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League of Women Voters of Washington Statement on DACA Reversal

Seattle WA – Following Tuesday’s announcement that the Trump administration will reverse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, leaving the fate of 800,000 (and 17.000 in Washington) immigrants in jeopardy, League of Women Voters of Washington president Ann Murphy issued the following statement:

"This decision to rescind the 'Dreamers' program is shameful and does not serve national or Washington state’s interests. Thousands of the Dreamers protected by DACA were brought to this country as babies and have no memories of their birth country. These individuals are paying taxes, contributing to Social Security and Americans, in everything but the name.

"The League of Women Voters is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants and we urge congress to pass a clean Dreamers Act to protect, not turn away, the 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children.

“The League of Women Voters of Washington supports the efforts of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson in their efforts to defend the ‘dreamers’.”

Contact: Ann Murphy, LWVWA President, 509-385-8910


League Statement on DACA Reversal

Washington, DC - The Trump administration today announced their intention to reverse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, leaving the fate of 800,000 immigrants in jeopardy. League of Women Voters President Chris Carson issued the following statement:

"This administration's decision to rescind the 'Dreamers' program is shameful and does not serve national interest.

"As a country of immigrants, we are made stronger by our diversity. Yet time and time again, this administration has discriminated against immigrants and communities of color.

"Reversing the DACA policy will have a devastating impact on our economy. Ending this program will increase unemployment.

"Thousands of the Dreamers protected by DACA were brought to this country as babies and have no memories of their birth country. These individuals are paying taxes, contributing to Social Security and are Americans in everything but the name.

"The League of Women Voters is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants and we urge congress to pass a clean Dreamers Act to protect, not turn away, the 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children."

Contact: Sarah Courtney | 202-263-1332 | scourtney@lwv.org


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.


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Four years ago on June 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed one of America’s greatest strides towards civil rights and true democracy for all when it struck down the anti-discrimination provisions that lie at the heart of the 1965 Voting Rights Act

As soon as the Shelby v Holder decision was announced, the League warned that states would use it to pass some of the worst voter suppression laws since the days of Jim Crow—and that is exactly what has happened.

Discriminatory voter photo ID requirements. Restrictions on early voting. Fewer and more crowded polling locations in underrepresented communities.

The assault on our voting rights has been unceasing and relentless.

In last year’s election, 10 states enforced outrageous new voter suppression laws deliberately designed to make it harder to vote.

In Congress, the League is supporting the Voting Rights Advancement Act, H.R. 2978, which provides federal protections against discrimination and counters new voter suppression tactics in states across the country.

At the grassroots level, we are going on the offense by expanding voter registration and outreach efforts in underrepresented communities and winning battles to enhance voters’ access to the polls.

For nearly a century, the League has fought to defend the most fundamental American right—casting a ballot.

We simply couldn’t do this work without committed supporters and members like you by our side .

Thank you so much for standing with us in Making Democracy Work®.

Sincerely,

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Wylecia Wiggs Harris
LWVUS CEO


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 (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 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!

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