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April 21, 2011

YESTERDAY: April 20, 1971 – the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: Earth Day (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • League Opposes Termination of EAC (NEW)
  • Impact on Issues 2010-2012 Available (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Education Study; Elections)

  • Additional LWV Education Study Papers Now Online (NEW)
  • Elections: Empowering the Voters of Tomorrow – New Publication Is Free for a Limited Time! (NEW)
  • Elections: Public Advocacy for Voter Protection (PAVP) Update (NEW)
  • Honor Your Observers at Your Annual Meeting (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Honor Your League’s 50-Year Members
  • Bylaws Change for Local and State Leagues

OTHER

  • LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs April 19 to May 20 (NEW)
  • Leaving a Legacy

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

Earth Day is tomorrow, and the League has been very active recently protecting the authority of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases. For resources your League can use, please refer to my message in last week’s Update.

Many of you have responded to our recent Action Alerts and I know you will continue to do so. I also know that many of you are hard at work educating your state legislators on the importance of protecting the environment.

The League, the American Lung Association and the Sierra Club are holding a series of phone briefings targeting women in seven states about the health risks inherent in stripping the EPA of its authority over clean air. The first “Talking about Toxics Program” was held in Ohio last Thursday. The second one was held last night in Michigan. Future briefings will be conducted in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado and Massachusetts.

As we celebrate Earth Day, we need to remind our elected officials that, in the midst of their efforts to confront today’s challenges, they must still do what’s necessary to protect the health and safety of America’s future.

In League,

Elisabeth

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ADVOCACY

League Opposes Termination of EAC (NEW)
League President Elisabeth MacNamara entered testimony into the official record on HR 672 which would terminate the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and transfer some of its duties to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Impact on Issues 2010-2012 Now Available (NEW)
A copy of Impact on Issues 2010-2012, the League’s advocacy guide, is in the mail to each state and local League. In addition, you may download a free copy here or purchase a copy at our online store for $9.00 (plus s/h).

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EDUCATION FUND (Education Study; Elections)

Additional LWV Education Study Papers Now Online (NEW)
The following papers are now available: “Funding and Equity Issues,” “Common Core Standards and Assessments,” and “Early Childhood Education, Equity and Funding.” All currently available Education Study papers may be accessed here as well.

Elections: Empowering the Voters of Tomorrow – New Publication Is Free for a Limited Time! (NEW)
We know that voter registration is a key element to getting voters to the polls on Election Day. People depend on Leagues to educate, mobilize and register voters of all ages. To facilitate your voter service efforts, the LWVEF has produced Empowering the Voters of Tomorrow, a comprehensive training manual which provides a step-by-step guide to help your League develop winning high school voter registration programs and encourage young people to register and vote. The guide provides field-tested tips and a range of planning, training, and outreach tools to help you succeed. Order a free copy of the training manual or download a free copy, and encourage others to take part in your youth outreach!

Elections: Public Advocacy for Voter Protection (PAVP) Update (NEW)
This past week saw one solid win and a setback in our battle to stop passage of state photo ID legislation. Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer vetoed a photo ID bill that had passed both houses of the legislature! We believe there are not enough votes to override the veto. In Kansas, Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill that requires citizens to show a photo ID in 2012 and provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote in 2013 and beyond. LWVKS President Ernestine Krehbiel’s statement after the signing is posted on our blog. Also read Krebiehl’s op-ed that appeared in the Wichita Eagle before the bill was signed into law. LWVKS and its voter coalition partners will continue to explore every possible option to ensure that all eligible voters can vote and have their votes counted.

Honor Your Observers at Your Annual Meeting (NEW)
Does your League have an observer corps that monitors local government meetings?  If so, use your annual meeting as a time to honor the individuals who serve as observers.  Have them share stories from their time in the local political “trenches,” thank them for their service and use the opportunity to recruit new observers! For more information about how to start and build an observer corps, purchase or download Observing Your Government in Action here.

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Honor Your League’s 50-Year Members
Recognize your League’s 50-year members with an LWVUS certificate. A 50-year member has paid dues for 50 cumulative years (not necessarily 50 consecutive years).  The LWVUS does not have JOIN DATES going back 50 years in the membership database; so we rely on you to contact potential 50-year members for their JOIN DATE information. If you have not yet received LWVUS certificates for your 50-year members, please send their names and member IDs to Betty Taira at BTaira@lwv.org. Please also send the name and address of the person to whom the certificates should be mailed. Allow at least 10 business days to receive the certificate.

Bylaws Change for Local and State Leagues
As local and state Leagues plan their annual meetings and state conventions, League leaders are reminded to update their Bylaws to reflect the Amendment to Article III approved by Convention 2010 delegates. See this memo from Dianne Wheatley, LWVUS Governance Committee chair.

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OTHER

LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs April 19 to May 20 (NEW)
The LWVUS Development Office wants to alert League leaders that the LWVUS annual telemarketing outreach program runs from April 19 to May 20, 2011. During this campaign, national donors, as well as those local members who contribute to the LWVUS, are contacted by phone with a request for support. In addition, local members who are lapsed more than 24 months will be contacted. They will be given the opportunity to renew membership with their local League. Questions should be directed to Rose Simmons at rsimmons@lwv.org

Leaving a Legacy
Including the League of Women Voters Education Fund in your will is among the easiest ways to offer support of the LWVEF's work for years to come. We suggest the following language to include the League as a beneficiary of a will or trust: " I give, devise, and bequeath to the League of Women Voters Education Fund, a charitable organization formed in the District of Columbia, with offices at 1730 M Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, {the sum of $___ } {___ percentage of my residuary estate}." If you already have a will, you can have your attorney add a codicil to include the LWVEF. After you've added the League, please contact Lauren Frank so we can list you as a member of our Carrie Chapman Catt Legacy Society.


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