Empower voters, defend democracy

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.

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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 

  

WORK OF THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THURSTON COUNTY

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.

Annual Report for 2019-2020

 This report consists of individual reports from officers, committee chairs (both on and off the board), program coordinators, appointed liaisons, and various ad hoc positions. 

Submitted, by Sandra Herndon, President 2018-2020

Take a look at this overview of our activities during the year by clicking here.

 

FEATURED NEWS: 

 

VOTE411.org Wins Award for Best Government & Civil Innovation Website

5/19/2020

WASHINGTON, DC—The League of Women Voters Education Fund announced today that VOTE411.org, its one-stop-shop for election information, has been named Best Government & Civil Innovation Website in the 24th Annual Webby People’s Voice Awards.

“We work to make critical election information more accessible to millions of voters every step of the way to the ballot box,” said Virginia Kase, CEO of the League of Women Voters Education Fund. “To win the Webby People’s Voice Award means so much because it is recognition from the public who value our site. This honor helps bring more visibility to VOTE411, a resource every voter can trust for accurate and unbiased information this and every election cycle.”

Click here to read more about this important award 

 

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The most important thing we can do right now is to submit the questionnaire via one of three ways.  The second most important thing we can do is to ask our friends, families, and yell across the street to our neighbors—“Have you taken the Census, yet?”  
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/

check out what the League and you can do to assure a complete and accurate Census.

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CONFRONTING RACISM/INEQUITY  Do not accept what is; confront it and move toward what should be.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 

 

This is a good month for learning more about the various cultures that contribute to our state's identity. 
You might want to start your investigation by looking at FOOD.  Lucky Chow is a show on TBTC every Tuesday at 10:30 am.  You may be amazed by the influence of Asian cuisine on American food culture.
And, here is a link that takes you to a "trailer" about a five-part series of programs that will be shown on PBS. 
Up coming programs will be broadcast on KCTS, Channel 9, under the name Asian Americans, as follows:
May 20 -- 2:00 pm  -- "Good Americans; Generations Rising" Asian Americans fight for equality.
May 20 -- 4:00 pm -- "Breaking Through."
Please click here to visit the Confronting Racism/Inequity page where you will find interesting and informative articles and other options in recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are priorities at all levels of League.  

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.

 

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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.        

You can find information about LWVTC involvement and activities related to Immigration and Sanctuary by clicking here: Confronting Racism 

PROGRAM PLANNING

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.

 

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