2017 Action Alert #8a

If you have been hesitant to email your elected state officials, here is a chance to jump in and get your feet wet.  And remember that once you contact them by email, their email addresses are in your email list and contacting them again will be much easier. You might want to gather together some friends [...]

By | 2017-05-03T10:51:52+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Action Alert|0 Comments

Democracy Requires Transparency

The recent election has raised the issue of transparency in government to a high priority. What is government transparency – and why does it matter? Transparency measures the amount of openness, accountability, and integrity of a government entity. Without transparency, corruption can easily, and usually will, flourish.  “Governments exist to serve the people. Information on [...]

By | 2017-01-04T14:21:26+00:00 January 4th, 2017|Advocacy, Corruption|0 Comments

Follow Juneau Assembly and School Board actions

This post was contributed by LWVJ members, Pat Watt Public participation is the glue that holds democracy together.  Democracy is not just about voting - getting registered, learning about what's on the ballot, and then turning out to cast your ballot. It's about paying attention to policy matters, issues decided by those we elected, issues [...]

By | 2016-12-12T17:43:04+00:00 December 17th, 2016|Advocacy, Member Info, Program Update|0 Comments

It Takes a Community to Make and Keep a Democracy 

This post is contributed by LWVJ member LaRae Jones. Various scholars and social scientists remind us that our middle class is eroding, along with our roads, our bridges, harbors, and – most alarmingly – schools. Some see the solution in renewed isolationism that reduces the huge budget drain of foreign wars and arms races. The more [...]

By | 2016-12-08T14:39:43+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Empire My Turn|0 Comments

Elections and Ballots – The Fundamentals of American Democracy

Three ideas are fundamental to the workings of a democracy: The open and unrestricted access to a secret ballot by all adults. A ballot secured by competent administration from accidental or purposeful disclosure of a voter’s ballot choices. The use of a paper balloting system that assures the auditing and accurate hand counting of voting [...]

By | 2017-01-09T10:07:15+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Election Laws, Empire My Turn|0 Comments

Things To Do To Make Democracy Work

This post is contributed by LWVJ member Ann Fuller. Let’s make democracy work by improving civics education in our schools and community.  Our future well-being depends on people sensibly cooperating for effective action and engaging in open debate.  Helping students learn to think critically, monitoring school programs,  and including young people in practical democracy are important [...]

By | 2016-12-08T14:43:08+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|Empire My Turn|0 Comments

Citizen Responsibility

This post is contributed by LWVJ member Judy Andree. Freedom, patriotism, the Bill of Rights, the Founding Fathers — all rallying cries when talking about politics in the USA. But we don’t hear much talk about our responsibilities as citizens in a free society. Every freedom we enjoy comes with citizen responsibilities.  Here are three points [...]

By | 2016-12-08T14:44:25+00:00 August 30th, 2016|Empire My Turn|0 Comments

What’s A Girl To Do?

This post is contributed by LWVJ member carolyn Brown. When I was a kid in early years of learning the saga of U.S. history, I had trouble understanding the meaning, relationship and difference between the words ”suffrage” and “suffering.” They sounded alike to me. Now, these several years later, I find myself similarly troubled to understand [...]

By | 2016-12-08T14:45:31+00:00 August 25th, 2016|Empire My Turn|0 Comments