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. and
September is the beginning of Voter Registration Season! Bring your non-registered family and friends to one of thes LWV-TC conveniently located registration booths. Even if you and everyone you know is already registered, drop by a booth to give our wonderful volunteers your thanks for the important job they are doing on behalf of our community.
AND once you're registered, you want to be sure to VOTE!
Here is a fun video that gives the lowdown on how to vote in Washington. It will be helpful to new voters, but it can also be a good review for people who have not voted in the last year.
AND speaking of voting, here is an urgent item from National LWV, sent 9/27/19
Last week, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing on the Washington, DC Admission Act (H.R. 51). This was the first hearing on granting statehood for the District of Columbia in 26 years. The residents of DC packed the hearing room, the overflow room, and spilled out of Rayburn building into a nearby park where activists and organizers were able to view the hearing on a large screen.
This legislation is an historic opportunity to ensure that DC residents are no longer disenfranchised. Will you stand with the residents of DC and sign our petition in support of DC Statehood?
THE LWVWA ACTION WORKSHOP ON NOVEMBER 9!
Hosted by Thurston County League and Featuring Washington State League’s Lobbying Team
IT’S TIME TO GEAR UP FOR ACTION—
REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND
How do you want to make your voice heard in Olympia during the 2020 Legislative Session?
LWVWA Action Workshops include speaker and panel presentations, issue breakout sessions, and lunch.
Lunch and all materials are included in the registration fee.
WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 2019—Registration and networking begin at 9 am.
The event starts at 9:30 am.
220 6th Avenue SE, Olympia, WA 98503
REGISTRATION: General Admission–$30.00; Day Of Event Walk-In–$40.00;
Youth (up to age 24)–$10.00
SPECIAL INFORMATION: A limited number of scholarships are available if the registration fee is a barrier to your participation. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov 5.
REGISTER – HERE
September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. CLICK HERE for further information.
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
This year's Luncheon will be on Saturday, October 26, from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, at the Indian Summer Golf Club.
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 Approve I-1000.
HOW WE WORK
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.