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February 17, 2010 > League of Women Voters celebrates 90th anniversary

League of Women Voters celebrates 90th anniversary

By Meenu Gupta

Newark City Council proclaimed February 14 as the League of Women Voters Making Democracy Work Day in Newark in honor of the League's 90th anniversary. A non-partisan political organization, The League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark and Union City (LWVFNUC) has worked since 1920 to serve the community promoting the values and processes of representative government. It makes democracy work by collaborating with other organizations to achieve mutual goals and increasing civic participation.

"Since the beginning when the League was created in 1920, just as women won the right to vote, League members promoted full participation of citizens in our democracy," said LWVFNUC President, Alex Starr.

Today the League has become one of the most influential and respected organizations in America and around the world with nearly 850 local, state Leagues in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and more than 150,000 members and supporters.

"We started by supporting legislation that provided Federal aid to maternal and child care programs. In succeeding decades, we supported the establishment of Social Security and the merit system for selecting government personnel, the efforts to establish the United Nations," said Starr. "In 1955, the League testified before Congress against Senator Joseph McCarthy's abuse of congressional investigative powers. In the second half of the 20th Century, Leagues stood for civil rights for all, the Voting Rights Act, the National Voter Registration Act, better known as Motor Voter, and more recently the Help America Vote Act and campaign finance reform."

According to the League pamphlet written in 1919 the three aims of League are to foster education in citizenship, promote forums and public discussion of civic reforms and support needed legislation.

Alex Starr thanked the thousands of League volunteers whose efforts on voting, democracy and civic engagement help make democracy work.

For more information, visit www.lwv.org (League of Women Voters) and www.lwvfnuc.org/public/index.shtml (League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark and Union City), email lwvfnuc@lwvfnuc.org or call (510) 794-5783.

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