LWV-US Convention 2022

Impressions of the LWV 55th Biennial Convention

The LWV National Convention was held in Denver June 23-26, 2022.

Sudie Watkins and I both attended in person and represented the Williamsburg Area League for the State of Virginia. Here are my impressions of my experience.

The awe and excitement to see Democracy at work was incredible and overwhelming. Even though I thought I was prepared prior to the meeting, nothing came close to what I actually experienced. Sensory overload! Seeing the room setup with table markers for each State, the buzz of excitement, introductions, music, agendas, caucuses, parliamentary procedures and lobbying by local leagues and states to push through their agenda and priorities was simply incredible.

The proposed LWVUS program for 2022-2024 campaign for “Making Democracy Work”; ensuring a free, fair and accessible electoral system for all eligible voters by focusing on voting rights, improving elections, campaign finance/money in politics and redistricting was passed. The delegates also voted to add the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the LWVUS Program. That motion was passed.

My highlights of the convention were when Sudie and I met LWVUS National President Deborah Turner, MD, JD and Virginia Kase Solomon LWVUS CEO at a reception. After that meeting, we let our hair down and boogied to some tunes. Dr. Turner has the moves!

The Friday session opened with the news the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade. The LWVUS has taken a stand to make Reproductive Rights a key position. The main highlight for me was the march to the Colorado State Capitol in protest of the Roe vs. Wade decision.

I will always remember where I was on June 24, 2022, just like I recall where I was for the deaths of MLK, JFK, Bobby, the Challenger explosion, September 11, 2001 (9/11), and the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision.

I am empowered and galvanized.
— Brenda Beebe Duncan