Note: The health and safety of members and friends in our community during this unprecedented time, as COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spreads in Washington State, is our greatest concern. We are closely monitoring this fluid situation. We are actively following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Washington State Department of Health, as well as, Thurston County Health Department recommendations.
All events and in-person meetings through April 2020 have been cancelled or postponed. Information about individual events and meeting effected by this decision are:
Coffee with the League -- This weekly advocacy gathering is cancelled through March 31. Find out more by clicking here.
Where's the Water II Forum -- This forum has been postponed. Find our more about the Water Study by clicking here.
Let's Talk About Race Book Group -- No March or April meetings will be held. You can find out more about our book choices here.
Who is Allowed to Be an American? Supporting justice and fairness for our immigrant and refugee neighbors. -- You can see more about this event that will very likely take place in the fall, click here.
Announcement of a NON_POSTPONEMENT
The Annual Meeting of the Thurston County League of Women Voters, which had been scheduled for May 12, 2020, is still in the planning stages.
As of March 28, 2020, there is uncertainty about what the format of this meeting might be. The LWVTC Board of Directors is considering several options. High hope for an early resolution of the COVID-19 crisis may be wishful thinking. Bit, as soon as decisions about the time, place, and format of this very important meeting are made, members will be notified.
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 going to Upcoming Events Page or click 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, and human services organizations.
THERE WILL NOT BE A VOTE ON THE COUNTY COURTHOUSE on April 28th.
The County Commissioners voted the week of March 16 to postpone the bond measure vote. https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/tchome
Please encourage friends, relatives, strangers, anyone you can speak to electronically or from at least six feet, to be counted. Here is the link to suggest https://2020census.gov/
Immigration and Sanctuary In Thurston County
There are several initiatives around this topic that LWVTC is following. One is the work of an allied organization, Strengthening Sanctuary Alliance. Their website have information about what they are doing, including their support for many of the bills the LWVWA Lobby Team is encouraging members to comment upon.
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.
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.
The annual Program Planning meeting took place on January 25, 2020. This is where we, as a local League, consider what we see as issues that should be a priority at the national level. There was strong support for having LWVUS continue with the Campaign for Making Democracy Work® In addition, participants in the planning process considered a variety of areas where they believe there should be more involvement by our Thurston League. Participants gave comments related to implementing activities to get out the vote and to instill livelong-voting behavior. There was also much interest in addressing homelessness in our community. The results of the Jan 25 meeting were considered by the Board at their Feb 5 meeting. The Board accepted the two priority items, with the aim of increasing meaningful member engagement without the need to conduct a formal study.
In terms of activities related to encouraging young people to be lifelong voters, Voter Services outreach to high school students will address them. Members who work on this will be able to determine if such activities could evolve into an education initiative or remain as voter services.
In regard to homelessness issues, investigation into the status of other groups or a coalition working in this area indicate there is no one systematic approach or clear entry point for our involvement. At this point we would like to get a better feeling about what we might do as a local League. This will be investigated and a report may be a part of the May 12, 2020 LWVTC Annual Meeting.
Click here for information about the Annual Meeting. If adjustments in the format or timing of the Annual Meeting will be detailed there.
About Us and Our Work
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.