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Date: 5/3/2021
Subject: May 4, 2021 News Update
From: LWV of La Crosse

May 4, 2021 News Update

Upcoming League Events...
the who, what, where, when, and how to attend LWVLA events 
People-Powered Action for Fair Maps
May 2- 5

Free Film Screening and Panel Discussion 
The League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area
and the AAUW-La Crosse Branch
are proud to host a special screening of
Can You Hear Us Now?
--a powerful new film that shows the personal impact of gerrymandering in the state of Wisconsin.

A nonpartisan coalition of Wisconsin organizations in Congressional District 3 are proud to host this special screening of Can You Hear Us Now?, a powerful new film that shows the personal and political impact of gerrymandering in the state of Wisconsin. The goal of the screening is to raise awareness and invite Wisconsinites to join our fight to end gerrymandering in Wisconsin this year!

We invite you to watch the film anytime between May 2-5 then join a community discussion about what's happening in Wisconsin to pass legislation and draw fair maps in 2021.

On May 5 at 6:30 pm, filmmakers Jim Cricchi and Susan Peters will be joined by a panel of guest experts including:

Former State Senators Dale Schultz and Tim Cullen, Fair Elections Project
Joseph Heim, emeritus professor of Political Science/Public Administration at UW-La Crosse
Annemarie McClellan, People's Maps Commissioner (3rd CD)

Your registration here will give you access to viewing the film and to the panel discussion. You will receive a Zoom link to the discussion via email shortly before 5/5.

 Register for the Film and Panel Discussion Here

LWVLA Film Discussion
 Netflix Documentary Series
Amend: The Fight for America
Parts 4-6: Thursday, May 13 
6:30 PM

Join us for the second discussion of a little discussed but very influential Amendment, the 14th, which outlines the rights of citizens under the equal protection of the law.

Netflix has an excellent six part series entitled Amend: The Fight for America that explores the impacts of the 14th Amendment and how it’s affected everything from slavery to immigration, women’s voting rights and gay marriage. Will Smith is the series host.
On April 28, our first movie discussion club met to discuss episodes 1-3 which described the Black struggle for equality. Now we will discuss episodes 4-6, which deal with sexism, gay marriage and immigration.

If you don’t have Netflix, find a friend who does and have a movie night or two and join us.

annual meeting quilt
LWVLA 97th Annual Meeting
When: May 17 at 6:30
What: Celebrate the year that was and the year to be!
           Vote on changes to your League.
Who: All members are invited as well as special guest, Nikki Elsen, City of La Crosse Clerk.
Why: After this year, we deserve recognition and a party!
How: Register on our website and join us via Zoom.
Review the voting materials that were sent to you.
Join us May 17 at 6:30 with your party hat on!


Speaking of Democracy

Join the Conversation with
LWVLA Book Club 

Monday, May 24
6:30 - 8:00 pm

(One week earlier
because of Memorial Day)
 The Soul of a Woman
by Isabel Allende
 "When I say that I was a feminist in kindergarten, I am not exaggerating," begins Isabel Allende. As a child, she watched her mother, abandoned by her husband, provide for her three small children without "resources or voice." 

As a young woman coming of age in the late 1960s, she rode the first wave of feminism. She has seen what has been accomplished by the movement in the course of her lifetime. And over the course of three passionate marriages, she has learned how to grow as a woman while having a partner, when to step away, and the rewards of embracing one's sexuality.

So what do women want? To be safe, to be valued, to live in peace, to have their own resources, to be connected, to have control over their bodies and lives, and above all, to be loved. On all these fronts, there is much work to be done, and this book, Allende hopes, will "light the torch of our daughters and granddaughters with mine. They will have to live for us, as we lived for our mothers, and carry on with the work still left to be finished."

All Are Welcome!

Looking ahead:
June 29: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

July 26: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Take Action...
 speak up, write a letter, make a phone call, support the issues you care about
 2021 Clerk Appreciation Week

We are encouraging our members and followers to write an email or a handwritten letter to their clerk to show their appreciation.

It’s easy to send a quick thank you to your municipal clerk. Find your municipal clerk’s email address and mailing address here. Thank him or her for:

  • Ensuring voters have the freedom to vote by providing reliable information to the public.
  • Welcoming every voter equally and being sensitive to the dignity and rights of voters.
  • Running safe and accurate elections during the pandemic.
  • Working countless hours to ensure voters are able to make their voices heard.
  • Going above and beyond to work directly with voters to help them through the election process. (such as where to return ballots, where/how to vote in person, etc.)
  • Ensuring elections are accessible to those with disabilities by setting up the accessible voting machines, positioning machines for privacy and accessibility, messaging voters online, and setting up curbside voting.

For Your Consideration...
local events, virtual events, viewing and reading suggestions that reflect the League's mission and priorities. Please send us your recommendations.
National Popular Vote Panel Discussion
May 12
7:00 - 8:30 PM
sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin
Eileen Reavey, Director, National Popular Vote
Representative Gary Hebl, Wisconsin Legislature
Dr. Barbara Klein, LWVUS
National Popular Vote Interstate Compact Bill Introduced
An important bill was introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature to ensure everyone’s vote for president will count, guaranteeing the presidency to the candidate who wins the most votes nationwide.

Currently, Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes do not go to the national popular vote winner, but to the winner of the popular vote in the state. Votes for the second-place candidate, even in a close race and even if they are for the national popular vote winner, are ignored. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact will fix that.

The League of Women Voters believes that the direct popular vote method for electing the president is essential to representative government. Every person’s vote should count equally.
You can register for this event here.

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