LWVUS Program Planning
In preparation for Convention 2006, Leagues are encouraged to
participate in Program Planning*. According to
the LWVUS publication, In
“Program is the League’s ‘reason for
being,’ the basis of both education and action
efforts.” Program - governmental issues
chosen for study and action - is an essential element of League and,
because it is so important, has traditionally originated with the
membership through the program planning process.
It is important for Leagues to participate in this process.
Unfortunately, grassroots participation in this process has steadily
declined over time. As a result, we are seeing program planning at the
state and local level increasingly being replaced by program planning
on the convention floor, which traditionally accounts for only 1.3
percent of the membership. In 2004, only 29 percent of local and state
Leagues participated in LWVUS program planning, making it difficult for
the LWVUS Board to determine the extent of interest on specific issues
for study and action.
In order to open up the process, a LWVUS Program Planning discussion
list is being made available for the first time to engage members in
conversation about issues of national interest. To subscribe:
Members are also encouraged to review Impact on Issues,
which includes information about existing League positions.
Suggestions for new program items may be submitted to LWVGB by e-mail
or in writing to LWVGB, 3451 Cliff Road South, 35205. Input must be
received by Tuesday, January 31st.
Program Planning information is available to LWV members and requires
login. If you are a League member and need login assistance, contact
Jean Johnson at email@example.com or 870-3063.]