The 68th Convention of the League of Women Voters of California (LWVC), was host to 213 voting delegates representing 55 local Leagues, 3 inter-League organizations (including League of Women Voters Bay Area), and the LWVC board. Held May 31 to June 2 in Pasadena, the convention had 243 attendees that included non-voting members, guests, LWVC staff, and volunteers. As one of the largest leagues, the LWVOakland had 9 delegates, led by LWVO President Louise Rothman-Riemer. LWVO attended a special workshop entitled Let’s Talk About Power—Exploring Race, Identity Formation and Organizing, which explored individual cultural assumptions and implicit bias and was facilitated by PaKou Her, Principal of Tseng Development Group and former Executive Director of 18MillionRising.org.
Besides the agenda of plenaries, speakers, elections, LWVO were presenters during workshops including Listening Across our Differences and Building Bridges of Respect in a Polarized America, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Our Journey to Greater Mission Impact, LWV Climate Change Across California, Organizing for Dollars. Check out the LWVC Convention Workbook!
LWVC Program - 2019-2021
Delegates voted to retain current positions, read about them here.
Delegates adopted the recommended Issues for Education and Advocacy for 2019-2021:
- Making Democracy Work in California
- Schools & Communities First Campaign
- Climate Change
- Housing and Homelessness
- Criminal Justice Reform
LWVC updated the PreK-12 Education position to include charter schools’ accountability.
Two “Will of the Convention” Resolutions for 2019 approved by delegates:
Resolution Motion No. 550: Resolved that the LWVC statewide convention ask our Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris to take all measures within their power to move forward the passage of the provisions of HR 1 in the Senate.
Resolution Motion No. 551: Resolved that local Leagues to advocate for ‘Climate Emergency Declarations’ and urgent relevant action by state, county, and local governments.