Virginia onAir Supporters

The most important supporters of Virginia onAir are the undergrad students who are members of the onAir chapter at their Virginia university or community college. The GMU onAir Chapter is the  first and model chapter for Virginia onAir and other state Hubs.

Any Virginia resident can be a member of an onAir chapter although it is anticipated that undergrad majors in government and communication will be the primary chapter participants through internships, courses, student clubs, and student government.

Other ways to support the Virginia onAir Hub and chapter events include:

  • Donating to the nonpartisan, nonprofit 501c3 Democracy onAir,
  • Becoming a sponsor/advertiser,
  • Purchasing a premium Virginia onAir membership.

League of Women Voters of Fairfax

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

"Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy"

Websitelwv-va.org/  Vote 411.org

Address: 1011 E. Main Street, Suite 214A
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 447-8494
Email: league@lwv-va.org  or info@lwv-va.org

MISSION STATEMENT: Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

VISION STATEMENT: We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.

VALUE STATEMENT: We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.

Articles about Virginia onAirArticles about Virginia onAir

Informing the Youth

Source: RVA Magazine

Article by Zach Armstrong on January 24, 2020

Virginia onAir is working to ensure that young voters in the Commonwealth are able to stay informed about this year’s important election cycle.

The new decade is starting off with an election year, and many college students will become first-time voters in November. Amid a climate of divisiveness, tribalism, fact-free dialogue, and ad hominem attacks, in which a variety of sources regularly release conflicting information, Virginia onAir is attempting to create a more informed citizenry, particularly in local and state politics, with a one-stop forum for factual information about the candidates running for office in 2020.

Virginia onAir, a student run non-partisan non-profit organization, works by providing online hubs for elections and governance information, facilitating greater civic education, discussion, and engagement. Political candidates can also use their website to create a more easily accessible web presence.

Under the Virginia Elections and Governance Hub, voters can find vital information such as who their representatives are, what issues are at stake in the coming election, and what’s currently being done about them. They can watch interviews with Virginia politicians, as well as General Assembly live streams.

“I was immediately drawn to the organization because it was working to create something that I knew American voters needed,” said Virginia onAir’s Executive Director, Katlyn Weiser. “People don’t always know who they are voting for. We bring politics and a wealth of knowledge right to the voter’s fingertips.”

College students are the primary focus of engagement for Virginia onAir, and chapters are headed by undergraduate students from various academic disciplines. The organization can help students through internships, research projects, experiential courses, and more.

Political science students, for example, can interview politicians to help peers understand the democratic process. Media students are able to assist in filming and editing interviews, while graphic design students can assist developing the software for the website.

Graphic from Virginia onAir’s Election & Governance Hub, showing how Virginia’s Congressional representatives voted in the Trump impeachment vote. (via va.onair.cc)

The organization is currently overseen by three directors, with various interns working through the Global Politics Fellowship at George Mason University. In the past year, the organization has hosted live-stream election night coverage through Mason Cable News, and has made information on voters’ candidates easily available.

Virginia onAir has either active or developing chapters at several universities across the Commonwealth, including George Mason University, Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Virginia, and the College of William and Mary.

“I think that people under 40 have the power to influence an entire election, which will be especially important in the 2020 election,” said Jessica Cruz, Virginia onAir student curator at VCU. “Focusing on people in my age group is important, because it’s easy [for us] to forget that voting is a priority,”

Virginia voters have important decisions to make in 2020. Democratic U.S. senator Mark Warner is running for re-election and all U.S. house members are also running. The Republican primary election to choose Warner’s opponent will be held on June 9.

“As young people, we make up one of the largest voting demographics in Virginia,” said Weiser. “Perhaps if more young people got involved with politics then our legislators might actually create policies to reflect our interests.”

Those interested in working with Virginia onAir can contact their executive director at katlyn.weiser@onair.cc.

 

 

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Virginia onAir SupportersVirginia onAir Supporters

The most important supporters of Virginia onAir are the undergrad students who are members of the onAir chapter at their Virginia university or community college. The GMU onAir Chapter is the  first and model chapter for Virginia onAir and other state Hubs.

