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The League Update

August 28, 2014

Dear Friend,

Public health is a key concern for every community and the League of Women Voters has long supported protecting the environment, including our air and water, as a matter of public health. That support has been invaluable recently in blunting attacks by special interests on efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate common sense regulations to protect the air we breathe. Most recently, League members have stood up to be counted among those supporting the EPA’s Clean Power Plan which limits carbon emissions from power plants. In hearings around the country, League members appeared and testified in support of reductions in pollution by new and existing power plants. So far, the League has generated over 50,000 comments on the new rule.

This week, League members from around the country had the opportunity to join a conference call with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. In addition to thanking the League for its support of this very important effort, McCarthy reiterated that it is our moral obligation to fight climate change by cutting carbon pollution. As respected members of our communities, we must take the necessary steps to address this public health crisis by spreading the word among our friends and neighbors. This crisis disproportionately affects our children, seniors and minority populations. In the United States alone, one in ten children need an inhaler because of respiratory problems.

Administrator McCarthy called upon League members to continue to work in their own communities to elevate this issue and build support for this historic regulation. We can also continue to give the EPA feedback on this groundbreaking proposal. When I testified in Atlanta last month, I was most impressed by the number of young people who took the time to appear in support of this plan. One high school student pointed out that when we talk about the future of climate change, we are talking about his life. Let’s not let him down, let’s keep up this vital effort

In League,

Description: Elisabeth

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League Leaders:
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In This Issue:

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • We Want YOU to Become a Ruth S. Shur Fellow! (REMINDER)
  • Success Story: LWV of New Jersey (NEW)
  • Women’s Equality Day: Celebrating LWV’s Impact (NEW)
  • Ready for the League Year? (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

  • LAST CHANCE: Sign Up as a National Voter Registration Day Partner by 9/5 to Receive Free Materials (REMINDER)
  • Preliminary Recommendations: Online Voter Registration at Community Events (NEW)
  • Voter Registration Webinar Training 9/4 (LAST CHANCE)
  • LWVUS Urges U.S. Census Bureau to Act on Prison-Based Gerrymandering (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND - COMMITTEE APPLICATIONS

  • U.S. Constitution Study Committee Application (REMINDER)
  • LWVUS Money in Politics Education Committee Application (REMINDER)

ADVOCACY

  • EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Speaks with League Members (NEW)
  • Voting Rights Act Turns 49 (UPDATED)
  • League Signs on as Participating Organization for the People’s Climate March (REMINDER)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

We Want YOU to Become a Ruth S. Shur Fellow! (REMINDER)
Passionate about the League’s work? Interested in exploring new and exciting leadership opportunities? Want to receive expert training in membership recruitment, leadership development and coaching? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you could be a great fit for the 2015-2017 class of Ruth S. Shur Fellows. Apply yourself or nominate a League leader you admire to become part of our prestigious and fun national coaching team Please fill out this form by September 19, 2014. More information on the Shur Fellows and their role in the MLD program is available online and there will be an informational Webinar on September 11, 2014 at 1pm ET. Register now for the webinar.

Success Story: LWV of New Jersey (NEW)
Because of the hard work of so many volunteers, the citizens of New Jersey were able to vote in the 2012 federal election a month after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the state. The LWVNJ was able to capture that beautiful story in their documentary, “Storming the Vote: Hurricane Sandy and the Election,” that has now inspired people in 44 countries. They were the winners of the High Impact Visibility Award at the Convention this past June. Learn about their story.

Women’s Equality Day: Celebrating LWV’s Impact (NEW)
We saw on social media that many of you were busy celebrating Women’s Equality Day earlier this week with events, speakers and out registering new voters, as well as having articles placed in your local papers. What did your League do to celebrate this milestone? Share a description, photo, or link to your League’s great outreach efforts at membership@lwv.org. We also wanted to make sure you saw President MacNamara’s appearance on Huffington Post Live, her article on Huffington Post and Nancy Tate’s remarks about the League’s history at the National Archives.

Ready for the League Year? (NEW)
As many Leagues begin their programmatic year, and with high visibility opportunities in front of us during election time, we wanted to ask the important question: Are you ready to recruit new members? One critical tool is having membership brochures available for all members to use. Encourage everyone in your League to be a membership ambassador – asking individuals to join by telling their personal story about what the League means to them, what impact it allows them to have in their community, and what work we are currently doing. And, have an easy way for individuals to follow up and engage with your League. Membership brochures (and templates for labels and inserts) are available through www.lwv.org.

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Glad You Asked!

If you have a question for this area, please submit it to kmcfarland@lwv.org.

If I need assistance, how do I contact LWVUS?

The LWVUS Board and staff are available to assist League leaders. Each LWVUS Board member is assigned a number of states for which they serve as a liaison or primary contact. Those assignments and the contact information for all LWVUS Board members are available online. The National staff are also a great resource for League leaders. A directory of national staff is also available online.

