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Date: 10/5/2021
Subject: October 5, 2021 News Update
From: LWV of La Crosse

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October 5, 2021 News Update

Upcoming League Events...
the who, what, where, when, and how to attend LWVLA events 
October Lunch & Learn
Tuesday,October 12
11:30 AM - 1 PM
We continue our monthly Lunch and Learn programs using Zoom.

Members of the public and the press are invited
to join the free live meeting via Zoom.
Zoom instructions will be included upon your registration.

Speaking of Democracy
Join the Conversation at
LWVLA Book Club

Monday, October 25.
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Zoom link included
with registration response. 
American Dirt
by Jeanine Cummins

También de este lado hay sueños.
On this side, too, there are dreams.

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy―two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves riding la bestia―trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ~ from

Our Declaration
Sneak Peek at November's LWVLA bookclub selection!
We will read and discuss Danielle Allen's book: Our Declaration. 

The author of this book will be speaking at Viterbo on October 21st. This is a wonderful opportunity to read a book to discuss at book club and have the pleasure of hearing the author speak!
We have included a link to the event  below.
Danielle Allen will be speaking at:
Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theater
Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 7:00 pm.

Call to Action...
for your advocacy on League positions that affect our lives 
Stop These Sham Reviews
Stop These Sham Reviews and Protect Our Freedom to Vote!
Most Wisconsin residents believe that voters should choose our leaders – elected officials do not decide which voter to hear and which to silence. Yet a handful of power-hungry politicians are attacking our freedom to vote by spreading lies about our elections and wasting $680,000 of our taxpayer money to fund their election review scams.

Crucial programs and services like healthcare for all and pandemic relief are going unfunded while some legislators try to divert our attention from what matters most to voters: transparent, fair, and representative government.

The longer these sham election reviews continue, the more our democracy and freedoms as voters are being attacked. Write your legislators today to tell them to stop these sham reviews and protect our freedom to vote.

Take Action

LWVWI 10-7-21 program

Voting News...
information about ballot access, election law, and voting rights
NPR article about status of election investigations

For Your Consideration...
local events, virtual events, viewing and reading suggestions that reflect the League's mission and priorities. Please send us your recommendations.
Viterbo logo and civics 2021
    Viterbo University announces two new and unique
Rebuilding American Civics series
(with four classes in each series): hosted over zoom this fall. 
The D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership is partnering with IM Education to offer programming to address the the need for more civics education and a greater focus on civic virtue in America.

County Leadership
The political divide has grown in the last 15 years. In the process, many national issues are becoming the subject of debate at the local level. John Smalley, former editor at the Wisconsin State Journal will lead a conversation with an experienced panel of county leaders to discuss how they are coping with the political divide, as well as maintaining service to all constituents.
This one-hour virtual program is at noon on Wednesday, October 20th. Don't miss this opportunity!

Register Here

Lee Rasch, Executive Director
P.O. Box 371, La Crosse, WI 54601-0371

Waking Up White
Waking Up White Regional Read, taking place August through November 2021, invites the community to read Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving, attend public presentations, and engage in book chat conversations about ways to create a more welcoming and inclusive multicultural community. All events are free and open to the public but registration is required. COVID-19 in-person recommendations from local health departments will be observed.
Information and Registration Links to Public Presentations
for October and November can be found
Information and Registration Links to the Book Chats may be found
And be sure and SAVE THE DATE for the White Privilege Symposium
to be held on December 3 and 4, 2021
A Vision for Racial Equity: History, Truth and a Call For Action
Hosted by the La Crosse Waking Up White Collaborative & The Privilege Institute

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