...because democracy is not a spectator sport.
Non-Partisan But Political: What Does It Mean?
Our Cape Cod Area League joined with the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts to advocate for a stronger commitment to civic learning and engagement in the schools through changes to the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework and through the enactment of legislation that would increase state resources and expectations for civic learning. These efforts culminated in the June 2018 revision of the History and Social Science Curriculum Framework to include much stronger integration if civic learning in the K-12 curriculum including a required Grade 8 course in American history and civics. In December 2018, Chapter 296, An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement was enacted. Both the framework and the new law encourage a more updated active learning approach to civic education that emphasizes student engagement in learning about meaningful civic issues in a non-partisan way. Together they will foster greatly enhanced civic education learning that will be expected of all students.
Read Karen Mazza's personal statement on this process
On November 8, Governor Charlie Baker signed Bill S.2631 An Act to promote and enhance civic engagement
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We encourage all eligible voters to register at: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/
UPDATE on SEASONAL GUEST WORKERS,
VISAS and the CAPE COD ECONOMY
The League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area presents a panel discussion on the annual struggle to find seasonal workers to fill summer jobs on Cape Cod. This is due to tightening government regulations on H-2B visas for foreign workers.
Saturday, February 9 from 9:30-11:30 am
Harwich Cultural Center, 204 Sisson Road, Harwich
Wendy Northcross, Exec Director, CC Chamber of Commerce
Andrew Nelson, Aide, U.S. Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA)
Julian Cyr (D-Truro), State Senator, Cape Cod District
Representative of Mac's Seafood, Wellfleet
(Others TBD )
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The Mission of the League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government. LWVCCA takes action on selected governmental issues after study and agreement by our membership. We encourage members to be informed participants in political activity, but as a non-partisan organization, we neither oppose nor support any political party or candidate for public office, even when the office is unaffiliated with a political party. Our non-partisanship is the basis of the credibility of the LWVCCA and we carefully maintain it.
In Our Education Role we provide non-partisan information to citizens with the understanding that they will use it to make their own decisions. We encourage others to register, to vote, and to communicate policy priorities to those in public office. We provide information and training on voting procedures, candidates, issues, effective lobbying and running for office. Candidate and issue forums are highly visible examples of our education initiatives.
In our Advocacy Role we are non-partisan, though we are political--in the sense that we seek to affect the outcome of legislation and/or policy. When we work with public officials on legislation or policy that addresses our concerns on an issue, it is because of their position on that issue, not because of their party affiliation. League positions are developed over the years, are updated from time to time but are basically consistent. On the other hand, the positions and platforms of political parties do change. At time they resemble our League positions and at other times they do not. It is important to not confuse politics with position activity. In our advocacy role, the League does speak out on its positions and the legislation supporting them.