Why should you renew? Because you can make no better investment in Democracy.
Almost half of regular $70 dues,* $32, goes to support LWVUS, our national organization. Another $28 goes to LWVC, our state organization. And $2 goes to support LWVBA, our regional organization. LWVO retains only $8! That's why LWVO's fund raising activities, particularly the Annual All City Luncheon, are so important. That's how we fund all the activities that benefit our Oakland community.
LWVUS supports more than 700 local and state Leagues. What exactly does it do with your money? It uses it to promote the type of good government we all want. For instance:
- The LWVUS engages in litigation and endorses and lobbies for legislation that promotes fair elections. Currently it is supporting the Fair Elections Now Act, a small-donor-focused public financing bill. This legislation will help reduce the influence of wealthy donors and big-money special interests by creating a voluntary system of public financing for Senate candidates.
- LWVUS has also endorsed legislation that would require public companies to disclose critical information about their exposure to climate-related risks. This proposal would help investors appropriately assess those risks, accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to cleaner and more sustainable energy sources, and reduce the chances of both environmental and financial catastrophe.
- It hosts informative Webinars to keep local Leagues up to date. Webinars cover everything from League management issues, such as fund raising, technology deployment and membership promotion, to programmatic initiatives, such as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Census outreach.
- It prepares toolkits local Leagues use to launch new programs such as She Is Me, a digital campaign to introduce the LWV to new audiences online in our 100th year. Check out the campaign microsite!
What about LWVC? It studies, educates and advocates for initiatives important for California. Some current priorities are:
- Redistricting - California has garnered national recognition for introducing independent, nonpartisan redistricting throughout the state, yet local gerrymandering persists. LWVC advocates for legislation to combat partisan and racially-discriminatory gerrymandering at the local level.
- Voting rights - LWVC is co-sponsoring Free The Vote legislation to restore the right to vote for 50,000 people on parole in California - people living and working in our communities right now - by placing an initiative on the 2020 ballot to amend the California Constitution. It also supports efforts to make the electorate in California more representative of the population as a whole. For example, LWVC prepares voter education materials in plain language and to address the language needs of our newer voters. It supports Voter’s Edge, a primary, bi-lingual on line voter education tool. Expanding awareness of online registration, preregistration for youth 16 and older, and ease of voting by mail are additional ways LWVC helps inform our communities and supports local efforts.
- Schools and Communities First Initiative - LWVC is part of a broad coalition of groups that collected over 850,000 signatures to qualify this initiative for the November 2020 ballot. Through this measure we can reclaim $11 billion every year for our schools and local communities by ensuring that corporations and wealthy property owners pay their fair share.
- Climate Change - The LWVC Climate Change Task Force is a group of over 200 League members across California who are working on climate action. To join the Task Force or to express interest in a state-wide team, email email@example.com.
- Criminal Justice Reform - A LWVC task force reviewed criminal justice positions from state and local Leagues across the country. Based on that research, they drafted this Criminal Justice position so that local Leagues can educate their communities on best practices that will ensure safety and justice for all, and so that LWVC can advocate for/against proposed criminal justice legislation at the state level.
LWVBA makes good use of its $2 by publishing the Bay Area Monitor, https://bayareamonitor.org/, sponsoring Bay Area League Day conferences on topical issues, and advocating on behalf of regional good government.
When you renew, you are contributing to national, state, regional and local organizations that work hard every day to make a difference in the political future of our country.