The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Your donations to the LWVN Education Fund support educational programming to inform our members and the general public about contemporary public policy issues that affect all of us. We are truly inspired by a recent anonymous donation, which commits $1,000 each year over ten years to support our educational work. It is an enormous vote of confidence in what the League does! We hope this gift will encourage all of us to answer our recent Education Fund appeal positively and help with an infusion of greatly needed dollars into the fund so that LWVN can expand its reach even further.
Education Fund dollars are used in a variety of ways. For example, this year the League is providing a three-part program series about public education. Common Core Standards in Tennessee and local authorization of charter schools were topics at the October LWVTN Conference held here in Nashville. An insightful First Friday presentation about the linkage between Common Core Standards and higher education in Tennessee followed on November 1. And the final event will be an Education Forum focusing on charter schools to be held on January 13, 2014 at Lipscomb University. More details will be available in the December issue of the LWVN Voter.
Yet another aspect of our educational activities is citizen engagement and the registration of eligible voters. Although we are months away from the next election, LWVN members are already making plans to increase our voter outreach this spring, especially among young, first-time voters. If you have never volunteered for voter service activities, you will be surprised at how satisfying they can be.
We are also partnering with Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) and Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) to help eligible individuals complete the necessary paperwork to become naturalized citizens (see calendar for details).
The First Friday Hot Topics lunch on December 6 at Second Harvest Food Bank will feature a conversation about the Sisters Across the Straits program that brings an annual delegation of LWV members to make direct, person-to-person contact with women in Cuba. The LWV of Florida, through its Education Fund, has secured a group visa for this series of trips and established valuable inter-personal relationships with women leaders in Cuba not accessible to other visitors. I was fortunate to be part of the March 2013 delegation for this extraordinary trip. I look forward to sharing insights from my experience and providing information about the upcoming Cuba trip in March 2014.
As always, we thank you for your energy and commitment--together these assets are the key to our continuing success.
League of Women Voters of Nashville
Consistent Voter Services
League members can impact the election process by volunteering to help educate the citizens of the community and provide opportunities for voter registration. Voter education and voter registration opportunities are continuous but peak during election years. Get involved by:
League members can impact public policy by educating the public about issues important to good government and community well-being, and advocating for League positions on key issues. Because we live in the state capital, Nashville League members work on both local and state issues. We also answer calls to action from the LWVUS when issues are pending in Congress. Whatever your interests, you can get involved!
Specifically, the League advocates for access to health care; education to prepare students for responsible citizenry and the economy of the future; good stewardship of our natural resources; election processes that are fair and secure; and ethics and transparency in government. League members interested in issue advocacy can participate by: