Making Democracy Work

LWVPA Advocacy/Action and Program

Actions taken by the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto

Advocacy

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.

Program

For 2017-2018, LWVPA Program will focus on the following:

Review of the current LWVPA Education Position to determine if an update to this position is needed.

Issues for Emphasis:
Advocacy and education on: climate change (Palo Alto's Sustainability/Climate Action Plan or S/CAP), housing/transportation/transit, local immigration (due process and sanctuary city), local campaign finance, constitutional rights

Education on: civic involvement, civic discourse, civic savvy (Fact v. Fiction), constitutional rights

Activities to reach out to the homeless, other underserved populations and organizations that work with new citizens, regarding: voter registration, get out the vote, civic education

2017 Action Letters

2016 Action Letters

2015 Action Letters

2014 Action Letters

2013 Action Letters

2012 Action Letters

2011 Action Letters