VOTER Sept 2014
News from the League of Women Voters - Kerrville Area www.lwv-kerrvillearea.org
MISSION: The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan
political organization, encourages informed and active participation in
government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and
influences public policy through education and advocacy.
League Members and Friends,
The issues of the reality of human trafficking in Texas are concerns studied by the local Leagues Women Voters in Texas. From local Leagues’ consensus on the issues, our State League adopted a position from which we advocate for actions and legislation to address human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking in Texas. Our LWV-Texas Position on Human Trafficking is in this newsletter under Issues. Our local League has created an on-line education module to begin education about the hidden reality of this modern day slavery. Our September 25th dinner meeting will be the debut of our on-line education module about Human Trafficking Issues in Texas. With laptop computers we will go through the eLearning portal. We will be the first to view the information to be available for the public, educators, legislative aides, etc. to raise their awareness of the occurrence, need for intervention and prevention, and services needed for survivors of human sex trafficking. Our open meeting will be in the private dining room of Billy Gene’s on Thursday, September 25 at 6 p.m. If you have a laptop please bring it. However it is not necessary to bring a laptop. Bring a friend. See more details under Events.National Voter Registration Day
is Tuesday, September 23. There will be six locations in Kerr County where one may register to vote or update voter registration information (change name to match Texas Driver’s License/change of address). Of particular importance to women who might have changed their name is that the name on their photo ID must 'substantially' match the name on the list of registered voters.
The last day to register to vote in the November 4, 2014 Election is October 6, 2014.
See locations and times under Voters Service for Tuesday, September 23 opportunities to register to vote. Please encourage your family, friends and co-workers to register to vote.
Thanks to our members for your time and energy as we get the word out - Your Vote Matters.
Meg Scott-Johnson, President LWV-KA
President@lwv-kerrvillearea.orgJOIN US - League Membership
If you are not a member of the League, we invite you to join us. A membership application is on our website or you may contact Mary Ellen Summerlin, Membership. Click here for more information. Our dues are prorated from January. So in October an individual membership is $15 for new memberships, and for two or more adults in a household, $22. Please make your check to LWV-KA and mail to LWV-KA, PO Box 290303, Kerrville, TX 78029-0303.
Our Thursday, September 25th dinner meeting will be the debut of our on-line education module about Human Trafficking Issues in Texas. Our open meeting will be in the private dining room of Billy Gene’s on at 6 p.m. Public invited. Separate checks.
Belk Charity Sale, Saturday, November 8, 6-10 a.m.
Purchase your tickets for this private event for $5 per ticket from League Members and the League receives the ticket money. (The Belk Charity Sale is our only fundraiser.) You receive $5 off your first purchase of the sale items that are discounted 20-70 % that morning. One may pre-select items then go early on November 8 and purchase your selections. This sale is an excellent opportunity to do holiday shopping. League members will have tickets to sell or contact President@lwv-kerrvillearea.org. Thank you for supporting your local League!
National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.
To register to vote or update voter registration information, go to one of the following locations:
Schreiner University, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Peterson Regional Medical Center Cafeteria, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Democratic Party Headquarters, 2640 Junction Highway, Suite A, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Hastings, 4 p.m.- 8 p.m.
CAM (Christian Assistance Ministries), 2 p.m. until closing.
MINI MART #7, 3196 Junction Hwy, Ingram, TX 78025, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
One may register to vote on-line at http://www.co.kerr.tx.us/elections/old/indexT.htmlThe last day to register to vote in the November 4 Elections is October 6. Voter ID Information
- At the polls, election officials will compare the name on the list of registered voters (i.e., the name as it appears on the right of the voter registration certificate) with the name on the photo ID. If the names match or are substantially similar, the voter will be accepted to vote a regular ballot. If names aren't the same or substantially similar, voters will be offered a provisional ballot and have 6 days from the election to show an acceptable photo ID so that their ballot can count.
LWV-TX Human Trafficking in Texas Position
The League of Women Voters of Texas is opposed to all forms of domestic and international human trafficking of adults and children, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking. We consider human trafficking to be a form of modern-day slavery and support measures to prevent the use of force, fraud or coercion to exploit a person for sexual or labor purposes, to prosecute traffickers and to protect victims.
Federal, state and local governments should collaborate to fund and implement effective strategies for prosecution, including but not limited to:
• Enact and enforce effective laws against traffickers
• Require human trafficking training for law enforcement officers and prosecutors
• Maintain and share reliable trafficking data among all levels of government and with non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
• Put convicted sex traffickers of children on the National Sex Offender Registry list
• Enforce civil and criminal penalties against persons who knowingly buy services provided as a result of human trafficking, or buy services from a minor, including mandated awareness training
• Enact and enforce laws at the appropriate level to shut down businesses that engage in or allow human trafficking
• Divert victims of human trafficking into justice and rescue programs that provide access to services such as counseling and job training
• Assume all minors are victims, no proof of coercion required.
Federal, state and local governments, in cooperation with non-governmental agencies, should fund and provide essential services to and remedies for victims and survivors, including but not limited to:
• Legal aid, translations and other court-related services
• Services to shelter victims from their traffickers and help them return to a normal life, such as housing, medical, counseling, job training
• Ability to sue the trafficker for civil damages
• Defined roles for child welfare system and juvenile justice system in assisting trafficked minors
• Guardianship, protective custody and safe houses for trafficked minors when home situation would put the minor at risk.
Federal, state and local governments, in cooperation with non-governmental agencies, should fund and provide education and awareness programs on human trafficking in our communities and schools, including but not limited to:
• Training to identify and assist victims or potential victims of human trafficking for all persons who might come into contact with them, such as medical professionals, law enforcement and prosecution personnel, educators at all levels, mental health professionals, city health inspectors, hotel owners and others
• Internet safety education for youth, parents and teachers
• Services and outreach for homeless, throwaway youth and other at-risk populations.
The League of Women Voters is a local, state, and national nonpartisan organization.
Please go to our LWV-Texas, state website, www.lwvtexas.org. There you will find more voter information and the League positions.
Our national League, LWVUS, www.lwvus.org, is actively working to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Go to this website and see the range of issues from voter rights, voter turnout, reforming money in politics, and defending the environment.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS-KERRVILLE AREA LEADERSHIP TEAM
President/Spokesperson: Meg Scott-Johnson, President@lwv-kerrvillearea.org
Treasurer: Janice Zitelman
Membership: Mary Ellen Summerlin
Webmaster: Maggie Marsh-Nation
Member-at-large: Vicki Kelly, Jennifer Pinson, and Melinda Wasson
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