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The League Voice Newsletter

March 2010

We did it! Thanks to you and thousands of activists across the country, the League celebrated the historic final passage of health care reform this month. We can now begin to undo decades of neglect that has left millions of Americans at risk. This legislation is a monumental step in the fight for social justice. Thank you for taking action.

Mary G. Wilson, LWVUS President
Mary G. Wilson
President, LWVUS

Shaping Issues You Care About

Health care reform becomes law
The League joined more than 200 organizations representing consumers, medical groups, businesses and labor in urging Congress to pass reform, running this ad in POLITICO, Roll Call and The Hill - and then celebrated the historic victory with thousands across the country.

"League of American Voters" at it again
As health care reform approached the finish line, the big-money conduit "League of American Voters" tried (and failed) again to derail health care reform by targeting 13 members of Congress in an expensive ad campaign. Mary Wilson spoke to POLITICO about the group's deceitful advertising.

Washington Post prints Wilson's letter to Chief Justice Roberts
Mary Wilson's hard-hitting letter, Feedback for the high court, resonated with legal blogs Gavel Grab and Political Activity Law and her message - "Buck up, Mr. Chief Justice. Occasionally there are some things you really need to hear" - was Election Law Blog's Quote of the Day.

Mary Wilson and Sisters on the Planet Ambassadors

"Sisters on the Planet" Ambassadors take to the Hill; Wilson honored for climate change work
Mary Wilson and 19 League leaders traveled to D.C. in honor of International Women's Day to lobby Congress and talk to the media about climate change legislation. Wilson was later a guest on two conservative talk-radio shows out of Connecticut and Seattle; and New York State League President Betsey Swan was interviewed on Sirius Radio. Evansville public radio, Indianapolis TV, and the Hartford Courant also covered the lobbying trip. Oxfam presented Wilson with a "Sisters on the Planet Climate Leaders Award" for her work.

Wilson addresses Clinton School of Public Service on Climate Change; League urges Congress to fund international programs 
Mary Wilson addressed a large crowd in Little Rock on the need for action on climate change, later lobbying Senator Blanche Lincoln on the issue. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe also presented the League with a proclamation honoring its 90th anniversary. Watch Mary's interview on KTHV here. Concerned in particular with funding for international adaptation to deal with global climate change, the League and coalition partners urged Congress to provide at least the amount proposed by the Administration for international programs in 2011.

League releases Pocantico Redistricting Report
The League and the Campaign Legal Center released the final report and summary of the 2009 conference, Developing an Action Agenda for Redistricting in 2011. The conference brought together activists and experts to determine how to influence the results of the upcoming redistricting processes in states following the 2010 Census. For the full report, click here.

90 Years of Making Democracy Work

Census 2010 Video Census 2010: March to the mailbox
Leagues across the country are canvassing neighborhoods and hosting census assistance events to help ensure broad participation and an accurate count. National Census Day - the deadline for mailing in forms - is Thursday, April 1. Test your knowledge of the 2010 Census by taking our interactive quiz today.

League cosponsors national dialogue on transparency
The League celebrated Sunshine Week 2010 by cosponsoring the 5th Annual Sunshine Week National Dialogue, Building Transparency, an interactive discussion of federal openness policies and use of government information. Leagues from San Bernadino (CA), Amarillo (TX), Pahrump Valley (NV), Greater Red Bank Area (NJ) and Umpqua Valley (OR) held viewing events. View the webcast here.

Idaho, South Carolina Leagues fight voter photo ID bills
The Idaho League is actively encouraging their governor to veto a bill requiring voters to show photo identification in order to vote, and their efforts are gaining media attention, including this from the Idaho Statesman. The South Carolina League continues to monitor a similar bill in its state legislature and is poised to take action when necessary. Visit www.lwv.org/PAVP to learn more about the League's work to protect voters' rights.

League launches new leadership program
The League recently kicked off a new leadership institute in Washington, D.C., with a training for 12 national coaches, known as the Ruth S. Shur Fellows. The Fellows will help the League expand our successful model for organizational and leadership growth. For more information, contact development@lwv.org.

Your League Voice

League's Facebook page growing fast
The League's Facebook fan page gained 339 new fans last week to push us over 4,000 fans. In honor of our 90th anniversary and Women's History Month, we're asking friends to help us reach our goal of 9,000 fans by clicking on "Suggest to Friends" in the links section under our logo. Thanks for spreading the word and keep it up!

Sign Up to Receive League Action Alerts
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Members, supporters help celebrate 90 years
Last month we asked members and supporters to sign a birthday e-card in honor of our 90th Anniversary. Read a selection of these amazing messages and then add your own.

Support the League

You can give and receive!
A charitable gift annuity is an excellent way to support the League while ensuring your own financial future. A charitable gift annuity is a simple contract between you and the League, by which the League agrees to make fixed payments for life to you and/or someone you choose, in return for your gift of cash or marketable securities. You can establish a League charitable gift annuity for as little as $10,000. Contact Lauren Frank at lfrank@lwv.org for more information.

Join Us On...

Help us reach our goal of 9,000 fans in our 90th year!

League in the Spotlight

LWV of Kansas Honored!

LWV of Kansas Recognized on 90th Anniversary

In Dedication

Doris "Granny D" Haddock

Doris

50-year League Member and Inspirational Voice for Change

Did You Know?

From the Equal Rights Amendment to pay equity to CEDAW, the League has been a consistent champion for women's equal rights.

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