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Date: 10/19/2021
Subject: October 19, 2021 News Update
From: LWV of La Crosse

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October 19, 2021 News Update

November Lunch and Learn... 
come join us virtually to learn about this pressing need in our community 
November Lunch & Learn
Speakers for the Event: 
Kim Cable:
Head of Housing Division of Couleecap
La Crosse County Board Supervisor
Cheryl Hancock:
Executive Director of Coulee Recovery Center
Coulee Council on Addictions
Lauren Journat:
Executive Director of the YWCA 
Julia McDermid:
Executive Director of the Exchange
Mitch Reynolds:
Mayor of the City of La Crosse
Our program this month will delve into the causation of area homelessness and
discuss how area nonprofits, the city and county are helping to address the
situation. In addition, cooperation and budget concerns will be addressed. The
League supports programs and policies to prevent or reduce poverty and
promote self-sufficiency for individuals and families, income assistance programs
that provide decent, adequate standards for food, clothing and shelter, provide a
decent home and suitable living environment for every American family and
support violence prevention programs in communities.
Members of the public and the press are invited
to join the free live meeting via Zoom.

Upcoming Book Club  Events...
the who, what, where, when, and how to attend LWVLA events 
October Book Club
American Dirt
by Jeanine Cummins

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy―two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves riding la bestia―trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?
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Danielle Allen
Sneak Peek at November's LWVLA bookclub selection!
We will read and discuss Danielle Allen's book: Our Declaration. 
The author of this book will be speaking at Viterbo on October 21st.
This is a wonderful opportunity to read a book to discuss at book club
and have the pleasure of hearing the author speak! We have included
a link to the event below.

Danielle Allen will be speaking at:
Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theater
Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 7:00 pm.

Recommended Recordings...
a selection of recordings to educate 
The League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area website has many resources to enhance our learning. One of the ways we have been able to continue to learn and grow over these past eighteen months is through the proliferation of zoom meetings and seminars, many of which are then recorded so we can view them later. Here is a selection available on our website at this time. Use the link at the bottom to go to the page to access each of these valuable resources. 
  1. Should You Drink That? The Unfolding Story of PFAS In Our Lives
  2.  Can Ranked Choice Voting Work  in Wisconsin? 
  3. Innovating Our Way Out of America's Political Divide
  4. National Popular Vote
  5. Fixing Politics: A Solution for Voters

Call to Action...
for your advocacy on League positions that affect our lives 
2021 Virtual Issues Briefing
Issues Briefing Registration Now Open!

League members and friends are invited to attend LWVWI’s 2021 Virtual Issues Briefing on Saturday morning, October 30th, 9AM-noon! We welcome you to engage in Q&A with our keynote speaker Sara Eskrich, Executive Director of Democracy Found, participate in a choice of breakout sessions and find inspiration in a motivational Call to Action that will close the program. Join us to learn ways you can help empower the Wisconsin Vote!

To view the Issues Briefing Program Agenda, click here.
TO REGISTER and for more information on Issues Briefing sessions
and speakers, please visit the LWVWI Event Calendar.

The registration deadline for this event is Friday, October 29, 4PM.

For Your Consideration...
local events, virtual events, viewing and reading suggestions that reflect the League's mission and priorities. Please send us your recommendations.
Getting to Know Our Afghan Neighbors
La Crosse’s higher education institutions will host a virtual discussion Tuesday, Oct. 19, to help the community support and understand our new Afghan neighbors.

The virtual discussion — sponsored by Viterbo University, Western Technical College and UW-La Crosse — is set for Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

It will feature Genevieve Levy, a district director with the California State Assembly who has worked extensively with Afghan populations, and Nemat Sadat, a legal secretary with the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office who has worked as a translator, cultural advisor and refugee resettlement coordinator.

They will discuss a variety of topics related to U.S. refugee resettlement programs, including special immigrant visas and tips for how community members can interact with newcomers from Afghanistan.

To access a live stream of the event, visit Within a week of the presentation, a recording will be posted on the same page.

Leader Ethics
The political divide has grown in the last 15 years. In the process, many
national issues are becoming the subject of debate at the local level. John
Smalley, former editor of the Wisconsin State Journal, will lead a discussion
with an experienced panel of county leaders to discuss how they are coping
with the political divide, as well as maintaining service to all constituents.
This one hour virtual program is at noon on Wednesday, October 20th.
Don't miss this opportunity!
Speakers for the Event Include:
Steve O'Malley: La Crosse County Administrator
Kathryn Schauf: Eau Claire County Administrator
Josh Schoemann: Washington County First Executive
P.O. Box 371, La Crosse, WI 54601-0371

Harjo Event
Joy Harjo, the first Native American to serve as the U.S. Poet Laureate,
will visit UW-La Crosse for a reading and discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday,
October 21st. Harjo is a renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee
(Creek Nation) and the author of nine books of poetry.
The public is invited to attend Harjo’s reading in 400 Centennial Hall,
301 16th St. N, La Crosse. A Q&A and book signing will follow the reading.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All attendees
must wear a mask during the event and while indoors on campus.
While admission is free,  attendees are asked to register.

Waking Up White
Waking Up White Regional Read, taking place August through November 2021, invites the community to read Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving, attend public presentations, and engage in book chat conversations about ways to create a more welcoming and inclusive multicultural community. All events are free and open to the public but registration is required. COVID-19 in-person recommendations from local health departments will be observed.
Diversion & Inclusion In Theatre: Panel
     October 22, 2021  @ 3pm 
Cultivating Cultural Empathy to Overcome White Supremacy Thinking
October 23, 2021 @ 2pm
Grass-rooting in a Predominately White Community
October 30, 2021 @ 10:30am
Information and Registration Links to the Book Chats may be founhere.
And be sure and SAVE THE DATE for the White Privilege Symposium
to be held on December 3 and 4, 2021
A Vision for Racial Equity: History, Truth and a Call For Action
Hosted by the La Crosse Waking Up White Collaborative & The Privilege Institute

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families is 
coordinating the efforts to provide what our guests need.
Their website will provide that information.

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