Advocacy

Two Initiatives endorsed by the LWVWA Board are in the signature gathering phase.  There are always opportunities for League members to help out with Initiative campaigns.

Click here for more information about Initiative 1600, Universal Health Care in Washington State, and Initiative 1631, the Protect Washington Act.

 

During the past year, Thurston League members advocated, sponsored, co-sponsored and presented on a number of issues.  They included:

Marches

  • March for Science—April 22, 2017: Sponsored, tabled and marched.
  • Women’s March—January 20, 2017: Tabled and marched.
  • March for Our Lives  - March 24, 2018: Sponsosred, tabled, marched

Elections & Voter Services

  • TCTV-- LD 22, 2 and 35 candidate interviews for primary and general elections.
  • Coordinated with state League on primary and general forums for Commissioner of Public Lands and Supreme Court Judges
  • Collaborated on Voter Registration Day with Black Alliance of Thurston Co, South Sound Pacific Islanders, RESULTS, Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation,
  • Registered voters at community events 
  • COFFEE WITH LEAGUE began in March, 2017. Weekly meetings at coffee shop to discuss advocacy on local, state and national levels-- sending postcards, signing petitions, making calls. Local focus on County Commissioners; 10-20 members attending.

Climate & Environment

  • March 12, 2017: sponsored and tabled at showing of Before the Flood
  • March 19, 2017: Olympia Climate Activists Convention—major sponsor, planning, participated

Climate and Clean Energy workgroup, related to Thurston Thrives county-based work.

Co-sponsored Events

  • January 13: The Evergreen State College Climate Change Research and Action in Washington State and Roundtable Conversations on Climate Risks — Local Action on Global Issues
  • January 31: Showing of This Changes Everything
  • March 19: Olympia Climate Activists Convention — This work continues

Testimony, Actions

  • Utility and Transportation Committee — Testimony re: oil transportation rules
  • Longview, Gray’s Harbor and Cherry Point — Attended public forums, submitted testimony, testified

Local Involvement

  • Thurston Thrives Climate and Clean Energy workgroup — Works to develop methods to reduce green-house gas emissions and improve community resiliency to climate change

Racial Equality

  • Continue support for HB1000, Use of Deadly Force Bill. Outcome still uncertain this session.
  • December 10: Participated in community conversation on race and racial bias hosted by Olympia Police Department and Black Alliance of Thurston County
  • Subsequent community conversations
  • Legislative Session — Supported HB 2907, Use of Deadly Force Bill; Amended bill passed with great support; Task force formed to craft legislation for next Legislative Session

Subsequent Community Conversations

  • Legislative Session — Supported HB 2907, Use of Deadly Force Bill
  • Amended bill passed with great support — task force formed to craft legislation for next Legislative Session 

General Meetings

  • September — Trans Pacific Partnership Panel
  • November — Education Fund Luncheon
  • January — Disaster Preparedness Panel
  • February — Tax Fairness Presentation
  • March — Affordable Housing Panel
  • April — Living Wage Panel, in collaboration with Mason County League

Annual Education Fund Luncheons

  • October 2016: Honored retiring Senator Karen Fraser (long-time League member) for her tireless work on behalf of the Thurston community & state.

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