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Date: 2/25/2021
Subject: Correction in February 25, 2021 News Update
From: LWV of La Crosse

February 25, 2021 News Update

Correction: In the previous version of the February 25 Update, we incorrectly identified one of the La Crosse School Board candidates as Amy Bauman. Her name is Annie Bauman. We apologize and have corrected the error in this version.

Upcoming League Events...
the who, what, where, when, and how to attend LWVLA events 
The theme for 2021 is #ChooseToChallege: We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.
Please join the International Women's Day Committee for a virtual event that will consist of a panel discussion with a special emphasis on gender equity around the world. Panelists will include Barbara Oehninger from Switzerland, Marta Martinez from Uruguay, Ayesha Patnaik from India, and Chero Chuma from Kenya. They will share what they have learned and discuss both advances and continuing challenges in achieving gender equity in their native countries.

Community members are encouraged to raise your hand high to show you’re in and that you commit to choose to challenge and call out inequality. Take a selfie with your hand raised and send it to We’ll be posting them on the International Women’s Day social media. 

Speaking of Democracy
Join the Conversation
LWVLA Book Club

Monday, March 29
6:30 - 8:00 pm


The Politics Industry:
How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save Our Democracy
by Katherine M. Gehl and Michael Porter
In The Politics Industry, Katherine Gehl and Michael Porter take a radical new approach. They ingeniously apply the tools of business analysis-and Porter's distinctive Five Forces framework-to show how the political system functions just as every other competitive industry does, and how the duopoly has led to the devastating outcomes we see today. Using this competition lens, Gehl and Porter identify the most powerful lever for change-a strategy comprised of a clear set of choices in two key areas: how our elections work and how we make our laws.
Book Club is meeting virtually. Click below to register on website. A Zoom link will be sent to you in your confirmation email. Check on the website calendar for information about the April Book Club.

2021 Spring Election

Vote for Your City. Vote for Your Schools.
March 17 deadline for online and mail-in voter registration.

Stay tuned, League members and friends!
Watch next week for a call to action.
Help us deliver 10,000 door hangers
in the City of La Crosse Council Districts 7 - 13.
Voter Experience Survey for the Spring Primary Election
from The League of Women Voters of WI
This is a place where voters can tell us about your experience voting - absentee, early voting, or in-person on Election Day - and can let us know about issues you faced or good things you'd like to see replicated in other parts of the state. The information received from voters after the 2020 Elections was invaluable and allowed us to be more effective as we advocated for improvements to the election process.

After major issues arose during the April 2020 primary, elections officials, clerks, poll workers, advocates, and voters united to make the November 2020 election extremely successful, according to the 2020 Presidential Election Report recently released by Wisconsin Election Protection and the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.

Candidate Forums
We expect that a number of candidate forums and debates will be scheduled at both the state and local level before the April 6 Election. As we learn about them, we'll share this information in our News Updates. Links and registration information will be posted on our website's calendar. When available, recordings of forums are also available for public viewing on our website.
Candidate Forum
WI State Superintendent of Public Instruction
March 4
7 PM
Join the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition for a conversation with Deborah Kerr and Jill Underly, candidates for Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Hear from the candidates about how they plan to address the needs of students with disabilities, including students with mental health needs.

The forum is open to all, but you must register. You may request disability related accommodations when you register, or email ASAP. 

Conversation with the Candidates for State Superintendent of Education
Thursday, March 11
6:30 PM
Join the league of Women Voters of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Public Education Network for a virtual conversation with the candidates for Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The forum will be moderated by Tony Chambers, Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools board member and director of equity, inclusion and innovation at the Center for Healthy Minds and Healthy Minds Innovations at the UW - Madison.
You are invited to submit your questions for the candidates for consideration by Feb. 28.

School Board Candidate Forum
 School District of La Crosse
sponsored by the LWVLA
March 18
6:30 - 8:00

 Rob Abraham           Annie Bauman
   Kraig Brownell          Martha Linville
Gretchen Paquette    Brad Quarberg
You are invited to submit possible questions.
Please send them by noon on March 17 to
Mayoral Candidate Forum
City of La Crosse
sponsored by LWVLA and partners
March 22
6:35 PM
Vicki Markussen
Mitch Reynolds
You are invited to submit possible questions.
Please send them by March 20 to
Details for these virtual forums are still being finalized. Registration links are not yet available. 

Please help us to encourage our local candidates
to participate in Vote411.
The Vote411 Voter Guide will be published in early March. Invitations to participate are going to all the candidates in our local races for the Spring Election on 4/6. If you know any of the candidates running in these races, please encourage them to participate by completing the candidate survey for our local voters guide.
Let them know that over 2000 La Crosse area voters visited Vote411 for the 2020 elections. Their completed candidate surveys will help voters make an informed decision about who will best represent their interests.  

For Your Consideration...
local events, virtual events, viewing and reading suggestions that reflect the League's mission and priorities. Please send us your recommendations.
2021 Virtual Reflections of Ebony
Jason Sole and André Wright of Humanize My Hoodie
sponsored by Black Student Unity, UW - La Crosse
February 27
4:30 - 6:30 PM
Using art & fashion as a vehicle, Humanize My Hoodie sparks up conversations about society’s perception of the hoodie. View a short preview video here. This event is free, and the public is welcome. 
Please sign up to receive the link for this event. Expect the link by 2:00 pm on Saturday.

Help us defend democracy and empower voters.

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PO Box 363
La Crosse, WI 54602