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  • Tell Your Representatives That You want Equality to be Part of the Constitution

    A new resolution has been introduced in the US House affirming that the Equal Rights Amendment has met all of the requirements needed to be added to the US Constitution. 

    The new resolution, H. Res. 891, introduced by Congresswomen Jackie Speier and Carolyn Maloney, will reflect the sentiment of the House that under the terms of Article V, the ERA is already part of the Constitution. It will ensure it is considered effective as of January 27, 2022. 

    The inclusion of the Equal Rights Amendment in the US Constitution is long overdue. Please contact your representative today and tell them to assert that the ERA should be the law of the land! 

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    For far too long, Congress has been apathetic to the gun violence that plagues our nation. Before we were even halfway through 2021, our country experienced over 147 mass shootings. The senseless shootings in Atlanta, Boulder, and Indianapolis, are just a few of the many tragedies that we've been forced to grapple with.

    The Biden Administration has taken executive action to help curb our gun violence epidemic, but these reforms can only do so much, and executive authority can only go so far. Now is the time for Congress to step up and pass common-sense gun violence prevention reforms, such as universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole, and banning assault weapons.

    The House of Representatives has already passed HR 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, which is the first step in transforming gun safety laws in our country. This legislation now sits before the Senate.

    Tell your senators they must act now and pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and save Americans from the terror of gun violence.

  • Take Action: Tell Your Senators to Support the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

    The Senate just introduced the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (JLVRAA), which will fully restore the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and ensure renewed oversight, accountability, and justice in our democracy. We must ensure that every voter is treated fairly at the ballot box and has equal access to vote. 

    The attack on our freedom to vote must come to an end.

    Since the Supreme Court decision in  Shelby County v. Holder, rolled back key provisions of the VRA, the voting rights of millions have been threatened. These attacks have become more prevalent in the last few years, with the VRA being further comprised in the more recent Brnovich v. DNC.

    We cannot stand for a democracy that enables such regressive and dangerous attacks, which disproportionately impact Black and brown voters.

    The new version of the JLVRAA will restore the VRA and put an end to discriminatory voting policies.

    At this critical moment in our nation’s history, we need the JLVRAA! Tell your senators to vote yes on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and live up to the full promise of American democracy.

  • Take Action: Tell the Senate to Support the Freedom to Vote Act!

    The fight for voting rights has been a long and enduring battle. And the newly released Freedom to Vote Act  is a transformative voting rights bill that will protect and expand the right to vote, decrease the influence of money in politics and curb partisan gerrymandering. This legislation will put power back into the hands of American voters by prioritizing voting access and participation, while also modernizing future elections to ensure a system that everyone can trust. The Freedom to Vote Act addresses some of the most pressing issues facing our democracy by: 

    • Protecting voting rights;
    • Getting big money out of politics; and
    • Curbing gerrymandering.

    For months, the American people have been calling for national standards to protect our freedom to vote, ensure fair representation, and get big money out of politics. The introduction of the Freedom to Vote Act is proof that our voices have power in the halls of the US Senate. It’s again time to add your voice and speak out! The Freedom to Vote Act ensures that our democracy is protected and serves the American people. Your voice will continue the fight for this sweeping voting rights package.

    Contact your senators* TODAY and tell them to vote yes on the Freedom to Vote Act. Return control of our government back where it belongs — into the hands of the people.  

  • Take Action: Tell President Biden to Champion Federal Voting Rights Reforms

    The Biden-Harris Administration rose into office only after the historic 2020 election achieved record-shattering voter participation and necessary expansions to voter access during a deadly pandemic. But now those very same expansive innovations and reforms for voting are under direct assault across the country. The nation is on the precipice of sliding back into an era of Jim Crow, a racial caste system that legitimized anti-blackness and thwarted multiculturalism. Yet the Biden-Harris administration has used few of the tools at its disposal to champion federal voting rights reforms.

    Now is not the time to back down, but to surge forward. Federal voting rights protections cannot wait and are vital to saving the soul of our democracy. The League is calling for the White House to harness its substantial power and influence to lead the fight for voting rights reforms that will:

    • Protect and enforce voting rights;
    • Address the historical barriers to voting;
    • Provide oversight on voting rights violations;
    • Hold states and bad actors accountable; and
    • Create a democracy that is representative of all Americans.

    Your voice is powerful, now it’s time to raise it up to the Oval Office. Call on the Biden-Harris White House to lead this fight to protect the freedom to vote.

  • Take Action: Tell the Senate to Support S1!

