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                                                                                                                         2024 strategic action steps with the LWVTC Board. 

        Weds. March 20,  5 - 6:30 pm  via Zoom.

DISCUSSION AND ACTION for 3/20/24 meeting:

1. Recap the Feb. 24th performance of “The Untold Story of Women of Color in the League of Women Voter.”
2. Resolution addressing race issues within LVWTC for presentation at Annual Meeting in May 2024. As an outgrowth of the Untold Story performance and facilitated discussion. 

3. Develop work plan to implement the Strategic Plan – realizing the goals to strengthen the League’s practices of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.              

Hope you can make it!

"The Untold Story of Women of Color in the League of Women Voters"
February 24, 2024
Performers and Director     

Many thanks, with gratitude, to the many people who contributed to making the Untold Story Project event a success. This includes Annie Cubberly (Chair), Angela Jefferson, Michelle Gipson, Janice Holloway, Thelma Jackson, Devi Ogden, Lisa Sandall, Charles Holloway, Nicole Miller, Loretta Seppanen, Carolyn Smith, Kyrian MacMichael, Tanya Smith-Brice, Brenda Paull, Sholonda Aikins, Dawn Young and Deborah Vinsel, Thurston Community Media.        
Sponsored by grants from: Nisqually Indian Tribe and LWVWA Education Fund.


In 2024, our work will be focused on sponsoring activities that engage more LWVTC members and apply diversity, equity, and inclusion elements into everything we do via the LWVTC Board’s strategic plan. Help us with next stages and activate your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice starting in 2024.

Click to get the Zoom link… Join us on 3/20/24 at 5:00pm and BE COUNTED!

Get the meeting Zoom link by emailing 

Purpose and History of DEI Committee


: Saturday, March 16th at 10-12pm (a free lunch will be provided at 12-1pm) 
Where: In person at the Lacey Community Meeting Room or via Zoom 
Who: Anyone interested in making meaningful social change and 
cultivating anti-racist community

Join us in this free dialogue to examine and discuss what actions are being taken and could be taken to dismantle or impact systems of unequal power to achieve justice in our community. Please register
 before March 14th!

BOOK GROUP: Let’s Talk about Multicultural America
Next Meeting: June 11th 6:30-7:30pm
text Susan Fiksdal (360.870.1488) for directions to her house

THE LET'S TALK ABOUT MULTICULTURAL AMERICA book group meets every other month to read  about people of various cultural, economic, indigenous, ethnic, racial, gender, and immigrant backgrounds to better understand the diversity around us. After our discussion, members suggest books they've read and appreciated for the next time. 

This delightful book is an easy read.  You can get it through the library in print or on Libby.  I listened to it on audible and found it quite entertaining

James McBride’s The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store is an adult historical fiction/mystery novel. In 1972, a skeleton found in an old well unravels the hidden secrets of Chicken Hill, a Pennsylvania neighborhood where Jewish and Black communities coexist amidst racial tensions. Chona Ludlow is the Jewish owner of the Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, which shapes the destinies of various characters over the decades. James McBride is a National Book Award winner, and the novel explores themes of community, survival, and justice. By Annie Cubberly.


For more information about the book group contact  Annie Cubberly

Have ideas for books this group should read? Send us an email.

09 Mar 2023 12:04 PM |
by Amy Peloff, Administrative Director
Adapted from a presentation.

Washington State Capitol Dome

I can’t help noticing that this idea—which the internet has shorthanded as "Your Fave is Problematic"—seems to be the theme of this decade. And, having spent the past two years immersed in that topic and how it relates to pop culture, I find myself bringing that lens to the topic of the campaign to ratify the 
Amendment and the early history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement. 

Continue Reading

Land Acknowledgement

Today, we acknowledge the original stewards of the land we call Thurston County: the Nisqually, the Chehalis, and the Squaxin Island people who thrived here for thousands of years. We also confront the truth that their land was unjustly taken, causing generations of trauma to its people.


Acknowledgement is just the beginning. It is our responsibility to educate ourselves on the history of these tribal nations, on our joint history, and on the role they continue to play in the Thurston County community.  We must create authentic connections with our neighbors, amplify their voices, recognize the unique concerns they face, and support their continued call for justice. 


