The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The League of Women Voters Manhattan/Riley County believes in: respect for individuals, the value of diversity, the empowerment of the grassroots*, and the power of collective decision making for the common good.
Advocacy, The League in Action
Wednesday, January 11, the League will join in the fight for Kansas Values at the Kansas People's Agenda Rally. See here for more information.
As the transitions occur after our national elections,the League of Women Voters continues its advocacy for an informed and active citizenry in public policy. Here is advice from the LWVUS on 10 ways you can make a difference.
For up to date information on issues at stake and actions you may take to be involved, please refer to our national website for action alerts. You may sign up at this site and get alerts directly to your mailbox.
(Current Alerts 1/5/2017, from the LWVUS)
"ADVOCACY TAKE ACTION: Stop the Repeal of Health Care (NEW) The U.S. Senate is back in session and their first priority will be to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Repealing the ACA means undoing numerous protections for the American people. The League will not stand by while members of Congress dismantle protections for the health and well-being of the American public. Thanks to the more than 19,000 individuals who have already taken action! Stand with the League today and tell your Senators to oppose repeal of the ACA."
"League Opposes Attempts to Eviscerate Office of Congressional Ethics (NEW) The League opposed efforts to eviscerate the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). A proposal that would have gutted the only institution in the U.S. House that successfully enforces ethics rules was introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and adopted by the House Republican conference in a late night meeting prior to the first session of the 115th Congress. Thanks to grassroots action and public outcry Representatives backed down from the proposal. The League joined coalition partners on letters to Speaker Ryan and all Representatives on this issue. Please read the League's statement on this issue for additional information."
"League Opposes H.R. 26, REINS Act of 2017 (NEW) The League joined a letter to the U.S. House in opposition to the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017. Under the REINS Act, no major regulation could take effect unless it is approved by both houses of Congress in a small window of time. This would make it impossible to protect the public by shutting down the entire regulatory system including attacks on the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and many other consumer protection measures."
In addition, the National League is fighting to stop voter suppression and renew the Voting Rights Act, among many other issues.
Are You Ready to Vote?
You must be Registered to vote. If you are from out of state, check with your state offices for voting requirements. If your permanent address is in Riley County, check your status here If you are registered elsewhere, check here.
View videos from the June 2016 LWVUS convention. Amazing speakers of national stature: Money in politics (Peter Overby, NPR), Ari Berman (The Nation) author of "Give Us The Ballot", the rise of Authoritarianism in the US, Engaging Millenials, and many others. Find here
Please check our calendar for important events.
Please join our efforts. Together, we can pass on the message...Democracy is NOT a spectator sport!
(*Grassroots: Change starting with individuals (often local) and growing stronger as more people participate.)