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                 Voter            mid-March  2021

Pierce County Council Proclamation:
March is Women's History Month

On March 9, 2021, the Pierce County Council adopted this Proclamation naming March as Women's History Month.

Begun in 1987, Women's History Month celebrates the achievement of women.  This year, Jani Hitchen, one of the new Pierce County Councilmembers, drafted the follow resolution in honor of women and got the Council to adopt it.  Thank you, Councilmember Hitchen, for this wonderful, beautifully written acknowledgement of what women contribute.
A Resolution of the Pierce County Council and Executive Designating the Month of March as “Women’s History Month”

Whereas, women of every race, class, and ethnic background have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our Nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways; and

Whereas, women constitute a significant portion of the labor force and play a critical role in every sphere of life in our Nation including economically, culturally and socially; and

Whereas, women have maintained a unique role throughout history by providing the majority of the volunteer labor force of the Nation; and

Whereas, women were particularly important in the establishment of early charitable, philanthropic, and cultural institutions in our Nation; and

Whereas, women of every race, class, and ethnic background served as early leaders in the forefront of every major progressive social change movement; and

Whereas, women have served our country courageously and selflessly in all branches of our military; and

Whereas, women have been leaders, not only in securing their own rights of suffrage and equal opportunity, but also in the abolitionist movement, the emancipation movement, the industrial labor movement, the civil rights movement, the peace movement, and other movements which created a more fair and just society for all; and

Whereas, despite these contributions, the role of women in history has been consistently overlooked and undervalued in the literature, teaching and study of our history;

Now, Therefore,

BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Council and Executive of Pierce County that March 2021, is designated as “Women’s History Month” in Pierce County, shadowing the 100th anniversary which occurred in 2020 that commemorated the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote.

Member Spotlight:  Jim Warnock


Jim and Kresha Warnock moved here last January after Jim retired from Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Marion, Indiana, where he was the priest.  Kresha retired from Ball State University where she taught Child Development in the
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. They moved here specifically because their two children live and work in Seattle, and Kresha's siblings are in this area.  They also have ties to the Northwest.  Kresha grew up in Seattle.  Jim was stationed here in the Coast Guard in the 1970s, and did his doctorate in history at the University of Washington in the 1980s.

In Indiana they were involved with their church in racial reconciliation.  In 1930 two African-American men were lynched in their town, and that event remained in the consciousness of people who live there today.  Jim and Kresha were part of a movement to bring healing to the community, particularly through the Equal Justice Initiative which is now working to properly memorialize that incident.

Jim got involved with the League because of a friend who works with the League in Sequim.  He signed up to observe the ballot counting at the last election.  He's currently interested generally in the electoral process and issues of social justice.  He was also part of the group that planned the March Unit Meeting program on Racial Justice in Policing. He is looking forward to being more involved with the League in the future.

Film and Forum:  Building Stronger Community through Housing


Co-sponsored by LWVTPC and St. Leo's Leo’s Social Justice Commission, this event humanizes people experiencing homelessness, describes the importance of housing for well-being and creates an opportunity to talk with elected officials about planning for housing needs in Pierce County.

March 27, 10:00 am - Noon, register here.
For more information and a downloadable flier, go here.

Stay Informed with our Observer Reports


Our Observer Corps volunteers attend meetings of elected officials and appointed Boards and Commissions and report on what they are doing.  Find out what is going on in local governments within the county by reading our Observer reports.  These reports have been published since the last Voter.  These and prior reports are found here.

There is a lot going on in each of our municipalities and in Pierce County.  Our Observer Corps is more important than ever, since we have so little local journalism.  In some jurisdictions, the League Observers have been called the "conscience" of the Council.  If you would like to contribute to the community by serving as an Observer, only a brief training is required.  Please contact Cynthia Stewart,
stewdahl@comcast.net.

Here are our recent observer's notes, with thanks to Ann Williams, Jan Furey, Liz Knox and David Harrowe.
Note:  We also post these on Facebook when we get them, so you can read them sooner there.

Welcome New Members!

Bea Hellis               Kresha Warnock

Thank You, Generous Donor!

Laura Gardner

Elections are Right Around the Corner!

Want to help plan and conduct candidate forums?  Learn to be a moderator?  Let Noel Hagens know if you would like to join the Candidate Forum Planning Committee.
 

City Events and Recognitions Committee (CERC) Seeking New Members


The Tacoma City Events and Recognitions Committee (CERC), an advisory and action Committee on matters pertaining to City-hosted events and special recognition programs, is recruiting new members. 
They are seeking residents who love Tacoma and want to celebrate social equality and diversity. 

