Issues Briefing 2019

Issues Briefing 2019

Issues Briefing 2019: Building Future Power: Planning for Impact in Wisconsin


Radisson Hotel Madison
517 Grand Canyon Dr.
Madison Wisconsin 53719
Wisconsin US
Saturday, October 19, 2019 (All day)

All are invited to attend LWVWI's 2019 Issues Briefing. The day-long event will feature speakers and breakout presentations on the 2020 census, rights restoration and criminal justice reform, League environmental priorities, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, immigration, the ERA, and more. There will be many action-based takeaways that you won’t want to miss as we prepare for 2020.

Tentative Agenda / Schedule  The event will be scheduled from 9:00AM - 4:30 PM, with check-in beginning at 8:30AM.

  • Welcome: LWVWI President Debra Cronmiller and Executive Director Erin Grunze
  • Morning Keynote PresentationBlack on the Wisconsin Frontier, 1725 - 1866, Dr. Christy Clark-Pujara, UW-Madison, Associate Professor, Anna Julia Cooper Fellow, Department of Afro-American Studies
  • Current Issues Presentations:
    • Current Immigration Policy & Wisconsin, Aissa I. Olivarez, Community Immigration Law Center, Immigration Attorney 
    • Light at the End of the Tunnel: Progress on the Equal Rights Amendment, (includes the 30-minute film "Legalize Equality" by Kamala Lopez), Janette Dean of Caledonia, Minn., Environmental Policy and Human Rights Advocate & Organizer MN/WI + NV/CA + Nat'l. 
  • Networking / Fajita Lunch Buffet
  • Afternoon Keynote Presentation: Virginia Kase, CEO of LWVUS, on the collective power of the League and the LWVUS 50 State Redistricting Reform Campaign
  • Announcements
  • Afternoon Breakout Sessions 1:
    • Making Democracy Work: The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, Barbara Paterick of LWV Greater Green Bay and Irene Strohbeen of LWV Appleton 
    • Wisconsin Counts: 2020 Census, Matt Dannenberg, Wisconsin Voices

    • Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) Interactive Workshop: Tracy Williams-Maclin, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Executive Coach

  • Afternoon Breakout Sessions 2:
    • Environmental Advocacy and the League, Louise Petering, LWV Milwaukee Co and LWVWI Vice President
    • Criminal Justice Reform, Unlock the Vote, Jerome Dillard, Statewide Director for EXPO Wisconsin

    • Fix the System: Electoral Innovation, Sara Eskrich, Executive Director of Democracy Found

Check back soon for updates and more information about the day's schedule.

Also on display will be a striking visual arts exhibit, Tar Sands Storytelling Project, sponsored by the Clark County Cultural Art Center, The Sierra Club-Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Youth Network. Ten Wisconsin artists created colorful panels that trace the threats posed by the tar sands oil and pipeline infrastructure.

Registration Information
All are welcomed to Issues Briefing. Get more event information and register online through Eventbrite, or contact the state office by phone, 608-256-0827 or email, lwvwisconsin [at] The deadline for registration is Friday, October 11th (end-of-day). 

Lodging Information
Rooms are being held for attendees at the Radisson Hotel Madison for Friday night, October 18th, at a special room-block price of $124/night. To make your reservation, please call the Hotel front desk at 608-833-0100 and ask for the League of Women Voters block. This special room rate expires on September 27.