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In This Issue:

June 16, 2011

TOMORROW: June 17, 1873 - Susan B. Anthony's trial begins for illegally voting in Rochester, NY, on November 5, 1872

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: Of Council, Visibility and the Voter (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • League Urges House to Oppose Termination of Election Assistance Commission (NEW)
  • ACTION ALERT: Tell the President You Don't Want to Breathe Smog (NEW)
  • Nationwide Assault on Voting Rights (NEW)
  • CEDAW Press Template Available

EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

  • Elections: Public Advocacy for Voter Protection (PAVP) Project Update (NEW)
  • Elections: Florida League, Partners Cry Foul on Redistricting Process (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • LWVUS Membership Database Down for Maintenance on July 10-11 (NEW)
  • Membership Brochures on Sale Now! (NEW)

OTHER

  • Leaving a Legacy

 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

I am pleased to note that Council 2011 kicks off tomorrow with an exciting new format and lots of opportunities for League leaders to learn, share, and improve organizational skills. I want to thank those attending, in advance, for taking the time to invest in themselves for the benefit of Leagues back home. Recent state conventions were filled with similar investment opportunities. This network of capacity building, coupled with the ever-expanding network of trainers and coaches, is beginning to show real results in terms of membership and visibility.

The League has been very active and visible both at the national and state levels lately on issues such as clean air and voter protection. Visibility for one is visibility for all. Now would be a great time to visit an editorial board to talk about what we mean when we say we are nonpartisan but political. National staff and Board are happy to assist in crafting a message and talking points, so please don’t be shy about asking for advice.

In a recent Update message, I urged Leagues to focus on the voter and the power of the vote. I will continue to repeat this message because I feel I cannot overemphasize its importance. Also, remember to take advantage of the valuable League online resources noted in that message, especially our new high school registration guide, Empowering the Voters of Tomorrow!

In League,

Elisabeth

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ADVOCACY

League Urges House to Oppose Termination of Election Assistance Commission (NEW)
League President Elisabeth MacNamara sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging them to oppose HR 672, which would terminate the Election Assistance Commission and transfer some of its functions to the Federal Election Commission. The League’s Lobby Corps is carrying this message to select House offices.

ACTION ALERT: Tell the President You Don't Want to Breathe Smog (NEW)
Take action now. Send President Obama a message to fight for a strong smog standard to protect the health of all Americans, including those who are most vulnerable to air pollution -- our children and seniors.

Nationwide Assault on Voting Rights (NEW)
President MacNamara’s letter to the editor on voting rights and redistricting was published in The Washington Post over the weekend. It followed the “Just Say No” email sent last week by the League to supporters, urging them to join the fight to make the redistricting process public and fair.

CEDAW Press Template Available
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!

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

Elections: Public Advocacy for Voter Protection (PAVP) Project Update (NEW)
Congratulations to the LWV of Maine for its successful efforts in defeating photo ID legislation in the state Senate last week. After several brutal weeks of numerous assaults on voting rights succeeding across the country, it’s encouraging to see bipartisan support coming together to defeat the bill. Learn more about the issue in Maine here.

Elections: Florida League, Partners Cry Foul on Redistricting Process (NEW)
This week, the League of Women Voters and its partners in the Fair Districts Florida coalition sent a letter to legislative leaders expressing deep concerns about the redistricting timeline, lack of transparency and public input, as well as continued efforts to oppose the landmark amendments overwhelmingly passed by voters last year. Their letter, which gained a large amount of high-profile press coverage, comes as legislators embark on 26 public hearings across the state. Local Florida Leagues will attend and testify at these meetings throughout the summer. 

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

LWVUS Membership Database Down for Maintenance on July 10-11 (NEW)
Due to routine maintenance, you will not be able to access the LWVUS Membership Database from Sunday, July 10, to Monday, July11. Access to the database will be available again on Tuesday, July 12. If you have questions or need assistance accessing the database after Monday, July 11, when the database is up again, please contact Betty Taira at BTaira@lwv.org.

Membership Brochures on Sale Now! (NEW)
Don’t be caught unprepared at this summer’s community events! The LWVUS store has Membership Brochures for sale ($6.50 for 50 brochures). Purchase some here  to hand out at League-sponsored events as well as community festivals, picnics and parades.  Insert information about your local League’s calendar to give the brochure a local feel!

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OTHER

Leaving a Legacy
Including the League of Women Voters Education Fund in your will is among the easiest ways to offer support of the LWVEF's work for years to come. We suggest the following language to include the League as a beneficiary of a will or trust: " I give, devise, and bequeath to the League of Women Voters Education Fund, a charitable organization formed in the District of Columbia, with offices at 1730 M Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, {the sum of $___ } {___ percentage of my residuary estate}." If you already have a will, you can have your attorney add a codicil to include the LWVEF. After you've added the League, please contact Lauren Frank so we can list you as a member of our Carrie Chapman Catt Legacy Society.

"Like" the League on Facebook at www.facebook.com/leagueofwomenvoters
Donate to the League on our Facebook Causes page.

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