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November 10, 2011

TODAY: November 10, 1917 – Forty-one U.S. suffragists arrested protesting outside the White House

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: Honoring Our Veterans (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Redistricting; Education Study)

  • Elections: Voter Protection Results Mixed (NEW)
  • Redistricting: North Carolina League Files Suit Against State Plans (NEW)
  • Redistricting: Federal Court Sides with League and Others on Texas Plans (NEW)
  • Education Study Consensus Deadline in Three Weeks! (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • League Urges Opposition to Legislation that Would Block Pollution Controls (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Thank You for Your Ruth S. Shur Fellow Nominations (NEW)
  • Help the LWVUS Redesign the Membership Brochure (NEW)
  • Reminder #2: Summary Sheets Are Now LIVE (NEW)

OTHER

  • “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire…”
  • You Can Make a Gift That Helps Your League at All Three Levels!

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

As we celebrate Veterans Day tomorrow, we would do well to remember the role that “the war to end all wars” played in achieving woman suffrage. Carrie Chapman Catt, a vocal proponent of peaceful solutions to conflict, pursued a strategy of supporting American preparedness for war, while continuing the suffrage campaign. For doing so, she was ejected from the Women’s Peace Party and denounced by pacifists. Nevertheless, Catt’s strategy deflected those who falsely accused suffragists of being disloyal and pro-German. Ultimately, the contributions of suffragists during the Great War garnered support for the proposition that women had earned the vote by virtue of their patriotism.

Generations of suffrage leaders demonstrated courage and persistence. They were also savvy political strategists. While their motives were pure, their tactics were purely practical. The veterans of the battles for voting rights for women founded the League of Women Voters to finish the fight. On this Veterans Day, let us remember all those who serve and have served their country to make the world safe for democracy. And, let us also celebrate the sacrifices of those who stayed at home and made democracy safe for the world.

In League,

Elisabeth

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Redistricting; Education Study)

Elections: Voter Protection Results Mixed (NEW)
In this week’s elections across the country, voter protection saw a mixed bag of results, including a win and a loss. WIN: In Maine, voters rejected the new law that did away with Election Day registration. Congratulations and big thanks to the LWV of Maine (and its coalition partners) for initiating and securing a “Citizens’ Veto!” LOSS: In Mississippi, voters approved voter photo ID. These mixed results emphasize the urgent need to continue defending our democracy at home.

Redistricting: North Carolina League Files Suit Against State Plans (NEW)
The LWVNC joined with partners, including the NAACP, Democracy NC, the Randolph Institute and 27 individual voters, last week in filing a high-profile lawsuit against the state’s approved House, Senate and congressional redistricting plans. The lawsuit claims legislators blatantly and illegally manipulated communities based on race and political makeup to achieve partisan gains. Read news coverage here, and stay up to date by visiting our Facebook page.

Redistricting: Federal Court Sides with League and Others on Texas Plans (NEW)
Following months of outcry by the League and other key groups that the Texas redistricting plans blatantly violate Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and intentionally dilute the power of minority voters, the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, this week denied fast-track approval of the state's congressional, House and Senate redistricting plans. This move ensures a federal trial over the widely challenged plans and will require a San Antonio judge to craft new plans for use during the 2012 elections. Congratulations to the LWVTX and all the others who worked to block the implementation of these discriminatory maps!

Education Study Consensus Deadline in Three Weeks! (NEW)
November 30, 2011, is the Consensus deadline for the study, “Role of the Federal Government in Public Education.” To report the response for your League, go to the Education Study page on the LWVUS website which is located here in the Members Section under Projects and Programs. The response form is located in several places on the page. This is an online form, so just follow the instructions once you’ve clicked on the form. Specific questions may be directed to Peggy Hill (hillp@uhcl.edu) or Joanne Leavitt (ac997@lafn.org).

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ADVOCACY

League Urges Opposition to Legislation that Would Block Pollution Controls (NEW)
The League and coalition partners sent a letter to the Senate urging them to oppose S. 1786, which would block the EPA’s ability to clean up life-threatening toxic air pollution.

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MEMBERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP

Thank You for Your Ruth S. Shur Fellow Nominations (NEW)
Thanks to all League members who submitted nominations for candidates to join the LWVUS Ruth S. Shur Fellows national coaching team, the selection committee has a great pool of applicants from which to choose! If you were nominated or were identified as a reference for a nominee, you will be contacted by the LWVUS in the coming weeks. The new Ruth S. Shur Fellows will be announced in January 2012.

Help the LWVUS Redesign the Membership Brochure (NEW)
We want YOUR feedback! Complete this short survey by December 2 to let us know how we can improve the LWVUS membership brochure. Membership brochures can be used by local Leagues to recruit new members and explain the League’s significance to the community.

Reminder #2: Summary Sheets Are Now LIVE (NEW)
Summary sheets went live on November 1st! Changes you make in the LWVUS membership database will be reflected in your League’s member count. Update your roster regularly from now until January 31, 2012, and remember to always include membership expiration dates. Have questions or need help? Email Lela Sallis at database@lwv.org.

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OTHER

“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire…”
Limited time only: Fleece sets on sale – $4.50 each at our online store. Sale ends November 30, 2011.

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 202-263-1355 or plannedgiving@lwv.org.

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