Civics 101

View these free webinars from LWV-WA (in partnership with the Williamsburg Regional Library).

View a powerpoint on Zoom Basics to prepare for these webinars.

June 16, 2020: Civics or Civic Education: Same or Different?

What can you do during this period of unrest in America—in addition to voting? What does civics mean to you? Do you need a refresher crash course? Start by learning—in this first webinar from the Williamsburg Area League of Women Voters, co-sponsored with the Williamsburg Regional Library. It covers the basics of civics, some naturalization test questions, civic duties, civic education resources for teachers and parents and how to be a better informed citizen in a democracy.

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 July 21: Voting Rights in America 

How did voting rights in our Constitution evolve since 1787? What did our Founding Fathers envision about voting? What is the history of the power of voting in America?This second Civics 101 webinar answers these questions, reviews the effects of Jim Crow laws, and prepares voters for the recent changes in election laws in Virginia.

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August 18, 2020: 100 Years of Women Suffrage: Standing on Their Shoulders

Women were not GIVEN the right to vote. They had to fight for it for 72 years and more. Who were the women who fought this long battle for suffrage until the 19th Amendment was ratified? And what was the untold story of women of color who were marginalized in this suffrage movement?

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August 26, 2020: Absentee Voting – How does it work?

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September 15, 2020: Barriers to Voting: Fraud or Suppression?

Voter suppression and intimidation have gotten a lot more sophisticated since Jim Crow days. But it is still alive and now includes the spreading of misinformation and charges of fraud. How much does casting doubt on the legitimacy of elections hurt our democracy? How can voters face these barriers and regain trust in our election system?

Powerpoint Slides (pdf)