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League of Women Voters

The League Update

 

May 14, 2015

Dear Friend,

This week, we hit perhaps one of the busiest weeks of the state League convention schedule. I am traveling today to the west coast to attend the League of Women Voters of California state convention and will be pausing from my update message to enjoy the next few days. I plan on spending a great deal of time with as many League members as I can and will bring back an impressive collection of stories on the League’s impact throughout the state.

Good luck to all the Leagues holding conventions this week and beyond. It is an exciting time to come together as one organization in Making Democracy Work®.

In League,

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League Leaders

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IN THIS ISSUE:

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • A Huge Thank You to Our Spring 2015 Interns! (NEW)
  • Keep Track of Your League’s Information during the Database Downtime (REMINDER)
  • Meet the Advisors: Engaging Diverse Activists for Strong Impact and a Strong League (REMINDER)
  • Honor a League Leader this spring (REMINDER)

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

  • Training Webinars Available: Voter Registration Strategies and High School Voter Registration (REMINDER)
  • Promote your Candidate Debates and Forums on VOTE411! (REMINDER)

ADVOCACY

  • Federal Action Request Form has Moved (NEW)
  • Tell Congress to Protect People Not Polluters (REMINDER)
  • Action Alert: Urge the President to Fully Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline (REMINDER)

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Improving League Websites: We Listened To You (NEW)
  • WATCH: New Video on Improving Our Elections Systems (REMINDER)

OTHER

  • Take it easy...but take it* Language on the League Clearinghouse (REMINDER)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

A Huge Thank You to Our Spring 2015 Interns! (NEW)
As schools begin to wind down we are saying goodbye to our two wonderful spring interns. Grace Palmer, from New York University, and Natalie Hall, from George Washington University, spent the semester with LWVUS working on a variety of different projects including blogging about their own experience as voters, researching elections across the country for VOTE411, helping prepare training materials and much more. We are so lucky to have had them! You can read more about their experiences here and if you know of an undergraduate student interested in interning with LWVUS, please email internship@lwv.org for more information. If your League is interested in starting an internship program of your own, you can find more information on that process in Chapter 3 of the YPTF Toolkit.

Keep Track of Your League’s Information during the Database Downtime (REMINDER)
During the database downtime, please continue to keep a record of all member and leadership changes. Keeping it all in one place will make it easier when the new CRM goes live. As a reminder, the new system will allow Roster Managers to access the database using their email address and personal password, so no more hunting down the right credentials! Click on the survey and enter the information for your League’s Roster Manager(s).

Meet the Advisors: Engaging Diverse Activists for Strong Impact and a Strong League (REMINDER)
Over the last few years, LWVUS has actively partnered with state and local Leagues to reach out to underrepresented populations through our voter registration and voter protection programs, as well as through the Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) program, which encourages Leagues to strengthen relationships with allied organizations that have strong roots throughout underrepresented communities. Building on this work and following discussions at the LWVUS Convention 2014 in Dallas, the national Board established a subcommittee, who have asked a group of League leaders, along with the already appointed Young People's Board Advisors, to help develop a range of ideas and tools to assist Leagues in engaging people, especially those underrepresented in our democracy.

Honor a League Leader this Spring (REMINDER)
Invest in the future of the League with a gift of $50 or more to the Fund for Local League Growth, which supports the Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) program, and we will send you (or a designee) a limited edition, enamel lapel pin as a thank you. This is a great way to honor a League friend/leader and thank them for their service this past year (or longer). To make a tax-deductible gift, please use this online form. Questions? Contact kmcfarland@lwv.org.

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

Training Webinars Available: Voter Registration Strategies and High School Voter Registration (REMINDER)
Listen to or download slideshows from our two recent training webinars: general voter registration strategies and high school voter registration! Updated for 2015, these two trainings include plenty of ideas for gaining visibility and getting the ball rolling on your important voter service work this year. We’ll also tell you about the latest and greatest voter registration planning resources -- including raising funds for voter service work!

Promote your Candidate Debates and Forums on VOTE411! (REMINDER)
Does your League have any candidate debates or forums coming up in 2015? Promoting your events on VOTE411 can help spread the word to voters in your communities. If you have any upcoming candidate debates or forums and would like us to post the information on VOTE411, please send the following information to Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org): event title, offices covered, date, time, location (venue name and address) and any other information voters might need.

ADVOCACY

Federal Action Request Form has Moved (NEW)
State and local Leagues wishing to take action at the federal level must consult with LWVUS when taking action. As part of this consultation process, the state/local League is asked to fill out the Federal Action Request Form. Please bookmark this new link to the form for future use.

Tell Congress to Protect People Not Polluters (REMINDER)
April 22, marked the forty-fifth anniversary of Earth Day. The Environmental Protection Agency, under President Obama, has worked to establish regulations that will reduce greenhouse gasses that cause climate change-like carbon dioxide, mercury and methane, and protect U.S. waters from pollution. But our natural resources continue to come under attack. Tell Congress to stand up for the planet and support the work of the EPA to fight climate change, protect public health and grow our economy!

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

Improving League Websites: We Listened To You (NEW)
In 2014, we asked members how to improve the League Easy Web (LEW) system, which hosts over 260 local League websites. In 2015, at LWV Council, we will discuss the findings and announce the changes coming to LEW in 2016 in response to your feedback. We hope to see you in person at Council and will share more information in the League Update this summer. All local Leagues are invited to try the LEW system for free: just contact us.

WATCH: New Video on Improving Our Elections System (REMINDER)
Recently, we released a new video on the 5 ways to improve our elections systems. Leagues throughout the country are already working hard to make these reforms a reality! Please share this short, easy-to-understand video with your networks.

OTHER

Take it easy...but take it* Language on the League Clearinghouse (REMINDER)
Take it easy--take the accompanying text and publish it in your next local newsletter to make sure your League members are aware of the 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. 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! *Woody Guthrie

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