Making Democracy Work

Past - 2015-2016

Date & Time        Place        Description
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
7:00PM
Portage Lake District Library
58 Huron St
Houghton, MI 49931
Gerrymandering Informational Meeting.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
4:00PM - 7:00PM
CCISD
809 Hecla St.
Hancock, MI 49930
Youth Leadership Training.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
7:00PM
  Local Transportation Informational Meeting-cancelled. ---Cancelled---
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
7:00AM - 8:00PM
  Presidential Primary.
Saturday, March 5, 2016
2:00PM
  Deadline for electors who wish to receive an absent voter ballot by mail. Deadline for electors who wish to receive an absent voter ballot by mail must submit applications by 2PM to their county clerk. This link provides more information and the form needed.

http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633-21037--,00.html

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
7:00 PM
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Dr
Houghton, MI
Board Meeting.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
7:00PM
Mary Marchaterre
1216 E Lakeshore Dr
Houghton, MI 49931

906-483-2291
mmmarcha@mtu.edu
Pay Equity Informational Meeting.
Monday, February 8, 2016
 
  Last Day to Register for Presidential Primary.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
7:00 PM
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Dr
Houghton, MI
Board Meeting.
Monday, January 25, 2016
5:00 PM
Kangas Cafe
200 Michigan St
Hancock, MI 49930
LWV of the Copper Country Annual Planning Meeting. The Money in Politics (MIP) consensus questions will be reviewed. Here is a link to the questions for your examination. http://forum.lwv.org/member-resources/article/money-politics-consensus-questions-links-background-papers

Please RSVP by Friday, January 22nd to Mary Marchaterre, mmmarcha@mtu.edu or 483-2291 with your menu entree choice of: Deluxe Chef Salad or Chicken Cordon Blue. The cost is $13 for the meal, which includes: Salad, Roll, Dressings, Dessert, and Beverages: Coffee, Tea, Lemonade, and Gratuity.

Thursday, January 14, 2016
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Lakeview Manor Meeting Room
1419 W Quincy St.
Hancock, MI 49931
Copper Country RICC (Regional Interagency Consumer Committee) Meeting.
The League is scheduled to present "How to Run a Business Meeting" a 30 minute presentation for the Copper County RICC members, on 1-14-16 from 3:30 - 4:00 at the Lakeview Manor community room in Hancock. Carol Kreher will be the main presenter with Kathy Flagstadt assisting.

CCRICC (Copper Country Regional Inclusive Community Coalition), is a grassroots advocacy group that provides people with disabilities, their family, and friends with a format to express their needs, concerns, and suggestions for improving their lives and their ability to live as independently as possible. RICC's are funded through the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council. Local RICC's provide a forum to address local issues as they relate to core areas of concern and emphasis, they ensures that information is received and communicated to members and the community, they aid in the development of advocacy leadership skills, the CCRICC provides for an element of community inclusion, and influence positive change and create a greater awareness to the needs, desires, and contributions of people with disabilities.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
7:00 PM
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Dr
Houghton, MI
Board Meeting.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
12:00-1:00pm
Finnish American Heritage Center
437 Quincy St
Hancock, MI 49930
An Update on Money in Politics (MIP) Educational Meeting. The Money in Politics Committee will conduct an update of the League's position on campaign finance for the purpose of addressing the lack of member understanding and agreement as to whether financing a political campaign is protected speech under the First Amendment. The campaign finance position will be updated through a study and consensus process to consider: (1) the rights of individuals and organizations, under the First Amendment, to express their political views through independent expenditures and the finance of election campaign activities; and (2) how those rights, if any, should be protected and reconciled with the interests set out in the current position.

For additional information:
http://forum.lwv.org/member-resources/article/lwvus-money-politics-mip-review-meetings-box-education-resources-and-sugges
"Where can I look up Campaign Finance information?" powerpoint
Consensus questions can be found at: http://forum.lwv.org/member-resources/article/money-politics-consensus-questions-links-background-papers

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
5:00 PM
Habaneros Fresh Mexican Kitchen
101 Quincy St
Hancock, MI
Board Meeting.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
CANCELLED
Portage Lake District Library
58 Huron St
Houghton, MI
"I Am Worth It": The Simple Truth about Pay Equity and what we can do about it. This event has been cancelled.

This event will be live streamed from the Portage Lake District Library. Light refreshments will be available.

Join AAUW Michigan President Elizabeth Haynes, Albion College Professor Susan Conner, and AAUW Michigan Public Policy Chair Janet Watkins for an evening of information, discussion, and strategy about closing the wage gap. Get the facts and plan your action.

Did you know that there is an unexplainable 7 percent difference in the earnings of male and female college graduates one year after graduation?* That's bad news, but the difference in pay gets worse over time. Overall, in the Unit-ed States, women earn only 79% of what men earn, and at the present rate of change, AAUW estimates that it will be 100 years before equity is achieved. This isn't just a women's issue, it's a family issue, and an issue of economic justice.

Michigan is 41st among states in the U.S.. On the average, we're at 75% of men's earnings, and African American, Native American, and Hispanic women fare worse than white women.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
7:00 PM
Martha Sloan's Residence
1220 E Lakeshore Dr
Houghton, MI
US Constitutional Educational and Consensus Meeting. The LWV Constitutional Amendment Committee will study the process of amending the U.S. Constitution.

For additional information: http://forum.lwv.org/category/member-resources/our-work/constitutional-amendment-study

http://forum.lwv.org/member-resources/article/constitutional-amendment-study-guide

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
7:00 PM
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Dr
Houghton, MI
Board Meeting.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
7:00 PM
Portage Lake District Library
58 Huron St
Houghton, MI 49931
An Update on Money in Politics (MIP) Educational Meeting. The Money in Politics Committee will conduct an update of the League's position on campaign finance for the purpose of addressing the lack of member understanding and agreement as to whether financing a political campaign is protected speech under the First Amendment. The campaign finance position will be updated through a study and consensus process to consider: (1) the rights of individuals and organizations, under the First Amendment, to express their political views through independent expenditures and the finance of election campaign activities; and (2) how those rights, if any, should be protected and reconciled with the interests set out in the current position.

For additional information: http://forum.lwv.org/member-resources/article/lwvus-money-politics-mip-review-meetings-box-education-resources-and-sugges

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
5:15 PM
Lakeside Restaurant
900 South US 41
Baraga, MI
Baraga County RICC Presentation.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
11:00 AM
Kangas Cafe
200 Michigan St
Hancock, MI 49930
US Constitutional Educational and Consensus Meeting. The LWV Constitutional Amendment Committee will study the process of amending the U.S. Constitution.

For additional information: http://forum.lwv.org/category/member-resources/our-work/constitutional-amendment-study

http://forum.lwv.org/member-resources/article/constitutional-amendment-study-guide

Thursday, October 8, 2015
4:00 PM
Lakeview Manor
1499 Quincy St
Hancock, MI 49930
Houghton Country RICC Voter Registration Information.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
7:00 PM
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Dr
Houghton, MI 49931
Board Meeting.
Friday, September 25, 2015
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Magnuson Hotel Franklin Square Inn
820 Shelden Ave
Houghton, MI 49931
Info. Table at 'Ignite Leadership Conference'.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Department of Human Services (DHHS)
Houghton and Baraga Offices
National Voter Registration Day. In conjunction with National Voter Registration Day, and our local Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) offices, the LWV-CC will host a voter registration fair at the Houghton County DHHS office, located at the Copper Country Mall September 22nd from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm and at Baraga County DHHS office during the same hours.

Members of the LWV will have voter information available and voter registration applications available. This year's theme is, Celebrating Democracy in America. Every year, millions of Americans aren't able to vote because they missed a deadline or didn't know how to register. National Voter Registration Day is a huge coast-to-coast effort to ensure no one gets left out. This isn't about supporting candidates or political parties. It's about making sure our voice is heard! On September 22, all Americans should make sure they are registered to vote not only so they can participate in 2016, but also so they can exercise their right to vote during upcoming Presidential primaries.

Facebook The National Voter Registration Day Facebook page engages users by making them aware of resources and activities surrounding NVRD. A Facebook event will allow supporters to "RSVP" to be a part of NVRD, therefore reminding them as the day approaches. Make sure to promote NVRD's Facebook event page and ask your supporters to join. For consistency purposes, the NVRD Facebook page is: http://fb.com/CelebrateNVRD

Thursday, September 17, 2015
7:00 PM
Finlandia University
Mannerheim Central
501 Quincy St.
Hancock, MI 49930
Constitution Day talk by Mary Jane Hatton and William Knoblauch. The presenters will explore the events that lead to the writing of the Constitution and the historical and political climate of the times.

Dr. Knoblauch, is an assistant professor of history at Finlandia University and Ms. Hatton, is an associate professor of management, taught government for years. Come join them to learn more about the founding of the United States of America.

Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, September 17, 2015
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Dr.
Houghton, MI 49931
Voter Registration by Houghton Clerk, Ann Vollrath.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
7:00 PM
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Dr
Houghton, MI 49931
Board Meeting.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
 
In front of the Sigma Pi fraternity, Houghton Info for Michigan Tech's students "Afternoon on the Town".
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
 
  National Women's Equality Day. Women's Equality Day is a day proclaimed each year by the United States President to commemorate the granting of the vote to women throughout the country. Women in the United States were granted the right to vote on August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified as law. The amendment was first introduced many years earlier in 1878. Every president has published a proclamation for Women's Equality Day since 1972, the year after legislation was first introduced in Congress by Bella Abzug. This resolution was passed in 1971 designating August 26 of each year as Women's Equality Day.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_Equality_Day

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
5:00 pm
Mary Marchaterre
1216 E Lakeshore Dr
Houghton, MI 49931

(just past the Super 8, 2nd house closest to Tech)

906-483-2291
mmmarcha@mtu.edu
Summer Board Meeting. Potluck Summer Board meeting - open to the public
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
 
  1920 Woman suffrage amendment ratified - 90th Anniversary.

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is ratified by Tennessee, giving it the two-thirds majority of state ratification necessary to make it the law of the land. The amendment was the culmination of more than 70 years of struggle by woman suffragists. Its two sections read simply: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex" and "Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."

