Coalitions

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Suncoast Sierra Club members train with St. Pete Leaguers as part of the UCR Education Corps project.

The League of Women Voters forms coalitions with other like-minded organizations to plan and support specific events, legislation or projects.

The St. Petersburg Area League currently supports the following coalitions:

Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence

A coalition of more than 90 organizations calling on state legislators to ban assault weapons and strengthen background checks.

Solar Energy

In coalition with Florida Solar United Neighborhoods (FL SUN) and the Suncoast Sierra Club, the League of Women Voters St Petersburg is working to expand access to solar by educating Tampa Bay residents about the benefits of distributed solar energy, organizing the Tampa area’s first group solar installations, and strengthening Florida’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters.

Universal Curbside Recycling (UCR)

  • People’s Trash Coalition: Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA), LWVSPA, Suncoast Sierra and the St Petersburg Sustainability Council.

Closing the Gap on Health Care

  • Florida Nurses Association
The League’s Board of Directors considers the following guidelines before forming a coalition:

  1. The coalition’s major issues should mesh with League positions, though there need not be a League position on every issue with which the coalition is concerned. The aims of the coalition must not conflict with League positions.
  2. The major goals of the coalition should be in accord with the adopted League priorities, or the goals should be ones the League expects to work in the future to achieve. The coalition should be non- partisan and must not endorse candidates for office.
  3. The coalition’s activities should bring added effectiveness to the overall efforts to achieve the League’s organization, advocacy or educational goals.
  4. The coalition members should be organizations with which the League can work effectively. The League should have confidence in the leadership of the coalition and may serve in a leadership capacity.
  5. Expenditures for work with the coalition (including staff and volunteer time, as well as cash and in-kind expenses) should be worth the investment.
  6. The League representative to a coalition must have the prior approval of the League president(s) before making any formal or public statement of League position on a specific issue. If the League disagrees with the majority opinion of the coalition, the League should dissociate itself and issue a public statement of the League’s dissension.
  7. The League determines: how much funding will be required from the League, if the League has the funds or can get them, and from what source(s); how much time will be required from the League and if the League has volunteers to provide it; if it will involve other Leagues, and, if so, do they agree to cooperate; how much expertise will be required from the League and if the League is able to provide it.

Adapted from In Florida League, LWVF, 1998