Making Democracy Work

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

GENERAL MEETING -- Campaign Finance -- March 17

Are corporations people?

For more than a century corporations have fought to be legally recognized as people, with all the rights (but not necessarily the obligations) of natural born persons, including free speech and the free exercise of religion. (Bet they wouldn't want to be drafted if we brought back the draft. Nor would they be willing to give up their limited liability and unlimited lifetime, neither of which apply to us average folks.)

Two recent Supreme Court decisions, Citizens United and Hobby Lobby, have crossed that line. Citizens United claimed that corporations had the same free speech rights as people, and Hobby Lobby allowed a closely held corporation to opt out of providing employees certain kinds of contraception coverage on religious grounds. These two decisions have far reaching implications, especially for two positions that the League has long supported: reproductive choice, and limits on the influence of money on political campaigns.

League board member and Seneca Attorney Nicole Paluzzi will explore the implications of corporate personhood for these two issues and others at the March 17th meeting of the League of Women Voters of the Clemson Area.

Conversation at 7:00 p.m. Meeting at 7:30 p.m.

See the calendar for more information


LWV Supports Pickens County Millage Increase

A quality public education is essential for a strong and sustainable democratic society and is a civil right.

The League of Women Voters believes that our schools should be adequately financed. Therefore, we support this increase in the millage rate.

A petition supporting the millage increase is available here

RECYCLE YOUR CFLs

Home Depot now accepts used compact fluorescent light bulbs for recycling at all of its US locations. Many CFL users have been concerned about mercury contamination when these super-efficient bulbs wear out. Now we can dispose of them safely.

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