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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.
No Lunch with the League in November due to the Veteran's Day Holiday. Please honor veterans by attending one of many local events.

Lunch with the League - K-12 Indiana Public Education - December 9 at noon

K-12 Indiana Public Education: Impact of High Stakes Testing & Vouchers
Friday, December 9 at noon
South Bend Chocolate Café
122 S. Michigan St., South Bend
This event is free and open to the public. Speaker begins at noon. Come as early as 11:30 to purchase lunch.

The League of Women Voters of Indiana has taken this formal position on public education: "The League of Women Voters of Indiana supports a free, publicly funded, nonsectarian system of schools serving all the state's children from pre-school through 12th grade."

Local Leagues in Indiana are currently studying state- and nationally-mandated standardized testing of public school pupils + its cost, uses, and effects. The study is guided by the LWV Indiana Education Study Committee, which has provided study materials and also summarized results of interviews with educators. Leagues will consider and respond to a set of concurrence questions and report results to the LWV Indiana Education Study Committee before February 14, 2017.

At the December Lunch with the League, members Aladean DeRose and Anne Montgomery, who serve on the LWV Indiana Education Study Committee, will present the results of the Committee's local and statewide findings and lead an initial discussion of the League's concurrence questions about high stakes K-12 testing -- purposes, ideal frequency, the test -selecting body, acceptable time and dollar expenditures, as well as the current status of vouchers in Indiana. Further discussion on the concurrence questions will take place the evening of January 10 (details later).

More information and study materials

League Holiday Gathering - December 14 at 5:30pm Papa Vinos

LWV South Bend Holiday Gathering December 14 at 5:30pm Papa Vino's Restaurant, 5110 Edison Lakes Parkway, Mishawaka

Please RSVP here

Please join us for dinner at Papa Vinos on December 14. Eli Williams Williams, Executive Director of the LGBTQ Center, will speak and accept optional donations for the Center.

A Step Closer to Redistricting Reform in Indiana

At its final meeting on October 17, 2016, the Special Interim Study Committee on Redistricting passed a recommendation by a vote of 8 to 3 for the establishment of an Independent Redistricting Commission. While the final recommendation is not everything hoped for, it is a strong beginning and sets the stage for legislation in the 2017 General Assembly.

You will find more information, including a PDF copy of the Interim Study Committee on Redistricting's Final Report and a copy of the resolution adopted by the South Bend Common Council in support of redistricting reform here

Check back for information on next steps . . . coming soon.

Reform Recommendations of Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting

Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting Makes Its Recommendations

On September 19, the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting, of which the LWVIN is a co-founding member, presented its recommendations to the Special Interim Study Committee on Redistricting. Key recommendations include:

  • Indiana should establish a citizen-led redistricting commission every 10 years consisting of 9 members: 3 Republican, 3 Democrat, and 3 unaffiliated.
  • All Hoosiers are eligible, but must apply for service.
  • Qualified candidates should be selected by lottery with efforts made to reflect the racial, ethnic, gender and geographic diversity of the state.
  • Redistricting criteria: Districts must be substantially equal in population, contiguous,comply with the U.S. Voting Rights Act, when possible they should not divide communities of interest, and the home addresses of incumbent elected officials should not be considered.
  • Recommendations by the commission should require an affirmative vote of at least 6 members and are subject to legislative approval.
  • Legislative changes, however, can not exceed 2% of the total population of a district and must be accompanied by a narrative explanation.

For more information on Redistricting Reform, visit LWV Indiana

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 league@lwvsouthbend.org 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.