League Of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area
May 2017 Newsletter
Spring Calendar of Events
May 4th "Contacting Your Legislators: Democracy Bootcamp"
Sponsored by LWV & La Crosse Public Library
6:00 pm  La Crosse Public Library, 800 Main St, La Crosse
May 6th  "Navigation Tools for Uncertain Waters"
LWV Upper Mississippi River Region Annual Meeting
8:00am - 3:00pm  Lunda Center, Western Technical College, La Crosse
Registration information: www.lwvumrr.org
Public invited  $45 registration
May 15th  LWV La Crosse Area Annual Meeting
5:30 - 8:00 pm  Waterfront Banquet Room
328 Front St, La Crosse
RSVP dinner preference $30 (optional) by May 4th
Reservation information at www.lwvlacrosse.org/calendar.html
LWV members and their invited guests/ potential members

May 23  League Book Club
6:30-8:00pm  Java Vino
The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker  by Catherine Cramer

June 9-10  LWV Wisconsin Annual Meeting
Hyatt Regency Green Bay
Agenda:  http://www.lwvwi.org/NewsEvents/2017AnnualMeeting.aspx
LWV La Crosse members interested in attending send a message to  LWVLAWI@gmail.com

Learn how to get your message to your elected representatives and to effectively make the impact you want. Brad Pfaff of Congressman Ron Kind's office and Taylor Goodine from State Senator Jennifer Shilling's office will guide you through the process of making your voice heard.

For more information contact Barry McKnight at 608.789.7122

Volunteers Needed
LWV UMRR May 6th meeting
Local LWV members are invited to help register participants attending the annual meeting of the Upper Mississippi River Region Inter-League Organiza-tion on May 6th at the Lunda Center, Western Technical College. Leagues from Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota  established this Inter-League Organization to pursue protection of the Upper Mississippi River Basin.   The LWV La Crosse is one of 58 local leagues committed to work collaboratively to protect our natural resources.

If you plan to attend the conference, please consider volunteering at registration to welcome visiting LWV members to the Coulee Region.  Send an email to LWVLAWI@gmail.com

LWV May Book Club  
Tuesday, May 23, 
Java Vino,  1505 Losey Blvd. S

The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsi n and the Rise of Scott Walker
   by Catherine Cramer

Since the election of Scott Walker, Wisconsin has been seen as ground zero for debates about the appro-priate role of government in the wake of the Great Recession. In a time of rising inequality, Walker not only survived a bitterly contested recall that brought thou-sands of protesters to Capitol Square, but he was also subsequently reelected. 

How could this happen? Cramer uncovers an oft-overlooked piece of the puzzle: rural political consciousness and the resentment of the "liberal elite." Using Scott Walker and Wisconsin's prominent and protracted debate about the appropriate role of government, Cramer illuminates the contours of rural consciousness, showing how place-based identities profoundly influence people's understanding of politics. All are welcome.

What's Next?
2016 was a busy year for the LWV Greater La Crosse Area.  Voter registration, voter outreach, and voter education engaged hundreds of volunteer hours by LWV members. The ever-changing status of voter ID's and voter registration required vigilance and commitment to the LWV Wisconsin mission.
The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is a nonpartisan organization that advocates for informed and active participation in government.
LWVWI is a vibrant, visible, respected advocate for sustaining our democratic society.
During the May 15th annual meeting, LWV La Crosse Board members and Program committee volunteers will present a proposed program of issues and priorities for the 2017/2018 program year.  Please review this outline of priorities and issues for study and action. Do you have other topics for consideration?  What issue is of special interest to you?  How will you join us in addressing these important issues?  Please forward any comments, suggestions, or volunteer interest to LWVLAWI@gmail.com.  And plan to attend the  May 15th Annual meeting to voice your opinion!
  • Redistricting in Wisconsin: Advocacy for non-partisan redistricting reform
  • Making Democracy Work: Voter rights protection and mobilization.  New online registration process
  • Citizens' Right to Know: Transparency and accountability in government and by elected officials
  • Environmental Protection in Coulee Region and the Upper Mississippi River Region
  • Article V Constitutional Convention: Wisconsin legislative initiative to call a constitutional convention to add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution
The goal of the LWV US is to empower citizens to shape better communities worldwide. The LWV Greater La Crosse Area will be recognized as a leader in citizen empowerment to participate actively in the democratic process and to promote positive solutions to public policy issues through education and advocacy.  What is next for the League as we work to make the Greater La Crosse Area and Wisconsin a better community?

"The League of Women Voters (NYC) is excited because using Voices will make it easier for our members to take action in their communities and advance the League's mission."  - Cathy Gray, Co-President
Do You Know About Voices?

"Voices" is a mobile app that facilitate s your calls, tweets, or emails to local, state, and federal elected officials in coordination with the lobbying efforts of various advocacy groups. The  LWVWI has become one of the advocacy groups represented on the Voices app. Downloading this app to your smartphone will allow you to receive action alerts from LWVWI and to amplify your voice by joining other engaged citizens lobbying our government for action on behalf of LWV.
For more information: 

League of Women Voters of La Crosse Area