We are a non-profit, nonpartisan political organization made up of men and women from Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. We endorse neither candidates nor political parties, but strive to make members of our community better informed at the ballot box; we do this by encouraging reasoned and active participation in local, state, and national politics.
The mission of LWV Detroit is to engage our communities by registering new voters and providing educational opportunities regarding governance, decision-making, and public policy.
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.
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.
National League Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement
LWV is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policymakers in creating a more perfect democracy. There shall be no barriers to full participant in this organization on the basis of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability status, mental health, education level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation and/or any other characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity.
⏤Adopted by League of Women Voters of Michigan February 9, 2019
In addition to the National League of Women Voters Diversity Statement
“We, Detroit League of Women Voters, believe that democracy cannot truly exist without inclusion of all races, nationalities, genders, disabilities, cultures, ages, religions and sexual orientation. We cannot afford to exclude and not utilize the tremendous talents and experience of the diverse backgrounds that have come to the American shores. We as advocates, in the fight for democracy invite, encourage and promote participation in our league of ALL people. Inclusion makes for a strong army and a healthier community. We are ALL in this together.”
LWV Education Fund
Established in 1957, the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) offers citizen education and research to help Americans perform their civic duties, including exercising their right to vote, particularly those at the greatest risk of disenfranchisement. LWVEF helps to facilitate dialogues that enable communities to bridge political and ideological divides and find common ground on issues of greatest concern, from terrorism to global poverty. For more information on the LWVEF and to support the League’s educational services, go to the Give to LWVDETROIT webpage (https://lwvdetroit.org/give-to-lwv-detroit/).
Tenant Council Elections
As a fundraiser, LWV Detroit will hold elections for housing units who need to elect Tenant Councils. We conduct the election, count the ballots, help the participants with the ballot if needed, report on the results, and certify the elections. Often the Housing unit needs to establish that they have a duly elected Tenant Council before approaching HUD for assistance in disputes with the housing unit management. We help them prove that the elections were fair, impartial, and equitable.