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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Kick-Off Meeting: September 24

This year's Kick-Off meeting has been set! The topic is human trafficking. A panel of experts on this subject has been invited to speak. They include:

Kelly Carter, Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan and a member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission
Ted Wolters, Special Agent, Department of Homeland Security, Human Trafficking and Smuggling Division
Deena Policicchio, Director of Alternatives for Girls, a community organization that helps homeless and high risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation.

Wednesday, September, 24, 2014
7 - 9 pm
The Annex
17150 Maumee, Grosse Pointe - which is the building in the parking lot behind the church

There will be a brief business meeting for League members following the presentation.

Women's Equality Day: August 26

Ninety-four years ago today, after decades of tireless advocacy, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. The fight for universal suffrage continues today, so as we mark this historic anniversary, we are reminded how valuable our right to vote remains....

Election Day is our opportunity to support our community and have a say in our future. These elections are about our jobs, our health, our communities and our future. They're about us; we all need to weigh in.

Rooted in the movement that made the victory on August 26, 1920 possible, the League of Women Voters has always been committed to educating and turning out voters, and we're not stopping now....

-Elisabeth MacNamara
Chair, League of Women Voters

Presidential Team

Presidential Team

The Grosse Pointe League has had co-Presidents before, but this year we are trying something brand new - a four person Presidential Team. It appears it needs four of us to fill the shoes of outgoing President Christina Schlitt, who has led us so efficiently and with such graciousness. All of us are committed to keeping our League an important part of this community and having fun doing it!

(Left to Right: Judy Morlan, Ann Nicholson, Sharon Riley, & Mary Zahler)

Lake Michigan LWV Annual Meeting on Oct 3-5 in Traverse City

League members are invited to the Lake Michigan League of Women Voters Annual Meeting to be held October 3, 4, and 5 at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, Michigan. The program will focus primarily on "Climate Change and Biodiversity for Lake Michigan". Speakers include:

  • Michigan State Climatologist Jeff Andresen speaking on Historical and Projected Future Climate Trends in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region
  • Research Fishery Biologist David Bunnell speaking on Stress to the Lake Michigan Food Web - How Does Climate Change Compare to Other Threats?
  • State Director of The Nature Conservancy Helen Taylor speaking on The Changing Scale of Conservation
  • Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council Program Director Grenetta Thomassey speaking on 2014: A Year to Speak Water to Power

Our keynote speaker at the Saturday-evening banquet will be Hans VanSumeren, Director of the Great Lakes Studies Institute. His presentation will be Beneath the Surface: A Deep Dive Perspective on the Great Lakes, Discovering Our Past, And Contemplating Our Water Future.

Field trips include guided kayaking/canoeing trip on the Boardman River, driving tour in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and visiting the Inland Seas Education Center.

For more details on the program, please go refer to the Annual Meeting announcement or check the Web site lwvlmr.org.

For questions, contact Judy Morlan at NaturalResourceChair@grossepointe.mi.lwvnet.org

Check out LWV's Vote411.org

Vote411.org

Vote411.org provides voter guides and 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 Vote411.org is the nation's premiere, on-line election resource now available.

For additional information & voter guides, you can go to: Vote411.org
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"

The CRC Releases an Analysis of Michigan Proposal 2014-1: Personal Property Tax Reform

According to the Citizens Research Council of Michigan (CRC):

"Proposal 1, the only statewide measure on the August 5 ballot, asks Michigan voters to approve the conversion of a portion of the state's current use tax to a new local tax as part of a plan to reimburse local governments for the cost of recently enacted exemptions of business property from the personal property tax. The ... CRC has released its analysis of the ballot proposal to explain the ballot measure for voters.

For more information check out:

CRC Report

Michigan House Fiscal Agency

Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency

VOTER GUIDE - LWV Michigan Education Fund

Watch the Wayne County Executive Candidate Forum on YouTube

The candidate forum was held June 12 in the Forfa Auditorium at the Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn.

To watch the forum,click here

Primary Season Candidate Forums

The Primary election is Tuesday, August 5 and the polls are open from 7:00am until 8:00 pm. The last day to register for the Primary Election is July 7.

Please note the following candidate forums and plan to attend!

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Candidate Forum for the Wayne County Executive

The Leagues of Women Voters in Wayne County and the Henry Ford College Democracy Institute are sponsoring a public candidates forum for those seeking election to the position of Wayne County Executive. The forum is scheduled for:

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 7:00-8:30

Forfa Auditorium, part of the Mazzara Conference Center
Henry Ford College
5101 Evergreen
Dearborn, 48128

Three Republican and eleven Democratic candidates are running in the Primary Election, and all have been invited to attend.

The public is invited to attend the forum and submit questions for the candidates that may be asked by a League moderator.

The forum will be filmed and be available on the websites of the Leagues of Women Voters in Wayne County. Additionally, Channel 7 News has agreed to stream the unedited forum on their website and will be covering the forum as a news event.

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Candidate forum for the 14th Congressional District

The forum is on:

Wednesday, June 25, 7:00 pm
Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge Campus,
Smith Auditorium,
27055 Orchard Lake Rd.,
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
(Park in Lot 4 Staff parking, gate will be open or handicap parking Lot 5).

Candidates are:

Republican: Christina Conyers
Democrat: Hansen Clarke
Democrat: Burgess D. Foster
Democrat: Rudy Hobbs
Democrat: Brenda Lawrence

LWVGP will be jointly presenting a candidate forum for the 14th Congressional District with the LWV Oakland Area and Oakland Community College. The nature of our 14th district snakes from the Grosse Pointes through Oakland County to Pontiac which includes both of our Leagues.

We will have a different format than what is generally presented at our forums. Instead of questions from the audience, we will have a panel that will ask questions.

Steven Henderson (Free Press), Nolan Finley (Detroit News) and Tim Bledsoe, (former Grosse Pointe State Representative and Wayne State Professor of Political Science) are the panelists.

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This will be a VERY busy pre-Primary Election season for LWVGP Voter Services and our community. A candidate Voter Guide will be available for all Wayne County races and the state races on www.Vote411.org in mid-June. The LWV Vote411 information will be available through the Detroit News at DetroitNews.com.

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

Local, State, and National LWV Links

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