Making Democracy Work

MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Voter Registration Training Powerpoint

The LWVAAA training for registering voters has been a great success with registration over-subscribed and requests for another session. There may be one at some point, but none are planned at this time.

Responding to many requests, a copy of the PowerPoint presentation from the training is available HERE

JANUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER IS HERE

YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS has been updated (printable brochure)

YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS 2018-2019 shows the results of the November 2017 election and also upcoming election dates for 2018 and 2019. The printable brochure gives names and contact information for elected officials for this area including local, state and national.

MICHIGAN LEAGUE FILES FEDERAL LAWSUIT TO END GERRYMANDERING

On December 22, 2017, The League of Women Voters of Michigan and 11 individual voters filed a lawsuit against the State of Michigan in federal court in Detroit to end unfair, partisan gerrymandering of Michigan's Congressional, state senate and state house districts.

"The Michigan League of Women Voters today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of voters throughout Michigan to end the practice of unfair, partisan gerrymandering," said Judy Karandjeff, president of the Michigan League of Women Voters. "Michigan's State House, Senate and Congressional districts are among the worst in the nation when it comes to partisan gerrymandering, and today's lawsuit aims to fix the problem and restore voters' rights to choose who best represents them. Ending partisan gerrymandering is critical to preserve our democracy and ensure every vote counts," said Sue Smith, director of the League's Redistricting Program.

The lawsuit asks the federal court to declare the current districts to be unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders and to ensure that the districts are redrawn in a fair fashion. Click here for the complete Press Release. Click here to read the Complaint.

LWVMI VOTES TO SUPPORT VNP REDISTRICTING BALLOT PROPOSAL

Over the past several months, the LWVMI Board has stated it would consider supporting the proposal once VNP had collected the requisite number of signatures and had submitted them to the Secretary of State's office.

At a special LWVMI Board meeting on December 17, the state Board voted to support the VNP ballot proposal.

As many of you know, local Leagues participated in a state redistricting study in 2011-12 which resulted in our state redistricting position. The language of the VNP ballot proposal conforms with that position.

This Board decision will be published on our LWVMI website, as well as in "League Links." We are mindful of the Campaign Finance Law requirement that restricts our spending in support of the proposal to less than $500 in direct or indirect expenditures.

Coalition Efforts Continue: For almost a year, the League has worked to form a redistricting reform coalition with other organizations that represent the diversity in our state. While we haven't been successful yet, we will continue these efforts in the coming months. We believe such a coalition is necessary for a successful ballot campaign.

JANUARY & FEBRUARY EVENTS


LINE 5 and OTHER CHALLENGES IMPACTING the GREAT LAKES January 23, 2018,
AADLibrary- Downtown Multi-Purpose Room, 343 South Fifth Ave,
A panel discussion of the many challenges facing the Great Lakes. Topics will include updates on the Line 5 oil pipeline, harmful algal blooms, invasive species, and other issues.
The speakers will be Dr. Eric Anderson of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), whose research focuses on hydrodynamics in the Great Lakes, and Liz Kirkwood, environmental attorney and Executive Director of FLOW (For the Love of Water).
Q&A will follow the presentation. The event is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library and League of Women Voters-Ann Arbor Area's Great Lakes Committee.

The League of Women Voters of Michigan is one of 21 members of the Oil and Water Don't Mix Coalition that sent a letter to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality ("MDEQ") and the US Army Corps of Engineers ("Corps") on June 29, 2017 regarding Enbridge Oil Company's joint application to the MDEQ and the Corps (No. 2RD-DFDK-Y35G) to install 22 anchor supports on the Line 5 pipelines in the Mackinac Straits.


BREWS & VIEWS Wednesday January 24, 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard St, Ann Arbor NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION
The Role of White People in Addressing White Supremacy We will host speakers from Metro Detroit Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) for a discussion on white supremacy in our communities. This interactive session will give us the opportunity to learn and address this hugely important issue.
Open to the public but must be 21 to buy/drink alcohol. League members are encouraged to bring friends and invite whoever they think might like to attend.


LUNCH & LEARN Friday January 26 noon - 2pm, at Cedars of Dexter, 411 Cedars Lane, Dexter, MI. "Let's Talk About Sexual Harassment" Speaker: Diane Soubly, an attorney with over 38 years of experience with labor and employment law and class action litigation. Registration Required.


PUBLIC TALK: A Carbon "Price is Right": Harnessing the market to drive down carbon emission. Wed Feb 7, 7:00 pm. Ann Arbor Library - Downtown Branch 343 S. 5th Ave

Pricing carbon is viewed by economists left, right and center as the simplest and most effective way to reduce carbon emissions. Momentum is growing: Carbon fee and dividend (CFD) and cap and trade policies are currently used, or are planned, in many parts of the world. How do they work? How might they affect the poor, and our economy in general? This panel will explore the challenges and opportunities of market-driven strategies to address the climate crisis. Panelists will be: Dr. Knute Nadelhoffer (moderator), Dr. Barry Rabe and Dr. Sam Stolper of the UMich and Dr. Lisa Del Buono of the Citizens Climate Lobby. Co-sponsored by LWVAAA, AADL, UM School for Environment & Sustainability (SEAS), UM Energy Institute, CCL, City of Ann Arbor.


WINTER MEMBERSHIP MEETING

UPDATE: LWV-AAA REDISTRICTING EDUCATION PROJECT

Thanks to our dozens of trained speakers, we have now presented to over 1,124 people since last spring. We've covered Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Tecumseh, Pontiac, southern Livingston County and more... GREAT, but we need to educate thousands more.
If you know of a group that would like to learn about redistricting and why it is important to our electoral process, contact Redistricting@lwvannarbor.org to request a presentation by an LWV-AAA representative. You provide the people and place, we'll provide the speaker, slideshow, equipment, and handouts. EDUCATION COMES FIRST.

WE VOTED ON NOVEMBER 7


Or at least about 19% of the registered voters in Washtenaw County voted. Candidates were chosen, most (but not all) millage proposals passed and we can relax until the next election, right? WRONG.
Good government does not happen once or twice a year when a few registered voters turn up to vote. Good government requires citizen participation all year long. We protect our democracy by being informed and paying attention.

LWV-AAA is on YouTube

Check out the LWV-AAA YOU TUBE CHANNEL for videos of LWV-AAA events.

TECUMSEH LWV UNIT IS SPONSORED BY LWV-AAA

Residents of the Tecumseh, MI area have joined together to form a local League under the guidance and assistance of LWV-AAA. To find out more, contact Tecumseh@lwvannarbor.org.

YOU CAN HAVE YOUR OWN SUPER LWV T-SHIRT

For order form, go to FORM

More volunteers at LWV art fair booth July 2012

WHO'S WHO IN LANSING

And how to contact them. See 2015-2016 Citizen's Guide to Government issued by the Michigan Legislature; includes state agencies.