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The League Update

 

MARCH 26, 2015

Dear Friend,

Ninety-six years ago this week, Carrie Chapman Catt addressed the Jubilee Convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and called for a League of Women Voters to “Finish the Fight”. Mrs. Catt was a brilliant organizer when mobilizing could only be done by putting boots on the ground. In calling for a League of Women Voters, Carrie Catt was revealing a long-term strategy to mobilize women in Making Democracy Work ® through an organization that could make their voices and their votes count.

Just over a year later, the 19th Amendment had passed the Congress and been ratified in the states. Carrie Catt issued another call to action. “The vote is won. Seventy-two years the battle for this privilege has been waged, but human affairs with their eternal change move on without pause. Progress is calling you to make no pause. Act!” For 95 years the League has been following that very sound advice. In 2015 progress is still calling and giving us the means to empower and mobilize voters online in ways that Carrie Catt could not have imagined but as a brilliant organizer would have welcomed and embraced in the cause of strengthening our democracy. The League will make no pause in using every means at our disposal to act!


In League,

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IN THIS ISSUE:

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Get Your Leadership Changes into the Database Early (NEW)
  • "Take Note" of Your League's Volunteers during National Volunteer Week (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

  • U.S. Supreme Court Allows Wisconsin's Voter Photo ID Law to go into Effect in 2016 (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND - STRUCTURES OF DEMOCRACY

  • Money in Politics Forum Up and Running (REMINDER)

ADVOCACY

  • League Encourages U.S. Representatives to Cosponsor DISCLOSE Act (NEW)
  • League Joins Letter to U.S. House on H.R. 425 (NEW)
  • League Asks U.S. Representatives and Senators to Cosponsor "FRACK Pack" Bills (NEW)
  • League Joins Letter to EPA Regarding Ozone Standards (NEW)
  • Webinar Recording: Putting Together a Local Action Plan (NEW)
  • Action Alert: Urge the President to Fully Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline (REMINDER)

COMMUNICATIONS

  • 8 Throwback Pictures of Empowering Voters - Then & Now! (REMINDER)
  • NEW GUIDE: How to Create a Facebook Page for Your League (UPDATED)

OTHER

  • League Delegates Attend Commission on the Status of Women (NEW)
  • Join the United Nations e-Discussion on Innovation and Technology for Inclusion (NEW)
  • LWV Online Store Closing April 30 - Inventory Available at Little to No Cost (REMINDER)
  • Celebrate Women's History Month: Visit the Clearinghouse for Our Story (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Get Your Leadership Changes into the Database Early (NEW)
As we get closer to transitioning over to a new database, LWVUS encourages you to update any changes in your League's leadership as early as you can. All names, officer titles, and information will migrate over to the new system and will allow your League to have an easier transition in the process. Information about how to update leadership information is available here. Questions? Contact membership@lwv.org.

"Take Note" of Your League's Volunteers during National Volunteer Week (NEW)
National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration to honor individuals who dedicate themselves to taking action on a variety of issues in their communities, is April 12-18. This is the perfect opportunity to thank those League members and supporters who add to our success. Use this postcard to send a personal note of thanks, and this press template can be customized to gain visibility for your League while acknowledging the contributions of League members.

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Wisconsin's Voter Photo ID Law to go into Effect in 2016 (NEW)
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a big blow to Wisconsin voters. The Court refused to hear a challenge to the Wisconsin voter photo ID law, one of the strictest laws in the country. The League is deeply disappointed that the Court chose not to address this issue. The Court's denial puts the voting rights of over 300,000 eligible Wisconsin voters at risk because they do not have the required identification needed to vote under the new law. The law will go into effect in 2016, however, voter photo ID will not be needed to vote in Wisconsin's upcoming April 7 election.

EDUCATION FUND - STRUCTURES OF DEMOCRACY

Money in Politics Forum Up and Running (NEW)
The Money in Politics Forum is now active for League members who are interested in discussing the Money in Politics review and update. Barbara Zia, MIP Committee Chair will moderate the forum. To sign up, go to the Member Resources Site (forum.lwv.org), sign in and join the Money in Politics Forum (listed under Forums in the black navigation bar). If you have already signed up for the Money in Elections Forum, that has now been combined with Money in Politics, so there is no need to register. You may also reach Barbara directly at MIPCommitteeChair@lwv.org.

ADVOCACY

League Encourages U.S. Representatives to Cosponsor DISCLOSE Act (NEW)
The League joined a letter asking members of the U.S. House to cosponsor H.R. 430, the DISCLOSE Act in honor of Sunshine Week.