This committee works closely with city officials, including the Council and the Mayor, to plan civic events, such as the annual City of Tacoma Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, and the Tacoma City of Destiny Awards, where volunteers and professionals dedicated to improving Tacoma are honored.  They meet on the third Wednesday of each month (with a few extra hours around our events). 

The open seats are in Districts 1, 3, and 5 positions and At-Large (3 positions). Apply here before March 24.

Hilltop Library Planning Committee's Little Free Library Project

One of the Action projects approved at our Annual Meeting last year was to support the Hilltop Library Planning Committee.  Pending a real library, the Committee is installing some little free library stands.  Your donations to these new neighborhood amenities would be very welcome.  Please contact Nancy Dahl to arrange a drop-off of your donations.  Children's books are wanted most but all types of books are appreciated.

Some Libraries Opening on Limited Basis

Tacoma Public Libraries has announced that two branches will reopen on a limited basis. The Fern Hill and Swasey locations will be open at limited capacity for 45-minute sessions with reservations in advance, during which patrons can browse the collection, pick up holds, and access computers and printing. Make an appointment at least one day in advance using the online scheduling system here or by calling 253-280-2800.

Webinar:  Breaking the Urban Bubble - Race & Transportation Policy in Pierce County & Tacoma

Panelists Andrew Austin (Government and Community Relations Manager, Sound Transit), Deputy Mayor Keith Blocker (City of Tacoma), Laura Svancarek (CTR & Advocacy Coordinator, Downtown On the Go), Councilmember Derek Young (Pierce County), and moderator Tanisha Jumper (City of Tacoma Media & Communications) will discuss how concerns get addressed in Tacoma and Pierce County.

Part of the Downtown on the Go Friday Forum series, this is an opportunity to learn about transportation issues, challenges and new ideas in Tacoma.

March 25, Noon. Register here.

Meaningful Movies Tacoma & Gig Harbor Present:  Philly D.A.


See the first in a 10-part docuseries embedded inside the long-shot election and tumultuous first term of Larry Krasner, Philadelphia's unapologetic District Attorney, and his experiment to upend the criminal justice system from the inside out.  The series will air on PBS.  This event will feature a panel discussion following the documentary with opportunities for Q&A.

March 26, 6:30 pm. Register here.

Pierce Transit Bus Stop Balancing Project

Pierce Transit is conducting a “Bus Stop Balancing” project. The goal of this project is to speed up trips on Pierce Transit bus rides. They are examining each bus stop and consolidating, removing or relocating stops, based on specific criteria, beginning on Sept. 19, 2021, when the next service change is scheduled. 

The project aims to increase safety, ensure buses are running on time, increase ridership and potentially give us the opportunity to add more service hours with the cost savings. As reported to the Tacoma City Council, 417 bus stops (20% of the total total and including 212 in Tacoma) are being considered for removal because they represent only 7% of boardings. 

Long travel time is the single biggest reason that is cited for not using public transit, and too many stops slow the travel time.  The current standard is one stop everu 1/8 mile in dense areas and every 1/4 mile in other areas.

More information and the opportunity to respond to a survey are here  The survey will be open until April 11.

Survey:  I-405 & SR 167 Tolling

The Washington State Transportation Commission is conducting a survey regarding I-405 and SR 167 tolling.  They ask for your thoughts even if you don’t use the I-405 express toll lanes or SR 167 High Occupancy Traffic (HOT) lanes to provide a unique and much-needed perspective that will inform critical decisions at the state level.  Please take a few minutes to complete this important survey here.

Save the Dates - Convention & Council


Every year, the state and national Leagues hold either Council or Convention.  They alternate, so that Conventions are not held the same year in both organizations.  This year, the state League will hold its biennial Convention on June 24-28, 2021 and national League will hold its biennial Council on June 24 - June 27, 2021. 

At Conventions, formal business is done, such as election of officers, approval of program and budget, and more.  So delegates are formal appointments.  A certain number are allocated per local League. 

At Councils, leaders from each state or local Leagues gather for networking and informative sessions giving updates on issues, technical support, and more. Since no official business will be done at Council, many people can register.

If you are interested in being a delegate to either event, please contact Cynthia Stewart.


Save the Date for our LWVTPC Annual Meeting:  

Saturday, June 6, 2021, 10:00 am - Noon.  Akin to a convention, Annual Meetings are where official business is conducted, including election of officers, approval of budget, program and more.  More information will be available in late April, when members receive their Annual Meeting booklets.
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