CONVENTION 2022 — CONCURRENCES AND CAUCUSES!
Help Support Two Concurrences at the 2022 Convention (June 23-26)
- NYS Concurrence to Update the 30-year old LWVUS Health Care Position CLICK
- Rural Affairs Concurrence to add a position on Digital Equity (Broadband) CLICK
I. What is a (LWV) CONCURRENCE?
To add to or change an official LWVUS “position” (as published in the biennial Impact on Issues), the League recognizes two processes: The “marathon” approach in #1 as opposed to “the sprint” described in #2.
- Run an official STUDY on a nationwide basis, usually at least 2 years’ work, involving League representatives from many states on the Study Committee and all 50 states plus DC in a full consensus process, League by League.
- Adopt or Update a position by CONCURRENCE; this is a faster, easier, less laborious way for all Leagues and LWVUS to update an already created, important, and useful position–It involves offering a local or state League position (adopted after rigorous study by that League) to delegates at a LWVUS Convention and having 2/3 of them vote to adopt the concurrence. Hurdles include getting the concurrence onto the agenda and winning over 2/3 of the delegates.
II. How do YOU support either or both of these concurrences?
- Introduce one/both to your League’s leadership and ask for its support. CLICK for sample letter to use as a template for your leadership.
- Arrange to show an educational webinar about the specific proposal being made.
3. For Healthcare, the video and slides of the educational webinar by members of the NYS Healthcare Update Committee (HCUC) Judy Esterquest and Barb Thomas presented to the LWV Colorado Health Care Committee on 2/5/22 are available for others to use: link for video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uym4AEzwoIo. Link to slides, powerpoint or pdf. (The powerpoint has the “script” in the notes section.) Link to transcript of webinar and Q&A.
3b. The “nutshell” version of the explanation was presented 5/5/22 at a Program Planning webinar organized by LWVUS. Judy Esterquest describes the rationale and benefits of the concurrence in 5 minutes, with 3 slides (HC section from approximately minute 19 to 24). Link: https://events.bizzabo.com/403447/agenda/session/888975.
4. For Digital Equity …. CLICK for request
5. Provide your Leagues delegates access to the supporting material they need: concurrence statements, background materials, and pros and cons, and list of Leagues supporting the concurrence by sharing HC Link and DE Link.
- HC Link for supporting materials
- DE Link for supporting materials, including helpful background here: https://www.lwvnm.org/broadband/background.html
Note about DELEGATES:
Local and state Leagues may not instruct delegates on how to vote for concurrences, but they can urge them to learn what they can from the materials provided beforehand AND to attend caucuses, small-group specialized education sessions held during the national convention. Each of these concurrences will be offering caucuses. (tba)
Note about Wording:A Concurrence cannot revise or rewrite the language of either the existing national position or the language of the position offered as concurrence. However, language can be added to a US position from another League position, thereby leveraging the work done by another League in studying an issue. The only way to revise the wording of concurrences is through a study and consensus process.
All concurrences offer a “concurrence statement,” the language that will become the new position or that will be added to a current position.
Because the LWVUS has a Health Care position from 1993, the LWVNYS concurrence takes excerpted language from the two NYS 2021 positions to add to the current US position. It does not change the position: it can clarify or expand it, but does not change it.
Because the LWVUS does not have a position on Digital Equity, the Digital Equity concurrence statement will become the entire LWVUS position if adopted at Convention.
WHY SUPPORT THIS CONCURRENCE
Since most local and state Leagues use the national position when they don’t have one of their own (as in health care and digital equity), having an updated national position benefits all. Thus, this concurrence will benefit state and local Leagues without requiring additional resources from the national League.
By adopting (passing) these concurrences, convention delegates will update our national position to speak to current concerns including health and digital inequities that have grown more severe over three decades — without having to conduct their own studies, create their own study materials, and go through their own consensus process. Adoption will also strengthen the ability of all Leagues to advocate on LWVUS program priorities, such as reforms to address widening disparities among vulnerable populations in health care and the digital divide, inequities both exacerbated and made more visible by the COVID pandemic
WHAT IS A CAUCUS?
A caucus is a type of workshop that is held at the national convention, lasts approximately one hour, and deals with a particular topic. Its purpose is to educate, motivate, and engage fellow Leaguers in the work of the League. It is sponsored by one or more local Leagues.
We are encouraging everyone to attend two particular caucuses at the 2022 convention, (give titles and the official wordage we are sending to national). Look in your convention schedule for the time and place they will occur.
Due to the COVID pandemic, we have heard that this year’s convention will be both virtual and held in person in Denver, June 23-26. Normally caucuses are held in the morning before the convention begins, or in the evening after daily work of the convention ends. However, if the convention is held virtual like it was last year, caucuses may be held virtually a week before convention. LWVUS will keep Leagues and delegates updated to this year’s plans as the date approaches.
Caucus information will be posted here when the LWVUS Program Planning Committee announces it.