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LWVNC 2019 Convention Held at UNC

May 1, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 1, 2019

LWVNC Selects UNC School of Government for 2019 Statewide Convention

Chapel Hill, NC: The UNC School of Government will host the 37th Biennial Convention of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina from May 17 – May 19, 2019. Nearly 100 members from 15 local Leagues across the state will gather to learn from experts like Virginia Kase, CEO of LWV U.S., and Allison Riggs, Senior Attorney at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. The convention’s theme is focused on empowering voters and defending democracy, as LWVNC works to prepare members for important voter education and advocacy leading up to the 2020 election.

“Considering the challenges facing North Carolina’s electorate, the LWVNC’s work in moving redistricting reform education statewide as well our ongoing efforts in voter protection and election education are needed now more than ever,” said Janet Hoy, LWVNC Co-President. Experts from the UNC School of Government, as well as LWVNC leaders, will offer educational sessions for League members, including a lecture about “Good Government in North Carolina” by Dean Michael R. Smith, and an interactive session, “Navigating the Legislative Process,” led by Norma R. Houston, J.D.

A special “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” session will be led by Brenda Sherrer of the League of Women Voters of Henderson County and LWVNC director Jo Nicholas, as the League prepares to celebrate its 100th birthday in 2020. “Diverse membership and a truly inclusive culture is a critically important goal for LWVNC. We are working to ensure that each of our 17 Leagues across the state welcome and actively engage diverse members in the meaningful work of the League.”

NC Senator Valerie Foushee will welcome guests to kick off the Saturday plenary session, held at the UNC School of Government. While in Chapel Hill, attendees will enjoy some of the arts and culinary adventures the area has to offer. Members will join at one of nine restaurants in Orange, Durham, and Chatham counties on Friday evening for Taste of ODC, and will enjoy tours of the Ackland Art Museum and the UNC campus. For full convention details, visit www.lwvnc.org/convention.

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About LWVNC

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. With 15 local Leagues across North Carolina, our members work to influence public policy through education and advocacy. We present nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process and a range of issues. We produce voter guides and organize candidate debates and forums for primary and general elections. The League is a non partisan organization, which after study, uses our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.