League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area
March-April 2018 Newsletter

Upcoming  Events
March and April are busy! Our League is involved in supporting an impressive number of events that will inform, engage, and empower.  Please join with other League members at any of these events, listed below in chronological order. 

Daring Democracy
with Frances Moore Lappé
Monday, March 5, 7 PM
Viterbo Fine Arts Center, Main Theater

Wisconsin United to Amend-La Crosse and Viterbo University present an evening with Frances Moore Lappé, co-founder of the Small Planet Institute

Ms. Lappé will discuss her 2017 book, Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, coauthored with Adam Eichen. They tell the story of how our democracy has succumbed to the effects of money in politics and provide inspiring advice on the ways ordinary citizens can work to revitalize it. 

This event is free, open to the public, and no reservations are required. 

Co-sponsored by:
La Crosse Area League of Women Voters, AAUW La Crosse Area,
Driftless Voter Coalition, Organizing For Action, People's Food Co-op,
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of La Crosse Social Justice Committee,
YWCA La Crosse


Support LWV of WI through our Big Share Campaign!
Mark your calendars for March 6 and donate here.
The Big Share is a day that celebrates the generosity of Wisconsin and highlights that when we all work together, we can accomplish so much more! 
Your support continues the vital work for voter protections, fair maps, and fair courts; increases our reach in our outreach efforts; and allows us to track and take action on bills currently moving through the Legislature.
Thanks to a generous matching grant from the Brookby Foundation, you have the opportunity to double the impac t of your gift during The Big Share. 

International Women's Day Celebration
Thursday, March 8
5 PM, appetizers.  5:30 PM, program.
UWL Hall of Nations--1300 Centennial Hall

Program details can be found here.
Welcome New League Members Coffee
Saturday, March 17, 9-10:30 AM
Cabin Coffee Company, 2843 Darling Road, La Crosse

All new members--or those interested in becoming a member--are invited to meet the League Board members and to learn more about the LWV of the La Crosse Area. 

Holmen School Board Candidate Forum 
Monday, March 19, 7-8 PM
Holmen School Board Meeting Room
Frederic D. Frick Administrative Center, 1019 McHugh Road

The three candidates are Anita Jagodzinski, Barb Wettstein, and Kate Mayer. The moderator will take questions from the audience.

Speaking of Democracy
Join the Conversation at LWV Book Club  
Thursday, April 5, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Java Vino, 1505 Losey Blvd. S  
Waking Up White, 
and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

by Debby Irving
For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one "aha!" moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her and ultimately for all of us.

FYI: Debby Irving discusses the ideas from her book in this TED Talk.

*NOTE: The room rental cost is $15 to be divided among participants. Only a couple of dollars at most per time - what a bargain! 

Annual Legislative Day Breakfast
Saturday, April 7
8:30: Registration. 8:45: Breakfast.
9-10:30: Program.
AmericInn-Moxies 1835 Rose Street

League members are invited to meet with area state and federal legislators to discuss the issues and legislation that is being proposed and debated. 
$15.00 per person
Please RSVP by March 30 

You may respond and pay for your lunch via  PayPal .
You may respond by email to smg1514@centurytel.net
by phone to  507-895-6436  and pay for your lunch at the door.

League News and Calls to Action

LWV Voter Registration  at the La Crosse Public Library

LWVLA members Jan Gallagher and Chris Haskell volunteer at the La Crosse Main Library  to help voters with information about registration and voting. League members will be at the library offering information and voter assista nce on March 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, and 14.

LWV La Crosse Area 2018-2019 Program
Please share your ideas.

What is a League Program?  League program is the education and advocacy platform that we adopt at the annual meeting.  The Program represents our priority actions to implement the principles of the LWV US, LWV WI, and local concerns.  The program identifies government and political issues for concerted study and action in the greater La Crosse area. 
The LWVUS Board recommends that Program 2018-2020 continue The Campaign for Making Democracy Work® with Leagues throughout the country working on:
Voting Rights; Improving Elections; Campaign Finance/Money in Politics; Redistricting
Additionally, La Crosse LWV members have long had an interest in natural resource/ water issues, and local education and human service issues. Statewide, the LWV Wisconsin is striving to expand engagement with diverse communities and partner organizations.
"The LWV La Crosse will be recognized as a leader in citizen empowerment to actively participate in the democratic process and promote positive solutions to public policy issues through education and advocacy."  How will you contribute to the work of the LWV La Crosse? 
We invite all members to provide input into the planning for LWV La Crosse 2018-2019 activities and priorities.

Please forward any of your ideas about program areas to Deb Lutjen  LWVLAWI@gmail.com by March 16.

Volunteer Wisconsin Election Observers Needed
Help the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin monitor the April 3rd election.  State League is seeking volunteers to be trained as Election Observers and placed in polling places in specific areas around the state. We will do our best to assign you to a location near your home. You don't need to be a League member to volunteer for this -- although we'd love to have you join us!
Learn more and sign up to volunteer here.

Legislation Tracking Tutorial Available
As interim Chair of the Legislative Committee, Andrea Kaminski has prepared a video tutorial to describe how to track legislation and view the positions LWVWI has taken on state bills on the government websites. It's a great introduction for League members to find information about bills they are interested in and about the League's actions on those bills.  You can view the tutorial through  YouTube. The video is also available through LWVWI's  website.

Call to Action on DACA

We know how important it is to pass a clean Dream Act. This issue needs our attention and action.  

LWV US recently sent a message to encourage League members to contact their congressional members regarding DACA. This action is coordinated with the LWV US Lobby Corps who will be talking with key members of the US House in the next few weeks. You can read the LWV US message  here.

LWV WI Legislative Committee and staff are tracking many bills through the Wisconsin legislature at this time and will include a CTA on DACA to our lists and on the  Voices Call-to-Action App before March 5.

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