If you have any additional questions, please contact membership@lwv.org

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

LAST CHANCE: Sign Up as a National Voter Registration Day Partner by 9/5 to Receive Free Materials (REMINDER)
Leagues must sign up as an official partner of National Voter Registration Day 2014 before September 5th to receive FREE posters and stickers to promote their voter registration activities on 9/23. Over 350 Leagues have already signed up to take part in this national celebration of democracy! Sign up as a partner at www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org. While you’re there be sure to check out the brand new website features and downloadable tools for participating partners.

Preliminary Recommendations: Online Voter Registration at Community Events (NEW)
LWVEF is pleased to provide these new preliminary recommendations on deploying online voter registration technology at community events. With an increasing number of states adopting online voter registration portals in recent years, we have an opportunity to take advantage of widely available technology in order to help voters complete the registration process at community events, in schools, and on their way to work. These preliminary recommendations provide helpful questions to think through before utilizing an online portal for voter registration events. LWVEF welcomes your feedback and plans to update it following the 2014 election. If you are currently experimenting with in-person online voter registration drives, please share your insights and feedback with Maggie Duncan (mduncan@lwv.org) so that other Leagues may benefit.

Voter Registration Webinar Training 9/4 (LAST CHANCE)
Want a refresher course on voter registration best practices? Have new volunteers who would benefit from hearing about all the kinds of voter registration activities undertaken by Leagues across the country? Looking for ideas on maximizing visibility for your League during the upcoming election season? Join us by signing up for a FREE voter registration webinar training on Thursday, September 4 at 4pm EDT. If you can’t make that time, please watch a recent recording containing the same information that will be covered on the 4th. Many more voter registration tools are available in the voter service section of our member’s site.

LWVUS Urges U.S. Census Bureau to Act on Prison-Based Gerrymandering (NEW)
Earlier this week Executive Director Nancy Tate participated in a meeting with John Thompson, Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, on the topic of prison-based gerrymandering. The meeting was organized by the Prison Policy Initiative and included representatives from 14 national groups. The groups are urging the Census Bureau to provide states with redistricting data that counts incarcerated persons at their residential address, rather than the address of the correctional institution where they are temporarily located. Several Leagues and LWVUS have weighed in on this important issue in recent years. At the meeting, Census leaders indicated they are proceeding to review and research this issue and reported that a future Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register (with opportunities for public comment) is likely. They also thanked the groups for all that has been done to expand the number of people counted in the last two Censuses.

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EDUCATION FUND - COMMITTEE APPLICATIONS

U.S. Constitution Study Committee Application (REMINDER)
Applications are being accepted for the U.S. Constitution Study which is part of the three-part Structures of Democracy program that delegates adopted at the 2014 LWVUS Convention. The study will examine the application of Article V of the United States Constitution, which provides for amending the Constitution. An application form which includes further description of the study focus is now posted online. Those interested in applying for the U.S. Constitution Study Committee should submit completed applications including resume, references and writing sample by September 18

LWVUS Money in Politics Education Committee Application (REMINDER)
Members are sought for the LWVUS Money in Politics Education Committee. Money in Politics (MIP) is part of the three-part Structures of Democracy program that delegates adopted at the 2014 LWVUS Convention. We are currently accepting applications for the MIP Committee which will focus on the core League issue of campaign finance and money in politics. The Committee will review the League position on campaign finance and educate members and the general public about issues related to money in politics. An application form is now posted online. Those interested in applying for the MIP Education Committee should submit completed applications including resume, references and writing sample by September 11.

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League Clearinghouse--open 24/7

Summertime--and the livin' is easy

Especially when you utilize the League Clearinghouse--the great resource that features League studies in more than 50 subject areas. The Clearinghouse provides scope and focus of a topic, research methodology, sources consulted, information about positions, and consensus questions. Studies completed? Post them to the Clearinghouse to benefit other Leagues.

Note: the Clearinghouse accepts positions without studies, even as multi-position documents, if they are accompanied by a single submission form. The description section could have "Resulting Position:" and the position statement or a link to the position. Complete studies are preferred, and Leagues may add study documents at a later date. Share your studies! Share our strength! Just a click away: http://clearinghouse.lwv.org

ADVOCACY

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Speaks with League Members (NEW)
League members were offered a unique experience to join a conference call with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Gina McCarthy. Administrator McCarthy discussed the ongoing work being done to fight climate change at the national level, including the EPA's Clean Power Plan which limits carbon emissions from power plants. Administrator McCarthy called upon League members to continue to create a dialogue within their own communities and states about the necessity of this historic regulation and submit comments to the EPA on this ground breaking proposal. A recording of the call will be available for League members in the next week.

Voting Rights Act Turns 49 (UPDATED)
For 49 years, the Voting Rights Act (VRA) has protected the right to vote regardless of race or language, but legislation to repair damage from the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby v. Holder is currently stalled in the U.S. House. Tell your Representative to stop stalling and move the Voting Rights Amendment Act forward!

League Signs on as Participating Organization for the People’s Climate March (REMINDER)
In September, the United Nations will gather for a summit on the climate crisis where leaders around the world will make commitments to fight climate change. Organizations from across the country are mobilizing to show support for the fight against climate change with a March and demonstration in New York City surrounding the summit. The League will be joining them for the Peoples Climate March on September 21. For additional information and to get involved, visit peoplesclimate.org.

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