Making Democracy Work

Past Events

  • Nancy Loome of the Parents Campaign spoke on anti-public education bills being considered at the January 2018 Membeship Meeting

  • The "Be Counted" Voter Panel at MC School of Law was held Friday January 12, 2018. LWV-MS partnered with MS NAACP, MS Votes, Women for Progress in MS, and ACLU.

    *Beth Orlansky, an attorney with the Mississippi Center for Justice, discussed how voting is being suppressed by redistricting to give an advantage to one party and by lifetime disenfranchisement for many crimes. She also discussed things that can increase access to voting such as allowing pre-election voting and online voter registration---issues which will be before the legislature in 2018.

    *Robby Luckett, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, and Director of the Margaret Walker Center for the Study of the African American Experience at Jackson State University, was the speaker for the October 2017 LWVJA meeting. His topic was "Protests and Civil Discourse", followed by a brief discussion of what both mean. He cited several examples of the history of protest in the United States, going back to the Revolutionary War, and stated that protest can lead to civil discourse and greater understanding of an issue.
  • 4/28/17 Jackson Mayoral Debate with moderators Clarion Ledger editor, Sam Hall, and columnist, Jimmie Gates.
  • 4/22/17 Annual Meeting started with business agenda, followed by a speaker and lunch. Speaker: Flonzie Brown Wright The Civil Rights Movement in Contemporary Times
    Author Flonzie Brown Wright

  • 2/9/17. Legislative Day. Fran Leber was in charge of this great learning experience. Barbara Powell and Marcia Weaver for showing us around the Capitol. 22 people attended, including two non-members who decided to join today. All three local leagues were represented, and League members were introduced by legislators in both houses. Carolyn Townes accompanied Christy Wheeler from the Gulf Coast on a visit to the Secretary of State's office to get clarification on when a 17-year old can be officially registered to vote. It was explained that Mississippi law Section 23-15-11 states that a person must be 18 by the next General election in order to be registered.

Mississippi State Capitol
  • 1/28/17. Liz Crowell, lobbyist for Common Cause, spoke to us about current legislation. Proposals for early voting and online voter registration were in the House.
    Common Cause lobbyist
  • 11/19/16. Election Analysis by Nathan Shrader, Millsaps Assistant Professor of Political Science.

    Vice President for Administration/Programs Delores Lee introduces speaker.

  • 10/27/16. Election Commissioners Forum: citizens came out to learn about 11 of the 15 Hinds County candidates.

  • October 2016. Thousands of people came by the LWVJA booth during the two nights of the Boo at the Zoo event. Children received candy and adults received election information and information about the League. Our members, dressed as suffragettes, received a number of compliments. It was a fun time for all.

  • 8/27/16. Leonard Van Slyke of the Mississippi Freedom of Information Center spoke on transparency in government at our Membership Solicitation Brunch. Please visit for more information and assistance.

  • The featured speaker for the April 2016 Annual Meeting was Dallas Baker of the Department of Environmental Quality. Mr. Baker spoke on global warming and gave an overview of the DEQ's work in Mississippi. He is the Air Director and Chief of the Air Division.
  • The first LWV-JA meeting of 2016 was held January 23rd, with a focus on 2016 Legislative Priorities, led by LWV-MS lobbyist Fran Leber, with special guest Erik Fleming of ACLU-MS. Elaine Talbott reported on the evolving League position favoring appointment instead of election of school superintendents.

  • LWV-JA met November 21, 2015 to develop local consensus on the National LWV initiative "Money in Politics."

  • The 2015 Annual Meeting Luncheon, held April 18, 2015 featured speaker Donald Campbell, Associate Professor of Ethics, Mississippi College School of Law. See Prof. Campbell's notes on Redistricting here Redistricting Speech Notes