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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

April 18, 2013

In This Issue:

ADVOCACY

  • Help Us Observe Earth Day by Submitting Your Comments on the Keystone XL Pipeline (NEW)  
  • LWVUS sends letter to U.S. Senate on Immigration Reform (NEW)
  • League Expresses Disappointment in Senate Gun Safety Vote (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

  • Keep Powering the Vote in 2013! (NEW)
  • Promote your Candidate Debates and Forums on VOTE411! (Reminder)
  • Voter Suppression Bills in NC: What’s happening, and what it means for our country (NEW)

 MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Membership Growth Highlight: LWV of Duluth, Minnesota (NEW)
  • Visibility Opportunities this Week:  Volunteers Power Earth Day - Press Templates Available (NEW)

OTHER

  • LWVUS Spring Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs April 18 to May 15

Share your studies on the League Clearinghouse!

Share your studies! Share our strength!

Spring brings Annual Meetings for local Leagues with new studies adopted!  Visit the LWV Clearinghouse with League studies in more than 50 subject areas to jumpstart the process! 

Just a click away: http://clearinghouse.lwv.org 

Dear Supporter,

Our hearts go out this week to the victims of the attack in Boston and our voices are raised in support of the victims of the attack in Newtown last December. We in the League are members of many communities, local, state and national. We draw our strength and we make a difference because we are real people in real communities that are impacted by the decisions of the officials we elect. When tragedy strikes, we not only turn to those officials for answers, we work with them to find solutions. Our quest for better gun safety laws in the wake of Newtown goes on, with success in several states and a setback in Congress; but it will go on. In response to the events in Boston, we can only resolve to make our communities safe for democracy.

The League was founded not just in response to the ratification of the 19th Amendment, but also in the wake of the First World War. The final, persuasive argument for affording women the right to vote was the promise of a better, safer world if women’s issues were considered and addressed. As is the case today, women’s issues include safer communities, safer workplaces, better education and broader participation in democracy. Thanks to the League, this country is a better place today than 93 years ago and if we continue to stand together as members and work for and with our communities, we will continue to make progress.

In League,
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Advocacy

Help Us Observe Earth Day by Submitting Your Comments on the Keystone XL Pipeline (NEW)  
The State Department is accepting public comments on the Keystone XL pipeline until midnight on Monday, April 22. Keystone XL will threaten the safety of our drinking water, promote a bad energy policy and increase the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere that contribute to climate change. Join the League and tell Secretary Kerry that the KXL Pipeline is all risk, no reward.

LWVUS sends letter to U.S. Senate on Immigration Reform (NEW)
The League sent a letter to the U.S. Senate on April 18, 2013 regarding immigration reform and citizenship in a Democracy. The League is urging Senators to ensure that a path to citizenship is available to all who remain legally in the United States. Members of the Grassroots Lobby Corps will also be holding meetings with Senators on this issue.

League Expresses Disappointment in Senate Gun Safety Vote (NEW)
The League issued a press statement today expressing our disappointment in those Senators who voted against improved background checks, a common sense solution to gun violence.  These Senators have failed in their fundamental duty to protect Americans from wanton violence.   Check here to see how your Senators voted on this and other amendments.

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Education Fund

Elections

Keep Powering the Vote in 2013! (NEW)
It might not be a presidential election year, but we can all keep working together to Power the Vote. Elections are going on nationwide this year, and Leagues are at the center of helping voters get registered, get the facts, and get to the polls. With that in mind, we challenge you to consider the following activities in 2013:

  1. Host at least 5 registration drives at diverse locations, with one of them on National Voter Registration Day, September 24th (details coming soon). Get our handy planning tips here.
  2. Host a candidate forum or debate in your community. Read our FAQ here.
  3. Pursue an online voter’s guide on VOTE411.org. Contact Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org) to learn more.
  4. Meet with your local elections officials to discuss what worked and what didn’t during 2012. See our sample 2012 questions here to get started, or check in with your state League to see what election reform priorities they are working on.
  5. Identify 5 media contacts and communicate regularly. Keep them in the loop about local voting-related developments. See media tips here.  
  6. Follow up with everyone you meet (registrants, volunteers, online networks, etc.) and remind them about upcoming elections. See sample get-out-the-vote scripts here.

Promote your Candidate Debates and Forums on VOTE411! (Reminder)
Does your League have any candidate debates or forums coming up in 2013? Promoting your events on VOTE411 can help spread the word to voters in your communities. In 2012, over 375 League sponsored candidate debates were published on VOTE411. If you have any upcoming candidate debates or forums and would like us to post the information on VOTE411, please send the following information to Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org): event title, offices covered, date, time, location (venue name and address) and any other information voters might need.

Voter Suppression Bills in NC: What’s happening, and what it means for our country (NEW)
Early this month, multiple voter suppression bills – constituting one of the broadest attacks on voting rights we’ve seen this year – were introduced by members of the North Carolina Legislature, including proposals to require voter photo IDs, eliminate Sunday voting and reduce the same-day registration and early-voting periods. LWV North Carolina has been working hard to challenge the bills. But unfortunately, the problem goes deeper than just North Carolina, as similar bills are popping up in many state legislatures across the country. As we await the Supreme Court’s decisions regarding challenges to the Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act, the actions in North Carolina serve as a powerful reminder that we must continually fight to protect the right to vote.

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Membership and Leadership

Membership Growth Highlight: LWV of Duluth, Minnesota (NEW)
Our newest membership growth spotlight is on the LWV of Duluth, Minnesota. According to Co-President Gay Trachsel, increased League visibility was the real key to their success in 2012. LWV of Duluth was highly visible in their community, online and in social media, “Our website and Facebook have brought a lot of new members,” Trachsel shared. Learn more about how LWV of Duluth grew its membership and impacted their community. Congratulations, LWV of Duluth!

Visibility Opportunities this Week:  Volunteers Power Earth Day - Press Templates Available (NEW)
People across the world will take time on Earth Day, (Monday, April 22), to honor the environment. The League of Women Voters has long fought battles to protect the quality of our air and water, prevent climate change, and inform the public of what they can do to get involved. This year, we need your help to tell President Obama that he must protect our climate and reject the Keystone XL Pipeline. Use this template to share information with your community! 

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OTHER

LWVUS Spring Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs April 18 to May 15
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.

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