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.

September 11 - School Voter Registration Refresher

Whether you've volunteered in our High School Voter Registration Program for a few years or are thinking about joining this team, please join us Thursday, September 11 at 6:30pm in the Dickinson Room on the lower level of the St. Joseph County Public Library, 304 S. Main Street, South Bend. With several registration events already scheduled for September, your League needs your help -- whether your schedule permits you to volunteer at one event or several. Please RSVP to Susan Fischbach at

September 12 - Lunch with the League Welcomes South Bend Common Council Member Valerie Schey

South Bend Common Council Member Valerie Schey, who chairs the Council's Personnel and Finance Committee, will speak about the process, timeline and challenges of developing a municipal budget. With work on the 2015 City of South Bend budget in progress right now and into the fall, this is a great opportunity to learn more about this important task.

Friday, September 12 - 12:00 - 1:00pm
South Bend Chocolate Cafe, 122 S. Main Street, South Bend, Indiana

Event begins at noon. Come as early as 11:30 to purchase lunch.

September 16 - CFED Meeting to Focus on Budget Process

From the Community Forum for Economic Development (CFED)

SEPTEMBER CFED MEETING TO FOCUS ON SOUTH BEND'S BUDGET PROCESS: In May of 2013, the Community Forum sponsored a public meeting that addressed the question, "HOW DOES THE CITY OF SOUTH BEND DECIDE WHERE TO SPEND OUR MONEY?"

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at 7 PM we will resume the discussion at the LaSalle Branch Library (3232 W Ardmore Drive, SB), a meeting sponsored by the Community Forum for Economic Development.The discussion will be led by Deputy Mayor Mark Neal and City Controller John Murphy and the team from the City Administration of South Bend.

We will also be joined by Valerie Schey, the current chair of the SB Common Council's Committee on Personnel & Finance. We have asked that the discussion focus on how neighborhood needs and budget priorities are determined and how budget proposals address important issues such as: ● the reduction of vacant and abandoned properties,● neighborhood curb and sidewalk repair,● implementation of the MBE/WBE Diversity Utilization Program.

As we learn how each year's budget is determined, we anticipate hearing answers to the question: "How can South Bend's community members have a greater voice in how our budget meets our needs?" We invite you to join this discussion!

September 20 - Register Now for Regional Workshops in South Bend!

LWVSBA will host LWV Indiana's northern Indiana fall workshop Saturday, September 20 at Ivy Tech Community College, fro 10am - 2pm

Visit for more information and to register.

Live Televised Debate Set for October 16 - St. Joseph County Prosecutor

Elizabeth Bennion, 574-520-4128,
Jeannie O'Meara, 574.675.9648 x 335,
Geri Pawelski, 574-621-0121,

South Bend - Jeff Sanford (R) and Ken Cotter (D), candidates for St. Joseph County Prosecutor, will participate in a live televised candidate debate hosted by the American Democracy Project of IU South Bend and the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area on WNIT public television Thursday, October 16th at 8:00 pm.

The debate will be moderated by Politically Speakinghost Elizabeth Bennion and broadcast to all 22 counties in WNIT's viewing area on channel 34.1 (Comcast channel 10). The ADP and League of Women Voters have co-sponsored live prosecutor debates in 2002, 2006, and 2010; this will be the first televised debate for that race in recent memory.

Elizabeth Bennion (IU South Bend Professor of Political Science) is Director of the American Democracy Project of IU South Bend and host of WNIT's Politically Speaking.
Jeannie O'Meara is Producer of Politically Speaking, WNIT's longest-running public affairs program. The prosecutor debate will be aired as a Politically Speaking Prime Time Special.
Geri Pawelski is President of the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government.

November 13 - Join us for LWV South Bend's 4th Annual Fall Friend-Raiser

Plan now to attend this informal event to meet friends and support League Friends.

November 13 - 6:00pm - 8:0pm Temple Beth-El 305 W. Madison South Bend, IN

Light refreshments
Beverages, including wine
Silent Auction
Presentation of the Making Democracy Work Award

Did you know . . . The LWV South Bend Area

★ Visits area high schools to register voters - 1077 in 2012!
★ Registers new voters at local events - at least 40 events since 2008
★ 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
★ Hosts Evening with the League, a monthly gathering of members and friends
★ Sponsors public forums on topics of community interest such as the Property Tax Cap Constitutional Amendment, Redistricting, and Economic Development in our area

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Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except June, July, and August) at 5:30 pm at St Joseph County Public Library, Main Street, Downtown South Bend. Free Parking. Guests are welcome.Facebook