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January 2017 Newsletter

January Newsletter

January 2017 LWVGGB Newsletterer

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

January 4 4:00 PM Education Committee Meets BC Central Library Board Rm.

January 10 9:30 PM Health Care Committee Meets 826 East River Drive, De Pere

January12 5:00 PM LWVGGB Board Meeting City Building Room 310

January 12 6:30 PM Immigration Network Meets Ken De Groot Hall - St. Willy's

January 14 10:30 AM Lively Issues! Brown Co Central Library Lower Level Rooms

January 20 Inauguration Day

January 23 2:30 PM Natural Resources Committee Meets

January 30 7:00 PM Heather Du Bois Bourenane from WI Public Education Network will speak at BC Central Library Auditorium - Public Invited

TBA Redistricting Committee will meet in February.

LWVGGB LIVELY ISSUES

POTLUCK BRUNCH 10:30 a.m.SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 BC CENTRAL LIBRARY LOWER LEVEL, 515 PINE ST. GREEN BAY

What will our League priorities be in 2017-2018? What will we study? What action will we take? Lively Issues is when we decide on our 2017-2018 LWVGGB Program.

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Bring a dish to pass and plan to enjoy some energetic discussion at our potluck brunch at 10:30 downstairs at the BC Central Library. In addition to our local program we will discuss the state League's program suggestion.

The LWVWI Program information can be found on our website. For easy access, just click on the following link. http://greatergreenbay.wi.lwvnet.org/LWVWIPROGRAM.html

GO PUBLIC! WHY OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS NEED OUR HELP, AND HOW WE CAN SUPPORT THEM

On Monday, January 30, our League is sponsoring an important program on the current challenges facing public education in the state and nation. The speaker will be Heather DuBois Bourenane, the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Public Education Network. WPEN is a non-partisan alliance committed to public responsibility for a strong system of education for our state's children and young people. She will speak to the probable proposals in the upcoming Legislative Session and how individuals and groups can become informed and respond to the issues.

The program, co-sponsored by the Green Bay Advocates 4 Public Education, will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Brown County Central Library. Everyone concerned with public education issues is welcome and urged to attend. Judy Crain Education Chair

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Welcome 2017! Our League will be busy in January with two important events. Please join us for both programs. First our Lively Issues to determine League priorities and a potluck brunch will be held on Saturday, January 14. Secondly, Heather DuBois Bourenane, the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Education Network will speak on Monday, January 30. The public is invited to hear Heather's presentation, so bring your family and friends along. Thanks to Judy Crain and the Education Committee for inviting Heather and organizing this event.

Read more about these programs and the new Local Elections Committee in this newsletter.

Happy New Year, Julie

LOCAL ELECTIONS A NEW LWVGGB COMMITTEE

The LWVGGB is in the process of starting a new committee, the Local Elections Action committee. The goal of this committee is to educate and advocate on behalf of local elections reform, including sharing results from election observer reports, local voter registration programs, and monitoring changes to local elections, such as voting equipment and polling locations. Consider joining this committee especially if you are interested in how local elections work. Please contact Colleen Gruszynski or Es Huiting for more information at adams.colleen.e@gmail.com or eshuiting@new.rr.com

LWVUS MESSAGE ABOUT WOMEN'S MARCH

Thank you for the feedback that we have received from members both thanking the LWVUS Board for the decision to not officially participate in the Women's March on Washington and for those who have requested the Board reconsider the decision. There is tremendous passion and strong sentiments on both sides of this issue. As leaders for our respective League organizations, we need to consider our participation through multiple lens - activists, influencers, and organizational leaders. As organizational leaders, protecting our brand and assets, as well as considering the safety of members and staff must be at the forefront of our thoughts. We have continued to monitor the media as well as engage in conversations with leaders of other organizations. Based on the information now available, we note:
  • The national march organizers have obtained a permit and have engaged three veteran organizers of color into their leadership ranks.
  • While the Women's March on Washington developed organically in the spirit of sisterhood post-election, there is a very real perception problem with the timing of this march. The day after inauguration, this event will be viewed by many as a protest against the incoming Trump administration. Because the League is a non-partisan organization, and we never endorse or oppose specific candidates, we cannot risk appearing to be an anti-Trump organization.
  • March organizers have yet to release any details of safety or security measures being taken to protect the women and men who plan to march. The issue of risk and the seriousness of liability for organizations who elect to officially participate in the march is something we all need to consider especially since the national organization (s) planning the march are not visible. The issue of risk and liability is an issue for all Leagues.
  • Organizers have not shared the names of any organizations officially partnering and participating in the festivities. While they promise to include nationally recognized advocates, the League has not been officially approached in any capacity.

We believe the intentions of the Women's March organizers are good - and we do not discourage private citizens from taking part in this event. At this time, LWVUS continues to monitor the plans for this event but we will not officially participate in the Women's March on Washington nor should state and local Leagues officially participate. There are still too many unanswered questions to help us safeguard our brand, assets, and the safety of members, volunteers and staff.

Chris Carson, President/Chair League of Women Voters of the United States League of Women Voters Education Fund

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