February 2015

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Be Bold! Educate, Advocate, and Act!



Annual Women Who Could Be President Gala
 

LWVSF is thrilled to invite you to our Annual Women Who Could Be President Gala. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6:00 – 8:30pm at the historic City Club of San Francisco. We are thrilled to announce this year’s honorees: Patricia Bovan, Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris, Yvette Hollingsworth, and Judy Huret! Make sure not to miss this important community event!

Click here to purchase tickets today >>

More information is available at http://www.lwvsf.org/home/lwvsf-gala/
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Daytime Unit Resumes

The League’s Daytime Unit hosts events in which expert speakers come to educate and inform participants on important local topics. 

All interested members are invited to the first Daytime Unit meeting of 2015. Meetings will be held on the second Thursday afternoon of each month

For more information, please contact Heather Sterner at 415-775-4747.

Where: TBA
When: Thursday, February 12, 3:00 PM

 


2015 California Convention
 

The League of Women Voters of San Francisco is a proud sponsor of the upcoming statewide convention!
 
This is a chance for all our members to network, share their skills, and discuss the future of the League. The public is also welcome to participate in workshops, attend guest speakers' presentations, and to observe our plenary.
 
Where: Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter at 910 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Friday, May 15 - Sunday, May 17
 
To register, become a sponsor, or for more information, click here.

 

February Story Bank:
Lisa Conn
 
"Sugar, you can change the world,” my Nana told me as she tucked me into bed at night. “We sure did.”  

Five years ago, I was the kind of person who always had a plan. I was working at a law firm with plans to attend law school and followed a predictable roadmap to success. Yet as I lay in bed at night, I kept thinking about my Nana’s words: I could change the world.

A Jewish woman living in the South in the 1950s, my Nana wasn’t the typical Civil Rights era activist. She was a stay-at-home mother when social tensions began bubbling around her, so she decided to take action: she drove both blacks and whites to the polls in Newport News, Virginia, organized against a segregated swimming pool next to my father’s elementary school, and threw integrated parties in her home for her husband’s employees. She tapped friends and neighbors to march, sit in, and fight for change. And they made a difference.

As I watched the news and looked at the stack of books on my bookshelf, the stories and struggles of my heroes, it hit me: I wanted to do something purposeful. With my grandmother’s words ringing in my ears, I threw my plan away and I embarked on a journey to better my country through a career in political campaigns and advocacy, electing three leaders to office, and fighting for one of greatest civil rights issues of our time: immigration reform. My work on immigration reform reminds me of the fundamental promise of America: that everyone gets an opportunity to build something for herself and be part of history’s most profound political project. I joined the League of Women Voters-San Francisco, because I am eager to help my community exercise its voice, educate voters, and engage leaders in making a difference.

Zora Neal Hurston observed, “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” Activists of my Nana’s era raised questions of social justice and civil equality that America had previously been too scared to face. I joined the League so that in forty years, when I tuck my granddaughter into bed at night, I will be able to tell her that mine were years of answers, and that she, too, can change the world. 

Check out Lisa's and other member's stories here.
 

Welcome New Members! 
 
LWVSF is thrilled to welcome the following new member! We look forward to meeting you and sharing with you all that LWVSF has to offer.
 
Katherine Howard
Sara Landes
Alexa Roman
Priscilla Vivio

 

Considering joining the League? Click here to learn more!

Join LWVSF in Bringing Awareness to Human Trafficking

The League of Women Voters of San Francisco has been invited to join the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking, a non partisan organization bringing awareness to human trafficking. Visit our website for opportunities to join in this effort by registering voters on February 11th or serving on the planning committee for the San francisco annual human trafficking awareness month.


 


Help the League Without Spending a Dime! 
  
Sign up for Amazon Smile so that with every purchase you make on Amazon, you support the League! By registering with Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate .5% of the price of eligible purchases to LWVSF. Click here for more information.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the above 2015 events and more! 

Sincerely,

League of Women Voters of San Francisco



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