South Hampton Roads

South Hampton Roads

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active citizen participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues through education and advocacy.

Evicted Book Cover
Event Date: 
Jul 23 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Book discussion: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (author: Matthew Desmond) via ZOOM Imagine: It's a frigid Milwaukee winter, your landlord just told you to get out, and you've nowhere to go. Matthew Desmond followed what happened to dozens of real people in this situation. What can we learn from his observations in the book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City? Let's discuss the book. For more information and to obtain a Zoom link to the meeting, RSVP to SHRLeague [at] with "Evicted" as the subject, please.

Sharon Taylor McGlone
Event Date: 
Aug 15 2020 - 11:00am to 12:45pm

League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads (LWVSHR) member, Sharon McGlone, will tell us about her experiences when she and six other African-American girls integrated the Spotsylvania County School district in 1963. This live online presentation, The Girls Who Brought the Walls Down….and the Walls that remain, is sponsored by the LWVSHR and is free and open to the public on Saturday August 15, 2020 at 11:00am.

One experience Sharon will share begins on the first day: "I had a slightly different first-day experience as a fourth-grader that year. As I entered the fourth grade classroom at Robert E. Lee Elementary School in August, 1963, a boy unleashed a racial epithet, saying his mother told him not to sit next to a N******. The teacher, a small stature woman, spoke in a commanding voice, ‘That word will never be used in this classroom again and she will sit where I tell her to sit.’ I felt a great sense of relief and knew that she would protect me in that classroom.”

Sharon, married, a mother of four, retired educator and new LWVSHR board member, will reflect on her experience 57 years ago as well as the impact on her life. Sharon reflects on this period of her life: “Remembering that period in my life always resurrects feelings of loss, unrealistic expectations and rejection. I remind my nine year old self that it’s OK to be me. I also accept that I am the change I want to see in this world.”

Sharon plans to encourage the conversation about the walls that still remain even after school integration. To join in this important and timely discussion, please RSVP to SHRLeague [at] with Subject: “Girls Who Brought The Walls Down” for login directions. The presentation is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads and is free and open to the public.

Event Date: 
Jul 25 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Reaching a consensus on Affordable Housing -- the proposed new LWV-VA Position

When The New York Times (April7,2018) published information from the Eviction Lab at Princeton University, Virginia had five of the top 10 city eviction rates in the nation. They were Richmond, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, and Chesapeake.
A statewide LWV committee has studied the crisis in Virginia in affordable housing and related issues of poverty and wages.

Event Date: 
Jun 23 2020 - 12:30pm



Event Date: 
May 16 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Event location: 

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Dr. Melusky teaches courses in the Political Science & Geography Department at Old Dominion University.  Dr.

Annual Meeting Notice
Event Date: 
May 30 2020 - 10:45am to 12:30pm
Event location: 

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Public Statement

Dear League members,

Event Date: 
Sep 21 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Event location: 

New Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch Library at Broad Creek

Overview of the League’s many parts and unique practices

Action Alerts

The State Crime Commission met in August regarding legislation introduced during the 2019 Special Session of the General Assembly held in July (see 
Social Justice University
Event Date: 
Sep 29 2019 - 2:30pm to 6:00pm
Event location: 

Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalism

This action-focused, educational briefing is FREE and the public is welcome, so bring your friends! Learn how to talk to your legislators about these issues:

Restorative Justice
Human Rights
Environmental Justice
Voting Rights

Sign in 2:30pm, Program 3:00-5:00pm, Networking till 6:00pm