Past DEI League Events

Blacks In Thurston County, Washington 1950-1975: A Community Album

Saturday, December 9th 2:00-4:00 pm

Join the League of Women Voters of Thurston County and United Churches 

for a book signing by Thurston County activist, Dr. Thelma Jackson author of
Blacks in Thurston County, Washington 1950 to 1975: A Community Album

Place: United Churches of Olympia. 110 11th Ave SE, Olympia. 
This is a free event, open to the public. 

Co-sponsored by the Thurston LWV and United Churches of Olympia. Questions? Contact: (360) 754-4305 Or email The League of Women Voters of Thurston County


The SO4E Program to evaluate the effectiveness of equity efforts by Thurston County governments was approved at the  LWVTC 2021 Annual Meeting.  The Program Work Group reported at our 2022 Annual Meeting that our one-year effort had been sufficient to provide a foundation for continuing this work in the context of other League structures and functions.
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More about the SO4E program and our findings
More about the SO4E program and our findings

Program Work Group members Loretta Seppanen, Sandra Herndon, Darcy Huffman, Jody Disney, Keitha Bryson, Nicole Miller, and Peggy Smith set about examining new and emerging policies, programs, processes, and products of the cities of Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater, as well as those of Thurston County. We were able to provide comments or letters of support for diversity/equity commissions or councils that were established by these jurisdictions. 

We evaluated the work done during the 2021-2022 program year and found:

  • The local jurisdictions are moving more positively than we had imagined in 2021. 
  • There are several League groups taking actions similar to those outlined in the program proposal associated with a number of local governmental policies and such. We had not imagined this over a year ago, either.
  • Work group members are contributing to equity enhancement efforts as part of other League or community partner groups. 
  • Our website provides a platform for telling members about progress being made in local equity efforts, as well as letting members and the community know about events of interest. 

Therefore, it was reported at the 2022 Annual Meeting that our one-year effort had been sufficient to provide a foundation for continuing this work in the context of other League structures and functions. Keep an eye on our website for related news.



 Our DEI Lens



DEI Resources


LWVWA Definitions 

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Links to inclusive language, including non-binary pronouns
Links to inclusive language, including non-binary pronouns

REFERENCES & resources

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  • Trailblazing Black Women of Washington State, Marilyn Morgan
  • How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, Clint Smith
  • The Sum Of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone And How We Can Prosper  Together,  Heather McGhee*
  • Murder At The Mission: A Frontier Killing, Its Legacy of Lies, And the Taking of the American West, Blaine Harden*
  • Against Civility: The Hidden Racism in our Obsession with Civility, Alex Zamalin*
  • Caste:The Origins of Our Discontent, Isabel Wilkerson*
  • The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander
  • Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates*
  • So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo*
  • Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, Mahzarin Banaji
* Titles read by the Let's Talk About Race Book Group
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  • The Language of Anti-Racism (excerpted from, “Stay Woke, A People’s Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter," Candis Watts Smith and Tehema Lopez Bunyasi, February 2020
  • Before you rage against Critical Race Theory, it might be helpful to know what it is, Marcus Harrison Green, February 2022
  • The Dictionary Definition of Racism Has to Change, John McWhorter, The Atlantic June 2020
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates Revisits the Case for Reparations, The New Yorker, June 2019
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Movies & Websites
Movies & Websites
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Recorded Workshops
Recorded Workshops


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The State We're In - Your guide to state, tribal, and local government
The State We're In - Your guide to state, tribal, and local government
The League produces two compelling civics textbooks, The State We're In: Washington. A new version is designed for elementary grades 3-5, and  the eighth edition of the original is for grades 6 and up.


LWV dei event recordings

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A Look at Local Tribal Approaches to Health Care
A Look at Local Tribal Approaches to Health Care

Link to recorded forum coming soon.

Featured speakers:

  • Vicki Lowe, Executive Director of the American Indian Health Commission for Washington State (AIHC)
  • Angela Tobias, Family Medicine Doctor and former Skokomish and Squaxin Tribe physician
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Native American Women and the Suffrage Movement
Native American Women and the Suffrage Movement

 LWVUS Webinar - Native American Women and the Suffrage Movement


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The League of Women Voters of Thurston County is proud to co-sponsor events and educational opportunities to:
The League of Women Voters of Thurston County is proud to co-sponsor events and educational opportunities to:
Amplify concerns and  work together with community partners to face inequities of historically marginalized people. 

Act when we can, after study and based on the teachings of those with knowledge of appropriate actions that are responsive to community.

Community partnerships have included:

P.O. Box 2203
Olympia WA 98507