About Us

What does the Williamsburg League do?

OUR LOCAL POSITIONS

The League of Women Voters of the Williamsburg Area has adopted positions on five issues.

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      WHAT IS GREAT DECISIONS?

      LWVWA sponsors a series of eight lectures on foreign affairs coordinated with the Williamsburg Regional Library. The lecture topics are chosen by the Foreign Policy Association and held on Tuesday mornings in February and March. Note that the dates may be changed to accommodate speakers’ schedules.

The league’s Hospitality Committee serves refreshments beginning at 9:45 am, with the lectures at 10:30. Speakers are experts on the topics and usually come from Virginia or the Washington, DC/New York areas.

2018 Great Decisions Topics

We are truly a grassroots organization…

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause. Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members outside the study committee learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement — the statement resulting from the consensus questions — that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government, influencing public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

      • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues, as a nonpartisan nonprofit public policy educational organization. For voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization.
      • Action/Advocacy: also nonpartisan, but after topical study and position creating, advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation. Our Visions, Beliefs and Intentions guide our activities.

 

Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions

The principles that guide our organization

The goal of the League of Women Voters is to empower citizens to shape better communities worldwide.The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political membership organization which:
  • acts after study and member agreement to achieve solutions in the public interest on key community issues at all government levels
  • builds citizen participation in the democratic process
  • engages communities in promoting positive solutions to public policy issues through education and advocacy
The League of Women Voters Education Fund is a nonpartisan public policy educational organization which:
  • builds citizen participation in the democratic process
  • studies key community issues at all governmental levels in an unbiased manner
  • enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management
We believe in:
  • respect for individuals
  • the value of diversity
  • the empowerment of the grassroots, both within the League and in communities
We will:
      • act with trust, integrity and professionalism
      • operate in an open and effective manner to meet the needs of those we serve, both members and the public
      • take the initiative in seeking diversity in membership
      • acknowledge our heritage as we seek our path to the future.

Then, the Suffragists went to jail. Now, we go to the polls! Our Williamsburg League has been working to get women – and men – to the polls for over 50 years.

LINKS TO OTHER LEAGUE SITES:

League of Women Voters of the U.S.

League of Women Voters of Virginia

LINKS TO VIRGINIA SITES:

Virginia Department of Elections

Virginia Public Access Project