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 the Upcoming Events Page or by clicking 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.
February is BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Visit the Confronting Racism/Inequity Page
This year's theme for Black History month is "African Americans and the Vote." 2020, an important general election year, is also landmark year for voting rights. 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) which gave the right of black men to vote following the Civil War.
Legislator Town Hall Meetings are happening soon!
Rep. Beth Doglio (D)
2/26/20 at 6:30 PM
TwinStar Community Foundation Event Center
- Get an update on the 2020 Legislative Session
- Learn what's next in the legislative process
- Share your comments, concerns, and questions
|| 2/27/2020 at Oakland Bay Junior High School
- 35 || Rep Dan Griffey (R) 6:20 pm to 3301 N Shelton Springs Road
|| Rep Drew MacEwen 8:00 pm Shelton, WA
The lawmakers will provide an update on ongoing legislation and then invite constituents to voice their concerns, share ideas, and ask questions.
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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.
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 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.
HOW WE WORK:
During the month of November 2019, LWV Thurston County is featured as part of the Thurston Community Media (TCM) series Mission: Nonprofit. Click here to see this informative program.
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 of consideration at the national level. The outcome of this meeting will be detailed soon. In addition, priority study or action items will be presented for membership action at the Annual Meeting in May. Click here for information about the Annual Meeting.
On the local level: 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.