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.

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.

 

FEATURED NEWS: 

Opportunities for participation in Confront Racism Activities 

Thursday, July 9 at 6 p.m Film Discussion . In honor of Pride Month, discuss "Moonlight" with YWCA.

               for further information about this event, click here.

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American Experience: The Vote, virtual event on Tuesday June 23 at 5:30 PM

FOR ADDITIONAL DATES and DETAILS OF THIS PROGRAM THAT WILL BE PRESENTED BY CHANNEL 9, CLICK HERE

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2020 CENSUS

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?”    Originally, Census planned to cease collecting data on August 31, 2020, but because of COVID-19 and the need to protect the health and safety of staff, Census will now stop collecting data on October 31, 2020. 

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/       OR   Let them know they can fill out the Census by calling:

844-330-2020 to complete in English                  844-468-2020 to complete in Spanish

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

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LWV THURSTON CHALLENGE: BE A VOTER AND CONVINCE OTHERS TO BE A VOTER, TOO

 

Do you care about the environment, health care, and jobs? We know one sure way to make a difference with the issues you care about—elect candidates who will act on them. Find candidates who share your point of view and help get them elected by voting and encouraging others to vote.
Check out  Vote411.org  for information about registering and voting.  

Please share this message with five (or more) contacts and ask them to do the same.           
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CONFRONTING RACISM/INEQUITY  Do not accept what is; confront it and move toward what should be.

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, and other Diversity, Equity and Inclusion issue by clicking here to go to the CONFRONTING RACISM/INEQUITY page. 

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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 

 

 

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.  After our public meeting and community events, we generally post information about events in our Reports on Program and Events blog pages. 

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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  • Upcoming events

    Tuesday, July 07, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    Zoom Meeting

    Coffee With League -- July

    Members and friends of LWVTC meet weekly at a local coffee shop for Coffee with the League.  This provides an opportunity to hear about Thurston County governmental issues and processes of interest.  During the Legislative Session, statewide issues are also discussed at these coffee get-togethers. 

    These gatherings are currently happening through Zoom.  Please contact Paula Holyrode at the following email address to obtain the details for accessing the Zoom meeting for the week.

    pholroyde@lwvwa.org

     

    Wednesday, July 08, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    Virtual

    Dist 10 Primary Forum


    The LWVTC is working with the Pierce and Mason Leagues and TVW to conduct a July 8th pre-primary forum with candidates for the 10th Congressional District seat.

    The forum will be done electronically and made widely available for viewing throughout the area.

     

    Check back for further details.


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