Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

To all the generous people who contributed to LWV La Crosse Area’s #Giving Tuesday campaign:  


Because of you, $2540 was raised! 

With the La Crosse Foundation’s matching $1000 grant, that is a grand total of $3540!


We are so pleased to be able to use these funds to support voter services projects as well as Fair Maps Initiatives in surrounding counties.  2020 is promising to be a very busy year with not only the potential of four elections, but also, Fair Map referendums, the Centennial, and the Vote 411 campaign.


Because of your support, we can continue this important work.


Thank you again!

Mary Nugent

LWV La Crosse Area President

P.S. Volunteering for one or more of the committees is also an excellent way to “give.”

January Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Lunch at 11:30, Program at 11:45

The Waterfront

The Cargill North Room

Pressures on Child Protective Services 



Director of La Crosse County Human Services since 2010 

Witt grew up in La Crosse County. Prior to returning,  he  worked in  Rock County, where his department won a $300,000 MacArthur Foundation Award for his department's efforts to tie data to outcomes and reduce the disproportional number of minority juveniles that were incarcerated.



Minority Caucus Vice-Chair, Assembly District 94

La Crosse County Board. Chair, 2002 - 2011 

Doyle is on a number of committees in the legislature, the committee on financial institutions, family law, the Speaker's Task Force on Adoption, and the Speaker's Task Force on Suicide.


It is well known that many of our local families are under stress and, of course, that stress most often has a  negative impact on children within the family. Let's

see what La Crosse County is experiencing and what they are attempting to do to help these families and







Please remember that this year we are not accepting payment at the door on the day of the Lunch & Learn programs. Your RSVP and payment are due Tuesday, 1/7. Unfortunately, prepaid lunches are nonrefundable. Thanks!

RSVP to reserve a lunch by  1/7 (cost $15). 


You may respond and pay for your lunch via PayPal 



by mailing a check for $15 to

LWV La Crosse Area

PO Box 363

La Crosse, WI  54602-0363

You may include any special dietary considerations along with your RSVP.

Speaking of Democracy

Join the Conversation at the LWV Book Club

Monday, January 6,  6:30-8:00 PM

Java Vino, 1505 Losey Blvd S.

All Are Welcome!









—an intimate account of the fallout from the closing of a General Motors assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, and a larger story of the hollowing of the American middle class."

* Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year * Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize​ * 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year * A New York Times Notable Book * A Washington Post Notable Book * An NPR Best Book of 2017 * A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2017 * An Economist Best Book of 2017 * A Business Insider Best Book of 2017 *

Source: Amazon

Coming Up on February 6:


Birth of a White Nation:

The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today

by Jacqueline Battalora. 


More here.

Upcoming Events


La Crosse Area League Programs


2/5    Climate Change Forum 3: Agriculture as a Solution to Climate Change

2/11   Lunch & Learn

Suffrage in Wisconsin

3/8     UWL

International Women's Day

4/1  Climate Change Forum 3: Water Impacts of Climate Change 


Special Two-Hour Earth Day Program


Legislative Breakfast

5/18   LWV Annual Meeting

8/26  Centennial Year Closing Celebration


An American Story

by Amy Goldstein

“A gripping story of psychological defeat and resilience” (Bob Woodward, The Washington Post)

Local News

UWL receives award for efforts to increase student voter turnout

UW-La Crosse received a gold seal at the national ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Awards Ceremony for achieving a student voting rate between 40% and 49%. 

Leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, UWL students John Lawlis and Kathryn Draper led voter registration efforts and also worked to improve voter turnout on election day. The two worked with the League of Women Voters, the city clerk and student volunteers to get out the vote. 


 At UWL, a total of 4,796 UWL students voted in the 2018 mid-term, or about 47%, compared to about 28 percent in 2014, according to the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE). This was a higher percentage than the 39% voting rate across all institutions nationally who participated in the NSLVE.  Read more here.

A News8000 video (here) shows local League members working with Jack Lawliss, UWL students, and employees of the La Crosse City Clerk's office in Fall 2019 to register students during a nine-day Battle of the Dorms event. 

Great Lakes Polling & Coalition Meeting on Thursday, December 12

The Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition will be releasing the results of a new region-wide poll on Great Lakes issues, discussing how to use the findings in communications work, and updating advocates on the national campaign to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Milwaukee Wisconsin. 


