Upcoming Events - Join us!
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Jun 19: Lunch & Learn
Sep 14: International Relations/Great Decisions Discussion: U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
Sep 20: League Year Kickoff
Oct 8: New Member Orientation
Oct 12: International Relations /Great Decisions Discussion: Latin America's Political Pendulum
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- 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 email@example.com
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
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
PLEASE NOTE: The League has videos and discussion guides from previous years that may be used by League members. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
Our Voter Services Committee
members provide voter service and citizen education activities year-round. To get involved, contact Voter Services Committee at email@example.com
Upcoming Voter Outreach Events
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unit Discussion Meetings
DISCUSSION TOPIC: 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:
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JUNE 9-10 LWV Wisconsin Annual Meeting
LWVWI's 2017 Annual Meeting will infuse civil discourse into what are often emotionally charged topics, giving Leaguers a chance to share their viewpoints and discuss matters in a place where it is safe to respectfully disagree. The meeting will be hosted by LWV Greater Green Bay and will take place at the Hyatt Regency Green Bay on June 9-10. Ultimately delegates from across the state will come together to adopt new program priorities, elect new leaders and adopt a budget to ensure success and impact in the coming year.
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Lunch & Learn
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
Speaker - William Tisdale, Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council
Nov 21, 2016
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
MAY 6-7: LWV Upper Mississippi River Region ILO Conference
UMRR's Annual Meeting on May 6 will focus on changes in environmental policies and requirements. We will be past the first 120 days of the new administration and will have a good idea of where everything's going. Plan to join us in La Crosse for a look at how all of this will affect the Mississippi! (May 6 from 8:30 to 5 at the Lunda Center, with an optional La Crosse Queen River Boat cruise on May 5 and a free tour of the refurbished Julia Belle Swaine paddlewheeler on May 7 RSVP necessary).
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: Sunday, October 8, 2017 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: St. John's on the Lake, 1800 N. Prospect Ave, Milwaukee
Candidates Forum Moderated by the League
The 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 email@example.com
Apr 29: GENERAL MEETING - Bridging the Polarization Divide
CLICK HERE for printable flyer.
CLICK HERE for event HANDOUT.
- Abramowitz, A. (2010). The disappearing center : Engaged citizens, polarization, and American democracy / Alan I. Abramowitz.
- Arceneaux, Kevin, and Martin Johnson. 2013. Changing Minds or Changing Channels? Partisan News in an Age of Choice. University of Chicago Press.
- Hetherington, M., & Rudolph, Thomas J. (2015). Why Washington Won't Work: Polarization, Political Trust, and the Governing Crisis (Chicago Studies in American Politics). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- edited by Daniel J. Hopkins and John Sides. (2015). Political polarization in American politics. New York :Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Company,
- Levendusky, Matthew, author. (2013). How partisan media polarize America. Chicago :The University of Chicago Press.
- Lott, T. and Daschle, T. (2016) Crisis point : why we must--and how we can--overcome our broken politics in Washington and across America. Bloomsbury USA.
- edited by Nathaniel Persily. (2015). Solutions to political polarization in America. New York, NY :Cambridge University Press.
- Political Polarization in the American Public: How Increasing Ideological Uniformity and Partisan Antipathy Affect Politics, Compromise and Everyday Life. (2014) Pew Research Center
- Partisanship and Political Animosity in 2016: Highly negative views of the opposing party + and its members (2016) Pew Research Center
- Divided States of America (Two-part series) Front Line (PBS)