The League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland advocates for issues that have been adopted by the League of Women Voters-US and specific issues approved by the board of the League of Women Voters-Ohio. Please consider joining one of our advocacy groups described below. Contact Sarah Swanson, sswanson@LWVgreatercleveland.org.
News and Brews
This advocacy group is comprised of young League members from Greater Cleveland chapters. The purpose of the group is two-fold: to educate and activate citizens on issues adopted by the League of Women Voters, and to provide younger League members with opportunities to work together. Any LWVGC member who self-identifies as young is welcome to join the group.
News and Brews offers short educational programs in bars where interested people already socialize. Voter registration is available at each event and participants receive handouts with suggested action steps related to the topic. Group members invite speakers with expertise on subjects related to each program--examples of past program topics include voting rights, gun violence, and reproductive rights.
Voters Can Stop Gun Violence
The problem we want to solve:
- The U.S. is among the top 30 countries in the world with the highest rates of deaths from gun violence. At a rate of 4.43 deaths per 100,000 people, it is four times higher than the rates in war-torn Syria and Yemen. NPR. August 6, 2019
- Every day 100 Americans are killed with guns and hundreds more are shot and injured. The effects of gun violence extend far beyond these casualties—gun violence shapes the lives of millions of Americans who witness it, know someone who was shot, or live in fear of the next shooting. EverytownResearch.org. April 4, 2019.
- Raise public awareness about gun violence in the US, public policy and legislation, gun violence as a public health issue, and what is being done to reduce gun violence. This may be accomplished through public forums, discussion groups in public spaces and schools, social media, and articles in newspapers/online sites.
- Advocate for better gun laws by testifying at the statehouse and attending town halls.
- Help members of the public share their opinions with legislators through phone banking, postcard/letter writing, and other means.
- Partner with other groups that are working to stop gun violence as approved by the board of LWVGC-Ohio.
Automatic Voter Registration
This group advocates for the Voter Verification and Registration Bill (see below), by meeting with legislators, writing postcards, and other efforts.
Ohio Senate Bill 186: Voter Verification and Registration
Bill sponsors: Manning (R) and Sykes (D)
- Automatically registers/updates voter registration during ID transactions at BMV unless a citizen declines to do so.
- Citizens may out either in person or through pre-paid return postage.
- Gives the Ohio Secretary of State, Frank LaRose, the authority to extend AVR to additional agencies in the future.
- Includes measure for confidentiality, privacy, and anti-discrimination. An example is that a survivor of stalking who does not want her address in public records would be protected.
- Hold harmless non-citizens who accidentally register to vote.
- Includes penalties for those who knowingly registering illegally.
All Communities Vote
The goal of this project is to help citizens in areas with low voter turnout to consider the power of their votes, and to provide information about social/political issues in which participants express an interest. We aim to collaborate with community liaisons who can help us plan interactive educational forums, voter registration, and get-out-the vote events. We recognize the importance of building relationships within communities. During the first year of this project, we will work with Ward 14 in Cleveland. In future years, we hope to engage with community members in an additional ward.
All Communities Vote is unique because it focuses on returning to the same community throughout the year—not only in the months before the presidential election. Our goal is not just to register voters, but to develop forums on social issues residents say they would like to learn more about. We will provide opportunities for community members to speak with local experts on those subjects so that they will feel prepared to vote. And we will finish the year by with activities to help people vote.
In 2020, a committee will form to work on cleaning up Lake Erie and promoting renewable energy. If the environment is your passion, contact Sarah to add your name to a list of potential members.