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Upcoming Events

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Jun 8-9: LWV Wisconsin Annual Meeting
Jun 28- Jul 1: 2018 LWV National Convention
Aug 26: New Member Orientation

New Member Orientation


All members are invited to the New Member Orientation twice a year. Come meet active Leaguers and learn about the local, state and national activities of the League of Women Voters. Learn how to Make Democracy Work for ALL!

When: August 26, 2018 from 2-4 p.m.

Government Committee - Democracy in our Back Yard

Government Committee

Join us for a discussion on what local issues matter to you and how we can work together to effect change. Watch for details on upcoming meetings.

Social Policy

Learn more about League Social Policy HERE

Book & Social Policy Discussion Group

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

WHY: This book discussion is being used as a springboard for discussing LWV positions on social policy issues as well as the formation of a Social Policy Committee. For those who wish to participate in a book discussion but not in working on a social policy committee, meeting dates/locations will be arranged, based on the number of people interested.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Matthew Desmond's Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, describes evictions from both the landlord and tenant sides. Desmond, a sociologist who teaches at Harvard, focuses on the eviction process and its impact on individuals and families. But on a deeper level it is also about inequality, poverty and its long-term effects on people and communities, with a focus on the city of Milwaukee.

In an interview with The Atlantic, Desmond was asked why he chose eviction as a lens for poverty and inequality. His response: "I wanted to try to write a different poverty book, to focus on not just a place or a group of people, but a set of relationships. I thought eviction was the best way to do that. It brings landlords and judges and tenants together in this process that you can follow over time. I realized not only that had we overlooked this very central aspect of poverty, but eviction was coursing through the American city and acting as a cause, not just a condition, of poverty."

Social Policy Committee Forming

While some participants are interested only in the social policy book discussion, many would also like to be involved in the social policy committee which will formally organize during the coming summer months. If you haven't already,RSVP to Kathy Johnson, Vice President for Program, at

Natural Resources


Learn more about League Natural Resources Policy HERE

Foxconn Emissions Permits

CLICK HERE to read LWV Milwaukee's April 2018 Testimony to DNR regarding Foxconn Air Permit Applications

High Capacity Well Legislation Action Alert

CLICK HERE to Read April 2017 ACTION ALERT on SB76 "Death by 1000 straws".
CLICK HERE to read background information.

Natural Resources Committee

You are invited to get involved with the LWVMilwaukee Natural Resources Committee which meets generally on the 4th Wednesday of the month (except November and December) either at the Shorewood Library, at the League Office or by conference call.Hands holding up the earth

  • Apr 25, 2018
  • May
  • Jun

For more information or to request to receive meeting location and agenda, please contact Natural Resources Committee at

International Relations / Great Decisions Discussion

Join us for the International Relations / Great Decisions Discussion Group.

All are welcome.

WHEN: Meets at 10 a.m. on the 2nd Thursday of the month September-May
WHERE: Wauwatosa Public Library, Firefly Room, 7635 West North Avenue, Wauwatosa

Upcoming Topics: For more information, see Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions

We're pleased to announce the topics for Great Decisions 2018! This year's topics are as follows:

  • Jan 11, 2018: Recap of 2017
  • Feb 8, 2018: The waning of Pax Americana?
  • Mar 8, 2018: Russia's foreign policy
  • Apr 12,2018: China and America: the new geopolitical equation
  • May 10, 2018: Media and foreign policy
  • Sep 13, 2018: Turkey: a partner in crisis
  • Oct 11, 2018: U.S. global engagement and the military
  • Nov 8, 2018: South Africa's fragile democracy
  • Dec 13, 2018: Global health: progress and challenges

2017 TopicsGreat Decisions Discussion Guide
  • Feb 9: The Future of Europe
  • Mar 9: Trade and Politics
  • Apr 13: Conflict in the South China Sea
  • May 11: Saudi Arabia in Transition
  • Sep 14: U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
  • Oct 12: Latin America's Political Pendulum
  • Nov 9: Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Dec 14: Nuclear Security

PLEASE NOTE: The League has videos and discussion guides from previous years that may be used by League members. For more information, contact

Unit Discussion Meetings

Join The Conversation


Wednesday, TBA

Many members say that discussion units are the backbone of the League -- this is the place where you learn, or expand your knowledge of the general meeting topic through discussion, contemplation, and sharing of ideas, and prepare, where appropriate, to take action on pending legislation. The public is invited to all League meetings. We welcome you!

Choose a time and location convenient for you:

Click Here for a list of Local Discussion Units

Lunch & Learn

Lunch and Learn - Food for thought during a 1 hour BYO Lunch. Bring your own food, drink and open mind.

