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Dear League Leader:
Feeling the earth move under your feet in Washington, D.C. may seem to be a once-in-a-lifetime event, but this week with the dedication of a statute of Martin Luther King, Jr. we mark the anniversary of the March on Washington, an event in our lifetime that shook American democracy to the very ground. Dr. King had a dream that we have yet to fully realize. The March on Washington, and the fall of the Soviet Union (which occurred twenty years ago this week), the Arab Spring, and the fall of Tripoli this week clearly demonstrate that Dr. King’s dream of a society that welcomes the participation of all its members is universal.
Dr. King dreamed of a peaceful march toward real equality of opportunity. History shows, all too painfully, that it usually takes earth-shattering action to realize any opportunity at all. Is that, perhaps, because around the world, so many governments are dominated by those who, by virtue of their race, class, ethnicity and gender, have never known what it is to be powerless? We hear a great deal these days about American Exceptionalism. This week, as we absorb the news of earthquakes, hurricanes and rebellions and mark the anniversaries of significant milestones for democracy, not the least of which is the ninety-first anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, let us renew our resolve to make sure that American Exceptionlism does not become synonymous with American Exclusivity. Let us keep shaking up our own communities by reminding them that it is the openness and diversity of our society that makes us exceptional.
Let us all have a dream.
WE NEED YOU...to Nominate an Outstanding Member You Know to the LWVUS Board (NEW)
We need the good leaders who have led your state or local League successfully to become part of our national Board! Their experience combined with the experience of members from across the country makes our national Board effective. If you have questions about the nomination process, please email Nominating Committee Chair Elaine Blodgett at NominatingCommittee@lwv.org or nominate yourself or a League leader you admire here. The deadline for nominations is October 3rd. Honor your leaders by sending them to the national Board.
Clean Air Promise Continues to Get Attention (NEW)
Over the past two weeks, several additional states have held kick-off events for their work on the Clean Air promise and the media and community leaders have taken note. Read the updated news page on www.Peoplenotpolluters.org<http://www.peoplenotpolluters.org/ site to learn about their efforts.
League Participates in White House Meeting on Ozone Regulation (NEW)
Last week LWVUS Executive Director Nancy Tate participated in a meeting at the White House concerning EPA's proposal for a stricter ozone regulation. The League was one of the environmental and public health coalition partners who met with White House Chief of Staff William Daley, and staff from the EPA and the Office of Management and Budget. We urged the Administration to release the regulation, which is being opposed by business and other interests. Mr. Daley expressed interest in the League's work to protect the Clean Air Act and our current Clean Air Promise campaign. Read a press release on the meeting from the American Lung Association.
LWVC is Using Videos to Reach Out. Are you? (NEW)
Watch LWV of California President Jennifer Waggoner share her President’s message with local Leagues in California via video. She talks about the power of utilizing web videos and social networking to communicate with our network and the public in an effective way. Want to try your hand at recording videos? We thank Jenny for creating some simple tips LWV leaders can use to create your own video message. Check out these great deals on flip cameras by clicking here and here.
Share Your League’s Women’s Equality Day Event with LWVUS (NEW)
Did your local League plan and execute a great event to celebrate and commemorate Women’s Equality Day this August 26th? The LWVUS would love to hear about it! Tell us about your League event. We’ll send your League five LWV buttons if you submit your story by Wednesday, Sept 7th - and your League may be highlighted in an upcoming online national newsletter or on the newly redesigned LWVUS website later this year. Also, share it on Facebook
Elections: Grant Funds Available: Spring 2012 Youth Voter Registration
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information, or find the project description/application here in “The Toolbox.”
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Do Your Holiday Shopping in August!
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You Can Make a Gift That Helps Your League at All Three Levels!
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