Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, September 12, 2019
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Online Wisconsin Suffrage History. LWVWI

On September 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm the League will sponsor for free an online Q&A session with Dr. McBride where she will answer questions about her Wisconsin suffrage history lecture. Registration information is available at under Events.

Thursday, September 19, 2019
6 p.m.
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
a dramatic portrayal by the Heritage Players of Green Bay, Wisconsin
Bev and Stu Smith and Valerie Loughney

Through a series of interviews, dialogues, and narrated episodes, Susan B. Anthony, portrayed by Bev Smith, comes to life in her crusade for human rights, particularly those of women. Along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, this dynamic, tireless woman contributed all she had to secure the vote for women. In 1872 she was arrested for voting for a representative in Congress. Her trial attracted nationwide attention. Retiring as President of the National American Suffrage Association at the age of 80, she died fourteen years before Congress passed the Nineteenth Amendment, finally giving women the right to vote in 1920. Incidentally, the 19th Amendment was called the Susan B. Anthony Amendment as a tribute to this woman who dedicated over 50 years of her life for this cause. By the way, Wisconsin was the first state in the union to ratify the amendment on June 13, 1919.

In her presentation, Bev will incorporate material she has researched on Anthony's visits to an 1886 series of Women's Suffrage Conventions held in Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Eau Claire and Green Bay. Bev is an actress, educator and musician who has created dramatic portrayals of several historic women including Elizabeth Baird, Wisconsin pioneer; Grandma Moses, America folk artist; Edna Ferber, Pulitzer Prize winning author from Wisconsin and Edna St. Vincent Millay, Pulitzer Prize winning poet to mention a few. She and her husband, Stu, are co-directors of the Heritage Players, a group they organized to present plays and programs of local interest and includes their daughter, Valerie Loughney.

Thursday, October 3, 2019
7 p.m.
Manitowoc City Hall Mental Health Court Forum. The League of Women Voters of Manitowoc County will sponsor a public forum on the topic of mental health courts at Manitowoc City Hall on Thursday, October 3 at 7 pm. Co sponsors of the event are RUTH (Responding with Understanding, Truth and Hope) and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

The main speaker will be Judge Donald Zuidmulder, of Brown County who presides over his county's mental health court. Judge Zuidmulder is responsible for starting Brown County's Drug Treatment Court in 2009 and has watched the number of treatment courts in his county grow to four under his watch. He will discuss how the mental health court has benefited Brown County by reducing police contacts, jail costs and recidivism among participants. He will also give suggestions for how to start a mental health court.

Mental health courts work with individuals with mental illnesses who are involved with the justice system. The court program provides a diversion from incarceration, treatment, support and monitoring. Currently there are three mental health courts in Wisconsin, located in Brown, Eau Claire and Outagamie Counties.

The October 3rd program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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Saturday, October 19, 2019
Radisson Hotel, Madison, WI Issues Briefing. Issues Briefing will be held at the Radisson Hotel on Saturday, October 19th. The briefing will include such topics as: 2020 census, rights restoration and criminal justice reform, League environmental priorities, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, immigration, the ERA and more, Registration will be forthcoming.