Action and Advocacy
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The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.
Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.
Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.
It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.
Find out how our Congressional members have voted:
Last revised: Sept. 30, 2017
NYS LWV Nov.-Dec. Voter state newsletter is online.
Webinar Recording: Putting Together a Local Action Plan - The LWVUS Program Planning and Support (PP&S) Committee webinar featuring LWVUS Advocacy Chair Chris Carson and state Leaders outlined the basics of creating a local action plan. The webinar was designed to help Leagues learn and review the basics for creating an advocacy campaign. Download the slides for this presentation.
WHAT HAS THE ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS BEEN DOING?
2015 Fall North Country Matters YouTube Channel
St. Lawrence County League of Women Voters donated 16,000 'I Voted' stickers to county for Election Day
North Country Matters: SUNY Canton Wellness Programs - SUNY Canton is implementing the Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training to make additional strides toward a safer campus. Farren Lobdell, the Health Educator/Wellness Coordinator, and Amanda Rowley, the Title IX Coordinator, at SUNY Canton, discuss the Health and Wellness programs at the college and how these programs are improving the campus climate for all students with NCM host Donna Seymour. (Sept. 21, 2016)
League in the News: North Country Matters kicks off fall programming (Oct. 10, 2015)
North Country Matters: St. Lawrence County Disaster Preparation & Response with Tim Schwob, the Community Partner Services Lead for the Northern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross. He discusses the formation of the Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) made up of St. Lawrence County community service agencies, as well as personal emergency preparations and Red Cross services. (Sept. 15, 2015)
North Country Matters: Early Literacy Programs with Sarah Sachs, Potsdam Public Library, & Rebecca Donnelly, Norwood Public Library. They speak about about the basis for early literacy programming in libraries and what role public libraries play in helping to establish a love of reading in young children. (Sept. 8, 2015)
North Country Matters: Solarize Canton with Louise Gava and Carol Gable from the Canton Sustainability Committee who discuss the effort to bring subsidized residential solar power to the North Country to increase local energy self-sufficiency. (Sept. 15, 2015)
- Body Image & the Media - Jenna Boss, a member of the Clarkson University Class of 2015, discusses how media images in movies affect children, media marketing directed at children, and how to become a savvy media consumer with NCM host Donna Seymour. (April 7, 2015)
- Opening the Gendered Toolbox - Emily Baker, a Social Documentation major of the Clarkson Class of 2016 discusses her research into women engineering students at Clarkson with NCM host Donna Seymour. Using the new AAUW report Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women's Success in Engineering and Computing, they discuss AAUW's recommendations for colleges with Clarkson as a case in point. (April 7, 2015)
- North Country Matters: Public Heath Today in the Face of Current Events Dr. Timothy Sellati, who joined Saranac Lake's the Trudeau Institute in 2013 as an Associate Member, talks about public health, both from a historical perspective and how it applies today in the face of the current events, including the recent measles outbreak and how climate change is affecting disease. (March 31, 2015)
- Gloria McAdam, the Executive Director for GardenShare.org (Jan. 20, 2015)
- Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month with Caitlin Hill & Valerie Dana from the St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House for Victims of Family Violence (Jan. 20, 2015)
- Tom Graser on Media Changes (Jan. 27, 2015) Tom Graser is the editor of the St. Lawrence County newspapers. He discusses his media career - which started in Plattsburg at WEAV Radio in 1985 - and the changes he has seen in the last 30 years.
- Food Insecurity in St. Lawrence County with Heather Sullivan-Catlin and Daisy Cox (Jan. 27, 2015)
- League in the News: Former congresswoman from Maryland speaking at SLU, Clarkson this week (Dec. 1, 2014)
- December 3:Constance Morella Speaking At Clarkson at 7 pm in CAMP 177 on the Clarkson Hill campus , co-sponsord by AAUW, LWV & Clarkson's Dept. of Humanities & Social Sciences, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and SPECTRUM.
- North Country Matters: Marie Regan, Town of Potsdam Check-up (Nov. 7 2014)
- North Country Matters: Andrea Montgomery, Director of the St. Lawrence Office of the Aging (Oct. 31, 2014)
- North Country Matters: Jeanette Zoeckler, Occupational Health Clinical Center Project Manager, The Low-Wage Workers' Health Project (Oct. 31, 2014)
- Consult the Judicial Voter Guide.
