Confronting Racism/Inequity

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


By Katherine Murphy, LWV of Kittitas County

Registration is open for the fall 2021 Cultivating Civic Conversations About Race seminar groups, which will meet two times a day on Wednesdays, September 8 through November 17. Participants have a choice of attending a meeting at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m., depending on their schedules.

This 11-week seminar offers participants an opportunity to discuss key questions about race in a learning community that is anchored by Ijeoma Oluo’s bestselling book, So You Want to Talk About Race. Each week, we tackle the questions Oluo so generously asks and answers through the lens of her lived experience and extensive research. We layer additional content into the sessions from a wide variety of sources—podcasts, YouTube, TED Talks, and recent conferences.

This additional content opens up the topic of race, provides historical context, and introduces new voices. Many of the pieces offer examples of white people in conversation with BIPOC individuals. These conversations offer models of interracial conversations that can help us become more familiar with the territory.

In the introduction to her book, Oluo writes: “These conversations will not be easy, but they will get easier over time. We have to commit to the process if we want to address race, racism, and racial oppression in our society.” To get a taste of her style, candor, and grace, check out this May 2018 IMHO segment from PBS Newshour.

While this group is open to everyone, we are two white women who are trying to create a space for other White people to learn the basics of talking about race without burdening or negatively impacting our BIPOC friends and family.

During the hour-long Zoom sessions, participants discuss the questions of the week in large groups and dyads (or pairs). In the dyads, participants tell a story about how this week’s topic intersects with their lives. The dyads are a time to practice listening and storytelling—both skills are critical to creating transformative civic conversations. See full schedule.

All of the group materials will be on the Sutra discussion platform. Sutra allows us also to expand and extend our Zoom conversations into virtual space and to share resources and insights throughout and after our 11-week journey. Register for the fall 2021 groups at

Katherine Murphy (LWV of Kittitas County) and Wende Sanderson (LWV of Skagit County) created the Cultivating Civic Conversations program to meet the need expressed by many community and League members. We decided to use a seminar format and tackle one theme at a time because we believe that it is easier to learn, grow, and thrive in a community of learners.

We've built a structure that tries to answer part of the larger question, "How do we learn how to have transformative conversations about what it means to be human and, as humans, to constructively participate in our civic affairs?" We hope that Cultivating Civic Conversations About Race will help you to:

  • Feel more confident embarking on conversations about race.
  • Discover new voices, historical context, viewpoints, and resources.
  • Reflect upon and reframe identity based on new information.
  • Encourage and expand capacity for civic engagement.
  • Nurture humor, insight, joy, and perspective.

If you have questions or want to be added to our mailing list for future sessions, email Katherine Murphy.



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. 

The July 18, 2021 meeting discussion will be about two books: On Gold Mountain by Lisa See, and Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.
September 19, 2021, The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
November 21, 2021, The Sum Of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone And How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee
January 16, 2022, Murder At The Mission: A Frontier Killing, Its Legacy of Lies, And the taking of the American West by Blain Harden

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.






April 13, 2021

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

Lee Reconciliation HConRes19


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".


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  • Carol Goss
    commented 2021-05-06 18:45:25 -0700
    Thanks so much for this great page of content, resources and book lists. It spans a wide breadth of meaningful information and provides the LWV’s policies. Especially appreciate the Spanish translation of the LWVWA DEI policy! GREAT WORK!!
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