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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
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
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!
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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."
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
The League with participate in National Voter Registration Day. To join our efforts, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about this outreach to local high schools, click here
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: email@example.com.
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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
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:
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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