May 2, 2013
In This Issue:
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
- Celebrating Ourselves! (NEW)
- Update Your Officers in the LWVUS Database (NEW)
- League Urges U.S. Senate to Pass Campaign Finance Legislation (NEW)
- League Sends Letter to President Obama on Campaign Finance Reform (NEW)
- New English-Spanish Publication: "Women and the Judiciary in the Americas: Leadership and Outcomes" (NEW)
- More Ideas to Get a Head Start on the Agriculture Update (NEW)
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
Last week, Georgia was on my mind, this week, I was reminded that everything is up to date in Kansas City as we celebrated our successes at state convention. The League in Kansas has been standing up for voters even as the legislature in Topeka has gone about as far as they can go to make it harder for voters to register and participate. In the 2012 presidential election, Kansas and Georgia were two of just four states in which voters had to present government issued voter photo ID. The Kansas League educated voters not just about what they needed to bring to the polls, but about the candidates on their ballot by providing an online voter guide, statewide, through VOTE411.org (the Georgia League did the same in partnership with the state’s largest newspaper).
Additionally, Leagues in Kansas have been working hard through the Member and Leadership Development Program to stay visible, be welcoming and in combination with highly visible, good work to power the vote, the League in Kansas has seen an 8 percent growth in membership, statewide. I was thrilled to join League members in Kansas City on Saturday to recognize that achievement and to plan for a future of continued community outreach and growth. My trip to Kansas kicked off with a great interview on Kansas Public Radio where the focus was on positive reform of our election laws and how to prevent the laws already in place in Kansas from taking hold across the border in Missouri. Later in the day, I sat down with editors of the Kansas City Star for a wide ranging conversation about voter protection. On Saturday, one of those editors, columnist Mary Sanchez spoke to the League about immigration reform.
Tomorrow, I am off to New Jersey where League members who really stepped into action following Hurricane Sandy to ensure voters in their communities were able to cast their ballot just days after the disastrous storm, have a lot to be proud of!
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Membership and Leadership
Celebrating Ourselves! (NEW)
With the memory of National Volunteer Week fresh in our minds, we want to take this opportunity to celebrate you and the impact your state and local League volunteers are making in your communities! Send us two or three paragraphs about your League’s positive difference in your community and your story could be featured on the LWVUS website, Facebook page or in other publications. Send your story (and photo if you have it) to firstname.lastname@example.org and include “League Impact” in the subject line.
Update Your Officers in the LWVUS Database (NEW)
It is Annual Meeting time, and this means changes in League leadership. If your League has elected or appointed new officers, please be sure to update this information in the LWVUS member database. It is vital that we know how to contact your League’s leadership. Questions? Contact Betty Taira at email@example.com
League Sends Letter to President Obama on Campaign Finance Reform (NEW)
The League joined reform groups in sending a letter to President Obama expressing deep concern about the nation's corrupt campaign finance system. The letter expresses extreme disappointment and frustration with the President's failure to provide meaningful leadership or to take effective action to solve this problem facing our country.
League Urges U.S. Senate to Pass Campaign Finance Legislation (NEW)
The League and other reform groups sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging Senators to pass campaign finance disclosure legislation this year to close the gaping disclosure loopholes in the campaign finance laws. A similar letter went to members of the House. The letter also states that is important to maintain current federal contribution limits, including the limit on the total amount an individual can give to all candidates, parties and PACs in a two-year election cycle.
New English-Spanish Publication: "Women and the Judiciary in the Americas: Leadership and Outcomes" (NEW)
We are proud to announce a new English-Spanish publication, "Women and the Judiciary in the Americas: Leadership and Outcomes” – “La Mujer y el Poder Judicial en las Americas: Liderazgo y Resultados." This work is the result of a one-day conference held in Washington, DC in February 2013. The event, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Inter-American Dialogue, and the International Association of Women Judges, was held to draw on the collective experience of a group of accomplished women judges from across the Americas to develop recommendations on how to enhance the positive role of women in the judiciary.
More Ideas to Get a Head Start on the Agriculture Update (NEW)
The LWV Agriculture Update Committee recommends that you organize a visit to a local farm, or arrange for local farmers to come speak with your group. For Leagues with no initial contacts with farmers, contact your state Farm Bureau or Department of Agriculture. The American Farmers’ Association website offers links to state bureaus and agriculture departments, as well as local Farmer’s Markets. While making these contacts, keep in mind the Ag Update Scope at the top of this webpage. Questions should be directed to Norman Turrill at LWVTurrill@mac.com.
LWVUS Spring Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs April 18 to May 15 (REMINDER)
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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