Making Democracy Work

Action Teams

Study, action and advocacy groups are called Action Teams within the League. The Action Teams develop partnerships or form coalitions with other nonpartisan organizations with similar concerns and interests. The Action Teams are specialized by topic and form as the need arises. Some form after an issue at the national, state, or local level has been studied and consensus achieved. Some roundtables are formed based on older positions of the League, but fresh material is studied or written to provide an update to previously studied documents.

Education Action Team

The Education Action Team focuses on the League of Women Voters belief that high quality public education for all children is necessary to sustain our democratic way of life and the economic health of our state and the people. We believe that adequate funding is essential to provide and sustain such an education. To that end, the LWVNC:

  • Opposes vouchers, tax credits and scholarships that shifts public tax dollars to private entities;

  • Supports public pre-K education programs as essential to successful education outcomes and the programs should be fully funded;

  • Supports highly qualified teachers as a necessary part of a quality education;

  • Supports training, teacher support, professional development and competitive salaries; and

  • Believes charter schools that receive public dollars must be held to the same educational, accountability and transparency standards as traditional public schools.

  • Locally, we will reach out to the public to support and educate on educational issues.

The LWV of Charlotte Mecklenburg, after consensus studies, has these positions:

  • supports and endorses the concepts of teacher-career development and improved teacher working conditions (Adopted 1984, 1988, 1989);

  • supports administrative career development (Adopted 1988);

  • supports early and continuing intervention for at-risk children and promotes comprehensive community and parental involvement in early childhood education for at-risk students (Adopted 1991);

  • supports parental opportunity for controlled choice from among a wide variety of learning environments, options within schools, and learning styles within programs, in accordance with criteria designed to ensure both the quality and equality of educational opportunities, as well as racial integration (Adopted 1992).

For more information about related issues or to get involved, contact the director of education.

Advocacy and Action Action Team

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.

Advocacy and action are the results of formal LWV positions that 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.

To get involved with advocacy, please contact the director of advocacy.

Membership Action Team

The Membership Action Team focuses on the recruitment and retention of members. Members of this group plan special events, particularly for new members, in order to introduce them to the League, its history and values.

For more information about related issues or to get involved, please contact the director of membership.

Access to Health Care Action Team

The League is dedicated to ensuring access to affordable, quality health care for all Americans. We believe that all Americans should have access to a basic level of care, including disease prevention, primary care (including prenatal and reproductive health), acute long-term care, mental health care and health promotion and education.

We have been working collaboratively with the NC Justice Center and the NC Community Health Center Association on a state-wide campaign to educate local communities and state legislators about the potential benefits of Medicaid expansion in North Carolina, such as: 43,000 new jobs, increased business activity, and health care coverage for over 300,000 NC residents. The League is a participant in the Close the Gap campaign and has given presentations to community groups; sent letters, postcards, and emails to our state legislators; telephoned and written the Governor; and helped plan and implement rallies to advocate for expanding Medicaid in our state.

Two factors may work in our favor in the upcoming months. First, the 2016 election and changing demographics may make incumbents and new candidates more open to expanding Medicaid. Second, next steps for the recently passed Medicaid Transformation and Reorganization bill (HR 372) will include drafting the reform specifics and we can advocate for expanding Medicaid as part of the reform. For more information or to get involved with access to health care, please contact the director of access to health care.

Redistricting Action Team

The kick off meeting for the LWVCM Redistricting Action Team attracted many new members to discuss several short-term and mid-term goals. The Team is focused on creating a positive ACTION plan. If you are interested in joining the group contact Barbara Bleisweis at barbarableisweis@yahoo.com