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September, 2022

Thursday
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Join us in celebrating the birthday of Ann Richards. In 1976, Ann became the 1st woman elected to the Travis County Commissioners Court. In 1982, Ann became the 1st woman elected as Texas State Treasurer, which was the 1st time a woman had been elected to statewide office in Texas since Miriam Ferguson‘s successful gubernatorial race in 1932--breaking a 50-yr absence of women in statewide leadership. In 1990, Ann became the 2nd woman to serve as governor of Texas since Texas became a state in 1845.

Learn more:
-- https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fri62
Thursday
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#OnThisDay in 1997, the 75th TX legislature, passed HB1001, which amended the Election Code to clarify the voting rights (eligibility) of fully discharged ex-felons, and it eliminated the 5-year waiting period established by HB718.

In 1983, the 68th Session of the TX Leg passed HB718, which abolished the life-time voting ban on ex-felons, but included a 5-year waiting period before ex-felons would become eligible to vote.

Learn more:

-- TXSLL: https://guides.sll.texas.gov/reentry-resources/voting

-- TXSOS: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/elo/jwf20.pdf

-- 75th #TXLege Summary: https://lrl.texas.gov/scanned/Sessionoverviews/summary/75soe.pdf#page=114 (pg. 114)

-- 68th #TXLege Summary: https://lrl.texas.gov/scanned/sessionOverviews/summary/soe68.pdf#page=82 (pg. 77)

-- HB1001 Text: https://lrl.texas.gov/LASDOCS/75R/HB1001/HB1001_75R.pdf

-- HB718 Text: https://lrl.texas.gov/LASDOCS/68R/HB718/HB718_68R.pdf#page=23 (pg. 23)

-- HB718 Election Law Opinion: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/elo/jwf20.pdf

-- JSTOR: https://www.jstor.org/stable/29768353?read-now=1&seq=4#page_scan_tab_contents (pg. 82)
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This Labor Day we’re recognizing the contributions of laborers by taking a look back at the impact of labor unions on the women’s suffrage movement.

Did you know that middle and upper-class suffragists learned to use parades and picketing from working-class suffragists who were members of labor unions?

“Since the beginning of the women’s rights movement, women who devoted their lives to reform often were middle and upper-class women. Women who worked to support themselves and their families had less time and funds to devote to social movements.

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, however, working women began supporting suffrage in greater numbers. They joined labor unions, held strikes for higher pay, and protested for better working conditions. Working women started seeing the vote as a way to gain more political power to further these causes.

Harriot Stanton Blatch, daughter of suffrage leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was among the first suffragists to recruit working women to support suffrage. She started collaborating with the Women’s Trade Union League, founded in 1905, to help women form unions and advocate for labor reforms. In 1907, she founded the Equality League of Self-Supporting Women (later called the Women’s Political Union) to attract working women to the suffrage movement. Blatch also wanted to integrate the more aggressive, militant tactics of labor activists—like parades through city streets and speakers on street corners—into the suffrage strategies to attract more publicity. Working women and their experience with the tactics of labor activists proved vital to winning the vote.” Allison Lange, Ph.D. https://www.loc.gov/resource/ggbain.02144/

Learn more:

-- Crusade for the Vote: http://www.crusadeforthevote.org/working-women-movement

-- LOC: https://www.loc.gov/static/collections/women-of-protest/images/tactics.pdf

-- DOL: https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history
Wednesday
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JJoin us in celebrating the birthday of Jovita Idár. Idarwas born in 1885 and was an American journalist and civil rights activist who wrote about the challenges Mexican Americans faced in Texas. Her activism was influenced by the lynching of ethnic-Mexican men in South Texas during the early 20th century. She also used her platform as a journalist to support suffrage.

Learn more:

-- PBS (Unladylike): https://unladylike2020.com/profile/jovita-idar

-- TXWF: https://www.txwf.org/champions-for-change-jovita-idar-and-the-villareal-sisters/

-- Women‘s History: https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/jovita-idar

-- TSHA Handbook: https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fid03

-- TSHA Honest Past (p. 196): https://join.tshaonline.org/ebook-offers/honest-past/SHQ-An-Honest-Past.pdf

-- Humanities of Texas: https://www.humanitiestexas.org/programs/tx-originals/list/jovita-idar

-- Hidden Figures: https://www.brandywine.org/museum/hidden-figures-suffrage-movement


Photo Credit: General Photographs, UTSA Special Collections (@UTSA)
Friday
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#OnThisDay, Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act (CRA) of 1957 into law. The act established the Civil Rights Section of the Justice Department and empowered federal prosecutors to obtain court injunctions against interference with the right to vote. #CivilRights #VotingRights

This was the 1st civil rights legislation since Reconstruction (1875).

