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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. We influence public policy through education and advocacy.
Our March Program focus is Human Trafficking Part II: What Is Happening in Our Area? Find a meeting where to discuss the program here.

Join The League of Women VotersŪ of the Fairfax Area at the forum for FIREARMS SAFETY: REDUCING THE RISK IN FAIRFAX COUNTY on Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:30 P.M. in Burke. Speakers include:

Sandra Bromley, JD, Fairfax County-Wide Domestic Violence Coordinator on Risk of Firearm Misuse in Domestic Violence

Jesse Ellis, Prevention Manager Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services on Risk of Firearm Misuse in Suicide

James T. Frey, Fairfax County Police Department on Firearm Safety

Kristin Goss, PhD, Moderator Associate Professor of Public Policy Studies and Political Science Duke University President of the Arlington League of Women Voters Author of "Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America" and "The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know" (with Phillip J. Cook)

Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road
(off the Old Keene Road)
Burke, VA 22015
(703-644-7333)

Our February Program focus was on Improving Firearm Safety in Virginia. "For the third year in a row, more Virginians died due to firearms than traffic accidents. While no law can prevent every firearm death, there are key areas in which Virginia's laws could be improved to help significantly lower the risk of death by firearm." Thus begins the third in a series of LWVFA studies on gun safety. This time it is a call to action, spelling out with precision exactly what changes in Virginia law would make Virginians safer. Its focus is on protecting victims of domestic violence from firearms and strengthening child access prevention laws, an area where Virginia's laws are among the weakest in the country. The previous two articles focus firearms safety - specifically on the incidence of suicide and homicides at the national, state and local level and the progress being made in Fairfax County. Both of these articles can be accessed at The Virginia Voter. Read the latest study in the February Fairfax Voter.

The 2015 Facts for Voters, the League's Directory of Public Officials and Government Offices, is here! Facts for Voters is your one stop shop of who's who of elected and appointed government officials, agencies and services and their contact information.

Are you interested in legislation the General Assembly considers? Then come to the Women's Legislative Roundtable Sessions, sponsored and moderated by the League of Women Voters of Virginia. WLRT meetings are held at 8:30 AM every Wednesday during the Virginia General Assembly Session. To learn more about the roundtable, read LWV-VA's brochure and the WRLT Reports.

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The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

  • We discuss & study issues of local, national, state & regional concern. We inform ourselves, legislators & the general public about the results of our research.
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  • We sponsor candidate debates & community forums about vital issues.
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