May 21, 2018
Speaker - TBA

Apr 16, 2018
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Mar 19, 2018
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Jan, 2018
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Dec 18, 2017
EXPO: Ex-Prisoners Organizing
Speaker - Mark Rice

Nov 20, 2017
9to5 WI and the Family Medical Leave Act
Speaker - Astar Herndon, State Director, 9to5 Wisconsin

Oct 16, 2017
Common Ground in our community: common goals for common good
Speaker - Jennifer O'Hear, Common Ground

Sept 18, 2017
Fair Housing issues in Milwaukee: past, present, and the future
Speaker - Peggy Rozga

June 19, 2017
Moving the Needle for Racial Justice
Speaker - Jaime Alvarado

May 15, 2017
Reforming Wisconsin's Juvenile Justice System
Speaker - Evan Goyke

April 17, 2017
Milwaukee & the Immigration Debate
Speaker - Michael Haas, Milwaukee County Supervisor

Mar 20, 2017
Supporting and Funding our Public Schools
Speaker - Stacy Racine Lynch, President of Support Our Schools SOS-Wauwatosa

Feb 20, 2017
Fair Housing
Speaker - William Tisdale, Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council

Nov 21, 2016
Human Trafficking
Speaker - Martha Love

Oct 17, 2016
Refugees: Vetting & Resettlement Process
Speaker - Mary Flynn, Lutheran Social Services

Sept 19, 2016
Tour of the Sojourner Peace Center

Aug 26, 2016
Pay Equity: why a $15/hr wage is good for women and families
Speaker - Martha De La Rosa

Feb 17: GENERAL MEETING - Gun, Grace & Grief - A Toolkit for All

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Gun Grief and Grace in America Event Information

Unit Discussion Groups meet on February 21

LWV Waukesha County Gathering

LWV Waukesha County Gathering

Waukesha County Map

If you would like to be involved with a Waukesha County group, contact Leigh Ann TIdey at

Nov 11: GENERAL MEETING - Wisconsin's Changing Environmental Laws & Regulations


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November 11 presentation on Wisconsin's Changing Environmental Rules and Regulations


Wisconsin's Changing Environmental Laws & Regulations
Saturday, November 11, 2017 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - Gathering & Refreshments;
10:30 12:30 p.m. - Program
Shorewood Village Center
3920 N. Murray Ave., (ground-level meeting room) Shorewood, WI


  • George Meyer, Executive Director, WI Wildlife Federation, Past Secretary, WI DNR
"The Perfect Storm"
  • Kimberlee Wright, Executive Director, Midwest Environmental Advocates,
"The Role of Citizens in Protecting Wisconsin's Natural Heritage"

Learn about:

  • exemptions to environmental laws in the Foxconn incentive package;
  • new laws for iron mines that reduce protections for streams, lakes, wetlands and groundwater;
  • restrictions on citizen involvement in the iron mining permit process;
  • limitations to the authority of WDNR professional staff to apply sound science to the review of high-capacity well applications;
  • how YOU can help protect Wisconsin's natural resources.


Apr 21: Who Counts - 2020 Census & Fair Voting Maps

April 21, 2018

10:15 a.m. Gathering
10:30 a.m. Program

Tippecanoe Library

3912 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Join our experts and the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County for this urgent discussion.


Margo Anderson, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of History and Urban Studies at UW-Milwaukee
Dr. Anderson specializes in the social history of the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including the history of the U.S. Census.
Robert Yablon, J.D., Assistant Professor of Law at UW-Madison
A former law clerk to Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, Mr. Yablon will provide an update on Wisconsin gerrymander case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Candidates Forum Moderated by the League

Candidate ForumThe League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County provides moderator services for candidate forums in our community. As an organization, the League of Women Voters does not support or oppose political parties or candidates for public office.

CLICK HERE for additional information or to request forum services, please contact LWVMC Candidate Forum Services at

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Apr 29: GENERAL MEETING - Bridging the Polarization Divide

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Oct 4: GENERAL MEETING: Housing in Milwaukee - Evictions, Race Relations, Policy


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October 4, 2017 Public Event Housing in Milwaukee


Housing in Milwaukee - Evictions, Race Relations, Policy
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
6 pm (gathering begins at 5:30 pm)

UW-Milwaukee Student Union
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd, Room 191

Join us for this important discussion of housing in Milwaukee. The presentation is part of "200 Nights of Freedom," a series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Milwaukee civil rights marches for school desegregation and fair housing.

The program is co-sponsored by UW-Milwaukee Black Culture Center and The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council.

A panel of speakers will discuss the history of housing in Milwaukee, how it was affected by policy and race relations, and what is needed for true fair housing.

Panelists include:

  • Raphael F. Ramos, J.D., Eviction Defense Project Coordinator, Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.
  • Robert S. Smith, Ph.D, Professor, History Department, Marquette University/Director, Center for Urban Research Teaching & Outreach
  • Kori Schneider Peragine, Senior Administrator, Inclusive Communities Program, Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council