Timeline:

-- 1866 Johnson vetos CRA of 1866, but veto is overridden by Congress (define citizenship and guaranteed citizens equal protection)

-- 1875 Grant signs CRA of 1875 (guaranteed African Americans equal treatment in public accommodations, public transportation, and prohibited their exclusion from jury service)

-- 1883 SCOTUS rules 7-1 that CRA of 1875 is unconstitutional

-- 1957 Eisenhower signs CRA of 1957 (forms the Civil Rights Commission)

-- 1960 Eisenhower signs CRA of 1960 (guaranteed qualified voters the right to register to vote

-- 1964 Johnson signs CRA of 1964 (prohibited discrimination in public accommodations and employment)

-- 1968 Johnson signs CRA of 1968 (guaranteed equal housing opportunities)

-- 1991 Bush signs the CRA of 1991 (expanded the rights of women and disabled persons)

Resources:

--Civil Rights Digital Library: http://crdl.usg.edu/events/civil_rights_act_1957

--Eisenhower Library: https://www.dwightdeisenhower.com/383/Civil-Rights-Act-of-1957

--Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/civil-rights-act/civil-rights-era-timeline.html

Photo credit: Photographs of Official Activities of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953 - 1961, US National Archives .https://catalog.archives.gov/id/7865612 (@USNatArchives)
Saturday
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LWV-Dallas Office
10:00 AM
Monday
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To learn more visit lwvtexas.org/Be-a-Texas-Voter.
Tuesday
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To learn more visit lwvtexas.org/Be-a-Texas-Voter.
Wednesday
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To learn more visit lwvtexas.org/Be-a-Texas-Voter.
Thursday
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To learn more visit lwvtexas.org/Be-a-Texas-Voter.
Friday
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To learn more visit lwvtexas.org/Be-a-Texas-Voter.
Saturday
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Join us in celebrating the birthday of Mary Burnett Talbert. Mary was an American orator, civil rights activist, and suffragist. She believed that race and gender were unifying factors that could help resolve class issues. Talbert became one of the first women to join the NAACP after its founding in 1909.
#WomenInLeadership

Learn more:
-- https://www.womenofthehall.org/inductee/mary-burnett-talbert (https://www.womenofthehall.org/inductee/mary-burnett-talbert/)
-- https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/talbert-mary-b-1866-1923 (https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/talbert-mary-b-1866-1923/)
-- https://suffragistmemorial.org/mary-burnett-talbert-september-17-1866-1923 (https://suffragistmemorial.org/mary-burnett-talbert-september-17-1866-1923)
Saturday
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Today is Constitution and Citizenship Day, so we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all recently naturalized American citizens. We hope an LWV volunteer was present at your naturalization ceremony to assist you with becoming a registered voter.

Learn more:

-- @LWVTexas: https://my.lwv.org/texas/register-vote

-- @librarycongress: https://www.loc.gov/law/help/commemorative-observations/constitution-day.php

