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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

JANUARY MOVIE - Voting Rights Past, Present, Future: Historical Overview and Actions to Secure the Vote For All

All are invited to watch and discuss short documentary segments about the Voting Rights Act of 1965, its history and the present struggles for full and fair access to the ballot in our country, state and county. League of Women Voters is leading the charge throughout the country to combat discriminatory voter suppression. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 26th, 1-3 pm Lisle Public Library 777 Front Street Lisle IL

Immigration Issues: Myths and Realities

On November 29, 2018, the League of Women Voters sponsored Immigration: Myths and Realities held at the Downers Grove Public Library.

Following is the video of the informative presentation.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1e5vqIB-9KvNi3Hu8NYL2Z9IvpMBNvE1H/view?usp=sharing

Speakers included Dr.Ida Salusky from the Coalition for Immigrant Help; immigration and naturalization law attorneys Jennifer Hallett and Beata McCann from the Hallett McCann Law Group; and Kim Reed, immigration issues specialist from the League of Women Voters Illinois. Immigrant service organizations from Catholic Charities, Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project and Literacy DuPage provided volunteer information for participants.

2019 Great Decisions

Like to discuss your ideas? The Downers Grove/Woodridge/Lisle League of Women Voters offers members and the public the opportunity to have a conversation about the United States' Foreign Policy. Eight topics are selected each year; the basic information is given in The Briefing Booklet published by the Foreign Policy Association - https://www.fpa.org/ and is the primary source for the discussion.

Great Decisions Topics for 2019 are as follows:

Refugees and Global Migration
The Middle East: Regional Disorder
Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?
The Rise of Populism in Europe
Decoding U.S.- China Trade
India and Its Neighbors
Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics
The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested
State of the State Department and Diplomacy

These meetings are not a debate; all ideas are welcome in the course of the conversation.

Twice-Monthly Evening Group--7:00 P. M. to 8:50 P.M. Organizer: Nancy Peraino perainoporsche@comcast.net Phone: 630 968 8706 January 21, February 4,18, March 4,18, April 1,15, May 6, 20

Morning Group--9:30 to 11:30 A.M. Organizer: Meg Kadlec meg.kadlec@gmail.com Phone: 630 969 1546 February: 5, 12, 19, 26, March: 5, 12, 19, 26, April: 2

All meetings are at the Downers Grove Public Library.

SEPTEMBER 25 NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY

Your Vote Counts!

We registered students and other members of the community. The venues included Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove South HS, Hinsdale Central HS, Benet Academy, Lisle HS, Westmont HS, Benedictine University, Midwestern University, Downers Grove Public Library, and Woodridge Public Library.

Illinois Ratified the ERA!

From Illinois LWV - We testified, we marched, we wrote letters, we called, we lobbied, we spoke out, we used social media, we used print media, we broadcast, we rallied and we persisted a long, long, long time...and we did it!

Thanks and congratulations to all who made the ratification of the ERA in Illinois a reality!

If your state rep and/or senator voted yes, please call, email, or write a thank you to him or her.

Crimes Against Women and Children: A Community Response

An informative and well attended program was held February 21
Crimes Against Women and Children: A Community Response.

NEW MEMBERS - JOIN A GROWING AND INVOLVED LEAGUE

We are welcoming many new members this year. Our membership has increased to 85 members. Dues are now being taken for 2019 at $70/year. Students may join for $20/year. Dues for two members of the same household are $105.

Check out the Membership section of this Website and download an application for membership.

EXISTING MEMBERS - PLEASE PAY 2018-2019 DUES IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE THIS.

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