LWV-AAA Videos

LWV-AAA Videos

Brews & Views, Lunch & Learn, candidate forums and more are being recorded and posted to the LWV-AAA YouTube channel.  Here are direct links to recent recordings:

Lunch & Learn August 21 2020   “Acknowledging Our History To Transform Our Future” 

Facilitated by Joan Sampieri – LWVAAA President, Yodit Mesfin Johnson - President and CEO of NEW, Felicia Braebec – Washtenaw County Commissioner,  Desirae Simmons – Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.

 Panel discussion about

  • the League’s history of failure to address issues of racism,
  • efforts and challenges faced by local black, indigenous and people of color about their efforts and challenges related to racial equity and policy locally
  • the necessity for white people to realize their contribution to racial inequality. 

Followed by small group discussion of what we learned and next steps.  

Brews & Views - August 19, 2020  Federal law enforcement deployed in American cities:  What is legal, what isn’t, what’s murky?  with U-M Law Professor Margo Schlanger, a leading authority on civil rights and law enforcement. 

"Voter Guide for Formerly Incarcerated Citizens"  made with the voices of formerly incarcerated men and women whose right to vote was denied through incarceration. Listen to their stories and their important message on the importance of voting for all.  

Brews & Views - July 15, 2020    How Your Vote Affects Criminal Justice Reform with Derrick Jackson, Director of Community Engagement, Washtenaw County Sheriff Dept.

"How to register to vote" a video prepared by area high school students and LWV-AAA

"How to vote by mail or in person" a video prepared by area high school students and LWV-AAA

Candidate forums are being recorded between June 15 and July 16:  U.S. House District 12, Michigan House 52, 53 and 55, Ann Arbor City Council, Washtenaw County Commissioners / Clerk / Prosecutor / Sheriff, District Court 14B  and 22nd Circuit Court .

Lunch & Learn - June 26, 2020  Book discussion - The Gatekeepers, How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency, by Chris Whipple.

Liberty Awakes - an introduction to the LWV-AAA exhibit about the history of the suffrage movement in Washtenaw County between 1911 and 1920.  The exhibit was scheduled to tour area libraries during 2020, but this plan was put on hold by the pandemic.  We are hopeful that it will be shown in many locations at future dates.

Brews & Views - June 15, 2020   "Is Our Democracy Dying?" - a conversation with Dr. Steven Levitsky.   Dr. Levitsky's view is that the Constitution alone is not sufficient to defend our democracy--we also need norms of behavior that guide political life, such as mutual toleration (accepting the legitimacy of political opponents) and institutional forbearance (self-restraint in the exercise of power). The erosion of these and other norms has led to today's extreme polarization in government.  What warnings did Dr. Levitsky give? What can we do about it?

Lunch & Learn - May 22, 2020   "Managing Voting During the Pandemic" - a conversation with Ed Golembiewski, Washtenaw County Director of Elections.

Brews & Views - May 13, 2020 - "Why we must save the US Post Office in order to save our elections and so much more" - a conversation with Patrick Rose, Legal Fellow at Michigan State University’s Center for Local Government Finance & Policy.

 Lunch & Learn - April 24, 2020 - Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office and Restorative Justice