From the President's Desk
These are tumultuous times for those who are dedicated to Making Democracy Work. The values and principles we League members cherish seem threatened more with each new cabinet pick. I am sure you are wondering as I am what will happen to the programs and policies that support our democracy. For example:
- What is to be the fate of public education?
- What will happen to affordable housing?
- Will women retain the right to choose what happens with their bodies?
- How will healthcare in the United States evolve?
- How can we protect the people who have been attacked for their race, ethnicity, or religion?
- Will our free press remain free and unfettered?
- Will our right to assemble go unchallenged?
- And how can we protect voting rights?
I believe we must stand up for our values and principles and push back on every attempt to dismantle our democracy. We must join forces with others who share our beliefs so that we can present strong cohesive support for all we hold dear.
The Board and I need to hear from you about your biggest concerns and to learn what you are interested in the League addressing. We will have our Program Planning Day on January 28th in the office at 1101 15th Street, and I don’t believe it can be business as usual. Please plan to attend if you can. In the meantime, please send me any ideas you have and any thoughts on groups we might work with. I think it will be important to focus on standing for democracy and not fall into the angry rhetoric that can occur when people feel strongly.
I look forward to hearing from you! Please send comments to me. In the meantime, cherish the ones you love and keep as positive an attitude as you can. I loved the resolve of one man who said he is exaggerating all the everyday courtesies, such as opening doors and letting cars go in front of him.
Yours in the League,
Linda Beebe, President
League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia