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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

April 4, 2013

Dear Friend,

Greetings from Elisabeth and the National Board Members who are meeting this week in Washington, D.C.!  Elisabeth will resume writing her message next week.

In This Issue:

ADVOCACY

  • ACTION ALERT: Senate to Vote on Gun Control Legislation (NEW)
  • League Expresses Support for Wind Energy (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND- ELECTIONS

  • Join VOTE411 in 2013! (NEW)
  • High School Voter Registration: Now’s the Time! (NEW)
  • Brennan Center Releases State Legislative Voting Law Roundup (NEW)

 MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Celebrate Successes at Your Annual Meeting or State Convention (NEW)
  • Increasing League Impact: Highlighting the LWV of Maine (NEW)
  • Promote Your Earth Day Activities on AmericanTowns.com

OTHER

  • LWVUS Spring Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs April 18 to May 15 (NEW)
  • Share Your Studies - Share Our Strength at the LWV Clearinghouse!

 

Share your studies on the League Clearinghouse!

Share your studies on the League Clearinghouse!

Visit the LWV Clearinghouse today to find League studies on more than fifty subject areas.

To find a study:
Browse by topic using the list on the left of the page or the search box at the top of the page.

To share a study:
follow the instructions on the site.

If you would like to help maintain, promote, and improve the Clearinghouse, contact the Ad Hoc Committee at clearinghouse@leagueofwomenvoters.org.

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Advocacy

ACTION ALERT: Senate to Vote on Gun Control Legislation (NEW)
The League has been lobbying for common sense solutions to gun violence that will protect our children and our families and help restore public confidence. But we need your help: Tell your Senators it’s time to stop the violence. Next week the Senate will vote on S. 649 a bill requiring background checks on all gun purchases and imposing stricter penalties for “straw purchases,” (one individual buys a gun for another). There will also be amendments from the floor of the Senate that the League strongly supports, including the Assault Weapons Ban and an amendment to limit the size of high capacity ammunition magazines.  

League Expresses Support for Wind Energy (NEW)
The League joined members of the environmental community by sending a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives expressing strong support for H.R. 924. This bill extends the Investment Tax Credit for offshore wind and encourages investment in the growing industry.

Education Fund

Elections

Join VOTE411 in 2013! (NEW)
Does your community have any elections in 2013? If so, the new election season brings a new opportunity for your League to create its own online voters’ guide on VOTE411.org! In 2012 over 2.5 million voters turned to VOTE411 to get their election information. Leagues from 30 states created online voters’ guides to provide information on over 9,800 candidates and 5,100 races in their communities. We currently have several Leagues with live voters’ guides on VOTE411. To see what your guide could look like go to VOTE411.org and enter this address: 1730 M St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Click the green “Get personalized information on candidates and issues” and follow the prompts to view the guide! If you’re interested in participating in VOTE411 for 2013, please contact Megan Brown and she’ll help answer any of your questions or walk you through the process!

High School Voter Registration: Now’s the Time! (NEW)
Our research shows that springtime is the best time of year to register high school students to vote. We know many of you are hard at work doing just that! Please utilize our handy training manual and email Maggie Duncan to tell us what you did to engage new voters this spring. Your feedback is critical to our efforts to continue to raise external funding for our pass-through grant programs. Share your successes with us on our VOTE411 Facebook page by sharing photos of your events and telling us how many schools you visited, how many new students you registered, and other newsworthy accomplishments.

Brennan Center Releases State Legislative Voting Law Roundup (NEW)
In 2013, state legislators continue to push laws that make it harder for eligible citizens to vote. At the same time, others are pressing measures to improve elections. Read the full Brennan Center report here and click here to read a detailed summary of all passed and pending restrictive legislation proposed nationwide in the 2013 state legislative sessions (as of March 29th).

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Membership and Leadership

Celebrate Successes at Your Annual Meeting or State Convention  (NEW)
The annual meeting and state convention are perfect venues to celebrate your League’s successes from 2012 and build excitement for the year ahead! Highlighting the accomplishments of outstanding League volunteers, thanking your members, and cheering on successes of your League by telling stories and sharing pictures and news clips are great ways to get your membership engaged for 2013. Check out LWVUS’ tips for a successful annual meeting to get more ideas about making the most out of your annual event.

Increasing League Impact: Highlighting the LWV of Maine (NEW)
Last month, LWV of Maine partnered with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network to present a showing of the film "Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream” at two libraries in the state. In this movie, Director Alex Gibney "contends that America's richest citizens have 'rigged the game in their favor,' and created unprecedented [financial] inequality in the United States." Audiences of 55 in Portland and 25 in Bangor produced lively discussions and helped to showcase the League within these communities. The event was so successful that LWV of Maine is considering other opportunities to collaborate again. Learn more about the LWV of Maine’s event and find out how you can get the most out of every event.

Promote Your Earth Day Activities on AmericanTowns.com
The League’s work to protect air and water quality means a lot to our communities, and Earth Day offers a chance to highlight that great work. Our partner AmericanTowns.com is offering the public a chance to learn about activities and volunteer opportunities for Earth Day in their communities. Complete this short survey by April 8 and your League will be included in their Earth Day promotion! 

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OTHER

LWVUS Spring Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs April 18 to May 15 (NEW)
The LWVUS Development Office wants to alert League leaders that the LWVUS annual spring telemarketing outreach program runs from April 18 through approximately May 15, 2013. During this campaign, national donors, as well as those local members who contribute to LWVUS, are contacted by phone with a request for support. In addition, local members whose League membership has lapsed by more than two years are contacted and given the opportunity to renew membership with their local League. Please direct questions to Rose Simmons.

Share Your Studies - Share Our Strength at the LWV Clearinghouse!
Visit the LWV Clearinghouse today to find League studies on more than fifty subject areas. The Clearinghouse was created in response to member requests to provide a central location for League studies at all levels. Leagues in California, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington have responded with numerous studies, and the latest addition, from Michigan, concerns immigration.

To find a study: browse by topic using the list on the left of the page or the search box at the top of the page.

To share a study: follow the instructions on the site.

The Clearinghouse was designed, built, and tested by League members and is staffed by League volunteers from across the country. If you would like to help maintain, promote, and improve the Clearinghouse, contact the Ad Hoc Committee at clearinghouse@leagueofwomenvoters.org.


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