LWVN believes that democracy functions best with an informed and engaged public.  Through our monthly First Fridays programs, special forums, consensus studies, and background reports, we help the public learn more about the issues that impact our community and state.  We also serve as the eyes and ears of the public by attending and reporting the proceedings of the Davidson County Election Commission and other public meetings through our volunteer Observer Corps program.

Our Special Events are always open to the public so that individuals can make informed decisions about public policies and upcoming elections and referendums. Please see our monthly calendar for the most recent postings.

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Nashville NextFirst Friday lunch time programs (noon-1:00 p.m.) and the encoring Second Wednesday evening programs (6:00-7:00 p.m.). Our audience gains important insights about public policy issues in the news that impact Nashville and Tennessee. Guest speakers address a wide range of topics including: homelessness, public education, community planning, mass transit, law enforcement, and judiciary and environmental issues. The public is welcome to attend these free monthly programs. No reservation is required.

 

See our current online newsletter, The Voter, or Calendar for more information about our monthly speakers.

SpeakerLWV chapters across the country study an important public policy issue in depth annually.  Members read documents, hear from knowledgeable authorities, and hold discussions before reaching consensus positions that can, in the future, be the basis for public policy advocacy.  Current topics are:

 

Money in Politics:  LWV members will update the League’s position on campaign finance to clarify whether financing a political campaign is protected speech under the First Amendment.  The campaign finance position will be updated through a study and consensus process to consider: (1) the rights of individuals and organizations, under the First Amendment, to express their political views through independent expenditures and the finance of election campaign activities; and (2) how those rights, if any, should be protected.

 

Constitutional Amendment:  LWV members will focus on the process of amending the U.S. Constitution including guidelines for evaluating amendment proposals and aspects of Article V of the Constitution that may be important in conducting such a convention.

 

ConstitutionStudy resources are available for this national study.

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