TODAY: May 17, 1954 – In Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the U.S. Supreme Court rules unanimously that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional
- President’s Message: The Beat Goes On! (NEW)
- LAST CALL: Register for Convention NOW to Avoid Late Fees! (NEW)
- Is This Your First Convention? Join LWVUS for a Walk-Through Webinar on May 22
- “LWVUS Finances and Budget 101” Webinar on May 24
- Banquet Speaker Announced! (NEW)
- Post-Convention Advocacy Opportunity!
- Voter Empowerment Act (NEW)
- We Achieved One Million Comments to EPA on Proposed New Rule! (NEW)
- League Opposes S. 1100, a Bill to Keep Political Spending in the Shadows (NEW)
- League Recognizes National Women’s Health Week (NEW)
EDUCATION FUND (Elections)
- Elections: Voter Protection Update (NEW)
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
- Update New League Officers in the LWVUS Database
- WANTED: UN Alternate Observer
- FINAL NOTICE: LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Ends on May 20
- You Can Make a Gift That Helps Your League at All Three Levels!
Dear League Leader:
Even as Convention 2012 is approaching, the political world keeps turning. This week, a milestone was achieved when the EPA received 1 million comments on the new carbon rule. But we are hoping for more! Support for the work of the EPA and clean air is strong and clear.
Next week, I will have the opportunity to attend an event at the National Press Club to launch the “Stand by Your Ad” effort of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. This innovative project offers the League an opportunity to take action at the community level to ensure that, at a minimum, the flood of “third party” political ads already evident in this election year are not false. I look forward to reporting from the event on Tuesday and in my message next week.
Through it all, preparation for Convention continues, and one of our featured speakers is Kathleen Hall Jamison of the Annenberg Center. Convention is always exciting, but particularly so this 50th Convention as we gather to power our voices to Power the Vote this election year. Please plan to attend; register by Monday, May 21, to avoid the late registration fee!
LAST CALL: Register for Convention NOW to Avoid Late Fees! (NEW)
Register for Convention online by May 21st to avoid late fees. If you don’t register by May 28, you will need to register at the door. Still need accommodations? Because the Hilton Hotel is all booked up for the dates of Convention, please check with the Churchill Hotel for a room.
Is This Your First Convention? Join LWVUS for a Walk-Through Webinar on May 22
Are you planning to attend your very first National Convention? Join us on May 22, 3:00pm ET, for a webinar “walk-through” with LWVUS Board Member Marcia Merrins on what to expect. Secure your seat in the online meeting by registering today!
“LWVUS Finances and Budget 101” Webinar on May 24
On Thursday, May 24, 11:00 am EDT, Budget Committee Chair Sandy Powell will lead a pre-convention discussion on LWVUS finances in general and the proposed 2-year budget and its major components. Please register for this important webinar.
Banquet Speaker Announced! (NEW)
LWVUS is proud to announce that internationally respected political pollster John Zogby will be the speaker at the National Convention banquet. Zogby is known as a leader in the industry and has conducted polls for Presidential elections in the United States, as well as for international elections.
Post-Convention Advocacy Opportunity!
Delegates may want to take advantage of a unique post-Convention opportunity. On Tuesday afternoon, June 12, we hope that you will participate in lobbying your Members of Congress in support of the DISCLOSE Act. To make an appointment with your Representative or Senators, you can call the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-225-3121 and ask to be connected to their offices. Currently, the Senate is scheduled to be in session on June 12, while members of the House of Representatives will be in recess. This is still a good time to meet with key House staff. At Convention, delegates will have the opportunity to meet with members of the LWVUS Lobby Corps, hear a briefing and obtain materials by visiting the Lobby Corps table located in the Wares Market area. We hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet with your Congressional delegation and be a part of the business of Washington, DC.
Voter Empowerment Act (NEW)
The Voter Empowerment Act (VEA), introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives, seeks to protect the right to vote. The League issued a statement on VEA and blogged about its introduction.
We Achieved One Million Comments to EPA on Proposed New Rule! (NEW)
The League and its environmental allies have succeeded in getting more than ONE MILLION comments to EPA on the proposed new rule to control industrial carbon pollution. We are pushing for more comments, so if you’ve not yet submitted your comment in favor of this new rule, please do that here.
League Opposes S. 1100, a Bill to Keep Political Spending in the Shadows (NEW)
The League joined 13 other civic organizations in a letter to Sens. Collins and Lieberman voicing solid opposition to S. 1100, the so-called “Keeping Politics Out of Federal Contracting Act.” This legislation would block public disclosure of campaign contributions and spending by government contractors. This means contractor campaign spending would be kept in the shadows, and the public would have no way to find out if contracts are being awarded based on money rather than merit.
League Recognizes National Women’s Health Week (NEW)
It’s National Women’s Health Week! Groups around the nation are taking a moment to recognize the importance of women’s health and the impact of the Affordable Care Act in advancing and improving the health of women. This special week provides a good reminder of the hard work the League has undertaken to advance quality, affordable health care as well as the work still to be done. Read more on our blog and check out the #HERVotes blog carnival. Is your League working on health care? Tell us how by commenting on our blog post!
EDUCATION FUND (Elections)
Elections: Voter Protection Update (NEW)
Ohio was in the spotlight this week when its governor signed a bill repealing Ohio’s controversial election law passed in 2011. In the face of a referendum on the November ballot, which would have given Ohio voters a chance to voice their opinion about the new law, this latest, unprecedented step leads to more questions and unresolved issues. Are state legislators allowed to repeal a bill that has not yet taken effect and that is up for referendum? Is the Secretary of State allowed to remove the referendum from the November ballot? The Ohio League opposed the repeal and supported the November referendum. LWV of Ohio Executive Director Carrie Davis noted: “If the legislature had truly wanted to return the clock to where it was...it would have eliminated that last-three-day restriction.” Read more here.
MEMBERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP
Update New League Officers in the LWVUS Database
If your League has had a change in leadership, update new League officers’ information in the LWVUS database. If you have any questions or need help, please contact Betty Taira.
WANTED: UN Alternate Observer
Description: Work with other UN and Alternate Observers to participate in areas of interest including Women in the Political Process, Climate Change & Sustainability, Women's Rights, Children's Rights, the Elderly's Rights, Preventing Violence vs. Women & Girls. Attend UN sessions and provide information to League members; represent the League at the UN and the UN at the League. Time Commitment: 1-2 days/week from September through June. Location: UN Headquarters & surrounding area, NYC. Please submit resume and cover letter by June 4, 2012 to email@example.com.
FINAL NOTICE: LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Ends on May 20
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.
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 email@example.com.
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