League Joins Letter to U.S. House on H.R. 425 (NEW)
The League joined a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives encouraging them to support and cosponsor H.R. 425, legislation that would end coordination between Super PACs and candidates.

League Asks U.S. Representatives and Senators to Cosponsor "FRACK Pack" Bills (NEW)
The League signed on to a letter asking U.S. Senators and Representatives to cosponsor legislation that would help protect the environment and public health from the risks of oil and gas production including hydraulic fracturing. The set of bills is commonly referred to as the "Frack Pack."

League Joins Letter to EPA Regarding Ozone Standards (NEW)
The League joined with more than 85 environment groups, public health advocates, labor allies, environmental justice and civil rights organizations and faith groups in support of revising the primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone to a level of 60 parts per billion (ppb).

Webinar Recording: Putting Together a Local Action Plan (NEW)
The LWVUS Program Planning and Support (PP&S) Committee webinar featuring LWVUS Advocacy Chair Chris Carson and state Leaders outlined the basics of creating a local action plan. The webinar was designed to help Leagues learn and review the basics for creating an advocacy campaign. You can view a recording of the webinar here.

Action Alert: Urge the President to Fully Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline (REMINDER)
President Obama fulfilled his promise to veto legislation approving the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline! The League is proud to stand behind the President's veto because the pipeline is not in our national interest. But the fight is not over—President Obama and the U.S. State Department must still make a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Thank President Obama for vetoing the pipeline legislation and urge him to reject final approval of the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all!

COMMUNICATIONS

8 Throwback Pictures of Empowering Voters - Then & Now! (REMINDER)
Our latest #LWVat95 piece takes a fun, interactive look at our work around voting and elections over the past century. Hover your mouse around in order for the images to change from past to present!

Sunshine Week Template Letter to the Editor (REMINDER)
Please use our letter to the editor template [http://forum.lwv.org/member-resources/article/sunshine-week-letter-editor] to mark Sunshine Week [http://www.sunshineweek.org/], which is this week (March 15-21). Make sure to customize your LTE to talk about the work you League is doing to protect open and transparent government.

NEW GUIDE: How to Create a Facebook Page for Your League (UPDATED)
A new report shows that 88 percent of millennials receive some news via their Facebook feed. A Facebook page can help your League reach millennials as well as other target audiences. Our new document will walk you through the process of setting up an organizational page for your League, including explanations, tips and best practices.

OTHER

League Delegates Attend Commission on the Status of Women (NEW)
Earlier this month, more than 9,000 delegates from 1,100 non-governmental organizations joined with delegates from United Nations (UN) member states for the 59th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59). Amongst those delegates, were representatives from the League of Women Voters who convened in New York City to learn, listen and bring back ideas on improving the rights of women. Read about the experiences of the UN Representatives and members that attended.

Join the United Nations e-Discussion on Innovation and Technology for Inclusion (REMINDER)
The UNDESA Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) launched a yearlong campaign called "For Inclusion. For Equality. For People." Throughout the campaign, UNDESA DPSD will be holding e-discussions regarding how the international community can facilitate knowledge sharing and access to new technologies and innovation to all social groups. This month's e-discussion focuses on how innovation and technologies can provide an essential enabling environment for empowerment of all, especially people living in vulnerable situations. Read more and participate in this all-important discussion!

LWV Online Store Closing April 30 – Inventory Available at Little to No Cost (REMINDER)
LWVUS will be closing its online store at the end of April due to low demand for products and publications, and the high cost of maintaining this business. At the same time, we are exploring alternative avenues that will allow LWVUS to offer core organizational publications through more efficient and cost effective means. Stay tuned for future details. Between now and store's closing, we are offering Leagues and members one last opportunity to get branded LWV items and publications at rock bottom prices. Some items are even FREE (shipping and handling charges apply)! Check out what is still available in the online store and act fast. Items available right now include LWV publications "Observing Your Government In Action," "Membership Brochure," "Vote" brochure (Spanish & English), and "5 Things you need to know on Election Day cards" (Spanish only). In addition, branded items such as note cards, tumblers, tattoos and pins are also available. The last day to place orders is April 15th  (easy to remember since it's Tax Day)! Inquiries should be directed to publications@lwv.org.

Celebrate Women's History Month: Visit the Clearinghouse for Our Story (NEW)
The League Clearinghouse contains current and past studies in more than 50 subject areas from Leagues throughout the country. The Clearinghouse provides 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.

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