Fairfax and Other League Positions, including LWVNCA, LWV-VA and LWVUS
As mentioned before, The LWV of the Fairfax Area can lobby, advocate and take action based upon League positions. All League positions are reached after studying the issue and coming to consensus or concurrence. (Learn more about Advocacy and Action & Advocacy)
What Is A League “Position”?
As stated before, a League [at all levels] 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. The purpose of having a League position is to use that position to influence public policy.
Definition of a position:
In the League, a “position” is a statement of the League’s point of view on an issue, arrived at through member study and agreement (consensus or concurrence) and approved by the appropriate League board, which is used as a basis for League action.
How is a position formed?
There are four major steps in developing a position:
The League selects an issue to be studied. The process for developing positions begins with the selection and adoption of the “program” for the respective level of League (local, state or national). Ideas for new study issues start at the “grassroots” level, reflecting a particular interest of an individual member, unit or League (called “program planning”).
The League [committee] conducts thorough research on the issue and presents the findings of the research [study] to the members in an unbiased and objective manner along with questions to elicit members’ feedback about the issue.
Members come to agreement (or not), using either the process of consensus or concurrence. Members give feedback to questions about the topic where, if there is enough member agreement on answers to the questions, a series of statements can be formulated about that topic. Those statements are called a position.
Based upon the result of member feedback, a position statement is formed, adopted by the respective League board, and subsequently approved by the League membership at an annual meeting or convention. Once a League board approves the wording of the position, it can be used by that League for advocacy and action (before subsequent approval by a convention or annual meeting).
LWVFA & OTHER LEAGUEs’ POSITIONS
Following are the LWVFA positions which are published in a booklet called HERE WE STAND along with positions from other levels of League (state-LWV-VA, regional-LWVNCA and national-LWVUS).
The latest publication of the complete text of the LWVFA positions along with a separate document of Positions-in brief in one booklet: Here We Stand - LWVFA ONLY with LWVFA Positions in Brief (PiB), Revised July 2019 (with new LWVFA Transportation position).
LWVFA publication that combines LWVFA full text positions with other Leagues’ positions, is: LWVFA Here We Stand-COMPLETE, with other Leagues’ positions, Revised July 2019. (This booklet contains the positions of the LWV of The National Capital Area (LWVNCA - May 2016), and Positions-in-Brief (PiB) for LWVFA (2019), LWV of Virginia (LWV-VA -Sprng 2019,) and Summary of Policy Positions of LWV of the United States (LWVUS - 2018-2020).
LWV-VA updated its positions after Convention 2019. To read the full wording of the Revised 2019 LWV-VA Positions, click POSITIONED FOR ACTION.
Links to other Leagues’ positions:
The positions of the League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area (LWVNCA), 2016: Positions of the LWVNCA
The positions of the League of Women Voters of the Virginia (LWV-VA), POSITIONED FOR ACTION, 2018: Positioned for Action
The latest positions of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS), IMPACT ON ISSUES 2016-2018: LWVUS Positions: IMPACT ON ISSUES
LWVUS Positions in Brief: Summary of Public Policy Positions