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  • Watch CrossCurrents: GMOs in Our Food Supply-Risks and Benefits

    LWV and City of Fort Collins hosted panel discussion on December 4, 2014

    Click here to watch

    Recommended Reading

    On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman (University of Chicago Press, 2014).

    Why did Ferguson happen? What’s the chance of it happening again?

    The War on Drugs, forty years in, has almost had no effect in preventing drugs from being used or sold in this country -- but other consequences have been catastrophic. It has “created a little known surveillance state in America’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Arrest quotas and high-tech surveillance techniques criminalize entire blocks…” (from the book jacket).

    In these neighborhoods, Alice Goffman, the author of On the Run, tells us, “police helicopters circle overhead, police cameras monitor passersby and policy routinely stop, search and arrest people in the streets.” Without any Constitutional protection that the rest of us take for granted, young, mostly black, men in these neighborhoods become fugitives in their own heavily policed home ground. Whether or not they have committed any crime or are members of any gang, they are all randomly seen by law enforcement as suspects or criminals and live in fear that any contact with the police will send them to jail or prison.

    Alice Goffman spent six years living in one such neighborhood in Philadelphia. She got to know well a cast of young black men who, like many others in the area, are caught up in a web of warrants and surveillance. The author found, over and over, the relentless toll that the presumption of criminality takes on families – and futures (and even lives).

    Read the book –it is an experience in real human terms of what it’s like to live in a disadvantaged, criminalized surveillance neighborhood similar to Ferguson.


     Recommended Reading

    Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United.

    By Zephyr Teachout. Harvard University Press, 2014.

    In Citizens United, the Supreme Court effectively gave wealthy individuals and corporations the right to spend as much as they liked to influence elections and policy. The author of the book under review, Zephyr Teachout, tells us that the “crux of the Citizens United opinion is a claim about the nature of corruption and its historical role in American law.” What does she mean? Click here to read more.


    Invitation to a New League Study

    Money in Politics: Developing a Common Understanding of the Issues is an important new League study that was adopted at the League's national convention in June. 


    Read article in Body+Mind Magazine about our very own superwoman: Florence Field. The article is about her fight for social justice and civil liberties.

    Florence Field


    Watch LWV of Larimer County's panel discussion on Transparency in Local Government: Why it is Essential to Democracy

    March 24, 2014

    Panelists: Peg Perl, Ed Otte, Jeff Stahla, Bob Bacon

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg5ASi1hQeQ (22 minutes long)


    The LWV of Larimer County held a panel discussion on: 
     Income Inequality:
     

    Loss of the American Dream?
    Listen to part 1 and part 2:







    For Information on Bills being Introduced in the Colorado Legislature go to:  www.leg.state.co.us

    Comcast Channel 165 provides live streaming video coverage of the House and Senate in action


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Calendar of Events ‎‎‎(* go to Calendar of Events page)‎‎‎

DateTimeEventLocation
  LWVCO Legislative Action Committee meeting LWVCO office in Denver 
    
    
December 15, 2014  Affordable Housing Team WORKING MEETING Information on this team is found on 'about us' page 
December 15, 2014  BILL OF RIGHTS DAY  
January 1, 2015   INFO@LWVCOLORADO.org 1410 Grant Street, Denver 
January 7, 2015  Colorado General Assembly Convenes  
January 9, 2015  Legislative Action Committee (LAC) meeting LWVCO office 
January 12, 2015 6:30 to 8:30 Membership and Invited Guests Larimer County LWV 2015 Planning Meeting  
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