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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Current dates are March 21 and March 24.
New York Times: David Leonhardt's opinion piece in the Feb. 7 edition of the Times "Democracy on the March" talks about our Promote the Vote campaign to improve voter access to the polls.
Detroit News: Jonathan Oosting wrote a Feb. 5 piece explaining the proposal and saying organizers will face a tight deadline and high hurdle to make the ballot.
Orientation to the League of Women Voters Monday, March 19, 7:00 pm at AALibrary Westgate Branch,2503 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor (in Westgate shopping center). Get a coffee at Sweetwaters and join us to learn how the League promotes good government. Open to members and non-members alike.
Immigrant Prisons Series Film. Join the League of Women Voters for a presentation of Immigrant Prisons, a Brave New Films production The film will be followed by a discussion on immigrant issues in our community Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center 4135 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor 48108 (East of Hogback and Washtenaw)
Co-sponsored by the Social Justice Council and Immigration Action Coalition of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR), Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary Campaign and the Dispute Resolution Center
The US has the largest immigrant prison system in the world, 380,000 - 420,000 persons a year. Join us to learn more about the immigrant prison industry; how immigration and private prisons participate in a $5 billion dollar a year industry. And the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled (Jennings v Rodriguez) that immigrants, even those with permanent legal status and asylum seekers, do not have the right to periodic bond hearings. Learn from our community groups how we are engaged to help immigrants in our community. (Questions? contact Carolyn G. Madden, email@example.com)
AA Area Lunch & Learn "The Clerk's Role in Assuring Every Vote Counts"
Speaker: Rena Basch, Ann Arbor Charter Township Clerk and elections administrator since 2004.
Friday, March 23, Noon - 2:00 pm
Cedars of Dexter Clubhouse, 411 Cedars Lane, Dexter
Seating is limited to 30 and RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED
TIME CHANGE: 9:00-10:30 am Promote the Vote training to be a circulator
Start time has been moved to 9:00 am so that, if you wish, it will be possible get to the March For Our Lives Event at Pioneer for an 11am start
Saturday, March 24, 9:00 -10:30 am at AADL Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson Ave in Westgate shopping center.
Training is open to League members and non-members. You must attend a training session before you can circulate the petition.
To learn more about LWV Tecumseh, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org Their website is under development.
================================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.
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.