-- @uscis: https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/educators/constitution-day-and-citizenship-day
Saturday
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For Oak Cliff Community Campus
4:00 PM
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The League of Women Voters of Dallas, Dallas NAACP Branch, and LULAC District 3 are hosting a nonpartisan voter registration drive to empower voters before the election.
During the event, English and Bilingual Spanish-speaking volunteers will register voters and provide voter education services such as explaining when and where to vote or how voters can update their registration if they moved recently. Food will be on-site and available for purchase. Special guest speakers will share personal stories about the importance of voting.
Would your educational institution, church, neighborhood association, youth program, arts organization, or alumni group like to participate? Nonprofits and community organizations play a crucial role to bring positive change in their communities and they are invited to set up an outdoor table/booth display during the event. Interested Organizations must complete the registration form by September 14, 2022, at noon. https://forms.gle/whj2i2rPuHu3nsJ19
Monday
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1893 - New Zealand gives women the right to vote in parliamentary elections
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September 19, 1893 - New Zealand gives women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. First country to do so.
Tuesday
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Join us for the first meeting of the fiscal year where we will share updates on Dallas housing programs.
Thursday
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Thursday
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Brookhaven Campus - Dallas College
10:00 AM
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Please sign up to volunteer for a specific shift at our Volunteer page under Participate.
Thursday
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Unit meetings are back! This is an in-person meeting where we will determine membership interest. We will also have a presentation by the Dallas Police Department on the challenges of addressing mental health issues.
Box lunch available for $15. (Optional)
Thursday
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First United Methodist Church, Coleman Family Hall
11:30 AM
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Michael Scarpello, Dallas County Elections Administrator, will answer questions regarding the security of everyone‘s vote in Dallas County.
Friday
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Join us in celebrating the birthday of Mary Church Terrell. Mary was a civil-rights activist who championed racial equality and women’s suffrage in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Learn more:
-- PBS (@unladylike2020): https://unladylike2020.com/profile/mary-church-terrell-2
-- Womens History (@womenshistory): https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/mary-church-terrell
-- LOC (@libraryofcongress): https://crowd.loc.gov/campaigns/mary-church-terrell-advocate-for-african-americans-and-women
-- NPS (@NPS) - https://www.nps.gov/people/mary-church-terrell.htm
-- https://suffragistmemorial.org/mary-church-terrell/
Friday
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Register voters at the Josey Ln and LBJ. Spanish and English Speakers 8 am to 10 am.
Saturday
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Forest Forward Theater
9:00 AM
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Help other community organizations register voters at the Forest Forward Voter Registration Drive
Saturday
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Super Mercado
10:00 AM
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Two shifts 10am to 2 pm, English and Spanish speakers needed.
Sunday
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Super Mercado
10:00 AM
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Two shifts 10am to 2 pm, English and Spanish speakers needed.
Tuesday
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1920 - Tom M. Hamilton filed suit to keep women from voting in the 1920 primary
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September 27, 1920 - (Waco) Tom M. Hamilton filed suit to keep women from voting in the 1920 primary because "... by reason of his effort‘s against women suffrage that he had incurred the displeasure of women and that all the female voters of the county or a majority of them would cast ballots for his opponent." Judge Monroe threw the case out. (DMN, September 27, 2019)
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An Open Mic meeting for election questions and sharing best voter services practices. Plus a document for you listing all of the election resources we‘ve gathered. Bring your friends, and see you next Tuesday!
Wednesday
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Cedar Valley Campus, Dallas College
10:00 AM
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Registration at the Club Fair, two shifts from 1012 and 12-2
Wednesday
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Voter registration/education at WS Permenter Middle School for Cedar Hill ISD Open House
Wednesday
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Voter registration/education at Waterford Oaks Elementary School for Cedar Hill ISD Open House
Wednesday
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Voter registration/education at Plummer Elementary School for Cedar Hill ISD Open House
Wednesday
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Voter registration/education at High Pointe Elementary School for Cedar Hill ISD Open House
Wednesday
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Collegiate Prep Elementary School
5:30 PM
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Voter registration/education at Collegiate Prep Elementary School for Cedar Hill ISD Open House
Wednesday
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Voter registration/education at Bray Elementary School for Cedar Hill ISD Open House
Wednesday
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Voter registration/education at Lake Ridge Elementary School for Cedar Hill ISD Open House
Wednesday
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Get to know the League of Women Voters of Dallas!
The meeting will be via zoom.
Thursday
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Brookhaven Campus - Dallas College
10:00 AM
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Volunteer with the League of Women Voters of Dallas and register voters at Dallas College Brookhaven Campus.
Thursday
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Cedar Hill High School
5:30 PM
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Voter registration/education at Cedar Hill High School for Cedar Hill ISD Open House
Thursday
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Voter registration/education at Collegiate Academy MS & HS for Cedar Hill ISD Open House
Friday
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American Indian Heritage Day, Texas state holiday
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City of Dallas’ Office of Equity and Inclusion acknowledges the traditional territory of north Texas occupied by multiple American Indian groups because of the Trinity River which provided seasonal homes and trading exchanges. Most notably, it was inhabited by the Caddo, Wichita, and nomadic tribes such as the Comanche and Kiowa, and ancestral tribes including the Arkikosa, Atakapa, Karankawa, Tawakoni, and others. We recognize the American Indian peoples as original stewards of this land and all the relatives within it. The acknowledgment is a small gesture, to a larger commitment to showing respect through ongoing awareness and action.
[From city of Dallas Racial Equity Plan https://dallascityhall.com/departments/office-of-equity-and-inclusion/Equity/DCH%20Documents/COD_RacialEquityPlan22_Final_Draft.pdf]

Three American Indian tribes have reservations in Texas: Alabama-Coushatta, Tigua and Kickapoo. The Lipan Apache Tribe headquarters is in McAllen, TX.
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Register voters at the Josey Ln and LBJ. Spanish and English Speakers 8 am to 10 am.