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The League of Women Voters is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members of the public.

2020-2021 Officers
President: Mary Nugent
Vice-President: Robin Schmidt
Secretary: Karen Kroll
Treasurer: Kathy Ivey

Board of Directors
Ellen Frantz               Sheila Garrity
Nora Garland            Chris Haskell
Maureen Kinney      Pam 
Knudtson
Laura Milner


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The League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area is a nonpartisan political organization for all genders that

  • Encourages informed and active participation in government.
  • Works to increase understanding of major public policy issues.
  • Influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Membership in the League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area (LWVLA) includes membership in the LWV of Wisconsin (LWVWI) and the LWV of the United States (LWVUS). Each level of the League works on issues relevant to its members.


Mission & Impact

Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

We empower voters by registering voters, protecting voters’ rights and providing information needed to make an informed vote. Our members provide local election and candidate information for Vote411.org, the award-winning  LWV website.

Impact: The LWVLA solicited candidate information for all levels of local races in 2020. The information collected for Vote411 was reviewed by over 40,000 visitors in the area.

We defend democracy by working to increase voter participation and civic engagement. Our League provides guidance on how to interact with elected officials about issues that affect the lives of our members and their communities. Our studies cover issues that affect civic health and include diverse points-of-view. We participate in Vote411--contacting local candidates for information about their positions--and we conduct candidate forums for various elections. The LWVLA also offers informative programs for the public on topics related to local government, health, the environment, social justice and voting rights.

Impact: On average, League members are more informed about current issues and become more active in their communities than most non-members. Some League members volunteer at the polls and serve on various boards and committees throughout the area. The LWV is known for its nonpartisanship and is widely respected in the La Crosse area.


LWVLA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy

 

The LWV is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization's current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy. 

There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability status, mental health, educational level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation and/or any other characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity. 

 

What does Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion mean?

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are mutually reinforcing. Increased inclusion is associated with increased equity; the majority of organizations with higher inclusion and equity also have greater demographic diversity. 

 

DIVERSITY Diversity includes all of the similarities and differences among people, not limited to: gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, appearance, language, accent, ability status, mental health, education, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, and political perspective or affiliation. 

Diversity refers to population groups that have been historically underrepresented in socially, politically, or economically powerful institutions and organizations. These groups include but are not restricted to populations of color, such as African Americans and Blacks, Latinx, Native Americans and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. They may also include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations, people with disabilities, women, and other groups. 

A team can be diverse and so can an organization. A person is not diverse, Diversity is about a collective or a group and can only exist in relationship to others. A candidate is not diverse-they are a unique, individual unit. They may bring diversity to your team, but they in themselves are not diverse. They are a woman; they are a person of color; they are part of the LGBTQ community. 

 

We commit to increase diversity in the recruitment, retention, and retainment at the national, state, and local level, and in the leadership and executive roles. 

 

EQUITY 

Equity is an approach based in fairness to ensuring everyone is given equal opportunity; this means that resources may be divided and shared unequally to make sure that each person has a fair chance to succeed. Equity takes into account that people have different access to resources because of system of oppression and privilege. Equity seeks to balance that disparity. 

Improving equity involves increasing justice and fairness within the procedures and processes of institutions or systems, as well as in their distribution of resources, including professional growth opportunities. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our society. 

Equity prioritizes efforts to ensure the most underserved and marginalized among us has as much of an opportunity to succeed as the most well-served and advantaged. By taking into account the various advantages and disadvantages that people face, we work to ensure every person has an equal opportunity to succeed. 

 

We commit to prioritizing equity in the work of the LWV staff, board, and members. 

 

INCLUSION 

Inclusion is an ongoing process, not a static state of being. 

Inclusion is the dynamic state of operating in which diversity is leveraged to create a healthy, high-performing organization and community. 

Inclusion refers to the degree to which diverse individuals are able to participate fully in the decision-making processes within an organization or group. 

An inclusive environment ensures equitable access to resources and opportunities for all. It also enables individuals and groups to feel safe, respected, engaged, motivated, and valued for who they are and for their contributions toward organizational and societal goals. 

While an inclusive group is by definition diverse, a diverse group is not always inclusive. Being aware of unconscious or implicit bias can help organizations better address issues of inclusivity. 

 

We commit to making deliberate efforts to ensure LWV is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage our resources to advance our collective capabilities. 

 

We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. 

 

Adopted by LWV La Crosse Area 

August 6, 2019



Current Priorities

For the upcoming year, the LWVLA priorities and action opportunities include
  • Redistricting
  • Voting Rights
  • Campaign Finance/Money in Politics
  • Citizens' Right to Know
  • Environmental Protection