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The League Update

June 12, 2014

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your faith in me and in this team, but most of all, in the League and the future. We came into this convention united and we are leaving this convention united. United in our commitment to keep the League strong because together and united we have impact on the issues that matter to us and to our democracy.

At this convention, we learned that from border to border and sea to sea our Leagues are growing, our voices are being heard, and our communities are stronger because the League is there! We learned that the face of America is changing. We looked around this convention hall and saw that the faces of the League can change along with our country. That changing demographic in America and that changing demographic in the League has different needs that must be addressed.

Civic participation in our communities and in our organization is essential to meeting those needs but we can adapt to that changing environment by relying on our core values of nonpartisan grassroots consensus building which are after all the core values of our democracy. In the end, we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

As always, at this convention, we have given ourselves a big assignment. We have committed ourselves to going back home not afraid to get in the way of big moneyed interests on voting rights, campaign finance reform, redistricting and climate change. We have committed ourselves to growing and strengthening the League by broadening our Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) network, strengthening our connections to each other in our digital new world, and embracing new systems to lighten our workload, attract new leaders and new members. We make this commitment because we are the League of Women Voters.

In just six years, we will look back on 100 years of making democracy work and I am confident when we meet at convention in 2020, we will be stronger, more diverse and more adaptive to our changing universe but we can never be more committed than we are now to each other, to our cause and to the League of Women Voters.

In League,

Description: Elisabeth

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In This Issue:

CONVENTION 2014

  • Convention 2014 (NEW)
  • Communications Resources from Convention 2014! (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • League Lauds Release of EPA’s New Carbon Pollution Standard (REMINDER)
  • Tell Your Representative to Move Forward on Voting Rights (REMINDER)
  • Campaign Finance Primer Available Online (REMINDER)

Convention 2014

CONVENTION 2014 (NEW)
Convention 2014 wrapped up earlier this week in Dallas, Texas with 700 attendees from the around the country helping make this one of the most successful and energetic meetings yet! A big thank you to the many local volunteers that pitched in throughout the gathering, the proceedings were seamless because of all of you! We received a wonderful welcome to the city with our logo projected onto the Omni Hotel during the first day of our gathering. At convention we re-elected Elisabeth MacNamara as president for a third term, passed the proposed 2014-2016 budget, amended the Bylaws, adopted national program for the biennium, heard from numerous interesting speakers, and spent time in workshops and caucuses on a variety of topics. Be sure to catch up on all of the action by reading the daily action reports and our press release. If you missed any workshops or would like to download the materials, continue to check our website for new content added regularly.

Communications Resources from Convention 2014! (NEW)
We had a great time presenting at #LWV2014, and we're happy to share with you the many resources we mentioned in both our training tracks and the social media session. These are great resources even for those who didn’t attend Convention but want to improve their League’s online presence. In the Members website, you can find the Facebook guide, Twitter guide, Twitter cheat sheet, Online Content Strategy, LWV Style Guide, SEO guide, Email & Blogging Best Practices and Online Communications Resources.

In addition, you can find all of our PowerPoint presentations under the Online Communications section. Please also follow your fellow Leagues on social media by using our handy Facebook and Twitter lists of the Leagues on each channel. If your League is on Facebook or Twitter and is not on our list, please send the links to your page to Stephanie Drahan (sdrahan@lwv.org) and we'll make the update. Finally, if you want to talk with other League members about social media and online communications, don’t forget to join our League of Women Voters New Media Facebook Group

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Advocacy

League Lauds Release of EPA’s New Carbon Pollution Standard (REMINDER)
On Monday, June 2nd the EPA released its proposal for limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants. The new regulations are a game changer that will protect us from the health risks and impacts of climate change. Local and State Leagues have two options to immediately get involved and support this regulation. First, all League members should submit comments in support of the regulation. Second, local and state League leaders can use this press template to reinforce support for this historic regulation in their local communities.

Tell Your Representative to Move Forward on Voting Rights (REMINDER)
Five months after legislation was introduced in the U.S. House and Senate to restore the Voting Rights Act, we are still waiting for Congress to take action. The time for waiting is over. The VRAA is an important step forward for our democracy, where the right to vote is not about politics or the outcome of elections; it is about equality and justice. Last week, the League of Women Voters of Lynchburg, continued their push to get Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, to move the bill forward by joining an ad with other coalition members. Do your part! Tell your Representative to call for a hearing on H.R. 3899, the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (VRAA).

Campaign Finance Primer Available Online (REMINDER)
Developed by the League’s Campaign Finance Task Force (CFTF), this Primer has been written for the use of League members as part of informing themselves, their Leagues and the general public.  It is not a League study guide, and the questions that are included are intended only to provide starting points for discussion.  The goal, as stated in the title, is to develop a common understanding of the issues.

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