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A Civics Text by the League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund


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LWVWA endorses Initiative 940,
De-Escalate Washington!

At its August meeting, the LWVWA Board voted to endorse Initiative 940, De-Escalate Washington! This statewide initiative is seeking to update and improve law enforcement training and community safety. In the words of the campaign, “It-

  • Requires training for violence de-escalation, mental health, and first aid.
  • Provides that police should render first aid at the scene.
  • Applies a good faith standard for use of deadly force and removes the de facto immunity. 
  • Requires completely independent investigations of use of deadly force when there is injury or death.
  • Brings diverse community stakeholders to the table for the development of standards and curriculum.
  • Includes Tribal governments in investigations where a tribal person was injured or killed.”

The League is excited to endorse this initiative and we need your help to get the required signatures to send this measure to the 2018 Legislature. Once it is in the hands of Legislators, their action can make it law, or their inaction will put it on next year's ballot, or they can write their own law (and both measures will be on the ballot). We are forming a statewide committee to take on various aspects of this work-from signature gathering to writing press releases and everything in between. If you want to be involved with this committee, contact Heather Kelly (hejokelly@gmail.com) and Nikki Hurley (nhurley1009@gmail.com; 410-300-6195) to find the best way to get plugged in. If you want to volunteer directly for the campaign or work only intermittently on this project, you can check out the events calendar on the I-940 website to find an event near you: http://www.deescalatewa.org/calendar

Let’s get to work!  

Action Workshops to Gear Up for the 2018 Legislative Session

Get Ready for Action!

This year the League of Women Voters of Washington is presenting three Action Workshops in Olympia, Seattle and Tacoma. These workshops cover LWVWA advocacy priorities for the upcoming legislative session and will give you an opportunity to: 
  • Help us flex our political muscle in Olympia.
  • Get the inside scoop on what to expect for the upcoming legislative session.
  • Learn about critical issues facing our state, such as climate change, the challenge of raising revenue, education, and campaign finance.
  • Discuss the issues of greatest interest to you with legislators and our lobby team.
  • Gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be a more effective, powerful advocate for the issues you care about.
  • Network with other advocates involved in the League.
  • Meet LWVWA’s dynamic lobbyist team: Nancy Sapiro and Pam Crone.

All workshops are 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Registration fee of $25 includes lunch, coffee and all workshop materials. Use the links below to register for the workshop you'd like to attend. All workshops will have the same core information with keynotes on different topics at each workshop.

January 6, Seattle   Keynote: Revenue Issues


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2017 Directory of Elected Officials?

The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County produces a statewide directory. An online version is available here or to request a printed copy, please contact the Seattle League office info@seattle.lwv.org for a printed copy. Please include your name, address and phone number.
They Represent You Directory of Elected Officials

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The League of Women Voters of Washington is a nonpartisan organization. We participated in the Womxn's March in Seattle. We marched peacefully to show our support for the protection of voting rights, health care, the environment, women's rights, and civil rights. As women and defenders of our democracy, there is more that unites us than divides us.

The League of Women Voters, 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.



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