The League only acts on issues we have studied. The entire process, from the selection of the issues through the adoption of a policy statement on the issue, is based on the League’s values, organizational structure, and processes.
How Does the League Get Started?
The choice of issues starts during the local Leagues “program planning” process when members review current positions and make suggestions for issues they want to study and where they would like the LWVC to concentrate its human and financial resources for the next two years. These suggestions are gathered together and the board makes a recommendation for the program– including possible studies and Issues for Education and Advocacy.
What Happens at Convention?
At the League’s convention, delegates from all the local Leagues meet, discuss, and vote on studies to be adopted as well as on the Issues for Education and Advocacy. While weight is given to the recommended program, the League has a long tradition of spirited debate at our conventions, and not infrequently, will adopt a study that is not part of the originally recommended program. Once adopted by the convention, the study then becomes part of the League’s overall work for the coming years.
In May, at the LWVC Convention, delegates were urged to “Be Bold” like our founders who fought for the right to vote. New members Lucas Ramirez and Max Beckman-Harned heeded this call to action, boldly proposing and passing a study on California higher education. It’s no easy feat to get a “not recommended by State Board ” motion approved by delegates.
How did this happen, and what does it mean for California higher education? In pictures and words, you will see what was passed and how they beat the odds.
Read Lucas’ and Max’s Story