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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 LEAGUE 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, regional and national).

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