Action and Advocacy

Action and Advocacy

How We Take Action

We are truly a grassroots organization...

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.

How You Can Participate

Act Now! Write to Congress

TAKE ACTION NOW - WHAT CAN YOU DO?

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.

2019 Priorities - LWV Hamptons

Programs Adopted at our May 2019 Annual Meeting

The membership present adopted the following items:

Health

  • Single payer; Death with Dignity
    • Suggested means include PIM, Voter articles, Letters to Editors

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
  • Encourage conformity regarding Absentee Ballot applications in the towns and villages.
  • Election reform including campaign finance

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.)

The State-Wide Effort to Simplify Court System

NYT article on Health Insurance Options