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Action and Advocacy

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Action and Advocacy

Action & Advocacy

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.

Community Projects

  • Candidates Forum held before each November election
  • Voters Guide published annually in the Perrysburg Messenger Journal
  • Yearly update and publication of a Directory of Public Officials
  • Registering voters
  • Studying, reaching consensus and taking stands on issues of concern on the national, state or local level
  • Membership meetings featuring speakers, panels and discussion on a variety of topics
  • Occasional town meetings enabling the public to ask questions and seek answers on a particular subject
  • Observers Program
  • Hosting a reception or open house for a special reason
  • Virginia Secor Stranahan Citizen Award
  • Presenting an annual scholarship to a deserving local high school senior

Concentration of Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO's)

Support of a precautionary moratorium on all new Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) that produce untreated animal waste. Support of improved and similar waste water transportation and treatment systems on each Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation site within the Maumee River Watershed as required by the State of Ohio of municipalities producing the same volume of waste, with safe nutrient management practices and disposal of sludge, in order to maintain adequate water quality standards in the local aquifer, the waters of Perrysburg Township, the City of Perrysburg and the Maumee River.

OBSERVERS

The Observer Program is composed of 15-16 members who attend governmental organization meetings and report their actions to the members. The agencies attended are: City Council and Council committees; Perrysburg School Board; Perrysburg Township Trustees and The Way Library. The observers monitor what decisions are being made and how they are being made. Are they being made in the Sunshine? Are they attentive to the needs of the Citizens? Generally observers do not act on issue unless designated to by the league board on issues for which the league has a policy position.

Observers benefit our members and the community by:

1. CONNECTING CITIZENS WITH GOVERNMENT
2. BECOMING AQUAINTED WITH ISSUES IN THE COMMUNITY
3. PROMOTING OPEN, TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT
4. CONNECTING OFFICIALS WITH THEIR CONSTITUTENTS.
5. IDENTIFING AREAS WHERE IMPROVEMENT IS NEEDED
6. ATTRACTING LIKE MINDED CITIZENS AND ORGANIZATIONS TO ISSUES BECOMING A FORCE IN THE COMMUNITY