Under normal circumstances, the Detroit League would be hosting candidate forums, town halls, and educational events as a way to introduce political candidates and educate voters on issues relative to the community and country. But these are not normal times. So for the immediate future, we will continue to fulfill our obligations by posting digital information (virtual presentations, educational videos, and online candidate forums as well as video clips and other online information). See below for links and information about virtual events as well as informational videos regarding the Census, the Citizens Redistricting Commission, and Michigan’s new voting laws.
NOTE: Past events with a recording are listed in chronological order and noted as RECORDED.
Update on MI Independent Citizen Redistricting Commission
The Michigan Independent Citizens Review Commission (MICRC) will vote on its draft maps for the U.S. Congress, state House, and state Senate on September 30 and October. Following this vote, MICRC will hold the constitutionally required Public Hearings on these draft maps on October 11-28. See below for the schedule of the public hearings.
MICRC will vote on the proposed maps on November 5 and the final maps on December 30.
People-Powered Fair Maps (#fairmaps)
Right now, the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is drawing maps that will determine our political representation for the next decade. Join the League in empowering our communities to get involved as we fight for fair maps:
- Through a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” on September 24th;
- A Twitter Town Hall on September 29th (spread the word with our social toolkit); and
- A Facebook Live panel discussion on September 30th.
NOW is the time to ensure our communities are fairly represented for the next 10 years!
We hope to see you soon!
LWVMI Observer Corps [September 29, 2021 @3pm]
P. David Allen (LWVMI Board Member) is organizing regular Zoom meetings for Observer Corps. Any local league member who participates in or is interested in observer corps is welcome. The current plan is to hold the Zoom meetings on the last Wednesday of every other month at 3:00 pm, starting September 29, 2021. The meetings will be informal — mostly a chance to “go around the room” and let each person share experiences and ideas or ask questions. At some point, these regular meetings will host guest speakers or more specific agenda items.
Since the Detroit League has not added an Observer Corps to its repertoire, we welcome the opportunity and appreciate the invitation to join.
Observer Corps is integral in keeping the League aware of what is going on in the community. “Observers” attend civic and government agency-type meetings and report back to Corps, which in turn relays the information to help local leagues address issues important to our organization’s mission.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in LWVMI Observer Corps.
National Voter Registration Day [Tuesday, September 28, 2021]
National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. First observed in 2012, it has quickly gained momentum ever since. Nearly 4.5 million voters have registered to vote on the holiday to date.
Celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of September, National Voter Registration Day will next take place on September 28, 2021 when volunteers and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” in a single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts. National Voter Registration Day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise.
According to U.S. Census data from 2020, as many as 1 in 4 eligible Americans are not registered to vote. Every year, millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote.
The holiday has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and the National Association of Election Officials (The Election Center).
For more information on National Voter Registration Day, click here.
Invitation from the National Institute for Civil Discourse [September 20 + September 22, 2021]
Please join the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) for a timely and engaging event examining the challenges and opportunities of polarization and civil discourse on the 10th anniversary of the University of Arizona establishing NICD. Click here to find out more and register.
Hosted by NICD Co-Chairs, The Honorable Tom Daschle and The Honorable Christie Todd Whitman, we will examine the challenges posed by polarization for each of the three branches of the federal government and what can be done about them. In September 2011, Chief Justice Roberts hosted NICD and fifty prominent leaders and thinkers at the Supreme Court for its first major event to discuss what NICD could do about rising partisan acrimony and incivility. Ten years later, we gather to celebrate our success and discuss challenges and opportunities ahead.
- Monday, September 20 at 8:00 PM (EDT)/5:00 PM (PDT) ⏤ Americans from across the political spectrum will meet for small group conversations to discuss the impact of infrastructure on our communities and explore what you think our representatives in government should do about it. The results of these conversations will be shared with Congress in the days immediately following the conversations. This is a collaborative effort with other bridging organizations that NICD’s Common Sense American program has helped lead. Click here to find out more and sign up.
- Wednesday, September 22 at 1:30 PM (EDT)/10:30 AM (PDT) ⏤ NICD will host three panel sessions on the Challenges and Opportunities for Civil Discourse with our Co-Chairs, The Honorable Tom Daschle and The Honorable Christie Todd Whitman. We will examine the challenges posed by polarization for each of the three branches of the federal government and what can be done about them. Click here to find out more and register.
