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October 6, 2011

TODAY: October 6, 1965 – Patricia Harris assumes post as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, becoming the first African-American U.S. ambassador

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: Our Grassroots and Working Together (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • ACTION ALERT: Coming Soon to Your Community – Dirty Air (NEW)
  • League Urges House to Oppose Cantor Agenda Bills (NEW)
  • League Thanks Representatives Who Voted to Protect Public Health (NEW)
  • League Urges President to Deny Permit for Keystone XL Pipeline (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Education Study; Privatization Study; Elections; Fair Judiciary)

  • Education Study Consensus (NEW)
  • Privatization Study Online (NEW)
  • Elections: New Laws could Negatively Impact 5 Million Eligible Voters (NEW)
  • Fair Judiciary: Making the Case for a More Diverse Judiciary in South Carolina (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Meet Our Dynamic Ruth S. Shur Fellows and Learn How to Join the Team (NEW)
  • LWVUS Welcomes New League (NEW)
  • Election Season is the PERFECT Time to Recruit New Members (NEW)

OTHER

  • LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs until October 15
  • Do You Need to Update Your Will?

 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

The League’s greatest strength is its grassroots. Grassroots activism has direct impact at all three levels of government. Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking with most of the state presidents, prior to the LWVUS Board meeting. It was reassuring to hear how actively and consistently we have been speaking up for voters against voter suppression efforts and for judicial independence as well as for an open, transparent redistricting process.

There is no doubt the League is one organization working at three levels. In addition to the ongoing opportunity created by the Public Advocacy for Voter Protection Project and the Redistricting Project for the LWVUS  to support state Leagues, we have recently joined the Texas League in its comments to the U.S. Justice Department regarding Texas redistricting and photo ID laws; we have signed on to the excellent comments by the Tennessee League to the Department of Health and Human Services as regulations are written for exchanges under the Affordable Care Act; and we continue to support Ohio, Michigan, Missouri and Montana  in the Clean Air Promise Campaign.

A grassroots demonstration of the power of the vote works in all directions. Fracking is an enormous issue in several states, and those state Leagues are sharing information and supporting each other in this very important environmental effort. The Grassroots Lobby Corps is bringing our message to Capitol Hill as are all of you who responded to our Clean Air Action Alert this week. We spoke out against the Keystone XL Pipeline just today in a letter to President Obama and in a League statement.

With so much work to do in our communities at the local, state and national level, it is more important than ever that we recognize and appreciate our ability to work together to send a clear, unambiguous message to our elected officials. The power of the vote gives us that right and that duty. Thank you for all your hard work and hang in there.

In League,

Elisabeth

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ADVOCACY

ACTION ALERT: Coming Soon to Your Community – Dirty Air (NEW)
Clean air and public health are under attack in Congress. Very soon the House is expected to vote on two bills, which could weaken our environmental public health standards: H.R. 2681 would reduce regulation of cement plants, which are one of the largest sources of industrial mercury toxics in the country; and H.R. 2250 would reduce regulations on incinerators and industrial boilers, which dump large amounts of toxic pollution into our air. Take action now and tell your Representative to protect public health by voting against H.R. 2681 and H.R.2250.

League Urges House to Oppose Cantor Agenda Bills (NEW)
The League and coalition partners sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging members to oppose the suite of bills contained in Majority Leader Cantor's legislative agenda including two that are expected to be considered this week, H.R. 2681 and H.R. 2250.

League Thanks Representatives Who Voted to Protect Public Health (NEW)
The League and coalition partners sent a letter to members of the House of Representatives, who voted to oppose the TRAIN Act, which could block two long overdue standards that would reduce pollution and protect public health.

League Urges President to Deny Permit for Keystone XL Pipeline (NEW)
League President Elisabeth MacNamara sent a letter to President Obama expressing opposition to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline and urging him to deny the permit for the pipeline's construction. The League believes that the President should deny the permit for the pipeline's construction for three key reasons: the pipeline would be inconsistent with meaningful action on climate change, the route of the pipeline poses an unacceptable risk to a critically important water source, and reducing demand is the best way to improve America's energy security. League statement.

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EDUCATION FUND (Education Study; Privatization Study; Elections; Fair Judiciary)

Education Study Consensus (NEW)
November 30, 2011, is the Consensus deadline for the study, "Role of the Federal Government in Public Education." Each League should input their data once their boards have approved. All materials (papers, power points, and leaders' guide for the study) plus the link to the Consensus form are here or can be found at www.lwv.org (click members, click projects and programs, click education study). Specific questions may be directed to Peggy Hill (hillp@uhcl.edu) or Joanne Leavitt (ac997@lafn.org).

Privatization Study Online (NEW)
The Privatization Study webpage with materials, including the first background paper, will be available on our website (www.lwv.org) beginning Tuesday, October 11, in the Member section (under Projects and Programs, Privatization Study).

Elections: New Laws Could Negatively Impact 5 Million Eligible Voters (NEW)
A new study released by the Brennan Center for Justice this week found that up to five million people could be negatively affected by the various new voter suppression laws that were passed in states across the country in 2011. You can find the report in this NY Times article that includes a quote from our own LWVFL President Deirdre Macnab.

Fair Judiciary: Making the Case for a More Diverse Judiciary in South Carolina (NEW)
The Hilton Head Island/Bluffton League is sponsoring “A Case for Diversity in South Carolina Courts” on October 12, Hilton Head Island (SC), featuring a panel of knowledgeable participants in the state judge selection process. Panel members are: SC Senator Tom Davis; SC Representative Andy Patrick; the Honorable Judge Carmen T. Mullen (14th Judicial Circuit); Kelly Jolley, member of the South Carolina Bar; and SC Representative David Mack III, member of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, the group that screens and selects the nominees for vacancies on the judiciary.

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Meet Our Dynamic Ruth S. Shur Fellows and Learn How to Join the Team (NEW)
Georgia DeGregorio and Caroline Emmons-Schramm are just two of our 18 enthusiastic and supportive Ruth S. Shur Fellows who serve as National Coaches and mentor state League teams in membership and leadership development. The LWVUS is now accepting nominations for new Ruth S. Shur Fellows to join the team and commit to a two-year term of coaching. Learn the benefits of being a fellow here and submit a nomination. Nominations must be submitted online by November 7, 2011. Self-nominations are welcome! Register here for the informational webinar on October 20, 2pm ET.

LWVUS Welcomes New League (NEW)
Congratulations to the LWV of Wayne County (NC), which was formally recognized at the most recent LWVUS Board meeting. The League has been visible with many projects already, including hosting multiple candidate forums and town meetings. Members also have registered voters and served as volunteer tax aides. We welcome this new local League and extend special thanks to the LWV of North Carolina for mentoring them.  

Election Season is the PERFECT Time to Recruit New Members (NEW)
As Leagues prepare for candidate forums and other voter service events this fall, remember to use those opportunities to recruit new members as well as educate the public. Resources are available online:  membership brochures (for purchase); sample “ask” script for moderators, sign-in sheets, and give-and-take business cards. Election season is our most visible time of year, so be sure to ask individuals to become engaged with League!

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OTHER

LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs until October 15
The LWVUS Development Office wants to alert League leaders that the LWVUS annual fall telemarketing outreach program runs from Sept.13 to Oct.15, 2011. During this campaign, national donors, as well as those local members who contribute to the LWVUS, are contacted by phone with a request for support. In addition, local members who are lapsed more than 24 months will be contacted. They will be given the opportunity to renew membership with their local League. Questions should be directed to Rose Simmons at rsimmons@lwv.org.

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 202-263-1355.

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