Making Democracy Work

A Voice for Citizens and Force for Change in the United States

The League of Women Voters of Falls Church is a nonpartisan organization that serves the citizens of Falls Church City by encouraging informed and active participation in government, working to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influencing public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties. Any use of the League of Women Voters name in campaign advertising or literature has not been authorized by the League.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS, AAUW HOST JANUARY 25 FORUM ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING

The problem of human trafficking in Northern Virginia will be the focus of a forum on Sunday January 25, hosted by the League of Women Voters of Falls Church and of Arlington and the Falls Church chapter of the American Association of University of Women.

Worldwide, it is estimated that there are more than 21 million incidents of humans being sold into slavery each year, generating more than $30 billion in illegal revenues. Northern Virginia is considered to be a hub of this criminal enterprise because it is a major metropolitan area with easy access to both Dulles International Airport and the I-95 corridor.

The forum is designed to help citizens better understand the nature and extent of the problem and steps they can take to help combat it. The panel will include Detective Bill Woolf of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force, Lee Hopkins of the Tahirih Justice Center, and a representative of Courtney's House, an organization that serves the needs of children who have been victims of human sex trafficking.

The forum will be held in the Art Room of the Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls Street, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

For more information about the hosting organizations, go to http://www.lwvfallschurch.org, http://www.lwv-arlingtonva.org and fallschurcharea-va.aauw.net.

LWVFC HOLDS PROGRAM ON THE FUTURE OF FALLS CHURCH

The League of Women Voters of Falls Church held a program last November to continue our community's discussion of the proposed uses for the new land Falls Church City acquired in the sale of the City's water system to Fairfax County. The community as a whole was invited to attend; 30 citizens participated.

The program began by briefly reviewing ideas for the land that have been developed by the City's outside consultant, RTKL Associates, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Washington's Technical Assistance Panel as well as the anticipated timeline for development.

Program attendees then broke up into small groups for facilitated discussion exploring citizen visions for this resource and our City going forward. Finally, the small groups reported the results of their work to the group as a whole.

The League has summarized the ideas generated during this visioning program and shared the output from this program with City leadership and management. The final report and appendices are available here.

LEAGUE PRESENTS OCTOBER 26 PROGRAM ON THE INFLUENCE OF UNLMITED SPENDING IN ELECTION CAMPAIGNS

The League of Women Voters of Falls Church hosted a program entitled "Democracy is NOW for Sale: Democracy in the Balance" that examines unlimited spending in elections by corporations and large donors and how the public can respond to correct this imbalance.

League member Bob Crowe gave the October 26 presentation at the American Legion Post 130 in Falls Church. The presentation was developed by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and originally delivered at the national League convention in June 2014. This briefing was been made available to local Leagues around the country to educate League members and the general public on this major issue.

The 30-minute presentation, narrated version, is available here. The PowerPoint slides, non-narrated version, can be found here and the script and references that accompany the slides are available here.

Following the presentation, Mr. Crowe and Sean Barnett with Northern Virginia Move to Amend, a national grassroots coalition committed to a democracy accountable to the people rather than corporate interests, led a discussion.