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Action and Advocacy

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Advocates for action. Priorities.

Action and Advocacy

Democracy in its purest form: how LWVH decides 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

NYS: http://lwvny.org/advocacy/impact/impact.html

LWVUS: http://www.lwv.org/content/impact-issues-online-edition

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.

click to Studies page to see past and current topics of study

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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.



2016 Priorities LWV Hamptons

Programs Adopted at our May 2016 Annual Meeting

The membership present adopted the following items:

Health.

  • Planned Parenthood funding & support
  • Women's Health (access, cost, right to privacy) and Family Health
  • Suggested means include PIM, Voter articles, L to E's

Voter Services
  • Get out the vote for local elections. I.e.: FD's and School Boards
  • Advocate reform at the Suffolk County Board of Elections
  • Educate voters about the CPF 20-year Funding Extension to be on the November Ballot, including 20% for water quality.
  • Encourage conformity regarding Absentee Ballot applications in the towns and villages.
  • Suggest means including Letters to Editors (LTE) to o Publicize issues and elections o Raise the profile of LWVH
  • Use new methods, like yard signs, theater marquees, bus signs, Facebook to inform voters
  • Send copy of ballot to press, put on website
  • Some sort of public event, like for NVR day

Increase Participation by Membership as well as gain new members
  • Look for new members in other like-minded community organizations (CACs)
  • Special Events pull in new members
  • Collaborate with like-minded groups (GGG in EH, CACs, Nature Conservancy, etc.)

Single Payer for NYS

In Spring 2016, the Government Committee has taken on advocacy for the Single Payer Program that the NYS Assembly has passed in 2015 and 2016. We urge the Senate to do the same.

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.