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July 28, 2011

TODAY: July 28, 1868 – 14th Amendment officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing citizenship and all its privileges to African Americans

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: A Promise (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • League of Women Voters Launches Clean Air Promise Campaign (NEW)
  • League Urges House to Support Capps Amendment (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

  • Elections: Grant Funds Available: Spring 2012 Youth Voter Registration (New)
  • Elections: Check Out Your State’s VOTE411 Page! (NEW)
  • Elections: Florida League Hits the Airways for Voters’ Rights (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Membership/ Leadership Development Starts Up in the Northeast! (NEW)
  • Women's Equality Day: One Month Left to Plan Your Event (NEW)
  • LWVUS Membership Database Down AGAIN for Maintenance on August 14-15

OTHER

  • Do Your Holiday Shopping in August! (NEW)
  • You Can Make a Gift That Helps Your League at All Three Levels!

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

At a time in Washington when common sense seems to have taken a sabbatical, when good policy is being held hostage to pure politics, it’s important that sensible voices like the League’s be heard. Regardless of who wins or loses the next election, if the public does not stand up on the issues, we all lose. One such issue is clean air. This week the League and its partner organizations launched a citizen’s campaign to protect our public health. The Clean Air Promise offers everyone in our community – the public, business leaders and elected officials – a means to come together to do something for real people and for real communities.

I encourage you to visit www.peoplenotpolluters.org to see our ad that features real children suffering from asthma and a plea from Alex Allred, the mother of one such child, that we all promise to protect the health of our children. I urge you to listen to the recording of the Tuesday press conference at which Ms. Allred told the story of her youngest son, Tommy, who suffers from asthma as a result of the toxics spewing from smokestacks at a nearby cement plant in Texas. It was impossible to hear her describe the terror she has experienced seeing her son fight to breathe without wanting to stand up and demand that polluters take the simple steps to prevent such suffering. You can read about Tommy and watch a moving video about his personal journey with asthma.

This story is just one of many. Please visit www.peoplenotpolluters.org to share your story, make the promise and send a message asking your elected officials to make the promise as well. The League offers so many opportunities for the public to engage in discussion of the issues, but when we stand with those who are truly impacted by the issues, we really make a difference.

It was an honor to share a telephonic stage with Alex Allred. Through this campaign, we have the chance to stand with scores more who want to take the fight beyond desperate frustration and directly to those officials responsible for protecting our health.

And that’s a promise!

In League,

Elisabeth

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ADVOCACY

League Launches Clean Air Promise Campaign (NEW)
The League’s new TV ad on peoplenotpolluters.org calls for elected officials, citizens and community leaders to protect public health. Read the League’s press release and listen to the press conference. We urge you to make the promise, share a story, share the campaign with others, and more here. Also see the President’s message above.

League Urges House to Support Capps Amendment (NEW)
The League and coalition partners sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging House members to support the "Capps amendment," which would protect Americans from life-threatening pollutants.

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

Elections: Grant Funds Available: Spring 2012 Youth Voter Registration (New)
The LWVEF is pleased to announce a new pass-through grant opportunity to support Leagues in their efforts to engage young voters in 2012. State and local Leagues are encouraged to go here to download a project description and application to request funding support for registration activities conducted in high schools, community colleges and alternative/vocational schools in underrepresented communities next spring. Participating Leagues will use the LWVEF’s new Empowering the Voters of Tomorrow training manual.  Contact Maggie Duncan (mduncan@lwv.org) for more information, or find the project description/application here under “Highlights.”

Elections: Check Out Your State’s VOTE411 Page! (NEW)
VOTE411.org is an invaluable national resource for election information, with state-by-state resources that have enfranchised millions of voters. The LWVUS elections team has updated the site to reflect the most current election dates and laws nationwide. Now, we need your help! We turn to you as the experts on your state’s election laws. Please review your state’s VOTE411 page and send us any necessary updates so we can all best serve voters across the country. To view your state’s page, go to VOTE411.org and click on the drop down box provided on the “Voting in Your State” button. Please email aoflinn@lwv.org with all changes for your state. Thank you for doing this!

Elections: Florida League Hits the Airways for Voters’ Rights (NEW)
LWVFL has been working hard on behalf of voters. This week, President Deirdre Macnab was quoted in a Washington Post op-ed highlighting the “state-by-state crusade to disenfranchise voters” through photo ID and other anti-voter efforts like those underway in Florida. On the same day, Macnab took the FL state legislature to task in a hard-hitting Orlando Sentinel op-ed that shone light on leaders’ undeniable “scheme” to keep Florida voters shut out of the state’s long-delayed redistricting process. Is your League looking for tips to engage the media on your core elections work? Check out the communications toolkit and resources available in our online Leaders’ Section.

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Membership/ Leadership Development Starts Up in the Northeast! (NEW)
The Membership/ Leadership Development program (MLD) is starting up in local Leagues in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic areas this summer! Through the MLD (formerly the MRI), local Leagues learn and utilize best practices to grow the League to strengthen our democracy. Local Leagues who participate receive training and support from a state coach. Read a great article about the CT training here

Women's Equality Day: One Month Left to Plan Your Event (NEW)
August 26 will mark the 91st anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave full voting rights to women. There is still one month to plan an activity, put out a media release or get a proclamation signed by your local government to mark Women’s Equality Day, a day that is so important to our history and so strongly associated with the League. Find planning ideas here and watch for more information in future Leaders’ Updates.

LWVUS Membership Database Down AGAIN for Maintenance on August 14-15
Due to routine maintenance, you will not be able to access the LWVUS Membership Database from Sunday, August 14, to Monday, August 15. Access to the database will be available again on Tuesday, August 16. If you have questions or need assistance accessing the database, please email Betty Taira, BTaira@lwv.org.

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OTHER

Do Your Holiday Shopping in August! (NEW)
When the cold weather comes, be cozy and stylish while promoting the League! The 5-piece ivory fleece set includes hat, headband, pair of gloves and carrying bag. An ideal holiday gift for only $5.50 at our online store.

You Can Make a Gift That Helps Your League at All Three Levels!
Some things never change even in these challenging economic times. The League of Women Voters Education Fund continues to be at the forefront of public policy issue education which allows citizens to thoughtfully engage in the democratic process. By making a gift of cash or securities of $5,000 or more to the LWVEF Pooled Income Fund, you can receive an immediate income tax deduction for a portion of the gift's value and continue earning a quarterly return on the interest earned for life. Best of all, you can name your state and/or local League, along with the LWVEF, to benefit from the residual funds when you're gone. For more information, please contact the Development office at 202-263-1336 or plannedgiving@lwv.org.

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

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