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Date: 11/2/2021
Subject: November 2, 2021 News Update
From: LWV of La Crosse

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November 2, 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
November’s Lunch and Learn, “Addressing Homelessness in the La Crosse Area,” will delve into causes of area homelessness and discuss how area nonprofits, the city, and the county are helping to address the situation. In addition, the panel will provide information about cooperation among agencies and budget concerns.
The League supports programs and policies that 
  • prevent or reduce poverty
  • promote self-sufficiency for individuals and families
  • provide decent, adequate standards for food, clothing and shelter
  • provide a decent home and suitable living environment for every American family
  • 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 
November Book Club
In just 1,337 words, the Declaration of Independence changed the world, but
curiously it is now rarely read from start to finish, much less understood.
Unsettled by this, Danielle Allen read the text quietly with students and
discovered its animating power. “Bringing the analytical skills of a philosopher,
the voice of a gifted memoirist, and the spirit of a soulful humanist to the
task, Allen manages to..find new meaning in Thomas Jefferson’s understanding
of equality,” says Joseph J. Ellis about Our Declaration. Countering much of
the popular perception, she restores equality to its rightful place, detailing
the Declaration’s case that freedom rests on equality. The contradictions
between ideals and reality in a document that perpetuated slavery are also
brilliantly tackled by Allen, whose cogently written and beautifully designed
book “is must-reading for all who care about the future as well as the
origins of America’s democracy” (David M. Kennedy).

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 
Voting Rights Now!

The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is sponsoring a statewide forum to highlight the importance of Fair Courts in Wisconsin. As the District Maps move closer to be being drawn in the Courts, it is important to understand the role courts have played in redistricting in the past, what voters should expect from the courts and what the League has been doing in and out of the courts to ensure Fair Maps. Register here for this important event. 

The League of Women Voters of the Ripon Area is teaming up with the Center for Politics and the People of Ripon College and to host a Zoom webinar titled “Redistricting and Its Impact on Voting,” from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

Access is available at A post-event recording will be available on YouTube at


With the release of new census data in early August, state Legislatures now will undertake redrawing election districts which will be in place for the next 10 years. This has implications for the impact of voting and for control of both the U.S. Congress and state Legislatures for the next decade. The fact that the country is divided politically right now, and stalemate in government often occurs both at the national and state levels on important policy issues, complicates the process.

Poll Workers 10-21
Poll workers are key to making sure every voter has a voice. Your community needs more. Sign up at today and help ensure that everyone’s vote in your community is counted. Local clerks will be working to fulfill their poll workers needs starting in December in order to have people ready to work as soon as the spring primary. These are paid positions, and you can be given unpaid leave from a job in order to provide this service to the community. Flexible hours are available.

For Your Consideration...
local events, virtual events, viewing and reading suggestions that reflect the League's mission and priorities. Please send us your recommendations.
Gift Membership 2021
Providing a gift membership is easy. Follow this link, and you are all set to provide a wonderful educational and long lasting present for someone you love. Remember, gifts are available in $35 for an individual or $70 for a family membership. 

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.
How Children Learn About Race and How Adults Can Help  
     November 6, 2021  @10:30am
Racism as a Public Health Crisis
November 14, 2021 @ 1pm
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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