The League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County supports, and will take action, on current local, state and national policies and issues as stated in our positions.

The following is the 2018-2019 Program that was approved by membership at the League's Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 16, 2018. 

Advocacy and LEGISLATIVE GOALS

ECONOMIC GROWTH

  • Support initiatives to eliminate income inequality and recommendations focused on lifting low-wage workers and promoting equal pay for women
  • Support efforts to address lack of affordable housing and other factors that make Miami-Dade so difficult for lower- and mid-level income residents to afford and discourage small-business development and expansion

EDUCATION

  • Support adequate funding of K-12 and Early Childhood Education
  • Coordinate with LWVFL on efforts to safeguard public education in our region and state
  • Monitor implementation of projects resulting from the League-supported School Bond

ENVIRONMENT/RESILIENCY

  • Monitor implementation and activities relating to the Miami Forever Bond, EPA’s Consent Decree with Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department, and  PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) in Miami-Dade County
  • Support and take action on climate change issues, sea level rise, aquifer protection, solar energy expansion, water resources management, Urban Development Boundary, management of land use and development in the county, and a ban on “fracking”
  • Advocate for local climate-resilience planning, policy development and funding to equitably reflect the needs of all residents and support organizations, networks, and emerging initiatives that lead on these issues

GUN SAFETY

  • Support gun-safety measures including a ban on all semiautomatic assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines, improved background checks, and protection of victims of domestic violence
  • Support local municipalities in their lawsuit regarding the state’s preemption law on gun control
  • Support anti-gun violence initiatives, particularly in high risk communities
  • Advocate for workable school safety regulations and practices to protect students, faculty, and staff

HEALTHCARE

  • Advocate for Medicaid expansion that provides insurance opportunity to lower-income Floridians
  • Monitor health care delivery issues in Miami-Dade County, specifically issues impacting the Jackson Health System
  • Advocate for the fair treatment of the mentally ill in Miami-Dade County jails and the completion of the approved and funded facility to adequately house them

IMMIGRATION

  • Support comprehensive immigration reform
  • Support efforts to protect Miami-Dade’s diverse multicultural population from repression and intimidation
  • Work for humane treatment of detained immigrants and refugees in our community

LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT

  • Advocate for adoption of a measure to revert the county’s form of government from strong mayor to council manager
  • Support dedicated funding and community-based plan for comprehensive public transportation system that includes bus, rail, and local transportation expansion
  • Continue to advocate for and actively support adequate funding for Miami-Dade County Libraries
  • Continue ongoing efforts to make the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners more transparent, open, and responsive to citizens’ voices and concerns
  • Work closely with fellow LWV chapters around the state to advance the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact
  • Support local initiatives to reduce the influence of money in politics

SOCIAL POLICY

  • Support the safe rescue and rehabilitation of victims of human trafficking, and efforts to raise public awareness and understanding of the issue
  • Advocate and support programs and  policies to enhance availability of child care to working women and to enhance the quality of life of working women
  • Support policies and initiatives to aid and uplift marginalized communities, such as LGBTQ and people with disabilities, especially as relates to voter engagement

STATE AND NATIONAL ADVOCACY

organizational goals

MEMBERSHIP GROWTH AND VISIBILITY

  • Continue to develop projects and activities that increase membership
  • Expand network of community partners and collaborative outreach initiatives to facilitate novel and innovative approaches to engaging voters and advocating for key policy goals
  • Continue enhancement of communication and outreach through our website and social media
  • Work to ensure that our leadership and membership reflects the rich diversity of our community

OUTREACH AND EDUCATION

  • Educate and raise public awareness on League issues and increase League visibility
  • Expand the LWVFL Fellows Program to develop new ways to engage young voters and to help students develop the skills to become future community leaders

VOTER SERVICES AND ELECTIONS

  • Conduct voter registration drives  and get-out-the-vote activities throughout the county in a variety of settings and venues and in collaboration with community partners to help optimize reach and effectiveness, with a special emphasis on youth and first-time voters
  • Inform the electorate on candidates and issues in the 2018 Elections by producing Voter Guides and hosting Candidate Forums and De-Code the Ballot Workshops, and other voter engagement activities
  • Partner with community organizations throughout the county to inform and engage voters in underserved communities and populations
  • Advocate to increase voters’ access to the polls, including expanding early voting, automatic and improved online voter registration as well as passage of the Florida Amendment 4 for Voting Rights Restoration

Updated:  June 3, 2018