Making Democracy Work

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


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

LWVGP's comprehensive brochure for 2016 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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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 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

District 1 Special Election Update

Attention District 1: Rep Tenisha Yancey's election is now official.
You can go to her state website here
District 1 you have representation once again!


In the Pointes, State House District 1 covers GP Shores, GP Woods, Harper Woods as well as an eastern section of Detroit.
To review the complete district map, click here

Contact information for all the GP area government representatives (federal, state, county & local) can be found here

Nov 19: Presentation re "Vote Smart"

On November 19, LWVGP will be co-sponsoring Richard Kimball of Vote Smart along with LWP Oakland Area and the Baldwin Public Library.

Location and time are:
Anton Frankel Center
20 S. Main
Mt Clemens, MI 48043
1:00 p.m.

Mr Kimball will discuss Vote Smart's website, This interactive website helps visitors research candidates by compiling non-partisan data on their biographies, votes, positions and funding.

Nov 14: Community Action for an America Free From Gun Violence

The evening will include a panel discussion with Q&A to discuss how our community can prevent future acts of gun violence.

Featuring representatives from the office of Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence and Moms Demand Action

Tuesday, November 14
Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church
17150 Maumee Ave, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
Doors Open At 6:30 PM
Program Begins At 7:00 PM

Cosponsored with Pointes for Peace, We.GP, and Moms Demand Action

For more information, please email Pointes for Peace at

Print out the flyer here

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

Learn about the candidates who want to lead your community!

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

Check it out by going to:
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 is the nation's premiere, on-line election resource.


GP Woods and the City of GP provide a sample ballot on their website. Check it out here:

City of GP

GP Woods

Rebroadcast of City of GP : Mayoral and City Council

Rebroadcast of GP Farms Mayoral Forum

The GP Farms Mayoral Candidate Forum is available on the internet.
Check it out before you vote.
Click here

Grosse Pointe City & Farms Candidate Forums

Grosse Pointe City:
Mayoral & City Council
Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017

7 - 9 pm
GP War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Rd.
GP Farms, MI 48236

Mayoral Candidates:
Christopher Boettcher and Dale N. Scrace

City Council Candidates:
(Three to be Elected)
David T. Fries, Sheila Tomkowiak, Chris Walsh, Daniel J. Williams

Grosse Pointe Farms:
Mayoral Race
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

7 - 9 pm
Services for Older Citizens,
158 Ridge Rd.
GP Farms, MI 48236

Mayoral Candidates
Joe Ricci and Louis Theros

Check out our flier here

SAVE THE DATE: Kickoff Meeting Thurs, 9/21, with Barbara McQuade

Barbara McQuade, former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan and currently professor at the Univeristy of Michigan Law School, will be our speaker at the LWV Kickoff Meeting. Her discussion will be entitled, "The Case for Women in Leadership."

Thursday, September 21, 7:00 pm Barbara McQuade
Grosse Pointe War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Drive
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

The first woman to serve as U.S. Attorney in the eastern district, Ms McQuade was appointed by President Obama in 2010 and served until March of this year. She oversaw the prosecution for the federal cases against former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and the Underwear Bomber, along with cases involving corporate fraud, theft of trade secrets and civil rights. She also served as vice chair of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee and co-chaired its Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee.

As an assistant U.S. attorney in Detroit for 12 years as well as deputy chief of the National Security Unit, she handled cases ranging from terrorism financing, export violations and foreign agents. She began her career as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman in Detroit and practiced law at Butzel Long.

In her current role as a law professor, Ms McQuade has said that there has never been a more important time to help students develop a deep understanding of our laws, courts and legal system.

Please invite family and friends to join us as we welcome Ms McQuade to Grosse Pointe!

MCVS/LWVMI's redistricting program presentation

Want to learn more about redistricting reform and the gerrymandering problem? LWV Macomb (MCVS) will present the LWVMI's redistricting program at three scheduled events:

Tues, Sept 19th
Sterling Heights Senior Center

40200 Utica Rd
Sterling Heights, 48313

Wed, Sept 27th
Sterling Heights Library

40255 Dodge Park Rd
Sterling Heights, 48313

Mon, Oct 16th
Clinton Township Senior Center

40730 Romeo Plank Rd
Charter Twp of Clinton, 48038

Come and learn about an important aspect of our democracy

October 5: saveMIcity Town Hall

This is an important discussion on Michigan's broken municipal finance system. The Michigan Municipal League, MSU Extension, and Macomb Community College invite residents, business and government leaders, and all other other stakeholders to join the discussion.

  • Statewide impact presentation - Michigan Municipal League

  • Case studies will demonstrate the negative financial impact that is a result of an archaic and broken municipal finance structure in the State of Michigan.

  • Case study presentations by cities of Sterling Heights, Roseville,and Utica

Emcee: Chad Livengood, reporter with Crain's Detroit Business

Thurs, Oct. 5
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Macomb Community College - Center Campus
University Center - UC1
Lecture Hall A
44575 Garfield Road
Charter Township of Clinton, MI 48038

For additional information, click

Check out their flyer here

Thurs, August 17: Grosse Pointe-Charlottesville Solidarity Vigil

LWVGP has been invited to co-sponsor the Grosse Pointe-Charlottesville Solidarity Vigil on Thursday, August 17, at the War Memorial. This is a peaceful, non-partisan, and non-denominational gathering of our community to show support for the City of Charlottesville and the victims of hate.

Thurs, Aug 17
Grosse Pointe War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Drive
Grosse Pointe Farms
Michigan 48236
Doors open at 6:30 pm; the Vigil is from 7-8

Other sponsors include the GP War Memorial and the GP Unitarian Church, the NAACP of GP/HW, We GP, and the GP Dems.

Broadcast of Candidate Forum for House District 1 Primary

The State Rep Candidate Forum for House District 1 is now available online.


Also, spread the word to folks without computers that they can also watch a rebroadcast of the forum on the War Memorial's Channel 5 beginning on Friday, July 28. It will run until the election. The evening broadcast begins at 6:30

In the Pointes, State House District 1 covers GP Shores, GP Woods, Harper Woods as well as an eastern section of Detroit. To review the complete district map, click here

This is a Message from the State House District 1 Staff:

Brian Banks resigned as the representative of the 1st House District in February, but staff of House District 1 are still available to assist you. They will make every effort to respond to your needs, questions and concerns as soon as possible. To contact their office, please call (517) 373-0154 or reach them toll-free at (888) 254-5291, or leave them a message using this contact form

The primary election for Brian Banks' replacement is on Aug. 8.
The general election will be on Nov. 7.

Click here for additional information on the special election for District 1 State Representative.
To review the current candidate list, click here.

In the Pointes, State House District 1 covers GP Shores, GP Woods, Harper Woods as well as an eastern section of Detroit. To review the complete district map, click here

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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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Check out the LWV's New Member Handbook here

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.