Making Democracy Work

July 2016 Newsletter

July News

Summer 2016 LWVGGB Newsletter

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

July 11

1:00 p.m. Making Democracy Work Committee-1639 Rustic Oaks

July 11

6:30 p.m. Immigration Network Meets Ken De Groot Hall-St. Willy's

July 12

9:00 a.m. Health Care Committee Meets 826 East River Dr. De Pere

July 19

Library Hrs. Voter Registration; All Brown County Libraries

July 21-22

(See article) Leadership Program with Focus on Redistricting

July 28

4:00 p.m. Education Committee Meets BC Central Library Board Room

August 8

5:00 p.m. LWVGGB Board Meeting City Building Room 310

Aug. 9

Local Polling Sites Primary Election: Polls are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Aug. TBA

5:30 p.m. Redistricting Committee Meets 121 Greene Avenue, Green Bay

Sept. 20

7:00 p.m. District 8 Candidate Forum Walter Theater St. Norbert College. Details TBA

Sept. 29 TBA

Fall Kick-off Dinner Meeting Education Committe

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

I had the privilege of attending the LWVUS Convention in Washington D.C. June 16, 17, 18. The daily schedule was extraordinarily busy with excellent speakers sandwiched between caucuses scheduled at 7:15 a.m. and 8:15 p.m. We elected a new LWV President Chris Carson and board of directors, adopted a budget, and decided on the following program issues: Campaign for Making Democracy Work by advancing the core democratic issues of voter protection, election reform, and money in politics; support of effective representation at all levels of Redistricting; and amending the LWVUS Health Care position to include Behavior Health. You can read more about convention at http://forum.lwv.org/category/member-resources/council-and-convention/convention-2016

Mark two important September dates-the 20th and the 29th on your calendar. On September 20 LWVGGB and St. Norbert College will hold a District 8 Candidate Forum at 7:00 p.m. in the Walter Theater. District 8 is the seat Senator Reid Ribble has vacated. League will need you to help staff this forum. On September 29 the Education Committee has invited Julie Underwood, a nationally recognized authority on school law, to speak at our fall dinner meeting. The time and place for this event will be announce in the August newsletter.

If you missed the LWVGGB picnic you missed great food and excellent speakers. Robin Hallet and Bev Scow talked about the Housing First project and its focus to address homelessness by moving from a temporary shelter system and by providing the support necessary to change lives. Our final speaker NEWCAP's CEO Chery Detrick informed us about NEWCAP's Supportive Housing program in Brown County which incorporates the Housing First concepts.

dog_enjoying_summer.jpg LWVGGB will need your help to staff our displays at UWGB's Community Fair in the Phoenix Rooms September 7 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and at the Early Childhood Association conference October 14 -15.

Meanwhile, enjoy a wonderful summer........Julie

2016 MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK AWARD

The 2016 Making Democracy Work award. committee asks the membership to nominate a person or organization that has worked to improve the community and mobilized others to work with them to bring about change.

An election year is a perfect time to observe, nominate and celebrate those who share the LWV vision of what it takes run clean elections where all eligible voters exercise their right to vote. Send in your MDW nominations today!

NOMINATION INFORMATION E-MAIL NOMINATIONS TO KATHY RILEY <kriley@new.rr.com> Nominator's name, address, email address, phone number and relationship to nominee. Nominee's name, address, email address, phone number and length of time active in the community. Why the nominee should be considered for the award. How the nominee exemplifies leadership to effect change through education and advocacy. Description of the impact the nominee has had on our community, naming the population, organization, or event that has benefited from the nominee's efforts. Significant partnerships and collaborations in which the nominee has participated. Email nomination to Kathy Riley <kriley@new.rr.com>

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

LWVGGB welcomes Sarka Evans and Brenda Staudenmaier to our organization. Brenda is interested in working on political events. You can contact her at <sarkaevans@gmail.com> or 920-471-5580. Brenda is interested in water issues and is part of NWTC's Environmental Engineering Water Technology Program. You can contact Brenda at <theelovelybrenda@gmail.com> or 920-634-8657

LWVWI ANNUAL MEETING

LWVGGB delegates Barbara Brown, Es Huiting and Kathy Lefebvre attended /the LWVWI Annual Meeting at the beautiful Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor on June 3-4.

Friday evening Robert B. Atwell, Chariman and CEO of Nicolet National Bay, spoke about The Economic Case for Improving Water Quality. On Saturday morning our LWVGGB member and 3rd Annual Malkasian Lecturer Colleen Gruszynski informed us about Engaging the Emerging Electorate. The speakers were followed by workshops, a luncheon program, the Parade of Leagues, awards, and the Plenary Session where program was decided upon, board members elected and other business conducted.

To read more about each item on the agenda of this outstanding event which LWV Door County hosted click on this link http://www.lwvwi.org/NewsEvents/2016AnnualMeeting.aspx

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROJECT FOCUSES ON REDISTRICTING

Members of our League have been invited to participate in 2 1/2 days of training sponsored by the Wisconsin Leadership Development Project focusing on Redistricting. The training is July 21, 3:00-7:00PM, July 21 and July 22 from 9:00am-6:00pm each day. The cost is $100. The workshop will be held on the campus of Lawrence University.

Anyone who is interested in participating should contact Ann Muenster in Appleton at 920-277-9792. Please let Anneliese Waggoner, Redistricting Chair < akwaggoner@att.net> know that you plan to attend.

AN IMPORTANT QUESTION FOR STATE OFFICE CANDIDATES

The election season will soon be upon us and many of you will be attending various events to meet the candidates. One of the major initiatives locally and statewide for the League is to change how legislative district lines are drawn after the 2020 Census. The Redistricting Committee would appreciate your asking candidates about their position on redistricting. We would also like to know what the candidates' responses are. You can send that information to Anneliese Waggoner, Redistricting Committee Chair at <akwaggoner@att.net>

Some sample text for you to use to formulate your question: In 2020, which is not that far off, we will have another census which means that the boundaries of the legislative districts will be redrawn. What is your position on changing the way redistricting is done in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin has been cited as being one of the most gerrymandered states in the Union, which means that legislative district lines are drawn by the winning party to ensure that people of that party have little or no competition. The League of Women Voters supports a non-partisan method of redistricting similar to Iowa's where a non-partisan process has been used for more than 25 years.

Anneliese Waggoner Redistricting Chair

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