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April 2017 Newsletter

April Newsletter

April 2017 LWVGGB Newsletterer

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

April 4 7 AM-8 PM Spring Nonpartisan Election Local polls. VOTE!

April 13 5:00 PM LWVGGB Board Meets City Building Room 310

April 13 6:30 PM Migration Advocacy Meets Ken De Groot Hall-St. Willy's

April 17 2:30 PM Natural Resources Committee BC Library lower level

April 18 9:30 AM Health Care Committee Meets 825 East River Drive, De Pere

April 18 12:30 PM Voter Registration Training Kress Library, De Pere

April 18 4:00 PM Education Committee Meets Central Library Board Room

April 19 4:00 PM Redistricting Committee Meets 121 Greene Ave in Allouez

April 22 9:30 AM

Before the Flood an important Earth Week film. Central Library lower-level

April 22 1:00 PM Earth Day/Climate March City Deck in Green Bay

May 9 5:00 PM LWVGGB Annual Meeting and Dinner and Speaker

June 9-10 LWVWI Annual Meeting Hyatt-Regency, Green Bay

APRIL 4 SPRING NON PARTISAN ELECTIONS

WHAT'S ON THE THE BALLOT? The April 4 non partisan elections are important. You will vote for a state superintendent, local school board members and school referendums. Click and read information below about the ballot items, keeping in mind that the LWV has studied and supports a strong public education system.

Candidates for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction will be on the April 4 ballot. The candidates are Tony Every (I) and Lowell Holtz. Information about the two candidates is available at http://www.lwvwi.org/VotingElections/SPRINGNONPARTISANELECTIONApril42017.aspx

Three candidates Heidi Fagre, Laura Mc Coy, and incumbent Katie Maloney are running for two seats on the Green Bay Area Public School Board. Additional information about each candidate is available at: https://ballotpedia.org/Green_Bay_Area_Public_School_District_elections_(2017)

The Green Bay Area Public School Referendums: Question #1 the Operational Referendum and Question #2 the Facilities Referendum. Read more about both questions at: http://www.gbaps.org/referendum

The Denmark School District Referendum information can be found at http://www.denmark.k12.wi.us/dist/2014ref.cfm

Information about the Howard-Suamico School District Referendum is at www.hssd.k12.wi.us/referendum

In addition to area judges, four candidates are running for the Allouez Village Board: Jim Genrich, Matthew Harris, Ray Kopish, Christopher D. Sampson. You can find information about these candidates GBPG interview at: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/politics/elections/2017/03/22/meet-candidates-allouez-village-board/99162968/

Be sure your family and friends are registered to vote! To find EXACTLY what is on your April 4 ballot and other voting information go to myvote.wi.gov

BEFORE THE FLOOD-EARTH WEEK FILM

If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change
- would you want to know? Earth Day graphic and background with various descriptive and related words in earth tone colors. GATHER AT 9:30 AM FOR COFFEE VIEW THE FILM 10:00 AM CLIMATE MARCH AT 1:00 PM

As a part of Earth Week activities, the public is invited to join League members and their families at 9:30 A M, Saturday, April 22 at the BC Central Library lower-level auditorium to view the 2016 documentary Before the Flood.

Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis.

You can find a trailer about the film at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UGsRcxaSAI

At 1:00 PM on Saturday afternoon there will be a Climate/Earth Day march in Green Bay. People will gather at the the City Deck (Next to the Creamery). An introduction and speaker is scheduled for 1:20 PM after which the march will start. People will be marching for many reasons including our air, water, and land as well as clean energy, jobs, and climate justice. The march will finish at City Deck about 2:30.

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

The Joint Finance Committee will be hold a public hearing Friday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Marinette High School auditorium, 2135 Pierce Avenue Marinette on the topic of the biennial state budget. This is the public hearing closest to Greater Green Bay. Try to attend the hearing and voice support for your concerns.

