by Mary Schilling, President and LWVUS Convention Delegate
More than 1,000 League of Women Voters members from across the country, representing some 762 local leagues, gathered in Chicago for the Biennial LWVUS 2018 Convention. Speakers were inspiring, sessions informative, and camaraderie intense. Most importantly, the body in plenary sessions considered numerous proposals for inclusion in the LWVUS Program for 2018- 2020. Program items create the foundation for national action, advocacy, and lobbying as well as inform both state and local league action and advocacy. Proposals passed by the plenary body include:
• That the LWVUS support gun control, gun safety, and gun ownership limitations a priority in its lobbying efforts.
• That the LWVUS support an emphasis on the ERA this year and every year until the ERA is ratified and becomes a US Constitutional Amendment and that it supports efforts to remove the time limits for ratification of the ERA.
• That the 2018 Convention urgently reaffirm its long-held position that the Electoral College be abolished.
• That the LWV stand united with and in support of efforts to price carbon emissions whether cap-and-trade, carbon tax/fee or another viable pricing mechanism.
• That the LWV reaffirm its commitment to the Constitutional right to privacy for an individual to make reproductive choices.
• That the LWV support a set of climate assessment criteria that ensures that energy policies align with current climate science.
• That the LWVUS adopt an amended 2018–2020 campaign for making democracy work. The campaign includes insuring a free, fair, and accessible electoral system for all eligible voters by focusing on voting rights, improving elections, and advocacy for the National Popular Vote Compact Campaign, finance/money in politics, and redistricting.
• That the national league retain all current LWVUS positions in the areas of representative government, international relations, natural resources, and social policy.