Program Planning Meeting
At our March 5th Meeting we heard an excellent presentation by Deva Proto on how the voting process is changing in Sonoma County. We plan to post a video of her presentation soon on our YouTube Channel.
The primary focus of the March 5th meeting was planning how to use our time, energy, and funds. Like most organizations the League has limited resources, so we think carefully how we allocate our money and volunteers. We use program planning each year for our members to make that allocation locally.
Every two years local leagues give input to the National League on Areas of Emphasis that will be pursued by the National League staff and volunteers. This year’s local leagues’ input will be used at the National Convention (to be held in June 2022) to set the priorities of the National League for their work during 2023-2025. This year our members voted on the following issues to be discussed by delegates to the June 2022 convention:
Immigration Reform: Becoming a citizen of the United States is the first step to becoming a voter. Our League supports those who live in our country having a legal pathway to citizenship. The members voted to recommend Immigration Reform as a National League Area of Emphasis.
Single Payer Health Care: The National League has a position on Health Care, but it is silent on single payer health care. While in recent years access to health care has expanded, there are still too many people without access to health care and the costs remain too high. The members voted to support the National League exploring during 2023-2025 whether single payer health care could improve access and affordability.
Abolishment of the Electoral College: We received a request from the Deerfield, Il League to support the National League making the abolishment of the Electoral College an area of emphasis. While the National League already has a position in favor of abolishment, the required process to amend the constitution is long, difficult, and unlikely to be successful at this time. The members voted against making the Abolishment of the Electoral College a National League Area of Emphasis at this time.
At our Program Planning meeting this month the members also voted on what issues will be Areas of Emphasis for our local League for fiscal year 2022-2023. Many will look familiar, and one is a new area.
The members voted to keep the following Areas of Emphasis for our local League in 2022-2023:Climate Change, including Water Resources, Criminal Justice Reform, Affordable Housing, and Transportation.
Members voted to add Child Care. Advocacy will be following these issues and we need members to work in each of these areas.
Learn more about each one by reading the descriptions in our program planning kits documents at www.lwvsonoma.org . Sign-in as a member, click references, then click “Member References, then click “Program Planning Kit”.
Learn more by attending the Advocacy Committee Meetings held the first Wed of the month at 10:00 am via Zoom. The Zoom link is listed when you click the meeting listed in the Website Calendar (under News & Events) at our website www.lwvsonoma.org. Please consider an area you could help monitor and contact our Advocacy Chair Leona Judson at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or learn more.
Watch for periodic updates in our monthly newsletter.