Join LWV at the D.C. Climate March on April 29th

The League is excited to participate in the 2017 People’s Climate March on April 29 in Washington, DC.

We will march to advance solutions to the climate crisis and demand answer from members of Congress. If you are planning to attend the March in Washington, please let the League know by filling out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSce_II3SUz10CHktqplNhYomlXTGgMwMfN0-tPzN4fONcnhDA/viewform?usp=sf_link

We hope to see you in DC on April 29 or at a Sister March! Questions may be directed to Emily Yost (eyost@lwv.org).

Where does the League stand on immigration?

For those of you who were wondering what position the League of Women Voters has regarding immigration, below is the position from the national League of Women Voters website at lwv.org on immigration.  This was created through a national consensus study completed in 2008.

The League’s History

In the 111th Congress, the League lobbied in support of the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act that would provide a path to citizenship for young immigrants who complete a college degree or serve in the military, thereby enabling them to be a fully productive part of American society. The legislation passed the House, but lacked enough votes to overcome a filibuster in the Senate.

The League’s Position

The League of Women Voters believes that immigration policies should promote reunification of immediate families; meet the economic, business and employment needs of the United States; and be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises. Provision should also be made for qualified persons to enter the United States on student visas. All persons should receive fair treatment under the law.

The League supports federal immigration law that provides an efficient, expeditious system (with minimal or no backlogs) for legal entry of immigrants into the United States.

To complement these goals the League supports federal policies to improve economies, education, job opportunities and living conditions in nations with large emigrating populations.

In transition to a reformed system, the League supports provisions for unauthorized immigrants already in the country to earn legal status

The League supports federal payments to impacted communities to address the financial costs borne by states and local governments with large immigrant populations.

Criteria for Legal Admission to the United States

The League supports the following criteria for legal admission of persons into the United States:

  • Family reunification of spouses or minor children with authorized immigrants or citizens;
  • Flight from persecution or response to humanitarian crises in home countries;
  • Economic, business and employment needs in the Unites States;
  • Education and training needs of the United States;
  • Educational program opportunities; and
  • Lack of a history of serious criminal activity.
Administration and Enforcement

The League supports due process for all persons, including the right to a fair hearing, right to counsel, right of appeal and right to humane treatment.

The League supports:

  • Improved technology to facilitate employer verification of employee status;
  • Verification documents, such as status cards and work permits, with secure identifiers;
  • Significant fines and penalties for employers who hire unauthorized workers;
  • Improved technology for sharing information among federal agencies;
  • More effective tracking of individuals who enter the United States; and
  • Increased personnel at borders.

The League also supports programs allowing foreign workers to enter and leave the United States to meet seasonal or sporadic labor needs.

Unauthorized Immigrants Already in the United States

In achieving overall policy goals, the League supports a system for unauthorized immigrants already in the country to earn legal status, including citizenship, by paying taxes, learning English, studying civics and meeting other relevant criteria. While policy reforms, including a path to legal status, remain unachieved, the League does not support deporting unauthorized immigrants who have no history of criminal activity.

League does not support deporting unauthorized immigrants who have no history of criminal activity.

Statement of Position on Immigration, as Announced by National Board, April 2008.

LWV Info on Women’s March in Washington, DC

LWV US has voted to officially participate in the Women’s March in Washington, DC, on January 21.  The info below, from Wylecia Wiggs Harris (CEO of LWVUS)  is from LWV about the march:

For those participating – and for those getting questions about League participation – we have put together guidelines (with map) which are now on the League Management Site and you can share the following link with individuals looking for more information:  http://forum.lwv.org/document/womens-march-washington-saturday-january-21. The safety tips and some of the other information may also be helpful to those participating in sister marches.

As we have more updates, we will keep that League Management link current and up to date.

MEETING LOCATION: If you are marching with the League in Washington, D.C., please meet us at the McDonalds located at the corner of C Street Southwest and 4th Street Southwest at 9:15am on Saturday, January 21.

The D.C. March starts at 10 am ET at the intersection of 3rd Street and Independence Avenue SW. Our meeting location is 2 blocks from the official march start point and will likely be a meeting point for other organizations. Organizers are expecting over 100,000 people so please give yourself enough time and stay together as a group.

LWVUS Celebrates Women’s History Month

Check out the slide show from LWVUS celebrating Women’s History Month and League history.  Click here:  LWVUS Slide Show

“Use Your Voice Tour” 2016 in Cambridge on March 10

Award-winning singer/songwriter Patty Griffin is teaming with fellow artists Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell for a major U.S. tour and voter engagement drive in conjunction with the national League of Women Voters.

The “Use Your Voice Tour 2016” is visiting 38 U.S. cities and will be in Cambridge Thursday, March 10, at 8 p.m. at the Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. This special “singers-in-the-round” show features all three artists on stage together. To order tickets, go to The Harvard Box Office or call 617-496-2222.

“Our League is excited to be a part of this inspiring tour,” said Jean Cherdack, LWVMA president. “With Election Day 2016 looming, now is the time for us to take advantage of any and all opportunities to talk with voters about how much their voice matters, help our neighbors make sure their voter registration is up to date, and get them the information they need to cast a vote.”

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