Making Democracy Work

Past

Date & Time        Place        Description
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
11:30-1:00
Drowsy Poet in Givens Book Shop,
2236 Lakeside Drive
Membership lunch with a brief program, "Membership Matters". Socialize following the summer break. Perspective members welcomed. Brief presentations will cover ways to improve our social media presence, using "mail chimp" and strategies ot invigorate our membership. Working members may not be able to stay for the whole time. That is OK. Orders may be placed prior to the meeting.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
5:30-6:30pm with refreshments beginning at 5pm
Community Room, Lynchburg Public Library
2315 Memorial Ave.
Rigged Elections and a Path Forward. Brian Cannon, Executive Director of OneVirginia2021 will explain the bi-partisan history behind gerrymandering and offer some way-out examples. He will show us a documentary introducing "Delegate Gerry Mandering" that will show how gerrymandering undermines our democracy. (You will laugh while learning.) Brian will provide an update on the organization's path forward. The ultimate goal of ONEVIRGINIA2021 is to remove gerrymandering once and for all from the redistricting process. Brian Cannon is a dynamic and well informed speaker. There will be plenty of time for questions. Brian will give us opportunities to help.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
11:00 a.m.
Jubilee Family Center Gym
1512 Florida Avenue
Lynchburg VA
Adult Basketball Tournament, Voter Registration and Community Rally. This community-wide event is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lynchburg and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Gamma Nu Lambda Chapter. 10 minute games; up to 7 members per team. Male and female.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
5:30-6:30pm with refreshments beginning at 5pm
Community Room
Lynchburg Public Library
2315 Memorial Avenue
Lynchburg VA
What Would Plato Think of American Democracy: the Electoral College and Other Problems. Joe Freeman, PhD Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Lynchburg College will provide a detailed explanation of how the Electoral College functions and the history behind it He will point out other threats to our democracy as well.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
11:30-1:00pm with refreshments 11:30-12::00
Community Room Lynchburg Public Library
2315 Memorial Avenue
"An in-Depth Exploration of Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)". Dr. Sue E. Delos will give a powerpoint presentation that explores all aspects of fracking with Q&A time. The program will include the most current information available, including the Environmental Protection Agency December 2016 report on how fracking impacts our water supply. Dr. Delos is a professor and researcher from UVA with expertise in polymer chemistry, chemical biology and biochemistry. Free event open to the public.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
2:30-3:00pm refreshments 3:00-4:00pm presentation with Q&A
Community Room Lynchburg Library
2315 Memorial Avenue
Latin america's Political Pendulun. David Richards, Ph.D., Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Lynchburg College.

The problems of Latin American politics are swinging rightward once again. The forces of change have more to do with socioeconomics than ideology. Dramatic economic and political crises have coincided in countries like Brazil and Venezuela. Still the final result for Latin America may be the emergence of centrist, pragmatic modes of governance, and with them, opportunities for the U.S. to improve relations. The new administration must look beyond the neoliberal model of the 1990's and develop an approach to relations fit for the 21st century.

Thursday, February 9, 2017
2:30-3:00pm refreshments 3:00-4:00pm presentation with Q&A
Community Room Lynchburg Public Library
2315 Memorial Avenue
Great Decisions - The Future of Europe. John Ashbrook, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History at Sweet Briar College.

Amid a refuge crisis, lingering financial recession and the constant specter of terrorism, some elites argue that unity is more imperative than ever. However Euroskeptics, who see Brussels as an overbearing bureaucratic and imperial power, want less centralization and more state sovereignty. What will post-Brexit Europe look like, especially in the light of an increasingly aggressive Russia, and how can U.S. foreign policy adapt?

Thursday, February 16, 2017
2:30-3:00pm refreshments 3:00-4:00pm presentation with Q&A
Community Room Lynchburg Public Library
2315 Memorial Avenue
Great Decisions - Saudi Arabia in Transition. Mitra Nafissian-Rush, Senior Program Officer, Legacy International

Saudia Arabia is attempting to boldly transform itself and shift more power to the younger generation. At the same time, many countries such as the U.S. point out the lack of democracy, women's rights, human rights in SA and blame its promotion of Wahhabism, an extremely conservative version of Islam, for creating jihadists. Is it to the benefit of the U.S. to continue its alliance with the Kingdom? What are the power struggles between Saudi Arabia and its neighbor Iran in this pivotal region of the world?

Thursday, February 16, 2017
4:15-5:30pm
Community Room Lynchburg Library Board Meeting of LWVL.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
2:30-3:00pm refreshments 3:00-4:00pm presentation with Q&A
Community Room Lynchburg Public Library
2315 Memorial Avenue
Conflict in the South China Sea. Jeffrey Key, Ph.D., Associate Professor of International Affairs, Sweet Briar College.

The South China Sea is a locus of competing territorial claims, with China its most vocal claimant. Beijing's interest has intensified disputes with other countries in the region in recent years, especially since China has increased its naval presence. Despite rising international pressure, including an unfavorable ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, China staunchly defends its policies in the region. Preventing tensions from boiling over is a matter of careful diplomacy.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
4:30-5:30pm
Fauber Room
Westminster Canterbury
501 V.E.S. Road
Lynchburg, VA
Fracking - the Pros and Cons - Reaching Consensus. The purpose of the meeting is to review the pros and cons of fracking and come to consensus regarding our concerns and recommendations. Please read the fascinating material on fracking found on the LWV-VA web site http://www.lwv-va-natres.org.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
3:00-4:30pm
First Christian Church
3109 Rivermont Avenue
Board Meeting of LWVL.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
1:00-2:00pm
Hume Room
Westminister Canterbury
501 VE.S Road
Gun Safety. A PowerPoint presentation by dynamic LWV-VA, Ruth Hoffman. This important program is for League members and guests.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
3:00-4:30pm
First Christian Church
3109 Rivermont Avenue
Board Meeting of LWVL.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
6:00-6:30pm social time Cash bar 6:30-8:00pm dinner and presentation with Q&A
West Room dinning room
Lynchburg College
Annual Dinner Meeting with Bonnie Svrcek. Lynchburg's new City Manager and League of Women Voters of Lynchburg member will focus on poverty in Lynchburg and what the city is doing to address this massive problem. After Bonnie Svrcek's presentation she will take Q&A. Guests are welcome.