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Jackson Area - Action and Advocacy

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LWVJA Priorities

Each year, the League of Women Voters of the Jackson Area selects public policy priorities and advocates for these positions through an informed membership and a volunteer lobby corps. Action is also taken on long-held League positions or non-priority items when necessary or as time allows.

  • RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL PLANNING We support responsible financial planning for the city budget.

  • PUBLIC TRANSIT We support quality public transit systems.

  • LEFLEUR LAKES PROJECT We recognize that the Pearl River can be an asset for development, flood control, recreation and enjoyment of nature in the tri-county area; however, we support the exploration of alternative proposals other than the Lefleur Lakes project. We are interested in alternatives which are less expensive, create less damage to the environment, do not destroy existing habitat and recreational opportunities, are not irreversible and provide more public space.

During the legislative session, LWV-JA may choose to work on additional issues that arise.

LWVJA Positions

The League of Women Voters of the Jackson Area supports an effective and efficient city government that is responsive to the needs of all its citizens. In order to promote responsible government, we have developed the following positions:

  • CITY-COUNTY COOPERATION We encourage cooperation between county and city governments to eliminate duplicated services and to provide higher quality and more efficient services. Specific areas of county-city cooperation we support are tax collection and related data processing (e.g., the county tax collector could also serve as the city tax collector), planning and zoning with consistent standards when possible, law enforcement, with a specific emphasis on law enforcement communications, construction and repair of roads and streets, and construction/redevelopment of city-county office buildings.

  • PUBLIC RELATIONS We support an active city office of public relations and public information.

  • RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL PLANNING We support responsible financial planning for the city budget.

  • ADVISORY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS We support efficient advisory boards and commissions. Specifically we support rotation of board members, representation from all segments of the community, avoidance of conflicts of interest, provision of professional advisers, publication of all board reports, and the requirement of the city council to consider board and commission reports in their decision-making.

  • MERIT-BASED STAFFING PRACTICES We support basing personnel practices on merit and competence rather than loyalty and length of service.

  • PARKS AND RECREATION FACILITIES We support the establishment of parks and recreational facilities to accommodate all citizens. We also recommend allotment by developers of land in new housing developments for parks or an equivalent financial contribution and the consideration of using vacant sites for recreational use. Furthermore, we support the continuation of coordination of the city recreation board and the public schools.

  • HOUSING We support a coordinated housing program for the Jackson area with planning input by representatives of all economic levels, owners, and tenants for the goal of improvement of community life.
    - We support the vigorous enforcement of the housing codes and education programs of health, homemaking, and self-help for low-income families.
    - Recognizing that current housing practices are weighted toward owners, we support policies that promote fairness for tenants as well as owners, giving due consideration to both parties.
    - We support resident counselors, adequate space for family size, and availability of public transportation, shopping, services, and recreational areas in all public housing, subsidized multifamily, or elderly housing facilities.

  • PUBLIC TRANSIT We support quality public transit systems.

  • ENERGY CONSERVATION We encourage the development and use of programs to increase energy conservation. We further encourage the use of renewable resources to produce energy as a means of reducing energy growth and dependency on non-renewable resources.

  • LEFLEUR LAKES PROJECT We recognize that the Pearl River can be an asset for development, flood control, recreation and enjoyment of nature in the tri-county area; however, we support the exploration of alternative proposals other than the Lefleur Lakes project. We are interested in alternatives which are less expensive, create less damage to the environment, do not destroy existing habitat and recreational opportunities, are not irreversible and provide more public space.

The LWV-JA may also take action on positions of the State and National Leagues.

LWVJA Policies

NON-PARTISAN POLICY The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization. It does not support or oppose any political party or any candidate for elected office, whether or not the candidate is affiliated with a particular party. The organization's nonpartisan policy adds strength to its positions on issues and credibility to its voter service and educational work. Safeguarding the League's reputation for nonpartisanship is of paramount importance.

Leagues must not register voters with any partisan organizations.

The League urges its members to be politically active as individuals, the involvement of League leaders who hold sensitive positions are limited.

This policy will be reviewed and affirmed each year.

The President and Voter Service Vice-President must uphold the League's nonpartisan policy at all times including the following.

1. She/he must not hold office in any political party at any level while holding this elected position.

2. She/he must not run for any elected office while serving in this position.

3. She/he must not attend a fund-raiser or contribute to any candidate or party.

4. She/he must not allow candidate campaign signs to be displayed in their yard.

Leagues must not invite any candidate running for office as a guest speaker or allow candidates running for office to distribute campaign information at a League meeting. Debates are an exception in which a table may be provided for campaign information.

If a board member declares for an elective office, the member should resign from the board.

The president and voter service director shall not participate in any political campaign in any way. Other board members shall not chair or administer fundraising or political campaigns or chair campaign events.

The political activities of a spouse or relative of a board member are to be considered as separate and distinct from the activities of the board member.

Reaffirmed, July 21, 2013

E-MEETINGS POLICY [According to the bylaws Article IV Section 5, special meetings may be conducted by electronic means, such as telephone conference call or e-mail. The use of electronic meetings shall be reserved for those issues needing a decision before an in-person meeting is scheduled.]

An e-mail meeting shall include the following procedures.

a. The president shall formally call a meeting, giving the agenda, stating a beginning and ending time long enough to allow all members to participate. The president shall request that board members respond to the e-mail.

b. Board members' responses to this call may establish a quorum.

c. All motions, debate and votes shall be sent only to the president, who shall forward them to all participants in the order received.

d. Seconds are not required for motions.

e. The time allowed for discussion and voting on a motion shall be specified by the president, who shall send out reminder alerts as the vote closing time nears.

f. The meeting shall end at the specified time unless formally extended.

g. The secretary shall record in the minutes any official action taken.

Adopted June 23, 2009

DIVERSITY POLICY The League of Women Voters was one of the first civic organizations in Mississippi to open its membership in the 1960's to all persons. Today the Board of the Jackson Area League reaffirms its policy of diversity, supporting the policy adopted by the National League of Women Voters.

The LWV, in both its values and practices, affirms its belief and commitment to diversity and pluralism, which means there shall be no barriers to participation in any activity of the LWV on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.

The LWV recognizes that diverse perspectives are important and necessary for responsible and representative decision making. LWV subscribes to the belief that diversity and pluralism are fundamental to the values it upholds and that this inclusiveness enhances the organization's ability to respond more effectively to changing conditions and needs.

The LWV affirms its commitment to reflecting the diversity of America in its board, staff and programs.