Every month Second Unitarian donates one half of our offering to a local non-profit organization. February’s Share the Plate recipient is the League of Women’s Voters.
The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.” Members are both women and men. The LWVGO “believes in respect for individuals, the value of diversity, the empowerment of the grassroots, both within the League and in communities.”
They take positions on issues, but do not support any candidate. Their issues include voting rights, gerrymandering, criminal justice, education, human rights including LGBT, immigration, juvenile justice, natural resources, sex trafficking, utilities, public education. Members go to the Unicameral to speak on behalf of or against bills.
They register and encourage people to vote. They encourage people formerly in the criminal justice system to register to vote after they are “off paper”. These people don’t understand they can now vote.
They publish a Voters Guide at every November election, asking candidates ( for federal, state and local offices) about their position on issues.
This year is the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. The LWV were in the forefront of this movement.