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
New LWVE Study Adopted
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].
EVENT: Screening of Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote and a MN Legislative Update
Thursday, March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The LWVE Racial Justice Action Committee will be hosting a screening and discussion of the award-winning film Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote on Thursday, March 25.
Please join us to experience this short, powerful documentary about the growing threat to voter suppression in the 2020 election and hear an update from Nick Harper, LWVMN Civic Engagement Director, on related, current activity at the Minnesota legislature.
Brave New Films explains that its movie “shares deeply personal accounts from
voters of color across the state of Georgia which reveal deliberate, widespread
voter suppression in the 2018 midterm election where Stacey Abrams fought to
become the first Black female governor in the U.S. Polling place closures,
voter purges, missing absentee ballots, extreme wait times and voter ID issues
were in full effect during the 2020 primaries and are on-going across the
county right now, all disproportionately affecting Black Americans and
minorities from casting their ballots.”
If you wish to attend the event, please register using this link Suppressed 2020. Registrants will be sent the Zoom link the day before the event.
EVENT: Edina Reads and LWVE Host Book Discussion of "Caste"
April 27, 7-8:30 PM via Zoom
As part of their commitment to anti-racism and racial equity, the Edina Reads program of the Edina Community Foundation (ECF) and the League of Women Voters of Edina (LWVE) have teamed up to offer a community Zoom book discussion of "Caste" by Isabel Wilkerson. In this book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author provides deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a caste system or hierarchy of human rankings, and how this system influences lives, behaviors, and the nation’s fate.
The evening will include a brief presentation followed by breakout group conversations and discussion sharing. Interested residents should start reading now. If you need a copy, you are encouraged to support Black Garnet Books, a Black, woman-owned bookstore in the Twin Cities. You can read more about the book and purchase it here.
Both ECF and LWVE are non-partisan organizations. All community members are invited to participate in their events, free of charge.