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.
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.
Serious Information About a Life-Sustaining Resource
Urgent factors face Thurston County’s water supply: longer and drier summers, shorter wet rainy periods, growing population, local streams that support fewer salmon, ground water reservoirs that can’t sufficiently recharge. These are all topics of concern that will be looked at during the LWV-TC Water Study.
The second of five community meetings to explore this topic and collect information for the study will be held:
Where’s the Water: Water for People, Water for Fish
Tuesday, March 5
Olympia Center, 5:30 pm (program starts at 6:00 pm)
MAIA BELLON, Director, Washington Department of Ecology “NEW STATE POLICIES ON WATER RIGHTS AND WATERSHED PLANNING, FLOWING FROM RECENT JUDICIAL, LEGISLATIVE, AND EXECUTIVE ACTIONS”
GEORGE WALTER, Environmental Program Supervisor, Nisqually Natural Resources, Nisqually Indian Tribe “WATERSHED PROTECTION: THE PROCESS AND RESULTS OF THE WASHINGTON WATER RESOURCE INVENTORY AREAS (WRIA) PLANNING EFFORT”
MARC DAILY, Executive Director, Thurston Regional Planning Council “LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE: HOW NEW RULES AND PLANS FOR SUSTAINABILITY WILL AFFECT THURSTON COUNTY ”
To find out more about the Thurston League's involvement in Thurston County water issues, please take a look at our water study page by clicking here.
CONFRONTING RACISM Do not accept what is; confront it and move toward what should be.
Enjoy Black History Month Morsels on the Confronting Racism page.
You can also take advantage of articles and books recommended by the LWVUS as part of the Diversity. Equity, Inclusion initiative. These provide learning opportunities that will set the stage for further action. Click here.
IMMIGRATION IS A LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS PRIORITY The LWVUS priority statement crelated to Immigration is: Immigration policies should promote reunification of immediate families; market economic, business and employment needs; and be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises. Find immigration related information on the Confronting Racism page.
HOW WE WORK
The LWVTC Board was "in retreat" on July 16, 2018, and came up with some exciting plans for the coming year. The Board plans to offer some new type activities/events, some for League members and several for county/community residents as well. A notable addition will be "conversation cafe" events held at various places in the county. We will reach out to residents who may be less familiar with the League. Some of the larger community meetings at Olympia Center will continue.
See the UPCOMING EVENTS page for details as time/place is confirmed for each. If you have an interest in being involved in and of the activities you see there, contact any Board member and let them know. To find out about our current Board, 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. While opportunities to be involved in influencing and shaping policy are found on both our ISSUES and Advocacy pages.