Programs

Local Program Priorities, 2021-2022

GOALS:

• Educate and empower citizens to be more civically engaged in our democracy.

• Identify and study 1-3 political issues important to the local community; then, set relevant advocacy priorities.

Local Program Approved at LWVSNM Annual Meeting • April 10, 2021

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

“Continue to monitor the activities of affordable housing providers in the community, advocate for increases in the amount of such housing including working to identify funding sources, lobby for appropriate changes in city ordinances, and educate the public about affordable housing issues.”

Read the 2021 Annual Report about the League’s work in this important area.

EDUCATION

“Advocate for improvements in education, especially those which address the needs of underserved students and communities.”

 

IMMIGRATION

“Monitor developments in immigration policy and use the immigration position and advocacy statement to support more humane treatment of immigrants.”

Read the Immigration Position here.  If you are interested in joining the Immigration Committee, contact the League via email: lwvsnm@gmail.com.

COUNTY GOVERNMENT

“LWV members and others throughout Southern New Mexico can benefit from a better understanding of how county government works.  In particular, counties play a significant role in addressing the needs of underserved rural populations. Hold at least one meeting to discuss how we might approach this topic in a longer-term study.”

Other Priorities Approved at LWVSNM Annual Meeting • April 10, 2021

JEDI: JUSTICE, EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

LWVSNM is an organization fully committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policymakers to strengthen democracy. A strategic action plan is being developed with a vision that seeks to prevent and reduce poverty in order to develop a well-functioning democracy. This includes increasing diversity in LWVSNM membership related to ethnicity, age, and needed skills. Advocating for economic and income equity through a variety of elements, such as education, health care, living wages, and job opportunities, is essential to reach the vision goal.

OBSERVER CORPS

“Continue to monitor government entities, including but not limited to the Las Cruces City Council, the Doña Ana County Commission, the Las Cruces Board of Education, and the Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority, to identify issues of interest to League members.”

VOTER SERVICES

“Provide VOTE411/Voters’ Guides and candidate forums for 2021 elections; engage with legislators before the 2022 legislative session concerning LWV priorities; update the Who’s Who Directory of Elected Officials.”

Read the Voter Services Annual Report for the 2020/21 fiscal year. The Chair of the Voter Services Committee is Dale Yeo.  Several volunteers are regularly needed throughout the year for this committee.  Contact Dale if you can assist in any way.

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT

“Support greater civic engagement by young people in the community including providing step-by-step information on registering to vote and the voting process and exploring the possibility of young people serving on local government and non-profit advisory boards.”

Read the 2021 Youth Engagement Committee Report. The Committee was chaired by Erika Graf-Webster.