- North Country Matters: The AAUW Student Leadership Conference with Lynn Fox, local Chair for AAUW- St. Lawrence County Branch (Oct. 21, 2014)
- North Country Matters Video: Tom Burns, the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES School Superintendent, on the future of the Common Core Standards. (Oct. 17, 2014)
- North Country Matters Video: Dr. Carole McCoy, the 5th president of Jefferson Community College in Watertown. (Oct. 17, 2014)
- North Country Matters Video: Dr. Kristen Esterberg, the new - and first woman - president of SUNY Potsdam. (Oct. 17, 2014)
- North Country Matters Video: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month with Valarie Dana and Caitlin Hill from Renewal House (Oct. 3, 2014)
- North Country Matters Video: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month with Valarie Dana and Caitlin Hill from Renewal House (Oct. 3, 2014)
- North Country Matters Video: Greg Hart from the Regional Workforce Development Institute (Sept. 16, 2014)
- North Country Matters Video: Dr. Zvi Szafran, the new President of SUNY Canton (Sept. 16, 2014)
- North Country Matters Video: St. Lawrence County Community Food Security Assessment with Heather Sullivan-Caitlin (Sept. 12, 2014)
- An interview with Petroleum Geologist Arthur Berman and Elisabeth Radow, Esq., Chair of the LWV NY Committee on Energy, Environment and Agriculture on the Natural Gas Study commissioned by the League.
- The League of Women Voters of New York State Commissions Report on New York’s Economically Recoverable Shale Gas - The resulting report: Resource Assessment of Potentially Producible Natural Gas Volumes from the Marcellus Shale, State of New York was completed by petroleum geologist Arthur Berman and petroleum engineer Lyndon Pittinger, both with more than 30 years’ experience in the energy business. The report concludes that New York is unlikely to have economically recoverable shale gas volumes at current gas prices and overall, resource estimates are significantly smaller than those indicated in previous studies.
- North Country Matters Video: Pat McKeown from the St. Lawrence Leadership Institute. (March 1, 2014)
- North Country Matters Video: Assemblywoman Addie Russell, 116th "River" District, Discusses Child & Family Care Issues (Feb. 20, 2014)
- North Country Matters Video: Potsdam Central School Superintendent Pat Brady presents a School "Report Card" and Renovations Update (Feb. 19, 2014)
- North Country Matters Video: Teen Dating and Violence with Valerie Dana and Caitlin Hill from Renewal House (Feb. 5, 2014)
- North Country Matters Video: Suicide Awareness & Prevention with Mary Jones, Director of Family Support Services, Hospice & Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley (Feb. 10, 2014)
- North Country Matters Video: What is Title IX? with Carl Normandin (Jan. 29, 2014)
- Notes from the League of Women Voters-NYS Hydraulic Fracturing and Related Topics Issue Update Call - Jan. 22, 2014
- Link to the January 2014 State Voter
- LWV-NYS 2014 Legislative Agenda Brochures Available at Local Libraries
- North Country Matters: North Country Matters Season Ends Tonight (Nov. 5, 2013)
- North Country Matters Video: Domestic Violence Awareness Month with Caitlin Hill and Valerie Dana from Renewal House
- League in the News: Legislators must pass Women’s Equality Act (Oct. 27, 2013)
- North Country Matters Video: Legislative Update with Assemblywoman Addie Russell, 116th "River" District.
- North Country Matters Video: Understanding the NYS Casino Gambling Ballot Measure 1
- North Country Matters: North Country Matters Will Air (Oct. 26, 2013)
- Voter Guides Made Available Online (Oct. 26, 2013)
- League in the News: Legislators need to pass Women's Equality Act (Oct. 23. 2013)
- St. Lawrence County League of Women Voters releases its annual Voters' Guide for 2013
- North Country Matters Video: Potsdam Central Schools "Check-up" with Pat Brady
- League in the News: Candidates for St. Lawrence County legislator, district attorney to appear on 'North Country Matters' tv show
- BOCES administrators featured on 'North Country Matters' television show
- League in the News: BOCES Leaders on WCKN Show (Oct. 5, 2013)
- North Country Matters Video: St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES School Superintendent Tom Burns on School Mergers & Consolidation (Oct. 4, 2013)
- North Country Matters Video: Supervisor Marie Regan, Town of Potsdam Check-up (Sept. 25, 2013)
- League in the News: North Country Matters Production Resumes (Sept. 21, 2013)
- Op-Ed: Electing to participate (Sept. 21, 2013)
- LET: Rally will support women’s equality (May 26, 2013)
- LET: 1199 SEIU UHWE supports women’s equality agenda (May 26, 2013)
- League in the News - Letter to the Editor: Women’s Equality (May 23, 2013)
- New York Women's Equality Ad - "If I Were a Man..."
