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DFP's Stephen Henderson to Speak in September

Attend LWVGP's Special Night with a Distinguished Voice of Detroit!

September 16, 7:00
Unitarian Church
17150 Maumee, GP 48230

An evening with Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press.

Stephen Henderson Mr. Henderson, the DFP Editorial Page Editor, is a native Detroiter, who grew up in the Lafayette Park area. He is a graduate of University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Michigan. He also serves as host for "American Black Journal" and a contributor for "MiWeek".

This past year he received a 2014 Pulitzer Prize and 2014 Scripps Howard Award for Commentary.

Mr. Henderson is first and foremost a citizen of Detroit, then of Michigan. His topic for the evening: "Detroit: Bringing Its Success to the Neighborhoods"

Our League is co-sponsoring this event with the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church Alliance. It is a gift to the community, so please pass the word and plan to attend with guests!

Candidate Forums for the Pointes Have Been Set

Two candidate forums have been booked as there are 2 cities with contested municipal races: Grosse Pointe Park and Grosse Pointe Shores. The candidates from the other Grosse Pointe cities and Harper Woods are not being contested.


Tues, September 29th
7:30 pm until 9:00 pm
Municipal Building, in the Courtroom
15115 E Jefferson
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230

The candidates who filed for Council are:
Daniel E. Clark, Barbara Detwiler, John Chouinard, Edward V. Keelean, and William P. Shield, Jr.
The mayoral candidate, Robert Denner is running uncontested.


Thurs, October 1st
7:30 pm
Neighborhood Club
17150 Waterloo St
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230

The candidates for the Shores are:
Paul Thursam, Robert Gesell, Douglas Kucyk, Rebecca Booth, and Tina Ellis.
The mayoral candidate, Ted Kedzierski is running uncontested.

Both forums will have audience-generated questions with time for each candidate to give their responses. The audience will also be able to listen to each candidate's opening and closing statements.

The Grosse Pointe War Memorial will film each forum. These films will be shown on the War Memorial's local channel at a future date.

Annual Meeting for the LWV Lake Michigan Region

The LWV Lake Michigan Region will hold its annual meeting and conference on September 25-26 in Glenview, IL.

Speakers will include:

Dr. Abigail Derby Lewis
Conservation Ecologist, The Field Museum
Co-Chair: Chicago Wilderness Climate Change Task Force

Molly Flanagan
Policy Director, Alliance for the Great Lakes
Former Senior Program Officer
Environmental Program, Joyce Foundation

Click here to see the flyer about the event.

Judy and Gordon Morlan attended this meeting in Traverse City last fall and found it to be exciting and informative.

Want to know more? Contact our Natural Resource Director, Gordon Morlan at

"Amending the Constitution" Consensus Due Dec 1

At the 2014 National LWV Convention three study topics were chosen, each interacting with the other.

The topic of "Redistricting" is being studied at the state level and our League will be a part of that study.

The other two topics, "Money in Politics" and "Amending the Constitution", require our League to come to consensus.

Our League held an informational meeting in April to review how the Constitution can be amended and how this process has unfolded in the past. The answers to the consensus questions will create League policy on when we might support an amendment; under what circumstances we would support a Constitutional Convention; and if our policy on those two aspects could be set aside in favor of our policy on a particular issue.

To read the consensus questions and a brief pro and con for each question, click
The consensus meeting will be in October; meeting details will be published in the September Voter.

LWVGP Commissions one of Grosse Pointe's Butterfly Benches!

The LWVGP has sponsored one of the community benches for GP Chamber of Commerce's "Seat Yourself in Grosse Pointe" event. Benches will first be on display Thursday, June 25, at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford home. On September 25 it will be sold to the highest bidder, who can then display it permanently. In between those times, you will be able to check it out at the Neighborhood Club.

LWV - COMING TO MACOMB COUNTY! Volunteers needed!

Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport!

The League of Women Voters (LWV), a nonpartisan, non-profit, political organization, invites all Macomb County residents, male and female, to join the newly formed LWV Macomb County Voter Services organization.

The LWV encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

To learn more about how you can help create more educated, informed voters, please join us

Thurs, August 6
6:00 p.m.
Civic Center Library
The Mark Twain Room
One City Square
Warren, MI 48093
(across from the GM Tech Center)

For more information, send an email to

LWV - Coming to Macomb County!

LWV is organizing in Macomb County and continues to make inroads into the formation of a Voter Services team.

Their next steps are to establish a meeting venue and distribute flyers in an effort to recruit the necessary people to help with the first forum, for the city of Warren.

You can check out their facebook page at Facebook/LWVMacomb County

For questions, or if you're able to help. Contact Maria at

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

Check out VOTE411.ORG for all your important voter information

For your personalized voter guide, go to, which provides voter guides; helps the electorate find their City Council district & their polling place; check voting hours; and read tips about voting in Michigan.

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

For additional information & voter guides, you can go to:
1) Type in your complete address,
2) Click "Get personalized information on candidates and issues",
3) Click "Find my information"
4) Click "Go to my races"
5) For the full list of your possible voter guides, click "All my races"

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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.