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Action & Advocacy

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The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

See the LWVTN Positions, which are in addition to the LWVUS Positions.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

See the LWVTN Priority Issues

The League places no restriction on individual expression of opinion. Please review the Action Guidelines prior to advocating for the League.


BLM wants public feedback on new "fracking" rules

The BLM wants citizens to participate in the process in the following ways:

  • Mail: U.S. Department of the Interior, Director (630), Bureau of Land Management, Mail Stop 2134 LM, 1849 C St. NW, Washington, DC, 20240, Attention: 1004-AE26.

  • Personal or messenger delivery: Bureau of Land Management, 20 M. St. SE, Room 2134 LM, Attention: Regulatory Affairs, Washington, DC 20003.

  • Online at the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments at this Website.

The letter that LWVUS sent about fracking gives talking points the League members can use.

As we get more we can add. Hopefully people will give public feedback.

Health Care Reform

What benefits and services will Tennesseans get in the new affordable coverage options under health reform? It is up to our state leaders to decide!

Make your voice heard by participating in the public hearing in your area. Find and attend the hearings in your area.

Clean Air Act

Clean air protections are being attacked in the U.S. Senate. A vocal minority is threatening to eliminate an historic regulation issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This regulation is a landmark Clean Air Act achievement for public health and we need your help to fight and make sure it remains.

Stand up for Clean Air: Send your Senators a message now!

Earlier this year, the EPA set an historic standard, regulating mercury and toxic air pollutants from power plants. This standard came after decades of delay, and sets strict limits on mercury and toxic emissions. This standard will save thousands of lives and help those with asthma and bronchitis breathe easier.

Despite resounding support from the public, Senator Jim Inhofe has introduced a bill that would nullify this historic advance. For years the League has worked to fight for clean air and protect the Clean Air Act. Now that action has been taken to strengthen this law, some Senators wants to take a step back!

Tell your Senators you want clean air in your community.