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.
Looking for the last minute holiday gift? Our numbered and signed museum quality prints of acclaimed Tennessee Artist Shirley Martin's "Nashville Parade for Women's Voting" are a fabulous way to share this important moment in Tennessee history. Click here to purchase. Anne Dallas Dudley and other Nashville suffragists held the first parade in the South in support of suffrage in 1914 at Centennial Park and continued annual marches until the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920. We are honored that artist and the Tennessee State Museum have given us permission to sell these wonderful prints. All proceeds support the operating costs for LWVN.
If you are an Amazon shopper, you can give a little boost to our LWV Tennessee Education Fund by shopping through http://smile.amazon.com/. Use this link as your portal for Amazon online shopping and the Amazon Foundation will donate .05 percent of your purchase to the nonprofit of your choice. Select the Tennessee Ed Fund from the list and proceed with your online shopping. The small change generated from individual purchases will add up to dollars for our ongoing educational activities in Nashville!
Our monthly First Friday programs at Second Harvest are designed to give members and guests insights about current issues effecting our community and state. It was especially timely in December to hear from Stephanie Teatro, interim co-director for Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, just days before their organization hosted President Barack Obama's visit in Nashville. The LWVN shares enthusiasm for actions that will help eligible immigrants become full and active members of the Nashville community and our nation.
Our January program will be equally timely. LWVTN Lobbyist Stewart Clifton will provide a preview of the Tennessee Legislative Session for 2015. We anticipate there will be numerous bills this session impacting issues from health care to education to budget, which are of concern to LWVN. Please note that we will be meeting on January 9 (the second Friday) to avoid the New Year's holiday weekend.
If you are new to advocacy work, or just want a friendly refresher, please attend Clifton's annual Advocacy Training Session at the Legislative Plaza (see Action Committee Update). Learn from an expert the best ways to communicate effectively with state legislators and how to follow relevant issues. The session will include an optional tour of Legislative Plaza and the State Capitol, which will end around noon. All visitors to the Legislative Plaza must have photo ID to pass through security.
Again this year, we will host a series of receptions for Davidson County state senators and representatives. Our afternoon coffee in December with Senator Steve Dickerson (District 20) at the home of Barbara Devaney was a wonderful kick-off event. Senator Dickerson engaged in substantive discussions of issues facing the state and asked for LWVN assistance in acquiring data that will help him make informed decisions on a number of our priority issues. Please watch our calendar in the upcoming months as we continue this series of informal events.
Finally, on behalf of the entire LWVN Board, I wish everyone a joyous holiday season and an optimistic new year.
Debby Gould, President League of Women Voters of Nashville
LWVN is gratified that Governor Bill Haslam announced on December 15 his administration's support for "Insure Tennessee"--a uniquely Tennessee plan "to provide health care coverage to more than 200,000 uninsured Tennesseans who earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) without creating new taxes for Tennesseans." In addition, he said that he has received verbal approval from the federal government for his Insure Tennessee Plan. See both a one-page description of the plan HERE and the slides used during the governor's announcement HERE.
Consistent Voter Services
League members can impact the election process by volunteering to help educate the citizens of the community and provide opportunities for voter registration. Voter education and voter registration opportunities are continuous but peak during election years. Get involved by:
League members can impact public policy by educating the public about issues important to good government and community well-being, and advocating for League positions on key issues. Because we live in the state capital, Nashville League members work on both local and state issues. We also answer calls to action from the LWVUS when issues are pending in Congress. Whatever your interests, you can get involved!
Specifically, the League advocates for access to health care; education to prepare students for responsible citizenry and the economy of the future; good stewardship of our natural resources; election processes that are fair and secure; and ethics and transparency in government. League members interested in issue advocacy can participate by: