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.
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- We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members
January & February Events
See the Calendar
for information about Lunch & Learn and Brews & Views (NOTE: B&V will be on SECOND Wednesday in Feb.)
Brews & Views hears about money in MI politics
Last nite's Brews & Views at Pointless Brewery and Theater. An attentive crowd braved the cold, snowy night to hear Craig Mauger, Michigan Campaign Finance Network
, describe the growing influence of money in Michigan politics.
MCFN's work to assist the public in understanding the role that contributions to politicians play is critical to the healthy operation of a democratic system of governance. The primary tools of this effort are transparent, timely and fact-based research and analysis made available to the general public, voters, policy makers and those people and organizations who are attempting to shape public policy.
Gerrymandering Lawsuit Trial
FROM LWV MI newsletter:
"We went to court!
LWVMI v Benson was heard by a panel of three federal judges at the US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division. We were in court February 5 - 7th. Final documents have to be submitted by February 22. A ruling will come later.
We especially thank the lawyers for their dedicated work on our behalf, the many League members who testified, provided depositions and attended the hearings and all of the donors who made this possible!
If you want to read more details, please go to the Brennan Center website.
And there are stories about the trial in Bridge Magazine:
Expert testifies gerrymandering in Michigan is worse than almost anywhere
Ex-Democratic chief says Michigan gerrymandering scared off candidates
Redistricting guru: Michigan's maps are legal, even if process was political
Planning for Centennial Celebration is Underway
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.
The next meeting of the Planning Committee will be
Wednesday, April 10, 2:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor District Library - Pittsfield Branch
2359 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor
All individuals and organizations interested in celebrating in their own way are welcome to attend.
For more information, or to join the Planning Committee, contact Nancy Schewe at firstname.lastname@example.org
In The Public Interest: LWV-AAA takes to the airwaves at WEMU
On Feb 11, 2019, Lisa Barry chatted with League member Nancy Schewe and Dexter Historical Society member Caryl Burke about plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, when women won the right to vote. Click HERE to listen.
A wide variety of area organizations, from libraries to theater groups to schools and more, are being invited to join in the celebration with their own special approach.
WEMU interview kicks off our support for the 2020 Census
On Feb 22, 2019, Lisa Barry talked with League member and attorney Margaret Leary about the upcoming 2020 Census and some of the controversy surrounding it this time. Click HERE to listen.
Because the Census is such an important activity of our government, the League is planning events and publicity to inform people about its importance and why they should be sure to participate.
LWV MI adopts LWV US statement
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy
LWV is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability status, mental health, educational level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation and/or any other characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity. 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.
DECEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER IS HERE
PROPOSAL 2 AND PROPOSAL 3 PASSED!!
HURRAH!! We will be following their implementation with keen interest and staying alert to how LWV-AAA can help.
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 email@example.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
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.