One of the goals of the League of Women Voters Edina is to advocate and participate in local action to eradicate discrimination and systemic racism. To that end, we have formed the Racial Justice Action Committee, which has three subcommittees - shown below on left - each with a specific focus to engage our membership and the community. We will be publishing updates as we do our work.
Racial Justice Subcommittees
This subcommittee is reviewing the intersection between voting rights and racial justice as a national issue and also exploring its implications locally. We will identify key voting rights topics relevant for racial justice including barriers limiting access to voting, as well as examining voting patterns in our community. Read and learn about voting rights and voter suppression.
This subcommittee will provide ways for interested members of the LWVE and the broader community to learn about Edina’s history with race, racism and white privilege, offering resources to learn about systemic racism and BIPOC (Black-Indigenous-People of Color) experiences within that system, and exploring community partnerships to create city-wide events like book readings and movie nights.
Racial Justice Archives
Profile on Maria W. Stewart, an early Black suffragist who was influential well before the Civil War
LWVE Adopts DEI Statement
posted December 2021
In November 2021, the League of Women Voters Edina Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt the following diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) statement:
The League of Women Voters Edina (LWVE) is fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in principle and in practice. DEI is central to LWVE’s success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy. To advance DEI in our organization and community, LWVE will work to
• increase diversity in our membership and leadership,
• prioritize equity in our processes and operations,
• promote inclusion by eliminating barriers to participation, and
• advocate and participate in local action to eradicate discrimination and systemic racism.
Our DEI statement serves as a grounding reminder in all our activities, conveys our desire to be a welcoming organization, complies with LWVUS and LWVMN requirements and establishes a framework underlying our ongoing work and advocacy. Our DEI statement will be included in the 2022 Directory and replaces the 1995 LWVE Diversity Policy Goals.
The LWVE Racial Justice Action Committee continues its work to bring our DEI statement to life in our League and our community. Current efforts include advancing the Local Study of Racial Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Edina, with a Focus on Organizations in the Community, researching and writing the recent article on Julian Bond’s visit to Edina, delivering two voting rights events in October (Voting Rights and Indigenous Peoples; Voting Rights and Felon Disenfranchisement) and planning two book discussions: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You in January and The Sum of Us in April (more information to come).
The Day Julian Bond Visited Edina
posted November 2021
LWV and Race - Past, Present, Future, will occasionally highlight particular articles or events for further reflection. Sub-committee member Chris Bremer researched an event from Edina's past--the day Julian Bond, a national civil rights leader and long-serving member of the Georgia House and Senate, spoke in Edina before 3000 residents gathered in the high school gym. You can read Bremer's article here.
LWVE Study Adopted
posted March 2021
In February 2021, the LWVE membership adopted a new study on Racial Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The study will focus on businesses, institutions and organizations in the community, and is being co-chaired by Andy Otness and Paulette Hastings.
We are calling on members to join the study committee! The time commitment is now through March 2022. Participation may include researching existing DEI materials, interviewing entities in the community, compiling data, writing, and presenting findings. If interested in being a committee member, please email us at [email protected].