Making Democracy Work

Make Democracy Work in the Fredericksburg Area

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.

It's Official! League 135!

The LWVUS has approved our application to become a full-fledged league!

Special thanks to all of you who worked hard to make this happen. It couldn't have been done without all your work - Registrations, Community Connections, Focus Groups, County meeting attendance, and word of mouth.

Tell your friends - tell your enemies - bring friends to our meetings as we move forward to make our voices heard in Planning District 16 (Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George and Caroline).

FREDERICKSBURG AREA LEAGUE MEETING APRIL 30, 2018 7:00 P.M.

FREDERICKSBURG BRANCH LIBRARY, 1201 PRINCESS ANNE STREET

As part of its study of the local issues surrounding the need for - and the availability of - affordable housing for local income seniors in our region, the next regular League of Women Voters meeting will feature a panel presentation on that subject. The League Study Committee on Affordable Housing for Low-Income Seniors has arranged for 4 local experts to outline current programs and activities, as well as the barriers that exist to meeting the needs of our aging residents. Speakers include:

  • Dee Smith, Executive Director of the Central Virginia Housing Coalition
  • Sarah Walsh, Vice-President of Community Impact, Rappahannock United Way
  • Kim McClellan, Public Policy Director, Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors
  • Bob Straight, Volunteer Leader, Virginia Organizing

FREDERICKSBURG AREA LEAGUE ESTABLISHES NEW STUDY COMMITTEE ALL MEMBERS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE

The "Affordable Housing for Low-Income Seniors" Study Committee was established at the last LWV-FRA board meeting. The purpose of this committee is to examine the local aspects of factors that impact the availability of housing for low-income seniors in our area. Over the next several months, the Study Committee will educate itself and the community about the issues, develop a set of consensus questions for the membership, resulting in a position statement and ultimately advocacy for improving low-income housing options.

All LWV-FRA members are invited to participate in the Study Committee. This is a complex topic with many players (e.g., HUD; federal, state, county, and local governments; local civic organizations, etc. ) and many potential issues. Currently, waiting lists for getting into affordable housing for low-income seniors exceed the number of existing units and all studies suggest that the number of seniors in our communities will continue to rise significantly over the next decade.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the issue and to help contribute to possible solutions. To accommodate members who prefer evening or day meetings, the schedule has been set to include both options. All meetings are listed in our calendar.

Hope you can join us!

Redistricting

Redistricting remains an ongoing issue in Virginia. The League of Women Voters of Virginia has been very active in efforts to bring about a nonpartisan process for drawing legislative lines by a commission as described by the Redistricting Coalition of Virginia, formed in 2010 and of which LWV-VA is a member organization. LWV-VA has participated with the Coalition in educating and informing voters in Virginia about the importance of this issue.

LWV - VA Membership Handbook and our very own Elaine Diepenbrock's PP Presentation on the history of the League

2017 Membership Handbook and a PowerPoint History of the League

Membership Director, Linda Garvelink has announced the addition of two new tools now available on our website. A revised edition of the League's Membership Handbook that each local League can download, add local information, and have on hand for new members. Click Here for the Handbook

The second addition is a presentation of the history of the Virginia League. Elaine Diepenbrock, member of LWV of Fredericksburg Area, prepared this excellent PPT of the history of the League using LWVUS information as her background. The last part of the presentation is the specific to LWVFRA but that could be easily edited by any local League that wants to use it. Many thanks to Elaine for putting this presentation together. Click Here. for the presentation.

Time for our Action Alerts!

The Virginia League of Women Voters Action Alerts for the 2018 General Assembly session are posted on the LWV-VA web site as they are available. They will also show up on the LWV-VA's Facebook page.

Click http://lwv-va.org/ to review all action alerts. The League website has information on all of the bills we are supporting or opposing, and how to respond to them. Let your legislator know what you think.

Positions

The League of Women Voters at all levels advocates and lobbies on issues on which it has statements of position. When legislation is being introduced or considered on a topic about which the League has a position, an Action Alert to the members may be issued.