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March 8th Is Michigan's Presidential Primary

For additional information, refer to the Michigan Secretary of State's website Q&A's for Michigan's Presidential Primary

March 12: Women's History Month Event

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies!

March is Women's History Month. Our LWVGP is a co-sponsor of the showing of the new movie "Suffragette," starring Meryl Streep.

March 12, 1:00 p.m.
GP Woods Branch Library in the Program Room (lower level).
20680 Mack Ave,
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

This event is free, but space is limited. Please register online
Contact Vicki at lwvgrossepointe@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Our co-sponsors are:

  • Grosse Pointe Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW)
  • Friends of the Grosse Pointe Public Library
  • Grosse Pointe Historical Society
  • Dining for Women, Grosse Pointe Chapter

Each group will have space in the hallway, as people sign in, to display membership materials, flyers for upcoming events, etc., as well as a minute prior to the movie to talk about their respective organizations.

This is a GREAT opportunity to enjoy an afternoon out with a friend, meet some new people, and help raise awareness of LWV and all that our group does in our community.

We'll be providing popcorn and water, as well as some terrific raffle prizes.

We look forward to seeing you!

Hot Off The Press: LWVGP's "Your Government Officials 2016" 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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RUNNING AND WINNING

The Running and Winning workshop has become a signature event presented by the LWVGP and supported by the LWVGP Ed Fund. We have presented this workshop for several years with positive feedback from participants. This interactive workshop for high school girls is focused on introducing them to leadership skills through the the opportunity for role-play as they develop their own mock-election. Women in leadership positions, including elected officials, participate as mentors and help light a spark within each girl to consider careers in public service.

Running and Winning

Please consider being on our steering committee to complete the planning of this program which inspires the next generation of LWV members. Running & Winning requires at least 10 members to plan and run the day-long workshop. Email me if you are interested.

Monica Bihar-Natzke Running & Winning Coordinator
RWworkshop@grossepointe.mi.lwvnet.org

April 28: Coney Island Caper

Join us for our one and only fundraiser for 2016. The event will be held:

Thursday, April 28
5:30-7:30 pm
Tompkins Center at Windmill Pointe Park
14920 Windmill Pointe Dr dancing hotdog
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230

The "Coney Island Caper" has been designed for members, their family, friends, and new member prospects in mind. We will offer all the Coneys you can eat, plus salad, chips, cookies, beer, wine, and soft drinks.

It'll be a fun-filled evening of food and camaraderie. Not only will this be an opportunity to socialize, but also your support for the LWVGP will enable us to continue our important mission of educating and engaging the voting public.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for kids (10 and under). Contact Joan at 585 4437 or George at 549 6363 for tickets. (Both numbers have 313 area codes). Members, yours will be arriving in the mail.

Meetings for the Macomb County Voter Services Unit

The next 2 meetings of the Macomb Unit will be:
February 8 and March 7
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Eastpointe City Hall
23200 Gratiot, Eastpointe 48021

Join the effort to bring Voter Services and Education to Macomb County.

Save The Date: January 20th: January's Annual Planning Meeting

Mark your calendar: The Program Planning meeting will be

Wednesday, January 20
6:00 p.m.
Home of Ann Nicholson

This year we will be reviewing the National Program in preparation for the National Convention in June.
League positions, arrived at by study and consensus from local Leagues across the country, are the sole basis for lobbying by the LWV at any level. It is our job to review the positions and to make recommendations as to whether any particular one needs updating.
Details of LWV positions can be found at lwv.org/our-work

Print out and mail in this reservation form and plan to attend!

Dec 11th: Save the Date!

There will be a Christmas party this year on Dec.11, at Aphie Roumells' home. We are having a Christmas cheer party from 5-7, so we can celebrate the season and share good wishes with our fellow members and guests. Valet parking will be provided. The cost will be $5.00 per person, and guests are welcome. Please RSVP to Aphie @ 881-8844.

