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“What Happens When Your Government Stops Listening?” - Film and Webinar

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Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 6:30pm
Zoom Webinar

Can You Hear Us Now? film posterThe League of Women Voters of Appleton is proud to host a special screening of Can You Hear Us Now?, a new film that shows the personal impact of gerrymandering in the state of Wisconsin.

Viewers can watch the film anytime from April 25 - 29, then join a live community discussion about what’s happening to improve the nonpartisan redistricting process and obtain fair maps in Wisconsin.

Register for both the film screening and Zoom Webinar Here.

The Zoom Webinar link will be sent on April 29

“What happens when your government stops listening?”

This is the provocative question that a ground-breaking documentary explores by following two unsuccessful candidates for the Wisconsin Assembly in their 2018 campaign. CAN YOU HEAR US NOW? focuses on their stories, along with those of other grassroots activists who are fighting against unfair legislative maps. This searing documentary personalizes the impact of gerrymandering on the Badger State and shows how Wisconsin became the poster child for this hot-button political issue.

The LWV US has designated April 29 as a “People Powered Day of Action” to focus attention on the all-important issue of redistricting that will take place this year following release of the new census data. As part of this national observance, The Appleton League of Women Voters is pleased to sponsor a special screening of CAN YOU HEAR US NOW? The screening will culminate in a virtual community panel discussion. The panel will include:

  • Susan Peters and Jim Cricchi – filmmakers
  • Sheila Plotkin – film subject and founder of the website We, the Irrelevant
  • Anthony Phillips – People’s Maps Commissioner, 8th Congressional District
  • Dave Hansen – Former State Senator from Green Bay
  • Penny Bernard Schaber – Former Assembly Representative from Appleton & Chair of the 8th Congressional District Fair Maps Team
  • Linda Bjella – LWV Appleton Vice-President (moderator)

Register on the LWV Appleton website for both the film and the webinar. You may view the 90-minute film anytime between Sunday, April 25, and Thursday, April 29. You will be automatically registered for the April 29 webinar scheduled for 6:30-7:30 p.m. There is no limit to those who may view the film, but participants in the webinar will be capped at 100.  The panel discussion event will also be livestreamed on the LWV Appleton Facebook page.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, grassroots, political organization established in 1920 that advocates for informed and active participation in government. Our members are women and men who work to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through education and advocacy. The League’s mission: Empower Voters and Defend Democracy

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