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OK Voter Newsletter, March 2016

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To build our statewide network, share ideas and updates, and to make the League's good work more visible the OK Voter is sent each month to all members and friends.  

 

Tulsa League to host

 

Money Power
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Power of the People


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The Tulsa League invites you to a community discussion on the important topic of Money in Politics.

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
Meet and Greet 5:45 p.m.
Forum 6:30 p.m.

Speakers:

  • Tamara Piety, University of Tulsa College of Law
  • Trent England, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
  • Rodger Randle, University of Oklahoma, Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture

Founder’s Hall, OU Schusterman Center | 43rd and South Yale | Tulsa

Free and open to the public.  
Please register at Eventbrite.

 

 

Well, not really dollars for your thoughts, but do we have your attention now?
 
You can help shape our Questions for Candidates, by taking about five minutes to respond to our 2016 Voter Guide questionnaire.  

We do want your 2-cents worth!

Take the easy and fun survey here.


 


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Coming Soon

LWVOK Council 2016

Fairfield Inn, Lawton

When:
  • Friday, May 21(optional afternoon and dinner)
  • Saturday, May 21, 2016 (Council, 9 to 3)
Where: Fairfield Inn & Suites, Lawton, Oklahoma (special Council rate will be $77 a night)

The Lawton League of Women Voters will be hosting Council 2016, and president Jacqueline Achong is already making plans for a great meeting. Look for complete details in the "Call to Council" coming your way in April.

And, why not plan a weekend?  Here are 5 great things to do around Lawton:
  1. Holy City
  2. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
  3. Meers Burgers
  4. Medicine Park
  5. Museum of the Great Plains

 

President's Update: League Program


Sheila SwearingenWhat is League Program?
When I first got active in League, I was baffled when members talked about the League "program." It was held in high esteem, and it was apparently something more than lining up speakers for meetings.  Fifteen years later, I appreciate the power of League program, and I am officially a fan.


A Structure for Study and Action
Most League members, including me, want to influence the way our cities, states and nation govern. We want to do more than complain. We want to take action, and we still believe in a government that is "of the people, by the people, and for the people." League program is the structure that helps us educate ourselves on issues so we can take action.
League Basics (a useful reference from our national organization) says, "
The League’s program consists of those governmental issues that the League has chosen for concerted study and action at the national, state or local level."  
The steps to League program are 
  • Formal adoption (by members at an annual meeting or by state/national convention delegates) of an issue for study.
  • Member study and agreement on broad concepts.
  • Formulation of a position by the appropriate board of directors.
  • Action as directed by the board of directors
  • Annual or biennial re-adoption of the position.
League of Women Voters of Oklahoma Program
How are we doing with our own structure of study and action?  At the state level, we are working on both.
Study: The committee working on the current Fiscal Policy Update will be posting study materials and consensus questions to our website on April 1. Local Leagues will do their own studies of the issue, hold consensus meetings, and respond to consensus questions by the end of January, 2017.
Action: Our advocacy and action work is challenging. Oklahoma faces another year of budget failure, cuts to education and social services funding, with no relief in sight. Using our Legislative Watch list to track bills, talking with and forming coalitions with other advocates, and reading the daily news reminds us that our voices and advocacy are needed. LWVOK Vice President and Advocacy Chair, Sandy Bahan, is at the Capitol each week, and we'll be sending out action alerts when a vote is approaching on bills that we're watching. 

Program in Action
Members have told me they want to League to be more active, to take action on issues that matter to us.  And, that's exactly what League program supports.



In League,



Sheila Swearingen
President
League of Women Voters of Oklahoma
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