Making Democracy Work

Because Democracy is not a Spectator Sport

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.
Don't miss: August 26 - Celebrating Michiana Women Leaders October 26 - LWV Annual Friend-Raiser

Celebrating Michiana Women Leaders - August 26, 5:30-7:30pm

Honoring Women ● Preserving History

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An exhibit celebrating women who have blazed new trails, have been relentless advocates, have guided the community through change, have supported the arts and other cultural assets, or have dedicated their lives to caring for or educating others. The exhibit highlights both women whose leadership is widely recognized and those who lead quietly behind the scenes, perhaps not known by the community at large.

Women's Equality Day
August 26, 2016 + 5:30 to 7:30pm
Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center
1040 West Washington Street, South Bend, Indiana

2016 Honorees

Helen Arnold
Linda Baechle
Cristal Brisco
Lorraine Celis
Alta Chrapliwy
Evie Kirkwood
Charlotte Pfeifer-Gillam
Kathy Schneider
Ellyn Stecker
Marguerite Taylor
Ruth Tulchinsky
Eli Williams

A partnership of
League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area
Michiana Women Leaders Project

With support from these generous Community Sponsors
The Links, Incorporated
YWCA North Central Indiana
Community Forum for Economic Justice
First Unitarian Church of South Bend
Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana
Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center

More information: Geri Pawelski at 574-621-0121,

No RSVP is required but we would love to know if you can join us. We look forward to sharing this special evening with you!

The event is free and public participation is enthusiastically encouraged.

LWV Annual Friend-Raiser - October 26, 6:00-8:00pm

Join us for this popular League tradition!

First Unitarian Church
801 E Washington

Support League programs and enjoy
Conversation - Refreshments - Silent - Auction - Music Presentation of the Making Democracy Work Award

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!

Redistricting Reform for Indiana

This brochure, created by LWV South Bend Area, explains redistricting, gerrymandering and the need for reform. Please read and share.

Redistricting Reform for Indiana

If printing in black and white, please print this version: Redistricting Reform for Indiana

About Redistricting Reform - Time to Take Back Elections

In 2014, 44 out of 100 candidates for the Indiana House and 10 of 25 candidates for the Indiana Senate had no opponents.

Why? Because the General Assembly draws the district maps every 10 years after the federal census and legislatures draw maps for political advantage -- creating unfair electoral advantage for the majority party. The result? No competition and dismal voter turnout.

It's time to fix this sick system and put elections back in the hand of the voters.

The Indiana General Assembly has created a Special Study Committee on Redistricting that will work until December 2016 to create a reform recommendation for the legislature. We have a real opportunity to effect redistricting reform in our State but we must act now to educate and advocate for an independent redistricting process.

Join the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting email alerts by sending an email to

More resources on the Redistricting Reform Page

Below you will find a link to the Special Committee's webpage and other to LWV resources.

Redistricting resources from LWVUS

Half-Price Student Membership

Join the League! LWV South Bend Area now offers a student membership rate of $25.00! A student is defined as an individual who is enrolled either full or part-time in an accredited institution.

Consider a gift student membership - you will be opening the door to lifetime of Making Democracy Work.

Did you know . . . The LWV South Bend Area

★ Visits area high schools to register voters - 1077 in 2012!
★ Registers new voters at schools and local events
★ Sponsors candidate debates and forums before every election
★ Organized and cosponsored B Green to Save Green, an environmental education program for low-income families
★ Hosts Lunch with the League, a monthly public event featuring a talk by local leaders, followed by discussion
★ Provides voter information at the community events such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration and Michiana Monologues
★ Sponsors public forums on topics of community interest such as the Property Tax Cap Constitutional Amendment, Redistricting, and Economic Development in our area

Want to learn more? Contact us at today.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm at St Joseph County Public Library, Main Street, Downtown South Bend. Free Parking. Guests are welcome.