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.

NEWSLETTER

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NEXT PUBLIC MEETING

Ann Arbor Elections: What works? What doesn't?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 Ann Arbor District Library 343 S. Fifth Ave

Did you know that Ann Arbor is one of only three cities in the entire state that holds partisan city elections? The other two are our neighbor Ypsilanti and the City of Ionia. Wonder why that is? Is it because it is a better way or are there other reasons?

LWV-AAA intends to explore that very issue in a mini-series of forums beginning this spring. On March 3rd we will begin the conversation with Ann Arbor Elections: What works? What doesn't.

With panelists: David Askins, Former Editor of the Ann Arbor Chronicle;

Lou Belcher, Former Mayor of Ann Arbor; and

Jean Carlberg, Former Ann Arbor City Council Member.

A second forum will be held on April 14th to explore what other communities do and what might work for us here. Both forums will be held at the Ann Arbor District Library downtown branch.

PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy's High Stakes

Saturday April 18 1-4PM at Unitarian Universalist Church, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.

Co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Council, League of Women Voters and ROAD (Reclaiming our American Democracy). Program details TBA. What is the Pay 2 Play System? Director John Ennis looks upon our Monopoly-inspired system of government, and identifies how money in politics is the obstacle to any meaningful change. Studying the outlandish Coingate scandal in Ohio, Ennis grasps that the primary function of pay-to-play politics is to repay the donor with public money--way more money than donors put in.

WHO'S WHO IN LANSING

And how to contact them. See 2015-2016 Citizen's Guide to Government.