Big Changes Ahead

The League of Women Voters Upper St. Croix Valley is undergoing changes that will expand our reach and help us to serve more people. St. Croix County will be included in our district which includes Burnett and Polk counties at this time. Member Kay Brooks will represent St. Croix County at meetings.

We are getting a new website that will be up and running soon thanks to the expertise of member Emily Gall. This blog will discontinue once the new website is published.

In the meantime, enjoy this event coming up in Burnett County.


Fake News & Media Literacy

The League of Women Voters Upper St. Croix Valley is sponsoring a free public event titled "Fake News and Media Literacy" with guest speaker Susan LoRusso, Assistant Professor, Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. The presentation will be held at the Unity School Performing Arts Center, 1908 150th Street/Highway 46, Balsam Lake, from 10:00 am to noon on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

Dr. LoRusso, alumna of Luck High School, teaches undergraduate courses on media literacy, health communication, media effects, and mass media and public culture. Her research examines the effects of the public's routine exposure to information on media platforms with a particular focus on misinformation, conflicting information, and controversial information. Research topics include news coverage and social media sharing of cancer and mental health information. She has recently been published in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Magazine & News Media Research, Health Communication, Preventive Medicine, and Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics.

 "The average person, with limited time, is often in a quandary trying to discern what is fact and how they can avoid fake news, especially if they don't know where the news came from. We all need more skills when we are barraged by news coming at us in different forms and from different directions," said Patti Hurd, Event Chair. LoRusso will ground her presentation on the 1st Amendment and principles and practices of journalism. She will field questions from the audience.

Refreshments will be served.


Opportunity to Report Election Results

Hello League of Women Voters,

Edison Research is being commissioned by the National Election 
Pool (ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC) to send a reporter to the Polk County 
Courthouse in Balsam Lake this year to call in vote results throughout the night. Our 
reporters would arrive at 7:30pm with a cell phone and stay until the final 
vote results are released. For the one-time position, we would pay $85. If 
this interests anybody at the League of Women Voters in Polk County, they 
can shoot me an email at dvillacampa@edisonresearch.com with their contact 
information. We would greatly appreciate any help you might be able to give.


Annual Meeting on April 28th

The Honorable Judge Mel Mogen will speak at the League of Women Voters Upper St. Croix Valley's Annual Meeting on April 28th. She won the Burnett County Circuit Judge seat last year and will talk about women in politics. This free event is open to the public.

12:30 pm: Social
 1:00 pm:  Lunch
 1:30 pm:  Speaker
 2:15 pm:  General Meeting and Elections

Vote for Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Member at Large.


The Big Share

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"LWVWI has our back. They stand strong for us, standing up to lawmakers in Madison, fighting for voters in the courts, and supporting local leagues throughout Wisconsin. Thank you for all you do to protect the rights of Wisconsin voters!” - 2017 Big Share Donor
We were blown away by the love our supporters showed the League during The Big Share last year. That love comes from a passion for the League’s mission to empower voters and defend democracy. With The Big Share only one week away, we know we can count on you to make even more of an impact this year.  
We’ve set a lofty goal to raise $15,000 during our Big Share campaign. And thanks to a generous matching grant from the Brookby Foundation, we’re on our way to meet our goal, but we need you on our team to get the rest of the way there! Please be our champion, and make sure we reach our goal.
During the Big Share, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $7,825. For every $1 you give, the League will receive $2. This is a great opportunity to make your dollars stretch even further for a cause you believe in.
Show your love of the League with a donation of $25, $50, $100, or whatever amount you’d like. Every little bit counts for the big day! We can’t wait to celebrate the difference your generosity will make on March 6th!

If you’re like us and can’t wait to share your love for the League, you can make your contribution today! All money raised between now and the end of the day on March 6th will count towards the League’s Big Share total.
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From the League of Women Voters Wisconsin:
The State Assembly will vote this Thursday in Special Session on ten proposals from Gov. Walker to change Wisconsin’s systems designed to assist people in poverty. The Senate is expected to take them up as early as Tuesday, Feb. 20.

TAKE ACTION:  Contact your State Senator and Assembly Representative soon and urge them to reject the Special Session bills on welfare reform.
Background.  While some of the bills propose changes that may help a small percentage of low-income individuals, the proposals in general would not result in meaningful change. Unfortunately, they are mostly about increasing the barriers faced by struggling families which is neither a humane nor efficient way to help people train and successfully compete for a good job. Further, this misguided effort will cost Wisconsin taxpayers $90 million. Imagine how that money could be used to benefit Wisconsin workers!
The majority of people in our state who receive FoodShare and other government benefits already face substantial barriers to improved employment: many have disabilities that limit their options; they may be single mothers with children and inadequate access to good child care; many have chronic or acute health concerns that require frequent—perhaps daily—treatment regimens; they may lack access to good transportation to work, daycare or medical appointments; they may lack modern skills to meet employers’ technical requirements; they may live in constant fear of domestic violence and sabotage to their employment prospects.  
Instead of increasing barriers to accessing assistance, lawmakers should develop proposals that will: help families with their transportation problems; provide good, neighborhood child care that is available at all times, which is needed by shift workers; ensure that people are receiving needed medical care; expand training opportunities for the modern job market; and provide that available jobs pay a family-sustaining wage.
Unemployment in Wisconsin is approaching historically low levels. Employers and the government need to work together to expand the labor force to meet the increasing demand for skilled employees. This cannot be done by making it harder for low-wage workers to access supplements to their low wages. It can only be done by expanding the opportunities for families to participate in the modern labor market. 
As they stand, the Special Session proposals will not help the state move forward, and lawmakers should reject them.
To find your own legislators, click here and enter your address above Find Your Legislators, near the little map of Wisconsin.


Letter from the Chair

Friends and Fellow Leaguers,

It is a new year - our league has had a busy year!! Our most recent endeavor was a very successful Candidate Forum!! Thanks to all of you. But as things flow from Washington and from Madison, it becomes clearer and clearer that the right to vote, the ease to vote is under siege. Voter suppression is at an all time high. And it isn't over!!! But there are lawsuits against the onslaught - against attempts to restrict voter participation - against the gerrymandering in many states around the country.

Last month there was an article in one of the newspaper's I get about the Sherpas in the Himalayas and I quote:

"The treacherous trail that connects the remote Sherpa village of Tempathang , in the Himalayas, to the rest of the world was unusually crowded over the last weekend of November as scores of voters walked for hours across narrow mountain ridges to vote in Nepal's first parliamentary elections since 2006"

Mothers carried babies in slings and baskets, many people camped the night before the day to vote, people had walked many many miles  --- TO VOTE!!!!  

We did something similar in this country once upon a time. People - women in particular, went to jail to get the chance to vote. People marched - people sat in ---- And we are doing this again!! Many new organizations have been formed specifically to focus on voting and non-violent protests of the incredibly inane, inaccurate and illegal actions coming out of the current administration. But with a National 46% voter turnout - I worry!! What can we do to change this??? It reinforces the League's continued focus on Voter Rights--Voter Registration--Voter Education. As we move forward this year - an election year - let's focus on this issue - let's get many more registered to vote in Polk and Burnett Counties - let's reach out to other's to encourage them to vote - to offer transportation, to help register to vote, to counter the discouraging opinion that our vote doesn't count - BECAUSE WE KNOW IT DOES COUNT!!!  Every vote counts and we can do this!!!!  -- WE CAN DO BETTER than 46%!!!

AND LET'S CONTINUE BUILDING OUR LEAGUE!!! Let's continue moving forward in this New Year.

I wish everyone a wonderful year!!!