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September 8, 2011

In This Issue:

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message:  Anniversary of 9/11  (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • We Need Your Help to Fill the National Board! Nominate a League Leader Today. (NEW)
  • Register Today for “Shaping Tomorrow – Registering Voters and Building the League” Webinar on Wed, Sept 21 at 2 PM (ET)
  • Cheers to a Successful Women’s Equality Day across the US! (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Education Study; Elections)

  • Elections: Deadline Approaching:  Spring 2012 Youth Voter Registration (NEW)
  • Elections:  Voting Rights Protection – Hard at Work and Having an Impact (NEW)
  • Fair Judiciary: Nationwide Activism for Diverse and Independent Courts  (NEW)
  • Fair Judiciary: State Campaigns Continue in Kansas, South Carolina (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • League Opposes House Majority Cantor’s Legislative Agenda  (NEW)
  • League Asks U.S. Representatives to “Make the Promise” (NEW)
  • League Disappointed by President Obama’s Ozone Retreat (NEW)

OTHER

  • Do You Need to Update Your Will?
  • LWVUS/EF Direct Marketing Schedule

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

This week the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks looms very large in the media and on our minds. It has now become axiomatic to say that everything changed that day. Every generation can remember such a day. For my generation, it was the day President Kennedy was shot, for my father, Pearl Harbor. My children will always remember where they were on 9/11. How these catastrophic events change us depends on how we react. After Pearl Harbor, we fought a war, with an end, against forces of evil. But, those that lived through that war balanced the ongoing Cold War with real progress towards greater social and economic equality and a sense of the common good that resulted in environmental protections.  After President Kennedy was assassinated, his successor was able to pass the Voting Rights Act and wage a war on poverty.

0After ten years of fighting the war on terror, we still have the chance to turn the tragedy of 9/11 into something positive for this country, but only if organizations like the League and those who support us have the strength and the courage to raise our voices in support of an open and accepting society. We cannot give up and cannot give in to those who would prefer to hate and to exclude in a vain effort to make us more secure.

The thousands who died ten years ago represented every segment of American society, from rich financiers, to immigrants and ordinary working folks. Whatever their status they were all Americans that day. We honor them by renewing our efforts to invigorate our democracy.

In League,
Elisabeth
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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

We Need Your Help to Fill the National Board! Nominate a League Leader Today. (NEW)
The LWVUS Board is made up of members like you, from local and state Leagues across the country, who are willing to dedicate two years of their time and effort to the leadership of our national organization.  Do you know someone who has been a great League leader and could be an amazing National Board member? Learn more about the nominating process and nominate someone you know here.

Register Today for “Shaping Tomorrow – Registering Voters and Building the League” Webinar on Wed, Sept 21 at 2 PM (ET)
League members know that registering to vote is a key step in casting that vote!  Please join us for this webinar designed to share tips about best practices to maximize your voter registration efforts.  We’ll share ideas and techniques to help register under-represented groups, highlight our high school voter registration materials and include ideas to help you build the League while serving our democracy through registering voters. Please register for this session here.

Cheers to a Successful Women’s Equality Day across the US! (NEW)
We heard many great stories from across the country about educational and fun events held to celebrate and meaningful actions taken to commemorate the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave full voting rights to women. Read wonderful stories from this year’s Women’s Equality Day and view pictures from the events here.

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EDUCATION FUND (Election; Fair Judiciary)

Elections: Deadline Approaching:  Spring 2012 Youth Voter Registration
The LWVEF is pleased to offer a 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 in “The Toolbox.”

Elections: Voting Rights Protection – Hard at Work and Having an Impact (NEW)
Leagues’ work to protect voting rights continues to have an impact at the state level. In South Carolina, the state League signed on to a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice asking the government to deny pre-clearance on the newly-passed state voter ID law.  In New Hampshire, the state League has been in the spotlight for its work to sustain a veto of the controversial voter ID requirement in that state.  A Manchester Union Leader story can be read here.  Other coverage includes NH Public Radio, an Associated Press story in the Houston Chronicle, and NH Watchdog

Fair Judiciary:  Nationwide Activism for Diverse and Independent Courts (NEW)
On August 30, LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara joined judges, Bar leaders, and nonprofit executives from around the country at the National Summit on Defending Merit Selection in St. Louis, Missouri, to share best practices for shoring up the merit selection of judges in states where it is under attack.  On September 2, LWVUS Deputy Director Zaida Arguedas participated in a panel, “Path to the Bench,” at the national convention of the Hispanic National Bar Association in Dallas, Texas, which made recommendations for diverse candidates interested in pursuing state and federal judgeships. 

Fair Judiciary:  State Campaigns Continue in Kansas, South Carolina (NEW)
The proposal submitted by the League of Women Voters Education Fund to the Open Society Foundation to continue its education campaign promoting diversity on state courts was successful.  This will enable the Leagues of Kansas and South Carolina to continue their statewide “Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary” efforts for an additional year, through August 2012. 

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ADVOCACY

League Opposes House Majority Leader Cantor’s Legislative Agenda (NEW)
The League and coalition groups sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives opposing the suite of bills contained in House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s legislative agenda memo that would block the Clean Air Act’s ability to clean-up life-threatening pollution.   Read the letter.

League Asks U.S. Representatives to “Make the Promise” (NEW)
The League sent a letter to every member of the House of Representatives asking them to make the Clean Air Promise.

League Disappointed by President Obama’s Ozone Retreat (NEW)
The League issued this statement last Friday expressing concern with President Obama’s decision to delay issuing a new clean air standard for ozone smog pollution.

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OTHER

Do You Need to Update Your Will?
Have you moved? Had a child? Gotten married recently? Or maybe there's a new grandchild or stepchild 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 the Development office by email or at 202-263-1336.

LWVUS/EF Direct Marketing Schedule
When planning your own League's fundraising, please consult the LWVUS/EF Direct Marketing Schedule. The LWVUS Development Office is pleased to share with you the FY 2011-12 LWVUS/Education Fund Direct Marketing schedule for direct mail and telemarketing. Download the schedule here from the Tools for Leaders section of the website. Please share this schedule with your Development chairs to assist planning for your League's fundraising activities. Questions should be directed to Rose Simmons, rsimmons@lwv.org.

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