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March 17, 2011

TODAY:  March 17, 1910 - Camp Fire Girls established as the first American interracial, non-sectarian organization for girls

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: Voting Rights, Sunshine, Clean Air and Shamrocks (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • League Supports New EPA Emissions Standards for Mercury and Air Toxics (NEW)
  • ACTION ALERT:  League Urges House to Oppose Legislation to Strip EPA Authority (NEW)
  • League Calls on President to Remedy FEC Dysfunction (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Openness in Government; Fair Judiciary)

  • Sunshine Week 2011:  Tune in Tomorrow! (NEW)
  • Sunshine Week Visibility Tools
  • Fair Judiciary: Activities in Conjunction with Kansas League Day (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Women’s History Month: Share Its Importance with Your Community (NEW)
  • Leadership Change? Update Your League Officers in the Database

OTHER

  • You Can Make a Gift That Helps Your League at All Three Levels!

 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

Today is St. Patrick’s Day – a day on which many Americans come together simply by the wearing o’ the green and become Irish. It’s also a good day to celebrate the richness of our immigrant past, present and future, and remember how immigration has strengthened this country. Despite this history, many legislatures across the country are considering expensive new programs to limit access to the ballot by requiring voter ID and proof of citizenship. On this St. Patrick’s Day, let’s remember to wear our green and keep up the fight to preserve our most precious right, the right to vote. Diminishing the right of one voter diminishes the rights of all.

I hope you have tomorrow highlighted on your calendar for the League co-hosted annual Sunshine Week National Dialogue, “The Road Forward to Open Government.” If you plan to be in Washington, DC, you still have time to RSVP for the webcast here. The live streaming will be accessible at this site. Please join us. And, afterwards, don’t forget to share your thoughts and continue the discussion on our Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you.

And what goes with sunshine? Clean air! The House Energy and Commerce Committee is moving legislation that would permanently block the EPA from using the Clean Air Act to regulate harmful carbon pollution. A vote could come in the full House of Representatives very soon. Read the Advocacy section below for what the League is doing and what you can do!

In League for voting rights, sunshine and clean air (they make shamrocks thrive, too),

Elisabeth

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ADVOCACY

League Supports New EPA Emissions Standards for Mercury and Air Toxics (NEW)
The League and coalition groups spoke out this week in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Standard: “The Environmental Protection Agency took sensible action to protect public health by limiting for the first time emissions of life-threatening toxic pollutants like mercury, arsenic and acid gases, dioxin and lead from power plants. This long overdue and critically important action…will save 17,000 American lives and prevent 120,000 asthma attacks.”  Read the full statement here.

ACTION ALERT:  League Urges House to Oppose Legislation to Strip EPA Authority (NEW)
The House of Representatives is expected to consider legislation that would permanently block the EPA from regulating harmful carbon pollution. Take action now to tell your Representative to protect your air. The League sent a letter to the entire House of Representatives and joined with coalition partners in a letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Waxman urging them to oppose this legislation. The League's volunteer Lobby Corps is visiting select members of the House of Representatives also urging opposition. Leagues across the country have submitted and published letters to the editor in their local and state newspapers. The letters urge continued support of the Clean Air Act.

League Calls on President to Remedy FEC Dysfunction (NEW)
In this letter, the League and coalition partners urged the President to nominate five new commissioners to fix the continuing meltdown at the Federal Election Commission.

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EDUCATION FUND (Openness in Government; Fair Judiciary)

Sunshine Week 2011:  Tune in Tomorrow! (NEW)
Join us via webcast TOMORROW, March 18, 12:00-1:30 PM ET, as the LWVEF again co-hosts the annual Sunshine Week National Dialogue. Panelists will take questions from the live and viewing audience. For more information about the panelists, please visit our cosponsor’s site, openthegovernment.org. View the webcast LIVE and join the discussion here.

Sunshine Week Visibility Tools
For Sunshine Week, a letter to the editor template is available for Leagues to customize and submit to local media outlets. This month, Leagues also may want to ask a local government body to issue a proclamation committing to transparency in records and meetings. Sample language is available here. Once issued, be sure to promote the proclamation through the League’s network (e.g., website, Voter, and email) and share it with local media outlets.

Fair Judiciary: Activities in Conjunction with Kansas League Day (NEW)
Concurrent with its “League Day at the Capital,” the LWV of Kansas will hold a press conference on March 24 to highlight key successes of the state-wide education campaign, “Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary.” The event will feature Professor Jeffrey Jackson of Washburn University and Chief Justice Lawton Nuss of the Kansas Supreme Court. On March 25, the LWV of Kansas, the LWVUS and the Kansas Judiciary are co-sponsoring a training session for the state’s judicial nominating commissioners.

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Women’s History Month: Share Its Importance with Your Community (NEW)
March is Women’s History Month. Use this template to share with your community the significant impact women have had (and continue to have) in your community and to gain visibility for your League during this month. Share stories about League members and their impact on the community, and what your League is currently doing as an organization to continue to make democracy work!

Leadership Change? Update Your League Officers in the Database
If your League has a change in leadership, don’t forget to update your League’s officers’ information in the LWVUS database. Find instructions on how to make these changes here. If you have any questions or need help, contact Betty Taira.

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OTHER

You Can Make a Gift That Helps Your League at All Three Levels!
Some things never change even in these challenging economic times. The League of Women Voters Education Fund continues to be at the forefront of public policy issue education which allows citizens to thoughtfully engage in the democratic process. By making a gift of cash or securities of $5,000 or more to the LWVEF Pooled Income Fund, you can receive an immediate income tax deduction for a portion of the gift's value and continue earning a quarterly return on the interest earned for life. Best of all, you can name your state and/or local League, along with the LWVEF, to benefit from the residual funds when you're gone. For more information, please contact the Development office at 202-263-1355 or plannedgiving@lwv.org.

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