The politicking might be over, but the need for issue education and policy engagement continues, and the LWV Mpls needs your support...
LWV Mpls asks for your support to continue its mission of informed and active participation in all levels of government.
2012 was an exciting and challenging year for our organization – from battling voter ID restrictions and marriage discrimination to helping bring civility back into political discourse and providing voter education opportunities to our neighbors – and we saw a number of amazing successes:
EDUCATION: LWV Mpls sponsored a number of forums on issues affecting our children including the achievement gap, tenure and teacher evaluations featuring candidates, teachers, administrators and union reps. More than 350 Minneapolis residents attended these forums.
ISSUE ACTION: As a coalition member in the effort to defeat the harmful and unnecessary photo ID amendment, LWV Mpls took to phonebanking, flyering, tabling and partnering with local organizations serving vulnerable communities in order to educate voters about the amendment. LWV Mpls volunteers logged more than 36 hours phonebanking.
VOTER SERVICES: From high schools to libraries to Twin Cities PRIDE, more than 20 LWV Mpls members and their friends registered 329 voters.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS: In an effort to expose new and diverse audiences to the mission of LWV Mpls, partnerships were forged with Independent Scholars, The Theater of Public Policy, the University of Minnesota, Minnesotans United for All Families, MinnPost, Twin Cities Media Alliance, We The People, the Star Tribune’s Lori Sturdevant, and many other speakers, venues and organizations in Minneapolis. A forum on creating a space for civil discourse and a town hall meeting on humble truths about half-truths in campaign advertising were two of the biggest highlights.
We truly do better when we all do better, and LWV Mpls is committed to building on its dynamic 2012 in the years to come. And we invite you to support, and join, in that movement!