“Defending Democracy: Empowering Voters”

The League of Women Voters of Baltimore City is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government; works to increase understanding of major public policy issues; and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For almost 100 years, the League of Women Voters has championed voting rights, and today this work is more important than ever.

At the local, state and federal levels, our work on voter protection, election reform, money in politics and redistricting is at the heart of the League’s Mission and its future.

Lois Hybl, Co-President, will present a brief history of the LWV (1920-2018) and its current local/city focus on voting and voting rights; Argentine Craig, Project Coordinator of the 2018 Voter Education/Voter Registration for the Baltimore City Public High Schools and the Baltimore City Community College will describe reaching out to the young voters. Elaine Breslaw, in her role as Team Leader in one of the five designated BCPS, will share her experiences with high school students in registering to vote in 2018.

Lois Hybl came to Baltimore from Iowa in the 1960s and joined the League of Women Voters. She worked first as an education Research Assistant at Johns Hopkins University and then, as a reading curriculum specialist for “Success for ALL” (a nonprofit foundation working with schools with a high percentage of at risk students). When she retired, she became more active in the League – serving as President, Co-President (with Flo Valentine), Treasurer and representative to the Baltimore Education Coalition. She joined the LWV/MD State Board in 2016 and chaired the program on Police Community Relations at the University of Baltimore. She currently serves as 1st Vice President for Action.

Lois is active in the Czech and Slovak Heritage Association and the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church’s Social Action Committee. She and her husband, Albert, enjoy Irish social dancing and ballroom dancing.

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