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The LWVGTA Program Committee announces three more virtual programs for spring of 2021.  The programs will be held the 3rd Tuesday of the month from noon to 1:30 PM. 

These League of Women Voters Grand Traverse Area broadcasts can be viewed on the Traverse Area Community Media Facebook page, on Zoom at or on Community TV Channel 189 (with Spectrum cable). Questions can be asked on zoom or in the Facebook comments.  For those that are unable to tune into the live event, a recording will be available at TACM website (  More information can be found on the League of Women Voters Grand Traverse Area website:  Anne Magoun will moderate the program.

The programs planned are:

March - DARK MONEY IN POLITICS with Simon Schuster from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network

April - INDEPENDENT CITIZENS REDISTRICTING COMMISSION (MICRC) with Donna Hornberger and Margaret Leary who are on the committee to observe the Commission's work

May - A program on the ELECTORAL COLLEGE with Dr. John Zachman, a political science and social studies professsor at NMC 

Watch for more details in each LWVGTA Newsletter and in e-mail blasts.

For more information or to join this committee, contact Cheryl Naperala at or 231-223-7903 (land line), or Anne Montgomery,
February's Program Report:
   The program was a great success with over 100 viewers watching live from LWVGTA and Facebook pages.
    Nicco Pandolfi, NMC instructional librarian presented: "Trust, Information and Public Opinion in a Fractured Media Landscape". He talked about people being less trusting of the media and often more likely to build their own reality.  If they follow media not based on true facts, they tend to build their own reality rather than a reality based on the truth.  Watching media not based on the true facts but a media interested in building their viewership and making money can mislead the viewer and lead them to unsubstantialed ideas.  He suggested that we read more often than we watch news media and then ask ourselves whose perspective and voices are we missing?  He had a visual of the most balanced media, which included NPR, Time Magazine and C-SPAN.  When asked which media he pays regular attention to, Nicco mentioned the New York Times, public radio, and Bridge Michigan. 
    Nicco's worthwhile presentation can be watched on the Facebook page of, Spectrum Cable channel 189 (check schedule) or on YouTube through TACM-TV's You Tube Channel.

    This was another successful program with many positive responses.  Thank you to everyone who participated, and especially to our Event Manager,  Cheryl Naperala, Program Coordinators Nancy Quinlan and Joan Williams, Moderator Anne Magoun, Linda Crandall, Publicity and Matt Kern, Traverse Area Community Media.
NEWS RELEASE      February 22, 2021     

 CONTACT: Anne Montgomery
                  Ph:  231-421-3260
On Tuesday, March 16, from noon to 1:30 PM, the League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area will present Simon D. Schuster of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. He will recap the 2020 election, which shattered records as the most expensive in Michigan’s history.  Mr. Schuster will provide an overview of money’s growing role in our political system and offer information as to how everyday people can hold their elected officials accountable.
Simon D. Schuster became Executive Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network in November 2019. Before joining MCFN, he worked as a journalist for the online news service Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS News) and he free-lanced for The Washington Post and The Detroit News.  He earned a BA and MPP from Michigan State University.
This League of Women Voters Grand Traverse Area broadcast can be viewed on the Traverse Area Community Media Facebook page, on Zoom at or on Community TV Channel 189 (with Spectrum cable). Questions can be asked on zoom or in the Facebook comments.  For those that are unable to tune into the live event, a recording will be available at TACM website (  More information can be found on the League of Women Voters Grand Traverse Area website:  Anne Magoun will moderate the program.
The League of Women Voters is a national, non-partisan organization. The League does not endorse or oppose candidates or political parties, but it does work to obtain and to distribute information to the public about candidates and their views. The League promotes the informal and active participation of all citizens in government; it works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and it influences public policy through education and advocacy.
News from LWVLeelanau is Celebrating Women's History Month with a Zoom Presentation on
March 3rd at Noon
The program will tell about the lives of three women, first, an Odawa Elder member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, second, a woman brought to Leelanau County at the age of 12 by her migrant worker mother, and lastly Michigan's first elected woman prosecutor.  

Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

"The League of Women Voters has evolved from a mighty political experiment designed to help 20 million newly enfranchised women vote in 1920, to what it is today: a unique, nonpartisan organization that is a recognized force in molding political leaders, shaping public policy and promoting informed citizen participation at all levels of government.
The LWV takes pride in what we have accompished over the past 101 years and we humbly rededicate ourselves to the mission of empowering voters and defending demoracy for another 100."

The League of Women Voters' state convention will be held virtually on May 21 and 22, 2021.   According to Christina Schlitt, LWVMI President, registration will open by the end of February.  While the number of registrants has previously been limited, because this convention is virtual, all members can participate and view the panel discussions, speaker presentations, workshops, and the plenary sessions.
The convention is highly recommended and will be Zoomed from 6:30PM on Friday, May 21st until 5:00PM on Saturday, May 22nd.  The $50 registration fee will be paid by LWVGTA.  

From the January Recap:
"New Hope for the ERA"
"This month, the House and Senate introduced legislation to remove the time limit on the Equal Rights Amendment and finally include it in our Constitution!  The League has supported ratification of the ERA since it was first passed by Congress in 1972, and we have worked for decades to see ratification by the states.  Last year, Virginia ratified the ERA, bringing the total state count to the required 38.  Now it is time for the legislative branch to pass it and finally include women in the U.S. Constitution."
The Effect of Better Breathing on the Body 
"We need oxygen to live, but there are fringe benefits of breathing, too.  By learning to control how we inhale and exhale we can influence how we feel in the moment, according to Cynthia Ackrill, MD, a fellow with the American Institute of Stress, and a stress management and leadership coach in Ashville, North Carolina.
"Breathing to change your mindset starts with rethinking how you take in air.  As Ackrill explains, deep, slow breaths activate your parasymphathetic nervous system, which in turn helps decrease your heart rate and blood pressure.  Your calm, relaxed body then sends your brain feedback that all is well, which helps dissipate anger, irritation, and anxiety.
"The challenge is that our natural inclination is to take relatively shallow sips of air, filling only the top portion of the lungs.  To go deeper, Ackrill suggests a technique called diaphragmatic breathing: Close your eyes, place both hands on you abdomen, and inhale to the bottom of your lungs, allowing your diaphram to descend and your belly to rise."

Source:, December, 2020, author Jessica Migala
New Legislation On Voter Suppression
"Since November's election, state lawmakers across the US have filed more than 100 pieces of legislation that would limit voter access, according to a new report.  The Brennan Center for Justice says 28 states have introduced, pre-filed or are advancing 106 restrictive bills this year, most of them related to things like limiting vote-by-mail options, imposing voter ID laws and making voter purging policies more aggressive...despite a lack of evidence of widespread voter fraud."
From John Dickerson in AARP Jan/Feb Bulletin, Vol.62:
    Some Founding Fathers thought the role (of the president) was too much for one person.  Benjamin Franklin wanted a committee. He thought that consensus among several would make it hard for any one person to become a despot.  In the end, George Washington helped solve the problem.  He was the model for the job.  Of course, some founders thought that was a grave error.  Future presidents were not guaranteed to have Washington's virtue.  
Save Olesons Receipts
One way we raise money is to collect Olesons receipts.  Please send your receipts to: Jan Warren, 12055 S. Woodwinds Circle, #15, Traverse City, MI 49684.
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