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Voting Rights and 2020 Elections

AAUW actively supports voting rights. In order to vote safely this year, Vote-By-Mail efforts are underway across Louisiana. You can find information about voting at Geauxvote.com.

Presently it is already in the law that senior citizens, 65 years and older, can request mail-in ballots. AAUW Baton Rouge made a tutorial for how to sign up for a paper ballot for the next and all subsequent elections. Click here for a step-by-step tutorial.

Are you under 65 and concerned about COVID-19 and voting safely if you have a health issue? Click here for a special absentee ballot application that must be received by your parish registrar of voters by July 7 for the July 11, 2020 election.

We Stand United Against Racism

AAUW joins the nation in mourning the losses of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless other people of color who have been unjustly killed across our nation. Our country needs healing. But healing will only come with justice. Read the statement from AAUW CEO Kimberly Churches: https://www.aauw.org/resources/news/media/press-releases/aauw-stands-against-racism/

Branch Planning Meeting 2020

This year’s Planning Meeting will be held differently than in the past. We will meet on-line in a Zoom meeting on Sunday, June 4 from 2-4pm. All branch members will get a link to the meeting in an email. All members are encouraged to join.

Zoom is free to use. You can download  the app for a computer or smart phone. To join with video and sound on a computer, you’ll need a camera and microphone. Smart phones and most laptops have both built in. You can also join with audio only from a computer. Or you  can call one of the phone numbers in the meeting invite to join by audio only.

However you can, please plan on joining the Zoom Planning Meeting. The more input we have from our members, the better our branch will be able to move forward during these difficult times.

Members met last year at the Goodwood Branch of the EBRP Public Library to plan for the coming year.  Front row, left to right, officers Pam Baldwin; treasurer; June Klimash; president; Julie Sukkar, vice-president; and Rebecca Triche, secretary.  Back row, left to right, members Jan Koellen, Faye Ferdinand, Betty Lou Roundtree, Anne Campbell, Valerie Jackson-Jones, JiJi Jonas, and Eileen Kennedy.

Branch Annual Meeting 2020

We met in April 25, 2020 via Zoom for the Annual Branch Meeting and award scholarships. Since it was a virtual meeting, scholarship recipients were sent checks with plans to meet once it is safe again.

The membership voted on the new officer slate and approved the budget.

AAUW sponsored an event during  Women’s Week in 2015 that is very important to our city and region. 

A. Hays Town Sr. explained in his discussion “Saving our Water”, about the pending crisis with the drinking water supply of Baton Rouge and many surrounding areas. In case you missed it, click the links below for some details.  (The files were split for space reasons only.)

Save our Water 2015, pt1

Save our Water 2015, pt2

In 2014 we celebrated our 100th Anniversary

The AAUW Baton Rouge Louisiana branch is part of the national organization of AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women). AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Founded in 1881 by seventeen alumnae of eight colleges, AAUW is the largest, oldest national organization dedicated to the advancement of women and education. For more than 128 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work.