Making Democracy Work

Fairfax Area League in Action

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause. Positions result from a process of study and member agreement. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details presented in an unbiased manner. The purpose of having a League position is to use that position to influence public policy All League positions result from thorough research on a selected topic that is presented to the members in an unbiased manner. Members are asked to give feedback on questions about the topic through a process called consensus (or concurrence) where, if there is enough member agreement on answers to the questions, a series of statements can be formulated about that topic. Those statements about the topic are called a "position." Once a League board approves the wording of the position, it can be used by that League for advocacy and action. Without a position on the issue, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

Take Action Now

The Virginia General Assembly is in session now. There are several bills pending that affect issues upon which the League of Women Voters has taken position. Now is the time to contact your state legislators in support of the League positions on the issues. The League of Women Voters of Virginia publishes action alerts for League members to act on in timely fashion. The LWV-FA recommends its members to review the Action Alerts at LWV-VA and call or write to their state legislators as soon as possible in support of our issues.

Get Involved!

Click here for more information about the Virginia General Assembly. Includes current bills and resolutions, Committees, member contact info, and a searchable database.

Click here for the positions of the LWVFA, LWV-VA, LWVNCA and LWVUS.

Click here for updated edition of Here We Stand - Complete (Full statement of Fairfax Area League positions along with other League positions).

2016 Testimony and Action

FY 2017 Budget Testimony to the Board of Supervisors April 7, 2016

Although we in the League approve of the Advertised Real Estate Tax rate, we also continue to support revenue diversification in Fairfax County. We urge you to adopt a meals tax and to impose or increase fees to provide property tax relief.

In the FY 2017 Advertised Budget, we saw many things we liked, but urge you to fully fund these particular items:

  • $1.17 Million for the Office of Elections

  • $70.57 Billion Transfer to Fairfax County Public Schools

  • Diversion First program

  • Salary Supplements for Public Defenders from money set aside in the Diversion First program

Testimony to the Fairfax Delegation of the General Assembly, January 9, 2016

The League of Women Voters applauds the Board of Supervisors' efforts to provide basic services in our challenging economy. But you also play a key role in giving Virginians the tools they need to succeed and to prosper. That's why we urge you to support through funding or legislation:

  • K-12 Education

  • Transportation

  • Local Authority

2015 Testimony and Action

2014 Testimony and Action

LWVFA member appeared on Fairfax Public Access television
Olga Hernandez, LWVFA and former president of LWV of Virginia, and representatives from AAUW, AARP, CAPAVA (Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans of Virginia) and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. were interviewed by Bettina Lawton on Inside Scoop. Click Here to read more.

LWVFA members interviewed on show "On the Go with AAUW"
Helen Kelly and Peggy Knight were interviewed by Cathleen Myers on the show On the Go with AAUW. The show will air on Fairfax Public Access, Channel 10, on Monday September 8, 12:30 a.m., Thursday September 11, 9:30 p.m., Sunday September 14, 4 p.m. Helen and Peggy did a great job providing information about the League's roots in the Women Suffrage Movement and our current activities especially educating the public. They were able to share information about voter registration, voter id laws, and the Meet and Greet events.

Testimony to the Board of Supervisors on the 2014 Carryover Budget, September 9, 2014

Commending School Board Community Engagement Action on Later Start Times, May 2, 2014

Testimony to the Board of Supervisors on the 2015 Fairfax County Proposed Budget, April 9, 2014

Letter to the Board of Supervisor on Setting the 2015 Tax Rate, March 2014

Sunshine Week Letter to the Editor published in the Fairfax Times and The Connection newspapers, March 2014

Testimony to the Fairfax County School Board, January 2014

Testimony to the Fairfax General Assembly Representatives, January 2014

2013 Testimony and Action

Women's Legislative Roundtable

WOMEN'S LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE

  • What We Do: We provide a non-partisan forum for the discussion of public policy issues and the legislation to address them.

  • Why We Do It: As a non-partisan group, we can be a forum for citizens to learn about issues that state legislators are address in the General Assembly. We provide the opportunity for citizens to learn about what is happening at the legislature during the General Assembly session.

  • How We Do It: Invite legislators of all parties to speak about and explain pending legislation. We allow non-profit groups to speak about issues that they are tracking and advocating.

League of Women Voters of Virginia rules for the Women's Legislative Roundtable (WRT) are that:

- the WRT be a forum for the exchange of information;
- the WRT be inclusive of every interested woman in the state;
- the WRT not advocate specific action on any issue, but alert participants to the facts of pending legislation affecting women with information on the possible impact;
- the WRT involve as many Virginia Delegate and Senators as possible; and
- a sitting Senator or Delegate sponsor the WRT so that we may reserve a room in the General Assembly building and be listed on the day's calendar.

To read more about the Women's Legislative Roundtable click here.

Turning Point Suffragist Memorial

Turning Point Plaza, located in Occoquan Regional Park (a part of the Northern Virginia Park Authority - NVRPA), was named for a "turning point" in the suffragists' movement to obtain the right to vote for women in America + the incarceration of more than 100 women at the Occoquan Workhouse in Lorton, near today's Occoquan Regional Park.

Turning Point Plaza (TPP) was originally created by NVRPA and LWVFA to serve as a memorial to the suffragists who were arrested, incarcerated and physically abused at the [then-nearby] Occoquan Workhouse, as well as at the D.C. jail, for picketing President Wilson's White House in 1917 for the right to vote. (The Workhouse was part of the DC jail system and across Route 123 from where Lorton Prison was later built. Today, Fairfax Water Authority's Griffith Water Treatment Plant sits on the land where the Workhouse was located.)

Click here to learn about the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial (TPSM) today.