In This Issue:
June 9, 2011
TODAY: June 9, 1949 - Georgia Neese Clark confirmed as the first woman treasurer of the United States
- President’s Message: Civic Education and the Voter (NEW)
- Proposed LWVUS and LWVEF 2011-2012 Budgets Available Online (NEW)
EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Global Democracy)
- Elections: TX League Takes Statewide Action on Redistricting (NEW)
- Global Democracy: League Expands Work to North Africa and South Asia (NEW)
- Global Democracy: Women in the Americas – Cuba (NEW)
- Moving Planet: A Global Day of Climate Action on September 24, 2011 (NEW)
- CEDAW Press Template Available (NEW)
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
- Deadline Extended: 2011 National Council on June 17-20 in Leesburg, VA (NEW)
- Need to Input Co-Chairs into the Online Database? (NEW)
- Do You Need to Update Your Will?
Dear League Leader:
As the League’s state convention season is winding down, local Leagues have held annual meetings, new leadership teams are planning summer retreats and new opportunities for engagement are opening up.
One new opportunity involves the League working with members of state and local bar associations on civics education in our public schools. Last month the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) “Nation’s Report Card on Civics” for 2010 was released and showed disappointing results for the third year in a row (1996, 2006, 2010), indicating that we are not imparting the civic education critical to being an informed and engaged citizen.
The LWVUS serves on the Commission on Civic Education in the Nation’s Schools created by the American Bar Association. The Commission has developed six separate, but related, curricula for civics and law academies, which is available here. The ABA will be addressing its own members and contacting state and local bar associations to encourage them to participate this summer. I encourage you to take advantage of this new opportunity to introduce the League and good government to our nation’s youth.
In last week’s Update message, I urged Leagues to focus on the voter and the power of the vote. I cannot overemphasize that message. You can add this civics education opportunity to your work registering voters at high schools in your community. And, don’t forget to use the valuable new League resource: Empowering the Voters of Tomorrow!
Proposed LWVUS and LWVEF 2011-2012 Budgets (NEW)
The detailed budget documents supporting the proposed LWVUS and LWVEF 2011-2012 budgets are available on the budget page of the League website.
EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Global Democracy)
Elections: TX League Takes Statewide Action on Redistricting (NEW)
With its four newly allotted Congressional seats, resulting from the 2010 Census, Texas is one of the most active redistricting states right now. The LWV of Texas is working vigorously to urge lawmakers to draw representative districts in a transparent manner; it recently testified before committees in the House and Senate regarding draft plans. The League also held multiple statewide educational forums bringing together civil rights groups, community leaders and voters to discuss how new district lines should be drawn. View video here, or visit our redistricting page to read highlights from other states.
Global Democracy: League Expands Work into North Africa and South Asia (NEW)
North Africa The League’s Deputy Executive Director and Senior Director of Global Democracy Programs Zaida Arguedas was invited by the U.S. Embassy in Egypt to meet in July with women's political organizations in Cairo and Alexandria in anticipation of their presidential election in November 2011.
South Asia The Global Democracy Program was selected to be a sub-contractor for Democracy International (DI) on its new USAID project, “Democratic Participation and Reform in Bangladesh.” The League is part of the DI team working on programs that include activities focused on women’s participation.
Global Democracy: Women in the Americas – Cuba (NEW)
Read the report by League Deputy Executive Director, Zaida Arguedas, about her recent participation in the VII Conference of Women in the XXI Century in La Havana, Cuba.
Moving Planet: A Global Day of Climate Action on September 24, 2011 (NEW)
In 2010, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere was just shy of 390 parts per million (ppm) – well beyond the 350 ppm that leading climate scientists say is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. However, despite evidence that burning fossil fuels is the chief culprit, efforts to curb CO2 emissions are at a standstill. To change the political dynamic, people across the globe will mobilize on September 24, calling attention to the need to get off fossil fuels and move towards a sustainable, renewably-powered future. Make plans now for your League and your community to be a part of this worldwide demonstration – Moving Planet – and help send a message to policymakers that it's time to get moving on the climate crisis. Find more information here.
CEDAW Press Template Available (NEW)
The United States is one of only seven countries in the United Nations not to sign the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Tailor this letter to the editor template to urge citizens of your community to take a stand for women's rights!
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
Deadline Extended: 2011 National Council on June 17-20 in Leesburg, VA (NEW)
Join state League leaders and the LWVUS Board for strategic discussions/dialogue, training and “personalized plan of action” for your League and your role as leader of the League. Registration closes on June 14. Learn about the all-inclusive registration fee, see an agenda and register online here.
Need to Input Co-Chairs into the Online Database? (NEW)
Currently, the LWVUS membership database allows you to input a co-position only for the president. If you have co-chairs of a position to update in the database, please contact Betty Taira at BTaira@lwv.org with the position the co-chairs share and the names and member IDs of the co-chairs. Be sure to enter your League name and League ID (example: CA123) in the email SUBJECT box.
Do You Need to Update Your Will?
Have you moved? Had a child? Gotten married recently? Or maybe there's a new grandchild or step-child in your life? Any one of these major life events is reason enough to update your will. It is always important to stay in touch with your attorney regarding any changes in estate and probate law. While you're updating your plans, don't forget to include a gift for your favorite charities, like the League of Women Voters Education Fund - to strengthen the pillars of our democracy for years to come. If you have already included a gift for the LWV in your will or trust, but have not previously informed us, or if you have been thinking about setting up a gift that provides income, such as a charitable gift annuity, please contact Lauren Frank by email or at 202-263-1355.
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