Follow the links below to see links for videos and presentations from the League of Women Voters of Leelanau County
Microplastics in the Great Lakes
Leage of Women Voters of Leelanau County Forum
Water quality expert Art Hirsch discusses sources, impacts and mitigations of microplastics in the Great Lakes, an emerging water quality crisis impacting human health, aquatic and terrestrial environments, and our economy.
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Let's Talk Climate
League of Women Voters of Leelanau County Forum
Explore public attitudes, utilize current state policy examples, and distill insights from the social and behavioral sciences to help us all have more effective conversations about climate change with a variety of audience in this interactive session with presenter Dr. Denise Keele, Director of Michigan Climate Action Network.
LWVLC 2023 Book Read: It's Hard Being You with Sharon Emery
The League of Women Voters of Leelanau County welcomes award-winning journalist and author Sharon Emery discussing her new book, “It’s Hard Being You: A Primer on Being Happy Anyway”. Sharon Emery struggled with the losses and limits she faced but couldn’t change – no matter how hard she tried. And she did try. First with her incurable severe stutter, then with the death of her daughter, Jessica, and the too-early deaths of her own younger siblings. Meanwhile her “broken” voice meant her long career in communications was a regular battle.
Discrimination in Michigan's Drivers License Policy
Since 2008, Michigan has required applicants for driver’s licenses and state identification cards to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or immigration status. Learn about the change in legislation to bring driver’s license and state ID’s back to the immigrant community.
With panelists: Michigan Senator Stephanie Chang, sponsor of Drive SAFE bills and Marcelo Betti, attorney for Justice for Our Neighbors
Celebrating International Women's Day and National Women's History Month
International Women’s Day began in New York City on March 8, 1857 when female textile workers marched in protest of unfair working conditions. It was one of the first organized strikes by working women where they called for a shorter workday and decent wages. International Women’s Day then developed and is celebrated in the United States and across the world.
The National Women’s History Month began in February 1980 when President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as National Women’s History Week. In 1987 the entire month of March was declared National Women’s History Month by the United States Congress, in perpetuity.
Watch this Forum to learn about the lives of international, United States, Michigan, and Leelanau County women from volunteers who will give short presentations honoring them. Presented by LWVLC Equal Rights Advocacy (ERA) Committee.
Regional Initiatives to Support Youth Mental Health
The Northwest Michigan Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR) was launched in 2021 to respond to the spiraling behavioral health crisis in the region.
Three CHIR Action Teams present on their work in progress: Reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)/ Build Resilience, Enhance Social Emotional Competencies, Strengthen Crisis Services and Supports.
Electoral College 101: A Brief Tutorial
Myths Debunked: Common Misperceptions Used to Prop Up Our Failing Electoral College
In each Presidential election cycle, only a handful of swing states receive the bulk of candidates' - and the media's - attention. This reduces voter turnout in the non-swing states. Due to the Electoral College's "winner-take-all" mechanism, voters in rural areas in states with large metropolitan areas are typically disenfranchised. What incentive do these voters have to cast a ballot?
Facilitators: Phil Mikesell, Tricia Denton and Jacquie Johnson.
A Discussion of the 2022 Roe v. Wade Decision
Len Niehof, University of Michigan Law Professor and First Amendment and Media Attorney takes us through the recent Roe v. Wade decision, the Supreme Court Justices' process to this decision and his own thoughts and ramifications of this important legal decision.
Cherry Pie Debate 2022
Meet and greet candidates running for Leelanau County Commission and MI Hose and Senate Candidates vying to represent Leelanau County. Each Commission Candidate presented a 2 minute prepared speech, followed by Live debate between the MI Senate and House candidates.
