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November Lunch & Learn
Understanding Transgender Issues

For League, defending democracy and ending discrimination go hand in hand. Transgender Awareness Week (Nov 13-19) is an annual effort to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address concerns members of the community face. In response to 2023 as a record-breaking year for the introduction of legislation that affects trans and nonbinary people, the League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area (LWVLA) will present a local panel to discuss issues affecting the human rights of transgender people.

Our Speakers:
Dr. Erin Gutowski, Gundersen Health System physician
Will Van Roosenbeek, UWL's LGBTQIA+ Services Director
Adam Whitney, UWL student

October Lunch & Learn
LWV Advocacy: Toward a More Representative State Government

LWV members work to promote an open governmental system that is representative, accountable, responsive and capable of making decisions. LWV Wisconsin Executive Director, Debra Cronmiller, provides an update on the many issues that work encompasses. Ms. Cronmiller leads the Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition, so current court and legislative efforts on nonpartisan redistricting will be discussed, in addition, to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact supported by the state and national LWV, and the growing regional interest in Final Five Voting. These initiatives welcome informed champions who are committed to making a difference in Wisconsin’s electoral system!

September Lunch & Learn
Understanding Election Integrity 

Election integrity will be a top-of-mind issue for many voters in 2024. How is our right to vote protected? Can trust in our electoral processes be bolstered through citizen advocacy? Lee Rasch discusses the risk of emerging threats and new initiatives designed to raise awareness of election security in Wisconsin.

Lee Rasch founded LeaderEthics in March 2018, a non-profit/non-partisan organization committed to promoting ethical leadership among elected officials. He serves as the Executive Director of the organization. Prior to this experience, he served as President of Western Technical College from 1989 to 2017. Throughout his career, he has actively promoted ethical leadership development, continuous improvement, economic development and sustainability.  He has written numerous articles and extensively provided presentations on these topics. Lee chaired the Legislative Committee for the Wisconsin Technical College System for more than 15 years.

Lee Rasch is also  a member of the recently-formed Wisconsin Advisory Council for Keep Our Republic (KOR), a nonpartisan civic action organization dedicated to strengthening the checks and balances of our nation’s electoral system. Founded in 2020, KOR is focusing outreach efforts in several key states to help educate the public, challenge complacency and restore a sense of engagement at the community level.

Related Resources:
• Intro to Keep Our Republic 
• League of Women Voters: Democracy Truth Project
• Wisconsin Elections Commission video: Election Security 101 
• The Brookings Institution: How AI will transform 2024 elections
• Wisconsin Examiner: Kathy Bernier's Election 101 is in session