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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.

Wednesday, November 6

Forum #2: 

Why Local Governments Matter 


  • Ralph Petersen, Ph.D., UW-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center and former NASA and NOAA scientist

  • Keith Reopelle, Director at Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change

  • Sherrie Gruder, Sustainable Design Specialist, Energy Program Manager, LEED AP BD+C at University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension

  • Stacie Reece, City of Madison Sustainability Program Coordinator

WHEN: Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 6:30 - 9 PM

  • Light refreshments starting at 6:15 

  • Introductions at 6:30

  • Forum broadcast at 7

WHERE: Room 0430 La Crosse County Administration Building, 212 N. 6th St., La Crosse



Study Materials and additional information are available here.


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. 


La Crosse Area League Programs


12/10  Lunch & Learn

Special Populations Voting

1/14    Lunch & Learn

Pressures on Child Protective Services

 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

Upcoming Events

November Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Lunch at 11:30, Program at 11:45

The Waterfront

The Cargill North Room

Support for Women Who Run For Office

2018 Year of the Woman:

 Facts, Myths, and Where We Go from Here


Erin E. Forrest, Executive Director of Emerge Wisconsin.

Before joining Emerge, Erin served on the Waterloo City Council and Plan Commission, and on the kitchen cabinets of many candidates for public office. 


Despite historic gains in 2018, women are still vastly underrepresented at all levels of public office.  We'll discuss barriers, opportunities, and separate myth from fact in this discussion of  women's representation. Attendees will leave with an understanding of why this problem was never going to be solved in one election cycle and what they can do in their communities to help build the change they want to see.  


You may include special dietary considerations with your rsvp.

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 is due Tuesday, 10/1. Unfortunately, prepaid lunches are nonrefundable. Thanks!

Lunch Reservations are Sold Out.

Overflow seating is available for program.

Speaking of Democracy

Join the Conversation at the LWV Book Club

Monday, December 2,  6:30-8:00 PM

Java Vino, 1505 Losey Blvd S.

All Are Welcome!











Educated: A Memoir

by Tara Westover


"An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home."

Source: Amazon

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 lwvlawi@gmail.com.   


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

Local News


Members of the LWVLA and the Driftless Voter Coalition marched in the Labor Day Parade in La Crosse.


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:


Dr. Jean Eells met with the LWV UMRR Board and guests, sharing her expansive knowledge of adult learning styles as she talked about soil health.  In a video available for your viewing here, Dr. Eells discusses the different ways that women and men are conditioned to respond to information, and how best to reach women with soil health messaging. This is critical because about half the farmland is owned by women, and women express different values for the land than do men.


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


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

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La Crosse, WI




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