League of Women Voters speaker in Angel Fire

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Wheeler Peak Progressives will host a public program, "Making Democracy Work," that features nationally acclaimed speaker Linda Moscarella from the League of Women Voters. The talk will be Saturday (Oct. 21) from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the First National Bank of Angel Fire (1 First National Place).

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

"We're honored to welcome Linda Moscarella, a League of Women Voters member-at-large and past League national board member," said Linda Hughes, a founding member of WPP, in a statement from the organization. "This is a unique opportunity as Linda has worked for good governance with the league since the '70s and was the national league's representative at the United Nations."

In her capacity at the U.N., Moscarella traveled to Africa to help Nigerian - and later Botswanan - women get involved in politics and governance. She also went to Bosnia to run voter registration drives and monitor elections after the civil wars, which followed the dissolution of Yugoslavia.

When she moved to New Mexico, she was active in the New Mexico League of Women Voters, organizing voter registration drives, creating voters guides, moderating candidate forums and working in polling places, as well as being active in precinct election activities.

The League of Women Voters was founded 95 years ago because leaders like its founder, Carrie Chapman Catt, understood that more than 20 million new women voters were going to need reliable information in order to carry out their new responsibilities as voters, the league website said.

WPP members will have a brief members-only meeting in executive session before the program from 2-2:30 p.m.

WPP is a nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy group of 130 friends and neighbors from Angel Fire, Black Lake, Eagle Nest, Valle Escondido and Red River.

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