How Does The League Select Issues for Emphasis?
In the League, Program means the issues that we choose for concerted study, education and action at local, state and national levels. Program can include both education and action.
The Program Planning process is part of what makes the League a grassroots organization; each League member has the opportunity to influence the selection of issues where the local, state, and national League will focus time, talent, and money.
Every two years, members of local Leagues engage in Program Planning. Based on the results of this, the Board of Directors makes recommendations to the biennial convention delegates about the program to be adopted for the coming two year period.
How LWVSC Set 2020 Program Priorities
Step 1: Annual Program Planning Meeting Priorities Meeting January 2020
An energetic gathering of League of Women Voters Solano County members has set three program priorities for LWVSC for 2020: Climate Change, Homelessness and Housing, and Voter Rights and Education. All received overwhelming approval from member participants as the top priorities in this election year.
League members came together at the Solano County Office of Education in Fairfield on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 to identify and prioritize issues in preparation for the current program year. Members present were from Vallejo, Benicia, Fairfield, Vacaville, and unincorporated county areas.
Issues for consideration in the planning session were initially taken from a list of existing positions established by LWV United States and LWV California. Participants nominated issues from the floor to be discussed in small groups. At the end of the session, members voted for the issues they felt were most relevant, important, timely, and inclusive for the whole of Solano County.
The planning session was moderated by Craig Paterson, Fairfield member and Deputy Chair of the Program Planning and Event Committee. Other issues the group identified and considered were campaign finances, mental health care, criminal justice, public libraries, and redistricting.
Step 2 Priorities Approval at Annual Meeting June 2020
At the LWVSC Annual Meeting, the membership approved the three program priorities for LWVSC for 2020: Climate Change, Homelessness and Housing, and Voter Rights and Education.
Find out more details about our priorities by watching these videos from the Annual Meeting:
2020 Program Recommendations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl4Qj4Y_LLs
Interview with Elizabeth Patterson on Housing in Solano County: