Join the Central Library and the Santa Barbara chapter of @leagueofwomenvoters TOMORROW (Wednesday) at noon in the Faulkner Gallery for a panel discussion on voting rights!
Speakers will discuss how and why to protect voting rights, including: a brief history of #votingrights and #votersuppression in the U.S., the impact of #gerrymandering on minority voters, and efforts of grassroots activists to promote #civicengagement, remove barriers, and provide opportunities and information to support underrepresented voters.
124 years ago on September 19 1893, New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the right to vote. Here's to Kate Sheppard and all the other women who fought long and hard for it to happen. Happy Suffrage Day, New Zealand. 🏽 // Swipe to see photos of the Suffragette Petition and Suffragettes such as Kate Sheppard (Suffragette leader), Mary Ann Müller (published 'An appeal to the men of New Zealand' in 1878), Anna Stout (founder of the Women's Franchise League, Dunedin and the first National Council of Women vice-president), Kate Edger (first woman in NZ to gain a university degree and the first woman in the British Empire to earn a BA), Eliza Ellen Melville (an Auckland lawyer who was the first woman elected to a city council in NZ) and the first meeting of the National Council of Women (April 1896)
Photo source: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/politics/women-suffrage •
Art by G.A
Tiff in partnership with The League of Women Voters, Barbara Ostroth and Shirley Sosland is proud to present the black comedy Newton! Hailed by audiences at Cannes and Berlin film festivals Newton tells the story as India, the world's largest democracy, braces itself for another general election- with 9 million polling booths, more than 800 million voters, and costing nearly $5 billion -Newton Kumar, a rookie government clerk finds himself entrusted with a task that appears deceptively simple: conducting elections in a remote village in the jungles of central India. The bushes teem with Communist guerrillas, who have been waging a decades old war against the state, even as the indigenous tribals live without any access to mainland amenities. Conducting 'free and fair' elections in a minefield like this is no child's play, as Newton learns over the course of this eventful day. Unfazed with the cynicism and danger all around him, Newton is determined to do his duty. @drishyamfilms@rajkummar_rao@rajkummarraofc#india#newton#votingrights#blackcomedy#teaneck#teaneckfilmfestival
Jackie Robinson dealt with so much, racism, segregation, jim crow and hate towards him, in his major league baseball career. How he managed to endure what he faced, having insults hurled at him by baseball players, including his own team, baseball managers, the fans, the biased press/media, leading the league in being beaned (hit with a baseball), at the plate, year after year, being the subject of 'professional' baseball teams threatening forfeiture if he played against them, not being able to enjoy the same accomodations as his teammates, not having any human, civil, voting or housing rights afforded to not only him, but his people, is nothing short of amazing.
Robinson stated in his autobiography that after years of suffering through those ugly things, laws and people he faced over his career, that "I couldn't stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag." _____
There have been several athletes after Robinson who have taken similar positions on taking an active role or engaging in a very blatant act/stand against the injustices they faced, including 200m sprinters Tommie Smith (gold), and John Carlos (bronze) at the 1968 Olympics, Curt Flood, Eric Liddell, Paul Robeson, the three Philadelphia Eagles football players, Malcolm Jenkins, Steven Means, Ron Brooks and players on the Chiefs, Patriots, Rams and Titans who also raised fists during the anthem, other sports players from the pros and college, high school and college cheerleaders who all have taken a knee during the anthem, etc., and now, ostracized and alienated Colin Kaepernick, who decided to kneel during the national anthem due to the injustices being enacted upon Black men and women by police nationwide.
If these athletes, entertainers, and even their fans, can't exercise their Second Amendment right, never afforded to Robinson, then the country simply hasn't changed much since Robinson first took the field in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform on April 15, 1947. #jackierobinson#tommiesmith#johncarlos#PaulRobeson#injustice#wewantjustice#equalunderthelaw#inclusion#humanrights#civilrights#votingrights#housingrights#equality#fightforrights#igers#ig#insta