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League of Women Voters Responds to SCOTUS Decision

 

Court signals threat to marriage equality, contraception, and private intimacy 


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The League of Women Voters of the United States President Dr. Deborah Turner and CEO Virginia Kase Solomón issued the following joint statement in response to the 6 – 3 Supreme Court decision of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturns the constitutional right to abortion as recognized for nearly 50 years in the landmark cases of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey:  

“The Supreme Court's ruling strips women and those who may become pregnant of their bodily autonomy and will have devastating — and immediate — consequences across the country. While the Court’s opinion was expected, its harm is extreme and real. When women and those who can become pregnant can no longer make reproductive decisions for their own bodies, they are no longer equal individuals in our democracy. This harm will exacerbate societal inequalities and fall disproportionately on people of color and low-income communities already facing egregious obstacles to health care.  

"The decision foreshadows the erosion of other well-established Constitutional rights including marriage equality, access to contraception, and the right to engage in private, consensual intimate conduct. 

"The dissenting Justices get it exactly right: today’s majority opinion is an assault on the constitutional guarantee to equal protection of the laws and the right to due process. With this decision, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and other historically marginalized communities have no guarantees that their civil rights will be protected.  

"The League of Women Voters stands in our power with our reproductive partners and all persons who fear the dangerous consequences of this decision. We will use our anger to fight in the legislatures, in the courts, and in the streets. We call on our elected leaders at the state and federal levels to act swiftly to restore bodily autonomy to all people.  

"Women hold the power to create a more perfect democracy. We will not stand by as constitutional rights are stripped away, one by one. Women’s rights are human rights, and we will continue to fight until the right to abortion is restored. Our lives depend on it.” 


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Do you believe we have more in common than what divides us? Have a conversation, and see for yourself. 

 


Join in community conversations sponsored by our local NPR station, KSUT – and their new project “One Small Step”. 

One Small Step conversations are not to debate or convince. They’re simply a chance to break the ice: to talk about who we are as people, what we care about, and our dreams for the future.

Ask and answer questions like:

“Who has been the most influential person in your life? What did they teach you?”

“Is there someone you disagree with but still love or respect?”

“What are your fears or concerns about the future of our country?”

One Small Step helps us move beyond labels like "Democrat" and "Republican" and into the life experiences that shaped how each of us sees our world.

KSUT is teaming up with civic organizations, churches, and other community groups and leaders to spread the word and connect Four Corners residents from all backgrounds who are ready to take One Small Step.

Do you want to get your group or organization involved in the effort? Contact Adam Burke at onesmallstepksut@gmail.com for more details.  KSUT will be matching participants and hosting recorded conversations throughout 2022.

Click here to learn more and sign up for a conversation



 

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The Healthcare Committee needs you! Help us meet our goal of reaching out to 1,000 residents of La Plata County with a quick survey on health care. Click here to take the online survey: LWV Health Care Survey. The survey data will be used to provide feedback to legislators and health care providers on local, state and federal levels with the hope of stimulating further discussion and policy changes to improve health care access, affordability and outcomes in the area.


Did you know that a local group of retired Mercy physicians began meeting in 2019 due to concerns over the apparent, dramatic loss in health care providers – particularly those employed by Mercy over the last 4-5 years?


An October 2021 invitation to select community members was issued with the intent of forming a work group to assess health care provider adequacy in La Plata County and to establish a plan for improvement. At its last meeting the Work Group prepared a document which describes their findings and plans for improvement in each of our 10 provider specialties of concern. Check back here for the finalized report - we'll post it as soon as it is available.


Get the facts! Want to know more about health care reform and LWV La Plata's Health Care Committee? Click here for a great new booklet: Health Care Information Booklet.

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La Plata County clerk assails false elections claims, saying ‘enough’s enough’



Read the article in The Durango Herald Here

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League Advocacy and Action

A Voting Rights Rollercoaster

After escalating actions demanding that President Biden do all within his power to promote voting rights legislation, the League was thrilled to see POTUS stand for the freedom to vote and call for the end of the filibuster. His shift was a direct result of all the work activists undertook in 2021.

January also saw disappointments, such as the Senate's failure to pass the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act. During this time, we're reminded of the many obstacles that the Voting Rights Act faced before passing; we know that our current fight, though no less challenging, will be successful.

Tackling Gerrymandered Maps

State Leagues and partners across the US are taking legal action to counter gerrymandered maps. The League has joined cases in Baltimore County, MD, and the state of Georgiaopposing racial gerrymandering.

To stay up to date on this work, sign up for our People Powered Fair Mapsnewsletter.

New Staff and Digital Design in 2022

The League kicked off the new year by welcoming several new team members to the national office, including Press Secretary Shannon Augustus and Senior Director for Voting and Elections Adam Ambrogi. The recruitment process isn't over, either—the League is currently searching for organizers, analysts, marketers, and more to join our team.

We also launched a fresh new website design to better showcase the League's priorities and promote resources like VOTE411 and our legal cases. This is just the first in a series of digital enhancements, so stay tuned!


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The League is nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.  We encourage informed and active participation in government, and work to increase understanding of major public policy issues.  We influence public policy through education and advocacy based on policy positions that are adopted by our members following studies and agreement.



The League of Women Voters of La Plata County has restated its goals
for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion -

The League of Women Voters of La Plata County works for a stronger democracy, rooted in principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Our JEDI working group is committed to ensuring that every voice is heard, every individual is counted, and every person has a seat at the table. 2/22/2021

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Our LWVLPC Leadership Team for 2021-2022


Board of Directors

Laurie Meininger, President

Diane Goodchild, Vice President

Siggy Palmer, Treasurer

Martha Mason, Secretary (not pictured)

Trish Pegram, Director at Large (not pictured)

Alex Lemmel, Director at Large

Jean Aaro, Immediate Past President



Committee Leaders

Karen McManus– Voter Services Team * (looking of a new team leader)

Diane Goodchild - Membership Team

Alex Lemmel - JEDI Team

Jan Phillips - Health Care Advocacy and Action Team

Gale Zander-Barlow - Climate Advocacy and Action Team (not pictured)

Vacant – Communications & Technology Team, Webmaster


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