Making Democracy Work

LWV-RMA ADVOCACY PROGRAM*

Updated 2016

PURPOSE

The League of Women Voters of the Richmond Metropolitan Area (LWV-RMA) promotes political responsibility through informed and active citizen participation in government and acts on selected governmental issues.

NON-PARTISAN POLICY

The LWV-RMA shall not support or oppose and political party or candidate.

NATIONAL AND STATE PROGRAM

The LWV-RMA supports the principles and advocacy positions of the League of Women Voters of Virginia and the League of Women Voters of the U.S.

LOCAL PROGRAM:

The LWV-RMA supports:

OPEN GOVERNMENT

Open representative government. Open citizen participation and representation in governmental boards and commissions.

Fiscal policy and citizen participation. Open and active inclusion of citizen input in the development, adoption, and implementation of the budgets of all metropolitan area governments.

REGIONAL GOVERNMENT

Regional cooperation. Regional cooperation in the provision of government services to meet the needs of citizens of the metropolitan area.

Regional transportation. An efficient, multimodal, economical regionally planned, financed, and managed balanced transportation system.

Regional land use planning. Comprehensive, cooperative, and enforced land use planning in the metropolitan area that preserves permanent open space and develops pleasing roadways.

LOCAL SERVICES

Public education. Equality of public education for all, including gifted and handicapped students, which includes cooperation among school divisions; provision of up-to-date information; community involvement in school policies, programs, and budget processes.

Child care. Child care programs that meet the social, mental, and physical needs of young children.

Health care. A health care system that provides access for all residents and controls health care costs.

Housing. Availability of sound, affordable housing without discrimination.

*The LWV-RMA's local advocacy program positions were reviewed in 2016. Former positions have been archived. Updated positions are shown here for all areas except two. The entire Local Government Structure position was removed and archived because the specific recommendations for Richmond's government were enacted. The entire Juvenile Justice position was removed and archived because it was outdated. Future advocacy on juvenile justice issues can be undertaken using the LWV Virginia's juvenile justice position.