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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.

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, human services organizations, and the Chamber of Commerce. 

 

FEATURED NEWS:

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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.              waves.jpg

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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

League members work on a variety of issues over each program year. 

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.


 

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  • Upcoming events

    Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 09:00 AM
    Capitol Building

    Democracy Lobby Day 2019

    LWVWA and Fix Democracy First are cosponsoring this Lobby Day.  Join in on Feb. 21, 2019, to improve election access, voting rights, campaign finance and legislative ethics. During the 2019 Democracy Lobby Day in Olympia you can meet with legislators to advocate for bills. You will also hear from Democracy champions in the legislature, get training on the critical democracy issues in Washington State, and learn how to effectively advocate with your legislator. 

    Tuesday, March 05, 2019 at 05:30 PM
    Olympia Center in OLympia, WA

    Water Study Meeting 2

    League members working on Thurston County Water Realities Study—Part II have been learning about the most urgent factors faced by Thurston County as it encounters increasingly longer and drier summers, shorter wetter rainy periods, and a growing population. Local streams are supporting fewer and fewer salmon. Ground water reservoirs are not being sufficiently recharged.

    Given that the quality and quantity of Thurston County water is complicated by factors that include the Hirst Decision and a subsequent law passed by the Legislature in March 2018, the LWV-TC Study Group will host Five Public Meetings in 2019.


    Meeting 2—
    Where’s the Water: Looking Ahead. Tuesday, March 5 at the Olympia Center, 5:30 pm. 
    Focusing on What We Know is Wrong and How to Fix It.


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