About the book: Virginia Hall, the subject of this nonfiction book, was anything but a woman of no importance. Despite having a wooden leg as the result of a shooting accident when she was 25, the “Limping Lady” lived, survived, and even excelled in the “man’s world” of espionage and war in France during WW II. Hall worked for the British Secret Service from 1939-1942 and for the American Secret Service from 1943 until after the end of the war. The German Gestapo named her “the most dangerous spy in France,” doing everything they possibly could to locate and eliminate her. The book reads like a novel. Sonia Purnell is an award-winning British author who spent more than three years researching Virginia Hall in preparation for writing this remarkable biography.
League of Women Voters Champaign County, When We All Vote of Champaign County, ILVOTE of Champaign County, Illinois Student Government, and UIUC Student Advocacy Coalition are holding a virtual voter registration drive this week in honor of Dr. King's life and legacy.
Ways to participate:
Let us know if you've registered to vote or helped someone register by using this short form: https://forms.gle/RZhDr1pSuATrm62c6.
The video of the meeting is available on the LWVCC YouTube site.
The Community Gun Violence Reduction Blueprint is a comprehensive plan. The summary provided in the first three pages of this link provide an excellent resource for the conversation.
Observer Corps: Contributing to Citizen Oversight. December 8, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. See LWVCC's Youtube site for the video for this meeting (1 hour, 11 minutes).
Brant Houston, Professor, College of Media UIUC and Jan Dorner, Observer Trainer, League of Women Voters of Illinois (LWVIL). For December's Timely Topics program, Professor Brant Houston, Knight Foundation Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at UIUC, spoke on the reduction in local news reporting and the importance of citizen oversight. Jan Dorner of the Illinois League told us about LWVIL’s support of local Leagues’ Observer programs.
A video of this presentation (1 hour 7 minutes) is available on LWVCC's YouTube site. Or, view a pdf of the "Truth Sandwich" slides from the presentation.
Attendees had a chance to:
Here is some pre-meeting reading material used for the meeting - an interview with professor and media expert Kathryn Hall Jamieson on Facts vs. Misinformation.
Take a look at this short yet compelling interview from CBS This Morning a few days ago - with author Michael Lewis. And, from The Guardian: "The Premonition is the story of a group of medics and scientists who attempt to get the US government to take pandemic response seriously….Lewis’s main subjects are a group of extraordinarily dedicated, resourceful, and conscientious people who understand how drastically underprepared America is for a viral pandemic. They know what needs to be done to redress the situation but are up against the fragmented dysfunction of the federal government.”
This Zoom meeting was open to the public.
Pandemic: Redefining Our World: Annual Wesley Fall Seminar. October 24, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm. Wesley Church, UIUC. map A panel of experts discussed new directions inhealth care, education, energy sourcing, agricultural practices, social psychology, and the global economy. Attendees should be vaccinated. Masks were required. The Seminar was live streamed and will be available later on video. Sponsored by Wesley United Methodist Church and Student Foundation, with support from the League of Women Voters, Champaign County
Timely Topics: lllinois' Equitable Clean Energy Future Presentation by Amanda Pankau, Energy Campaign Coordinator, Prairie Rivers Network. Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm . Zoom Meeting. lllinois' new comprehensive energy and climate bill, the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (SB 2408, CEJA), sets Illinois on a path to a 100% clean energy future by 2050 and delivers 100% carbon-free power by 2045. Amand Pankau talked about how the bill protects the planet and public health, builds an equitable clean energy economy for all, holds utilities accountable,supports transitioning coal communities and workers, and more.
If you missed LWVCC's Timely Topic on October 13, it's now available on YouTube.