The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization, which encourages informed and active participation in government. It does not support candidates or political parties. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Our annual meeting will be held on May 5, specifically chosen to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, with a presentation from the Consulate General of Mexico Javier Diaz de Leon entitled "A View on the Current Status of Immigration."
Preceding the presentation we will hold our meeting to adopt a budget, approve changes to the bylaws, elect officers and board members, and approve the program for the next year. These items require membership action and are available for review in the "Members Only" section of our website.
Also enjoy a reception at 6:30 pm with our Mexican-themed food and beverages.
The League has a long-standing position in support of districts that are compact, convenient, and contiguous; that reflect a community of interest; and that comply with the National Voting Rights Acts. Furthermore, the responsibility for redistricting should reside with an independent agency that is not beholden to a political party. In addition, the League supports an open, transparent redistricting process that allows for citizen input.
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (Obamacare)
NC VOTING RIGHTS IN PERIL!
The League continues to fight against the destructive effects of voter suppression while also urging full compliance with and protection of important federal laws like the National Voter Registration Act and the Voting Rights Act.
The League of Women Voters hailed US Senate passage of the comprehensive immigration reform bill. There are some troublesome items in the bill, but overall it is a positive step forward.
"The bill provides a path for immigrants to earn citizenship, and that is the single most important element of the bill," said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. "We believe it is essential that all in the U.S. have a clear path to the duties and responsibilities of citizenship in order to strengthen our nation and society. A dangerous precedent would be created if Congress were to create a large new subclass of people in the U.S. -- those who live here permanently but who are not required to carry the full duties and responsibilities of citizenship."
NC has long benefited from the immeasurable economic contributions of its immigrant populations. Coming from all over the world, immigrants play a vital role in the Tar Heel state as neighbors, entrepreneurs, consumers and taxpayers. Read more
THE IMPACT OF THE NC BUDGET ON LOCAL SCHOOLS
The Economics of Education: What We Owe Our Children and Our Nation
A panel of our local school district superintendents: Dr. Del Burns, Orange County Interim Superintendent; Dr. Tom Forcella, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Superintendent; Dr. Derrick Jordan, Chatham Superintendent and Dr. Bert L'Homme, Durham Superintendent, discussed the impact of the NC budget on local schools on February 3, 2015.
The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham and the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Education co-sponsored the forum. Dr. Wynetta Lee, Dean of the School of Education at NCCU, moderated the discussion.
Resource material on comparative information about the 3 counties and 4 school districts, Highlights of the NC School Budget, Impact of the State Budget on Local Schools, and State Budget and Tax Policies Causing Local Challenges can be found below.
The number of students (Allotted ADM FY 2013-2014*) in each system is as follows:
--Chapel Hill/Carrboro 12,300
Any citizen over 18, male or female, may become a voting and active member of the League.