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Because democracy is not a spectator sport

The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose any political party or candidate. It is a political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Building Needed Muscles for Democracy: LWV Facilitation Training

On a warm Saturday afternoon in May, League members and curious community members were in training.

Going beyond the notion of `exercising your right to vote,' participants were building the muscles of facilitation and listening, essential for our democracy when conducting civil public dialogues.

Based on the League's civil discourse work and deliberative dialogue training, the training session began with research about our society's trend toward a more active and collaborative role for community members in addressing problems. Participants then used a discussion guide prepared by League members in their work with the Kettering Foundation as a case study to conduct a deliberative dialogue on the issue. Each participant had a chance to play the part of facilitator, note-taker, and participant.

Click here to download the League's Facilitation Training Handbook.

Resources from our General Meeting on Health Care issues

This extremely informative presentation, from our Health Care group, gave you a taste of the issues to consider when making decisions about this inevitable part of life. Thanks to Jane Dunmeyer for her leadership in this study.

Download the handouts here. Note: This is a large file (1.1Mb) so be sure you have a good internet connection. Thanks to Pat Cooney for putting this together.

Tell your grad about this exciting opportunity

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has recently rolled out this new program. Two ways make it happen -- Click on the banner to go to the SOS website and register online or copy and paste the link in an email and send to your favorite teen.

It's available to all citizens 16 and 17 years old. Be ready to vote.

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