The League of Women Voters, Greater Green Bay, is promoting an appearance by a long time, vocal critic of Governor Scott Walker. The local chapter of LWV, like it’s national counterpart, bills itself as non-partisan. Heather DuBois Bourenane’s appearance on January 30 is billed as “Go Public! Why Our Public Schools Need Our Help, and How We Can Support Them.” Dubois Bourenane actively opposed Walker’s Act 10 public union reform.
She falsely implied in a letter read to Walker by then NBC News Anchor Brian Williams that Walker had called public school teachers “thugs.” She later claimed she received a death threat as a result. Dubois Bourenane is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Public Education Network, which also claims to be non-partisan.
A “letter” to Walker Dubois Bourenane had published in the Ismuth in 2013 made clear her ideological bent:
On the eve of your budget address, I’m writing to say we can see right through these phony new clothes. It doesn’t take X-ray vision to see that the changes you’re proposing in your second biennial budget are even more radical than the union-busting, protest-warranting, recall-inducing, school-defunding, health care-gutting, job-crushing measures of 2011. You’re just getting better at disguising them.
Despite Dubois Bourenane’s far left views, the LWV and co-sponsor Advocates 4 Public Education bill the event as inclusive: “Everyone concerned with public education issues is welcome and urged to attend.” The Green Bay event comes on the heels of the national LWV organization announcing a partnership with a pro-labor radio show.
Using the “non-partisan” brand, local LWV chapters host candidate forums in local races around the country. A visit to national website may cause some viewers to question that “non-partisan” self-perception.