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Spotlight on Jaeli Williams: 2021 Gold Award Recipient
The Gold Award is the highest achievement that Girl Scouts can attain. After completing other required skill-building steps, Girl Scouts in 9-12th grades may design and implement their own projects that address the root causes of issues, of national and/or global significance. Girls must write a proposal that requires them to engage others and lead a team to address their issue of concern. Each proposal has to be approved by the local Girl Scout council, and girls must invest at least 80 hours of their time to complete all steps. Gold Award projects must also be sustainable, in addition to being girl-led and relevant to the issues of our time.
Jaeli Williams’ Gold Award project dovetailed with the 2020 Girl Scouts of USA ( GSUSA) National Civic Action, Promote the Vote. While most girls are too young to vote themselves, GSUSA launched this call to action to teach young people why voting is essential, the power they have to increase access to voting, and how they can encourage others to vote. In 2020 when voting procedures were modified to prevent the spread of Covid-19, there was an urgent need to educate voters about these new procedures. Jaeli’s specific project targeted younger adults who typically are less likely to vote than older adults. She led a team of other youth to decide on the messages and develop videos that could be disseminated online to the target audience. Jaeli’s work demonstrates the benefits of a partnership between the League of Women Voters and GSUSA in meeting community needs. Voting access is critical to democracy, and, motivating young adults to vote can have a lasting effect on this generation of voters.
June is Pride Month!
1. Allowing updated gender markers on ID
Committee recommendation to pass as amended 5/20/21
Read for the third time and passed in House 4/19/21;
Referred to committee in Senate 5/12/21
2. Sex work decriminalization bills
|SB 357||Read for the second time and ordered for third reading 5/20/21|
3. Other bills
Recommendation from committee to pass 5/20/21
Recommendation from committee to pass 5/20/21
Hearing canceled 4/5/21
*All information sourced from the ACLU website on the Internet.
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LWVDA Healthcare Committee Welcomes Dr. Sheri Belafasky, Medical Director, Healthy Davis Together
LWVDA Presents A Forum on Social Justice:
“I, Too, Am , Davis”
On March 17th, 2021 LWVDA invited the community to participate in a dialogue regarding racism, equality and inclusivity initiatives in the Davis Area. The moderated forum began with a keynote
Wednesday at 7 PM PST – 8 PM PST via Zoom. Please fill out a survey to help us plan the 2021 year https://bit.ly/2XPiwQc What a year 2020 has been! We
LWVDA presents the 3rd in a series of Healthcare Forums to help voters understand and gain information on what the future of our healthcare might be. "The Future of California State-based
LWVDA has created a non-partisan "Pros and Cons" document for Measure B which is on the Davis ballot for November 3rd. View → HERE. "Pros and Cons" documents summarize the major arguments
LWVDA has written a non-partisan synopsis of a Davis City Council decision on a solar land lease issue involving the BrightNight corporation that came up recently in our candidate forums. We
LWVDA had completed all the candidate debate forums for this year's Nov 3rd election. Please view the recorded forum videos HERE. Also, give our YouTube channel a SUBSCRIBE!
"Healthcare Reform: Demystifying Future Healthcare Options," the 2nd in a series of educational Healthcare Forums is now up ad able to be viewed → HERE. The goal of this presentation is
The League is organizing several forums in the next few weeks. Please register at Eventbrite to receive the link to join in on the Zoom webinars. Check them out HERE!
Join us by Zoom for the next Members' Meeting, link sent via email, on 9/16 Wednesday from 7:00PM - 8:00PM. Jesse Salinas, the Assessor/Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters for Yolo County, California
We remember the League’s founding on February 14th, 1920 and the ratification of the 19th Amendment 6 months later. Locally, we are celebrating our one-year anniversary of the renewal of the League
The League of Women Voters turns 100 years old in 2020, and so do US women's voting rights! Progress is in our DNA. Check out this #SheIsMe video to see
Join us by Zoom for the next Members' Meeting, link sent via email, on 9/16 Wednesday from 6:15PM - 7:30PM. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not received the Zoom
Spotlight on Jaeli Williams: Broadening Youth Voter Participation
My name is Jaeli Williams, and I am a local girl scout in Davis, California. Girl Scouts runs a program that encourages girls to become involved in politics. I was first introduced to the Girl Scouts “Promote the Vote” campaign from my service unit. Lucia Kaiser, a LWVDA member, was looking for a girl scout to help and lead a project that would spread the word about registering & voting. It was a great opportunity for me to earn my gold award as the project lined up with the 2020 presidential election and my civics class. It was a way to experience hands on what I was learning in class.
I soon started working with the Davis Area League to help them create a video that would encourage people to register and vote, particularly the 18-25 year olds. Working directly with the LWVDA Voter Registration Chair, Judy Higgerson, was an amazing experience as we brainstormed and created ideas for the video.
LWV on all levels; local, state and nationally, and the Girl Scouts have a lot in common. Both promote girls, and women, to lead nonpartisan projects. It was very inspiring to see two organizations that encouraged female leadership working together to create an informal video.
After the video was created and posted on social media sites, I started interviewing members of the League to add onto my gold award. I got the chance to interview three women that were active or restarting to become more active once again in LWV Davis Area chapter. It was interesting hearing about their stories about the League, and also about their personal life.
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Mary Jo Bryan, Bob Fung, Georgina Valencia, and Matt Williams were the initial group that organized the revival of the Davis chapter which was active for 57 years until it dissolved in 2014.