Dr. Deborah Turner was elected as the 20th president of the board of the League of Women Voters of the United States at our June convention.

She has roots in Iowa but lives in Nebraska. Dr. Turner told more than two thousand League members in her Convention remarks. “The League is at the intersection of democracy, social justice, and civil rights and it is through that lens that we seek to advance voting rights in this country.”

Welcome to the website of The League of Women Voters of Black Hawk-Bremer Counties

Our League

  • promotes active and informed participation through voter registration and voter education

  • provides leadership for legislative public forums when the state legislature is in session

  • provides leadership for non-partisan public forums for candidates for local and state office

  • researches and studies issues

  • discusses findings to reach consensus in open, constructive and stimulating settings

  • observes and monitors public meetings

  • takes action -- for or against issues which the membership has studied and reached consensus

LOOKING FOR THE BLACK HAWK OR BREMER COUNTY DIRECTORY OF ELECTED OFFICIALS? IT IS HERE! THE FILES ARE POSTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE. YOU ARE WELCOME TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT. We have already distributed hundreds of copies throughout our two counties at courthouses, libraries, and other public spaces.

All League events are listed on this web's Events Calendar page. We also create events on our Facebook page.

Past President Gerri Perreault and Dr. Cate Palczewski, after her presentation to our Holiday Social, 2018

Events Fall 2020 -- Join us on Facebook for two events

UNI Professor Catherine Palczewski will present a virtual program, “Bodies that Argue: Commemorating Women's Struggle for the Vote,” on Tuesday, September 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, using Zoom and Facebook.

LWVBHB Vice President Cindy Wells will serve as the moderator.

Doris Kelly, Chair of Iowa’s 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration Committee, will introduce the speaker and update the audience regarding events that were canceled due to the pandemic.

Audience members can ask questions on Facebook. The program is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Black Hawk/Bremer Counties.

The public will be able to view it on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/709774819612997/

Questions can be submitted as comments on the Event Facebook page, or submitted prior to the event at lwvbkb@gmail.com

For more information contact: LWV BHB President, Cherie Dargan lwvbkb@gmail.com (319) 610-1805

Voting During the Pandemic: A Panel

Join us for a Virtual Panel on Voting on Wednesday, September 30 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

We will use Facebook Live. The public can view it on our Facebook page,

Yeshi Abebe will serve as the moderator.

The Panel will include: Grant Veeder, BH County Auditor; Shelly Wolf, Bremer County Auditor; Lea Ann Saul, BH County Republican Chair; Vikki Brown, BH County Democratic Chair; Paul Pate, Iowa State Secretary of State; and Terese Grant, LWV IA President. The Panel is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Black Hawk-Bremer Counties.

Questions can be submitted as comments on the Facebook page, or submitted prior to the event at lwvbkb@gmail.com

For more information contact: LWV BHB President, Cherie Dargan

lwvbkb@gmail.com (319) 610-1805

Dates for Virtual 2020 Candidate Forums

(All sessions will be done using Facebook Live)

Thursday, October 8, 7:00-8:30 -- Candidates for Black Hawk County

Moderator: Cindy Wells

Thursday, October 15, 7:00-8:30 -- Candidates for the Iowa Legislature

Moderator: Steve Carignan

Our Legislative Forums will be held virtually. See our Facebook page, Cedar Valley Legislative Forums, for details.

https://www.facebook.com/cvlforum/

Below: December, 2019 -- Conversation with our Legislators

We had a wonderful, informal session with our local legislators. They talked about some of the issues and legislation that they hoped to work on during the upcoming session.

Are you a registered voter in Iowa?

Use your smartphone to open the online voter registration form

  1. Grab your smartphone and open the app store for a QR code reader if you do not have one.

2. Open the app and hold your phone to capture the QR code

3. The QR code opens the URL (web address), click it to open Voter Registration form on the Iowa DOT web site. Fill out your voter registration!

Pictures of our 2019 Holiday Social, in better times!

Naturalization Ceremony at UNI, 2019

This year the ceremony was cancelled, due to the Pandemic. However, last year a small group of us attended the ceremony at UNI, welcoming 130 new citizens from a number of countries: the youngest person was 20 and the oldest was in his late 80s.

Mike Dargan and Gerri Perreault pose with Pat Harper, who registered several new voters.

Willie Mae Wright stood down front and greeted each person, handing them a card summarizing changes to Iowa's voting laws.

Cedar Valley Legislative Forums, Pre-Pandemic

We had just moved to our new "home" for the Cedar Valley Legislative Forums at Hawkeye Community College's facility, The Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center in downtown Waterloo, when the Pandemic hit. What a great facility.

We hope to return someday.

