Making Democracy Work

LWV is where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement

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Monday: Feb 19: Discussion on DACA & Immigration Policy

Vickie Thompson-Sandy, president of Samaritas, will join us to discuss DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals], immigration policy reform and how we as citizens can address our concerns with our elected officials. Samaritas is one of Michigan's largest refugee resettlement agencies, working with local and national organizations and advocating for those seeking safe harbor in the United States. To see some of their stories, visit Samaritas.org.

Mon, February 19
7:00 pm
Central Library's program room
10 Kercheval Ave
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Save the Date: Monday Mar 19: Presentation by Rev. Faith Fowler

Rev. Faith Fowler, Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services, has been in the news lately as she has lead the construction of tiny homes in the Cass Cooridor and the building of small solar panels to help those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. She will join us to tell us more about her innovative ways to help those in need - here and abroad.

Mon, March 19
7:00 pm
Grosse Pointe Memorial Church
16 Lake Shore Dr
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

April 26 Save The Date: Coney Caper Fundraiser

The Coney Caper Fundraiser is scheduled for April 26th from 5:30-8:00 at the endhanced Tompkins Community Center in GP Park. Details coming!

THE NEXT STEP FOR MACOMB COUNTY VOTER SERVICES

The Macomb County leadership team met in November to put the final touches on our Member-At-Large (MAL) application to the LWVMI State Board and on December 2, the State Board recognized the Macomb County Unit and added us to the state's roster!

This is an exciting time for us, but, we will miss being a part of the Grosse Pointe League. We have a deep appreciation to President Tom Wells and to all of the Grosse Pointe LWV members for mentoring us and helping us along the way. Thank you all for being there and for answering so many questions on a great number of issues!

We meet at
7:00 PM on the fourth Thursday of the month
Mt. Clemens Public Library
150 Cass Ave.
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043

Contact us for more information on how to join and to help us "Make Democracy Work" in Macomb County.

Find us on Facebook Keep track of all the Macomb County activities on Facebook.
Contact by email: lwvmacomb@gmail.com
Address: 302 Cass Ave, PMB 127, Mt. Clemens, MI 48043

Hot Off The Press: LWVGP's "Your Government Officials 2018" is now available

LWVGP's comprehensive brochure for 2018 which lists the officials who represent you in the many different levels of government is now available. Look for it at local city halls, schools, libraries and other civic institutions, or print it out here:
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Strategic Plan: Roadmap for the LWV at its Self-Proclaimed Crossroads

One hundred years ago, the United States emerged as a global power and paragon of democracy, and yet, more than half of the adult population was ineligible to vote. The LWV was born out of the 50th convention of the National American Women Suffrage Association (NAWSA) to "finish the fight" to win national woman suffrage and to eliminate other forms of political and legal discrimination against women. Initially an auxiliary to the NAWSA, the League became an independent organization in 1920, six months before the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was passed enfranchising women. The League was formed on the premise that a nonpartisan civic organization could provide the education and experience the public needed to assure the success of democracy....

Today, after nearly a century of volunteer driven activism on a wide range of public issues, the League is at a self-proclaimed crossroads....

Currently the ideals of American democracy are under attack. Voter are disillusioned; slightly more than half of all eligible voters participate in Presidential elections. Gerrymandering has resulted in districts designed to pre-determine election outcomes. Barriers to voting are being erected to disenfranchise people of color and low-income people. Factual information on issues facing the electorate is increasingly scarce and difficult to process. Decreased emphasis on civic education among young people and adults means that fewer people understand the fundamentals of a working democracy. These make clear that the "fight" remains unfinished. A strong League is needed as much now as it was at its founding.

A Changing Context The League undertakes this Transformation process at a critical time. There is an opportunity for greater mission impact given an energized public, the League's sound reputation, and the compelling need for its work. Taking advantage of the opportunity requires the League to look both within and outside itself to understand the operating (and competitive) environment in which it works along with its own capacity and will to change.

Check out the Roadmap here
For further analysis, review the Assessment here

Jan 18th: Save the Date: Program Planning/Chinese Dinner

This year's program planning meeting focuses on key National Positions and where our local League can contribute to Making Democracy Work. This "League Business" meeting is always a wonderful evening for lively discussion.

Thursday, January 18, 2018
6:30 -- dinner followed by meeting
At the home of Ann Nicholson
(Please refer to the directory or contact Ann at RSVP@grossepointe.mi.lwvnet.org for the address)

Cost: $15.00.
Make checks payable to LWVGP
Please RSVP to Ann by January 13

Click here to print out the reservation form

Dec 12 LWVGP Annual Holiday Party

Save the date! The annual party is set for December 12 at the home of Deb Sloss at 6:00 pm.

Edibles Rex is our caterer and the cost of $30.00 per person includes appetizers, desserts, and drinks (wine & soft drinks). Reservations must be made, complete with payment, by December 1 2017.

Print out your RSVP form here and mail it back.
Questions? Contact Deb at RSVPHoliday@grossepointe.mi.lwvnet.org.

Important links to the Secretary of State's Office for voting information

Attention GP Farms and GP City: Voter Guides for your local elections are available on Vote411.org

Vote411.org

Learn about the candidates who want to lead your community!

To build your personalized voter guide, go to Vote411.org, which provides voter guides and information on polling place, voting hours, and tips about voting in Michigan.

Check it out by going to: Vote411.org
1) Type in your complete address
2) Click "Get personalized information on candidates and issues" (The green box)
3) Click "Show my races"
4) Click the individual candidates to read their responses and compare their qualifications

Voters need simple, helpful tools to navigate the voting process & election day, and Vote411.org is the nation's premiere, on-line election resource.

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A new meeting-time for Macomb County Voter Services

Please join with us to further our voter education efforts in Macomb County!

We meet at 7 PM on the fourth Thursday of the month (previously we met on Mondays) at the Mt. Clemens Library, 150 Cass Avenue, (48043)

Additional information can be found on our webpage and our Facebook page

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The League of Women Voters encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government; works to increase understanding of major public policy issues; and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League is strictly nonpartisan, neither endorsing candidates nor supporting political parties. The LWVGP, in both its values and its practices, reaffirms its commitment to diversity. Membership is open to men and women of all ages.