League of Women Voters Wayzata-Plymouth Area
July Update 2021
Book Club Launch
Thursday, July 15 th , 7-8 pm via Zoom
Come join local League members as we read, discuss, and share our thoughts on current
literature – both non-fiction and fiction – that illuminates societal issues of diversity, equity,
The Book Club will meet bi-monthly on Thursday evenings via Zoom from 7-8 pm. Our
inaugural meeting will be held on Thursday, July 15 th and feature a discussion of Louise
Erdrich’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Night Watchman.
Additional dates: Thursday, September 16 th and Thursday, November 18 th
Book selections will be finalized by Book Club participants. Please feel free to extend an
invitation to friends and colleagues beyond the league. The more, the merrier! You are invited
to add books to our book list – either non-fiction focusing on DEI issues or fiction written by
Minnesota authors of color.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Becky Monson
at firstname.lastname@example.org. A zoom link will be sent to you prior to each meeting.
The Just Deeds Project helps property owners remove the racially restrictive covenants from
their property deeds and educates the community about this hidden history and
its contemporary impact. Eleven communities including Minnetonka, Robbinsdale, Crystal, and
Golden Valley support the work of this project.
The LWV Wayzata-Plymouth Area worked recently with community partners to host two
educational events on racially restrictive covenants in our communities. Links below:
Session One: https://www.facebook.com/wpscommunityed/videos/3840675162698359
Session Two: https://www.facebook.com/wpscommunityed/videos/826532554960801
League members are invited to take two steps to raise awareness of institutional racism and
advance racial justice in our communities. First, send an email to your local mayor and city
council members. A sample message:
I recently learned that many property deeds in Wayzata/Plymouth contain racially restrictive
covenants. I think it's important to acknowledge this history, educate our community, and
address the vestiges of housing discrimination that may still exist here. Please pass a resolution
to become a community that supports the Just Deeds Project and its work.
Wayzata City Council:
Mayor Johanna Mouton email@example.com
Jeff Buchanan firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Plechash AlexPlechash@wayzata.org
Cathy Iverson email@example.com
Molly MacDonald firstname.lastname@example.org
Plymouth City Council:
Mayor Jeffrey Wosje email@example.com
Ward 1 Alice McGregor firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 2 Nick Roehl email@example.com
Ward 3 Jim Davis firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 4 James Prom email@example.com
At Large Ned Carroll firstname.lastname@example.org
At Large Jim Willis email@example.com
Second, learn more by visiting the Just Deeds project website and the University of Minnesota
Library project at http://mappingprejudice.umn.edu.
Wayzata Community Education will be hosting additional programs in the fall where you can
learn more about what we can do to help build inclusive communities.
Mapping Prejudice: Map of properties in Wayzata and Plymouth with racially restricted
Supporting organizations: LWV Wayzata-Plymouth Area, Just Deeds,
City of Wayzata, Wayzata Community Education, Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka,
Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners, Citizens 4 Racial Equity, DEI Plymouth
Opportunities to Walk the Talk
Volunteer as a Parade Coordinator for Plymouth on Parade, September 18th, 9:30 am - 12:30
pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Coordinator responsibilities include:
Contact and confirm volunteer marchers; recruit fill-ins as needed
Communicate expectations - Marchers wear white; flags, sashes and signs provided; non-
Set a designated meeting place to park and assemble as a group
Collect all supplies at end of march and thank marchers!
Volunteer to march in either the James J. Hill parade on September 12th or Plymouth on
Parade on September 18th. Family members, friends and neighbors are welcome to join. Wear
white! All supplies provided. Contact email@example.com to sign up.
Volunteer to support redistricting efforts - write postcards, participate in community mapping
efforts (training available). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer to assist with planning additional community education events around Just
Deeds and racial justice in our communities. Contact email@example.com
Volunteer to assist with the September Candidate Forums for Wayzata School Board
(September 29th) and Westonka School Board (September 14th).
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Sign up and respond to LWVMN (lwvmn.org) and LWVUS (lwv.org) Action Alerts to make your
voice heard. Communicating with elected officials helps them understand the
issues of importance to you. Take action! Contact Action Chair Becky Monson with
You can now pay your LWV Wayzata-Plymouth Area membership dues on our website.
Visit lwvwpa.org. Go to the Membership page and fill in the blanks.
Membership dues and additional donations support the work of the LWV Wayzata-
Plymouth Area. Thank you for your support.