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AAUW advances issues affecting women

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Carol Wilson’s letter to the editor Sunday, Aug. 26, “AAUW hardly nonpartisan.” demonstrated a limited understanding of the American Association of University Women’s Nationwide Network of more than 100,000 members.
Her statement, “Trying to palm off the AAUW as nonpartisan and moderate is a monumental deception” requires consideration.
For 130 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic and political.
Our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work — to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. This is done through educating the public of the issues affecting women, and creates opportunities such as “candidates’ nights” for multiple candidates (for the same office) to make presentations and address these issues.
Member’s letters to the editor do share AAUW Position Papers (which are nonpartisan), candidate voting records (readily available to the public), and detailed information on legislation currently under consideration.
None of these activities are of partisan nature in which one political party is favored over the other. AAUW is only interested in legislation affecting women not toward any political group in Placer County.
In addition, we encourage you to attend “An Election Forum for the 2012 Propositions.” It’s sponsored by two nonpartisan organizations, AAUW Auburn and the League of Women Voters.
Pam Simning and Mary Ellen Oliveira, co-chairs, Auburn AAUW Public Policy, Auburn