Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Onalaska Public Library
741 Oak Ave. S
Onalaska, WI 54650
Wisconsin Needs Fair Maps - Redistricting. Voters should choose politicians -not the other way around. Today, manipulative politicians use their control over our broken redistricting process to protect their own power. Sachin Chheda, director of the Fair Elections Project, and former State Representative Jeff Smith, will layout the dangers of our present system and the advantages of the non-partisan Iowa system where an advisory commission draws both congressional and state legislative districts, with the state legislature retaining final authority. Iowa legislative maps in 2010 were not subject to litigation, while Wisconsin's maps are still being argued in our courts. We will hear about a transparent, fair and impartial map-drawing process that allows every voter to have an equal say. This event is sponsored by New Directions-3 Rivers, Citizens Action Cooperative Western Wisconsin, Indivisible-WI 03, League of Women's Voters and Fair Elections Project, along with OFA.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
La Crosse Public Library
800 Main St.
La Crosse, WI 54601
Boot Camp: How to Effectively Contact Your Representatives. Learn how to effectively get your message to your elected representatives and make the impact you want. Brad Paff and a representative from Senator Jennifer Shilling's office will guide you on how to make your voice heard.

For more information contact Barry McKnight at 608.789.7122

Friday, May 5, 2017-Sunday, May 7, 2017
Lunda Center
319 7th St N
Western Technical College
La Crosse, WI 54601
Upper Mississippi River Region ILO Annual Meeting. LWV UMRR's Annual Meeting on May 6 will focus on changes in environmental policies and requirements. We will be past the first 120 days of the new administration and will have a good idea of where everything's going. Plan to join us in La Crosse for a look at how all of this will affect the Mississippi! (May 6 from 8:30 to 5 at the Lunda Center, with an optional La Crosse Queen River Boat cruise on May 5 and a free tour of the refurbished Julia Belle Swaine paddlewheeler on May 7 RSVP necessary).
Monday, May 15, 2017
5:30-8:00 pm
The Waterfront Banquet Room
328 Front Street S
La Crosse, WI
LWV Annual Meeting. Election of officers and budget approval
Choice of entree: Classic Pesto Linguini, Parmesan Crusted Chicken, or Canadian Walleye
All meals include salad, side, and small dessert
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
6:30 - 8:00pm
Java Vino
1505 Losey Blvd. S
La Crosse, WI 54601
LWV Book Club - May. Book: "The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker" by Catherine Cramer.

Since the election of Scott Walker, Wisconsin has been seen as ground zero for debates about the appropriate role of government in the wake of the Great Recession. In a time of rising inequality, Walker not only survived a bitterly contested recall that brought thousands of protesters to Capitol Square, he was subsequently reelected. How could this happen? Cramer uncovers an oft-overlooked piece of the puzzle: rural political consciousness and the resentment of the "liberal elite". Using Scott Walker and Wisconsin's prominent and protracted debate about the appropriate role of government, Cramer illuminates the contours of rural consciousness, showing how place-based identities profoundly influence how people understand politics. All are welcome.

Friday, June 9, 2017-Saturday, June 10, 2017
4:30 pm
Hyatt Regency
333 Main Street
Green Bay, WI 54301, US
LWV - WI Annual State Meeting. Safeguarding Democracy: Civility, Equity, Community. LWVWI's 2017 Annual Meeting will infuse civil discourse into what are often emotionally charged topics, giving Leaguers a chance to share their viewpoints and discuss matters in a place where it is safe to respectfully disagree. The meeting will be hosted by LWV Greater Green Bay. Ultimately delegates from across the state will come together to adopt new program priorities, elect new leaders and adopt a budget to ensure success and impact in the coming year.