October 13, 2017
LWV speaks out on Trump administration actions on health care
LWVWA issues statement on rollback of access to birth control.
LWVUS issues press release on Trump's executive order ending health care subsidies.
General Elections Keep the League Busy
Voter Registration, Candidate Forums, Get out the Vote Activities. There are some of the Voter Services work Thurston County League members will be doing this Fall.
Voter turn out for the primary was less than inspiring. Let's see what the League of Women Voters of Thurston County can do to "pump it up" for the November 2017 general election!
Look at the web pages under the VOTER INFO tab, to keep up to date about what is being done and where you might be able to become involved.
August 2017 - LWVWA endorses Initiative 940, De-Escalate Washington!
At its August meeting, the LWVWA Board voted to endorse Initiative 940, De-Escalate Washington! This statewide initiative is seeking to update and improve law enforcement training and community safety. In the words of the campaign, “It-
- Requires training for violence de-escalation, mental health, and first aid.
- Provides that police should render first aid at the scene.
- Applies a good faith standard for use of deadly force and removes the de facto immunity.
- Requires completely independent investigations of use of deadly force when there is injury or death.
- Brings diverse community stakeholders to the table for the development of standards and curriculum.
- Includes Tribal governments in investigations where a tribal person was injured or killed.”
The League is excited to endorse this initiative and we need your help to get it onto the ballot and approved! We are forming a statewide committee to take on various aspects of this work-from signature gathering to writing press releases and everything in between. If you want to be involved with this committee, contact Heather Kelly (email@example.com) and Nikki Hurley (firstname.lastname@example.org; 410-300-6195) to find the best way to get plugged in. If you want to volunteer directly for the campaign or work only intermittently on this project, you can check out the events calendar on the I-940 website to find an event near you: http://www.deescalatewa.org/calendar.
Let’s get to work!
NEW: VIDEO FROM NATIONAL LWV
2017 "TRY" - THEY REPRESENT YOU
The Thurston County LWV organizes and hosts events and activities to educate and inform voters regarding local, state and national subjects and issues. The League presents information regarding issues through meetings and debates, and publications like They Represent You (TRY) brochure (PDF). TRY is a comprehensive document containing contact information about Thurston County, Washington State and National elected officials as well as Thurston School Districts, Courts and other public agencies.
League of Women Voters US Statement regarding immigration:
The League is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants.
The LWV supports cities, towns, counties and states that make a decision not to cooperate with federal deportation and enforcement actions that include non-criminal undocumented immigrants. Moreover, the Trump Administration’s orders are of dubious legality.
It is simply wrong, and a perversion of the American system of justice, for the Executive Branch to refuse to obey federal court orders.
The LWV is opposed to discrimination, including discrimination in immigration, based on religion. The Trump Administration’s orders appear to be targeted at Muslims and immigrants from majority-Muslims nations.
HOW WE WORK
League members work on a variety of issues over each program year, in addition to our voteseTC engage in a study of the Thurston County Adult Criminal Justice System. The first planning meeting for this study will be held in August 2017.
At our early August 2017 retreat, the Board decided to how to focus on election related work this fall. In addition, a series of General Public meeting that will begin in January 2018 will be set. We may even identify another study we want to be involved in during the next couple of years. Check back later in August to see what decisions the Board has made.
Of course, one of our primary events that serves to spotlight LWVTC activities, as well as to raise funds for our Education Fund, which we use to underwright our Public meetings, will be held at the end of October 2017.
The League always welcomes people who are interested in community issues and are willing to work on understanding and then taking action on them. We have a great history of impacting positive change through our advocacy efforts and our work on voter registration and voter rights. Come and join us!