Your dues Empower Voters and Defend Democracy at the Local, State and National levels.
Why should I join?
Locally, LWVKA focuses on empowering voters and defending democracy:
- For the November 2020 election we offered information on our state’s enhanced voter registration and no-excuse absentee voting to the general public and in a special mailing to Kalamazoo and Portage high school graduates.
- Our Calhoun County Unit works with the high schools in their areas to promote voter education and registration.
- As for past elections, LWVKA created and distributed print Voter Guides and offered the online guide, VOTE411.org.
- We live-streamed and posted online virtual candidate forums for three area State House Districts.
- After the election, LWVKA volunteers monitored Kalamazoo and Kent County Boards of Canvassers as they certified precinct voting results.
- LWVKA committees conduct voter registration and monitor election administration.
Additionally, LWVKA supported our local housing millage and, on an ongoing basis, sponsors a book group and partners with local organizations to provide education on the environment and on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues.
In Michigan, LWVMI helps make democracy work through voter education, issue advocacy, and citizen participation:
- LWVMI offers a voter guide for statewide offices and provides accurate election information via social media.
- A team of LWVMI volunteers is monitoring implementation of the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.
- An LWVMI committee monitors state legislation, alerting League members to take action when advocacy on League issues is critical.
- LWVMI promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is among the 21 members of the Oil and Water Don’t Mix Coalition, which focuses on the Line 5 pipeline under the Mackinac Straits.
Nationally, LWVUS primarily pursues the Campaign for Making Democracy Work: Voting Rights, Improving Elections, Campaign Finance/Money in Politics, and Redistricting. Other issues include climate change, the ERA, healthcare, immigration reform, gun safety, and the popular vote.
Never has there been a more urgent need for the reasoned, factual and civil voice that the League of Women Voters brings to our community.
What do I get by joining?
As an LWVKA member…
- You’ll automatically become a member of the state (lwvmi.org) and national (lwv.org) League of Women Voters—no additional dues required.
- You’ll receive our monthly VOTER newsletter, as well as updates and calls for volunteers by email.
- You will be invited to four all-member events each year.
- You can be as active as you want to be by joining one (or several!) of our many committees and initiatives. Some hold regular meetings, including the Book Club, Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee and the Natural Resources Advocacy Group. See our list of committees to see everything we’re up to.
- You can attend the monthly LWVKA board meetings, which are open to all members.
- You’ll feel great joining like-minded individuals to make democracy work!
I know the LWV is a nonpartisan organization. How does that impact its positions and activities?
- Through a process of study and consensus, LWVKA takes positions on public policy issues in the areas of government, social policy, and natural resources. While the League never supports or opposes candidates for office or political parties, we do lobby our elected officials to advance these positions.
- League members can engage in local advocacy based on our local positions. As a member of the LWVKA, you can take part in the Program Planning meeting held in January to review and affirm these positions.
Can I be politically active if I’m a member?
Yes! We encourage members to be as politically active as they choose. Individual League members can support candidates and a political party, run for office, etc. As an organization, however, we advocate only for policy issues that can be supported by our positions.
Why should I join the LWV of Kalamazoo Area if I live in Calhoun County?
LWVKA is mentoring the Calhoun County Geographical Unit until they meet the requirements to become an independent Local League.
By joining LWVKA you become a part of the Calhoun County Geographical Unit. You receive information from Calhoun County and your support and work are directed to needs in Calhoun County. You will also be a part of the state and national Leagues.
For more information, please use the League Link in the menu bar above.