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Social Policy Team

Social Policy Team BadgeOUR FOCUS

The Social Policy Team has three main areas of interest:

  • Immigration: We studied the rights of noncitizens, including undocumented immigrants, in Boulder County. We presented our findings to League members and the public at two meetings in November 2016. To read our findings click here.

  • Meeting Basic Human Needs. Individuals and families "have the right to an income and/or services sufficient to meet their basic needs." We advocate a Living Wage for municipal employees in Boulder County.

  • Equality of Opportunity. We are looking at privilege and oppression, and at institutional injustice affecting People of Color in Boulder County. We are looking at diversity and at ways to achieve inclusion in our county and in our League.


We will next meet on Sunday afternoon, July 16th, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. (We meet on the third Sunday of most months.)

Like all League Issue Teams, we welcome new participants! You don't have to be an expert--or even a League member--to attend on of our team meetings and learn moreWrite to for meeting location and more information about our agenda.

Through study and consensus League members throughout the U.S. advocate for certain principles and policies in each of our team's three areas of concern. Click on the topic heading to read our position statements on that issue.

Noncitizen Rights

We examined the rights of noncitizens in six areas
employment, public benefits, voting, education and mobility (such as drivers licenses).  

Here are our findings (PDF, 10 p.)

We also offer a set of 28 PowerPoint slides. Here is the PDF version.
If you would like the original PPT file write to our team co-leaders at with your request.

Living Wage

What is "living wage"?
In contrast to minimum wage, living wage ordinances establish a wage floor above the state or federal minimum wage. The wage floor is based on the hourly wage that a full-time worker would need to support her family at some multiple of the federal poverty guidelines. The aim is to protect workers by setting minimum wages that exceed the poverty level and to strengthen the local economy.

Boulder City Council has adopted Living Wage in the 2017 city budget. LWVBC began to advocate for Living Wage in Boulder in 2014, and in 2016 joined other county organizations and individuals in the coalition Self-Sufficiency 2016.

Our advocacy is now focused on the Boulder County and the municipalities within Boulder County.

The Self-Sufficiency Standard

The Self-Sufficiency Standard (SSS) measures how much income a family of a certain composition in a given place needs to meet their basic needs adequately, without public or private assistance. For example, the SSS in Boulder County for a family with one adult and one pre-schooler is $56,718 annually ($26.86 hourly.)

Other Voices


What are other people saying? Answer: a lot! Give these a look . . .

National Employment Law Project

Colorado Center on Law and Policy

Center for American Progress Action Fund

Boulder County TRENDS 2015, published by the Community Foundation of Boulder County