Any Virginia resident can be a member of an onAir chapter although it is anticipated that undergrad majors in government and communication will be the primary chapter participants through internships, courses, student clubs, and student government.

Other ways to support the Virginia onAir Hub and chapter events include:

  • Donating to the nonpartisan, nonprofit 501c3 Democracy onAir,
  • Becoming a sponsor/advertiser,
  • Purchasing a premium Virginia onAir membership.

Summary

The most important supporters of Virginia onAir are the undergrad students who are members of the onAir chapter at their Virginia university or community college. The GMU onAir Chapter is the  first and model chapter for Virginia onAir and other state Hubs.

Any Virginia resident can be a member of an onAir chapter although it is anticipated that undergrad majors in government and communication will be the primary chapter participants through internships, courses, student clubs, and student government.

Other ways to support the Virginia onAir Hub and chapter events include:

  • Donating to the nonpartisan, nonprofit 501c3 Democracy onAir,
  • Becoming a sponsor/advertiser,
  • Purchasing a premium Virginia onAir membership.
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League of Women Voters of Virginia 1League of Women Voters of Fairfax

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

"Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy"

Websitelwv-va.org/  Vote 411.org

Address: 1011 E. Main Street, Suite 214A
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 447-8494
Email: league@lwv-va.org  or info@lwv-va.org

MISSION STATEMENT: Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

VISION STATEMENT: We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.

VALUE STATEMENT: We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.

Summary

Websitelwv-va.org/  Vote 411.org

Address: 1011 E. Main Street, Suite 214A
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 447-8494
Email: league@lwv-va.org  or info@lwv-va.org

MISSION STATEMENT: Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

VISION STATEMENT: We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.

VALUE STATEMENT: We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.

Virginia Officers  & Board Members

Title Name Email
PresidentSue Lewispresident@lwv-va.org
First Vice PresidentLinda Garvelinkfirstvp@lwv-va.org
Second Vice PresidentLynn Johnstonsecondvp@lwv-va.org
SecretaryMartha Rollinssecretary@lwv-va.org
TreasurerPat Hursttreasurer@lwv-va.org
ArrangementsLynn Johnstonevents@lwv-va.org
CommunicationsCarol Lindstromcommunications@lwv-va.org
Action CoordinatorDeb Wakeactioncoordinator@lwv-va.org
Legislative CoordinatorValarie Fillgrovelegcoordinator@lwv-va.org
Voter EditorCarol Lindstromvotereditor@lwv-va.org
Voter ProtectionVacant – if you are a member who is interested in this position, please contact the nominating committee (email below)voteprotect@lwv-va.org
Voter ServicesMaggi Lucavoterservices@lwv-va.org
MembershipAndrianne Konstasmembership@lwv-va.org
Public RelationsAdarsh Trehanpublicrelations@lwv-va.org
Facebook CoordinatorCarolyn Caywoodfacebookcoord@lwv-va.org
Twitter CoordinatorCarol Lindstromtwittercoord@lwv-va.org
Program DirectorAnne Smithprograms@lwv-va.org
Administrative AssistantLaura Grahamadminassist@lwv-va.org
Nominating CommitteeKathy Matusiaknominating@lwv-va.org

National League of Voters

Websitelwv.org
Address:  1730 M Street NW, Suite 1000,
Washington, DC 20036-4508
Phone: 202-429-1965

Since 1920 we have been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that voters should play a critical role in democracy.

The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920 during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. The convention was held just six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote after a 72-year struggle.

The League began as a “mighty political experiment” designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters. It encouraged them to use their new power to participate in shaping public policy. From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy. It was then, and is now, a nonpartisan organization. League founders believed that maintaining a nonpartisan stance would protect the fledgling organization from becoming mired in the party politics of the day. However, League members were encouraged to be political themselves, by educating citizens about, and lobbying for, government and social reform legislation.

This holds true today. The League is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public. The League has a long, rich history, that continues with each passing year.

