By Dawn Blackmore
The League of Women Voters Milwaukee County is our September Share the Plate recipient. Located on Farwell Ave. on Milwaukee’s Lower East Side, it is the local chapter of the National League of Women Voters which was established in 1920 . Guided by their mission to encourage informed and active participation in government, it influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The League never supports or opposes any political party or candidate, but is a nonpartisan political organization. The League has two separate and distinct roles. One is Voter’s Service and Citizen Education, which is primarily focused on providing unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues. The other is Action and Advocacy. Although the League is nonpartisan, it does study policy and advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.
Two important programs running currently in Milwaukee are the Voter Outreach program and the High School Voter Education and Registration Project. The goal of these projects is to offer citizens the opportunity to register to vote and equip them with the information needed to become informed and engaged citizens. They also offer an array of important educational programs that are always open to the public. Past programs subjects have been “Matters of Race,” “Emerging Electorate,” “Oil Train Risk,” “Money in Politics,” “Redistricting,” and “Human Trafficking in MKE.”
Cash collected in the plate will be shared 50/50 between the recipient and First Church. To donate only to our monthly recipient, please write a check directly to the organization, and we will mail it for you. Parents and guardians, please talk with your children how even small donations help.
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee is a home for spiritual community, social justice, and intellectual freedom, active in Milwaukee since 1842. Unitarian Universalism is an inclusive denomination; core principles include recognition of the worth and dignity of every person; respect for the interdependent web of existence; and the goal of world peace, liberty and justice.