Summer 2008 Edition
Published September 12, 2008
2008 League of Women Voters of Alabama
Report on LWVUS 2008 Convention
Actions taken by the Convention
Approved an increase in the per member payment to LWV to $28 for
2008-2009 and $29.20 for 2009-2010. Approved a budget for 2008-2009.
- Amended the League Principles to include the following statement:
League of Women Voters of the United States believes that all powers of
the U.S. government should be exercised within the constitutional
framework of a balance among the three branches of government:
legislative, executive, and judicial.”
- Elected the slate of officers and directors / trustees proposed by the nominating committee.
- Approved a health care education campaign directed to members and the public to prepare for advocacy on health care issues.
- -Approved an “education and advocacy campaign to promote solutions to global climate change”.
a proposal for an LWV study on “the advisability of using the National
Popular Vote compact among the states as a method for electing the
- Approved bylaw amendments relating to certain
electronic meetings, the nominating committee, proposals to be offered
at convention, membership counts, and calls to council. A revised
resolution procedure for the 2010 Convention will be discussed at the
- Voted to retain all current Program positions in
the areas of Representative Government, International Relations,
Natural Resources and Social Policy.
Oregon Governors, the Honorable Barbara Roberts (First Woman Governor
of Oregon) and the Honorable John Kitzhaber inspired the
Convention with presentations on “Women as Political Leaders” and
“Health Care for the 21st Century”, respectively. Recordings
their addresses can be accessed on the LWV website, www.lwv.org
Climate Change Panel discussed climate change in terms of the science
and the current and predicted effects of global warming on people,
especially in the developing world.
Professor of Climate and
Atmospheric Sciences V. Ramanathan explained how we have all
contributed to the creation of a thickening blanket around the earth
that will eventually have devastating effects on our environment unless
we begin to make dramatic changes in our use of energy sources
immediately. He observed that some climate change is already
happening and it is too late to prevent all adverse effects.
suggested that in addition to supporting scientific and government
efforts to deal with this critical issue, we can and should all change
our personal habits. Personally he has begun riding his bike
Heather Kaplan, Senior Policy Advisor on Climate Change
with Oxfam America, discussed what Oxfam is doing to assist parts of
the developing world where climate change has already affected
traditional agricultural. She explained that as the climate
changed a need has arisen for plants that are resistant to drought, or,
conversely, in other areas, that will grow in fields that are
East Alabama, and Kathy Byrd, Tuscaloosa, at LWVUS Convention
Mary Lynn Bates, State President,
speaks for Alabama
Sarah McDonald and Mary Lynn Bates
Farmers must be taught new methods to adjust to
weather patterns and in some cases to shrinking arable land. She
predicted massive immigration and refugee issues as populations are forced to relocate to survive if we do not
address global warming now. One estimate if current trends continue is
250 million “climate refugees” by 2050.Workshops and Banquet Speaker
excellent workshops at the Convention provided attendees with
information, tools and inspiration to make the League more effective at
all levels in its work of promoting democracy and a better world.
Among others, there were workshops on voter service, membership
recruitment, fundraising, communications, planning, health care, global
democracy, the U.N., and an independent judiciary.
banquet speech, retired Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, Rebecca
Kourlis, talked about the importance of our judicial system and her
efforts on and off the bench to improve the courts and defend their
independence. Her address is available on the LWV website.Mary Lynn Bates
LWVAL Delegate to the 2008 LWV Convention
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