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We All Have a Role to Play

Whether voting at the ballot box, writing a check, holding a sign, attending a hearing, getting informed, or running for office—in order for our democracy to thrive, we all have a role to play.

Today I am an especially proud wife and mother.

Engaging in our democracy is a core value in our family.  Last night Paxton was recounting the trip he took to Albany with Dada to fight the dragons when he was four.  (Pax and Eric attended a rally to support labor in the wake of Scott Walker's dismantling of collective bargaining in WI.)  He explained to his little brother, "so now it's your turn."  Pax then asked his father, “When is it Mama's turn to go to Albany?”

My turn comes on Sunday.  I’m headed up to our state capital to participate in the New York Conference of Mayors' Winter Legislative Meeting.  Tonight I’ll attempt to explain to the boys that there are many ways to honor our democracy.  Whether voting at the ballot box, writing a check, holding a sign, attending a hearing, getting informed, or running for office—in order for our democracy to thrive, we all have a role to play.

Want to learn more about hydrofracking and how you can make a difference?  One organization that's working hard on this issue is Riverkeeper, based right here in Ossining.  Also, the Working Families party has be out front on this.  And today's event was organized by Frack Action.

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Betsy Shaw Weiner February 05, 2013 at 12:27 PM
Excellent, Victoria. Another way to participate would be to join the League of Women Voters (whether you are man or woman), and help it in its mission of voters service and education. The LWV, strictly non-partisan, doesn't support or oppose candidates, but studies issues it selects, reaches a consensuses among its members, and then takes action on those issues where and when appropriate and needed. It also works to protect voting rights, and with each election distributes facts for voters and sponsors and/or moderates candidates meetings. The offices of the State LWV are in Albany; from there its Legislative Action people lobby the Legislature on action items. Here in the county there are eleven local Leagues, with the League of Women Voters of Westchester providing services and taking action on county issues, attending meetings of committees of the County Legislature so as to moniter progress (or not) on county action issues. The League always needs more help in this work. Anyone interested can join - call the County League office at 949-0507 tp find out where and how.

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