Since 1920, the League of Women Voters has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy. It was then, and is now, a nonpartisan organization—neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government—but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public. In addition, the League works to increase voters’ access to the polls, including expanding early voting, automatic and online voter registration.
2020 is the Centennial of Women's Right to Vote. There will be a number of evens hosted to acknowledge and celebrate the Centennial and the involvement of the League of Women Voters. You can find information about such events by clicking here
The premier publication of many Local Leagues is the "They Represent You" flyer. The TRY contains information about every elected official within a given county. The League of Women Voters of Thurston County TRY is available at many public places around the county, such as libraries, county offices, human services organizations, and the Chamber of Commerce. and
Democracy Lobby Day 2020
This day of getting information about League-supported issues, followed by the opportunity to lobby your Senator and Representatives is hosted by League of Women Voters of Washington and Fix Democracy First. Register online at www.lwvwa.org.
January 21, 2020
Capitol Campus, Olympia
9 am - 3 pm.
OLYMPIA OUTREACH EVENT
The Washington State Women’s Commission and the new LGBTQ Commission
DATE: January 30, 2020 (Thursday)
TIME: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM 416 Sid Snyder Ave SW
LOCATION: Office of the Secretary of State
Legislative Building—Room 250, Olympia, WA
Census and Redistricting
During 2020 there will be much to say and do about the 2020 Census and the Congressional and Legislative Redistricting that will occur in 2021. The initial Featured News on this topic is the suggestion that individuals participate in the Census. There are two steps you can take right now.
April 1, 2020, marks the kickoff of the 2020 Census. This process of counting will ensure that the political power, health, and safety of every community is maintained or enhanced in the upcoming decade.
But communities that don’t get fully counted in 2020 will miss out for the next ten years. NOW is the time to get involved. The Census counts. So do you. Pledge to be counted and to educate your community about the importance of the 2020 Census.
STEP 2. Stay tuned for more LWVTC Census and Redistricting activities.
LWVUS Position on Immigration Policies
- The League of Women Voters believes that immigration policies should promote reunification of families and responsive to those in flight from persecution or response to humanitarian crises in home countries.
- All persons should receive fair treatment under the law. The League supports due process for all persons, including the right to a fair hearing, right to counsel, right of appeal, and right to humane treatment.
- The League supports federal immigration law that provides an efficient, expeditious system (with minimal or no backlogs) for legal entry of immigrants into the United States.
- Provision should also be made for qualified persons to enter the United States on student visas.
- In addition, the League supports federal policies to improve economies, education, job opportunities, and living conditions in nations with large emigrating populations.
While working with others to enact a reformed immigration system, LWVUS has taken steps and issued statements to make the League stance on immigration issues clear.
- The League supports provisions for unauthorized immigrants already in the country to earn legal status.
- The League supports federal payments to impacted communities to address the financial costs borne by states and local governments with large immigrant populations.
- The League does not consider simple illegal re-entry a ‘serious crime’ for League advocacy purposes.
- The League supports the passage of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Act.
- The League opposed the Securing America’s Future Act of 2018 Act.
- The League also opposed the proposed “Public Charge Rule.”
You can find information about LWVTC involvement and activities related to Immigration and Sanctuary by clicking here: Confronting Racism
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are priorities at all levels of League. Visit the Confronting Inequity page to see how LWV-TC is approaching this initiative.
Beginning in 2020, LWVTC will be hosting a "Let's Talk About Race" book group. You can find out more about this group, by going to the Confronting Inequity page, see link above.
HOW WE WORK:
During the month of November 2019, LWV Thurston County is featured as part of the Thurston Community Media (TCM) series Mission: Nonprofit. Click here to see this informative program.
The annual Program Planning meeting is scheduled for January 25, 2020. This is where we, as a local League, consider what we see as issues that should be a priority of consideration at the national level. Mark you calendar for this meeting, which will be from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Olympia Center. Think about the issues you think are important for League as we Empower Voters and Defend Democracy at the national, state, and local levels. Click Here.
On the local level: The LWVTC Board of Directors, listed on the LEADERSHIP page, works through committees and work group. The activities planned by the League are posted on the Upcoming Events page of this website to provide specifics of time and place of events. More information about the work we do can be found on topic specific pages of the website.
League members continually stay active with advocacy and voter education undertakings. Chief among them is helping people get registered and obtain information so they can vote. The VOTER INFO pages are a great help for anyone seeking information about candidates and voting. You can find specifics about our public meetings and educational events, as well as the LWV Centennial, on our OUR WORK, Promoting Democracy page. While opportunities to be involved in influencing and shaping policy are found on both our ISSUES and OUR WORK, Advocacy pages.