Mission, Values, Policies
Mission: The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, political organization that encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Nonpartisan Policy: The League never supports or oppose any political parties or candidates for office. Any use of the League of Women Voters’ name or logo in campaign advertising or literature is prohibited.
Membership: Voting membership is open to all (citizens and non-citizens) who have reached the age of sixteen.
Values: The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto (LWVPA) reaffirms its belief in the values of openness, diversity, and inclusiveness. It is committed in all of its activities to including all persons. LWVPA holds as a core value, the importance of diverse perspectives in its decisions on governmental issues. The League’s belief and commitment to diversity strengthen its ability to respond effectively to changing conditions.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy:
The League of Women Voters is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice.
There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability status, mental health, educational level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation and/or any other characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy.
The LWV has two separate and distinct purposes:
Voter Services/Citizen Education and Advocacy/Action
Voter Services/Citizen Education: We work to provide fair and unbiased, nonpartisan voter information about elections, ballot issues, candidate opinions, the voting process, and public policy issues.
Action/Advocacy: We advocate for or against public policy issues after study by its members and adoption of positions. The League may take action on governmental measures, policies and process in the public interest after study and consensus.
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