    The For the People Act is the fair representation bill the American people want and deserve. This legislation will put power back into the hands of American voters by making voting easier and more accessible and by modernizing future elections. The For the People Act addresses some of the most pressing issues facing our democracy by: 

    • Modernizing our voter registration system; 
    • Restoring voting rights to formerly-incarcerated individuals; 
    • Curbing partisan gerrymandering; and
    • Making campaign contributions more transparent

    Over the last two years, we saw the bill pass the House of Representatives, but got stalled in the SenateBut we cannot let this happen again. The House passed the For the People Act earlier this year. The bill has just come up for the first time ever for a vote in the Senate on June 23rd, unfortunately the vote deadlocked at 50-50. This just means it is more important than ever to make your voice heard as any movement serves to advance the legislation! 

    Contact your Senators TODAY and tell them to Vote Yes on the For the People ActReturn control of our government back where it belongs—into the hands of the people. 

     

  • Take Action: Tell your Senators to Support the Equal Rights Amendment

    This country has waited too long for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to become a part of the Constitution. Over 100 years after (some) women gained the right to vote, women and nonbinary people are still not guaranteed equality under the law.  

    The League has been committed to the ratification of the ERA since it was first passed by Congress in 1972 because we believe that inequality hurts everyone. In January 2020, the final state voted to ratify the ERA. Now Congress must act to remove its ratification timeline so it can pass once and for all. 

    On March 17, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to remove the ratification timeline attached to the ERA. Now, the fight for the ERA is in the Senate. S.J. Res 1 is the companion bill in the Senate that would remove the timeline. We need 60 votes to pass the resolution. Contact your senators and ask them to cosponsor this resolution and ensure that the ERA is a part of our Constitution.  

    Inequality weakens us as a nation. The ERA is for every American, regardless of gender identity or sex.  

    Urge your senators to support legislation to remove the ERA’s ratification timeline today! 

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  • Congress Must Act to Protect the Nation from the Plague of Gun Violence

     

    For far too long, Congress has been apathetic to the gun violence that plagues our nation. Before we were even halfway through 2021, our country experienced over 147 mass shootings. The senseless shootings in Atlanta, Boulder, and Indianapolis, are just a few of the many tragedies that we've been forced to grapple with.

    The Biden Administration has taken executive action to help curb our gun violence epidemic, but these reforms can only do so much, and executive authority can only go so far. Now is the time for Congress to step up and pass common-sense gun violence prevention reforms, such as universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole, and banning assault weapons.

    The House of Representatives has already passed HR 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, which is the first step in transforming gun safety laws in our country. This legislation now sits before the Senate.

    Tell your senators they must act now and pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and save Americans from the terror of gun violence.

  • Take Action: Support DC Statehood (S 51)

     

    The U.S. House Of Representatives just passed HR 51, the Washington DC Admission Act. The District of Columbia is home to over 700,000 people and yet does not have voting members in the U.S House and Senate. The people of the District of Columbia are denied a voice in Congress, unable to advocate for or fight against federal policies, while simultaneously dealing with congressional and federal interference in its local priorities.

    The people of Washington DC deserve the same rights as any American living in our 50 states. They deserve full representation in Congress and to be free of Congressional interference in their local governance. LWVUS supports the admission of the District of Columbia as our 51st state.

    This legislation is an historic opportunity to ensure that DC residents are no longer disenfranchised. Don't let the will and voice of 700,000 people be overlooked and ignored. Urge your Senators to fight for DC statehood and support S51.

  • Stand Up for DC Statehood

       

    More than 700,000 residents live in DC, which is more than that of Wyoming and Vermont, yet its residents still lack voting members in the U.S. House and Senate. Without these voting members, residents of DC are denied a voice in Congress to defend them from attacks on their own locally passed laws and citizen backed initiatives.

    Residents in DC deserve full representation in Congress. Sign the petition to support DC statehood today!  

       

  • Take Action: End the Influence of Big Money

    Corruption occurs in Washington when wealthy donors and powerful interests use political money to buy influence from officeholders.  Creating a new public financing system, will end Washington corruption.

    A new small donor, public matching funds system would:

    • Provide the funding necessary for House and presidential candidates to run competitive races without becoming obligated to influence-seeking funders;
    • Open the door to new candidates from all walks of life by providing them with the ability to raise the money they need to run for office; and
    • Greatly reduce the power and influence of big money funders. They would be far less important in elections and have far less influence over government policies if candidates can obtain sufficient campaign funds elsewhere.
    New legislation from Congress, HR 1, will modernize our election system, reform redistricting, and restore the Voting Rights Act. But we need your help to ensure that a key provision reducing the undue influence of Big Money in our politics is also included.
      
