In honor of 95 years of Making Democracy Work®, LWVVUS staff members are sharing stories about their work with the League.
Jessica Jones, Grassroots Advocacy Manager
Years at LWVUS: Four years.
I care about the League’s work because:
I believe that everyone deserves equal access to vote. The work that the League has done for the last 95 years and continues to do to bring access to citizens in underserved communities is important for the strength of our democracy.
My favorite experience with the League has been:
Attending the closing ceremony of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington with League members from across the country. On a rainy afternoon at the Lincoln Memorial, hundreds of thousands of Americans heard from civil rights leaders, past and present Presidents of the United States and other activists celebrating the work we’ve done to secure equal rights for all. At the same time the event served as a rallying call to continue to fight back against attempts to disenfranchise voters across the country. It still inspires me in my work every day to continue to urge Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act.
The most inspiring thing I’ve learned from the League and its members is:
Never give up. League members are relentless in their support for the issues we work on at all levels of government. They make their voices heard on the issues that matter in their local communities no matter what the topic – voting issues, campaign finance reform, climate change – every issue gets attention from the League.
In 2015 and beyond, I look forward to the League:
Working to affect positive change in every community across the country. The network of grassroots support that the League continues to build in every neighborhood across the country is vitally important to the fight for equal representation, defending our environment and ensuring access to the vote. I truly believe that when League members are involved, anything can be accomplished.
The League of Women Voters is celebrating 95 years of Making Democracy Work® at every level of government. In 1920, the League was founded as an outgrowth of the movement that secured women the right to vote to help new voters engage with their government. Today, the League empowers all voters to improve their local, state and national government. Learn more about the League of Women Voters and join our celebration!