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Date: 1/18/2022
Subject: January 18, 2022 News Update
From: LWV of La Crosse



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January 18, 2022 News Update


"Fireside Chat"...
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
join us virtually as Mayor Mitch Reynolds shares his reflections on 2021
 
Fireside Chat Jan 2022
This should be a very interesting event for all of us that live and work in the La Crosse area.
 

Upcoming Book Club  Events...
the who, what, where, when, and how to attend LWVLA events 
January Book Club
 
"This is a narrative that describes the urgency that compels me and millions more to push for a different American story than the one being told today. It's a story that is one part danger, one part action, and all true. It's a story about how and why we fight for our democracy and win."                                    Goodreads.com
 
This is very timely as Stacey Abrams has announced
 her candidacy for Georgia governor!

February Lunch and Learn...
Tuesday, February 8, 2022
come join us virtually to learn more about school boards
School Boards Feb 2022
Wisconsin Association of School Boards District 6 representative, Mary Jo Rozmenoski; Dr. Juan Jimenez, La Crosse School Board president;  Cheryl Hancock, Holmen School District School Board president; and Catherine Griffin, West Salem School Board president will discuss the roles and responsibilities board members assume when elected as stewards of public education.

They will discuss the challenges and rewards of their positions, the impact of school board decisions, and the importance of local community support for public education.



The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Position on Education:
Promote equal educational opportunity for each child through an equitable state aids formula while retaining substantial program and personnel responsibilities in the local district.
 

Upcoming Book Club  Events...
the who, what, where, when, and how to attend LWVLA events 
Feb 2022 Book Club
"This landmark new book gives us an invaluable perspective on the Supreme Court in democracy's hour of maximum danger."--Jon Meacham

The gripping story of the year that transformed the Supreme Court into the court of Donald Trump and Amy Coney Barrett, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning law columnist for The New York Times.

At the end of the Supreme Court's 2019-20 term, the center was holding. The predictions that the court would move irrevocably to the far right hadn't come to pass, as the justices released surprisingly moderate opinions in cases involving abortion rights, LGBTQ rights, and how local governments could respond to the pandemic, all shepherded by Chief Justice John Roberts. By the end of the 2020-21 term, much about the nation's highest court has changed. The right-wing supermajority had completed its first term on the bench, cementing Donald Trump's legacy on American jurisprudence.

This is the story of that term. From the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the rise of Amy Coney Barrett, from the pandemic to the election, from the Trump campaign's legal challenges to the ongoing debate about the role of religion in American life, the Supreme Court has been at the center of many of the biggest events of the year. Throughout Justice on the Brink, legendary journalist Linda Greenhouse, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her Supreme Court coverage, gives us unique insight into a court under stress, providing the context and brilliant analysis readers of her work in The New York Times have come to expect.

Ultimately, Greenhouse asks a fundamental question relevant to all Americans: Is this still John Roberts's Supreme Court, or does it now belong to Donald Trump?
                                                                                                                                                                        ~ from Goodreads.com

Call to Action...
for your advocacy on League positions that affect our lives 
Pass the Freedom to Vote Act
If you follow along with the League of Women Voters US, you probably know that they have been protesting for the Freedom to Vote Act for some time now. Along with many other key provisions, this piece of federal legislation would protect against gerrymandering, set national redistricting standards, ensure more transparency in the drawing process, and add judicial remedies so gerrymandered maps can be fixed in the courts.

From LWVUS: "The League is proud to support the Freedom to Vote Act, as it is the most significant voting rights bill in generations. This legislation will provide equal access to voting for all Americans, stop partisan gerrymandering, and limit the influence of dark money so that billionaires can’t buy elections."
 

Prepare for Election Season...
get registered to vote now and defend democracy
New Years Resolution
New Year, New Elections. Resolve to be a Voter!

Happy New Year! Let’s make it our New Year’s Resolution to vote in every election in 2022 and take the pledge. Take two minutes today to get a head start on this goal by submitting a calendar year absentee voting request. This will ensure you get a ballot for every election this year, including any special elections that pop up!

Visit myvote.wi.gov today to make sure you are registered and to request all of your ballots.

While the Spring 2022 Elections might seem a ways away, they are just around the corner.
Save the dates for this year’s elections:

Spring Primary: February 15 
We have a primary here in the La Crosse Area. The La Crosse School Board and the La Crosse County Board District 7 will have an election on February 15. 
 
Check Vote411.org after January 24 to find information on the candidates. 

Spring Election: April 5

Encourage your friends and family to take up this resolution and check in with one another as we get closer to the elections. Post the link to myvote.wi.gov on social media and tell your circle that they can request their absentee ballots today.

Let’s celebrate the New Year and the freedom to vote in 2022!

Local Opportunities...
This Friday January 21st at noon
make a statement about what you want government to be


Empower voters and defend democracy.

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