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The League Update

 

FEBRUARY 19, 2015

Dear Friend,

While anniversaries come once a year, celebrating 95 years of Making Democracy Work® should continue throughout the year, providing an opportunity to set the stage for that all important milestone – our 100th anniversary. The League marked our 95th anniversary last Saturday with a press release to media nationwide and an article on the Huffington Post about the six ways the League has impacted our democracy. We also posted a blog post on our blog that featured a collection of Valentines used by suffragists to advance the cause. This piece proved to be a huge hit and was picked up by Ms. and BuzzFeed, the latter of which receives 150 million unique visitors monthly!

As we march towards 100 years, we’re seeking out new ways for our messages to be heard and trying to engage new audiences in our work. But an anniversary is not just an opportunity to celebrate our past; it is also the time to embrace our future. At LWVUS we are embracing that future by celebrating the growing number of activists who are coming to us online and spreading our messages through their social media networks or passing that message on to their elected officials on issues that matter to the League.

Use our updated template anniversary social media document to help your League reach new and important audiences. Please also share links to the above content to share with your community the importance of the League’s work. Throughout the year, LWVUS will be creating resources and materials for Leagues to use to mark this special anniversary.

As we move further into the 21st century and move closer to our own centennial celebration, let us continue to adapt our methods and our message to appeal to new generations who are increasingly joining with the League to work on issues that matter to our democracy.

In League,

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League Leaders

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IN THIS ISSUE:

ADVOCACY

  • Take Action: Tell President Obama to Veto the Keystone XL Pipeline (REMINDER)
  • 2015 LWVUS Legislative Priorities (REMINDER)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Database Challenge # 2 Winners Announced (NEW)
  • Holding Annual Meetings that Attract and Energize! (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

  • Bi-Partisan Coalition Kills Voter Photo ID Bill in Nebraska (NEW)
  • New Study Finds Election Officials Bias Toward Minority Voters (NEW)

LEAGUE IS 95 YEARS STRONG - #LWVAT95

  • LWV is 95 Years Strong—Templates Available (REMINDER)
  • #LWVat95! (NEW)

OTHER

  • Clearinghouse: State and Local Program Planning? Here’s the Plan (REMINDER)

ADVOCACY

Take Action: Tell President Obama to Veto the Keystone XL Pipeline (REMINDER)
The U.S. House of Representatives voted for final passage of legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The bill now moves to President Obama, who has pledged to veto this legislation. Join our call to action and tell President Obama to veto the Keystone XL pipeline!

2015 LWVUS Legislative Priorities (REMINDER)
The Board adopted the following issues as LWVUS legislative priorities for 2015:

  • First Tier: Voting Rights and Election Administration; Money in Politics
  • Second Tier:  Climate and Environmental Protection; Immigration; Health Care, including Reproductive Choice

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Database Challenge #2 Winners Announced (NEW)
Thank you for all your efforts to keep the member database as up-to-date as possible. We offered several prizes to Leagues who met certain criteria by January 31. In the second “challenge,” we asked Leagues to enter at least 85% of active member birthdates to their member records in the national database. Leagues in good standing who reached this goal will be awarded with items from the League Store. Thank you to every League who updated and congratulations to the winners of the second roster challenge: LWV of Lawton (OK), LWV of Bartlesville (OK), LWV of Ozaukee County (WI), LWV of Sharon—Stoughton (MA), LWV of Park Ridge (IL), LWV of Cass County (IN), LWV of Grand Haven Area (MI), LWV of Clackamas County (OR), LWV of Bedford (MA), LWV of Marietta (OH), LWV of East Windsor (NJ), and LWV of Needham (MA).

Holding Annual Meetings that Attract and Energize! (NEW)
Annual Meetings are a chance not only for Leagues to address “League business” but also to celebrate the successes of the past year, recognize great volunteers, show your community the value of the League and engage with community members, allied groups and the media on important issues. Incorporating a social aspect into these meetings will not only energize current members and remind them why they love the League but it’s also an opportunity for prospective members to get to know the League and its incredible members. You can find suggestions for how to hold an engaging and productive annual meeting in the February 2013 MLD Monthly Guidance. This is one of the monthly training tip sheets provided through the Membership and Leadership Development program (MLD) and supported by the Fund for Local League Growth.

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

Bi-Partisan Coalition Kills Voter Photo ID Bill in Nebraska (NEW)
A bill that would have required voters to show government-issued voter photo identification in Nebraska was killed this week with bi-partisan support. LWVNE and coalition members strongly opposed this legislation.

New Study Finds Election Officials Bias Toward Minority Voters (NEW)
A new study finds that some election officials are biased against minority voters and Latinos in particular, especially when it comes to voter ID laws. These findings underscore the need for the League’s work in combatting voter discrimination and ensuring that our nation’s elections are free, fair and accessible to all. One way your League can help combat discrimination at the polls is to set up meetings with your local/state's election officials prior to an election to help ensure that poll workers and election officials are properly trained and understand the often new and ever changing election laws- especially photo ID. You can use these questions to structure conversations with your local election officials regarding election administration. 

LEAGUE IS 95 YEARS STRONG - #LWVat95

LWV is 95 Years Strong—Templates Available (REMINDER)
February 14, 2015 marked the League’s 95th anniversary! Learn more about our influence over the decades in our recent blog post: 10 Ways the League of Women Voters has Helped Improve Our Country. Throughout the year, LWVUS will be creating resources and materials for Leagues to help mark this milestone. To get started, use this template press statement with your local papers to help mark our anniversary and use recently updated our sample social media content to share our history and our continued efforts Making Democracy Work®. Use these turn-key messages to activate and excite your community and to promote your upcoming work. We’ll be keeping an eye on #LWVat95 and elevating the great work you do! Watch the League Update for more tools.

#LWVAT95! (NEW)
As you know, we marked our 95th anniversary last weekend. To celebrate, we noted the way suffragists used Valentine’s Day to advance the cause and our blog post got picked up both by Ms. And Buzzfeed! President MacNamara also wrote on her Huffington Post blog about the ways the League has impacted life in America. We also shared some great anniversary images on Facebook and hope to add pictures from your celebrations, too! Please send your photos to Renee Davidson (rdavidson@lwv.org).

OTHER

Clearinghouse: State and Local Program Planning? Here’s the Plan (REMINDER)
With the start of the New Year, many Leagues often focus attention on state and local program planning. Visit the League Clearinghouse, a great resource for program planning, which features League studies in more than 50 subject areas that provide scope and focus of a topic, research methodology, sources consulted, information about positions, and consensus questions. 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

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