Candidate Forums for November 2022 Election
District #1 and #2 Candidate Forum
Jamie Kramer vs Rick Robbins
Don Gallagher vs James O'Rourke
District #4 Candidate Forum
Michael McMillan vs Ty Wessell, plus bonus Bata and other local ballot initiatives information segment
District #5 Candidate Forum
Alan Campbell vs Kama Ross
District #6 Candidate Forum
Gwenne Allgaier vs Garrick Collins
District #7 Candidate Forum
Nancy Flanagan vs Melinda Lautner
Candidate Forum: First U.S. Congressional District
Sponsored by League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area
Michigan Supreme Court Candidate Forum
League of Women Voters of Michigan and the Jewish Bar Association of Michigan are co-sponsoring a candidates forum for the Michigan Supreme Court. All 5 of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022 election participate in the forum.
2022 Ballot Initiatives Explained
An information session on the November election cycle as it relates to ballot proposals. The issues that will be covered are: Promote the Vote 2022; Secure MI Vote and Let MI Kids Learn; Reproductive Freedom for All; and Transparency and Term Limits. Judy Karandjeff from LWV of Michigan helped voters understand these complicated proposals.
Protecting Biodiversity Through Eco Friendly Practices In and Outside the Home
Presented by LWVLC ENR Committee
Featuring panelists Mackenzee Bull (Salon Verve) and David Lowenstein (MSU Extension).
Art as Activism
Presented by LWVLC ERA Committee
"Art as Activism" was presented at the Leland Library on 5-12-2022 and featured artists Alma Rosa Vasquez, Michelle White, and Tracy Smedes-Hepler.
Below, an artwork depicts a reimagining of Darnella Frazier, the teenager who filmed George Floyd’s murder, as Red Riding Hood: "She Was Not Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" by artist Tracy Smedes-Hepler:
Alma Rosa Vasquez read her poetry aloud and shared accompanying artwork.
Developments in Climate Change Science & Policy:
“Code Red” in the Great Lakes & Beyond
Presented by LWVLMR
Climate change forum with expert panel, including Tom Skilling. Held on April 16, 2022, at Venue Six10 in Chicago. Hosted and moderated by LWVLMR.
2022 LWVLC Annual Awards
2022 LWVLC Annual Member Business Meeting
LWVLC Members can access this private video. Don't know the password? Please contact lwvleelanau [at] gmail.com
Immigration Issues Today
Four area residents share about the challenges they have faced in working with the U.S. immigration system. Speakers Include: Jerry Schatz, lawyer, public policy analyst and ethicist; Ann Gregory, retired Leelanau County grower and host to Afghan family; Marcelo Betti, Legal Co-Director for Justice for Our Neighbors; Sandy Mascari-Devitt, CSW, Remote Refugee Resettlement Specialist for Bethany Christian Services.
New Understanding, Thinking, and Action to Support Community Mental Health
Like physical health, mental health can be seen as a both a personal and community goal, one that has been significantly challenged by recent events such as the pandemic and now, the war in Ukraine. Efforts to ensure better mental health, more broadly, must be both preventative and supportive. Join this forum to hear about current work to improve the region’s mental health system, with a special focus on two aspects of this system: a preventative effort that provides young children a promising start by supporting them and their families and an effort to establish a northern Michigan crisis intervention center.
LWVLC Annual Book Read Discussion 2022
Discussion of: "Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America"
Women of Color Suffragists: Racism and the Right to Vote
The League of Women Voters Leelanau County in celebration of Women's History Month 2022 presents, Women of Color Suffragists: Racism and the Right to Vote.
Learn about the lives the Women of Color Suffragists. There is a history of suffrage that does not start with white women and one that really deals with the racism of the movement. African Americans, Native Americans, Latinas, and Asians were denied the democratic process and being involved in the movement, so they organized in their communities and nationally to fight for the right to vote.
Member Meeting: March 2022
LWVLC Members can access this private video. Don't know the password? Please contact lwvleelanau [at] gmail.com
Secure MI Vote Proposal and Leelanau County Redistricting Map Discussion
This program examines legislative attempts to weaken Michigan Voter’s Rights and discusses approved changes to the Leelanau County Redistricting Map. The League of Women Voters is educating voters on Michigan’s fair and secure elections in light of a ballot proposal that would make voting harder for many people. Secure MI Vote has received approval of a petition with the MI State Board of Canvassers AND is collecting signatures now to enact citizen-led legislation to:
• take away Election Day voting options
• make absentee voting less accessible
• gut funding for election administration in Michigan.
