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LWVUS January 12, 2018 MEMO

President's Discriminatory Comment

We are appalled and disgusted by President Trump’s racist statement made during a bipartisan meeting about immigration yesterday. Language and ideals like this have no place in our society, and certainly not in our White House.

This administration has done little but implement policies that endorse discrimination against immigrants and communities of color. As a country of immigrants, we are made stronger by our diversity, and that we have crude and bigoted slurs emerging from the Oval Office is shameful.

This, now denied, comment from President Trump occurred during a meeting around a bipartisan compromise to extend protections on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); a policy the administration called an end for last year. The League of Women Voters urges our leaders to pass a clean DREAM Act to protect, not turn away, the 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children. We support the Dreamers, who are Americans in everything but the name.

We can and we must do better to be vigilant about speaking out against racism. We must stand up as a nation and say this is unacceptable.

Stand with the League of Women Voters and contact your Senators and Representatives. Take action now.

Chris Carson 
President


Voter Information for the Feb 13, 2018 Special Election!!

Elections held in the City of Olympia, Centralia School District, Olympia School District, and Yelm Community Schools. Voters in the City of Olympia, Centralia School District, Olympia School District, and Yelm Community Schools will have ballot measures to vote on in the Special Election.

The Thurston County Elections Division announces the following voter registration deadlines for the February 13, 2018 Special Election:

Monday, January 15, 2018

  • Last day to register online or by mail.
  • Last day to update an existing voter registration.

Monday, February 5, 2018

  • Last day to register to vote if not currently registered in Washington State. This must be done in person. 
    Where to Register or Update Voter Registrations:
    In Person / Mail Telephone Online / Email

Thurston County Courthouse 360.786.5408//2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Bldg 1 Rm 118  Olympia, WA 98502 Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.myvote.wa.gov elections@co.thurston.wa.us


UPCOMING: WOMEN'S MARCH IN OLYMPIA

Women’s March Saturday Jan 20th. Rally at the Capitol Campus at 11:00 with speakers and then a follow-up walk to the Community Organization Fair at Heritage Park (11:00-2:00pm). League has been asked to staff a voter registration table on the Campus and at Heritage Park. More information to follow asap Pat Dickason p.dickason@comcast.net


 


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 nationls.


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.

Upcoming General Meetings are detailed on the Upcoming Events page. Come and join us!

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  • Upcoming events

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM
    Phoebe's Pastry Cafe

    Coffee With League -LWVTC

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 07:00 PM · 8 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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