Advocates for action. Priorities.
The national and state leagues have many positions. LWVH cannot actively advocate on all of them each year. Instead, we annually choose which issues to make our local league's priorities. Local members' opinions and ideas are considered before voting -- democracy in its purest form. At the same time, we communicate our opinions of which issues we would like state and national Leagues of Women Voters to focus on. For instance, in 2015, LWVH recommended a statewide study on term lengths (as opposed to term limits, i.e. the number of terms an office-holder may serve)
Links to state and national 'impact on issues' sites
Consensus process determines issues to support
As a grassroots organization, we base our advocacy on positions adopted through a consensus process. Members decide to study an issue, form a committee to explore it and then reach consensus on a position. We adopt positions on the national, state, county and local levels. Topics of recent consensus meetings include immigration, support for the National Popular Vote Compact, Money in Politics.
How you can participate
If the civic issues that affect our lives interest you, consider joining the League of Women Voters. Working with other members, you can educate yourself, help develop positions, and gain opportunities to advocate on those issues you think are important. If you are already a member, why not join the committee that works on the issue most of interest to you? And do try to attend our public meetings addressing quality of life issues in our East End communities. Democracy is not a spectator sport.
The membership present adopted the following items:
Access to affordable, quality health care is pivotal in determining the quality of life for New Yorkers. The League has advocated on behalf of all New Yorkers for over 20 years on the issues of health care, and has lobbied and testified on numerous bills that safeguard public access to health. The League believes that affordable, quality health care should be available to all New York State residents and that health care policies should include equitable distribution of services and the efficient and economical delivery of care.
Here is information about details of the program.