Units

The Units historically are the ‘heart’ of the League.  The Units are small groups of local members who meet for discussion and study of various issues of interest in Howard County, Maryland, the region, and the nation. The purpose of Units is to facilitate discussion and understanding and are held to best meet the League goal “to promote informed and active participation in government.”

Units are where LWV grassroots positions are developed. Local program items are adopted by the membership at the yearly annual meeting and are usually dealt with in the Units, where the consensus of each Unit is forwarded to the local Board.  Once consensus is reached, a position on an issue is identified and the LWV uses these positions to advocate (take action) at all levels of government.

Contact info@lwvhowardmd.org if you are interested in attending as a guest at any unit meetings.

September 2020 Unit Meeting - watch the video here!

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April 1 Unit Meeting

In this time of uncertainty, we have decided to cancel the Unit Meeting which was to be held on April 1, 2020 at Historic Oakland. With the continuing fear of the spread COVID – 19 and with the consideration of the health and safety of our members, we are following the advice of local, state and national leaders who are urging all citizens to take extra precautions at this time.

This meeting was scheduled to hear the report of the Equity in Education Study Committee, to discuss the report and to reach concurrence to possibly change our Position. There is not a deadline for doing this and in conversation with both Krista Threefoot, LWVHC Director of Education, and Beth Hufnagel, LWVHC President, it was decided to move this important meeting to the first Unit Meetings in September.

You will receive specific information about the date, time, and place for our September meetings in August. You will also receive the link to the Education Study again. In the meantime, if you would like to peruse the information and the data in the report, you can find it online in the March Voter beginning on page 5

Also, we have not canceled our May Unit Meetings, so please watch for information regarding the status of those meetings. Susan Fingerman is scheduled to report on the study done by the LWVMD on Civic Education in our schools. There is not a call for concurrence in this study. Also, in May we plan to gather ideas for Unit Meetings for the 2020-2021 League year. We hope that we will see you in May with lots of your ideas.

We also hope that you are well and continue to stay healthy during this time of crisis.

CANCELLED: Education Report at March Unit Meetings

With the spread of the coronavirus (COVID–19) and in consideration of the health and safety of our members, we are following the advice of local, state and national leaders and postponing next week’s League of Women Voters’ meetings on March 18 and 19, 2020.

The meetings are being tentatively rescheduled as one meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room on the lower level of Historic Oakland.

Of course, this is dependent on the state of the outbreak near the end of March. As of today, schools are scheduled to reopen on March 30th and Historic Oakland is also scheduled to reopen by April 1, 2020. Hopefully, this will happen, however we will reassess this new date in late March and notify all members of the status of the meeting.

The March meetings were scheduled to hear the report of the Equity in Education Study Committee, to discuss the report and to reach concurrence. Reaching concurrence is necessary before making any changes to our Education “Position” statements.
We urge you to take some time in the next few weeks to read the LWVHC’s Equity in Education Study Background Paper and the Study Questions. They will give insight into the discussions that we need to have before reaching concurrence. The Background Paper and the Study Questions can be found in the March Voter beginning on page 5. The Voter is online.

We hope that you are well and continue to be during this time of crisis.

Take care and hopefully we will see you in early April.

Sincerely,

LWV of Howard County


Update on the February Unit Meetings
Five LWVUS positions were reviewed.
1. Consensus was reached to support the Redistricting position, with the addition of the following sentence: “This position does not supersede any existing State League redistricting position.”
2. Consensus was reached to support the Water Resources position, and to update it with the following sentences: “We support curbing corporate attempts to acquire water rights and deplete water quantity.” “We support modernizing infrastructure to provide potable water in sufficient quantities.” “We support bans on fracking because of the damage it causes to our water resources.”
3. Consensus was reached to support the Fair Housing Criteria position, and to add: In the second bullet point, add “Nonprofit entities” to the series at the end of the sentence. At the end, to add “ The federal government has to provide financial support for the creation of housing or to make existing housing habitable.”
4. Consensus was reached to support the Federal Role in Public Education position, adding, “The federal government should not fund vouchers for private education.”
5. Consensus was reached to support the Immigration position, with the following additions: Under “Criteria for Legal Admission...,” add a bullet point for medical treatment. Under “Administration and Enforcement,” add “and timely” in the first sentence between the words “fair” and “hearing.” Under “Unauthorized Immigrants...,” add “serious” to the last sentence so that it reads “...no history of serious criminal activity." 

Two ideas for study were suggested relating to Immigration. The first was a Study on funding and construction of border
walls. The second was a Study of the relationship of Federal Immigration Enforcement Agencies’ use of, and ties with, local
law enforcement agencies.

All LWVHC positions were reviewed. No consensus was reached to make any changes to any position, despite substantial
discussion. If you have questions, you can contact Lucie Geinzer who we thank for leading these discussions.

To the Future
There will be no Unit Meetings in April.

Members are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting which is being held on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 6:00 PM at
Historic Oakland.

Mark your calendars now for the May Unit Meetings on May 20 and May 21, 2020. We will have an overview of the study
that was done by the LWVMD on Civic Education. This has been an interest of many of our members and we look forward
to hearing about this study even though we are not being asked to reach concurrence. Also at the May meetings, we will be
gathering ideas for unit meeting topics for the 2020–2021 League year which begins in September of 2020. Program Report

Submitted by Thea Jones, Program Director and Lucie Geinzer, Assistant Program Director 

Please send questions or comments to tjones89@comcast.net

February 2020 Unit Meeting

POSITIONS, POSITIONS, POSITIONS!
 
The February Unit Meetings will be held on February 19 th at 10:00 a.m. at the Residences at Vantage Point and on February 20 th at 7:00 p.m. at Historic Oakland. These meetings will meet our annual obligation to review League position statements which enable our League to testify at the local level on issues which are priorities for Howard County. We need to determine if revisions and/or deletions should be made.  At this meeting, we also need to discuss possible "Studies" for the 2020 – 2021 LWVHC year.
Our current positions can be found on pages 16-20 of the LWVHC 2019-2020 Handbook.  You can access the handbook on the League's website at https://hoco.lwvhowardmd.org/lwvhc_handbook    Select LWVHC under “Positions.” 
In addition, we have been asked to review the positions of the LWVUS, our national organization, to determine if revisions or deletions should be made. Positions at the state and national level are important to us as we can use these positions as we testify on issues in Howard County. At our February meetings, we will only be examining positions that are LWVUS priorities or those that impact the work that we are doing in Howard County.
The LWVUS positions can be found in the LWVHC 2019-2020 Handbook on pages 32-53.  We will only be looking at specific items in the following sections:
Section I. Representative Government:
Section III. Natural Resources - p. 40
Section IV. Social Policy - p. 46
Non-League members are welcome to attend the February Unit Meetings, however only LWVHC members may vote on decisions to be made.
We look forward to your participation!

January 2020 Unit Meeting

 

 

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