Public House hearing on I-940 - Descalate Washington
What: Public House hearing on I-940 - Goal is to keep current version on the ballot and avoid the addition of an alternate version
Where: Room A, John L. O'Brien Building in Olympia
When: 6pm on Tuesday February 20, 2018
Gun Safety: A League Priority
In the wake of the school shooting in Florida, Chris Carson, President LWVUS, made this statement:
Our deepest sympathy goes out to our members in Florida - and the families who have lost loved ones.
The Florida League has made gun safety one of their major priorities and I know you all join LWVUS in supporting their vital work.
The state Leagues which work on this take tremendous flak for their advocacy. Really vicious attacks. They deserve our whole-hearted support.
In addition, Pamela Goodwin, President LWV Florida, issued a statement:
As Floridians continue to grapple with the massacres at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, our state is mourning yet another mass shooting, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. At least 17 people have died, while many others have been injured. Our thoughts are with the Parkland community and those families forever impacted by today's unspeakable tragedy.
The shooter, now in custody, was reportedly a former student who apparently chose an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle to use as his weapon. These types of weapons have been used in mass shootings again and again, including Aurora, Colorado; Newtown, Connecticut; San Bernardino, California; Orlando, Florida; Sutherland Springs, Texas; and Las Vegas, Nevada. Right now, the Florida Legislature has before it legislation to ban military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines but has failed to act.
This shooting is further proof that semiautomatic weapons do not belong in the hands of civilians. They are weapons of mass destruction. The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and the League of Women Voters of Florida call upon our Legislature currently in Session to hear and pass the ban on assault weapons — HB 219 and SB 196.
Our hearts break for the young lives that were ripped away in a senseless and all-too-common act of brutality. The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is committed to fighting for smart, responsible gun legislation. The federal government will not change these laws; the state of Florida can and should protect its citizens, and most importantly its children.
Gun Safety continues to be a priority for League of Women Voters Washington. Pat Griffith is our LWVWA Issue Chair for Gun Safety and works on the issue in the Washington Legislature.
"Change and action" needs to replace the worn out mantra of "thoughts and prayers". On Wednesday we nearly experienced a shooting like Florida here in Washington. Both incidents involved semiautomatic assault-style weapons. These are weapons of war and should not be in civilian use, let alone possession by minors such as the Florida shooter or the alleged attempted shooter in Washington. Our legislature needs to confront not only bump stocks, but possession, purchase and use of assault-style weapons, especially by persons not allowed to own pistols.
We cannot imagine the pain and continuing trauma of the Florida students, teachers and families and extend our deepest support. And we need to acknowledge that shootings such as these simply do not happen in other countries. It's time for action by voters to demand common sense solutions.
Please contact Pat (206) 285-2452 or email if you think now is the time to do something about these issues and you want to get involved.
WOMEN'S MARCH IN OLYMPIA
Women’s March on Saturday Jan 20th was another well attended, inspiring event. Not only did many Thurston County League members attend, we staffed a voter registration table on the Capitol Campus during the pre-march program.
League of Women Voters US Statement regarding immigration:
The League is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants.
The LWV supports cities, towns, counties and states that make a decision not to cooperate with federal deportation and enforcement actions that include non-criminal undocumented immigrants. Moreover, the Trump Administration’s orders are of dubious legality.
It is simply wrong, and a perversion of the American system of justice, for the Executive Branch to refuse to obey federal court orders.
The LWV is opposed to discrimination, including discrimination in immigration, based on religion. The Trump Administration’s orders appear to be targeted at Muslims and immigrants from majority-Muslims nationls.
HOW WE WORK
League members work on a variety of issues over each program year, in addition to our voter services activities, LWVTC will engage in a study of the Thurston County Adult Criminal Justice System. The first planning meeting for this study was held in August 2017.
During the Fall of 2017, we held a series of Candidate Forums. You can see more about our election related work on our Voter Services page. In addition, a series of General Public meetings that will begin in January 2018 has been set. You can read about these on our Upcoming Events page. We may even identify another study we want to be involved in during the next couple of years. Check back later to see what decisions the Board has made.
Of course, one of our primary events that serves to spotlight LWVTC activities, as well as to raise funds for our Education Fund, which we use to underwrite our Public meetings was held on October 28, 2017. See more about this lunch on the Programs page.
Upcoming General Meetings are detailed on the Upcoming Events page. Come and join us!