Making Democracy Work

Mission, Vision, Principles & Core Values

Our mission, vision, principles and values guide our activities.


Mission Statement: Empowering Voters, Defending Democracy.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.


Vision Statement: We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate.

The LWV of Detroit will act to inspire good government and transparency so that government is responsive to the needs of its people. We will do this by providing candidate forums, policy studies, and tools to encourage an informed citizenry to participate actively in the political process.


  • Democratic Government

    We believe in representative government and in the individual liberties defined in the U.S. Constitution.

    We believe democratic government depends upon the informed and active participation of its citizens. This requires that governmental bodies protect the citizen's right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings, and making public records accessible.

  • Voting, Education, Nondiscrimination

    We believe every citizen's right to vote should be protected.

    We believe every person should have access to free public education that provides equal opportunity for all.

    We believe no person or group should suffer legal, economic, or administrative discrimination.

  • Well-Run and Responsive Government

    We believe an efficient and economical government requires competent personnel, the clear assignment of responsibility, adequate financing, and coordination among the different agencies and levels of government.

    We believe a responsive government is responsive to the will of the people. This means our government maintains an equitable and flexible system of taxation. It means that our government promotes the conservation and development of natural resources in the public interest and shares in the solution of economic and social problems that affect the general welfare. A responsive government promotes a sound economic plan and adopts domestic policies that facilitate the solution of international problems.

    We believe cooperation with other nations is essential in the search for solutions to world problems and that development of international organization and international law is imperative in the promotion of world peace.

  • Diversity and Inclusion

    Our League affirms its commitment to reflect the diversity of Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park in our membership. We understand diverse perspectives are important and necessary for responsible and representative decision making.

    We believe both diversity and pluralism are fundamental to our League core values. Practicing inclusivity enhances the organization's ability to respond more effectively to changing conditions and needs.

    In both values and practices, the LWV Detroit affirms that there shall be no barriers to participation in any activity on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability. We will continue to seek new ways to enable and engage direct participation of our members.

Core Values

The LWV of Detroit believes in the power of people to create a more perfect democracy. As such, we adhere to specific core values:

  • We are a nonpartisan political membership organization.
  • We believe grassroots initiatives and consensus building are the strengths of our organization.
  • We believe our organization models the principles of good governance.
  • We consider well before taking action and prepare well before beginning to act.
  • We believe citizenship requires knowledge as well as the ability and will to act.
  • We believe the responsibility of good government rests on the shoulders of its citizens.
  • We believe the rights of citizens at home and abroad are interdependent.