Do not accept what is; confront it and move toward what should be. This page will present examples of what LWV-TC and other like-minded organizations are doing to move toward a truly diverse and inclusive community. LWV-TC acknowledges the traditional land that comprises Thurston County today, the Nisqually, Cowlitz, and Coast Salish, and pays respect to their elders past and present.
A Great Opportunity for League Members
American Women Quarters™ Program
The American Women Quarters Program is a four-year program that celebrates the accomplishments and contributions made by women to the development and history of our country. Beginning in 2022, and continuing through 2025, the U.S. Mint will issue up to five new reverse designs each year. The obverse of each coin will maintain a likeness of George Washington, but be different from the design used during the previous quarter program. The American Women Quarters Program is authorized by the Circulating Collectible Coin Redesign Act of 2020 (Public Law 116-330).
- Maya Angelou – celebrated author
- Dr. Sally Ride – first American woman in space
- Wilma Mankiller – first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation
- Adelina Otero-Warren – a leader in New Mexico’s suffrage movement
- Anna May Wong – first Chinese American film star in Hollywood
League of Women Voters of Thurston County Book Group
During the May meeting of the book group, the following schedule was agreed upon. All meeting begin at 2:30 pm. Information about meeting place is provided by Shelley Ferer, [email protected] , several days before the meeting.
April 28, 2021
Bibliography for the “Let’s Talk About Race” Book Group
Members of the book group want to explore intersectionality of race, ablism, disability rights, and trans and gay issues. There are also resources about implicit bias. and race, economics, and politics.
Fiction About Race In America:
There, There by Tommy Orange
A Dream Called Home by Reyna Grande
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Books About Ableism and Disability Rights
Disability Visibility: First Person Stories From The Twenty-First Century
by Alice Wong
Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir By A Disability Rights Activist
by Judith Heumann
Books About LGBTQ Issues:
For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, Coming Home by Keith Boykin
Stonewall Reader paperback by New York Public Library (editor)
Books About Implicit Bias:
Caste: The Origins Of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Blindspot: Hidden Biases Of Good People by Mahzarin Banji
and Anthony Greenwald
Books About Race, Economics, and Politics
What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte
Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth by Gar Alperovitz
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Imperfect Union by Steven Inskeep
Color Of Compromise by Jemar Tisby
This article with references focuses on the invisibility of black writers in Applachia.
The authors coined a term to describe them--”Affrilachia”.
This article with provides useful insight on the topic of reparations.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS DIVERSITY, EQUALITY, AND INCLUSION PRINCIPLES
Recently the LWVUS passed a new national by-law that marked a new era in the League’s approach to racial issues. From now on, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is on equal footing with non-partisanship as a value in the League of Women Voters. In that effort, Virginia Kase, CEO of the National League wrote to Senator Cory Booker of (D NJ) and Representative Barbara Lee (D CA) to express our support of a new Commission.
League Endorses Creation of U.S. Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation
As part of its commitment to continuing the fight for racial justice in our democracy, the League endorsed H.Con.Res.19 and S.Con.Res.6, concurrent resolutions urging the establishment of a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation. We notified Senator Cory Booker (D NJ) and Representative Barbara Lee (D CA) of our support.
Honorable Barbara Lee
2470 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative Lee:
The League of Women Voters of the United States is pleased to endorse H.Con.Res.19, a concurrent resolution urging the establishment of a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation. We thank you for introducing this resolution.
The League of Women Voters has a long-standing commitment to equality for all Americans. We have worked for over 100 years to achieve a just system that protects every American’s right to vote. Voting rights and racial justice are inextricably linked, as the suppression of communities of color is regularly enacted through attacks on voting rights.
At our 54thConventionlast summer, delegates resolved that the League of Women Voters Help our elected officials and all Americans recognize these truths to be self-evident; that Black, Indigenous and all people of color (BIPOC) deserve equal
protection under the law; and that we demand solutions for the terrible wrongs done. This is imperative to do regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, and gender identity or sexual orientation to ensure that we may truly become a nation "indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
The League is committed to continuing the fight for racial justice in our democracy. We believe that H.Con.Res.19takes a big step forward in calling for a Commission on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation. If we can be helpful as this resolution moves through the legislative process, please let us know. We thank you for your leadership and look forward to working with you to pass this all-important resolution.
Virginia Kase, CEO
During the 2018 Convention in Chicago, the National League of Women Voters(LWVUS) held several workshops to introduce their new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy: LWV is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice.
LWVWA Policy on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
LWV is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy.
We will actively work to remove barriers to full participation in this organization regardless of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability status, mental health, educational level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation and/or any other characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity.
LWV es una organización totalmente comprometida con la diversidad, la equidad y la inclusión en principio y en la práctica. La diversidad, la equidad y la inclusión son fundamentales para el presente y futuro éxito de la organización en la participación de todas las personas, hogares, comunidades y políticos en la creación de una democracia más perfecta.
No habrá barreras para la participación plena en esta organización por razón de género, identidad de género, etnia, raza, origen nativo o indígena, edad, generación, orientación sexual, cultura, religión, sistema de creencias, estado civil, estado parental, estatus socioeconómico, idioma, acento, habilidad, salud mental, nivel educativo o antecedentes, geografía, nacionalidad, estilo de trabajo, experiencia laboral, función del rol laboral, estilo de pensamiento, tipo de personalidad, apariencia física, perspectiva política o afiliación y / o cualquier otra característica que identifique, reconozca, o ilustre diversidad.
LWVUS 2020 Convention also adopted the following resolution
We Resolve First, That the League advocates against systemic racism in the justice system and, at a minimum, for preventing excessive force and brutality by law enforcement. We also call for prompt actions by all League members to advocate within every level of government to eradicate systemic racism, and the harm that it causes;
We Resolve Second, That the League help our elected officials and all Americans recognize these truths to be self-evident; that Black, Indigenous and all people of color (BIPOC) deserve equal protection under the law; and that we demand solutions for the terrible wrongs done, so that regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, and gender identity or sexual orientation we may truly become a nation "indivisible, with liberty and justice for all".