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June 2017 Newsletter

June Newsletter

June 2017 LWVGGB Newsletterer

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

June 1 5:00 PM Local Elections Committee meets. Kavarna (lower level)

June 6 4:30 PM Redistricting Committee Meets 1715 Deckner Ave, Green Bay

June 12 6:30 PM Migration Advocacy Meets Ken De Groot Hall-St. Willy's

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

June 20 5 -7 PM LWVGGB Picnic - Voyager Park De Pere

June 28 4:00 PM Education Committee Meets Central Library 2nd floor

July 10 5:00 PM Calendar Planning - Village Grill in Allouez

July 13 9:30 AM Health Care Committee Meets 825 East River Dr #31, De Pere

JUNE 20 LWVGGB PICNIC AT 5:00 PM VOYAGER PARK, DE PERE

This year's LWVGGB picnic will be held June 20 at Voyager Park in De Pere. The festivities begin at 5:00 PM. Bring your favorite dish to share. Come early or come late, but plan to come. In case of terribly stormy weather a room in the lower level of the nearby Kress Library has been reserved, so plan to join us no matter how grey the sky looks. Additional details will be in the June newsletter.

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

I hope to see many of you at our League picnic on June 20 and the LWVWI Annual meeting earlier in the month. LWVWI Annual Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency & Conference Center Friday June 9 and Saturday June 10. All registered members who attend are eligible to vote! Please consider attending as well as volunteering for this event. Call 920-562-7849 if you can assist.

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To many, Memorial Day is parades, barbecues, great sales at the mall, and a three-day weekend which marks the official start of summer. More importantly, Memorial Day is a time to honor all those Americans who have died in military service. Patriotic Americans should take a moment to reflect on those who have given their lives for this great nation as well as the values that make this country worth fighting for.

Have a safe Memorial Day, Julie Arneth

JUDY CRAIN RECEIVES UWGB CHANCELLOR'S AWARD

Congratulations to Judy Crain for a richly deserved honor! At the UWGB Spring Commencement, Judy received the Chancellor's Award--the highest award that the university gives to a community member. The university recognized her particularly for her decades of work in support of public education at all levels. We are proud to claim Judy as a longtime League member who exemplifies dedication to community engagement and issue advocacy at both local and state levels. In the words of the state League, in a Facebook post about Judy's service on the LWV WI Legislative Committee, "She brings such a high level of expertise, knowledge and passion to the League's advocacy for a quality public education for every Wisconsin resident." More information about Judy's contributions can be found in Inside UW-Green Bay News at http://news.uwgb.edu/log-news/ news/05/11/education-advocate- judy-crain-to-receive- chancellors-award/

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

LWVGGB welcomes Barbara Robinson and our other new members to the League. If you attended our Annual Meeting you may have already met Paul Bartlett, Jeananne Greenwood and Sue Riemer. We hope you have a chance to enjoy the companionship of these new members at our June picnic. When you see our four newest members at future League events, please take a few minutes to introduce yourself. You can contact Paul at lbartlett097@gmail.com, Jeananne at nonniejeananne@gmail.com, Sue at sueriemer55@gmail.com, and Barbara can be reached at barbarajeanr@gmail.com

LWVWI Opposes Unconstitutional Proposal to Criminalize Free Speech

MADISON - The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin vigorously opposes a proposal currently circulating in the State Capitol that could make it a felony simply to be present at a gathering that could be designated a riot because it is an assembly of at least three persons in which there is violence or property damage, or even just "a clear and present danger" of such.

"This proposal is clearly intended to squelch free speech through intimidation, and it is not the way we do things in America. It is a drastic overreach and it is unconstitutional," said Andrea Kaminski, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.

The League supports the right and responsibility of individuals and groups to oppose, by any non-violent means, government actions that weaken or abridge the individual rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Wisconsin Constitution. We support free speech and people's right to assemble. We work hard to promote civil dialogue in all of our activities at the local, state and national levels.

"There are already sufficient laws in place to deal with violence and property damage. We do not have to deny citizens' First Amendment rights to address such problems," Kaminski said.

Andrea Kaminski, LWVWI Executive Director

LWVWI ANNUAL MEETING IN GREEN BAY ALL MEMBERS ATTENDING ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE!

The LWVWI's Annual Meeting SAFEGUARDING DEMOCRACY: CIVILITY, EQUITY , COMMUNITY will be held Friday-Saturday, June 9-10 at the Green Bay Hyatt Regency. Register today to attend the Friday program. Harvey J. Kayes will give the keynote address on the topic Americans are Radicals at Heart. Saturday's events includes Malkasian speaker Erica Nelson speaking about the Race to Equity-Lifting up all Wisconsin Residents. 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.

LWV LAKE MICHIGAN REGION NEWS

The LWV Lake Michigan Regions will hold their Annual Meeting in Green Bay during the same time as the State of Lake Michigan (SOLM) has their Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency and Conference Center, November 5-9. Watch for news about this upcoming event when your receive a copy of the SPLASH, the LWVLMR newsletter, in your email. Contact <lwvlakemichigan@gmail.com> for additional information.

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