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Serving the people of Sedgwick County and the Wichita metro area

Our Mission:

Empowering voters. Defending democracy.

Our Vision:

We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization, open to both women and men, encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Our February Newsletter

We have lots of news to share. Read more.

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Observer Corps Reports

Government transparency is a vital part of the League’s mission. The Observer Corps is one way that Leagues promote open government on a local level. Our Leaguers have reports to share that relate to LWV positions and priorities. Read them all here.
🔸 Wichita City Council
Margaret Kline prepared reports of the Wichita City Council meetings held February 2 & February 8.

🔸 Sedgwick County Commission
Pat Reinhold prepared reports of the Sedgwick County Commission meetings held January 20 & February 3.

🔸 Wichita Board of Education
Monique Centeno prepared a report of the Wichita BOE meeting held February 8.

Are we ready to serve our planet?

Lots of U.S. Leagues already are!

Non-partisan Leaguers have been hearing about the ultimate non-partisan issue “climate change,” but what exactly is it? Climate change is THE story everyone needs to understand. Read more here with links curated by LWV-WM board member Jane Byrnes.

Concurrence Review of LWVK Criminal Justice Position

Wednesday, February 22, at 6:30 p.m.

The program for our February League meeting will be discussion and concurrence on the State Study Update of Adult Criminal Justice. Mark your calendar for 6:30 p.m. Monday, February 22.

Concurrence is different from consensus. When concurrence is taken, on an issue, the Study Committee writes the position and presents it to the membership–it cannot be changed. It can be discussed and accepted or rejected. The final vote comes at State Convention.

This study is an update on an existing position, so a new issue could not be added, without further study. The State League positions can be found on their website and all members are urged to read the Criminal Justice position before the February 22 meeting.

➡️ Current position
➡️ Proposed position

Our co-presidents Martha Pint & Jennifer Byers Heminway, who serve on the state position update committee, will lead the discussion and final decision.

Criminal Justice reform is a “hot” topic and in the current climate, everyone should be as knowledgeable as possible.

Concurrence is not done all that often by the League, so come and be a part of the decision making.

The update is to the 1972 LWV Kansas position on Criminal Justice. At the May 2020 LWVK Council virtual meeting, the membership voted to update this long-outdated position. The position would be studied, new wording proposed, and voted on during the April 24, 2021 LWVK Convention. The 2021 Convention will also be virtual.

The Position Update Committee has been meeting regularly for several months. They have gathered information on other state Leagues’ positions on criminal justice and have chosen those positions most applicable to Kansas.

Registration is not needed for this event as the Zoom invitation and poll will be emailed to all Wichita-Metro League members 48 hours ahead of time.

Listen & Learn About Climate Change

Wednesday, February 24, 6 p.m.

Climate change is happening. What can we do about it? 🌎  Register online now to join us for our first Listen & Learn Small Group discussion as we dive into global climate change and how we can act to help slow down, and reverse its effects. Our goal is to facilitate great dialogue and provide tangible steps for you to take action.

The discussion will be limited to one hour with 15 participants via the virtual platform Zoom, and pre-registration is required. ➡️ Register now at bit.ly/Feb24LWV. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

What is Redistricting and Why Should I Care?

Friday, March 19, noon

Redistricting has often turned into gerrymandering which manipulates the boundaries of an electoral constituency to benefit one party over another. 📍🧩 Register online now to join us when we will discuss the process of redistricting and how citizens can get involved to ensure a fair process based on Census data.

The discussion will be limited to one hour with 15 participants via the virtual platform Zoom, and pre-registration is required. ➡️ Register now at bit.ly/March19LWV. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About the Listen & Learn Series

The election is over but there is still important work to be done. LWV-Wichita Metro is hosting the Listen & Learn small group discussion series to engage League members and non-members in dialogue about important topics. Our goal is to engage unusual voices, to listen, and to learn how to advocate for change.

Check out our complete calendar.

2021 Diverse Women’s Summit

Friday, March 19, noon

This year’s Diverse Women’s Summit will be virtual through Zoom. Note that the usual multi-day event will be only one day for 2021.

The theme is “Women and Leadership in the Time of Covid-19” because of the pandemic situation and especially the rise to prominence of women and other minority populations in tackling the pandemic and its associated situations as well as their high mortality rate during these times.

It is designed to focus on women’s roles, their implications for different women, the future of women and gender in their intersection with challenges from class/poverty, race/ethnicity, sexuality, disability, religion and other pyramids of power.

Sponsored by Wichita State University’s Department of Women’s Studies, WSU’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the League of Women Voters of Kansas, the annual Diverse Women’s Summit (DWS) convenes individuals and groups from different backgrounds on local, regional, and global diversity issues affecting women and gender.

The summit will take place on March 8 by Zoom, and is free and open to the public. The event is in three parts:
🔹 Student Showcase (consisting of presentations – papers, art, posters, and other projects by students) ➡️ Monday, March 8 | 9 a.m. – 12 noon
🔹 Creative Concourse (consisting of poetry, skits, stories, and other presentations by community members and students) ➡️ Monday, March 8 | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
🔹 International Women’s Day Keynote Speech – “ Women and Leadership in the time of Covid-19” by Governor Laura Kelly – Governor of the State of Kansas ➡️ Monday, March 8 | 7 p.m.

To get the zoom link for the events, send email to joyce.dalporto-ward@wichita.edu.

Check out our complete calendar.

Tuesday Topics for Winter/Spring 2021

January 26: Where Do You Get Your News?

The world of news reporting has undergone drastic changes in the past 20 years, and even more so in recent years. When you are looking for news, what sources are you using? Learn more about how media outlets have adapted to the changing environment from a panel of experts. Watch the recorded program.

February 23: Renewable Energy & Land Use

Renewable energy and land use – how can they exist together within the confines of a public policy? Should they both be considered together? How does that impact public policy and protect the environment? Where does citizen input and ex-pert advice enter the picture? These are questions that Sedgwick County asked when writing a public policy on renewable energy. Come and hear both sides of the story from Kent Rowe of the Sierra Club and Tom Stolz, Sedgwick County Manager.

March 23: Public Health in Sedgwick County

Since 2005, the Sedgwick County Commission has served as the Sedgwick County Health Commission and had the final say on public health in the county. Many people in the county would like to see the Health Commission have more coordination with the public health medical community. Pete Meitzner, Sedgwick County Commissioner, and Phillip Brownlee, Executive Director of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County, will present views on how public health might best be served in a more coordinated fashion.

April 27: Police Reform

Recent events have caused protesters throughout the country to call for “defunding the police.” What type of changes are being sought, and is defunding the answer? What would it mean to change the funding structure of the police department, and would that result in better policing? How is the Wichita Police Department addressing community concerns? Join us in a Candid Conversation panel discussion including: Dr. Michael Birzer, Professor in WSU’s School of Criminal Justice; Gwen Grant, President & CEO of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City; and Wanda Parker-Givens, Deputy Chief of the Wichita Police Department. (The registration link is not available yet for the April event.)

Advance registration is required. Call 261-8500 or register online. Tuesday Topics virtual events are held online through Zoom from noon to 1 p.m. on the date noted. Everyone who registers in advance will receive the link by email the day before and the day of the program. If events are held in person, they will take place at the Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd, in downtown Wichita. All Tuesday Topics events are free and open to the public.

Check out our complete calendar.

League Fundraiser Launches with Matching Funds

We need your support to further our goal of a complete and fully informed electorate. Read more. Thanks to all who have donated to our matching fund campaign. We have raised $1,140.80.

Have you renewed your membership?

LWV Wichita-Metro’s dues year is from July 1 to June 30. Renew here.

What does the League do?

  • We educate citizens about issues, legislation and candidates.
  • We encourage individual participation in the political process.
  • We inform through in-depth, objective study.
  • We monitor local, state and national government bodies and activities.
  • We register voters.
  • We sponsor candidate forums and public issue forums.

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You can make a difference! Join LWVWichita and start making a difference in our community. League membership is open to all women and men from age 16.

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