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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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The Future of the ILO

Members - Click here to reach the documents you need to help you make an informed decision about the future of the ILO.

Download the ILO Convention Workbook and bring your ideas and opinions with you on Saturday, May 21st.

Bits of the Restoring Respect Conference

It was great to take a civility break!

Starting with meeting up with old friends and new at registration, to the inspiring keynote from Alexander Heffner. And finally, the panel discussion on where we are today with civil discourse. It gave all of us who attended new things to think about and ideas to make things better.

Thanks to Carl Luna for moderating and all the volunteers who made it happen. Especially our Martha Cox and Mary Thompson.

E is for Election Day

We had to opportunity to participate in #readacrossamerica and Dr. Seuss' birthday celebration recently.

Our member, Claudine Jones read E is for Election Day by Gloria Gravis to the students at Kelly, Poinsettia and Aviara Oaks Elementary in Carlsbad. The librarians and staff were so welcoming and we were happy to donate the book to each school's library.

We hope to expand the project to many other elementary schools in the North County. If you are interested in working on this great project, contact our webmaster. Stay tuned!

Too Much Civility: A Chilling Effect?

A recent San Diego Union Tribune article reported that school policies are being scrutinized by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) which sees some efforts at creating civil campuses as violating the First Amendment.

FIRE, which has settled lawsuits against two California schools, has similar concerns with Cal State San Marcos, SDSU, and UCSD, among others.

At issue is the practice of establishing free-speech zones intended to ensure free speech activity doesn't interfere with instruction, research, or general operations of a campus. According to FIRE, free speech should not be limited to one place, and civility should be aspirational in a statement of the university's values, not listed in student conduct requirements.

Read more in our recent newsletter from members Mary Thompson and Martha Cox, our leaders in Civil Engagement. Contact them if you see the importance of this issue and you want to get involved.

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