Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

Date & Time        Place        Description
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
County City Building - 4th floor
227 w. Jefferson Blvd.
South Bend, IN 46601
Action Alert - Public hearing on the abortion-related ordinance. A public hearing on the abortion-related ordinance is scheduled for the county council's next meeting on March 10

The St. Joseph County Council is considering a bill (69-14) which would require an abortion provider to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. If passed, this bill will almost certainly shut done our area's sole abortion clinic.

The League has and will continue to speak out against this bill, relying on the League's position that public policy ... must affirm the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices and arguing that the bill is not about patient safety but about stopping abortions in St. Joseph County.

I ask you to participate in these efforts in the following ways:

1. Please plan to attend the March 10 County Council meeting (4th floor County-City Building, 7:00pm). Whether or not the bill will come to a vote that evening is not yet known. Regardless, there should be opportunity at the end of the meeting to speak in opposition. Please plan to attend and make your personal statement -- even if your voice shakes (like mine).

2. WRITE to your Council member. Direct emails to: . You can also call and send letters to home addresses, which you will find here: (as well as in your Citizen's Guide).

Friday, March 13, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
South Bend Chocolate Cafe
122 S. Michigan Street
South Bend, IN 46601

Join us for a look at South Bend's new Office of Sustainability, established in 2014 to guide and support City and community sustainability efforts.

Director Therese Dorau will talk about why sustainability is a powerful tool for any community that seeks to maximize economic growth, environmental health, and social equity. She will provide an overview of the goals, initiatives, programs, and challenges of the Office and highlight opportunities for community members to get involved.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Wiekamp Hall
Room 1001
Indiana University South Bend
South Bend City Clerk Debate. Candidates Derek Dieter and Kareemah Fowler

Moderator: Dr. Jamie Smith, IUSB

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
6:30p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wiekamp Hall
Room 1001
Indiana University South Bend
South Bend Common Council At-Large Candidate Forum. Hear from all 8 Candidates - Berry, Donaldson, Ferlic, Hamann, Lark, Price, Voorde, & White!

Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Bennion

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Deadline for Maud Wood Park Award Nominations Nominations due for the Maud Wood Park Award. Please contact Lisa Plencner (574-532-8121) with questions and send nominations to her at The award will be presented at the Annual Business meeting, June 10.
Saturday, April 18, 2015-Sunday, April 19, 2015
Brown County State Park LWVIN State Convention. This is a great time to connect with League members from around Indiana, hear interesting speakers, and conduct State League business. I hope you will attend. Details at Registration due March 15. Contact Geri with questions.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
TBD Annual Business Meeting and Dinner:. SAVE the DATE and watch our website for updates.