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May 31, 2012

TODAY: May 31, 1955 – The U.S. Supreme Court orders states to end racial segregation “with all deliberate speed”

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: See You at Convention! (NEW)

CONVENTION

  • Convention Program & Workbook Online Now! (NEW)
  • LWVUS Staff at Convention (NEW)
  • Come to the Convention Banquet! (NEW)
  • Watch the LWVUS Budget and Finances 101 Webinar Recording Online (NEW)
  • Post-Convention Advocacy Opportunity!

ADVOCACY

  • From the LWVUS Campaign Finance Task Force (NEW) 

EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

  • Elections: Power the Vote and Civic Engagement Go Hand-in-Hand (NEW)
  • Elections: LWVMN Challenges November Ballot’s Voter ID/Elections Amendment (NEW)
  • Elections: VOTE411 – Sign Up and Join the Team!

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Summer is the Perfect Time for a Board Retreat and Orientation! (NEW)

OTHER

  • Leaving a Legacy

 

***SPECIAL NOTE***The Leaders’ Update will not be published on June 7. Instead, we hope to see you at the Convention, June 8-12, in Washington, DC. The next Update will be on June 14.

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

It is hard to believe that Convention 2012, our 50th, starts next Friday. National Convention is always a great time to learn, to debate and to recharge the batteries. This year promises to be no exception. We are very excited to be in Washington, DC, after many years. We have several outstanding speakers: Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Mickey Edwards, Trevor Potter, Eleanor Clift and John Zogby. And, we have been encouraged to believe that there will be a speaker from the Administration.

Wonderful speakers make Convention memorable, but there is always so much more. Delegates will debate the important business of Program, budget and bylaws, and will elect a new Board and Nominating Committee. In addition to constant opportunities to share with other Leaguers, there will be workshops and training opportunities. And, there is always the city itself – our host Leagues have planned walking tours, a dine-round and a very special fund raising event with the Capitol Steps.

So safe travels, and I look forward to seeing you all in Washington next week!

Elisabeth

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CONVENTION

Convention Program & Workbook Online Now! (NEW)
The Convention Program & Workbook is now available! This booklet has the full, detailed Convention schedule as well as information about caucuses, workshops and Convention business, such as Program, candidates, bylaws and budget. Each Convention registrant will receive a hard copy of the publication at the Convention check-in desk. 

LWVUS Staff at Convention (NEW)
National Convention is a little over a week away, and the national Board and staff could not be more excited – or busy! As a reminder, most of the LWVUS staff will be unavailable by phone or email Friday, June 8 through Tuesday, June 12. Staff will be at the Convention site in Washington, DC, coordinating the event and assisting delegates. Also, we ask for your patience if you request staff assistance during the week after Convention because many staff members will be on leave during that time.

Come to the Convention Banquet! (NEW) 
This year’s Convention Banquet promises to be a wonderful evening! We will hear from political pollster John Zogby; we will find out who won the Power the Vote awards; and, of course, we will eat, drink and be merry! All Convention registrants will receive a ticket to the Convention Banquet. Want to bring a friend? Additional Convention Banquet tickets will be available for purchase on-site for $55 each.  

Watch the LWVUS Budget and Finances 101 Webinar Recording Online (NEW)
The recording of the very informative LWVUS Budget and Finances 101 webinar with Budget Chair Sandy Powell has been posted to the Nikki Harris Webinar Library online.

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. 

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ADVOCACY

From the LWVUS Campaign Finance Task Force (NEW) 
The Task Force has just completed two informational papers for League members. One is “LWVUS in Action on Campaign Finance,” a brief history of LWVUS action on campaign finance, what the LWVUS has done, is doing now and what Leagues can also do. The other is a “Review of Constitutional Amendments Proposed in Response to Citizens' United,” which includes a useful table of the proposed amendments and what they address. The Task Force was formed in April 2012 to advise the LWVUS Board on short- and long-term strategies for advocacy on campaign finance reform. Task Force members are Chris Carson (CA), Pat Donath (MI, LWVUS Board), Allison Feher(WA), Susan Lederman(NJ), Ann Luther(ME), Theresa Schneder (MT), Jill Ward (ME) and co-chairs Judy Duffy and Norman Turrill (LWVUS Board).  

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

Power the Vote and Civic Engagement Go Hand-in-Hand (NEW)
On May 31, LWVUS Executive Director Nancy Tate was a guest speaker at the media launch of an exciting new campaign, "America4America," now underway thanks to TV/film actress America Ferrera and the League’s partner, Voto Latino. Tate shared the League’s exciting Power the Vote election year work and lent support to “America4America,” which seeks to engage young Latino leaders in dialogues about the issues that matter most to them.

Elections: LWVMN Challenges November Ballot’s Voter ID/Elections Amendment (NEW)
On Wednesday, the LWV of Minnesota joined with the ACLU, Common Cause Minnesota, Jewish Community Action and five individual Minnesota voters in petitioning the state Supreme Court to remove a proposed constitutional amendment from the November ballot. The groups point out that the ballot question omits key details of the proposed amendment, misleading voters on the full nature of the proposed constitutional changes. The five individual petitioners are: a 92-year-old nun, a Wisconsin National Guard combat medic who will still be deployed in Afghanistan on Election Day, a member of the La Courte Oreilles Band of Chippewa who uses a tribal ID and two college students. They all fear a photo ID requirement will weaken their voting rights. Read a media report and view the press conference.

Elections: VOTE411 – Sign Up and Join the Team!
Leagues from 22 states are currently participating in VOTE411 to create online voters’ guides in their communities, and we’re still growing! Is your League interested in joining VOTE411 and creating an online voters’ guide, but you don’t know how to get started? LWVEF has resources online, and we are happy to answer any of your questions. This page contains information and links to webinars that clearly explain how VOTE411 works. For those of you attending Convention, be sure to attend the VOTE411 Caucus (Saturday, 10-12) and the VOTE411 workshops (Sunday, all day) to learn more. Have further questions or feel like you’re ready to sign up? Email Megan Brown, mbrown@lwv.org, and she will help walk you through the process and answer any questions you might have. About 20 million voters turned to VOTE411 for election information in 2008. Be a part of this growing program, help inform voters in your area for 2012 and gain significant visibility for your League’s work!

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MEMBERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP

Summer is the Perfect Time for a Board Retreat and Orientation! (NEW)
Has your new League board scheduled a retreat and orientation for the next year of League? Now is the perfect time to relax, reflect, learn, plan for the year ahead and bond together as a team. Find resources, like essential publications, the Board policy handbookLeague basics and more, at the LWVUS website.

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OTHER

Leaving a Legacy
Including the League of Women Voters Education Fund in your will is among the easiest ways to offer support of the LWVEF's work for years to come. We suggest the following language to include the League as a beneficiary of a will or trust: " I give, devise, and bequeath to the League of Women Voters Education Fund, a charitable organization formed in the District of Columbia, with offices at 1730 M Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, {the sum of $___ } {___ percentage of my residuary estate}." If you already have a will, you can have your attorney add a codicil to include the LWVEF. After you've added the League, please contact the Development office by email so we can list you as a member of our Carrie Chapman Catt Legacy Society.

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