August 2017
Statement on Events in Charlottesville, August 12

This statement is from the LWVUS. 

"Yesterday the world watched in horror as white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia. There is no place for hatred and violence in our democracy and all leaders must condemn these acts of domestic terrorism. We must send a strong message that while the freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly are some of our most cherished rights and must be protected, those rights do not extend to what we witnessed yesterday. The League of Women Voters stands in solidarity with the victims of violence in Charlottesville and against white supremacism."

What Have We Been Doing?
Bay County Geographical Unit

A League geographical unit has been formed for Bay County. As a startup League, they will operate under the auspices of the LWV-Midland Area. Pam Saddler is the leader and welcomes all interested Bay County residents.
Redistricting - Where is the League?
The LWV of Michigan has released the following statement:

The League of Women Voters supports an Independent Commission as a solution to the problems with Michigan's current redistricting process. LWVMI is aware that other groups are thinking about a ballot proposal campaign. At this time, the League has not endorsed a ballot proposal or joined a coalition to do so. The LWVMI Board will evaluate the possibility of joining a ballot campaign based on the proposal and the probability of the campaign's success.

The important parts are:
  • League has not endorsed a ballot proposal or joined a coalition
  • The LWVMI understands that a successful campaign will need a strong coalition with an agreed upon proposal
  • The LWVMI is working with other groups to achieve these goals
  • The LWVMI is providing educational materials and presentations about redistricting and the issues involved
PROGRAM CHAIRS: If your group is interested in hosting an educational program, contact Sue McCollister. We have presenters available to given an educational presentation about redistricting for your small or medium size group. 

New Board Members
President - Katherine Redwine
Treasurer - Karen Sherwood
Secretary - Julie Schmidt - also website
VP Membership - Judy McDowell
VP Program - Sharron Such
Director, Program Co-chair - Judy Donahue
Director, Voter Service - Sue McCollister
Director, Voter Service - Kim Steinke
Director, Natural Resources - Carole Swinehart
Director, Education - Terry Townley
Director, Voter Service - Al Bailey
Director, Natural Resources - Sandy Collinson
Director, Sandy Haughton
Director, Carol McPherson
Director, Bay County - Pam Saddler
Director, Print Media - Cathy Heng
Director at Large - Fran Hamburg

Upcoming Events
Registration of Students at Delta College
Aug 28-31, 10am - 2pm

We will again assist with voter registration of people at Delta College. If you want to take a shift, please contact Sue McCollister right away to be put on the schedule. Please note that there will be no evening hours this time.

Great Lakes Challenges and Solutions
Sept 19, 7pm
Chippewa Nature Center

Susan Dixon will discuss the need for protecting the Great Lakes federally and collectively. She will also update us on the Pipeline 5 issue. Suzanne s erved for the last 6 years as Director of Natural Resources on the State Board for LWVMI, guiding advocacy of the League and acting as a watchdog for Natural Resources Policy in Michigan.

Join Us!

The LWV of the Midland Area is a member of the LWV - Lake Michigan Region.
More Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendar!

Oct 11 - Senior Expo at Midland Mall
Oct 17 - Member Social - more details coming
Nov 6, 7pm - Tour of Central Park Elementary School, the new STEM school. More info later.

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