From Wikipedia

Wikipedia Entry

Overview

The League of Women Voters (LWV) is an American civic organization that was formed to help women take a larger role in public affairs after they won the right to vote. It was founded in 1920 to support the new women suffrage rights and was a merger of National Council of Women Voters, founded by Emma Smith DeVoe, and National American Woman Suffrage Association, led by Carrie Chapman Catt, approximately six months before the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution gave women the right to vote. The League of Women Voters began as a “mighty political experiment” aimed to help newly enfranchised women exercise their responsibilities as voters. Originally, only women could join the league; but in 1973 the charter was modified to include men. LWV operates at the local, state, and national level, with over 1,000 local and 50 state leagues, and one territory league in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The League of Women Voters is officially nonpartisan–it neither supports nor opposes candidates or parties. It does, however, support a variety of progressive public policy positions, including campaign finance reform, universal health care, abortion rights, climate change action and environmental regulation, and gun control.

one territory league in the U.S. Virgin Islands.[4]

The League of Women Voters is officially nonpartisan–it neither supports nor opposes candidates or parties. It does, however, support a variety of progressive public policy positions, including campaign finance reformuniversal health careabortion rightsclimate change action and environmental regulation, and gun control.[4][5]

Activities

The LWV sponsored the United States presidential election debates in 1976, 1980 and 1984. On October 2, 1988, the LWV’s 14 trustees voted unanimously to pull out of the debates, and on October 3 they issued a press release condemning the demands of the major candidates’ campaigns. LWV President Nancy Neuman said that the debate format would “perpetrate a fraud on the American voter” and that the organization did not intend to “become an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public.”

In 2012, LWV created National Voter Registration Day, a day when volunteers work to register voters and increase participation.

The League sponsors voter’s guides including Smart Voter and Voter’s Edge, which was launched in collaboration with MapLight.

Policy views

The League lobbied for the establishment of the United Nations, and later became one of the first groups to receive status as a nongovernmental organization with the U.N.

The League has opposed voter ID laws and supported efforts at campaign finance reform in the United States. LWV opposed the decision in Citizens United v. FEC. The League supports increased regulation of political spending.

The League pushed for adoption of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, which requires states to offer voter registration at all driver’s license agencies, at social service agencies, and through the mail.

The League endorsed passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, which banned soft money in federal elections and made other reforms in campaign finance laws.]

LWV supports the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Kyoto Protocol. LWV opposes the proposed Keystone Pipeline project.

In January 2013, the League of Women Voters in Hawaii urged President Obama to take action on climate change under his existing authority, the Clean Air Act of 1990, which the League supported.

The League supports the abolition of the death penalty.

LWV supports universal health care and endorses both Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act.

The League supports a general income tax increase to finance national health care reform for the inclusion of reproductive health care, including abortion, in any health benefits package. The League supports abortion rights and strongly opposed the passage of the Partial-Birth Abortion Act.

The League actively opposed welfare reform legislation proposed in the 104th Congress.

The League opposes school vouchers. In 1999, LWV challenged a Florida law that allowed students who were attending failing public schools to use school vouchers to attend other schools.

The League supports a system for illegal immigrants already in the United States to earn full citizenship. It lobbied for passage of the DREAM Act.

The League advocates gun control policies including regulating firearms and supporting licensing procedures for gun ownership by private citizens to include a waiting period for background checks, personal identity verification, gun safety education and annual license renewal.

Governance

A national board of directors consisting of four officers, eight elected directors, and not more than eight board-appointed directors, most of whom reside in the Metro Washington D.C. area, govern the League subject to the Bylaws of the League of Women Voters of the United States. The national board is elected at the national convention and sets position policy.

Local Leagues and state Leagues are organized in order to promote the purposes of the League and to take action on local and state governmental matters. These Leagues (chapters) have their own directors and officers. The national board may withdraw recognition from any state or local League for failure to fulfill recognition requirements.

Notable members

Videos

2018 LWV Convention: Creating a More Perfect Democracy

Published: June 29, 2018 By LeagueofWomenVoters

LWV Fairfax City Candidate Forum – April 11, 2018

Published: June 29, 2018 By cityoffairfaxva

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