High Turnout for LWV Meeting

Posted January 31, 2017 at 5:46 am by

High turnout at recent LWVSJ meet­ing — Con­tributed photo

The San Juan Coun­ty League of Women Vot­ers mem­ber­ship and inter­est­ed com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers met on Mon­day Jan­u­ary 9th to plan upcom­ing edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams for the com­ing year. There was an excep­tion­al­ly high turnout for this meet­ing and the dis­cus­sion was inter­est­ing and very pro­duc­tive. In addi­tion to plan­ning for our local chap­ter, the task was also to give feed back to the state orga­ni­za­tion about what we would like to see them take up this year.

Inas­much as the League is a grass­roots orga­ni­za­tion, pri­or­i­ties for its work are set start­ing at the local unit lev­el, then fun­neled to the state from units across the state, or to the nation­al orga­ni­za­tion from across the coun­try. State and Nation­al boards col­late the infor­ma­tion and deter­mine a pro­posed set of pri­or­i­ties which are then sub­mit­ted to the annu­al con­ven­tion for accep­tance or rejec­tion. Pri­or­i­ties and ideas are giv­en from across the polit­i­cal spec­trum and con­sen­sus is reached about what the League takes up in a giv­en biennium.

Our local League Unit sel­dom has enough mem­bers will­ing to par­tic­i­pate in an active way in projects at the state lev­el. We do, how­ev­er, always have some­thing to say. We sug­gest­ed that the State estab­lish pri­or­i­ties to include Ade­quate­ly fund­ing edu­ca­tion as required by the McCleary Deci­sion; Look­ing into what can be done about the ACA, now that it is like­ly to be defund­ed; Con­tin­u­ing to be vig­i­lant about the threat of pro­posed oil tanker traf­fic through the Sal­ish Sea.

Local­ly, com­mu­ni­ty edu­ca­tion pro­gram sug­ges­tions for the com­ing year includ­ed sub­jects as wide­ly var­ied as revis­it­ing the Repro­duc­tive Rights issue in light of pos­si­ble new admin­is­tra­tion poli­cies; Afford­able Hous­ing; Redis­trict­ing, Immi­gra­tion Policy;Protection of the Sal­ish Sea/No Discharge;Tourism — how much is too much for our islands?;Public Health Ser­vices; Cli­mate Change Resilience. If you would like to help put togeth­er any of these pro­grams, please con­tact Clare Kelm, Pres­i­dent of the League of Women Vot­ers of the San Juans.

The Pro­gram Plan­ning ses­sions are always live­ly, and foment thought­ful dis­cus­sion. We encour­age com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers to join us for these meet­ings every January!

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