LWVGV was chartered in 1978 and has been serving the Gunnison Valley since that time, studying local issues, presenting voter information to the citizens, and making democracy work. We incorporated as a Colorado nonprofit in 2016.
The League of Women Voters encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.
We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.
Non-Discrimination Policy: The League of Women Voters board, staff and volunteers should reflect the diversity of the organization, constituencies, and the broader community. To this end, there should be no barriers to participation in any activity on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, marital status, military or veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender expression, or socioeconomic status.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy: We are fully committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policymakers in creating a more perfect democracy.
Black Lives Matter statement from LWVCO:
As an organization whose mission is to empower voters and defend democracy, we stand in solidarity with all Black communities. The League shall do so not only by speaking out against racism in all forms, but by doing the work required of us to be anti-racist. We are committed to listening to and amplifying Black voices, and educating ourselves and our children on the historic and ongoing systemic racism that plagues this country.
The League acknowledges, painfully, that America is a nation founded on racism. Therefore, all who live in this country must contribute to and participate in organizations actively working to achieve full liberation and inclusive freedom. We must all advocate for anti-racist policies at every level of government.