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League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area
September 2017 Newsletter 
Join the kick-off LWV September 12 Lunch & Learn!  

It's not too late to RSVP by email:  SMG1514@centurytel.net or phone (507-895-6436) today!  More info at  www.lwvlacrosse.org calendar. 

LWV timeline: 1920...2020...2120?  On Sept 12th, Andrea and Erin will highlight our accomplishments as a League statewide and provide an overview about the League's efforts nationwide to prepare for our second century.  If the LWV did not exist and we were starting it now, what would it look like?  What impact do we want to have? How do we accomplish our goals?  Join the conversation. 

Why did you join LWV?  Did someone invite you?  Bring a friend who shares your commitment to the LWV mission ensuring the right to vote for everyone . 

In the Wake of Charlottesville
What can we do to counter the hate, violence, racism and anti-Semitism? 

The answer I am hearing again and again from experts weighing in is this - VOTE! They emphasize increased efforts at getting registration and voter ID information to eligible voters, and then getting the voters registered and to the polls at time of election - a significant problem, especially in Wisconsin, for the last major election in 2016.

The LWV of La Crosse is in the process of developing a partnership with regional libraries, starting with the La Crosse Public Library, to provide that information and to help potential voters register, online or by mail.
This partnership will take wo(man)-power to get the work done. So we need to hear from you
If you would like to be part of the effort, send an email to Peter Nelson ( babag2605@gmail.com), Director of Voter Services, to let him know:
I can Help.

 LWV 2017-18 Program and Events Calendar 
September  12 Lunch
Andrea Kaminski and Erin Grunze: "Transformations: Preparing the League of Women Voters for Its Second Century"

September 13
Equal Means Equal at the La Crosse Marcus Theater
(See the article below for information about reservations.)

September 14
LWV Book Club 

September 26
National Voter Registration Day

October 13
Progressive Media Op-Ed Training in La Crosse 
(See the article below for registration information.)

October 28
LWV WI State Issues Meeting Madison

October Evening Meeting (TBD)
Fair Voter Maps

November 14 
Sara Rugg and Deborah Dobrunz: "Neighborhood Perspectives on Poverty" 
December 12
Mayor Tim Kabat
"The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative"

January 9
Effective Strategies for Online Voter Registration
February 13
Water Quality

March 8
International Women's Day. 

March-April Date TBD
Legislative Breakfast. 

Speaking of Democracy
Join the Conversation at LWV Book Club
Conscience of a C onservative by Jeff Flake  
Thursday, September 14
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Java Vino, 1505 Losey Blvd. S  

David Brooks of the New York Times says this is "a thoughtful defense of traditional conservatism and a thorough assault on the way Donald Trump is betraying it." Jeff Flake is the junior United States senator from Arizona. 

Hope to see you there. 
Maureen Kinney 

Learn, Advocate, Participate

For over 95 years, the LWV has acted to protect democracy, expand voting rights, engage voter participation, and defend the environment. In this politically fraught time, with civic activism flourishing, our local League  receives invitations to join with others who share these same values. Mindful of our commitment to non-partisan action and advocacy, we will continue to inform you about opportunities to engage in other organizations' efforts to promote these essential civic principles. 

9:00 AM to 4:30PM 
The Progressive Media Project, with the support of the BRICO Fund, invites you to participate in our FREE op-ed writing workshop at Three Rivers House in La Crosse, WI.
La Crosse County Board Passes Fair Maps Resolution

In August, La Crosse and Monroe  joined with 22 other counties that have passed a resolution calling for fair state electoral maps. The resolution also calls on the state legislature to create an impartial, nonpartisan process--based on what is being called the Iowa Model--for drawing Wisconsin's voting maps. 

Our League's October program will present information on current efforts, both individual and collective, to end gerrymandering and bring nonpartisan redistricting to Wisconsin.

Nevertheless, We Persist

A renewed grassroots effort is reviving
the effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Janette Dean, a local resident who has participated in the recently successful campaign in Nevada, is encouraging interested individuals to contact members of Congress to solicit support for ERA ratification bills currently under consideration.
Janette is also inviting La Crosse area residents to join her at a screening of a new documentary about the ERA , "Equal Means Equal," on Wed, 9/13, at Marcus Cinema from 7:30-9:40 pm. At least 67 tickets need to be reserved by 9/6, so she is requesting that we  preview the film trailer and make our own online reserva-tions for tickets.

Since 1993, The Progressive Media Project has worked to amplify under-
represented voices in mainstream media, to end discrimination, advance  social justice, and democratize perspectives on current events.
By participating in our workshop, you will:
★ Learn how to effectively communicate your ideas as an op-ed writer;
★ Receive editorial and op-ed placement support from The Progressive maga-
zine's editorial team;
★ Understand how to use social media to get your published op-ed in
front of a larger audience.
Breakfast, lunch, trans-
portation and accommo-dation expenses are covered as well.

Contact: Jess Pernsteiner at jess@progressive.org or 608-257-4626

Almost half of the members have renewed their membership for the League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area!   WAY TO GO! 

All of us love summertime.  I'm sure many people just haven't had the time or remembered to pay their renewal fee.  If you haven't paid your fee yet, please take a few minutes to do so.  It is simple and painless.  

If you have internet access: 
  1. Go to  www.lwvlacrosse.org.  
  2. On the top bar, hover over the Join/Support drop-down tab.  
  3. Then click on Renew.  You can pay using any of the credit cards listed on the left-hand side.
Further down the page you can make any changes to your information (name, address, phone numbers, etc.) that the LWV of the La Crosse Area has on file.  Keeping information current keeps you connected to the information that is sent out.

If you don't have internet access or prefer to pay by check:
  1. Make out a check to  "League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area." 
  2. If your name is different than that on the check, please write your name on the check.
  3. Please include a completed change of information form if there is any information that needs to be updated.
  4. Both your check and the Change of Information Form should be mailed to
League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area
P.O. Box 363
La Crosse, WI 

Thank you in advance for taking the time to pay your membership fees.  

The LWV is a remarkable organization.  However, we can't do it without you!  Thanks so much for your support!

Kathy Mulliner
Membership Chair

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