TODAY: April 26, 1994 – The first multi-racial election in South Africa
- President’s Message: The Daily Show Comes to Atlanta! (NEW)
- Convention Workbook Now Available Online (NEW)
- Vote for the 2012 Power the Vote Award Winners Online! (NEW)
- Book Your Room for Convention Today: Hotel Block Filling up Fast! (NEW)
EDUCATION FUND (Privatization; Elections)
- FINAL REMINDER: Privatization Study Consensus Deadline is May 1! (NEW)
- Elections: Texas Legal Maneuvering May Delay Photo ID Case (NEW)
- Clean Air Action Alert (NEW)
- League, Other Groups Urge Congress to Approve the DISCLOSE Act (NEW)
- Local League Presidents Fight Discrimination (NEW)
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
- LWV Coaches Trained and Energized to Strengthen League in 9 New States! (NEW)
- Receive 5 League Buttons for Sharing Your League Story (NEW)
- LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs April 17 to May 20 (NEW)
- PADFOLIOS – Excellent Gifts for Speakers
- You Can Make a Gift That Helps Your League at All Three Levels!
Dear League Leader:
The Daily Show came to Atlanta yesterday! Interestingly, The Show came to Georgia in pursuit of a spoof on Florida’s new election law, which makes it prohibitively dangerous for groups like the LWV to register voters. Kudos to Deirdre Macnab (LWVFL) and Elizabeth Poythress (LWVGA) for collaborating to help The Daily Show demonstrate that, while the LWV in Florida has shut down its voter registration efforts after 72 years, in Georgia (a state not noted recently for being friendly to voters) the League can easily, and literally at the drop of a hat, set up a registration table and register voters without fear.
The filming took place at the Georgia State University campus in downtown Atlanta. It featured a diverse group of students registering to vote with assistance from Deirdre, Elizabeth, and wonderful Leaguers from the Atlanta/Fulton County LWV and the LWVGA board. Not only were many students registered, but many were interviewed about their experience. While the piece is a spoof (so the students were asked how many times they just registered to vote), it was also poignant because every interviewed student volunteered that without the League table, they would not have known how to get registered.
The situation in Florida is shameful, and it is even more shameful that other states are following Florida’s lead. While it was tremendous fun yesterday seeing the filming and watching the interview that John Oliver conducted with Deirdre McNabb, I was reminded of the key role that humor plays in informing and shaping public opinion. So watch for The Show and share the laughs. The media spotlight on Florida can only help to shine the light on all the fearless Leaguers working tirelessly at the grassroots to protect our democracy.
Proudly in League,
Convention Workbook Now Available Online (NEW)
The 2012 Convention Workbook (containing information on the proposed rules, budget, bylaws amendments and Program, in particular) is now available on the LWVUS website. You may read and download the entire publication or individual sections here. This Workbook section will be combined with the Program section (containing daily schedules, caucus and workshop information, etc.) into a printed booklet that will be distributed to delegates at the Convention.
Vote for the 2012 Power the Vote Award Winners Online! (NEW)
We are excited to announce the 2012 Power the Vote Awards finalists and offer a new way to choose the winners that involves YOU! Cast a vote online for projects that showcase local and state Leagues’ outstanding work that defends and strengthens our democracy. We welcome YOU to read the submissions in each of the four categories here. Rank your favorites (1st to 4th) for each award category.
Book Your Room for Convention Today: Hotel Block Filling up Fast! (NEW)
Convention is just around the corner! Want to put your head on a comfy pillow between the exciting sessions at Convention? Rooms are filling up fast. So, book your room now. Our special rate is available until May 10th! If you still need to register for Convention, do it here.
EDUCATION FUND (Privatization Study; Elections)
FINAL REMINDER: Privatization Study Consensus Deadline is May 1! (NEW)
Tuesday, May 1, is the Consensus deadline for the Privatization study. To report your League’s response, fill out the Privatization Study Consensus Form, which can be found on the LWVUS website. This is an online form, so just follow the instructions once you’ve clicked on the form. Specific questions may be directed to Janis McMillen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Elections: Texas Legal Maneuvering May Delay Photo ID Case (NEW)
The U.S. Attorney General's office has requested a delay in the trial over Texas' voter ID law, saying the state's legal maneuvering is taking up too much time to meet the tight deadline. LWV of Texas, an intervener in the case, made a similar request to delay the trial one day before the DOJ. Read more here.
Clean Air Action Alert (NEW)
The EPA has taken an important first step by proposing a new standard to limit carbon pollution from new power plants. The EPA’s proposal sets a performance standard that will ensure new power plants limit their pollution and end threats to the health of children and the elderly. Please add your support by submitting a comment to the EPA on this historic regulation.
League, Other Groups Urge Congress to Approve the DISCLOSE Act (NEW)
The League joined civic organizations and investor groups in this letter, calling on Congress to support H.R. 4010, the DISCLOSE 2012 Act. H.R. 4010 provides the public with basic information about campaign expenditures made by outside groups to influence federal elections and the donors financing these expenditures.
Local League Presidents Fight Discrimination (NEW)
Local Leagues across the country have responded to recent attempts in Congress to allow employers and health plans to block contraceptive services and discriminate against women. Many Leagues sent letters to their local papers raising concerns about legislation limiting access to contraceptive services. Check out a full list of the letters published or send a link to your letter to be added to the site.
MEMBERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP
LWV Coaches Trained and Energized to Strengthen League in 9 New States! (NEW)
The April 13-15 Regional Training for LWV State Coaches in Houston, TX, was a great success! Thirty League leaders from nine states gathered with LWVUS Board, staff and Ruth S. Shur Fellows to learn about their new state coach role as part of the Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) program. To see photos from the training, check out our album on Facebook! Want to coach local Leagues in your state to be the best and most vibrant possible? Contact Sara Sanders (SSanders@lwv.org).
Receive 5 League Buttons for Sharing Your League Story (NEW)
The LWVUS wants to hear from you about how you’ve impacted your community by being a League member. Share your League story today, and you will receive five League buttons, sent to the address on file in the LWVUS database!
LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs April 17 to May 20 (NEW)
The LWVUS Development Office wants to alert League leaders that the LWVUS annual telemarketing outreach program runs from April 17 to May 20, 2012. 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 email@example.com.
PADFOLIOS – Excellent Gifts for Speakers
Find them here at the online store for just $6.00 during the month of April.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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