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The League Update

 

July 9, 2015

Dear Friend,

 

League Leaders

To help keep your members informed, please consider forwarding this weekly message. Please note that this is an internal communication that provides both announcements and opportunities meant only for your members and League, as well as updates on important news and events. This message should not be posted in its entirety on League social media channels or websites. Instead consider sharing the external (e.g. public interest/action) pieces such as blog posts, letters to Congress and press statements.

IN THIS ISSUE:

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Messaging for Impact Webinar Available Online (NEW)
  • Welcome to the LWV of Porter County, IN and LWV of Granville County, NC (NEW)
  • Nominating Committees Should Start Work Now (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

  • VOTE411 Training Webinar (REMINDER)

EDUCATION FUND - KEY STRUCTURES OF DEMOCRACY

  • Money in Politics Review: Meetings-in-a-Box Available Online (NEW)
  • Constitutional Amendment Study: Consensus Questions and New Deadline! (REMINDER)
  • Money in Politics Review Google Group (REMINDER)
  • Webinar Announcement: Overview of MIP and Constitutional Amendment Studies (REMINDER)

ADVOCACY

  • Florida Scores Another Big Win for Redistricting (NEW)
  • Tell Congress to Stand with the American People and Restore the VRA (REMINDER)

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Independence Day Event Photos (NEW)
  • Is Your League Website a Fresh Feast or an Old Fish? (REMINDER)

OTHER

  • Importance of Local Studies to the League Clearinghouse (REMINDER)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Messaging for Impact Webinar Available Online (NEW)
Continue to take advantage of the League’s 95th anniversary year to start laying the ground work with some common messaging to use for greater impact as we march toward our 100th! Listen to a recording of last week’s webinar with nonprofit branding expert Michelle Molloy and utilize the messaging toolkit available online.

Welcome to the LWV of Porter County, IN and LWV of Granville County, NC (NEW)

LWVUS is pleased welcome the League of Women Voters of Porter County (IN) and the LWV of Granville County (NC). Both Leagues are already hard at work and have shown themselves to be dedicated to the mission of the League. LWVUS looks forward to working with them to strengthen our democracy for decades to come. Special thanks are extended to LWV of Indiana and LWV of North Carolina for mentoring these two new Leagues!

Nominating Committees Should Start Work Now (NEW)

Nominating Committees are hugely important to securing the future of your League. Nominating Committees should start work at the beginning of every board term, not at the last minute. Identifying the right team of leaders can be challenging. One of the most comprehensive resources we have to assist Nominating Committees with their work is the Little Green Book. In the Little Green Book you can find information on finding leaders, job descriptions, work plan, succession planning, templates and more.

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

VOTE411 Training Webinar (REMINDER)
Are you looking for an in depth training on how to use VOTE411 to provide online voters’ guides in your community? LWVEF is providing a webinar that will show you the basics and answer your questions about this voter education tool. This training is great for both anyone interested in using VOTE411 and current VOTE411 participants, however, it is geared towards those who know very little about the program and are interested in learning more. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, July 15 at 2pm Eastern Time (register here).  If you have any questions about the webinars, or about VOTE411, please contact Megan Brown.

EDUCATION FUND - KEY STRUCTURES OF DEMOCRACY

Money in Politics Review Meetings-in-a-Box Available Online (NEW)
The Money in Politics (MIP) Review and Update Committee provides ready-to-use resources and strategies to help understand the current system of campaign finance regulation. These materials, which we call “Meetings-in-a-Box,” will be available online and are designed for Leagues to use for member and community events. They are intended to engage members and the general citizenry on MIP issues as they are evidenced nationally and in states and communities. In addition, they will help prepare members for the LWV update of its campaign finance position. This update of the League’s position on campaign finance will get member understanding and agreement on the extent to which the League thinks that financing a political campaign is protected speech under the First Amendment.

Constitutional Amendment Study: Consensus Questions and New Deadline! (REMINDER)
At its post-Council 2015 meeting, the League Board approved the Constitutional Amendment study questions so that Leagues can begin to meet and discuss this all important issue. LWVUS will be asking for the results of your consensus meetings by December 1, 2015. The consensus questions are accompanied by short PRO and CON statements that will help League members consider their responses. Educational materials can be found at the Constitutional Amendment Study page and others will be posted in the coming weeks. This will be an interesting, exciting and important way to kick off fall activities for the League! 

Money in Politics Review Google Group (REMINDER)
The Money in Politics Google Group is Up and Running! Sign up to join the MIP Google Group which is replacing the Money in Politics Forum today! Those of you who were members of the League MIP forum should have received an invitation, but if you didn’t or if you would like to join the new group, click on the attached link and follow the instructions: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/lwv-money-in-politics. Questions can be sent to MIPStudyChair@lwv.org.

Webinar Announcement: Overview of MIP and Constitutional Amendment Studies (REMINDER)
The Chairs of the LWVUS Money in Politics Review and Constitutional Amendment Study Committees will provide a webinar with general background on national studies and an orientation to the two current studies. The studies were adopted at the 2014 LWVUS Convention. Pat Donath, CA Chair, and Barbara Zia, MIP Chair, will answer your questions regarding timeline, materials and the study process. The webinar will take place at 3PM Eastern on Wednesday, July 29. Sign up for the webinar today! For further information or questions on this webinar please contact Betsy Lawson at blawson@lwv.org.

ADVOCACY

Florida Scores Another Big Win for Redistricting (NEW)
In another big win for fair redistricting, the Florida Supreme Court sided with Florida voters and the League of Women Voters of Florida today in throwing out partisan gerrymandered districts because they didn’t meet the requirements of a voter-approved constitutional amendment supporting fair districts. The state will need to redraw the districts in advance of the 2016 elections. The Florida League had challenged the maps and was a key player in passing the Fair Districts amendment.

Tell Congress to Stand with the American People and Restore the VRA (REMINDER)
Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a key part of the VRA leading to a full frontal attack on the voting rights of American citizens. Despite public outcry since the Supreme Court’s decision, Congress has ignored widespread voter discrimination and the will of the American people. Every day that Congress fails to repair the VRA, Americans are in danger of increased barriers at the polls. Raise your voice and tell your Representative that now is the time to restore the VRA!

COMMUNICATIONS

Independence Day Event Photos (NEW)
Did your League register voters, march in your community’s Fourth of July parade or do something else to mark the birth of our nation? We’d love to see your photos! Please send your photos to Elizabeth Ahrens (eahrens@lwv.org) along with any information about your event. We may use them on social media, League websites, reports, etc.

Is Your League Website a Fresh Feast or an Old Fish? (REMINDER)
Imagine that a new friend invites you over for a lunch, but serves you leftovers from last month. No one would think that is acceptable! Why is it ok for your website to stink like an old fish? When you see a League calendar full of exciting upcoming events, you feel like you’re invited to a feast. Don’t let out of date content cause your League to look incompetent and uninviting online. We’re adding features to the new League Easy Web (LEW) system to help our users be sure to keep their website up-to-date. All Leagues are invited to try the LEW system for free: just contact us.

OTHER

Importance of Local Studies to the League Clearinghouse (REMINDER)
The League Clearinghouse definitely wants your local studies--they help other Leagues learn how your League handled the scope and focus of a topic, the research methodology, experts consulted, clues about positions and consensus questions, etc. All studies provide valuable information and benefit other Leagues. Note: the Clearinghouse accepts positions without their supporting 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!

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