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UNIT MEETINGS ARE WHERE LEAGUE ACTION STARTS

According to League history, unit meetings got started during World War II in response to gasoline rationing when members found it easier to meet in neighborhood groups or “units.”

Unit meetings are still the foundation of the League. These days, unit meeting times and locations are organized around members’ schedules rather than by neighborhood. There are unit meetings at breakfast, at midday, and after work. Members are always welcome to set up a new meeting time and location that will be more convenient for their schedules.

League of Women Voters of Salt Lake Unit Meetings are held from September through May of each year. They are made up of four to 15 people who want to discuss a study or become educated on a current topic.

A study is done by local members and can be a local, state or national topic. When a study or topic is discussed all sides of a subject are considered. Unit meetings are the “grassroots” of the League of Women Voters. They are where differing opinions are welcome and where consensus results in wording to which our members can agree.

When a unit reaches consensus on a study, they make a recommendation to the board. Once approved by the board and adopted by members, positions crafted from unit meetings become the foundation for advocacy and action.

This Month’s Unit Meeting Topic

THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

The League of Women Voters has long been at the forefront in the battle to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. We were visible and active as supporters lobbied, marched, rallied, petitioned, picketed, went on hunger strikes, and committed acts of civil disobedience between 1972 and 1982.

Now, the E.R.A. has returned, nearing the 38 required states to add a guarantee in the Constitution for equal legal rights for all Americans regardless of sex.

Two different types of ERA legislation have been introduced in the current session of Congress:

  • Traditional legislation to ratify the ERA by the Constitution’s Article V ratification process, and
  • “Three-state strategy” legislation to remove the time limit on the ERA’s ratification process and declare it complete when three-fourths (38) of the states ratify, thereby retaining the existing 35 state ratifications as viable.

The LWVUS at its recent national convention passed the following motion in support of the effort:

Be it resolved that the LWVUS supports an emphasis on the ERA this year and every year until the ERA is ratified and becomes a U.S. Constitutional Amendment. Be it resolved that the LWVUS supports efforts to remove the time limits for ratification of the ERA.

Additional ERA Resources

NITE OWLS

Fourth Monday – 7:30 p.m. Except for our March meeting which will be on April 1. Contact Gigi Brandt at 801-582-1102 for more details.
Location in Sugar House area.
Please RSVP to Unit Leader: Judi Short – 801-487-7387
Please call to RSVP and to get an exact address.
nite-owls@lwvsl.org

BENCH BUNCH 

(Combined with Girl Scout Unit)
Fourth Wednesday – 10:30 a.m.
Whitmore Library, 2197 E Fort Union Blvd.
Unit Leaders: Anne Zeigler 801-944-4163
Nancy Melling 801-277-9118
bench-bunch@lwvsl.org

SANDY UNIT 

Last Thursday– 10:00 a.m.
Sandy Senior Center – 9310 South 1300 E. Sandy, Utah 84094
Unit Leader – Janice Gygi – 801-550-3585
sandy-unit@lwvsl.org

LIBRARY UNIT 

Fourth Thursday – 12:30 p.m.
Anderson-Foothill Library – 1135 So. 2100 East
Unit Leaders – Kathy Fitzgerald – 801-521-5790
Jan Striefel – 801-200-2312
library-unit@lwvsl.org

PARK CITY UNIT

Fourth Tuesday – 11:00 a.m.
Park City Public Library, 1255 Park Avenue, Park City
Unit Leader – Jill Lesh – 435-655-1965
pc-unit@lwvsl.org

TOWN CLUB 

Second Wednesday – 11:00 a.m.
Town Club – 1081 East South Temple
Please RSVP to Unit Leader – Alice Steiner – 801-363-9193
tc-unit@lwvsl.org