Monthly Archives: October 2019

Head to Sedalia Nov. 2

Climate change is the focus of the LWVMO Fall Conference to be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the State Fair Community College’s Heckart Health and Science Building in Sedalia.

Speakers include Carolyn Amaparan from the Climate Reality Project and Dick Parker, a LWVCBC member who’s a strong advocate for reducing greenhouse gas production (fourth from left below).

Registration will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sessions include:

– Climate Change in the World, US, MO and What You Can Do Today

– Overview of Climate Change

– The Most Impactful Action Making Democracy Work

– LWVMO 100th Anniversary Lunch and Celebration

– Local League Sharing Ideas

– Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

– 2020 Legislative Session Advocacy Training

The $25 registration fee includes lunch. You can pay below or send a check to LWVMO at 8706 Manchester Rd., Suite 104, St. Louis, MO 63144. The deadline to register is Friday, October 25.

Focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Cecilia Belser-Patton and LWVMO Secretary Louise Wilkerson

At the LWVMO Fall Planning Conference, Cecilia Belser-Patton from Jobs with Justice participated in a panel with Louise Wilkerson and state president Evelyn Maddox. They discussed intentional relationship building and welcoming all voices to the League, including persons of color, youth, men, LGBTQIA and low-income women.

“We can learn to move forward in ways that are inclusive…and engage people in ways that we haven’t before,” Belser-Patton said. She stressed the need to educate Missouri voters on the issues and then get them to vote based on their self-interest and shared values rather than political party.

The board of directors adopted the following DEI policy at the September 25 meeting:
The League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy.

There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability status, mental health, educational level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation and/or any other characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity.