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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 January Newsletter

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2021 College Scholarships

Our League is pleased to offer two merit-based scholarships ($500 and $1000) this year to further the educational opportunities of post-secondary students interested in the League’s principles. Applications must be received no later than 11:59 pm February 15, 2021.

Our scholarships are open to ANY student residing in Wichita and surrounding counties pursuing post-secondary education in Kansas AND to League of Women Voters Wichita-Metro members’ direct lineal descendants who live outside of Kansas but will be pursuing post-secondary education in Kansas.

The League of Women Voters – Wichita Metro is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. We seek to influence public policy through education and advocacy and never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

The League has two separate and distinct roles:
🔹 Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.
🔹 Action/Advocacy: after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

One scholarship of $1000 and one of $500 will be awarded. Read more about the requirements and application by downloading this PDF.


2021 Virtual Planning Meeting

Monday, January 25, at 6:30 p.m.

With the opportunity of the new year in front of us, our focus turns to making our organization as effective as possible in 2021 and beyond. Mark your calendars to attend our planning meeting to help guide LWVW-M’s direction.

Everything is open for discussion. We’ll start with our usual DEI moment and a full unit session before moving to some small-group brainstorming on important goals and initiatives. We need all members input as we define our advocacy and intent for the year ahead.

Advance registration is required. Register online today.

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.

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. This effort continues in 2021. Donate today to have your gift (up to $100) matched.


November Unit Meeting: Tough or Smart on Crime?

Our League’s November unit meeting was held Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. through Facebook. Our panelists were:
🔸 Marc Bennett, District Attorney, Sedgwick County
🔸 Jeff Easter, Sheriff, Sedgwick County
🔸 David Gilkey, Co-Founder, Rise Up For Youth
🔸 Dr. Kevin Harrison, Community Engagement Coordinator, WSU

The recorded livestream is available to watch on Facebook.


October Unit Meeting: What Awaits Us After the Election?

Our League’s October member meeting was livestreamed on Facebook. Patrick Miller, Ph.D., spoke about possible election outcomes. Dr. Miller is an associate professor of political science at the University of Kansas. Watch the recording now.


Tuesday Topics: Election Analysis

At our Tuesday Topics session on December 1, Dr. Russell Fox, political science professor at Friends University, discussed the results of the General Election held in November & offered insight into what issues may be key during the upcoming term. Watch the recorded program.


Tuesday Topics: Confederate Monuments, Support and Protests

Erecting monuments is one way Americans have commemorated significant historical figures and events. Recently, Confederate monuments have been the target of citizens who object to the values they portray as symbols of a racist past. Learn more about the claims made by those who wish to preserve these tributes, as well as those who strive to create a socially just environment for generations to come. Watch the recorded program.


Tuesday Topics: Dying with Dignity

Death with Dignity laws allow terminally ill patients who are mentally competent to request and receive medication that will hasten their death. Nine U.S. jurisdictions have passed Death with Dignity laws, and one state permits the practice by court order. Other states are considering passing a similar law. Watch the recorded program to learn more about how these laws are a benefit to those facing end-of-life issues, and why some citizens oppose such legislation.


September Unit Meeting: Criminal Justice

Our League’s September unit meeting was livestreamed on Sept. 28. Our speaker, Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay, shared a lot of important information. Watch the recording if you missed it.

Where to watch:
🔹 on YouTube
🔹 on Facebook

One of the reasons for the League’s political effectiveness is its reputation for thorough study before taking a policy position.
➡️ State League’s statement on Criminal Justice
➡️ Links to all of the position statements of the State League


LGBTQIA+ ID Rights

Watch the recording!
There are many legal steps involved when changing your name or gender identification markers on your Driver’s License or other forms of identification.

On August 29, 2020, we invited Tom Witt of Equality Kansas, Delaney Hiegert of The National Center for Lesbian Rights, Meredith Schnug of the KU Law School Legal Aid Clinic, and Ellen Bertels, J.D. Candidate at the University of Kansas Law School and Democracy Intern for the Brennan Center for Justice, for a virtual discussion.

Where to watch:
🔹 on YouTube
🔹 on Facebook

Sign language interpretation was provided during the discussion.


Importance of Rural Voting with Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers

Watch the recording!
Our online conversation with Lt. Gov. Rogers touched on lots of issues relevant to rural elections.

Where to watch:
🔹 on YouTube
🔹 on Facebook

Sign language interpretation was provided during the webcast. The recording includes Spanish and English captions.


Digital Democracy on Tap: Elections During COVID-19

Thank you to everyone who joined us. We reached at least 1,000 people for the live discussion and thousands more have watched the recording since then. Kudos to KMUW​’s Engage ICT​ for hosting an informative discussion on how the upcoming elections will continue in Sedgwick County amid the pandemic.

Watch the conversation now!
🔹 on Facebook
🔹 on EngageICT.org
🔹 on YouTube

Wichita Public Library created a list of further reading and resources on this topic. Download the PDF: bit.ly/ElectionsCOVIDreading

Panelists:
🔸 Kenya M. Cox, President, Kansas NAACP
🔸 Ron Heminway, incoming freshman, The University of Kansas
🔸 Danielle Johnson, Assistant Director, WSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion
🔸 Tabitha Lehman, Election Commissioner, Sedgwick County Government
🔸 Carole Neal, Voter Service Co-Chair, League of Women Voters – Wichita Metro


Check out our complete calendar.


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.

Join us to Make Democracy Work!

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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