Making Democracy Work

Action and Advocacy

We are truly a grassroots organization...

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

LEAGUE ADVOCACY AGENDA

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF OHIO--PRIORITIES FOR 2008-2009

NATURAL RESOURCES - The League supports responsible and responsive management of our natural resources.

ELECTIONS and VOTING - The League supports election administration reform and campaign finance reform.

JUSTICE and COMMUNITY SAFETY - The League supports a restorative juvenile justice system, citizens' rights, gun control, reproductive rights and abolition of the death penalty.

MEETING BASIC HUMAN NEEDS - The League supports policies and programs to prevent or reduce poverty and to promote self-sufficiency for individuals and families.

EDUCATION - The League supports equitable financing and uniform educational standards for public elementary and secondary schools, advocates for affordable access to public higher education, and opposes the use of public funds for non-public schools.

For detailed information, please go to: http://www.lwvohio.org



LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE UNITED STATES-- PRIORITIES FOR 2008-2009

ELECTION ADMINISTRATION

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

CIVIL LIBERTIES

ETHICS AND LOBBYING REFORM

D.C. VOTING RIGHTS

HEALTH CARE REFORM

GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE

For detailed information, please go to: http://www.lwv.org

LEAGUE ACTIVITIES

For 88 years, the League of Women Voters has been a leader in working to ensure that all citizens have a role in making democracy work. Year in and year out, the League provides many kinds of voter service and education projects, such as:

Voter registration drives; publications and brochures; nonpartisan candidate forums; printed voter guides; on-line electronic voter information and candidate guides; nonpartisan issue forums; presentations on radio, on television, and to school groups.

Working independently and with other civic groups that share our interests, the League is dedicated to helping citizens become informed and active participants in government at all levels.