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Presentations from August 11, 2018 LWVNCA Workshop Are Now Posted on the Events Page

Click Events and scroll down to Workshop Section.

Speaker, Dr. Rachel Bitecofer, on Political Behavior & Elections, June 16, 2018 at LWV-VA Council

Dr. Rachel Bitecofer, Assistant Director of the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, SA, was the featured speaker at the LWV-VA 2018 Council on June 16 in Richmond. Her talk covered her field of public policy research which included political behavior, campaigns, elections, and political analysis of recent and upcoming elections in Virginia and in the nation. In her position with the Wason Center, she conducts survey research on public policy issues and election campaigns. Her research has been featured in many media outlets including national outlets such as the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and NPR and she is a regular contributor on CBC Radio. Her book, The Unprecedented 2016 Presidential Election, was published in 2017 and she is working on a follow-up. Link: .

Speaker - Ruth Hoffman on Gun Violence Prevention, May 5, 2018

The Keynote speaker for 2018 LWVNCA Annual Convention was Ruth Hoffman, LWV-VA Gun Safety Task Force Co-Chair, who gave a presentation about Gun Violence Prevention.

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Ruth's presentation included an overview of gun violence in America, its history and current events. She also provided some talking points about the subject and ways to get involved in the discussion. View here PowerPoint presentation: Gun Violence Prevention: Building a Movement Brick by Brick

Read her biography here to see the considerable expertise she brings to this topic.

METRO Fund It / Fix It Forum, October 7, 2017

LWVNCA Hosted a forum with CSG on October 7, 2017, titled "METRO Fund It + Fix It! A Call to Action." This event was held at NRECA, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203, from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.

Go to METRO Fund It / Fix It page for details and speakers.

Speaker - Dr. Mark Graber, at LWVNCA Annual Convention, May 6, 2017

Dr. Mark Graber addressed the annual Convention and spoke about the Electoral College: "From the Federalist Papers to Trump"

Crossing Boundaries Transportation Forum held March 28, 2015

Crossing Boundaries Forum was held March 28th at the Conference Center at NRECA -National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in Arlington. Here is the program listing panelist

Our expert panelists presented information about all kinds of transportation issues and concerns in the capital area.

Below are the Guest Speakers, you can click on some of their presentations:

Here are notes from the presentations

Shyam Kannan, WMATA Director of Planning Presentation

Dan Reed, a consultant with Nelson Nygaard

Gerrit Knapp, University of Maryland, Center for Smart Growth Presentation

Tom Fairchild, City Version 3 Presentation

Stewart Schwartz, Coalition for Smarter Growth

Ross Capon, railroads expert Presentation

Aldea Douglas, AARP Presentation

Rich Kuzmyak, Renaissance Planning Group Presentation

Training, League Ideas and Links to Information

LWV-VA Facebook Working Groups, 2018

LWV-VA has several Facebook Groups where those with interest about specific issues can share information and discuss "things to do". All Official LWV-VA Facebook Groups must be approved by LWV-VA and are monitored to insure that only League members and their invited guests are members of the group. For information about how to join, click here

In addition to info listed below, See the revamped LWV WEBSITE and League Management Section for the latest ACTION Kits and priority issues of the League.

Also check out the LWVUS Action Alerts Page of this website.


ACTION KITS These ACTION Kits were developed for League and not-yet League members in mind (so please share widely and don't be afraid to post on social media and websites). These Kits are for new activists and seasoned activists, and these two resources give people ideas for making an impact on issues we all care about and it meets them where they are at.

If you know someone who would like to work on future ACTION Kits (the next upcoming kits are Election Reforms and Protect Voters) then please email Amy--

SIPS & CIVILITY This event can be develop any number of ways, formal or informal. The Falls Church League does a very informal meet-up and invites people using mostly Facebook (creates an event page and shares the event page with other activists, community/civics/activists/family/sale groups, and nearby Leagues). Alternatively, the San Diego League hosts a formal event that meets quarterly and has sponsors and a presenter. Do what works for your volunteers and remember to keep your organization's goals, intended outcomes, and budget in mind when planning. Sips & Civility discussion guide--Falls Church version Sips & Civility discussion guide--San Diego version

Sips & Civility Facebook planning group--Get ideas, ask for ideas, etc. This is space to see what others are doing and use the League Braintrust to develop your events (Sips and other social events). Don't be afraid to jump into the conversation. And share your resources, graphics, and pictures on the page.

Civics Game Night --This is a fun and informal event the Falls Church League hosts at a nearby comic book store (this can be hosted at a library, community center, schools, bookstore, etc.). Consider partnering with another organization or school to get more people to help plan and to participate in the fun.


Kate Kennedy (Chief Development Director) and Kim Lauth (LWVUS Board member) created a kit for local and state League leaders to host their own "ask" event (sample invitations and kit are attached). Kate sends out an email with tips on fundraising and answers questions about best practices, so feel free to email her to get added to her list (next email from her will be this fall). Here email:

Webinar on Fundraising:

Fundraising In League (52 pages!):


Other ways to connect to activists in League: Share advocacy campaign strategies, ask questions, see what other Leagues around the country are doing to make an impact on a variety of topics. If you don't have a graphic or resource guide, there is a League somewhere that created it. Check out online groups below


Facebook Groups-- If you don't have a working Facebook group or Google Group (Amy prefers Facebook) for your League or specific LWV campaign, consider starting one. It's a great way to share notes, keep people engaged, and to help bring people together online. Here's an article on how to do a group:

Consider sharing all of your League events on other groups' Facebook groups. My local area has over 20 groups and I typically share to at least 15 groups each month. This expands your reach tenfold.

What Would Alice Paul Do? Podcast

The What Would Alice Paul Do? Podcast is for all League members and not-yet League members. Amy and Melissa with their 30+ years of League experience demystify what it means to do League today. Listen to episodes on our website, on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Website: Facebook: Instagram: Email:

Other toolkits, Contact Amy for more info:
-New member engagement tool from Maryland
-Streamlining Local League Advocacy
-Complete Online Organizing Toolkit

And to find out if a local League or state League has a position on an issue you or your League cares about, visit the LWV Clearinghouse

As mentioned above, See also the revamped LWV website and League Management Section for additional Action Kits, and the LWVUS Action Alerts Pageof this website.

Ideas for Speakers

Dr. Jennifer Lawless can speak on "women in politics" and "younger Americans and running for office". She is a professor at American University and Director of the Women & Politics Institute.

Mona Sarfaty, MD MPH FAAFP Director, Program on Climate and Health Center for Climate Change Communication Department of Communication George Mason University 4400 University Drive, MS 6A8 Fairfax, Virginia 22030 703-993-2086 (O) 240-338-7255 (C)


Click HERE for documents from LWVNCA meetings, including Liaison Reports, LWV positions, guidelines, etc.