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June 18: Film: The Human Element

The Macomb League is co-sponsoring the film, The Human Element, which highlights Americans on the front line of climate change.

Tuesday, June 18
6:30 p.m.
North Branch Clinton-Macomb Public Library
16800 24 Mile Road, Macomb Twp.

Free admission

Additional information can be found here

Save the Date: Thurs Sept 19 Kickoff Meeting

Our annual Kickoff Meeting will include a "Promote the Vote" update with Sharon Dolente, Voting Strategist, ACLU.

Sharon coordinated Promote the Vote efforts, and spoke at the May 2019 LWVMI convention. She will be updating us on the implementation of the Promote the Vote, successfully passed by voters in November 2018.

Thursday, Sept 19
GPW Cook Schoolhouse
20025 Mack Ave
GP Woods, MI 48236
7 pm

2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission

Interested in serving on the independent commission of Michigan citizens to draw district lines for the boundaries of the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives, and US Congress?

Two fliers explain just that:

Additional information from the Secretary of State's office can be found here

GPPSS Blue Ribbon Reconfiguration Committee

GPPSS is considering a reconfiguration of the school district.

All committee documents are posted on the district website, GPSchools.org/BlueRibbonFacilitiesCommittee.

The Frequently Asked Questions document is updated regularly.

The next Committee meeting will be:

Thurs, April 11, 6-9 p.m.
Parcells Middle School Auditorium,
20600 Mack
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

It is open to the public.

LWV Celebrates New Michigan District Maps for 2020 (4/25/19)

DETROIT, MI-Today a panel of federal district judges ruled in favor of the League of Women Voters of Michigan in their First and Fourteenth Amendment challenges to the state and congressional redistricting plans.

"Today is a great victory for the voters of Michigan and for our democracy," said Judy Karandjeff, President of the League of Women Voters of Michigan. "The state will now draw new district lines before the next federal election, which now will better reflect the makeup of the voters - not the interests of the politicians."

The League went to court over the current district maps, drawn in 2011 after the last census. With today's ruling, Michigan will be required to implement new maps in time for the 2020 election and before the next redistricting cycle in 2021. Covering both state and congressional district maps, this case is the only one of its kind in the country.

To read the rest of the press release, click here

You can read about the case & opinion at the Brennan Center website

A message from LWVUS Re a Citizenship Question for the Census

The Commerce Department has made the decision to include a question pertaining to citizenship in the 2020 Census.
Make no mistake: this decision isn't about improving demographic data on citizenship.

It's designed to frighten immigrants--citizens and noncitizens alike--so they won't participate in the Census. It's a blatant political maneuver meant to disenfranchise these groups and deny them equal representation.
Including this question on the Census undermines the rights of eligible voters and threatens a process vital to our democracy ...

The United States Constitution mandates an accurate count of all people living in the United States - not all citizens. Non-citizens are an integral part of our economy and need to be included in the 2020 Census to paint a complete picture of our great country.

Chris Carson
President, League of Women Voters

Hot Off The Press: LWVGP's "Your Government Officials 2019" is now available

LWVGP's comprehensive brochure for 2019 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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Jun 1: Annual Spring Meeting and Breakfast

What's the Latest About What's Happening Along East Jefferson?

Josh Elling, CEO of Jefferson East, Inc. is the featured speaker at the League's Annual Meeting June 1.

Jefferson East Inc. began in 1994 as the Jefferson East Business Association, a grass roots organization in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood to bring modern retail to that area.

In 2009 the organization expanded its focus and changed its name to encompass all five neighborhoods along Jefferson between Alter Road and downtown. It developed a comprehensive plan to transform East Jefferson into a pedestrian friendly streetscape.

Since then JEI has promoted safety improvements, streetscape enhancements and business development. Its development arm has launched more than $100 million in mixed use, mixed income redevelopment projects. JEI also helps residents in the area apply for City of Detroit interest free loans for home repairs, and works to prevent home foreclosures.

Josh Elling has a background in commercial real estate and urban planning, and is a champion for making the East Jefferson corridor a great place to live, work, invest and play.

Saturday, June 1.
Country Club of Detroit
220 Country Club Drive
GP Farms, MI 48236

Registration and coffee: 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast: 9:00
Speaker and Annual Meeting: 10:00

Cost: $25
Make check to LWVGP and send to
LWVGP, 32 Lake Shore, GP Farms, MI 48236

Print out the RSVP form here.