The League of Women Voters of Leelanau, along with other local Leagues and the League of Women Voters of Michigan, oppose the Secure MI Vote measures and supports Michigan’s current voter validation system that has worked for decades.
Migrants in Leelanau County Forum
What is the difference between a migrant and an immigrant? What do you think of when you hear migrant worker? This forum explores these questions and more, with excerpts on the history of migrants in Leelanau County and perspectives from both a former and a current migrant farm laborer.
The Fight for Our Inland Lakes: Battling Eurasian Watermilfoil
Leelanau’s inland lakes are a vital part of our cultural identity and an economic driver for our community. Eurasian watermilfoil is just the latest environmental threat to our inland lakes. Join the League of Women Voters Leelanau County to learn about collaborative efforts between the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the Lake Leelanau Association and other community partners and private citizens to combat the infestation and stop the spread. Hear too about prevention efforts taking place on other area lakes such as those sponsored by the Glen Lake Association, home to the States first staffed Hot Water Boat Wash Station for more than 20 years.
Efforts by the MI Senate and Secure MI Vote to Change Election Law
Current League of Women Voters Michigan, Advocacy Chair and former LWVMI President and 2012 Michigan Women's Hall of Fame inductee Judy Karandjeff, shares highlights of efforts of the Michigan Senate and the organization Secure MI Vote to make changes to Michigan Election Law in the wake of the 2020 Elections.
Our Changing Energy Systems: What’s Happening in Electricity, Transportation and Heating in Michigan
2021 LWVLC Annual Meeting and Awards
2021 LWVLC Annual Meeting and Awards with Special Musical Guest May Erlewine and Speaker J. Carl Ganter of Circle of Blue/Vector Center, May 6, 2021
Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and Communities of Interest Town Hall 2
Community of Interest Forum
LWVLC Presents Community of Interest Forum: Town Hall with Special Guest, Steve Lett, Commissioner with the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission April 11, 2021
COVID-19 Impacts on Agriculture in Leelanau
Celebrate Women's History Month 2021
Childcare: An Essential Service
Non Partisan but Political?! What Sets the League Apart
LWV Leelanau 2020 virtual Holiday Luncheon
Featuring speaker David Arroyo, Tribal Chair of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Virtual Forum
Indigenous People's Day Celebration 2020
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2020 Voting Rights Reform in Action
1st Congressional 2020 Candidate Forum
101st State House 2020 Candidate Forum
Leelanau County Clerk 2020 Candidate Forum
Village of Northport 2020 Candidate Forum
Leland Township Clerk Candidate Forum
Leelanau County District 2 Candidate Forum Zoom
Leelanau County District 1 Candidate Forum Zoom
Leelanau County District 6 Candidate Forum
Leelanau County District 7 Candidate Forum
We regret there is no recording available for the district 7 forum, we are most grateful to the candidates, Melinda Lautner and Julie Morris for participating in the Zoom online forum, however, this forum failed to record. Our sincere apologies.
Please check Vote411.org/Michigan for more information on these two candidates
Leelanau County District 5 Candidate Forum
Regrettably, no Forum was held for District 5 Candidates.
Leelanau County Board of Commissioner District 3
Village of Empire Supervisor & Trustees Candidate Forum
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Leelanau Twp Candidate Forum Zoom
Voting Questions Answered?
Groundwater, the 6TH Great Lake
Raise the Age
The Promise of Early Childhood: What Children Need, What Parents Want and the Community’s Role in Supporting Them
The Fight for Women’s Rights
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
From Idea to Advocacy
Once You Have Voted
US Customs and Border Protection Today
Understanding and Preventing Substance Abuse in Leelanau County
Ballot Initiatives Explained
Care for the Planet Because Your Health Depends on It: Health Impacts of Climate Change and What We Can Do about Them
Is Our Healthcare System Broken?
