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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.

Gerrymandering Decision

On April 25, 2019, a Federal District Court held that several of Michigan's voting districts must be redrawn before the 2020 election because the current maps, drawn in 2011, are the result of unconstitutional gerrymandering. The opinion and order is available at The Brennan Center website.

Monday, May 6, 2019, 10:00 a.m. LWVBCC Book Group Meeting

The focus will be civil discourse. Please select a book from the following list (or another of your choosing on that subject) and then come to discuss it with other League members on May 6:

  • Alan Alda, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?
  • Sarah Holland & Beth Silvers, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening) A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations
  • James Hoggan, I'm Right and You're an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up
  • Ben Sasse, THEM: Why We Hate Each Other - And How to Heal
  • Claude Steele, Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do
  • Rebecca Traister, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger
Please call or text Marilyn at 269-362-1871 to let her know that you plan to attend.

Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 p.m. Civil Discourse Forum Berrien RESA Conference Center Berrien Springs. Open to the Public

What works better: shouted invective or rational argument? Surely the latter. Why, then, do we seem to hear so much more of the former these days?

It's not good!

We seem to be witnessing the breakdown in cultural norms in how we talk with and treat one another. Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, called it "Our Culture of Contempt" in a recent issue of the New York Times. "What we need," he said, "is not to disagree less, but to disagree better."

To begin addressing the problem, LWVBCC will host a public forum on May 15. We will hear from several people who are or have been involved in government, the political process, and other roles given to conflict. They will help us understand how civil discourse figures in their work, any changes they have seen over the years, its impact on how they do their jobs, and ideas on what works best. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Mark your calendar now: Forum on civil discourse at Berrien RESA, 711 St. Joseph Avenue in Berrien Springs, 6:30 p.m. May 15, 2019.

Annual Dinner June 12, 6PM at the Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant

You won't want to miss LWVBCC's annual meeting because of
  • The venue: beautiful Vineyard Room at Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant;
  • The menu: salad and your choice of raspberry chicken, cedar-wrapped salmon, or orecchiette pasta (vegetarian);
  • The company: fellow members of the League (who know how to celebrate); and
  • The special guest--Judy Karandjeff, president of the Michigan League. So make your reservation now by remitting payment ($30 per person) either (a) by check mailed to LWVBCC, P.O. Box 1032, Niles, MI 49120 or (b) by PayPal by clicking here. Either way, please include the name of each person attending and his/her choice of entrée.

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