May 18, 2021 News Update
If you missed it...
The LWVLA 97th Annual Meeting
is available to view on our website.
For Members Only
Vote in the 2021 Annual Meeting Election
on our website through Friday, 5/21.
1) Login as a member on our website. If you have forgotten your password, use the Password Assistance button at the top of the homepage. Upon providing your email address, you will be sent a new password.
2) Click on the VOTE HERE button in the 2021 Annual Meeting box near the top of the homepage. You will be connected to the ballot. Just follow the directions and click SUBMIT when you are finished.
3) The 2021 ANNUAL REPORT button will allow you to view or download our Annual Report booklet. Once logged in to the website, you will have access to members only content: Membership Directory, Photos, and Documents. If you have time, take a little tour.
Upcoming League Events...
the who, what, where, when, and how to attend LWVLA events
|| Speaking of Democracy
Join the Conversation with
the 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."
Looking ahead for Book Club
Check our calendar for more details about these titles..
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
For Your Consideration...
local events, virtual events, viewing and reading suggestions that reflect the League's mission and priorities. Please send us your recommendations.
The Language of Inclusion:
How to Implement Inclusive Language
Within Your Place of Work, Close Circles, and Community
Amanda Florence Goodenough,
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
If language communicates values, what do your words say about you and your organization? Join this conversation to explore how we can make workplaces more inclusive by addressing the “little” things, like microaggressions, before they become the big things. It takes intentionality to ensure our everyday, commonplace exchanges and environmental symbols don’t exclude people on the basis of race, gender, sexuality, religion, ability, size, age, and other social identities.
The Benefits of Voting in Local Elections
Thursday, May 20
1 PM CST
WHY is this the right year and right time for your organization to engage voters?
Voter turnout in the 2020 elections broke records - the most votes ever cast and the highest percentage of eligible voters turning out in over a century. This is great for democracy, communities, and representation, and a trend we need to keep up in 2021 and beyond.
Important elections are happening across the country and across the calendar this year and while these mostly local elections will have huge impacts on government and services, turnout has historically been low: in 2017 in Ohio, less than a third of registered voters participated in the election. Texas saw only 12% turnout in 2019. With the pandemic still looming as more Americans receive vaccines and after a contentious 2020 battle, what will 2021 turnout look like?
We'll give you tips, techniques, and messaging strategies to find, engage, and entice voters to turn out for local races. Nonprofits and communities stand to gain huge benefits if they are fully represented in local elections and every vote counts.
All RSVPs will receive a recording and slides from the webinar the following week.
Can You Hear Us Now? Fair Maps Panel Discussion
The League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area and the AAUW-La Crosse Branch hosted a special screening of Can You Hear Us Now? -- a film about the personal impact of gerrymandering in the state of Wisconsin. The recording of the 5/5 panel discussion following the film screenings is now available to view on our website.
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)
The film mentioned in this discussion is "Can You Hear Us Now?" You do not need to view it for the discussion. It is currently available on Vimeo and Amazon.
| View Fair Maps Panel Discussion
National Popular Vote Panel Discussion
sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin
Eileen Reavey, Director, National Popular Vote
Representative Gary Hebl, Wisconsin Legislature
Dr. Barbara Klein, LWVUS
The Pump House will host Dr. Mai Duddeck's art from May 19th through July 17th.
Virtual Artist Reception:
Time: 5:30 CST
Zoom meeting ID: 893 5598 1426
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