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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.

WORK OF THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THURSTON COUNTY

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 

FEATURED NEWS: 

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Women Vote NOW: Honoring Suffragists of Color Who Made a Difference

On Monday, August 26, LWVTC, one of many community groups sponsoring this Equality Day event. Join us, beginning at 6:30 at the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation Church at 2315 Division St. NW, Olympia, for this free to the public gathering.  Click here for more details.

"Making it through the ceiling to the other side was simply a matter of running on a path created by every other woman's footprints."  
(Shonda Rhimes, first woman to create three hit shows with more than 100 episodes each)
August is a month to celebrate our historical fight for equal rights, and the work that continues today. The path to equality has not been fully realized —we are not done, yet!  

 

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IMMIGRATION IS A LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS PRIORITY

Local Opportunity

What:  The Detention Lottery, a theater experience.

When:  September 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Where:  Temple Beth Hatfilo, 201 8th Ave SE, Olympia.

How Much:  Free.

Why:  To receive -- 

  • An understanding of how our country enforces immigration law
  • An immigration attorney's answers to your specific questions
  • Information that equips you to stand up for immigration protections and rights.

Click here to see more about this event.

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 trea
  • 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 more information on these LWVUS actions and statements by clicking here: Confronting Racism 

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CONFRONTING RACISM/INEQUITY  Do not accept what is; confront it and move toward what should be.

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.   You will also find helpful information about what the League is doing about Referendum 88.

                                 

HOW WE WORK

League members work on a variety of issues over each program year. 

The LWVTC 2019-2020 Board was recently "in retreat." We came up with some exciting plans for the coming year.  Check back this summer to see more about those plans and how you can become more involved. 

See the UPCOMING EVENTS page for details as time/place is confirmed for each. If you have an interest in being involved in or knowing more of the activities you see there, contact any Board member and let them know.  To find out about our current Board Members, check out the LEADERSHIP page.

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.


 

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  • Upcoming events

    Monday, August 26, 2019 at 06:30 PM · 5 rsvps

    Equality Day Event

    Thurston County NOW will host “Women Vote NOW: Honoring Suffragists of Color Who Made a Difference."  By co-sponsoring this event, LWV-TC is joining others to celebrate the 2020 Centennial of the 19th Amendment, the right to vote for women earned on August 26, 1920.

    This event will honor the suffragists of color who worked courageously to support abolition and suffrage. Theirs was an intersection (race and gender) fraught with danger and bravery.

    The following information, which was provided by TC NOW, will give you a bit more background for reasons to attend this "free to the public" event.

    Women in the US Couldn’t Vote – 100 years Ago Did you know that women in the US did not have the right to vote 100 years ago? On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving the right for women to vote. However, having that right did not achieve access and many Women of color had their voting privileges obstructed or simply did not gain them by statute until much later.

    Did you ever wonder where early suffragists got the idea that women should have the same rights as men?  The Iroquois tribes (Mohawk, Oneida, Seneca) in the area gave women equal rights in their society.

    Did you know that a black man rallied about 300 white women, who were attending the first Women’s Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY in July 1848, to fight for their right to vote?  Frederick Douglass, an eloquent speaker, told attendees to that if women were involved in the political sphere, the country could turn out to be a better place, and women and African Americans should both have the same rights to vote like white men did. His speech impacted the audience, and the resolution successfully passed.  

    Several community groups* will honor early suffragists of color who worked courageously to support abolition and suffrage. These women of color faced an intersection (race and gender) that was fraught with danger and demanded their courage and brave action. 

    The evening will feature video vignettes of several suffragists of color as well as excerpts of their writings/speeches. Speakers include Ava Underwood, Talauna Reed, Dr. Karen Johnson, and Cheryl Wapes’a Mayes.  A summary of important lessons learned from the Suffrage struggle itself will be offered.  A Call to Action Packet will be available so educators and youth leaders can access resources to learn more about suffrage.  We hope everyone can leave with ideas on what they themselves can do to secure our mutual goals of equality and democracy.

     

    *Sponsors:  NOW of Thurston County, Zonta Club of South Puget Sound, Thurston County League of Women Voters, and Olympia Universal Unitarian Church.

    Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    Bud Bay Coffee Company

    Coffee With the League Aug 27


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