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Public Forum on Women, Money and Politics
to Be Held at UW-Eau Claire Oct. 3

RELEASED: Sept. 22, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — The Progressive Student Association of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is one of the groups sponsoring a public forum titled "Women, Money, and Politics: Who's Winning?" to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at UW-Eau Claire's Davies Theatre.

Other sponsors of the event include the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Democracy Matters, League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Women's Network and Community Shares of Wisconsin.

A panel of guests including Joan Mandle, executive director of Democracy Matters, Sara Finger, executive director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health, and Kerry Kincaid of the Eau Claire City Council will discuss how tying progress on improving women's health and building political capacity to the health of our democratic institutions can build a better understanding of the important role of an engaged citizenry in a real democracy. Audience members are invited to learn and discuss how to create the reforms necessary to provide the institutional support and political will that will rein in powerful special interests and support voter-owned elections over donor-owned elections.

Mandle, the keynote speaker for the event, was associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Colgate University, a private university in Hamilton, New York, from 1990-2001 and directed their women's studies program. She was founder and supervisor of their Center for Women's Studies.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact PSA representative Dana Thompson, at 715-254-0640 or thompsod@uwec.edu, or Beverly Speer of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, at 608-255-4260 or speer@wisdc.org.

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