LWVO is nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest. We arrive at those position statements based on studies by our members. Studies can take one to two years--or more--and involve a process:
a self-selected study committee interviews experts, conducts research, engages in discussion;
the study committee prepares informational materials and develops questions to pose to our membership;
the membership discusses the questions and arrives at position statements.
The purpose of a study, at any level, is to educate members so that they can be informed participants in consensus and provide the necessary data for formulating the ultimate League position.
Last year, LWVO presented a series of public information forums and discussion programs, followed by meetings where members worked for consensus on a set of questions aimed at creating the new policy positions for adoption at the national level. There is fascinating and thought-provoking materials on the LWVUS study web page.
With a major election ahead, local Leagues around the country are participating in the following National and State League studies:
Higher Education Study
--a study with the purpose of forming an LWV CA state position on public higher education in California, including the California Community Colleges (CCC), the California State University (CSU), and the University of California (UC) systems. Read more about LWVO's Higher Ed Study!
Money in Politics
An update of the existing policy statement on campaign finance to support effective action against the corrupting influence of dark money, especially in the post-Citizens United era.
Read more about LWVO's Money in Politics Study!
--a new study of the process for amending the constitution, much discussed as one possible response to the effects of that 2012 Supreme Court decision. Oakland and our neighboring Leagues have jumped right into this effort.
Read more about LWVO's Constitutional Amendment Study!