RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE REPORT
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS UNITED STATES
BIENNUAL CONVENTION, 2020
June 25, 2020
Resolutions Committee Members:
Suzanne Stassevitch Chair, LWVNY
Toni Zimmer LWVUS
Melissa Currence LWVUS
Maribel Balbin LWVFL
Deb Wake LWVVA
Criteria for Resolutions:
Per Rule 14 of the Convention rules, the following criteria were used by the Committee to judge the appropriateness of resolutions. These rules can also be found on page 10 of the Convention workbook.
- has complied with procedural requirements of this rule;
- is consistent with LWVUS Bylaws, principles, and positions;
- must not circumvent the program planning process;
- addresses a single, topical issue;
- is likely to have an impact on the single, topical issue;
- requires time-sensitive federal governmental action;
- is consistent with the current stated LWVUS priorities; and
- can be implemented using existing League resources.
The Resolutions Committee received five proposals for resolutions, including two emergency resolutions, to be presented at Convention. Of the five, the Committee has recommended three to move forward.
- The League of Women Voters of Oregon proposed a resolution that the League of Women Voters reaffirm our commitment to immigration reform. Further, supporting laws that provide efficient and expeditious systems for immigrants to enter the United States.
- The League of Women Voters of Araphoe and Douglas Counties proposed a resolution that calls for an immediate, wide-scale, mobilization by the United States that restores, protects, and funds an ecologically sustainable environment and climate, based on an interrelated approach that is environmentally sound, science-based, just and equitable, dedicated to appropriately addressing the speed and scale of the global climate change emergency.
- The League of Women Voters of Missouri, in conjunction with 20 state Leagues and 27 local Leagues, proposed an emergency resolution that the League of Women Voters advocates against systemic racism in the justice system and, at a minimum, for preventing excessive force and brutality by law enforcement. We also call for prompt actions by all League members to advocate within every level of government to eradicate systemic racism, and the harm that it causes. We resolve second, that the League help our elected officials and all Americans recognize these truths to be self-evident; that Black, Indigenous and all people of color (BIPOC) deserve equal protection under the law; and that we demand solutions for the terrible wrongs done, so that regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, and gender identity or sexual orientation we may truly become a nation "indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The Committee determined that the above resolutions meet all the criteria outlined on p. 10 of the Convention workbook.
Proposals that were determined not to meet the stated criteria:
- The League of Women Voters of Deerfield, Lincolnshire in Illinois, proposed a resolution reaffirming long held LWVUS position that the Electoral College should be abolished. The 2020 Convention of the League of Women Voters of the United States urgently reaffirms its long-held position that the Electoral College should be abolished. Through conversation with the proposer, the Committee felt that this resolution violated the resolutions criteria, “must not circumvent the program planning process,” and is not, as required “consistent with current stated LWVUS priorities”.
- The League of Women Voters of Northwest Maricopa County in Arizona, proposed a resolution that local and state leagues call upon the LWVUS board to advocate strongly for bills that legislate for single payer, improved and expanded Medicare for all. Through conversation, the Committee felt that this resolution violated the resolutions criteria “must not circumvent the program planning process;” does not, as required, “addresses a single topical issue” and is not, as required, a resolution that “can be implemented with existing league resources”.