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Date: 9/7/2021
Subject: September 7, 2021 News Update
From: LWV of La Crosse

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September 7, 2021 News Update

Upcoming League Events...
the who, what, where, when, and how to attend LWVLA events 

September Lunch & Learn
Sept. 14, 2021
11:30 AM to 1 PM
La Crosse County Criminal Justice Management Council
Lunch & Learn
Criminal Justice Management in La Crosse County: 
Progress and Prospects

Speakers from the Criminal Justice Management Council:
Tim Gruenke, La Crosse County District Attorney
Honorable Scott Horne
Margaret Larson, County Board Member
Dr. Suthakaran Veerasamy, Citizen Representative, UWL Faculty

 The Criminal Justice Management Council was developed to evaluate the criminal justice system's implementation of the La Crosse County correctional philosophy. Members of the council will discuss progress made in the past ten years and aspirations for the next ten years of the criminal justice system related to the issues of sentencing diversion, inclusion, equity and transparency.

This will be a zoom meeting.
The September14 Lunch & Learn Zoom link will be sent in your confirmation email.

The Burning
Speaking of Democracy
Join the Conversation at LWVLA Book Club

Monday, September 27

6:00 - 7:30 pm


New Time! New Place! Please register to see all details!

The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921
by Tim Madigan
On the morning of June 1, 1921, a white mob numbering in the thousands marched across the railroad tracks dividing black from white in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and obliterated a black community then celebrated as one of America's most prosperous.
34 square blocks of Tulsa's Greenwood community, known then as the Negro Wall Street of America, were reduced to smoldering rubble.
And now, 80 years later, the death toll of what is known as the Tulsa Race Riot is more difficult to pinpoint. Conservative estimates put the number of dead at about 100 (75% of the victims are believed to have been black), but the actual number of casualties could be triple that. The Tulsa Race Riot Commission, formed two years ago to determine exactly what happened, has recommended that restitution to the historic Greenwood Community would be good public policy and do much to repair the emotional as well as physical scars of this most terrible incident in our shared past. With chilling details, humanity, and the narrative thrust of compelling fiction, The Burning will recreate the town of Greenwood at the height of its prosperity, explore the currents of hatred, racism, and mistrust between its black residents and neighboring Tulsa's white population, narrate events leading up to and including Greenwood's annihilation, and document the subsequent silence that surrounded the tragedy.

Voting News...
information about ballot access, election law, and voting rights

--from LWV Wisconsin
Disability Voting Rights

LWVWI Defends Voting Rights in Court

The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin along with our partners at Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice and Disability Rights Wisconsin have filed a motion to intervene in Teigen v. WEC, a case challenging the use of drop boxes and other absentee-ballot return methods. Our organizations have a long history of promoting voter awareness, education, and participation, and we invest significant time and resources in educating the public about elections and how and when to cast a ballot. This case threatens to burden, if not deny, access to safe and convenient absentee voting for all voters, especially for disabled or otherwise disadvantaged Wisconsin citizens. This case threatens to roll back existing voting options, at a time when Wisconsin should be expanding accessible voting. We are being represented by Law Forward.

Wisconsin Legislature Announces New Fair Maps Portal
Speaker Vos announced via Twitter a newly created Legislative Portal that will accept public input on suggested communities of interest from around the state. The Portal will be open for map submissions from September 1 to October 15th. If you submitted a map to the People’s Map Commission, please make sure to send it to the Legislature for their consideration. Between now and September 1st, you can use the portal to access how-to information from various free map drawing software including DistrictR, Dave’s Redistricting and District Builder. After September 1st, you will be able to submit your maps .

Fair Maps Lobby Day
September 27, 2021
 LWVWI and The Fair Maps Coalition will sponsor a lobby day to ask our elected officials to enact AB 395/SB 389 assuring that all future District maps will be drawn without the use of any voting information.

Appointments will be made with legislators and constituents participating in-person will go together to visit their legislators. This event will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person at the Capitol lobbying. We are hoping to contact all 132 Assembly Reps and Senators in an effort to get this important legislation passed. (Note: On September 13th organizers will decide whether the event will be entirely virtual.)

Lobbying training sessions will be held for this event. The registration form is available for you to RSVP. More information on training and how-to lobby will be coming soon!

For Your Consideration...
local events, virtual events, viewing and reading suggestions that reflect the League's mission and priorities. Please send us your recommendations.

Waking Up White Regional Read
Registration Required for Regional Read Programming.
Register using the link below. 

The Waking Up White Regional Read’s intent is to encourage frank community conversations on structural oppression, prejudice, color blindness, dominant white culture, and its effects on people of color and to motivate us to take action to create a healthier multicultural community.

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