Making Democracy Work

EMPOWERING VOTERS / DEFENDING DEMOCRACY

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.

League Diversity Statement

LWV is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, in principle and in practice... Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization's current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy. Complete statement

Proposal 3 brought new Voting Rights and Opportunities

Click HERE to see a quick summary of Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot information provided by the Michigan Secretary of State.

BREWS & VIEWS

Wednesday, August 21 at 7:00 PM

HOMES Brewery 2321 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor

Washtenaw County Water Resource Commissioner, Evan Pratt, will briefly describe the 5 main duties of his department and then will answer your questions. Click HERE for information about County Water Resources and Public Works.

Come at 7:00 pm to order food and beverage. This event is open to the public (but must be over 21 to buy/drink alcohol.) League members are encouraged to invite non-members to attend.

Upcoming Ann Arbor Lunch and Learn Events

AUGUST: No Lunch & Learn in August

SEPTEMBER 27th: Start reading now so you are ready to discuss "The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience." Even if you can't join us, you might want to pick up a copy of the book written by Kirstin Downey. It's a fascinating look at some little-known history of the New Deal. Signup information for this L&L will be posted in late August.

WE'RE HITTING THE ROAD

This Fall, we'll be holding Board meetings at a variety of locations in the area. Upcoming dates and places are:

August - no meeting

September 24, Chelsea Library, McKune Room 221 S Main St, Chelsea

October 22, Saline Community Education Building, Room 33 7265 N Ann Arbor St, Saline,

League members and the public are invited to attend Board meetings and there will be a time for public comment at the beginning of each meeting.

July 2019 NEWSLETTER IS HERE

WEMU interviews continue

August 12, 2019, as part of the "Know Your County Government" series, Lisa Barry visited with Ellen Rabinowitz, retiring Washtenaw County Public Health Officer, and with Jimena Loveluck, the new Public Health Officer. Click HERE to listen.

Planning for Centennial Celebration is Underway

To join the Planning Committee, contact Nancy Schewe at celebration@lwvannarbor.org

Centennial Resources

BUILDING A MORE PERFECT DEMOCRACY is the theme for celebrating the passage of the 19th Amendment of the US Constitution in 1920 after more than 70 years of effort. The Amendment simply states :The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. We'll also celebrate the 1920 founding of The League of Women Voters to support the new women suffrage rights.

Not everyone had voting rights after the 19th Amendment:

  • Many African Americans were denied the right to vote until the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1964.
  • Asians were denied citizenship and therefore could not vote until 1952.
  • Native Americans were not considered citizens until 1924 but did not gain the right to vote until 1947
  • And even today some people are denied the right to vote. For example, felons who have already paid their debt to society are denied the right to vote in some states.
  • Residents of Washington D.C. can vote for the President, but do not have a representative in Congress

Our work is not done. That is why the anniversary is relevant.

Annual Meeting was May 14

A capacity crowd listens attentively as Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta shared insights about current Michigan Politics. Zoe is Program Director for Michigan Radio (97.1 FM). She and Rick, co-host It's Just Politics, a weekly look at Michigan politics airing Monday mornings on Morning Edition.

(L) Sue Smith, out-going LWVAAA President

(R) Joan Sampieri, in-coming LWVAAA President, cuts the cake celebrating the 100th anniversary of the year Michigan women first got the vote in 1919.

Two New Leagues are sponsored by LWV-AAA

A new League has formed in the Brighton-Howell Area, joining the Tecumseh League formed in 2017. These small, but enthusiastic units will operate for two years under the sponsorship of the Ann Arbor Area League, after which they can become separate organizations. Their events are included in the LWVAAA Calendar.

To learn more about LWV Tecumseh, you can email lwvtecumseh@gmail.com Their website is under development.

To learn more about LWV Brighton/Howell Area, contact info@LWVBrightonHowellArea.org They have a website and a Facebook page

YOU CAN HAVE YOUR OWN SUPER LWV T-SHIRT

For order form, go to FORM

More volunteers at LWV art fair booth July 2012

YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS (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.

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