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Past events we'd like to highlight as part of our twentieth anniversary

Partisan Gerrymandering presentation by Bill Whitford

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Virtual Presentation

Partisan Gerrymandering:

How It’s Done, Its Consequences, and What We Can Do About It

UWGB logoBill WhitfordOn Constitution Day, the Democracy and Justice Studies program of UW-Green Bay invites us to attend this talk by Professor Bill Whitford.

The framers of the U.S. Constitution envisioned a political system that would fairly represent “We the People” – but just how fairly are people represented in today’s American democracy? In his talk, Professor Whitford will introduce attendees to one of the greatest contemporary challenges in Wisconsin and the United States: partisan gerrymandering. What does it mean for American democracy if political parties can easily draw electoral districts to their own favor?

State Superintendent Candidate Forum

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Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 7:00pm
Virtual Event

State Superintendent Candidate Forum sponsored by Wisconsin Public Education Network, League of Women Voters of Wisconsin

Get to know the State Superintendent candidates!

The Wisconsin Public Education Network is hosting a virtual forum for the 2021 candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin. Open to the public. Advance registration required.

Register Here

The non-partisan state superintendent election takes place on Tuesday, February 16 (primary) and Tuesday, April 6 (general). An equity-minded superintendent with the courage to stand up for our public schools is critical to the success of our children and the health of our democracy.

Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea: Unpacking the Chaos at the Capitol

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

WAVE - Wisconsin Anti Violence EffortThe WAVE (Wisconsin Anti Violence Effort) Action Team is hosting Joshua Horwitz, J.D., Executive Director of the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, in a Zoom presentation connecting gun violence to the January attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea book coverIn the wake of that attack and the ongoing threat from insurrectionists, Josh will explain the connections between the gun lobby and the insurrectionist idea—a topic he has been exploring since co-authoring the 2009 book Guns, Democracy and the Insurrectionist Idea.

Over the past few days, the impeachment trial has brought those harrowing scenes from the Capitol before us again, leaving us wondering, “How did this happen? How can we make sure it never happens again?” Join us for this important discussion.

What: Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea: Unpacking the Chaos at the Capitol
When: Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST
Where: Zoom (Sign up, and we'll send you the login information the day of the presentation.)

State Superintendent Candidates Townhall

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Zoom Meeting

State Superintendents Downhill - Kerr-UnderlyYou're invited to join EXPO for a

State Superintendent Candidates Townhall
“Ending the School to Prison Pipeline”

March 10, 2021 from 6:30-7:30 PM
Watch on Zoom or the EXPO Facebook Page
Sign up here

EXPO Wisconsin will talk with Deb Kerr and Dr. Jill Underly, WI Candidates for State Superintendent, about their ideas for ending the school to prison pipeline.

  • In School vs. Out of School Suspensions
  • Expulsions
  • Police Presence in our School
  • Racial Bias & More

These are all things that have created - and continue to create - a feeder for mass incarceration in our state and country.

How do we end it? We start at the polls by making informed decisions about who we put in charge of our children's academic lives. Please join us for this important discussion. Sign up here.

Help spread the word - download and share the attached flier.

Governor’s Budget Feedback Sessions

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Badger Bounceback Live SessionsWisconsin Governor Evers has announced a six-session series of opportunities for Wisconsinites to discuss and provide feedback on his Badger Bounceback agenda and proposed state budget for the 2021-2023 biennium. The final two sessions are set for April 14 and April 21.

A primary focus of the sessions is to hear from Wisconsinites about how best to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Scheduled topics covered in these sessions will include affordable healthcare, bolstering our state’s economy, improving education for all Wisconsin students, and more.

The Badger Bounceback Live Session schedule is available here, and Wisconsinites interested in participating can RSVP via the links provided. Badger Bounceback Live Sessions will also be streamed on the governor's YouTube page for those interested in viewing.

Legislative Town Hall - Appleton LWV

Monday, February 7, 2022 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Zoom Meeting

Virtual Town Hall - Upcoming Legislative Sessions

If you are interested in knowing what our state legislature will be working on this fall, add this LWV virtual program to your calendar: Monday, February 7th (7:00 - 8:30 pm)! We've invited all Fox Valley state legislators to participate.

In addition to providing us with insight into the upcoming legislative sessions, this Town Hall gives you the opportunity to ask questions of our representatives. We will present questions from participants as time allows.

Register Here

This is not a campaign platform as the LWV is a nonpartisan organization.

Here is the list of invited elected officials:

Speak Up for Lake Superior’s Bad River Watershed - a Webinar

Monday, February 14, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Webinar - Advance registration required

First Congregational UCC, Appleton, an ESTHER member, invites you to

Save What You Love!

Zoom Webinar on Monday, February 14, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Satellite View of Lake SuperiorThis one-hour webinar explains the likely environmental and social impact of the proposed rerouting of Enbridge Line 5 in the Upper Peninsula near Bad River and describes how to register your opinion with the Wisconsin DNR. The program features a professor of environmental sciences and geology from Lawrence University and an Indigenous activist and Ashland County Supervisor from the Bad River Reservation.

You will learn:

  • What is included and what was omitted in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed re-routing of Enbridge Line 5
  • What to highlight in written responses to the WI DNR within the public response period (closing on March 4, 2022)
  • Resources and toolkits for effective letters to the WI DNR and government leaders

No charge. All are welcome. Advance registration required:

People’s Town Hall

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Saturday, September 16, 2023 - 4:00pm
Fox Valley UU Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton

Co-sponsored by Hate Free Outagamie and Appleton SDS

  • Share what matters to you about feeling safe & welcome in your community
  • Connect with your neighbors
  • Build people-power


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