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LWV IS NON-PARTISAN, but we care about who is representing us.  This December 8, 2017 from the Women's Political Caucus is a good representation of like values.

National Women's Political Caucus President Donna Lent's Statement on Pending Resignations of Members of the House and Senate

It appears there will be a few additional open seats in the 2018 election cycle; and more opportunities for women to make gains in limiting the disparity between men and women serving in Congress. Conyers has announced he was retiring and resignations are pending for Senator Al Franken, MI and Representative Trent Franks, AZ, all within days of each other. In addition, there are calls for Representative Blake Farenthold, TX to resign for more of the same. 
 
The NWPC applauds those members of the House and Senate who made it clear that such resignations are not only desired, but required; after multiple allegations of sexual harassment/assault have been brought forward against these men.
 
No man participating in such abuse of women should feel secure in their position today. Whether Republican or Democrat, this is a standard all political parties and institutions should live up to and take seriously. The Alabama Senate race is yet another opportunity for Republicans to take a stand and say that this type of behavior has no place in politics.  
 
The focused exposure of such perpetrators provides a perfect opportunity for a truly transformative time for women. We call on Congress to make sure everyone has the protections they need to stop sexual harassment/assault in the workplace by passing an ERA.
 
We call on all elected officials to stop making excuses for sexual harassment/assault in the workplace and to flush the Halls of Congress of perpetrators, while also providing safety to every workplace, in every community, across the country. 


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LWVWA NEW PUBLICATION: A REVIEW OF REDISTRICTING IN WASHINGTON STATE

This report is availale on the LWVWA website at: 

https://leagueofwomenvotersofwashington.wildapricot.org/Redistricting/

The report summary is as follows.... "the Washington Redistricting Commission is clearly an improvement over the prior redistricting process. As technology continues to improve, it is important to continue to strengthen the ability of the public to be more closely involved in the process. Meantime, the League of Women Voters of Washington will strive to move from the state’s bipartisan system to a more nearly nonpartisan, independent system by continuing to evaluate both short-term and long-term solutions as well as continuing to evaluate the success of states with alternative systems."

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LWVWA Collecting Signatures for 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 busily collecting signatures for this initiative and we need your help to get it onto the ballot and approved! If you want to be involved in this effort, contact LWVTC President Pat Dickason (p.dickason@comcast.net) or Heather Kelly (hejokelly@gmail.com) and Nikki Hurley (nhurley1009@gmail.com410-300-6195) 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

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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.


FEATURED NEWS

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 voter services activities, LWVTC will engage in a study of the Thurston County Adult Criminal Justice System.  The first planning meeting for this study was held in August 2017.

During the Fall of 2017, we held a series of Candidate Forums. You can see more about our election related work on our Voter Services page.   In addition, a series of General Public meetings that will begin in January 2018 has been set. You can read about these on our Upcoming Events page. We may even identify another study we want to be involved in during the next couple of years.  Check back later 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 underwrite our Public meetings was held on October 28, 2017. See more about this lunch on the Programs page.

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!

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  • Upcoming events

    Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM · 1 rsvp
    Phoebe's Pastry Cafe in Olympia, WA

    Coffee with the League

    Gather to drink coffee, discuss issues, and send postcard to elected folks with your local League. This is a recurring event that will take place every Tuesday from 10-11am!

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 07:00 PM · 7 rsvps
    The Olympia Center

    January General Meeting

    Tuesday January 23, 2018 at The Olympia Center, 7:00 pm 

    Why Wilderness?--Protecting Our Public Lands

    The League of Women Voters of Thurston County is hosting this General Meeting as a way to inform members and the public at large about issues that affect public lands.  

    The current administration is demonstrating blatant disregard for the incredible value of our public lands.  Currently in congress there are several bills, resolutions and budget cuts that threaten clean air, water, forests, wildlife, rivers and recreation. One of the most damaging is H.R. 861 that would abolish the environmental protection agency!  Another equally devastating is H.R.2936 the Lawless Logging bill that would allow unregulated logging, without environmental review, weaken the endangers species act, and remove judicial review and the citizens objection process form timber sales!   As if that were not enough H.R. 232:  Proposes to sell off 2.2 million acres of national forest land that will then be managed for timber production without any regard for environmental devastation. Silence will not protect our public lands.  There will never be anymore wilderness, we must protect what we have left.

    Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Thurston County Sierra Club and South Sound Audubon are co-sponsoring this meeting where the guest speaker will be George Wuerthner.  He is an author, professional photographer, and ecologist. Currently he is the director of ecological projects for Foundation for Deep Ecology


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