- September 24: National Voter Registration Day 2013
- North Country Matters: Norwood/NorfolkCentral School Critical Education Issues for the District (April 11, 2013)
- North Country Matters: Pat Brady: Outlines Budget Issues Facing the Potsdam Central School District (April 11, 2013)
- League in the News: Women’s Equality (April 2, 2013)
- North Country Matters: Strategies to Maintain Educational Solvency in Fiscally Challenging Times - an interview with St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES School Superintendent Tom Burns who discusses some short and long term strategies school districts can look at to meet the fiscal challenges facing North Country schools. (March 29, 2013)
- North Country Matters: Superintendent Pat Brady discusses the Financial Situation at Potsdam Central (March 7, 2013)
- North Country Matters: The Human Wrong Campaign (March 7, 2013)
- North Country Matters to broadcast talk with Potsdam school superintendent, followed by talk on human trafficking beginning tonight (March 6, 2013)
- League in the News: North Country groups join New York Women’s Equality Coalition to advance governor’s women’s agenda (March 5, 2013)
- The 10-Point NYS Women’s Equality Agenda: At a time when many state legislatures and governors are moving backwards on equality for women, New York is taking an aggressive and proactive leadership role on women’s issues. Addie Russell, the Chair of the Assembly's Task Force on Women's Issues, discusses the Agenda.
- New York State League of Women Voters calls for election reform (Feb. 3, 2013)
- League in the News: Campuses gear-up voter registration efforts ahead of general election
- League in the News: League of Women Voters Celebrate 92 (Feb. 11, 2012)
- League in the News: Women Voters Make Fracking Statement (Jan. 15, 2012)
- League in the News: St. Lawrence County League of Women Voters expresses concern about proposed state fracking regulations (Jan. 13, 2012)
- COMMENTS ON THE DSGEIS, Horizontal Drilling and High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing, submitted to the NYS DEC by the LWV-SLC Unit, Jan. 5, 2012
- During elections in fall 2010 and 2011 the LWV partnered with AAUW-St. Lawrence County and the Center for Excellence in Communication at Clarkson University to provide Conversations With Candidates - information about candidates and issues on the ballot. Click on "The League in the News" for more detail about the activities leading up to the election.
On November 15 and 16, ythe SLC LWV, with a number of community partners brought a national speaker on hydrofracking, Deborah Rogers, to SLC to give a major presentation the evening of Nov. 15, as well as meeting with several college classes. A digital version of her evening presentation is available on YouTube.
- Check out ShaleShock Media.org for further information, including the movie "Gasland."
Among the League’s Advocacy Areas for the 2012 Legislative Agenda
Based on the responses we had from local leagues with suggestions for the 2012 legislative agenda, and consideration of both resources and legislative opportunities for the next year, the Board adopted the following as the League's 2012 Legislative Agenda.
Steps To A Better New York (2012 LWVNYS Legislative Agenda)
Improve election processes to extend, encourage and protect voting, including paperless and Election Day registration, better ballot design, improved polling place management/ poll worker training, and measures to ensure the integrity of all ballots
Campaign Finance Reform
Support lower contribution limits, increased disclosure and public financing. In particular, support stronger and effective campaign finance enforcement with increased civil and criminal penalties for violations.
Other Government Positions
Support structural reform to legislative redistricting; support effective ethics enforcement and open and transparent government processes; monitor impact of the property tax cap on localities and schools.
Support affordable and effective health care for all New Yorkers.
Support protection and management of New York's natural resources in the public interest.
Other League Positions
The League also has positions on the Judiciary, State Finances, and Social Policy under which we can and do take action