Making Democracy Work

Making Democracy Work

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

LWV 95th Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday 26 September 2015, 12:00 noon - 2:30 P.M. at the Athenaeum in Indianapolis, we will hold a mid-day celebration of LWVIN's 95 years of work.

The program includes:
- An Address by Professor Sheila Seuss Kennedy
- Recognition of LWV Indiana Lifetime Members
- Commemorative Displays
- League Stories
- Review of League Work

Register before September 18.

$26 includes buffet meal and parking in Antenaeum lot.

Registration Form here.

LWVIN Education Study

The LWVIN Education Study Committee, 2015-2017 has submitted a position statement for local league study and concurrence:

"League of Women Voters of Indiana supports a free, publicly-funded, non-sectarian system of schools serving all the state's children from pre-school through 12th grade."

The deadline for concurrence with the proposed position will be January 2016. (Following that, there will be a consensus study for 2016, with reporting at the start of 2017.) The various rationales offered are not exhaustive but can serve local LWVs as conversation-starters.

The suggested reading materials offered by the LWVIN Education Study Committee can be accessed here:

Consitution of the State of Indiana (1816)

Constitution of the State of Indiana (1851)

LWV Principles

Why Does LWVIN Need a General Statement of Support for Public Education in Indiana?

Why begin Indiana Public School Education with Early Childhood Education?

Why is a High-Quality Free Public Education in a System of 'Common Schools'(pre-K to 12) Necessary in Our Society?

Education Proposals Adopted at LWVIN Convention 2015

LWV Indiana Installs Board

At its annual convention April 17-19, delegates from 17 local Indiana Leagues installed the LWV Indiana 2015-2017 officers and directors. The full board is listed below:

Lisa Plencner (South Bend Area, 2017)
Erin Kelley (Indianapolis, 2017)

1st Vice President
Debbie Asberry (Indianapolis, 2017)

2nd Vice President
Linda Shanks (Bloomington-Monroe County, 2016)

Carrie Sosbe (Indianapolis, 2017)

Directors Barb Anderson (South Central Indiana, 2016) Gretchen Jeavons (Shelbyville MAL, 2016),
Pam Locker (Southwestern Indiana, 2016), Amy Miller (Indianapolis, 2017),
Jeanette Neagu (LaPorte County, 2017), Gail Pebworth (Montgomery County, Appointed, 2017),
Kimber Sorenson-Brugh (South Bend Area, 2017), Corrina Than (Greater Lafayette, 2016),

Nominating Committee
Barb Schilling, Chair (Calumet, 2017), Barb Reed (Cass County, 2017), Pat Sosbe (Montgomery County, 2017)

The Road to Redstricting Reform

The Road to Redistricting Reform Starts Here
Saturday, June 6 - 10a.m. to 3p.m.
Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis

Sponsored by LWVIN and Common Cause The 2015 General Assembly passed legislation to create a study committee of legislators and citi-zens to examine redistricting commissions in other states and propose reform for Indiana. Done correctly, this process could be the impetus for legislation to create a diverse and independent group to oversee the redistricting process for Indiana in 2021 and beyond.

This great opportunity can be effective only if citizens are committed and insistent every step of the way. Join fellow Hoosiers to learn everything you will need to know about redistricting reform and how to affect the process.

Email to register here
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Connect with national and state experts. Be a part of this vital conversation.

More information on Redistricting Reform plus other 2015 legislative news.

Politically Speaking Focuses on Indiana Elections Laws

Watch the March 1 installment of WNIT's Politically Speaking, which focused on Indiana Election Laws. The panel featured LWV South Bend Area vice president, Lisa Plencner, Moderated by

The program focused on Indiana Election Law and the panel included LWV South Bend Area vice president Lisa Plencner, State Senator John Broden, State Representative Tim Wesco, and Elkhart County Clerk Wendy Hudson. Senator Broden and Politically Speaking moderator Elizabeth Bennion are also LWV South Bend Area members.

Support LWVIN with a Financial Donation

LWVIN Sponsors Politically Speaking on WNIT

Watch Politically Speaking on PBS Station WNIT, which serves 16 counties in northern Indiana. And be sure to look for LWV Indiana's underwriting spots before and after the program. You can also find just the undewriting spot on the right side of that page.

The program airs Sundays at 2:00pm and Mondays at 3:00pm (EDT)

Programs are archived online a few days after the original broadcast.

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