In Celebration; accepting the proclamation

Last week the Napa County Board of Supervisors presented the League with this centennial celebrtion proclamation. Here are a few words of acceptance.

Good Morning and thank you Board of Supervisors for this Anniversary proclamation.

The League of Women Voters has been defending democracy for 100 years.

I am pleased to accept this proclamation today, Aug. 18th, marking the anniversary of

the Final Battle in the Fight for Women’s Suffrage.

Today we honor the women who were part of the 70-year struggle. We honor the women who sacrificed and wanted better lives for their dauaghters.

From the passage of the 19th amendment came the League of Women Voters. In 1920 the League has empowered women to learn about issues to make positive change in their community.

Today, We reocognize their dedication. Some of whom were force fed, permanently separated from their families and even died for the cause. Did you know the dedicated Susan B. Anthony came to Yountville and spoke at the Veterans home? For over an hour and a half she discussed the necessity of voting rights for women.

The League has been analyzing issues in Napa county since 1947. We continue to do your voting homework and along our 100 year journey we have become a trusted source for nonpartisan informaiton.

Now, League 2.0, 5-years strong has the first Latinx President. (and that’s me)

We are deeply concerned with the tone of public discourse. At our September meeting, open to the public, will focus on using our words to enhance conversation rtaher than tearing each other down.

Finally, The League has been the north star for voter information for the last 100 years. We have indentified issue areas for the next 100 years and thank the Napa County Board of Supervisors for recognizing the League of Women Voters of Napa County with this proclamation.

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