Issues Discussion Unit Meetings are where League action starts.
Members are encouraged to join a unit to explore the issues and make recommendations on positions. Once approved by the board and adopted by members, positions crafted from unit meetings become the foundation for advocacy and action.
According to League history, unit meetings got started during World War II in response to gasoline rationing when members found it easier to meet in neighborhood groups or “units.”
Unit meetings are still the foundation of the League. These days, unit meeting times and locations are organized around members’ schedules rather than neighborhood. There are unit meetings at breakfast, at mid-day and after work. And, members are always welcome to set up a new meeting time and location that will be more convenient for their schedules. Meetings are held from September through May of each year.
What Happens at Issues Discussion Unit Meetings?
Unit meetings are both social and educational, with members arriving early to catch up. When not convening at a restaurant, members bring a bag lunch. One hour is dedicated to facilitated discussion on a selected topic.
Current Tulsa League Issues Discussion Unit Meetings
Midtown Unit meets from 11:30 to 1 pm on the third Tuesday of the month at the League office, 3336 E 32nd St., Ste. 4.
North Tulsa Unit meets from noon to 1 pm on the fourth Monday of the month at the Rudisill Library at 1520 N. Hartford Avenue.
Breakfast Unit meets from 7 to 8 am on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the ONEOK Cafeteria, 100 W 5th St., Lower Level, in downtown Tulsa.
Evening Unit is not meeting as of September, 2012. Please call the office, 918-747-7933, if you’d be interested in starting or joining an evening discussion group.
Unit Study Materials, 2012 – 2013
LWV of Metropolitan Tulsa 2012 – 2014 Local Study
Poverty in Tulsa
Tulsa League members voted at the May 2012 annual meeting to the issue of poverty in our community with an eye to what policy changes might impact its prevalence in Tulsa and the surrounding area. Because our discussion units took part in the state League (LWVOK) water study in the fall of 2012 and early spring 2013, the first study materials are available as of March, 2013. Those materials are posted below.
- Oklahoma poverty a chronic, unaddressed problem (Janet Pearson, Tulsa World, Sunday, March 13, 2011)
- Five reasons poverty persists in Oklahoma (Kate Richey, Oklahoma Policy Institute, March 2013)
- Oklahoma Poverty Statistics (from Gloria Caldwell, LWVMT member and study committee chair)
Discussion questions for March unit meetings
- Poverty Study, Discussion Questions, March 2013
- Further Background and Discussion Questions, March 2013