Thank you to Colleen Gruszynski who organized and moderated the March Trailblazer event which nearly one hundred community and League members attended. Everyone enjoyed the touches of humor with which the panel related serious stories about blazing the trail into local government.

The Trailblazers included Joan Mills, the first woman to serve on the De Pere City Council and later on the Brown County Board; Judy Crain, an early member of the GBAPS Board and U-W Regent; Celestine Jefferys, the first woman of color on the Green Bay Common Council and GBAPS Board; and Chairwoman of the Oneida Council Christina Danforth. These are phenomenal women, an example for us all, and LWVGGB heartily thanks them for their participation.

Circle May 9 on your calendar, the date of LWVGGB Annual meeting at the Holiday Inn Stadium (Article below). Also, consider being a delegate or volunteer to help at the LWVWI Annual Meeting, Friday evening, June 9 and Saturday, June 10 at the Hyatt-KI Center. Call 562-7829 for additional information.

Vote on April 4. Your vote is needed to show support for a strong public education system. Julie Arneth

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

You have met them at Lively Issues or the Trailblazer program this month. When you see them at the next League event or committee meeting, please welcome Jean Sweetland, Jane Benson and returning member Margaret Guzek. You can expect a smile and an interesting conversation after your first "Hello." Contact Jean by phone 494-6046, or email jeansweetland@yahoo.com; Jane at 434-6975 or janebenson@new.rr.com; Margaret at 336-3562 or margaretguzek@gmail.com.

LWVGGB ANNUAL MEETING

TUESDAY MAY 9 Holiday Inn Stadium 2785 Ramada Way Schedule for the Evening 5:00 Annual Meeting Business Meeting 6:00 Social 6:45 Dinner with speaker to follow

STAUCH GRUSZYNSKI Political Director Wisconsin Conservation Voters

MAKE YOUR RESERVATION TODAY! Dinner Choices: Honey Pecan Chicken: served with Wild Rice Pilaf and Sweet Honey Carrots or Vegetable Alfredo: Creamy Alfredo Sauce over a bed of Colorful Vegetables and Fettuccine Pasta

Send in your Dinner Choice and a $20 check made out to LWVGGB to: LWVGGB, P.O. Box 1923, Green Bay, WI 54301

TRAINING SESSION FOR ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION

CJ Peters will lead a presentation to walk through the steps for assisting new and previously registered voters to access online registration. The training event is scheduled for April 18 from 12:30-3:00 p.m. in the lower level of the Kress Library 333 N. Broadway, De Pere.

Voting Advocates of Brown County (VABC) a non partisan organization hopes to have enough trained individuals to volunteer in the high schools to register voters, as well as, expand their presence in the community so that all citizens are able to vote.

RSVP no later than April 16, 2017 to lhochschild59@yahoo.com

LWVLMR LAKE MICHIGAN REGION NEWS

Things are even worse for the Great Lakes than we thought. Restoration funding is eliminated in the President's budget released in mid-March. If you have not yet notified your your Senators and Representative please do so today. Tell them that funding for the Great Lakes must continue. Any member of Congress can be reached through the Capitol switchboard at 1-202-224-3121. Act now; call today.

LWVWI ANNUAL MEETING IN GREEN BAY SAFEGUARDING DEMOCRACY CIVILITY, EQUITY, COMMUNITY

Yes! It's true. The state League's Annual Meeting will be held Friday-Saturday, June 9-10 at the Green Bay Hyatt Regency. Register today to attend the Friday dinner and speaker and Saturday's events including Malkasian speaker Erica Nelson who directs the Race at Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. For more information call 608-256-0827 and read the March LWVWI Forward. Deadline for sign up is June 1. You can register online at http://lwvannualmeeting_2017.eventbrite.com If paying by credit card, please use this option.

Since our LWVGGB is hosting this event consider volunteering We need your help registering delegates, distributing Green Bay Visitor and Convention Bureau information, monitoring the silent auction table, ushering, and counting ballots when needed. Call 920-562-7849 if you can assist.

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