GP Chamber: US Senator Peters in Grosse Pointe

The GP Chamber is hosting a buffet breakfast for Senator Gary Peters on

Friday, April 26th
9:00 am
Lochmoor Club
1018 Sunningdale Drive
GP Woods, MI 48236

Price is $25 per person
Call the Chamber to RSVP (313.881.4722) or book online here


Check out the flyer here

April 8: AAUW Grosse Pointe Presents "Women Helping Women"

This program will feature presentations by women leaders of three local nonprofit organizations, where women are specifically helping women and/or girls.

Speakers: Angela Aufdemberge, President/CEO of Vista Maria, will tell us how girls surviving domestic violence and human trafficking are getting an education.

Mary Garlough and Sandy Mengel, Founders/Directors of Days for Girls (DfG) of Grosse Pointe, will explain how DfG is helping girls all over the world to remain in school.

Maisha Kenyatta, Founder/Director of Positive Images in Detroit is helping women survivors of drug and alcohol abuse transform their lives.

Monday, April 8, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Ewald Branch
Grosse Pointe Library
15175 E. Jefferson
Grosse Pointe Park MI 48230

Check out their flyer here

April 4: LWVMI Centennial

On April 4, 1919, the LWVMI was formed!

Michigan women had already won the right to vote statewide (before the 19th Amendment itself was officially ratified nationally), and the inaugural LWVMI convention was held in Grand Rapids where Florence Belle Brotherton of Detroit was elected its first president. And you can read more about Belle Brotherton here *taken from The Michigan Voter & League Links - Feb, 2019

Tues Mar 12: Step Up & Serve Panel Discussion

Interested in getting involved with your local government? 

Join the LWVGP on Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m., at the Ewald Branch Library, as several of our own LWVGP members, who are also elected officials, will share stories of their own journeys to public office. 

Each panel member will talk about how they prepared themselves to run, the challenges they have experienced in running and serving, and some words of wisdom about becoming involved NOW! 

This is an excellent opportunity to meet with these individuals, and learn how YOU can Step Up and Serve!

Tues, Mar 12
7:00 pm
Ewald Branch of GP Library
15175 E Jefferson Ave
GP Park, MI 48230

Print out the flyer here

March 10: LWV Detroit Spring Fundraiser

LWV Detroit's fundraiser will be a matinee performance of The House on Poe Street at the Detroit Repertory Theater

March 10, 2019
Champagne reception: 1 PM, Curtain: 2 PM 

Detroit Repertory Theater
13103 Woodrow Wilson St.
Detroit, MI 48238

TO ORDER TICKETS:
Send a check made payable to
LWV Detroit to PO Box 2503, Detroit, MI 48202 
Donations are not tax deductible

TICKET LEVELS: MARYANN MAHAFFEY $25, FRIDA KAHLO $50, ERMA HENDERSON $75, ARETHA FRANKLIN $100, ROSA PARKS $500

For additional details, check out the flyer

LWVGP school bond forum rescheduled for Feb. 26

Our forum for addressing the latest news regarding the bond financing for our GP Schools, "What's Next?", has been rescheduled for:

Tuesday, Feb. 26
7 p.m.
Pierce Middle School Auditorium
15430 Kercheval
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
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Please note: This is a rescheduled event, which was previously set for 2/12/19 but canceled due to inclement weather.

Check out the new flyer here

Attention!

Due to bad weather, our event with the GP Schools Superintendent scheduled for this evening, Tues Feb. 12, at Pierce Middle School is CANCELED, and will be rescheduled.

Please alert your friends of this change.

Be careful out there!

CANCELED DUE TO BAD WEATHER: Tues Feb 12: GPPSS Financial Update

We are finalizing the format for a program open to the public on Tuesday, February 12, at 7 p.m. at Pierce Middle School Auditorium, featuring GP Public School System Superintendent Gary Niehaus who will be speaking on the latest details of the recently passed $111 million plus bond.

This will be run similarly to one of our candidate forums, with question gatherers, question sorters, greeters, etc.

Check out our flyer with additional details here

Jan 17: Save the Date: Annual Chinese Dinner Membership Meeting

The annual Chinese Dinner/Program Planning meeting is on the books:

January 17, 2019
6:30 pm
The Annex at the Unitarian Church
17150 Maumee
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230

Print out the reservation form here. Cost: $17.00

Voter Guides 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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