Detroit Leauge Monthly Membership Meeting [September 18, 2021 @ 10am-12noon]
Click here for Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84230353053
Meeting ID: 842 3035 3053
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Please mark your calendar for the Saturday, September 18 LWV Detroit Membership Meeting from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Find out what went on this summer and what is planned for the fall. Yes, there is another election coming up and we will be busy. Click here for Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84230353053
Women’s Equality Day Celebration [August 21, 2021・1:00 ⏤ 2:30 pm]
Join us for the Virtual Women’s Equality Day Celebration on Saturday, August 21 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Pre-COVID this event has been a luncheon to celebrate Women’s Equality Day, which is sponsored by many organizations including the League of Women Voters. Laura Callow, a member of the NW Wayne County League is one of the initial Michigan organizers in the fight to get the ERA passed in Michigan. She will be one of the presenters. Please consider attending. Click the link that will take you to the LWVMI Events webpage, providing event and registration information: https://lwvmi.org/events.html
July 2021 Primary Candidate Forums⏤RECORDED
The League of Women Voters of Detroit in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Tau Alpha Omega Chapter (https://akatao.net) and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Detroit Alumnae Chapter (https://detroitdeltas.org/who-we-are/) hosted a series of Candidate Forums for the August 3, 2021 Primary.
- Hamtramck Mayoral Candidate Forum [July 19, 2021] To view the recording for this forum, click the link ⏤ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrkDjbh9OgE&list=PL4WoSlzxs9ByVDjvBCmZemhmSL6fxeCCX&index=2
- Detroit City Clerk & City Council At-Large Candidate Forum [July 22, 2021] To view the recording for this forum, click the link ⏤ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07FufNen6vI&list=PL4WoSlzxs9ByVDjvBCmZemhmSL6fxeCCX&index=3
- Detroit Mayoral Candidate Forum [July 27, 2021] To view the recording for this forum, click the link ⏤ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KTmuO-_E1I&list=PL4WoSlzxs9ByVDjvBCmZemhmSL6fxeCCX&index=1
Proposal P Question & Answer [July 15, 2021]
We the People MI Team, 482Forward, and Councilmember Raquel Castaneda-Lopez of Detroit District 6 partnered to present a Q&A on Zoom regarding Proposal P.
Following is a copy of the PowerPoint presentation from this forum:
Redesigning the Detroit Police Commission [June 15, 2021] ⏤ RECORDED
Melanie White, Interim Secretary for the Detroit Police Commission, and Denzel McCampbell, Detroit City Charter Revision Commissioner, were the panelists for the forum about the City Charter and the Police Commission. Besides understanding the role of these two commissions, the focus was on revisions the Charter Revision Commission is recommending that will change the role of the Police Commission, if the Charter revisions are approved by voting on Proposal P at the August 3 primary. According to the Citizens’ Research Council of Michigan, “the Detroit Charter Revision Commission is an elected body voted on by the citizens of Detroit to construct and revise a document designed to provide the mechanism for accomplishing the myriad of tasks assigned to city officials to govern. Three essential responsibilities of the Charter Revision Commission include:
- Assigning powers and duties to city officials and the branches of government.
- Outlining functions of city operations and the types of services to be provided.
- Determining how citizens interact with their government.”
To View the Recording, Click the Link: https://zoom.us/rec/share/gDTXqv3l7X5HI7qftxbqnRKFypDfjLN8-wQPeXvjFZj8lVeDAdhBSo1gVK3CVe_N.I_V3uKqNoo-BBElc
Become more prepare to vote on Proposal P by reading the various articles listed below:
- Citizens Research Council – History and issues for the Detroit City Charter Revision Commission from 2010: https://crcmich.org/detroit-city-charter
- “The Proposed New Detroit City Charter – Where are we now?” (Citizens Research Council of Michigan): https://crcmich.org/the-proposed-new-detroit-city-charter-where-are-we-now ✓ Conclusion contains links to the hotly contested Fiscal Impact Analysis
- Governor’s Response plus office correspondence to the transmittal letter and proposed new Detroit City Charter, as well as a list of other major updates and associated documents: https://sites.google.com/view/detroitcharter2018/
- Michigan Legislature Home Rule Act which describes state law giving the State authority over City Charters: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-Act-279-of-1909
Brews & Views⏤Election Security: Facts, Myths, and Fixes [April 14, 2021] ⏤ RECORDED
The League of Women Voters Ann Arbor Area hosted another Brews & Views forum on election security, lead by J. Alex Halderman, PhD, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Director for the Center for Computer Security and Society, University of Michigan.