This event is free and open to HOW Coalition members, partners, and the general community. Lunch will be included. Event registration is available here.

Thursday, December 12

9:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m. 

UW - Milwaukee

Great Lakes Research Facility

600 E Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee, WI

Room 3080


LWVLA is a member of an Inter-League Organization with nearly 50 other Leagues in MN, IA, Il, and WI interested in protection of the Upper Mississippi River.

Stay informed by following them on Facebook:


2019 LWVWI Annual Meeting Presentation Video

Dr. Genevieve McBride's presentation at the 2019 LWVWI Annual Meeting about the women's fight for the right to vote in Wisconsin near the turn of the 20th Century is available for viewing here.


Dr. Genevieve McBride, Professor Emerita of History at UW-Milwaukee was the 6th Annual Zabelle Malkasian Guest Lecture.

Andrea Kaminski, legislative coordinator and former executive director for the LWVWI, Writes Op-ed on the Need for Gun Reform. 

"It’s time for everyone who supports sensible gun policies to put unceasing pressure on their representatives and senators in the state Legislature and Congress to pass these reforms. Let our voices drown out the gun lobby."


The Cap Times, 9/12/19


How does impeachment work?

As a nonpartisan organization, the League of Women Voters offers unbiased information to voters seeking to learn more about the impeachment process here.

League Joins Letter Urging Increased Election System Security

Recent news reports have disclosed troubling weaknesses in commercially marketed voting systems and disturbing conduct by voting system vendors, raising significant questions. Voting system vendors have operated with little oversight and no regulation for decades. Given the gravity and urgency of this issue, LWVUS joined partners urging Senate committees to hold a hearing on election system security. Read our letter here.

Take Action: 

Get involved! There are many ways to have your voice heard by elected officials and policy makers. Useful background information  and recommended actions for influencing our elected representatives are provided by the LWVUS. 


Take Action on League priorities here:

  • Demand a hearing on the For the People Act.

  • Support the Voting Rights Advancement Act. 

  • Tell Congress to pass sensible gun laws.

  • Stand with the League against voter suppression.

League News

Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Suffrage

The League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area

Maple Leaf Parade Director's Award for Board's Choice

Thanks to Dahl Ford Auto Museum for the loan of their cars

and to drivers, Drake Hokanson and Dan Strittmater!

Welcome to what promises to be a very exciting and busy League year!


Not only are we celebrating a century of women's suffrage, but we are also anticipating a major election and a national census. Now, more than ever, we need your involvement and help. 


Please consider becoming involved in League's efforts in one of the following areas:

  • assisting with voter education or registration,

  • volunteering to help with our programming and events,

  • facilitating census and centennial activities,

  • developing Vote 411 candidate information,

  • sharing your technology skills with our communication and technology teams,

  • donating financially to support our efforts to advocate, educate and inform.   


If your talents, interests, and/or time are a good fit for any of our activities, let us know that you'd like to get involved by responding to this invitation at   


We have a lot to accomplish, Leaguers, but together we can do it!

It's going to be a great year.

Mary Nugent, LWVLA President

2019-20 Climate Crisis Series from LWV of Dane County




The League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area is excited to partner with the League of Women Voters of Dane County (LWVDC) with a live broadcast of the four-part 2019-2020 Climate Crisis Series program created by the Dane County League. 


This program aims to inform the public about the history, escalating impacts, and up-to-date science-based solutions for our communities. Invited speakers will clarify existing and proposed solutions, with an eye on diversity, equity and inclusion. The League continues to set a course through non-partisan leadership to foster private and public actions to reduce carbon emissions and build resilient communities.


Future Climate Crisis Programs

  • February 5, 2020, focusing on agriculture as a solution and 

  • April 1, 2020 focusing on water impacts. 

LWVLA will announce the locations for live viewing of these programs in the near future.


Study guides to accompany the programs are available on the LWVDC website  here. This site will also have the recorded programs available for viewing shortly after they occur.


Special thanks to the LWVDC for partnering on this critical issue. 

League of Women Voters 

of the La Crosse Area

P.O. Box 363

La Crosse, WI



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