The areas of emphasis are selected by consensus of national, state or local leagues. An attempt is made to focus our combined efforts on a few issues to more effectively change its outcome. Through grassroots efforts, coordinating with like minded organizations and lobbying we exert effort of the political process.
League of Women Voters United States
League of Women Voters Michigan
League of Women Voters Kalamazoo (PDF)
Democracy doesn't just happen. We must work at it. Citizens must shoulder much of the responsibility for becoming engaged in the process. At the same time, policy makers can and do have a significant impact on citizen involvement through legislation, policy directives and court rulings.
The LWVMI's Citizen Access to Government Report Card reviews governmental actions which impact citizen participation and gages that impact —positive or negative. Kalamazoo Area League members were instrumental in promoting the Access to "Government Report and have participated in the development of both the first and second editions.
Links to Selected Areas of Interest
Campaign Finance Reform
The key to regaining a government of the people, by the people and for the people, is to reform the way campaigns are financed. Here are some links to help you learn more about why this issue is so important and what you can do to help take special interests out of political campaigns.