In the Dec. 12, 2011 press release below, LWVGB President Ida Tyree-Hyche calls for greater civility in politics.

(Birmingham, AL) – The League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham’s President, Ida Tyree-Hyche, marked the 220th anniversary of the adoption of the Bill of Rights with a call for inclusive political discourse and greater civic participation in Birmingham, Alabama.

“For more than 91 years, members of the League of Women Voters have defended civil liberties and promoted balanced, nonpartisan discussions on issues that are important to our community, and we continue this work today,” Ida Tyree-Hyche said. “Our mission is to increase public participation – to help empower individuals to exercise the rights that are afforded to them through our democracy.”

“As we reflect back on 2011 and witnessing democratic movements take hold around the world, there is much to celebrate. But, it is also a reminder that we cannot take our liberties for granted,” said Ida Tyree-Hyche. “Every day, League members work in our community to protect our liberties by encouraging voting, discussing critical issues, and holding elected officials accountable for their actions and decisions. In the highly partisan environment throughout our nation, our role in creating a ‘safe’ venue where all sides of the issues can be discussed civilly and thoughtfully is more critical than ever. We encourage all to join us and make their voices and opinions heard; it’s our right!”

The LWVGB has participated in the following events in our community:
  • SOS, Sustain our State Environmental and Social Issues Rally
  • Interfaith rally opposing Alabama’s HB 56
  • Jefferson County Delegation meeting to address Jefferson County’s financial crisis
  • Hosted LWVGB Education Consensus work session
  • Veterans Day Parade and Luncheon
  • Observed public meetings on issues concerning transportation, public utilities, education, County Commissions and City Councils
  • Hosted Birmingham City Schools leaders to address educational issues
  • Hosted State Representatives John Rogers, Jr. and Paul DeMarco to discuss legislative role in Jefferson County financial crisis.

The protection of the individual liberties laid out in the Bill of Rights has been central to the League’s work throughout its history. During World War II, the League worked to balance the preservation of civil liberties with the importance of national security. During the Communist “witch hunt” period of the early 1950s, the League conducted a community education program known as the Freedom Agenda, providing Americans with the opportunity to discuss and learn about the Bill of Rights. More recently, League members have promoted a diverse and independent judiciary, advocated against harmful elements of the PATRIOT Act, and worked for government transparency and accountability.

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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership in the League is open to men and women of all ages. With more than 91 years of experience and 800 local and state affiliates, the League is one of America’s most trusted grassroots organizations.

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