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Participants discuss issues presented at the Running for Office Workshop sponsored by the San Antonio Area League of Women Voters on Nov. 10.
Participants discuss issues presented at the Running for Office Workshop sponsored by the San Antonio Area League of Women Voters on Nov. 10.
Guest speaker Councilwoman Ana Sandoval talks about her experiences running for her seat during the workshop.
Guest speaker Councilwoman Ana Sandoval talks about her experiences running for her seat during the workshop.
Linda Arronge and Evelyn Bonavita at the LWVSAA Running for Office Workshop on Nov. 13, 2017.
Linda Arronge and Evelyn Bonavita at the LWVSAA Running for Office Workshop on Nov. 13, 2017.
League members Jenni Blacklock and Kathryn Keeton moderate the panel on human trafficking.
League members Jenni Blacklock and Kathryn Keeton moderate the panel on human trafficking.
From left, panelist Susan Burkholder, moderator Kathryn Keeton, moderator Jenni Blackstock, LWVSAA President Madhu Sridhar, panelists Adrian Owens, Rodney Klein and Peter Sakai.
From left, panelist Susan Burkholder, moderators Kathryn Keeton and Jenni Blacklock, LWVSAA President Madhu Sridhar, panelists Adrian Owens, Rodney Klein and Peter Sakai.
Guests mingle before the panel on human trafficking begins.
Guests mingle before the panel on human trafficking begins.
An audience member makes a point during the human trafficking forum sponsored by the Leaders for Democracy unit of the League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area.
An audience member makes a point during the human trafficking forum.
LWVSA President Madhu Sridhar introduces Mayor Ron Nirenberg at the transportation forum Oct. 10, 2017
LWVSA President Madhu Sridhar introduces Mayor Ron Nirenberg at the transportation forum Oct. 10, 2017. Photo courtesy of the mayor’s office.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg speaks before a full house at the LWV transportation forum.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg speaks before a full house at the LWV transportation forum. Photo courtesy of the mayor’s office.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg at LWV transportation forum
Mayor Ron Nirenberg gives keynote speech at the LWV transportation forum
Panel of experts at LWV transportation forum, Oct. 10, 2017
Panel of experts at LWV transportation forum, Oct. 10, 2017
Panelist Bill Barker, adjunct associate professor of urban and regional planning at UTSA
Panelist Bill Barker, adjunct associate professor of urban and regional planning at UTSA
Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, a panelist at the LWV transportation forum
Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, a panelist at the LWV transportation forum
Panelist Jeff Arndt, President and CEO of VIA Metropolitan Transit
Panelist Jeff Arndt, President and CEO of VIA Metropolitan Transit
Commissioner Kevin Wolff, Chairman of the Alamo Area MPO, panelist
Commissioner Kevin Wolff, Chairman of the Alamo Area MPO, panelist
City officials with LVW of San Antonio Area President Madhu Sridhar at transportation forum
City officials with LVW of San Antonio Area President Madhu Sridhar, third from left, at transportation forum
LWVSA-San Antonio Area President Madhu Sridhar speaks at Joint Base San Antonio on Aug. 23 at the base’s observance of Women’s Equality Day.
Col. Bradford Davis presents Madhu Sridhar the Women’s Equality Day Proclamation from the City of San Antonio signed by Mayor Ron Nirenberg.
Six local Leagues, including the San Antonio Area League, attended a regional training session at Canyon Lake on July 15.
2017 Strategic Planning Session attendees get to know each other with icebreaker Bingo
Future of Public Education in Texas: Panelists. See video on NowCastSA’s YouTube channel: bit.ly/lwvforum
Future of Public Education in Texas, June 12, 2017: Moderator Richard Middleton, Former Superintendent, North East ISD.
Future of Public Education in Texas: Panelist Shari Albright, Chair, Dept. of Education, Trinity University
Future of Public Education in Texas: Panelist Catherine Clark, Senior Consultant, Texas Association of School Boards
Future of Public Education in Texas: Panelist Pedro Martinez, Superintendent, San Antonio ISD
Future of Public Education in Texas: Panelist Brian T. Woods, Superintendent, Northside ISD
Future of Public Education in Texas: an almost-full house listened to the panel
Future of Public Education in Texas: LWV members and panelists after the forum
LWV Annual Meeting, May 20, 2017: Incoming president Madhu Sridhar
LWV Annual Meeting, May 20, 2017: VP of Organization Martha Lankford presents appreciation gifts to Phyllis and Steve Ingram and Nancy Price
LWV Annual Meeting, May 20, 2017
LWV Annual Meeting, May 20, 2017
Dianne Andy speaks to the group at the Running for Office Workshop.
Dianne Andy speaks to the group at the Running for Office Workshop.

 

 

 

Texas hires 1st director of human trafficking prevention

Following on the heels of the human trafficking forum sponsored by the San Antonio Area League's Leaders for Democracy Unit (story below), Texas has hired a director of human trafficking and set aside money for other initiatives to deal with the problem.

We can't take the credit for it, but we are just one of many organizations that have helped to raise awareness of this growing problem.

The Texas Tribune ran a series earlier this year about how state policies failed to help sex trafficking victims. Now it has an inverview with Kim Grabert, the new human trafficking prevention director. You can read it here.

Now is the time to plan
for transportation's future

With the population of the San Antonio area expected to double by 2040, it's not too early to start planning a transportation system that will be able to handle all those people, an expert panel told the audience at a recent forum presented by the League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area.

More roads aren't the answer, although we do need good roads, they agreed. We need more public transit, more walkability and bikeability and more help with funding all of it. Read the story here.

 

 

 

Help prevent election meddling!

No matter if it’s organizations with ties to foreign governments or wealthy special interests at home, Americans have a right to know who is paying for online political ads.

We need to use every lever at our disposal — including ending secret online political ads — to prevent meddling in our elections, and to ensure that Americans know the source of political messages.

Sign an LVW petition to urge the FEC to require online campaign ads to include disclaimers about who is paying for them — as is required for TV and print ads. For more information and the petition, go here.

 

Considering a run for office? Here's helpRunning for Office poster

The first Running for Local Office Workshop is over, but if you missed it, all is not lost.

We have materials from the workshop right here for you to read, and they will help you learn what you need to know as you contemplate running for office.

They are also useful if you are just curious about what kinds of things a person needs to know and do to run, or if you think someday you might want to.

The next workshop, with even more information, will be in early January. Watch for details.

 

 

Human trafficking: Another word for slavery

By JENNI BLACKLOCK
Rodney Klein, education and training manager at the EEOC specializing in labor trafficking, bluntly stated the fact at the Oct. 30 forum about human trafficking in its various horrific forms, sponsored by The Leaders for Democracy, a unit of the League of Women Voters of San Antonio.

The panel at the forum, held at Paesano’s restaurant in Stone Oak, also included Judge Peter Sakai of the 225th District Court representing Children’s Court Divisions; Detective Adrian Owens from the SAPD Special Victims Unit; and Susan Burkholder, director of Ransomed Life, a human trafficking advocacy group.

This has become an increasingly important topic as there are more slaves in the world today than ever before, according to Susan Burkholder.  As many as 1 in 5 trafficking victims in the United States travels through Texas via the I-35 and I-10 corridors, she said.

There are several categories of human trafficking: international/domestic, adult/minor, labor and commercial sex.  According to the Texas Statewide Human Trafficking Mapping Project, an estimated 79,000 minors are being used in the commercial sex industry in Texas.

Read more here.