Making Democracy Work

About the League

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

Other League Organizations

Through the years we have worked with The Los Angeles County ILO, LWV Downey and LWV San Gabriel Valley.

History of the League of Women Voters of Whittier

A glimpse of League of Women Voters of Whittier activity during the past several years reflects projects that are totally League, as illustrated below:

Voter Service

- Voter registration drives at local colleges, schools and community events
- Candidate forums for four city councils, eight school and college boards, one California Senate and three Assembly districts
- "Pros and Cons" presentations of local, county and state ballot measures for many local groups and cable television
- "Facts for Voters" brochure of local elected officials
- ELECTION INFO, a supplemental publication distributed to schools and colleges, libraries, city halls and service groups
- Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Community Voter Outreach Committee participation
- Pollworkers and polling place inspectors
- Model polling place demonstrations for new voters
- Production of "Your Vote Counts," a DVD featuring personal statements from local elected school board members on the importance of voting
- California High School young voter education project
- Pollworker service for Rio Hondo Community College student elections

Citizen Education

LWV Whittier has conducted forums on public policy issues related to League projects. Co-sponsorship has been with organizations as varied as American Association of University Women, Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce, First Friends Church of Whittier, Interfaith Council and Whittier College. A sampling of forums since 2000 include:

- USA PATRIOT Act combined with discussion of civil liberties
- United Nations and U.S. involvement in Iraq
- Redistricting process in California
- Accountability measures in Whittier-area school districts
- Film screenings, including the "2004 Democracy Film Festival" (among discussion items following screenings: resolution of the 2000 presidential election, implementation of the Help America Vote Act, security issues related to electronic voting, procedures related to the 2003 California recall election, Los Angeles County voting systems and the hypothetical profile of the first woman elected as U.S. president)

Action

- Interviews with California Assembly and Senate members in cooperation with LWV Downey and LWV East San Gabriel Valley
- Letters and other contact with national, state and local elected officials on League issues
- Letters to the Whittier Daily News to support or to oppose specific ballot measures

Studies

- Conducted a local study on accountability in local school districts
- Participated in LWV/Los Angeles County studies:

  • Expansion of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and consideration of an elected county mayor
  • Transportation
  • Land Use - development in unincorporated Los Angeles County
    - Participated in LWV California studies:
  • Public education (preschool-community colleges)
  • Energy policy
  • Election systems

There are numerous possibilities for participation by new and longtime League members, including the following:

- Study committees (researching a selected topic, presenting material at meetings, writing background articles)
- Voter Service activities (organizing and conducting forums, speaking on ballot measures, registering voters, working with high schools and colleges on election issues)
- Action activities (writing letters, speaking on selected League issues, interviewing legislators)
- Observer Corps (observing and reporting on an elected body, such as a local school board)
- Voter (contributing articles to the newsletter, mailing)

After experiencing a decline in membership, LWV Whittier has had a gradual increase in membership during the last few years, including several men. Several forms of membership are available and new members strengthen this grassroots organization. LWV Whittier welcomes men and women of all backgrounds who are interested in learning more about government issues.

The Voter

A separate Newsletter page will be provided to open PDF versions of our published Voter from the Whittier League.