A huge “THANK YOU” to Carolyn Rude, President LWV Montgomery County VA for taking notes during the WLRT Pre-Session and sharing them with us! Wonderful speakers discussed many important issues that are likely to come up in the form of bills before the Legislature.
Another huge “THANK YOU” must go to the team that put this event together: Event Coordinator Lynn Johnston and the Legislative team of Valarie Fillgrove and Mary Chruchfield.
Click the image below to open the file and see the many topics covered during this annual “kick-off” to the 2018 Virginia Legislative Session!
LWV-VA WLRT Pre-Session 2017 Notes by Carolyn Rude-2
A collection of talking points on the ERA have now been added to the Women’s Issues page on LWV-VA.org. You’ll find the page link under the main menu item Action & Advocacy in a drop down menu. Or, click here: http://lwv-va.org/womens-issues/
If you want to learn more about taking action on issues, there is a great podcast from “What Would Alice Paul Do?”. https://www.alicepaulpodcast.com/podcast/2017/10/29/episode-9-get-ready-to-take-local-action
Along with the podcast, you will find a list of ideas and some very useful toolkits from LWV-US.
Be use to listen to this podcast. It is full of some very important tips.
The League of Women Voters of Virginia is busily preparing for the upcoming Legislative Session. But that is not the only place to take action. Action can also be taken at the national and the local levels. For Virginia local Leagues, there are many opportunities to take action on local issues, the issues that affect your daily lives in many ways. The Internet is a great way to stay informed about national and state issues warranting action, but be sure to check with your local League to find out what issues in your local area call for “taking action”.
*Note: With state board approval, it is possible to develop partnerships with other local Leagues in order to address common problems such as environmental issues unique to a region, for more information http://forum.lwv.org/member-resources/article/guidelines-multi-league-groups
Oct. 5, 2017 Statement from LWV-VA on Las Vegas Shooting
Once again, Americans are faced with the news of another horrific mass shooting, this time in Las Vegas. At this writing, a lone gunman killed at least 58 and injured more than 400 others, many critically. In the coming days, we will learn more details about the gunman and his pre-attack pattern before unleashing horrific mayhem, fear and destruction.The League of Women Voters of Virginia expresses our heartfelt concern and hopes for the loved ones of the victims and the survivors. We will continue to work to end the epidemic of violence. But the calls to wait and gather the facts before taking substantive steps on gun violence is a familiar ruse. There are facts we know today. Everyday, 93 Americans die from a gunshot. Americans are 25 times more likely to die from gun violence compared to people from other industrialized countries.
Like every other public health epidemic, we need to look at what is most effective to prevent gun violence overall. There are proven solutions that work like expanding background checks to all private gun sales sold online and at gun shows, prohibiting dangerous people, like domestic abusers, terrorists and those with mental illness, from accessing guns – that will make our communities safer and save lives.
We cannot continue with the status quo. The League will honor the lives lost and those shattered and scarred, with our unwavering commitment to work to change laws and attitudes to end gun violence in our communities.
Sue Lewis, President
League of Women Voters of Virginia
We are looking for members interested in helping with our communications system. In particular, we could really use some help with graphic designs such as those used for our website, email, and Facebook.
Here are some of the specific topic areas:
- Remind folks of important deadlines around election (GOTV – Get Out The Vote)
- The importance of Registering to Vote
- The importance of being an informed voter.
If you have an interest in lending a hand on some of these and other such projects, contact either Meghan or Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org.