As our league year comes to a close, you will see fewer updates and activities from League of Women Voters Edina. Like you, we are taking advantage of the Minnesota summer: playing on the lakes, congregating with friends and family, and fighting off mosquitos. We are, however, planning on attending the following two events (at least!):
- A Juneteenth Celebration at Centennial Lakes Park (a City of Edina event - more details coming on their website)
- The ever-popular Edina Fourth of July Parade
There are other meaningful activities that support and uphold our basic democratic principles, as well! Here are just a few resources you can check out if you have time on your hands:
- Stay abreast with the midterm elections on the Vote411 website
- Join a group that appeals to your LWV passion; you can start by reading the LWVE list of positions to see what sparks your interest
- Become a LWVE member - or invite a friend to join
We are already booking programs for September and we look forward to seeing you then!
Earth Day 2022
What plans have you made to participate in Earth Day activities? If you're looking for ideas, Hennepin County has a website dedicated to Climate Action. There you will find out how Hennepin County is leading the way towards a more sustainable environment and actions you can take at home.
Have you heard about the the omnibus climate and energy bill that was introduced in the Minnesota House? Journalist Rob Hubbard wrote an informative, explanative article about what the House bill is all about.
Another resource for making forward progress in climate change is the website of our very own League of Women Voters Minnesota. The MN League, as a collective, is trying to get the MN Legislature to pass the Climate Action Plan. Communicating with elected officials helps them understand the issues that are important to you. Read the action alert and contact your elected officials and ask them to put Minnesota's future first.
Every ten years, after the U.S. Census, congressional and legislative district lines are redrawn throughout the U.S. in a process called redistricting. New maps for Minnesota were published on February 15, 2022. Peter S. Wattson, the lead counsel of a lawsuit to ensure fair new districts in Minnesota, spoke to LWVE on Feb 28. Wattson explained what just happened in Minnesota: the process used to adopt new maps in Minnesota; what guided the Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel in deciding where the new boundaries should be; the timetable for adopting new precincts, wards, and local government boundaries that fit within the new congressional and legislative districts; and which new districts are likely to be most competitive. The slides from the presentation and maps ⬇️ are now available for viewing.