Is Our Healthcare System Broken?
The Corrosive Effect of Money on Elections
Protect Our Vote 2017
The Consequences of Labor Shortage in Leelanau County
First Things First: Early Childhood Development
#@IT Happens, Then What? Leelanau County Septic System: Water Quality and Public Health Implications
LWVLC Annual Meeting, May 25, 2017
LWVLC Annual Dinner Meeting and Speaker. ACLU Rana Elmir to Speak at LWVLC Annual Dinner May 25 The League of Women Voters Leelanau County announces its Annual Dinner and Meeting held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at The Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor.
Age Friendly Leelanau: How Do We Get There?
Immigration Challenges in Leelanau County
Rehabilitative Alternatives to Jail
Taxation and Budgeting
Early Childhood Intervention. A.C.E.’S
Dr. Mary Beth Hardwicke addresses the effects of chronic stress and other adverse experiences in early childhood on mental and physical health in subsequent years. The forum highlights the importance of both public policy supporting quality early childhood services and individual efforts to assist families in the prevention of long-term health problems.
Civility in Government
Panelists H. Lynn Jondahl, Charles Judson and Rebecca Garland Rogan provide suggestions as to what can be done to reduce polarization and to improve our needed problem solving skills. They will share their experience with bridging divides among elected officials, business organizations, community groups and families.
Microplastics in the Great Lakes
Video no longer available: LWVLC Presents: Microplastics in the Great Lakes: An Opportunity for Stewardship; Monthly Meeting, 9/7/2016
Energy and Natural Resources Committee: Panel Discussion on Food Security
Video no longer available: LWVLC Presents: Energy and Natural Resources Committee: Panel Discussion on Food Security; Monthly Meeting, 6/1/2016
Jack Lessenberry- Michigan in Crisis
Syndicated columnist and Michigan Radio essayist Jack Lessenberry spoke at the League of Women Voters Leelanau County annual dinner and meeting on May 26, 2016
Towards an Age Friendly Leelanau
Seasonal Worker Housing for Michigan Agriculture
The presenters are Connee Canfield, farmer, migrant housing developer and site manager for SunRISE migrant worker apartments in Hartford, MI (www.sunriseapts.org); Majed Ghussaini, manager for the Migrant Labor Housing Inspection and Licensing Division, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) reporting on updates on licensing rules for Agricultural Labor Camps licensing; and Ginger Bardenhagen, MDARD Regional Migrant Housing Inspector. The event is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters Leelanau County and the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center.
Early Childhood Intervention
Challenges Faced by Leelanau Schools
Are You Prepared for an Emergency in Leelanau County
Reforming Money in Politics
The Fate of Our Water: Are We Sunk?
Redistricting in Michigan
LWVLC Annual Meeting, May 2015: Increased Militarization of the Police
Pro/Cons on Increase in Sales Tax Forum
Building a Sustainable Planet Through Carbon Fee and Dividend Legislation
Public Education: The Future
Public Education: Past and Present
With Michael Hill, Superintendent of TBAISD.
Annual Meeting- May 22, 2014
With Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget McCormack.
Annual Meeting- 2013
With Jack Lessenberry.
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Dave Barrons, Monthly Meeting, September 2013
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With Nancy Turner, Elizabeth Pine and Cathy Anthofer.
Click BELOW to Watch: LWVLC Presents: Abuse; Monthly Meeting, October 2013
Justice Marilyn Kelly
The Agricultural Migrant Worker in Leelanau County
Presented by LVWLC Farm and Labor Task Force.
Community Energy Resilience
With Brian Beachamp, Heatherlyn Reamer, Steve Smiley and Stephanie Mills. Presented by LWVLC Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Video not available: LWVLC Presents: Community Energy Resilience, 2/25/2014
Risks of Oil and Gas
With Dr. Christopher Grobbel. Presented by LWVLC Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Video not available: LWVLC Presents: Risks of Oil and Gas. 4/2/2014