Making Democracy Work

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.

The League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank has adopted positions on certain issues important to our local communities. Positions of the League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank.

Advocacy on the National Level

The League has studied many issues on the National level, and urges members to advocate for the League's priority issues.

One of the best ways to arm yourself for taking action on key issues is to understand how your elected officials have reacted to important legislation. The League has compiled the results of recent congressional votes including nine Senate votes and six House votes on key legislation ranging from ethics reform to civil liberties, from children's health care to global climate change. This includes a list of each member of Congress and his or her votes on the League's priorities issues.

Our Key Votes page provides you with the opportunity to enter your zip code to find out how your Representatives and Senators have voted on key legislation. Additionally, you can click on any of the key votes to understand more about the legislation, as well as to use a map of the country to find out how all the members of Congress from one state voted.