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Upcoming Events

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Sep 25: Waukesha Gathering
Sep 25: Government Committee
Sep 26: National Voter Registration Day
Oct 4: PUBLIC MEETING: Housing In Milwaukee: Evictions, Race Relations, Policy
Oct 8: New Member Orientation
Oct 11: UNIT MEETING DISCUSSIONS: Housing In Milwaukee: Evictions, Race Relations, Policy
Oct 12: International Relations /Great Decisions Discussion: Latin America's Political Pendulum
Oct 16: Lunch & Learn
Oct 28: State Issues Briefing
Nov 9: International Relations/Great Decisions Discussion: Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Nov 20: Lunch & Learn

Sep 25: 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.

When: Monday, September 25, 2017 from 6-7 p.m.

Where: Bay View Public Library, 2566 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Sept 25 - LWV Waukesha County Gathering

LWV Waukesha County Gathering

You are cordially invited to an evening get-together with members of the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County.

When: Monday, September 25, 2017 from 6-8 p.m.


Members from several committees will be on hand to describe opportunities for involvement, not only in Milwaukee, but also in Waukesha County. Join us!

Waukesha County Map

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

Housing In Milwaukee: Evictions, Race Relations, Policy

CLICK HERE for printable flyer.

October 4, 2017 Public Event Housing in Milwaukee

The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is co-sponsoring a free public presentation titled, "Housing in MKE: Evictions, Race Relations and Policy" on Wednesday, October 4, at 6 p.m. (gathering time begins 5:30 pm). The event will be held at UW-Milwaukee Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd, Room 191. The program is co-sponsored by UW-Milwaukee Black Culture Center and The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council

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

"The League of Women Voters has long advocated for nondiscriminatory lending policies and other measures to promote fair and affordable housing," said LWVMC President Anne Golden. "We're pleased to be a part of the '200 Nights of Freedom' events to look back at the historical causes of housing discrimination and look forward to actions that can bring about true fair housing."

Oct 28: State Issues Briefing

State Issues Briefing

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Madison Area Technical College 1701 Wright St, Madison, WI 53704

Voter Outreach

Our Voter Services Committee members provide voter service and citizen education activities year-round. To get involved, contact Voter Services Committee at

Upcoming Voter Outreach Events

Sept 26: National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day
The League with participate in National Voter Registration Day. To join our efforts, contact:

High School Voter Education & Registration Project (HSVERP)

To learn more about this outreach to local high schools, click here

Naturalization Ceremonies - New Citizen / New Voter

Naturalization Ceremonies are conducted year-round at the Federal Courthouse and at community locations including MATC, the Folk Fair and Flag Day. League volunteers attend these events to provide voter registration opportunities and voting information to thousands of new citizens each year. For more information, contact:

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

High Capacity Well Legislation Action Alert

CLICK HERE to Read 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 or by conference call.Hands holding up the earth

  • May 24, 2017 - Shorewood Library
  • June 28, 2017 - Vegetarian Potluck (More info to follow)
  • July 26, 2017 - Shorewood Library
  • August 23, 2017 - Shorewood Library
  • September 27, 2017 - Shorewood Library
  • October 25, 2017 - Shorewood Library
  • November, 2017 - NO MEETING
  • December 13, 2017 - Conference call meeting
  • January 24, 2018 - Conference call meeting
  • February 28, 2018 - Conference call meeting
  • March 28, 2018 - Conference call meeting
  • April 25, 2018 - Shorewood Library

For more information, 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 2017! This year's topics are as follows:

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

2016 TopicsGreat Decisions Discussion Guide
  • Jan 14: Recap
  • Feb 11: Middle East Alliances
  • Mar 10: The Rise of ISIS
  • Apr 14: The Future of Kurdistan
  • May 12: Migration
  • Sep 8: The Koreas
  • Oct 13: The United Nations
  • Nov 10: Climate Change
  • Dec 8: Cuba and the U.S.

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.
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

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: Sunday, October 8, 2017 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: St. John's on the Lake, 1800 N. Prospect Ave, Milwaukee
Light refreshments

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

CLICK HERE for printable flyer.