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Join us for our next Great Decisions 2021 session
a chance to listen/learn/comment/question
on the U.S. roles in international relations 

On Tuesday, April 20th, at 11:45 a.m. our seventh discussion using Zoom will be “Struggles Over the Melting Artic” Moderator Guinn Unger will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues. We plan to finish the discussion at 1:15 p.m., but it may go a bit longer if warranted by questions and follow-up.

U.S. President Donald Trump left many scratching their heads when it was rumored that he was looking to purchase the large island nation of Greenland from Denmark. While any potential deal seems highly unlikely, the event shows the changing opinion within the U.S. government toward engagement with the Arctic region. Because of climate change, large sheets of arctic ice are melting, exposing vast stores of natural gas and oil. With Russia and China already miles ahead with their Arctic strategies, can the U.S. catch up?

Guinn grew up as an Army brat and lived in many different places. He graduated from Frankfurt American High School in Frankfurt, Germany, then attended Rice University in Houston, graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Guinn worked for McDonnell Douglas at the NASA Johnson Space Center on the space shuttle design team. He also worked as a computer software developer, computer consultant, and small business owner.

Join the Zoom discussion:

Meeting ID: 831 9178 9255

Passcode: 518188

Date: April 6th
Time: 11:45 a.m. MST

For more about our exciting

Great Decisions series for 2021

CLICK Great Decisions 2021

Great Decisions 2021 is sponsored by

The League of Women Voters of La Plata County, 

the local chapter of the American Association of University Women

 and the Durango Public Library.

League Advocacy and Action


The US House of Representatives is gearing up to bring HR1 to a vote TODAY. This sweeping piece of legislation is the most expansive democracy reform agenda we have seen since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It will root out voter suppressionestablish criteria and transparency to end partisan gerrymandering, and return political power to the people. We must get this bold, transformative set of reforms over the finish line, but we cannot do it without your help!   

The For the People Act is the democracy reform bill the American people want and deserve. This legislation will put power back in the hands of American voters by making voting easier, more accessible, and modernized.

It's up to us to speak up for what's right. Contact your Representative* and tell them to vote YES for the For the People Act.

Find more Action Alerts on our ACTION ALERTS page

and don't forget to contact your LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES


Sponsors: Sens. Gonzales and Moreno & Reps. Caraveo and Gonzales-Gutierrez

One in four Colorado renters spend more than 50% of their income on housing and this financial burden can be exacerbated by excessive late fees, putting many Coloradans at risk of eviction.  Colorado tenants facing eviction need to have due process of law. The current eviction court requirement that renters post a bond before they can assert their right to a habitable home as an eviction defense is not attainable by many low-income renters. The current recourse for a tenant experiencing an illegal lockout is to seek legal advice and to file a lawsuit against the landlord. These actions are out of reach for many tenants, especially low-income and undocumented tenants. Please urge your Senator to support this important legislation and establish penalties for landlords who illegally lock out tenants without a court order.


SB21-173 is scheduled for second reading on the Senate Floor on Tuesday April 6.

TAKE ACTION! Contact your Senator to urge them to vote YES on SB21-173.


CALL YOUR SenatorTODAY – Members of the State Senate will decide whether this bill moves forward and advances to the House of Representatives.  Call your Senator to tell them how important this issue is to you and your community and urge their YES vote on SB 173.

About Us


The League is nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.  We encourage informed and active participation in government, and work  to increase understanding of major public policy issues.  We influence  public policy through education and advocacy based on policy positions that are adopted by our members following studies and agreement.

The League of Women Voters of La Plata County has restated its goals
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The League of Women Voters of La Plata County works for a stronger democracy, rooted in principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Our DEI working group is committed to ensuring that every voice is heard, every individual is counted, and every person has a seat at the table. 2/22/2021

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