The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County, Tennessee
What is the League of Women Voters?
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan group, open to men and women alike, working to inform citizens about local, state and national elections and to educate people about public policies that affect them. (Read more about the League of Women Voters.) Our league is part of the grassroots level of the organization, one of the more than 900 state and local Leagues.
Our meetings are listed in the Standard Banner and the Jefferson County Post; they arefree and open to the public--we welcome people interested in a particular topic, or in learning more about us. We currently meet once a month, except during the summer, to learn more about how our government works or about policy issues that affect us locally. Recent meetings covered Voter ID, Obamacare, and PAC impact on politics to list a few subjects. We have a schedule here.
If you are interested in joining the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County, our dues are 60$ per year, which runs from July to July. Contact Heidi Thomas for more information.
Our current topic of interest is our nation's ongoing journey to improve civil rights for all
Equal Rights! Everyone wants them. Our constitution protects them. Yet we as a natiton continue to struggle to secure them for everyone. If all Americans have the same rights, protections and justice, why is there so much conflicct, division and despair in this nation that pledges "one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all?" Proclaiming equality is quite different from practicing equality. So we as the United States, as Tennessee, and Jefferson County struggle to secure and practice equal rights. Attaining equal rights for all is not an easy journey. It is not a journey that has ended.
During the 2016-2017 year the Lague of Women Voters of Jefferson County looks forward to becoming better informed about this journey. We will examine qustions such as: What issues make attaining equal rights so difficult? What past mistakes can we learn from? How can democracy support equal rights and what challenges do we face in making that happen? Our series of programs will cover African American Civil Rights, LGBT Civil Rights, Economic Discrimination and Women's Suffrage, among other things.
In addition, since this is an election year, we will have a program on the Electoral College. Dr. Kara Stooksbury of the Political Science Department of Carson Newman University will speak to us in October to explain how the Electoral College works.
Understanding that knowledge, preparation, and exercising our vote give individuals' power, LWVTN encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government.
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