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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Annual Meeting

Time:  7:00 p.m.
Place:  McLean Cty Government Ctr
            115 E. Washington St, Bl

This important meeting will deal with Programs, Bylaws, Budget, and Election of Officers for the coming year. But this meeting will not be just about "League business." It will be an opportunity to celebrate our League’s accomplishments over the past year and a chance to participate in shaping the direction we will be taking in the future. What a wonderful way to get together and thank all the wonderful volunteers that have made this year so successful!

Special Screening of the Film, Documented

The League of Women Voters helped host a double event on April 8: we paired our Drinks and Dialogue discussion with the Immigration Project’s showing of the documentary film, “Documented,” which was created by Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, about his experience being undocumented in the United States. The League was a co-sponsor of this film, which was followed by a discussion on immigration.

The Drinks and Dialogue discussion was attended by about 25! There was a lively discussion of the problems of our immigration laws and the stalemate in Congress to fix our broken immigration system. Expert discussants included Immigration Project Executive Director Jasmine McGee and staff attorney Charlotte Alvarez, as well as Jennifer Carillo from Illinois People’s Action. Issues included amnesty, the phrase “illegal aliens” versus “undocumented immigrants,” immigrants' effect on our economy and jobs, what immigrants offer to our country, and seeing immigration issues as a civil rights issue.

The film “Documented” follows the life of Jose Antonio Vargas, who came to the United States from the Philippines as a 12 year old boy who didn’t realize he was undocumented until he went to get a driver’s license when he was 16 years old. At 31, he was too old to qualify for the first Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive action, but he will qualify for President Obama’s newest executive action, if it goes into effect. He has been unable to travel back to the Philippines to see his mother since he left 20 years ago, since he would be unable to reenter the U.S. if he did so. This moving film was an in-depth portrayal of the difficulties experienced by so many undocumented immigrants. The discussion that followed the film included a short presentation by a couple who came from Iran as refugees and have now gained their citizenship. ,P.

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Upcoming Event
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Annual Dinner/Fundraiser

The 2015 League of Women Voters of McLean County's Annual Dinner will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 3202 East Empire in Bloomington. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner catered by Baxter's American Grille and have time to shop and bid on silent auction items.

Featured speakers will be from the Illinois Innocence Project, University of Illinois. John Hanlon, Executive Director and Legal Director, Lauren Kaeseberg, Staff Attorney at the Illinois Project, and client Anthony Murray will talk about working on exonerations and discuss exonorees 'life after' issues.

Tickets are $50.00 and are available from any LWV board member. Reservations can be made by calling Dianne Williamson at 309-662-6129 or sending an email to Dianne at annualdinner@lwvmclean.org. Reservations are due by April 15th.