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Local Issues: Information Papers
Where Do Your City Tax Dollars Go? This handout provides a useful overview of the City's budget and current spending.
Where Do Falls Church City Budget Dollars Come From? This handout provides a useful overview on sources of revenue for the City.
Civic Creativity: Beyond Civic Engagement Finger-Wagging April 19, 2015
Indications are American civic life is in crisis. This event was designed to move beyond complaining about the decline in civic life to laying the groundwork for its revitalization. The presentation is by Pete Davis, Harvard Law student and co-founder of Our Common Place of Falls Church. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sagEerZJPQ8
Extreme Realities March 6, 2016
Unprecedented extreme weather events are leaving a trail of destruction throughout the world. Are these merely once in a hundred year storms or an early warning signal -- a tipping point? This film and panel discussion investigates the link between severe weather, climate change, and threats to our national security. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSz83XACg9c
Assessing the Relationship Between Money in Politics and Free Speech Under the First Amendment Jan. 13 2016
This forum explores whether all or some political activity should constitute free speech protected under the First Amendment in contrast to recent Supreme Court rulings to allow unlimited spending in candidate elections that entirely discount an danger from undue influence other than quid pro quo corruption. Keynote Speaker: Tara Malloy, Deputy Executive Director, The Campaign Legal Center.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD6YrI2oJQM
Why Redistricting Matters June 4, 2015
Community Forum sponsored by the George Mason University School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, and co-sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters in both Falls Church and Arlington and the Northern Virginia chapter of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. https://vimeo.com/130090321
The Economic Impact of Medicaid Expansion September 10, 2016
Tens of thousands of Virginians fall into the healthcare coverage gap because they do not qualify for Medicaid or another public program, do not receive coverage through their job, and do not qualify for subsidies to purchase insurance in the private market. In this panel, five distinguished speakers from government, business, and the health sector discuss the impact of the coverage gap on Virginians and the state's economy. Speakers (in order of appearance): Massey Whorley (Commonwealth Institute), Joe Flores (Virginia Secretariat of Health and Human Resources), Sheila Ryan (Arlington Free Clinic), Joe Vidulich (Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce), and Mary Margaret Whipple (Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association). The event was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Arlington in conjunction with the League of Women Voters of Falls Church and the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy's Northern Virginia chapter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQU8tHtcijU
The League of Women Voters of Virginia has just released a public service video "Why Vote?" encouraging citizens to vote on November 3. The one-minute video asks the viewer what issues they really care about and how to find information about where candidates stand on issues using the League's Vote411 website. State Co-President Lois Page, stated "It's so important that people take part in this election process, since those elected make the real decisions that affect areas such as education, health care, employment and voting equality." https://youtu.be/JJ7GX3rLuoE
City Council Candidates Forum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdi2SXhAKD0
School Board Candidates Forum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0OSx9azldk
In Celebration of Women's History Month
Born out of the long struggle to guarantee women's right to vote, the League of Women Voters has spent nearly a century helping shape our country's political and social history. In celebration of Women's History Month, we've pulled some pictures from the archives and put together a brief slide show highlighting a few of the League's accomplishments over the last 96 years. http://participate.lwv.org/c/10067/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=10239