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.

LWV U.S. SPEAKS OUT

Washington, DC - League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement following the horrific acts by white supremacists in Virginia this weekend:
"Yesterday the world watched in horror as white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia. There is no place for hatred and violence in our democracy and all leaders must condemn these acts of domestic terrorism. We must send a strong message that while the freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly are some of our most cherished rights and must be protected, those rights do not extend to what we witnessed yesterday. The League of Women Voters stands in solidarity with the victims of violence in Charlottesville and against white supremacism."

LWV-AAA is on YouTube

On August 8, Ypsilanti voters approved the Water Street Millage Proposal. Before the election, LWV-AAA and A2Y Chamber sponsored an Oxford-style debate presenting pro and con points about the proposal. You can still VIEW, the debate on YouTube and see how LWV-AAA helps voters learn about an issue.

Also, check out the LWV-AAA YOU TUBE CHANNEL for other LWV-AAA videos.

Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case before U.S. Supreme Court

Updates on Wisconsin Gerrymandering case pending before United States Supreme Court

A major redistricting case, Whitford v Gill, will be heard by the Supreme Court this fall. For excellent analyses of the case and the history behind it - in plain English! - here are two posts from the SCOTUS blog.

http://www.scotusblog.com/2017/08/symposium-bringing-whitford-focus/

http://www.scotusblog.com/2017/08/justices-tackle-partisan-gerrymandering-plain-english/

You can subscribe to the Google Groups "LWV Redistricting" group. Visit this group at https://groups.google.com/group/lwv-redistricting. To view this discussion on the web visit https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/lwv-redistricting/feeead18-7efe-477e-8996-31840e711cee@googlegroups.com

AUGUST & SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Tuesday, August 22, 7:30 pm, HOMES Brewery

Friday, September 22, Noon - 2 pm, Cedars of Dexter Clubhouse, 411 Cedars Lane, Dexter

RESERVATION REQUIRED

JUNE-JULY NEWSLETTER IS HERE

UPDATE: LWV-AAA REDISTRICTING EDUCATION PROJECT

We have now presented to over 500 people in the last 3 months. If you know of a group that would like to learn about redistricting and why it is important to our electoral process, contact Redistricting@lwvannarbor.org to request a presentation by an LWV-AAA representative. EDUCATION COMES FIRST.

Redistricting Ballot Proposal Initiative

The League supports an independent commission as a solution to the problems with Michigan's current redistricting process. LWVMI is aware that other groups are thinking about a ballot proposal campaign. At this time, the League has not endorsed a ballot proposal or joined a coalition to do so. The LWVMI Board will evaluate the possibility of joining a ballot campaign based on the proposal and the probability of the campaign's success.

The League of Women Voters of Michigan will continue to educate the public on this important issue.

CLICK HERE TO READ MICHIGAN SECRETARY OF STATE RESPONSE TO GOVT REQUEST FOR VOTER INFORMATION

TECUMSEH LWV UNIT IS SPONSORED BY LWV-AAA

Residents of the Tecumseh, MI area have joined together to form a local League under the guidance and assistance of LWV-AAA. To find out more, contact Tecumseh@lwvannarbor.org.

YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS (printable brochure)

YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS 2017-2018 has names and contact information for elected officials for this area including local, state and national.

YOU CAN HAVE YOUR OWN SUPER LWV T-SHIRT

For order form, go to FORM

More volunteers at LWV art fair booth July 2012

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.