Making Democracy Work

Public Forum Events

LWVGL sponsors informational programs and events to help citizens understand issues facing our state.

What the "HEC" is Happening at the Statehouse, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 + 5:15pm -7:00pm at the West Lafayette Public Library

Kim Ferraro, Senior Staff Attorney and Director of Agricultural Policy with the Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) shared the latest information and answered questions about proposed environmental bills and priorities in this budget-making session of the Indiana General Assembly. She explained what citizens can do to have their voices heard on environmental legislation that affects our air and water. Indiana legislators have introduced legislation that could weaken regulation of polluting factory farms, impair IDEM's ability to issue protective permits, take away incentives that are critical to expanding roof top wind and solar equipment.

Fifty-five (55) League members, Environmental & Sustainability Committee members and interested citizens attended.

Kim Ferraro, HEC
Photo: Jeremy Ervin/Journal & Courier

League Celebrates with First Time Voters at Fairgrounds on November 8, 2016

Jefferson High School students eligible to vote walked to the Fairgrounds on November 8th to cast their ballot for the first time in a General Election for President of the United States. The League was there to celebrate and encourage their participation in America's Democracy. Their Government teacher, Grant Fischer, walked with them from the school at 8:15, 9:55, 11:40 am and 1:55 pm. Good habits start early. Thanks to all the League volunteers who greeted them and celebrated their participation.

Movie and Discussion on HPV

On September 22, 2016 the LWVGL Women's Health Committee in cooperation with the Tippecanoe County Health Department co-sponsored the film, `Someone You Love' along with a follow-up discussion on the HPV (human papillomavirus). The film followed five women and their experience with this virus resulting in cervical cancer. The discussion was lead by two experts; Dr. Michael Callahan, oncology gynecologist from St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis and the mother of one of the women in the film, Kristen Forbes.

The Human Papilloma Virus HPV may be the most widespread, misunderstood and potentially dangerous epidemic that most people hardly know anything about. 80 percent of all people under 50 years of age will have a strain of the virus at some point in their lives and most will not even realize they have it. Cervical cancer is almost exclusively caused by HPV and it is the 2nd leading cancer in women. Worldwide, cervical cancer kills over 250,000 women every year.

Citizenship classes
The Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) and Lafayette Adult Resource Academy (LARA) have joined to offer citizenship classes. LWVGL is invited to participate in providing voter registration and election information. Nancy Clement prepared a PowerPoint and goes each session to share this information. Thanks to Nancy, LUM and LARA for offering this service to our prospective citizens.

County Commissioners and City Councils Support Redistricting Resolution

On March 7, 2016 LWVGL presented a redistricting resolution to the County Commissioners and Lafayette and West Lafayette City Councils and all were approved. Sue Scholer presented the resolution to both the County Commissioners and the West Lafayette City Council with good discussion and unanimous support.

Sherry McLauchlan presented the resolution to the Lafayette City Council with unanimous support.

Thanks to all for this effort in drafting and refine the resolution and all the League members who attended the meetings in support. A true team effort!

Sue Scholer presenting the resolution to the County Commissioners

Sue Scholer presenting the resolution to the West Lafayette City Council

Suffragettes Honored in Indiana State House and Senate

On February 29, 2016 in celebration of Indiana's Bicentennial and Women's History Month (March) LWVIN presented a Resolution at the State House and Senate in honor of three early Indiana Suffragettes; May Wright Sewall, Zerelda Wallace and Helen Gougar. The event was attended by League members from all over the state and celebrated by the Indiana Legislators. Local members attending included Nancy Clement and Joanne Evers.

In the House Linda Lawson from Hammond Area introduced the resolution and it was supported by Sheila Klinker of Lafayette and Sue Errington of Muncie. Paulette Vandegriff of Indianapolis spoke for the League and highlighted the accomplishments of the three honored suffragettes.

In the Senate, Senator Tallian of Portage read the resolution with League members in the Gallery with support from the Senate Chamber.

Rep. Linda Lawson introducing the League

Resolution posted in the House

Paulette Vandegriff reading the resolution to the House

Sheila Klinker in support of the resolution

Senator Karen Tallian reading the resolution in the Senate Chamber

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Redistricting Presentation to Greater Lafayette Commerce
The LWVGL Redistricting Committee has been presenting the Gerrymandering movie to many locations around the community such as the Noon Rotary meeting, Congress Street Methodist Church and on February 27, 2016 at the Third House hosted by Greater Lafayette Commerce. The 30 minute version of the Gerrymandering film was presented to a full house. Thanks to Patsy Hoyer and Sherry McLauchlan for this event.

Patsy Hoyer making the presentation

Third House attendees

Gerrymandering the Movie
On December 2, 2015, LWVGL offered the showing of Gerrymandering: the Movie at the Unitarian Universalist Church for League members and invited guests. We had about 25 individuals attending. Julia Vaughn of Common Cause was available to answer questions and update us on the current activity of the Interim Redistricting Study Committee appointed by the Indiana State Legislature during the 2015 General Assembly. Thanks to the many members of LWVGL for organizing the evening from location, technology, to lots of goodies.

Mary Tilden and Beth Goodman, greeters par excel lance

Lots of treats for the evening

Catching up over yummy snacks

The convoluted process of gerrymandering

Patsy Hoyer introducing the evening agenda

Q&A with Julia Vaughn

Redistricting in Indiana
LWVGL co-sponsored a public meeting with the West Lafayette Public Library on February 19, 2014 on the ongoing issue of Redistricting in the State of Indiana. Guest speakers included Julia Vaughn, Policy Director and Lobbyist of Common Cause Indiana and James McCann, political science professor at Purdue University, West Lafayette. Our guests reminded us that redistricting in Indiana is done by current legislators who have in invested interest in how the districts are aligned and who will be at an advantage to retain the seat they hold in the state legislature or which party stays in control in U.S. Congressional Districts.

A push is being made to have the state legislature create an independent, non-partisan redistricting commission before the next census in 2020. Some progress is being made in the 2014 General Assembly.

Patsy Hoyer, president of LWVGL welcomes guests and
audience to the Redistricting Forum

Sherry McLauchlan, moderator, presents a question from
the audience to the guests

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Wabash River Enhancement Corporation (WREC)
On November 10, 2015 at TCPL, downtown, League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette hosted the first detailed glimpse of exciting happenings along the Wabash River.

Tony Roswarski, Mayor of Lafayette, and President of the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation (WREC), reviewed plans for a Wabash River public promenade. He also provided the first in-depth look at plans for the new multi-use Old National Bank building going up at 2nd and Columbia Streets and explained its close integration with the new promenade.

Tippecanoe County Commissioner and WREC Vice President Tom Murtaugh, and Stan Lambert, Executive Director of WREC, discussed other sustainable development initiatives as well as current efforts to improve environmental practices in the watershed. John Dennis, Mayor of West Lafayette, explained the plans for the redesign of State Street through Purdue's campus to increase and encourage the use of bicycles and increase safety for pedestrians. Of special interest is the design work to transform the urban areas on both sides of the river into a destination of regional significance, as well as progress on making River Road a true scenic byway. All of this is possible because of the tremendous cooperation among WREC partners + the Cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, and Purdue University.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette is pleased to present this program. Support for both the environmental integrity of the Wabash River and environmentally appropriate development along the banks of this unique community and state treasure have been important goals of the League for many years. The League applauds the work of WREC and wants to be sure that the community is aware of significant new developments.

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