Making Democracy Work

Resources for Leagues

Resource Ideas for Leagues & Past Events

LWV Advocacy Positions Documents

LWVNCA Positions: LWVNCA Positions

LWVUS Positions: Impact on Issues

LWVDC Positions: Where We Stand

LWVMD Positions: Study and Action

LWV-VA Positions: Positioned for Action

Training Forum Document Links

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-- --but after August 23 (upcoming vacation and she will not have internet access).

  • *Check out all three links on this page

Money in Politics:
  • *Check out all four links on this page, including the recorded webinar about the three main links.

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 (attached) Sips & Civility discussion guide--San Diego version (attached)

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 (attached) --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.

Fundraising 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.

Google groups-- Money in Politics:!forum/lwv-money-in-politics

State leaders and Executive directors (specific group):!forum/lwv-state-presidents



Health Care:!forum/lwvus4healthreform

LWVUS Young Professionals:!forum/lwvus_yp

Facebook Groups-- New Media (everything technology related: website design, graphics, videos, social media tools, etc.):

Vote411 volunteers to share:

LWV Young Professionals:

LWV Wordpress (for leaders who use wordpress for their website hosting):

  • **If you don't have a working Facebook group or Google Group (I prefer 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 my 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: Flier is attached for sharing at your League events.

Other resources that Amy brought (attached):

-New member engagement tool from Maryland
-Streamlining Local League Advocacy
-Complete Online Organizing Toolkit

Lastly, there are lots of League materials on 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:

LWVUS 2016 Convention Results

LWVUS & Study Links

Speaker Suggestions

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)

Crossing Boundaries 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

League Inside Information

Dr. Mark Graber at the Annual Convention

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