Please join us for these upcoming events in March and April and see attached flyer for more details.
*On Tuesday, March 26th, at 11:45 a.m. at the Durango Public Library, our fifth discussion will be "State of the State Department and Diplomacy." Facilitator Curt Johnson will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues.
Join the discussion. We encourage you to attend and bring a brown bag lunch.
*The City of Durango's Regular Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, and will be conducted by mail.
- One of the two purposes of this election is to elect two City Council members to four-year terms. The candidates are Marcos Wisner, Jaime McMillan, Barbara Noseworthy, and Kim Baxter.
- The other purpose of this election is to decide this question:
QUESTION 1-A: AUTHORIZATION TO INCREASE CITY TAXES FOR 10 YEARS FOR THE PURPOSE OF FUNDING STREET IMPROVEMENTS.
*Saturday, April 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Durango Public Library
1900 East 3rd Avenue - Durango
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of La Plata County
*If you were unable to attend the LWVLPC-sponsored City Council Forum on Monday, March 11, you can read/watch the proceedings in the following ways:
- Durango's budget and spending come under scrutiny at candidates forum
City Council hopefuls offer ideas to solve budget woes
By Jonathan Romeo County & environment reporter, Durango Herald, March 13, 2019.
- On-line via Durango Government Television at DGOV Click on Special Programs in the left-hand box.
- Via Charter Spectrum Channels 191 and 981, channel 10.1 for over the air antenna users.
*2/25/19 LWVCO: Read Legislative Letter #5 3/11/19
*3/5/19 LWVCO: Click Send A Message: A directory of State and National Elected Officials in Colorado to help you find contact information for your US & Colorado Elected Officials
- NEW SB 181, Protect Public Welfare Oil & Gas Operations (Sen. Fenberg; Rep. Becker) (support)
- NEW SB 182 Repeal The Death Penalty (Sens. A. Williams & Gonzalez; Reps. Arndt & Benavidez) (support)
- ADVANCES HB 1177 Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO) Reps. Sullivan & Garnett; Sens. Court & Pettersen (support)
- BAN THE BOX PASSES HOUSE HB 1025 Limits On Job Applicant Criminal History Inquiries (Reps. Herod & Melton; Sens. Foote & Rodriguez) (support)
- NEW SB 185 Protections for Minor Human Trafficking Victims (Sens. Fields & Lundeen; Rep. Landgraf) (support)
- SOLAR GARDENS ADVANCE HB 1003 Community Solar Gardens Modernization Act (Rep. Hansen; None) (support)
- NEW HB 1159 Modify Innovative Motor Vehicle Tax Credits (Reps. Jaquez Lewis & Gray; Sen. Danielson) (support)
- NEW HB 1198 Electric Vehicle Grant Fund (Reps. A. Valdez & D. Valdez; Sens. Bridges & Priola) (support)
- SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT ADVANCES HB 1009 Substance Use Disorders Recovery (Reps. Kennedy & Singer; Sens. Priola & Pettersen) (support)
- NEW SB 178 Program to Subsidize Adoption for Children & Youth (Sen. Foote; Rep. Singer) (support)
*Click to read the Mar 14 League Update
- 2020 Census Complete Count Committee Database
LWVUS has compiled information regarding the formation of Complete Count Committees in preparation for the 2020 Census. Leagues are encouraged to use this information to join CCC's in their states and localities.
- HR1 Passes in the U.S. House
HR1, the For the People Act, passed in the U.S. House on Friday, March 8, and LWVUS staff was there to see it! This landmark legislation is the biggest improvement to our democracy since the Voting Rights Act. The League is now focused on advocacy efforts in the U.S. Senate.
- "Green New Deal" Letter Talking Points
LWVUS joined a January 10th letter with more than 600 organizations urging Congress to hold hearings and openly debate legislation about climate change in response to the momentum across the country to address this important issue. LWVUS provides these talking points to Leagues about our engagement with a possible "Green New Deal" and climate change policy more generally.
- League Submits Amicus Brief in Juliana v. U.S.
LWVUS and LWVOR submitted an amicus brief to the 9th Circuit in the case of Juliana v. U.S. The brief was submitted in favor of the young plaintiffs arguing that it is the job of the federal government to protect them from the damaging effects of climate change.
- LWVUS Welcomes New Female Members of Congress
On March 11, LWVUS hosted a reception for new and seasoned members of 116th Congress.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.
The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.
- Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.
- Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.
To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters of Colorado Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization.
Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.
Read a short history of the League of Women Voters
Click La Plata League history
to access our archives maintained at Fort Lewis College.
*1/27/19 LWVLPC: The League of Women Voters of La Plata County held its Annual Planning Meeting on January 22.
Highlights of the meeting include:
*Click 2019 Planning Meeting Notes to read the notes from our meeting.
- an agreement to postpone 2019 League activities related to policy amendments and future studies and to devote our concentrated efforts toward the theme of "Making Democracy Work".
- a welcome to Martha Mason, ED of the Southwest Center for Independence as the newest member of the LWV-LPC Board.
- to welcome and listen to Lisa Pool, Southwest Field Organizer for Conservation Colorado, as she outlined the 2019 legislative focus for her organization's environmental-based actions.
JANUARY 22, 2019, 12:15 PM
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH, BOWMAN HALL
SOUP LUNCH AT 12:15, MEETING TO FOLLOW
This will be our annual planning meeting, as required by League policy, to discuss national League Issues & Positions, whether there are any changes or new studies we want to support, and to reaffirm support for all others. If you want to review (or read for first time) the full Policy Positions, go to this website: https://www.lwv.org/sites/default/files/2018-05/impact_on_issues_2016-2018.pdf .
We will have this discussion while finishing our soup, then welcome our speaker, Lisa Pool, Southwest Field Organizer,
Conservation Colorado. Lisa will give us an introduction to Conservation Colorado and her work in Durango, and what the organization will be supporting in the Legislature this session.
Please join us and give your input on National League policies, plus enjoy a good lunch and hear about some important Colorado legislative happenings.
We welcome you to bring a pot of soup, or some bread, to share for lunch. Please let me know if are able to help with this. Thanks and see you on the 22d.
*The 2019 Great Decisions discussion group will begin Tuesday, January 29 and conclude May 7.
Sessions will be held bi-weekly (every two weeks) from 11:45am to 1:45pm in Program Rooms 1 & 2 at the Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave in Durango, CO.
Checks for $25 for each briefing book should be made out to "LWVLPC" and mailed to Susan McGinness, 756 E. 6th Ave, Durango, CO. 81301.