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.
Vote 411 - For the first time, the League will provide an online Voter Guide to local candidates for the 2016 elections. If you would like to volunteer for this work group, please send LWVSBA President, Geri Pawelski an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both new and experienced volunteers should attend this important training. Training will include a session with Frank Fotia and Mary Beth Wisniewski of St. Joseph County Voter Registration -- plus refreshments and a door prize! Please RSVP today to Susan Fischbach (email@example.com).
Better Homes of South Bend is the story of a group of African American Studebaker workers who worked together to break through the barriers of segregation and build homes away from the factories where they worked.
Gabrielle Robinson is a retired English professor and author of several books on local history as well as a memoir. She was awarded Indiana's highest honor, Sagamore of the Wabash. Gabrielle was born in Berlin and has worked at universities in both the United States and Europe.
South Bend Chocolate Cafe - 122 S. Michigan Street, South Bend, IN
Speaker begins at noon. Come as early as 11:30am to purchase lunch.
This event is free and open to the public.
What do you need to do? Simply read the materials that are provided (see below), familiarize yourself with the concurrence or consensus questions, and come to the meetings for discussion.
All of the materials are available online. Start here: http://www.lwvsouthbend.org/Current_Positions_Studies.html
Please participate -- it's what makes the League your League! RSVP today to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
More resources on the Redistricting Reform Page
Below you will find a link to the Special Committee's webpage and other to LWV resources.
Citizen's Guide to Representative Government -- If you have an eye and passion for detail, your help is needed as we get ready to update the Citizen's Guide after the 2015 Election. With each update, we review all information in the Guide to ensure accuracy. Our Guide has the reputation of being the most comprehensive and accurate source of government information and contact information for elected officials. Help is needed for this important work!
On-Call Rabble-Rousers! LWV Indiana is looking for interested local members willing to be "on deck" to attend important Indiana General Assembly committee hearings and votes either to simply be eyes and ears in the audience or to read prepared testimony on behalf of an issue advocate who cannot attend. This session there will be a special focus on redistricting reform and other voter-related legislation, but we also have advocates focused on the environment, reproductive rights, gun control, human services, and education who may need assistance. Please let me know if you would like me to submit your name to the LWV Indiana Advocacy committee.
Consider a gift student membership - you will be opening the door to lifetime of Making Democracy Work.
Want to learn more? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org today.