contact Myra Evans.
Investigate this site for supplemental materials, including a dynamic video based on Iron Jawed Angles, to use on your own, in the classroom or as part of any group.
LWVM Continues to Empower Voters
A variety of tools were created to support and expand the Empowering Voters project including:
- “Power the Vote” PSA for use in schools and local media. Student input was key to having peer voices reach other young people in the community to reinforce the message of “Power the Vote”. Listen to the "Power the Vote" PSA.
- Facebook page to build community around the project and establish transparency as well as reinforcing the need to find nonpartisan information.
- Students were encouraged to check out www.Vote411.org to become informed voters. The 5 Things to Know About Voting card was given to each participant. An Extra Credit Vote411 Treasure Hunt Assignment was provided to all participating teachers to encourage students to explore and learn from the website.
- To inform voters in the general public an Op-Ed article titled “Don’t Vote in the Dark” was published the Sunday before the primary election.
BUILDING ON THE VOTE 18 PROJECT Several new exciting endeavors have grown out of the success of the Vote 18 project including:
- Vigor High School Civic Engagement Project - LWV Mobile partnered with C. F. Vigor High School and Emerging ChangeMakers Network to guide a nucleus of student leaders in a student-led civic engagement project by using the planning and production of a mayoral candidate forum as a teaching aid. Students have identified important problems facing their community, learned about city government, and met with community leaders as preparation for hosting the Prichard, AL candidate forum August 14, 2012, before the municipal elections. This project was supported with a grant from NeighborWorks America. Keep up to date with the project through the facebook page.
- The Civil Rights Movement & Today's Young Voters - LWV Mobile partnered with the University of South Alabama’s Communication Department and African-American Studies Program on The Civil Rights Movement and Today’s Young Voters project. University students have made a documentary film with interviews of surviving local civil rights activists. The League is scheduling viewings of the film and promoting facilitated dialogue to increase awareness of the fact that voting is real power only when it is used, and encourage today's young people to become tomorrow's lifelong voters and community leaders. The facilitated discussions help the students/audience connect their own lives and opportunities to the effort and sacrifices of those fought by men and women before them. Elements of the discussion may include questions such as: Why don’t people vote? What would their community look like if the civil rights movement had not occurred? What are the biggest problems they would like addressed in their community? and What might their community look like if everyone voted? This project is supported with a grant from the Jean O’Connor-Snyder Internship Program. If you are interested in scheduling a viewing contact Mary McGinnis.
- The Empowering Voters Vote 18 project and other voter education work has created energy and buzz in the community for the League which has helped increased its membership numbers and grow its leadership ranks.
If you have specific questions about the project, please email Myra Evans.