Nonpartisan Political Organization Encouraging Civic Participation in Government


The League of Women Voters of Louisiana is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.


offered by the League of Women Voters of Louisiana

at the

2024 LWVUS National Convention

Sunday, June 30, 2024 Washington, DC

WHEREAS libraries serve not only as vital hubs of access to information, resources, and programming but also as crucial civic spaces for people to come together to learn, debate, organize, and enjoy a wide range of intellectual, cultural, civic, and recreational opportunities;

WHEREAS libraries provide internet access and a range of online resources that contribute to digital equity, both in ordinary times and in situations of emergency and disaster, when they serve as crucial lifelines;

WHEREAS libraries are crucial places for citizens and voters gather to access tools and practice the skills of democracy, including through opportunities to participate with professional library staff, library boards, and local governing authorities in setting library policies and programming;

WHEREAS libraries have been subject to censorship efforts targeting groups on the basis of age, gender, race and other status, along with calls for defunding and/or privatization that threaten their status as public institutions and public resources;

Therefore, be it resolved that public libraries are essential institutions for strong, viable, and sustainable democracies and that access to materials, resources, and programming provided by public libraries is a civil right, which should be enjoyed by all and distributed equitably in our communities.

Monday, FebruarY 26, 2024

Dear Senators and Representatives to the Louisiana Legislature:

The League of Women Voters of Louisiana is a non-partisan, volunteer political advocacy organization committed to keeping our citizens informed. The League does not support political candidates, but we do take policy positions regarding individual rights, good government, and other issues that we deem significant for democracy and public participation in civic life. In particular, we are devoted to voting rights and voter education.

The 2024 Second Extraordinary Session on crime has already violated a number of our national and state policy positions on criminal justice. To start, the League opposes the death penalty and supports its abolition.

When it comes to juvenile justice, we believe in treating children as children.  At the federal level, the League has supported legislation giving judges discretion to reduce juvenile life-without-parole sentences after 20 years and essentially ban juvenile solitary confinement in the federal system. We believe that these policies should be reflected our our state policies to give juvenile offenders opportunities for rehabilitation and a second chances.

With respect to gun policy, the League believes that the proliferation of weapons in the United States is a major health and safety threat to its citizens. The League supports strong measures at the federal level to limit the accessibility and regulate the ownership of these weapons by private citizens. We believe that our policy positions preclude the ready availability of guns without permit or training in gun safety, as has been proposed for Louisiana in the current session.

The League’s criminal justice position requires a strong, viable system of
public defenders, capable of providing adequate counsel to defend indigent accused. Prosecutors, defense attorneys, public defenders, and judges should be provided with training on alternatives to incarceration, including pre-trial diversion and restorative justice practices.

Above all, we at the League believe in a criminal justice system that is just, equitable, and transparent and fosters public trust at all stages, including policing practices, pretrial procedures, sentencing, incarceration, and reentry. There should be a focus on humane treatment and rehabilitation to promote successful reentry into communities of those who have been incarcerated. The policies that the legislature has put forth in this session on crime fail to meet the League’s criminal justice standards and thwart these important criminal justice objectives.


Bonnie J. Schmidt, Criminal Justice Committee Chair and Vice President, LWV of Louisiana

M. Christian Green, President, LWV of Louisiana

Congressional Redistricting 2022--Still Happening in 2024!

The League of Women Voters of Louisiana, in a coalition of 24 voting rights organizations, provided testimony to the First Extraordinary Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature on January 15, 2022, to create a second majority minority congressional district so that voters will have the opportunity to elect candidates of their choice. LWVLA continues to work toward #PeoplePoweredFairMaps.

League in Focus

"The League of Women Voters originally formed back in 1920, at the time when women were first granted the right to vote, and so the idea back then was you had this half the population that you needed to register to vote, and then, because they were brand new voters, it was about educating them on how to vote, what voting looks like, what are some of the issues that you'll be voting on," said Kathleen Espinoza, spokesperson for the League of Women Voters - Lafayette. "So, that was the original mission, which is really not too far from what our mission is today."

Serving the people of Louisiana through Leagues in Caddo-Bossier, Iberia, Lafayette, New Orleans, St. Tammany, and Members at Large throughout the state