America's woman suffrage movement was founded in the mid 19th century by women who had become politically active through their work in the abolitionist and temperance movements. In July 1848, 200 woman suffragists, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, met in Seneca Falls, New York, to discuss women's rights. After approving measures asserting the right of women to educational and employment opportunities, they passed a resolution that declared "it is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise." For proclaiming a woman's right to vote, the Seneca Falls Convention was subjected to public ridicule, and some backers of women's rights withdrew their support. However, the resolution marked the beginning of the woman suffrage movement in America.

The first national women's rights convention was held in 1850 and then repeated annually, providing an important focus for the growing woman suffrage movement. In the Reconstruction era, the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted, granting African American men the right to vote, but Congress declined to expand enfranchisement into the sphere of gender. In 1869, the National Woman Suffrage Association was founded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to push for a woman suffrage amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Another organization, the American Woman Suffrage Association, led by Lucy Stone, was formed in the same year to work through the state legislatures. In 1890, these two groups were united as the National American Woman Suffrage Association. That year, Wyoming became the first state to grant women the right to vote.

By the beginning of the 20th century, the role of women in American society was changing drastically: Women were working more, receiving a better education, bearing fewer children, and three more states (Colorado, Utah, and Idaho) had yielded to the demand for female enfranchisement. In 1916, the National Woman's Party (formed in 1913 at the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage) decided to adopt a more radical approach to woman suffrage. Instead of questionnaires and lobbying, its members picketed the White House, marched, and staged acts of civil disobedience.

In 1917, America entered World War I, and women aided the war effort in various capacities, which helped to break down most of the remaining opposition to woman suffrage. By 1918, women had acquired equal suffrage with men in 15 states, and both the Democratic and Republican parties openly endorsed female enfranchisement.

In January 1918, the woman suffrage amendment passed the House of Representatives with the necessary two-thirds majority vote. In June 1919, it was approved by the Senate sent to the states for ratification. Campaigns were waged by suffragists around the country to secure ratification, and on August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment. On August 26, it was formally adopted into the Constitution by proclamation of Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/woman-suffrage-amendment-ratified

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
noon
Kangas Cafe Summation of State Convention. Martha Sloan and Mary Marchaterre will discuss what they learned at the State Convention in Kalamazoo.
Friday, May 15, 2015-Sunday, May 17, 2015
 
Kalamazoo, MI State Convention. LWVMI CONVENTION: MAY 15-17

"Giving Voice to Democracy" will be the theme of the League of Women Voters of Michigan's biennial convention set for May 15-17, 2015 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Delegates will: 1) adopt the 2015-17 state program, including any state studies, 2) adopt LWVMI budgets for the next two years, 3) elect officers & directors to the state board and 4) consider any proposed amendments to the bylaws, guidelines.

In addition to conducting the business of the State League, there will be opportunities to participate in workshops, learn more about the League and renew friendships with League members across the state. LWVMI will also present a number of awards at this event.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
7:00AM-8:00PM
  City General Election. PROPOSAL 15-1

A proposal to amend the State Constitution to increase the sales/use tax from 6% to 7% to replace and supplement reduced revenue to the School Aid Fund and local units of government caused by the elimination of the sales/use tax on gasoline and diesel fuel for vehicles operating on public roads, and to give effect to laws that provide additional money for roads and other transportation purposes by increasing the gas tax and vehicle registration fees.

The proposed constitutional amendment would:

  • Eliminate sales / use taxes on gasoline / diesel fuel for vehicles on public roads.

  • Increase portion of use tax dedicated to School Aid Fund (SAF).

  • Expand use of SAF to community colleges and career / technical education, and prohibit use for 4-year colleges / universities.

  • Give effect to laws, including those that:

    o Increase sales / use tax to 7%, as authorized by constitutional amendment.

    o Increase gasoline / diesel fuel tax and adjust annually for inflation, increase vehicle

registration fees, and dedicate revenue for roads and other transportation purposes.

o Expand competitive bidding and warranties for road projects.

o Increase earned income tax credit.

Should this proposal be adopted?

Saturday, May 2, 2015
8:00AM-2:00PM
  Last day to request an absentee ballot. Electors who wish to receive an absent voter ballot for election by mail submit applications by 2:00p.m.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
7:00pm
Houghton High School
1603 Gundlach Road
Houghton, MI 49931
Town Hall Meeting on the May 5th Ballot Proposal. The Michigan League of Women Voter's President, Sue Smith, will present "May 5 State Ballot Proposal: What Is It; What Would It Do?".
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
 
  Equal Pay Day. Wear red to show your support!
Saturday, April 11, 2015
11:15am
Ramada Inn
99 Navy Street
Hancock, MI 49930


Phone:(906) 482-8400
Annual Meeting with State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) as speaker.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
7:00pm
Country Inn & Suites
919 Razorback Dr
Houghton, MI 49931
Board Meeting.
Monday, April 6, 2015
 
  Last Day to Register to Vote May 5.