Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy    JOINDONATE
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy    JOINDONATE

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“I do not believe that the world would be entirely different if there were more women leaders. Maybe if everybody in leadership was a woman, you might not get into the conflicts in the first place. But if you watch the women who have made it to the top, they haven’t exactly been non-aggressive – including me.” “I think that we all know what evil is. We have a sense of what’s evil, and certainly killing innocent people is evil. We’re less sure about what is good. There’s sort of good, good enough, could be better – but absolute good is a little harder to define.” ~ Madeleine Albright
Overview With the rapid pace at which technology is advancing, people are purchasing new computer systems, televisions, DVD players, and other electronic components in record numbers. Industry experts estimate that American consumers dispose of 400 million units of electronic equipment per year. Recycling electronic waste protects the environment by keeping toxic materials, such as lead,...
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New Board of Elections websites: voterlookup.elections.ny.gov – This site allows you to check your polling site and track your absentee ballot.  absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov – Go to this site to request an absentee ballot. Reminder: COVID remains a valid reason to vote by absentee ballot. Unlike in years past, if you vote by absentee ballot, you will...
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Two volunteers are needed to do voter registration on Sunday May 22 at Temple Bnai Torah in Wantagh from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Additional voter registration times and dates are possible. If you are willing and able to assist with voter registration, please contact Barbara Epstein: epsteinb1@gmail.com or 516-221-1948.
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Super PACs must technically disclose their donors, but those donors often include dark money groups. Dark money refers to money intended to influence election results from undisclosed sources. By having dark money donors, super PACs circumvent financial disclosure requirements. This allows a network of secret organizations to influence our elections without our knowledge. Despite Citizens...
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The NYS Court of Appeals decision on April 27 ruled that the Democrat controlled Legislature gerrymandered the Congressional and State Senate maps to give their party an advantage, and that they are unconstitutional. The maps must be re-drawn by a neutral expert. As a result, it may be necessary to move the Congressional and State...
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Challenged Books According to the American Library Association (ALA), a challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove...
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In a democracy, politicians are expected to represent each person equally, regardless of their financial status. The principle of “one-person, one-vote” means that no matter who we are, our rights to health care, education, housing, and other basic needs are equally important. Money in politics complicates this system. When politicians receive large financial contributions from...
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The American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 156 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2020. Of the 273 books that were targeted, here are the most challenged, along with the reasons cited for censoring the books: George by Alex Gino Challenged, banned, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, conflicting with...
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Interesting stats about women in the world today. Today, 71% of moms with kids under 18 work. In 1975, fewer than 47% did. Once, women working outside of the home was frowned upon and most who did worked as maids, seamstresses, took in laundry or worked in a traditionally female field. Today, more women not...
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