Links to Information on LWV's Studies

LWVGP is involved in two national-level studies.
See below to review each subject matter and the consensus questions that individual leagues must answer:

Amending the Constitution
Background Information
Consensus Questions

Money in Politics
Background Information
Consensus Questions

GP League Activities for LWV's Studies

Wed, Oct 21, 7:00 pm
"Redistricting in Michigan" Town Hall

GP War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Rd, GPF
Speaker: Judy Karandjeff, LWV-MI President

Thurs, Oct 29, 7:00 pm
"Amending the Constitution"

LWVGP Membership Consensus Meeting
Home of Fran S
264 McMillan Rd, GPF

Thurs, Nov 12, 7:00 pm
"Money in Politics" Town Hall

GP United Methodist Church
211 Moross Rd, GPF
Speaker: Rich Robinson, Michigan Campaign Finance Network

Tues, Nov 17, 7:00 pm 7:30 pm
"Money in Politics"

LWVGP Membership Consensus Meeting
Home of Jan W
472 Shelbourne, GPF

Nov 17th: "Money in Politics" Consensus Meeting

The "Money in Politics" consensus meeting will be held

Tues, Nov 17, 7:00 pm 7:30 pm
Jan W's home
472 Shelbourne, GPF

For those members who are unable to attend the "Money in Politics" consensus meeting on the 17th, you may answer the questions and send them to Ann Nicholson by Nov. 13. Your comments will be considered at the meeting on the 17th.

November 12th: "Money in Politics" Town Hall

We have Mr. Rich Robinson coming to speak to us on Nov. 12 about "Money in Politics".

Mr. Robinson has been the Executive Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network for 15 years; which is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. He has served the public sector for over 38 years, including the Peace Corp, and all 3 levels of the government. Mr. Robinson's commentaries have appeared in many newspapers and lectures at most MI colleges.

The League is very fortunate that he is available to speak to us about Money In Politics. Please attend this most important meeting and bring a friend!

Thurs, Nov 12: 7:00 pm
GP United Methodist Church
211 Morross
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

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October 29th: "Amending the Constitution" Consensus Meeting

Calling All Members!
Our League will be taking consensus on "Amending the Constitution"

Thursday, October 29
7:00 pm
Home of Fran S.
264 McMillan, GPF

To review the consensus questions click here

For additional background information, click here.

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.

Consensus is due by December 1st and our answers will be submitted to the national committee which will tally answers from around the country to arrive at a position on this topic.

Please let Jan Wells at program@grossepointe.mi.lwvnet.org know if you plan to attend so that there are sufficient handouts.

October 21: "Redistricting in Michigan"

A presentation about the issues of redistricting has been scheduled in Grosse Pointe for:

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7:00 pm
GP War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Rd
GP Farms, MI 48236

Print out our flyer here & post it around town

The LWV of Michigan Announces 30-plus Redistricting Educational Town Halls: "Redistricting in Michigan: Should Politicians Choose Their Voters, or Voters their Politicians?"

(LANSING) The League of Women Voters of Michigan announced today that it would host over 30 Town Halls throughout the fall to educate the public on the importance of redistricting. The presentation will explore how legislative lines are drawn in Michigan, who draws them and why it is a critically important question for those concerned about fair representation.

"In Michigan the district lines are drawn by elected officials in the legislature, effectively allowing politicians to choose their voters, rather than voters their elected leaders," said Judy Karandjeff, President of the League of Women Voters of Michigan. "This system gives the political party in power at the time a tremendous advantage but is this the best system for voters? Our Town Halls will explore central questions, such as: What are the consequences of partisan drawn districts that favor one party over another? Is there a better and fairer way to do this? What are the alternatives?"

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on Arizona's Independent Restricting Commission said there is an alternative and that citizens, not just politicians, have the right to decide how Congressional district lines are drawn. The decision has grabbed the public's attention. Some have asked if Michigan, like Arizona, should use an independent commission to draw the lines, not only for the Congressional Districts, but for the State House and Senate, as well. This alternative and others will be explored in-depth at the town hall.

"Government is supposed to of, by and for the people, but more and more it seems to ordinary voters that their voices are not being heard and that our elected leaders are becoming more extreme, less compromising and more disconnected from a public they are supposed to serve," said President Karandjeff. "Instead, special interests and lobbyists seem to get the attention of our elected leaders. We need to ask fundamental questions about why this is happening and whether allowing politicians to draw their own districts contributes to the problem."

A complete list of Town Halls by date and location can be found on the League of Women Voters website at: www.lwvmi.org.
The events are free and open to the public. All are invited to attend.

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

VOTE411.ORG: Your Election Resource

Vote411.org

To build your personalized voter guide, go to Vote411.org, which provides voter guides; helps the electorate find 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 "Show my races"
4) Click the individual candidates to read their responses and compare their qualifications

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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.