    Contact your Representative and ask that a small donor public financing system is included as a priority in HR1. 
      
  • Support Independent Redistricting

    Congressional districts should be drawn fairly to reflect the will of voters—not to serve the special interests of politicians. 

    Political and racial gerrymandering distorts and undermines our democracy by taking power away from the voters. When district lines are drawn to protect elected officials, the voters lose every time. 

    The League is working to end this practice and create fair districts through independent processes. By including civilians in the process, district maps are created to better reflect the communities and putting the power back in the hands of the voters.

    We are working in states across the country to pass ballot initiatives that will make redistricting processes fair and independent:

    • In Utah, the League is supporting Proposition 4 which creates a seven member independent redistricting commission to draw state legislative and congressional maps.
    • In Colorado, the League is supporting Amendments Y and Z which would establish redistricting commission for state legislative and congressional redistricting.
    • In Michigan, the League is supporting Proposal 2 which transfers the power to draw congressional and legislative districts to a 13 member independent redistricting commission.
    • In Missouri, the League is supporting Amendment 1 which ensures that neither political party is given an unfair advantage when drawing state legislative and congressional maps.

    Now is the time to support this process before the next round of redistricting. 

  • Tell Congress to Restore the Voting Rights Act

       
    When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA) into law 1965 he called the day ''a triumph for freedom". The VRA outlawed discrimination in the voting booth, regardless of race or language, and is a cornerstone piece of legislation ensuring every American has the right to vote. 

    Unfortunately, the 2013 Supreme Court ruling in Shelby v. Holder, overturned an essential provision of the VRA which has led to countless attacks on the voting rights of Americans.  
      
    Congress currently has before it various proposals to restore the Voting Rights Act but has taken no action in spite of mounting evidence of voter discrimination. Every day that Congress fails to act Americans are at risk of finding new barriers at the polls.
      
    As voters across the country prepare to vote in this year’s critical midterm elections, we will not remain silent as the voting rights of Americans remain at risk. Join us as we tell Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act. 
     
  • SALSA STAFF COPY of Take Action: Stop Reckless the Balanced Budget Proposal

       

    Congress is on the brink of voting on a reckless proposal to amend the constitution in favor of a balanced budget. This dangerous proposal is a threat to our democracy and would throw our economy out of balance. 
    Moving this legislation forward could force the U.S. into a recession, causing job loss and long-term growth. Cuts to balance the budget will come at the expense of working families and those in need of public assistance programs like Medicaid and Social Security. And it would hurt working families by sabotaging our economy -- and making recessions slump deeper and last longer.
    Your voice can make a difference with your Representative. Call or email your Representative today and tell them to vote NO on a Balanced Budget Amendment. 
     
     
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    Protecting Our Right to Vote

    I am joining with the League of Women Voters to honor, defend and protect our right to vote.

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  • Help put an end to gun violence

     

  • Immigration Reform

    Immigrants have helped weave the fabric and identity of our nation. It’s time to help those living in the shadows to become a part of our great nation. The acceptance and allegiance of more citizens will only work to strengthen our nation and our society. Add your voice to the pledge.

  • Let the Sunshine in

    I Support Voters, Not Secret Money and Special Interests

    Citizens United opened the floodgates and secret money now flows from corporations, unions, non-profit organizations, and other entities into election campaign ads.

    It’s time to restore transparency to our elections – join us as we pledge to shine a light and work to dry up the flood of secret money in political campaigns!

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    Pledge to Protect the National Voter Registration Act!

    If the opponents of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) have their way, the mission of the League of Women Voters is in jeopardy. The case before the U.S. Supreme Court endangers the League's work of running independent voter registration drives. The NVRA streamlined the numerous state laws that hindered citizen-led registration drives, and a decision against the NVRA would leave the voter registration process vulnerable to new forms of political manipulation. The League and our community partners are often the only effective way for many new voters to get registered to participate in our great democracy.

     

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    Pledge to Protect the National Voter Registration Act!

    If the opponents of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) have their way, the mission of the League of Women Voters is in jeopardy. The case before the U.S. Supreme Court endangers the League's work of running independent voter registration drives. The NVRA streamlined the numerous state laws that hindered citizen-led registration drives, and a decision against the NVRA would leave the voter registration process vulnerable to new forms of political manipulation. The League and our community partners are often the only effective way for many new voters to get registered to participate in our great democracy.

     

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    Protecting Our Right to Vote

    The Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 is an essential part of American democracy. It ensures that every American citizen, regardless of race, has an equal right to vote.  

    Make the Pledge