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The next President & Congress must enact democracy reform
Published on: 11/2/2020
The American people are tired of a government that serves only the wealthy and corporate interests. We demand a democracy that works for all of us.

LWV of the South Bend Area

May Lunch with the League: The Future of Local News, with Alan Achkar
Join us on Zoom, May 14 at 12 noon:

Our guest speaker will be Alan Achkar, executive editor of the South Bend Tribune.

Newspapers and other local media outlets have faced unprecedented challenges in recent years. The South Bend Tribune, other newspapers and other local news outlets have reacted to the Digital Age with a host of changes. How can they carve out a future in the era of mobile phones, social media and changing consumer habits? Can traditional news platforms, such as a printed newspaper, survive? How can impactful journalism still be produced and delivered to you? And what does a digital news future mean to readers?
2021 Making Democracy Work Award Nominations
Published on: 4/6/2021
We are now accepting nominations for the 2021 Making Democracy Work Award.

Submit your nomination by June 5 using this form:
April Lunch with the League: Indiana Legislative Session 2021 with State Senator David Niezgodski
Published on: 3/29/2021
Join us on Zoom on April 9 at 12pm:

Senator Niezgodski will talk about bills he is involved with that impact the St. Joseph Community.
Lunch with the League: Rightsizing and Academic Transformation, with Dr. Todd Cummings
Published on: 2/23/2021
Join us on Zoom, March 12 at 12 noon:

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Todd Cummings, superintendent of South Bend Community School Corp.

This remote conversation will offer current information about the proposed plans to close Hay and Tarkington Elementary Schools at the end of this academic year and recommendations to create an Innovation Network Zone for two other elementary schools, Muessel Elementary and Marquette Montessori Academy.
2021 Citizen's Guide now available
Published on: 2/22/2021
The LWV's Citizen's Guide to Representative Government for St. Joseph County, 2021-2022, is now available on the LWV website.
Lunch with the League: Dr. Mark Fox on the COVID-19 pandemic
Published on: 1/26/2021
Join us on Zoom ( ). Our guest speaker will be Dr. Mark Fox, deputy health officer for St. Joseph County.

Dr. Fox will give an update on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in St. Joseph County, with attention to disease prevalence, data on testing, and vaccination efforts. The impact of emerging strains of SARS-CoV-2 and mitigation efforts will also be discussed.
Lunch with the League: Barbara Tully, president of Indiana Vote by Mail
Published on: 1/4/2021
Barbara Tully, president of Indiana Vote by Mail, will be our guest for the next Lunch With the League on Friday, Jan. 8 from noon to 1 pm via Zoom. To join, copy and paste this link into your browser:

Barbara will present "Voting in Indiana: Turning All Hoosiers Into Voters." Come learn about how the voting process works in Indiana and ways that Indiana could work to make voting more accessible. This program will highlight best practices for voters and for election administrators to consider as they engage in this most basic right in a democracy - the right to vote. This nonpartisan presentation will leave you informed, engaged and excited about voting!


Redistricting Update--time to act!
Linda Hanson - CoPresident - LWV Indiana
Published on: 12/1/2020
All IN 4 Democracy, our coalition for redistricting reform in Indiana, is calling for applications to the Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC). The ICRC will demonstrate how the redistricting process in Indiana should be conducted. It will show that a politically balanced group of citizens working transparently and in cooperation with citizens can devise districts that will serve the public interest, not the interests of politicians.
The ICRC will hold a series of virtual public meetings in January and February of 2021 to take public testimony on what redistricting criteria should guide the map-drawing process....They will also sponsor a map-drawing competition and serve as the judges for that competition.... Reports and maps will be submitted to the IN General Assembly (IGA) and we will lobby for adoption of the maps drawn through a transparent process by a politically balanced group of citizens. More...