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National Studies

The 1986 LWV/US Convention last June adopted two new study items --Agriculture and Meeting Basic Human Needs.


This study will take two years causing the consensus tabulation and analysis to lap over into the 1988-1990 biennium. The study timetable was planned to give League leaders as much time as possible to carry out activities on the local level. Members will receive background information on agricultural issues through the National Voter over the next two years as well as local meetings.

The key issues that will be discussed within the scope determined by the delegates to Convention include: defining a farm -- issues of size, organization and what is required to establish and maintain farms; growing and producing; marketing and distribution; the conflicting goals of current federal agricultural policy; the politics of agriculture; and the impact of macroeconomic policies.

Although some information will be presented on farm workers/farm labor issues, health/nutrition issues, rural community economic development issues, and domestic food assistance issues, they will not be part of the consensus process.

Meeting Basic Human Needs

This study will examine four basic human needs (food, shelter, access to health care, and minimum income level) together and separately. It will also look at overlapping issues, such as education and employment. The National Voter will contain articles on these subjects. Local Leagues will hold consensus-taking activities between October 1987 and January 1988.

During the first year of the study, Leagues will develop community profiles, based on a flexible survey instrument, documenting gaps, bridges and innovations in services. Working on the profile should be an ideal way to build an awareness among members and the public of the problems and needs of those who rely on the social welfare system. During the same time state Leagues will be conducting interviews with state program administrators and elected officials to determine their attitudes toward providing for these basic needs. The results of these surveys and interviews will be tabulated and analyzed by the national office. They will then be used in the study by local Leagues.

Some of the topics League members should be considering are: Who are the poor? Why are they poor? What are some of the social trends affecting poverty? Informing the public: myth versus reality; The War on Poverty was it lost? How much hunger is there? Who is hungry and why? How many people are homeless? Who are they and what happened to them? How many people do not have health insurance?

What kinds of health care do they have access to? How do other countries provide for basic needs? What is the impact of poverty on American business?

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