Civil Engagement

Civil Engagement

A dialogue in which all participants have a right to speak and to be heard. Such dialogue is characterized by: 

  • Respectful participation
  • Sharing the time equitably
  • Attentive listening
  • Balanced discussion

Action Alerts

Click on Read More to see our list of current elected officials at each level of government to contact your representatives about these and other issues.

Photo of 2015 Fluker Award recipient Sandy Praeger

Since 1999, the League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County has honored a fellow citizen with the Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award. The award is given in honor of the late Helen Fluker, who was a long-time League member serving on its board and twice as its president. Her career included working for Department of Army and the Department of State. In 2019, Sonja Czarnecki was honored at a luncheon in Lawrence on Sunday, March 24. 

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Blog Post

Attendees at the March 16th LWVDV meeting learned how to be government watchdogs by keeping an eye on councils, boards, and commissions and reporting back to League committees.  This is a critical need for democracy to work.

JFC Hearing information

March 28, 2019


Ethics Law, Ethics Commission
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Event Date: 
Mar 20 2019 - 12:00pm
Event location: 

Back Bay Conference Center

Update - Missed Lunch with League? Martha Cox presented an amazing amount of source material to help us listen and discuss political topics. Catch up with handouts and slideshow of the her presentation.


Support improvement of the quality of urban life

You can enroll in the Citizens Police Academy and for one day a week for 15 weeks learn all about the department, visit and shoot at the gun range, mingle with police dogs and even allow them to “attack” you if you are so inclined.

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TRANSFORMATION JOURNEY by Marianne Kast          When we hosted a regional meeting with Helen Hutchison, LWV CA President, recently, she outlined some of the barriers to the League’s process of moving successfully into its second century of existe