Making Democracy Work

February 2017 Newsletter

February Newsletter

February 2017 LWVGGB Newsletterer


February 13 5:00 PM LWVGGB Board meets. City Building Room 31

February 13 6:30 PM Migration Network meets. Ken DeGroot Hall, St. Willy's

February 20 2:30 PM Natural Resources Committee Meets

February 21 Spring Primary Election-VOTE!

February 21 9:30 AM Health Care Committee meets. 825 East River Drive, De Pere

February 22 4:30 PM Redistricting Committee meets. 121 Greene Avenue, Allouez

February 22 4:00 PM Education Committee meets. BC Central Library Board Room

February 25 9:30 AM Budget Action Workshop Kaukauna, Wi

March 4 Wisconsin History Day-UWGB

March 9 6:00 to 8 PM Celebrate Women History Month Trailblazers-Local Women who made history at BC Library

April 22 TBA Earth Week Film-fest BC Central Library


Thank you to Judy Crain and the members of the Education Committee for inviting Heather Du Bois Bourenane, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Public Education Network to speak about What's Happened to Public School Funding? Approximately sixty people heard Heather explain why our public schools need our help and how we can support them. The evening was informative both for our League members and the public. Special thanks also to the Green Bay Advocates 4 Public Education who cosponsored this event.
Heather has agreed to provide a copy of her power point for the LWVGGB website. Check it out.

Be prepared to vote in the Spring Primary on February 21.
Candidates for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction will be on the ballot. The candidates are Tony Every (I), Lowell Holtz, and John Humphries. Rick Melcher is a write-in candidate. The top two vote getters will be on the ballot for the Spring Election on April 6. Click on the link below to see the candidates' answers to the Wisconsin Public Education Network and the LWVWI questionnaires.

Taking a Stand in History......... is the theme for National History Day at UWGB on March 4. Students in grades 6-12 conduct extensive research and present their work in documentaries, websites, papers, performances and exhibits. Stop by to see their work. Learn more about this program which the LWVGGB supports or volunteer to judge or assist at.....

Wow! LWV celebrates its 97th birthday on Valentines Day! Julie


Celebrate Women's History Month by learning about local women who made history. The LWVGGB is hosting Local Women Trailblazers on Thursday, March 9 from 6-8 PM at the Brown County Central Library Auditorium. Hear from some of the first female, local-elected officials in our area. Panelists include the following:

CHAIRWOMAN CRISTINA DANFORTH Cristina served 17 years on the Oneida Business Committee governing council of the Oneida Nation. She currently is serving as the Chairwoman and she is also the newly elected President of the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) based in Washington D.C. She is the recipient of 1999 Am Vets Leadership Award, 2009 Lifetime Achievement for Financial Leadership from NAFOA and the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from Women Empowering Women in Indian Nations.

CELESTINE JEFFREYS Celestine served as the first woman of color on the Green Bay Common Council from 2006-2010, and on the Green Bay School Board from 2010-2016. She currently is serving as the Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Green Bay.

JUDY CRAIN Judy was one of the first ever elected School Board members of the Green Bay Public Schools, serving from 1974-1981, and again from 1993-2002. She also served as a UW System Regent from 2005-2012.

JOAN MILLS Joan was the first woman to serve on the City of De Pere Common Council from 1972-1980. She also served for sixteen years from 1982-1998 as a county supervisor on the Brown County Board.

Colleen Gruszynski


Senator Dave Hansen (State Senate District 30) has once again introduced his "Iowa Model" Redistricting reform legislation. This is the non-partisan model for drawing district lines which the League supports. We must change the process for drawing district lines after each census so that the victorious party does not automatically create districts that virtually guarantee them a majority in the legislature. (The next census is in 2020.)

Call your State Senator and your State Representative asking them to co-sponsor Senator Hansen's legislation. You might remind them that our present method of Redistricting has been declared unconstitutional by a federal three judge panel. We must allow voters to choose their representatives, not the other way around!"

Anneliese Waggoner, Redistricting Chair

Note: A federal court panel ruled that voting districts for the Wisconsin legislature must be redrawn in time for the 2018 elections. The ruling orders the legislature to redraw the maps, noting that the new districts must pass constitutional muster. Although the court stopped short of specifying how to redraw the districts, LWVWI urges the legislature to choose a method that will minimize undue partisanship. The LWVWI filed a brief in the case offering ways to accomplish just that. Click here for details.


We were pleased to meet Nancy Wakefield and Karen Schley at our January Lively Issues when our members decided on which concerns LWVGGB should focus on during 2017-2018. Elizabeth Heller was inspired by the Women's Marches to become involved. And, Mary Jane Rintelman and Ben Laird decided that it was time to become more politically involved. You can contact Nancy at Karen's email is and Elizabeth's is Mary Jane and Ben's contact is mjrbl@melom. Take a few minutes to introduce yourself when you meet our new members at an upcoming event.

"Educate, Advocate, Participate!"

is the slogan of the Budget Action Workshop. All who are interested in organizing together around the upcoming Wisconsin Biennial Budget to make an impact with decision makers in your communities are invited. Whatever your concerns, this workshop will help provide the tools to be a stronger voice for change. Participants will learn more about the budget process, budget issues, the public hearings and how to best advocate for your concerns.

The Budget Action Workshop in our area will be held on Saturday, February 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the UA Local 400 Building in Kaukauna (2700 Northridge Drive). The cost of $15 includes lunch. Sign up today!


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