EXAMINING OUR POSITIONS
The Purpose and Process
Purpose: With “program planning,” we ask League members about their priorities for League activities in the following year. For the League, “program” means “those issues impacted by government and chosen by members for concerted study and action.” The League can have an impact on many important issues. During program planning, members decide which issues most deserve our time and efforts.
Process: In January 2023, Portland League members are meeting online to discuss seven sets of current issues. These topics all have important implications for the future of our communities and state. There are LWV of Oregon and LWV of Portland advocacy positions which apply to each set of issues.
During online discussions, members decide whether or not our advocacy positions adequately address the issues. They also consider whether any positions need to be restudied. If no position covers an issue, members can propose a new study. Their recommendations are sent to the LWVPDX and LWVOR Boards of Directors for review. League members vote upon these proposals in May at the LWVPDX Annual Membership Meeting and the LWVOR Convention.
To learn about the topics for discussion, read the information below. Portland League members may participate in as many of the online discussions as they like.
If you are a LWVPDX member, register for 2023 Program Planning discussions by clicking here.
In addition to making recommendations about the advocacy positions and new studies, the discussion groups can propose various LWV activities. For example, they can propose topics for focused League advocacy, community education events, member education, and interest groups. In January or February, Portland League members may also suggest Bylaw amendments and nominees for the LWVPDX Board.
Definitions for Program Planning Terms
Some of the words we use for Program Planning need explanations. For example, what is an “interest group” or a “position”? What is the difference between an “update” and a “restudy”? To read the definitions for League Program Planning terms, click here.
The Online Meeting Schedule and Sets of Issues
Each discussion group will review a set of issues and LWV positions that are related to these issues. Here is the list of positions assigned to each group. To read the wording of the relevant LWVOR and LWVPDX positions for each group, view the LWVOR positions here and the LWVPDX positions here. Discussion leaders will send members who register for their groups a packet with copies of the positions the group will consider. For Discussion Group 5, the LWVUS Immigration position may be considered, since it can be used to address state and local immigration and refugee issues.
DISCUSSION GROUP 1 meets on Monday, January 16, 2023 at 1 pm – YOUTH PROTECTION, led by Debbie Aiona and Kathy Casto. Topics for discussion: Teenage Girls at Risk; LGBTQ Bullying; Indigenous Abductions; Services Providing Protection, Assistance, and Recovery; What can the League do?
Discussion Group 2 meets on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 1 pm – PUBLIC EDUCATION, led by Fran and Tom Dyke. Topics for discussion: New Civic Ed Requirement; Equity of Curriculum and Funding; Mock High School Elections and Essay Contest; What can the League do?
Discussion Group 3 meets on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 10 am – MENTAL HEALTH/HOUSING ISSUES, led by Jason Renaud and Annie Davidson. Topics for discussion: What are the services and are they enough? Why are there so many homeless people with all the efforts & funds to find them homes? What can the League do?
Discussion Group 4 meets on Monday, January 23, 2023 at 10 am – FISCAL POLICY, led by Elizabeth Domike and Virginia Hammon. Topics for discussion: Gender Pay Equity; Tax Payment Equity Regarding Property, Sales, Income, and Arts Taxes; What can the League do?
Discussion Group 5 meets on Monday, January 23, 2023 at 5:30 pm – IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE LAWS, led by Audrey Zunkel-deCoursey and Melanie Billings-Yun. Topics for discussion: What are the laws; What is the process for citizenship; Should non-citizens be allowed to vote? What can the League do?
Discussion Group 6 meets on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 9:30 am – GOVERNANCE ISSUES, led by Norman Turrill and Chris Cobey. Topics for discussion: Election Methods; Redistricting; Campaign Finance Reforms; Other State and Local Governance Issues. What can the League do?
Discussion Group 7 meets on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 5:30 pm – CLIMATE CHANGE, led by Robin Tokmakian and Nora Terwilliger. Topics for discussion: What are the responsibilities at state, county, city, neighborhood, and individual levels; What was accomplished at the climate change conference in Egypt last summer? What can the League do?