My name is Noell Rodriguez and I am President of the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
August 26th marked the 89th anniversary of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. The League of Women Voters - founded the same year women achieved this right - celebrated Women’s Equality Day by remembering the historic achievement, and looks forward to greater civic participation and healthy debate on the issues that matter most to our communities.
Women’s Equality Day was a celebration of such a basic part of our democratic process – the right to vote – and the opportunities to channel that power into real, lasting change, starting at the grassroots level. The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson has worked for many years to safeguard democracy through expanded civic engagement. As a League member, you have the opportunity to have a profound, direct and positive impact on the issues that matter most to our community, and what better time than the anniversary of the 19th Amendment to get involved?
The League of Women Voters is strictly nonpartisan; we do not endorse candidates for office at any level of government. However, we are political and work to influence policy through advocacy. Through a consensus process we develop positions on local, state and national issues—such as health care reform, civil liberties, and climate change—and then lobby and advocate for those positions.
The League believes in respect for the individual, the value of diversity, grassroots action, and the power of collective decision making for the common good. Civil discourse is especially important in reaching consensus in our own League processes and in society in general. We study, we discuss, we agree on a position and then advocate for that position at appropriate levels of government—local, state and national.
Everyone is talking about health care reform these days, including the League. An example of how we are participating in this debate is a booklet compiled by the Arizona State League. It contains facts and figures that citizens will find helpful in examining health care issues; it does not advocate a particular plan or reform. The booklet can be found on [www.lvgt.org](http://www.lwvgt.org) and may be downloaded for your own use.
The League depends on its committed and active members to accomplish its goals. Members determine issues we address. If you are interested in joining us in the important work we do, you can find more information at League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson.