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2024 Unit Meetings and Presentations

May 2024 - Climate Change, I-2117 and more
See the power point presentation by Marty Gibbins, LWVWA Issue Chair for Environment & Climate Change, here.

March 2024 - Homelessness Update
The March 2024 Unit Meetings focused on homelessness in Pierce County, with resources and stories from people in the field. See the presentation here.

February 2024 - Book Banning
The February Unit Meetings discussed the issue of book banning, where it is happening, what types of books are being banned, and what is occurring in Washington State.
See the presentation here. See the recording of the virtual Unit Meeting, February 7, here

January 2024 - Understanding the 2024 Legislature

The January 2024 Unit Meetings focused on the issues, timeline and budget considerations that will be discussed and addressed in the short, second half of the biennium Legislative session that began January 8. See the presentation and related information below.

Unit Meeting Presentation - 2024 Legislative Session
Using the Legislative Web Site and LWVWA Legislative Newsletter
Talking with Legislators - first presented to the Coalition to End Homelessness

2023 Unit Meetings and Presentations

November 2023 - Understanding Comprehensive Planning

The November unit meeting program is "Understanding Comprehensive Planning", which includes a description of the growth management act, comprehensive planning requirements and how and why League members should be involved. See the power point here.

April 2023 - Stories from the Field:  Responding to Homelessness in 2023

Pierce County advocates who promote safe and secure housing for all—especially for the most vulnerable residents of our county - will share stories of their experiences.  There will be stories of cliff-hanging policy decisions, bureaucratic wrangling and delays, street level engagements that change lives (if even for a day), faith communities sharing their spaces, and projects to promote health and connection.
Rather than a fact-filled intellectual exploration, the April Unit Meetings were an opportunity for us to hear what happens to people who, when confronted with a life-threatening crisis, decide to turn toward — not away from — our neighbors in need.  
  • Jan Runbeck, public health RN, volunteer
  • Jani Hitchen, Pierce County councilmember District 6
  • Gerald Daniels, Exec Director of Brotherhood Rise
  • Jay Worley, advocate with a personal history of housing challenges
  • Jeffrey Boyce, homelessness missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia
  • Moderator: Rosemary Powers, LWVTPC 1st Vice President and advocate for people experiencing homelessness
See the recording here

March 2023 - 103 Years of League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County

There were no unit meetings in March. However, there was a public presentation at South Tacoma Library, "103 Years of the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County".
See the powerpoint here.

February 2023 - LWVUS Advocacy & Legal Work

See the powerpoint here.

January 2023 - 2023 Legislative Session Preview

See the powerpoint here.

2022 Unit Meetings


November 2022 - LWVWA Journalism Study

The November 2022 unit meeting program was a presentation by members of the team who produced the LWVWA study of journalism. Titled "The Decline of Local News and Its Impact on Democracy", the study was approved by the LWVWA Board on November 14, 2022, and will be discussed in a membership consensus meeting during January.

Read the study here.  If you need to read it in print, instead of online, but can't print it yourself, you can check out a copy at the League office. Contact the office at 253-272-1495 to arrange pick-up.

September 2022 - Back to League

See the Power Point presentation used for the September 2022 unit meetings, "Back to League".
This sets the foundation for the LWVTPC work in 2022, refreshing longer-term members and informing new members of League's background, decision-making and more.

See the presentation here: Unit Meeting Presentation - September 2022

May 2022 - Climate Change in Pierce County

See the power point presentation used by speaker Dr. Elly Claus McGahan, of Climate Pierce County, discussing the current impacts on Pierce County of climate change and what residents can do to reduce and mitigate further impacts. Climate Change in Pierce County - May 2022