Thank you

Thank you to Jean Seeland for all of her hard work making these arrangements. Remember that League is ONLY one of several dozen organizations sponsoring the Forum.

Thanks to our Legislators, our Moderators, and Jerry Hageman for serving as Timekeeper--and to those who attended the forums and asked questions.

Follow the Cedar Valley Legislative Forums on Facebook; we post Facebook Live sessions there.

https://www.facebook.com/cvlforum/

Did you miss the Forum? You can watch it on Facebook Live, posted at this special Facebook page for the Forums.

Thanks go to Mike Dargan for doing this! He recorded all of our sessions.

Legislative Priorities for 2020

What issues are we going to focus on this year?

You can download a PDF at the bottom of this page that includes the details for each of the following topics.

« Automatic reinstatement of voting rights for people with felony convictions upon release from incarceration. Iowa and Kentucky are the only states to permanently ban all individuals with a felony conviction from voting unless rights are restored by the Governor. Legislators need to take immediate action to begin the process for a constitutional amendment to be presented to the voters in 2022.«

«Protect Iowa’s redistricting process. The “Iowa Model” ensures that there is a balanced, fair, and nonpartisan approach to redrawing the political landscape.

« Increase the state sales tax to create a stable, sufficient, and dedicated funding source for water quality. The Legislature needs to ensure REAP is fully funded at no less than $20 million.

« Build on Iowa’s successful bottle redemption law by adding other non-carbonated beverages, doubling the deposit, and increasing handling fees that go to redemption centers. Stores should not be allowed to opt out of the collections; instead the Legislature should use unredeemed deposits to incentivize partnerships with redemption centers.

« Ensure reliable and sufficient funding for the state’s regional mental health and disability services system, including funding for the new core services for those with complex needs and children. « Guarantee access to comprehensive women’s reproductive health services.

« Ensure Medicaid services are comprehensive and accessible throughout the state without unnecessary administrative burdens. « Fully fund all levels of education, including childcare, preschool, K-12 education, community colleges, and Regents institutions.

« Address the income cliff for childcare assistance and ensure quality and safety with better oversight and enforcement of unlicensed and unregulated childcare homes. Working families should not be forced to choose between safety, affordable childcare, and job advancements.

« Provide greater judicial flexibility in sentencing by eliminating mandatory minimum sentencing and penalty enhancements that do not contribute to public safety.

« Protect and support victims of sex and labor trafficking and adopt policies to prevent human trafficking and build public awareness.

« Oppose reinstatement of the death penalty.

« Enact gun safety laws that encourage responsible gun ownership, give law enforcement greater authority to deny licenses, ensure background checks are conducted prior to any purchase, and protect children from gun violence.

« Support the adoption of state strategies to address climate change.

« Make Iowa a welcoming place for immigrants and refugees.

Copies of our Directories of Elected Officials for Black Hawk and Bremer County are at the bottom of the page.

Feel free to download and print for yourself. Otherwise, copies have been distributed throughout the two Counties.

Who is invited to the Forums?

ALL Area Legislators are welcome--letters are sent to them, inviting them to participate. Senator Eric Giddens, Senator Bill Dix, Senator Bill Dotzler, Senator Craig Johnson, and Senator Jeff Edler. Rep. Pat Grassley, Rep. Sandy Salmon, Rep. Bob Kressig, Rep. Timi Brown-Powers, Rep. Dave Williams, Rep. Ras Smith, Rep. Bruce Bearinger, and Rep. Dean Fisher.

Who Sponsors the Cedar Valley Legislative Forums?

AAUW-Waterloo, AFSCME, ARC, American Democracy Project, Black Hawk Area Assembly, Black Hawk County Democrats, Black Hawk County Farm Bureau, Black Hawk County Board of Health, Black Hawk County ISU Extension & Outreach, Cedar Falls Education Association, Cedar Falls Educational Support Professionals, Cedar Valley Jaycees, Cedar Valley United Nations Association, Cedar Prairie Group—Sierra Club, CWA Local 7108, Department of Correctional Services, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber, Hawkeye Community College, Hawkeye UniServe Unit/ISEA, International Brotherhood Electrical Workers Local Union 288, Northeast Iowa Area Agencies on Aging, League of Women Voters of Black Hawk and Bremer Counties, Main Street Cedar Falls, NAACP-Black Hawk County Branch,

Waterloo Education Association, Waterloo Educational Support Personnel, and YWCA--Black Hawk County.

Who Coordinates the Forums?

It takes a lot of work to put together all of the details. Thank you to Jean Seeland for her hard work! Others, such as Pat Harper, Pat Sass, and Jerry Hageman have also helped.

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Last updated September 13, 2020

Cherie Dargan, Webmaster