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.

JANUARY NEWSLETTER IS HERE

LWV WILL PARTCIPATE OFFICIALLY IN THE WOMEN'S MARCH JANUARY 21

Join LWV members in DC and across the country to support the mission and vision of the march.

For those travelling to Washington, DC click on this link to learn how to join the official LWV group and also for safety tips. http://forum.lwv.org/document/womens-march-washington-saturday-january-21

In Lansing, there will be a rally on the steps of the capitol from 1-3pm. https://www.marchonlansing.org/

In Ann Arbor there will be a march starting at 2 pm. The March will begin in downtown Ann Arbor outside the Federal building (corner of 5th & Liberty). Gather beginning at 1:30, to begin marching at 2:00. The march will occur on a route along sidewalks, ending at UofM's Diag at around 3pm with a Rally. This event is free and open to all. https://www.facebook.com/events/1260030690742284/

In Ypsilanti there will be "March for Love" beginning at noon at Bona Sera, 200 W. Michigan Ave across the street from the location where abolitionist Frederick Douglass spoke in 1866 and proceed past historical sites, returning to Bona Sera for a celebration. http://www.theannmag.com/solidarity-march-in-ypsi-day-after-inauguration/

A BIT OF HISTORY: In 1913, on the day before Woodrow Wilson's inauguration, an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 suffragists marched on Pennsylvania Avenue NW from the Capitol to the Treasury Building to draw attention to the cause of giving women the right to vote. Many onlookers were upset, either because they opposed the idea of women voting or because they objected to the timing of the march. Many of the suffragists were insulted, spit upon or even beaten. Because the women had not been protected, the police chief was fired. At the next inauguration, in 1917, suffragists marched in the regular parade. By 1920, all women in the country would have the right to vote. (Washington Post, 1/13/17)

HAPPY NEW YEAR! ARE YOU READY TO GET TO WORK?

Now that the unsightly 2016 election is finally behind us and 2017 has dawned, it is time to roll up our sleeves and get back to work defending our democracy.

Our major goal is clear: to bring about change in Michigan's method of drawing legislative districts. At the present time, the fox is in charge of the henhouse with the political party in power drawing district lines that ensure it controls a majority of districts. Both political parties play this game when given the chance. Our job is to take this control away from the legislature and place it in the hands of a citizens' commission.

To learn more about redistricting, don't miss the informational meeting for members on Monday, February 6th, 7:00 p.m., at Hathaway's Hideaway, 310 S. Ashley.

Upcoming events are: (See LWV CALENDAR for details; (m)Indicates LWV members only)

  • Studying Michigan's system of taxation and budgeting: Thursday, Jan. 26th Panel Discussion, Public event

  • Lunch and Learn: Book discussion "Sisters In Law: Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg" Friday Jan. 27th (M)

  • Saturday, Feb. 4th Member Study: Updating LWVMI position on state taxation and budgeting (m)

  • Monday, Feb. 6th Redistricting (m)

  • Monday, Feb. 20th New Member meeting (m)

  • Friday, Feb, 24th Lunch and Learn: Presentation and discussion of privatization of water rights. (M)

And we will be publishing and distributing a 2017 edition of Your Elected Officials

We look forward to working with you in 2017 to make democracy work for everyone. The League needs your energy and ideas.

Click HEREto join the League if you have not yet done so.

NEXT EVENT: PUBLIC FORUM: Taxes - is the State Legislature Playing Fair with Local Governments?

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2017 7:00 PM Ann Arbor District Library, Multipurpose Room 343 South Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor

Representatives from county, city and township government will discuss how the Michigan Legislature's revenue sharing policies and budgets have affected local governments and how local governments are meeting these challenges.

LUNCH AND LEARN SERIES CONTINUES

Join LWV-AAA for a discussion of the book "SISTERS IN LAW: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World" by Linda Hirshman.

Friday, January 27th Noon - 2:00 pm

The Cedars of Dexter Clubhouse 411 Cedars Lane Dexter, MI

Soups, salads and sandwiches are available at the Cedars for $5 - $10. Please bring cash. Or bring your own brown bag.

RSVP to President@lwvannarbor.org

2016 WAS A BANNER YEAR FOR LWV-AAA

WE WERE BUSY BUT THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO DO

19 candidate fora
with 55 candidates
in 4 different venues
in 3 cities: AA, Ypsilanti & Chelsea
over 17 days
with the help of 16 volunteers

Plus 2 issue fora
1 civic engagement event

6100 VOTE411.org bookmarks &
5000 LWV Voter Guides distributed
24 poll watchers in 5 precincts

You can join or renew your LWV membership using PAY PAL

or click HERE for a mail-in registration form.

LWV-AAA's LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP WITH CTN TELEVISION We have a long history of working with local TV network CTN to bring candidate information to area voters. Check out this recent interview

YOU CAN HAVE YOUR OWN SUPER LWV T-SHIRT

For order form, go to FORM

More volunteers at LWV art fair booth July 2012

LWV in Action

In February, the New York Times had an article titled Republicans Hijack an Election Agency.
If you read to the end of the article, you will see LWV named as one of several voting rights groups suing to stop unilateral action by the commission's new executive director. The name and reputation of LWV as a non-partisan advocate for voting rights continues to have influence. Your voice as a citizen is magnified when you join with other LWV members to speak out.

YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

LWV-AAA prepared listing of names and contact information of elected officials including local officials, as well as state and national. YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

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.