December 15, 2016
As we head off to holiday celebrations and prepare to ring in the New Year, let’s take a moment to recognize the incredible potential before us. While much remains uncertain, and our job of Making Democracy Work™ feels like an uphill battle at all levels of government, the last few weeks have shown just how powerful we are when we work together.
We are hearing that Leagues nationwide are seeing a spike in interest from community members who want to “do something.” Both as a result of our intensive outreach to new communities prior to the election, and in the weeks since Election Day, many Leagues have reported membership increases. We’ve received tremendous feedback that you are utilizing our ideas to capitalize on interest from new volunteers and making use of our 10 Ways You Can Help Defend Our Democracy. And in the face of potentially unprecedented challenges to voters’ rights, we have received over ten thousand signers to our new petition and heard from state Leagues around the country that you are ready to fight.
United, our organization is stepping up to the challenges ahead. It’s clear that as we approach our 100th birthday, we are more needed—and more relevant—than ever. I’m thrilled to announce that Judy Duffy, former longtime LWVUS leader, has agreed to chair the committee planning the League’s Centennial celebration. In the meantime, I’ll be continuing to reach out to engage you on the critical questions about how the League can make the biggest impact, serve the most voters, and best uplift our democracy no matter the challenge.
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IN THIS ISSUE:
MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK CAMPAIGN
- DEADLINE SOON (12/31): Grants Available: Spring 2017 Youth Voter Registration
- In the News (NEW)
- Sign our Voter Suppression Petition
- LWV on the Radio: New Partnership (NEW)
- Voter Registration Successes in 2016 (NEW)
- Reminder #3: Update Your Membership Rosters
DC VOTING RIGHTS
- DC Voting Rights Materials Available
- Commission on the Status of Women: Upcoming Events (NEW)
DEADLINE SOON (12/31): Grants Available: Spring 2017 Youth Voter Registration
The LWVEF is pleased to announce a 2017 Youth Voter Registration grant project. As part of this project, LWVEF will award pass-through grants to state and local Leagues to undertake voter registration activities in high schools, community colleges and alternative/vocational schools in underrepresented communities. Find our Request for Proposals here; applications are due December 31.
In the News (NEW)
The League continues to be a go-to source for important stories about voting rights and voter suppression measures in places across the country. Much of the voter suppression we continue to call out has been enabled by partisan gerrymandering. Leagues like Indiana are working to inform the public about redistricting reform, while Florida is leading the way to adopt fair districts. On the climate front, Chris Carson penned an op-ed calling on the current administration to permanently protecting the Arctic and Atlantic coasts from offshore drilling and in Maryland the League is standing up to the fracking industry. League leaders are writing letters to the editor on election reform and highlighting the impact of voter ID laws.
Sign our Voter Suppression Petition
Our petition to stop voter suppression has received over 10,000 signatures in the last 2 weeks. We continue to share the message on social media: “I will work with the League to stop voter suppression tactics that threaten our democracy and the right to vote.” If you haven’t already, please sign and share it!
LWV on the Radio: New Partnership (NEW)
The League is excited to partner with The Union Edge, the only nationally-syndicated labor talk radio program in the country. Twice a month, the League will provide guests for 20 minute segments about issues pertaining to voting rights. We will be asking state League leaders to participate in the rotation along with LWVUS board members and staff. This is a great opportunity for us to reach a new audience and highlight the work we do all year long.
Voter Registration Successes in 2016 (NEW)
Read the national report highlighting the success of the League and many other incredible partners in registering hundreds of thousands of voters on National Voter Registration Day 2016. Then, read our new blog on the just-wrapped LWVEF New Citizens Voter Registration program, through which state and local Leagues reached and registered tens of thousands of new Americans!
Reminder #3: Update Your Membership Rosters
Please update your roster in the LWVUS membership database regularly from now until January 31, 2017 to ensure correct PMP billing for FY 2017-18. Always include membership expiration dates. Have questions or need help? A user manual can be accessed here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
DC Voting Rights Materials Available
Papers on DC Voting Rights can be found in the League Management site under Our Work/Voter Protection. Additional papers and quizzes on DC Voting Rights have been posted recently including http://forum.lwv.org/document/history-quiz and http://forum.lwv.org/document/dc-history-questions-and-answers. A LWV-DC-Full-Rights-Alert google group has been organized to continue this discussion of DC Voting Rights and DC Statehood in 2017. To sign up for the google group, contact LWV DC Full Rights Alert Google Group administrator Ann von der Lippe email@example.com.
Commission on the Status of Women: Upcoming Events (NEW)
The focus of the United Nations turns toward women and gender issues during the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York, March 13-24, 2017. The priority theme of the meetings will be ‘Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work’. The League can register up to 20 members to attend Commission meetings and events in the UN. Please contact Suzanne Stassevitch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in attending as a LWV UN Delegate. All League members can also self-register to attend more than 450 NGO events, panels and trainings conducted outside the UN complex and in parallel with the Commission meetings. Registration is open through March 3, 2017.