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
IMMIGRATION IS A LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS PRIORITY
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 more information on these LWVUS actions and statements by clicking here: Confronting Racism
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. Visit the Confronting Inequity page to see how LWV-TC is approaching this initiative.
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.