The League of Women Voters is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities and policymakers in creating a more perfect democracy.
We will actively work to remove barriers to full participation in this organization regardless of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability status, mental health, educational level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation, and/or any other characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity.
We Resolve First, That the League advocates against systemic racism in the justice system and, at a minimum, for preventing excessive force and brutality by law enforcement. We also call for prompt actions by all League members to advocate within every level of government to eradicate systemic racism and the harm that it causes; We Resolve Second, That the League help our elected officials and all Americans recognize these truths to be self-evident: that Black, Indigenous and all People of Color (BIPOC) deserve equal protection under the law and that we demand solutions for the terrible wrongs done, so that regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, and gender identity or sexual orientation we may truly become a nation “indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
People often make assumptions about someone’s gender based on their appearance. In order to extend our commitment to inclusion, the LWVNE encourages members to offer their pronouns when introducing themselves at meetings and events. Using correct pronouns encourages acceptance and respect and fosters an inclusive environment. If you are uncertain about a person’s pronouns, offer up your pronouns first. You can learn more about pronoun use below.