The U.S. election system is the bedrock of our democracy, but disinformation and conspiracy theories have shaken many voters’ confidence. There is no credible evidence the 2020 presidential outcome was affected by fraud, but some individuals and media organizations continue to sow doubts. At the same time, U.S. elections do face real security threats, including increasingly aggressive hacking attempts by hostile governments. After years of underinvestment, some states have recently adopted stronger safeguards, but the nation as a whole remains a patchwork of strength and weakness. Without further action by Congress and the states, future elections will be vulnerable to both real attacks and false accusations of fraud. It is essential that voters be accurately informed about election security, both to counter disinformation and to understand what risks call for urgent action.
Follow this link for a recording of the Brews & Views Election Security forum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw_a5vmLX5k&list=PLOs_-7id6LaasTVCfKJHeAUpAnPh2ixtk
AKA/LWV Collaborative Series: MI Redistricting Town Hall [April 8, 2021] ⏤ RECORDED
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority-Tau Alpha Omega Chapter and the Detroit League of Women Voters hosted the first in a series of 2021 collaborative forums regarding Michigan’s redistricting efforts. The guest speaker was Charles Thomas, Jr., minister for People of Purpose Ministries, a long-standing distinguished member of LWV, a member of several voting rights groups, and a founding member of the Detroit League’s Speakers Bureau.
Click the link below to watch the recorded event:
DPL/LWV Collaborative Series: MI Independent Redistricting Commission [March 9, 2021] ⏤ RECORDED
The Detroit Public Library and Detroit League of Women Voters offered another virtual presentation in their 2021 collaborative series with the first-ever discussion with the MI Independent Redistricting Commission, who presented a history of the commission as well as where they are in their current deliberations and their timeline to redraw the electoral districts in Michigan. One of our Detroit League members has been monitoring the Commission on behalf of the State League and she reported on how the Commission is functioning.
To review this recorded event, click this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X6Ah9nav63Va77OQM76Uv77yOhgUbryk/view?ts=604b9fa6
For more information on this past event, refer to the flyer below.
New Detroit’s Town Hall Series: Voter Preparedness and Suppression Part II [October 23, 2020] ⏤ RECORDED
October 23, 2020 ⏤ New Detroit’s Town Hall Series, “Content and Conversations on Race” in partnership with Bridge Detroit has a new topic: “Voter Preparedness and Voter Suppression.” Special guests include Hassan Jaber, President & CEO of ACCESS, Rana Elmir, Deputy Director of the ACLU of Michigan and moderator, Heaster Wheeler, Assistant Secretary of State.
Watch the recording by clicking on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/newdetroit/videos/1530458723814765
“VOTE” Zoom Backgrounds
Use these “VOTE” backgrounds for your Zoom platform. Follow instructions below to add a virtual zoom background.
- Copy and paste background to your desktop.
- Sign in to Zoom desktop client.
- Click Settings (in profile, top right corner).
- Click Virtual Background (left menu).
- In Choose Virtual Background, click ✛ to add an image.
Courtesy of LWV of Minneapolis. For more information, click this link: https://lwvmpls.org/i-voted-zoom-backgrounds/.
Virtual Town Hall: New Voting Rights
Look here for information on new voting laws in the state of Michigan.
Informational Video: Absentee Voting
As part of their Voting 101 series, Get Out The Vote (GOTV) and the City of Southfield, MI, produced a voter informational video about Absentee Voting. Click here to view the video.
Virtual Town Hall: Census 2020
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. In mid-March, homes across the country began receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
● Click here for the link to frequently asked questions about the Census, such as what the census form looks like and what questions it asks.
Virtual Town Hall: Citizens Redistricting Commission⏤The Answer to Gerrymandering
Every 10 years following the U.S. Census, district lines for political offices must be redrawn in states across the country to accurately reflect their population. In Michigan, a randomly selected commission of citizens is responsible for drawing U.S. Congressional and Michigan State House and Senate district lines. Voters amended the state constitution in the November 2018 general election to make citizens — not legislators or special interests — responsible for drawing district lines (called “redistricting”). The commission will be composed of 13 randomly-selected Michigan registered voters: four who affiliate with the Democratic Party, four who affiliate with the Republican Party, and five who do not affiliate with either major political party.