Making Democracy Work

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


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

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 Corridor 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

Print out the promotional flyer here

Sat. 3/24 March for Our Lives

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets to demand that their lives and safety become a priority, and that we end gun violence in our schools and communities. We urge you to join the March for Our Lives event near you.

In Grosse Pointe:
12:00 noon
Messner Field
176 McKinley Ave
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

In Detroit:
11:00 am
Rivard Plaza
1340 E Atwater St
Detroit, MI 48207

For additional locations, click here

Thurs, April 26 Save The Date: Coney Caper Fundraiser

The Coney Caper Fundraiser is scheduled! Our one and only fundraiser of 2018, the event will be a fun-filled evening of food and camaraderie. The Coney Caper has been designed with you, your family, friends, and new member prospects in mind. We'll offer all the Coneys you can eat, plus salad, chips, cookies, beer, wine, and soft drinks.

Thurs, April 26th
5:30-8:00 pm.
Tompkins Community Center
Windmill Pointe Park
14920 Windmill Pointe Dr
GP Park, MI 48230

Come and support the League so it can continue its important mission of educating and engaging our voting public.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for kids, 12 and under.

For tickets contact
Tom Wells, motsllew -AT- or
George McMullen, george -AT-
Members, you should have received your tickets in the mail.

We look forward to seeing you there!

LWV Macomb County Tea Fundraiser: Guest Speaker Elizabeth A Homer

1918 Tea

Sat, April 14
1:00 pm
Robert A. Verkuilen Building, Entrance E
21885 Dunham Road
Clinton Twp, MI 48036

Join for an informal hour of coffee, tea, punch, & desserts to commemorate the year Michigan women won the right to vote in state elections with Elizabeth A. Homer, teacher, historian, author of Pioneers, Reformers, and Millionaires.

For $12 tickets, contact
or call 810 892 3875

Check out the flyer here

LWVMI & Coalition Promote Constitutional Amendment for Comprehensive Election Reform

The League of Women Voters of Michigan supports the Promote the Vote constitutional amendment because of the belief that voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed. It supports provisions to increase the security, convenience, and accessibility of voting so that everyone's voice is heard.

For the PROMOTE the VOTE ballot initiative--League members and others will be collecting signatures with plans to have the proposal on the ballot in November 2018. To change the Constitution, a majority of Michigan voters have to approve the proposed amendment. The Legislature cannot change the Constitution without a vote of the people

The PROMOTE the VOTE ballot initiative would amend Michigan's Constitution to:

  • Protect the right to vote a secret ballot
  • Ensure military service members and overseas voters get their ballots in time for their votes to count
  • Provide voters with the option to vote straight party
  • Automatically register citizens to vote at the Secretary of State's office unless the citizen declines
  • Permit citizens to register to vote by mail or in person until 15 days before an election
  • Allow citizens to register to vote in person with proof of residency within two weeks of and on Election Day
  • Provide all registered voters access to an absentee ballot for any reason
  • Ensure the accuracy and integrity of elections by auditing election results

For additional information, check out this brief powerpoint

A LWVGP committee is now being organized. Contact Sue Acton at to get in on the ground floor of this exciting effort!

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

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


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:
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 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

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.

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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.