TODAY: May 3, 1948 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities are legally unenforceable
- President’s Message: Convention 2012 Just Weeks Away! (NEW)
- Money in Elections: What the Leagues Can Do (NEW)
- IMPORTANT MAY DEADLINES: Register and Book a Room! (NEW)
- Coming to National Convention? Let’s Walk Through It Together! (NEW)
- Cast Your Votes for the 2012 Power the Vote Awards!
- ACTION ALERT: Tell Senate It’s Time for DISCLOSE (NEW)
EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Fair Judiciary)
- Elections: LWV Pennsylvania Joins Suit Against Photo ID Law (NEW)
- Elections: Florida Judges Green-Light Partisan Gerrymanders (NEW)
- Fair Judiciary: League Observes Law Day 2012 (NEW)
- Fair Judiciary: Spartanburg County League Judicial Diversity Media Contest Winners (NEW)
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
- Coach in the Spotlight: Florence Hedeen, Ruth S. Shur Fellow (NEW)
- Remember to Update Your League Officers in the Database!
- LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs April 17 to May 20 (NEW)
- Do You Need to Update Your Will?
Dear League Leader:
Our 50th National Convention is only a few weeks away! We will be in Washington, DC, for the first time in many years. Washington is always exciting, but never more so than in a presidential election year. So, in addition to great debate and important decisions, we will be hearing from Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg School and Public Policy Center as well as an excellent panel composed of Trevor Potter, Mickey Edwards and Eleanor Clift, and Pollster John Zogby at our banquet. Our focus will be on the importance of the League in Powering the Vote. So please plan to join us on Friday afternoon, June 8, for a workshop on “Powering our Voice to Power the Vote,” where outside experts will assist participants in preparing to maximize our trusted voice for the upcoming election and beyond.
Already, Leagues are promoting issue caucuses on a variety of topics. Caucuses are always a highlight of the Convention experience, making it well worthwhile to get up early and go to bed late. In accordance with longstanding practice, the LWVUS Board and staff respect that caucuses are for the delegates, but we would welcome an invitation to any caucus. In addition to caucuses, there will be learning opportunities, training and workshops on Sunday and Monday, plus lots of opportunities for Leagues to share and see old friends and make new ones.
The National Capitol Area Leagues haven’t forgotten that we also like to have fun, so they have arranged for an evening with The Capitol Steps. Please plan to join them in this entertaining fundraiser. You can also enjoy a dine around and walking tours. Register by May 21 to ensure your spot at this 50th national Convention in our nation’s capital for one of the best League experiences you can have!
Money in Elections: What the Leagues Can Do (NEW)
Yesterday League leaders received an important memo from the LWVUS president, containing an overview of the issue of money in elections, a list of current League activities underway and suggestions for activities Leagues could undertake. Big money in elections – and the related avalanche of questionable and negative campaign ads – is an inescapable reality in election year 2012. The League is not sitting back quietly while that happens! There is much to be done, and you are encouraged to make “money in elections” an important part of our Power the Vote efforts this year.
IMPORTANT MAY DEADLINES: Register and Book a Room! (NEW)
Important Convention deadlines are fast approaching! Register for Convention by May 21 to avoid late fees. If you do not register by May 28, you must register in-person at Convention. Need a hotel room? Book your room now. Our special rate is only available until May 10.
Coming to National Convention? Let’s Walk Through It Together! (NEW)
Are you planning to attend your very first National Convention? Join us on May 22 at 3:00pm ET for a webinar walk-through of what to expect with LWVUS Board Member Marcia Merrins. Secure your seat in the online meeting by registering today!
Cast Your Votes for the 2012 Power the Vote Awards!
Vote online for your favorite projects that showcase local and state Leagues’ outstanding work defending and strengthening our democracy. We welcome YOU to read the submissions in each of the four Power the Vote categories and rank your favorites for each award category. Voting ends on May 15. Winners will be announced at the national Convention.
ACTION ALERT: Tell Senate It’s Time for DISCLOSE (NEW)
Tell your Senators it’s time to clean up campaigns by supporting the DISCLOSE Act of 2012. Already in this election cycle we have seen a slew of money from secret donors, corporations and special interests. Congress can act to close the floodgates against secret big-money special interests in our elections. The DISCLOSE Act of 2012 is moving in the Senate and it would require the transparency needed to allow voters to make their own decisions while shining the light on big-money outside spending in this election.
EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Fair Judiciary)
Elections: LWV Pennsylvania Joins Suit Against Photo ID Law (NEW)
In a press conference this week, LWVPA and partners announced they are bringing suit to challenge the state’s new voter photo ID law. If implemented, the new barrier would disenfranchise thousands of Pennsylvania voters this year, including League members. “A law that erodes the cherished right to vote of one person impacts everyone’s right to vote and must be protected for all,” said LWVPA Executive Director Bonita Hoke. Read more about this important suit here.
Elections: Florida Judges Green-Light Partisan Gerrymanders (NEW)
Florida voters suffered a setback this week as judges ruled to allow implementation of both the congressional and reworked state senate redistricting maps, despite repeated challenges by the League and other groups on the grounds the maps violated the new Fair Districts standards in the state. The League vowed to continue its fight on behalf of voters. Want to hear more about key League efforts during this nationwide redistricting cycle? Download our whitepaper here.
Fair Judiciary: League Observes Law Day 2012 (NEW)
Read about how the League observed Law Day in our blog post and our statement.
Fair Judiciary: Spartanburg County League Judicial Diversity Media Contest Winners (NEW)
On Law Day, May 1, the LWV of Spartanburg County announced the winners of their judicial diversity media competition for area high school students, "PICTURE THIS: The 5 W's of Judicial Diversity – Who? What? When? Where? Why?": Carder Jones, Natalie Norris and Keegan Patrick Duesterhaus. “We wanted to give students the chance to learn about the importance of judicial diversity, so we asked them to explore visually the notion that a diverse judiciary is important to South Carolina because it instills in citizens confidence that the courts are fair and impartial,” said Linda Bilanchone, project chair.
MEMBERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP
Coach in the Spotlight: Florence Hedeen, Ruth S. Shur Fellow (NEW)
Florence Hedeen is one of 23 Ruth S. Shur Fellows on the National Coaching Team, who support states participating in the LWVUS Membership and Leadership Development program to become thriving organizations making a big impact in the community. Florence hails from Minnesota and works with state coaches in Wisconsin and Colorado. Cheers to Florence and the entire team for supporting our grassroots in making democracy work!
Remember to Update Your League Officers in the Database!
If your League has a change in leadership, don’t forget to update your League’s officers’ information in the LWVUS database. If you have any questions or need help, please contact Betty Taira.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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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