Much of our focus is on the November election in which voters will find numerous ballot measures in Berkeley and Albany (none for Emeryville), as well as Berkeley candidates for mayor, city council, rent control board and school board. (For details see Action VP Diz Swift’s summary, Monster Ballot, pp 5-6.) Much energy has been going to interviewing supporters and opponents for the local ballot measures to determine our support status. We held a League members-only meeting on July 20 to review the measures. Reaching no conclusive decision on some measures, the Board directly discussed those measures with proponents and opponents at our August Board Meeting. We are planning several candidate forums and ballot proposition pro-and-con sessions delivered to community groups. A mayoral forum being co-sponsored by Berkeley City College will be held in their auditorium and attendance may be required for some political science students.
In September we will be delivering an information session at a Chamber of Commerce event. We are also reaching out to local PTA groups and Toastmaster groups.
Our newly formed Civics Education Team has developed a brochure on how and why to vote that will be distributed to Berkeley High School seniors during their August school registration. The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce has volunteered to provide additional helpers at the event. After August, the brochure will be further developed to be shared with other high schools and adult school students.
The Fall Meeting program will feature a panel of members of underserved communities to discuss why their communities vote in lower numbers and what actions we might take to encourage more direct participation. Communities may include lower income/homeless, people of color, under age 25, and Hispanic/Latino.
We have had four successful social gatherings for new and prospective members.
There are many opportunities for you to participate in the League. Please see the current list on our web page under “Get Involved”/ “The League Needs You.”
– Deborah Malbec, President
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