Making Democracy Work


LWV of Diablo Valley 2013-2014 Priorities for Action and Advocacy

We have chosen the following three issues as priorities for action and advocacy for 2013-2014:

  • Social Safety Net in a Time of Economic Downturn

  • State of Criminal Justice in Contra Costa County (particularly in the light of the transfer of prisoners and responsibility from the state to county/local institutions and programs)

  • Educate members about tobacco use prevention and substance abuse measures in our area

Please let us know if you would like to participate in these priorities for advocacy and action.

Local, State, and National Studies

In 2013-2014, we will be conducting an update study to consolidate our of local and unit positions.

Also, we recently participated in the following national and state studies:

Studies (whether national, state, or local) are a defined process lasting one to three years, during which we undertake thorough pursuit of facts and details, both positive and negative. Study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then asked of the membership as part of a study kit. Consensus is the overall decision-making process by which substantial agreement among members is reached on an issue. If 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 can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action can not be taken on that issue.