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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

February 14, 2013

In This Issue:

COMMUNICATIONS – MAKING CONNECTIONS

  • President MacNamara and LWVUS in the New (NEW)
  • Relive LWV SOTU Bingo! (NEW)
  • Alaska Lt. Governor Honors National Board Member (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND

ELECTIONS

    • Power the Vote 2012: How a New Initiative Launched Results for Millions of Voters (NEW)
    • Voting Rights Challenged - Join Us in the Fight! (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • Join the League for the Largest Climate Rally in History (NEW) 
  • League Submits Statement to U.S. Senate for Hearing on Gun Safety Proposals (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Promote Your LWV Wares on the National League Website (NEW)
    Happy Valentine’s Day! Love for the League in Surprising Places (NEW)

OTHER

  • Help Plan the League’s Next 93 Years

 

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Dear Supporter,

In calling for a League of Women Voters to finish the fight, Carrie Chapman Catt described the vote as “an emblem” of woman’s equality. Ninety-three years later, we know all too well that this emblem of equality is at risk. The fight to keep our elections free, fair and accessible for all eligible voters goes on, despite the success of our efforts to protect the vote throughout the 2012 elections. Already, in the states, legislation to require proof of citizenship and voter photo ID as well as to repeal same day registration is being considered. Later this month, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act and next month, the Court will take up the National Voter Registration Act, a case in which we filed an amicus brief.  The hope we held out for bold presidential action was all but dashed Tuesday night, when President Obama’s the State of the Union Address reaffirmed his belief that voting is our most fundamental right and then announced the creation of a commission headed by lawyers famed for representing politicians not the people.

But the League is standing strong. We are finishing the fight in courts in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Texas. We are standing up for the Voting Rights Act, quite literally, on the steps of the Supreme Court as oral arguments are heard and fighting to protect the NVRA.  We are working in state houses to oppose restrictive voting legislation and we are speaking out nationwide for real reform of our voting process by calling for repair of our antiquated registration process, expansion of early voting and more equitable distribution of polling place resources.

Protecting the vote was our mission when the League was founded 93 years ago today and has remained at the core of our mission ever since. That emblem of our equality gives the power and the right to demand elections that work for every citizen and we are using that power well.

In League,
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Communications - Making Connections

President MacNamara and LWVUS in the News (NEW)
On Tuesday, President Obama gave his annual State of the Union address. While he mentioned a number of the League’s priority issues, including climate change, gun control and immigration, we received the most media attention for our statement on his announcement of a nonpartisan commission to improve the voting experience. President MacNamara did an interview with the online streaming news show Huffington Post Live. Our statement has also been quoted on Slate, Huffington Post, Bill Moyers, The Nation  and PR Watch. We are also expecting stories from NPR and MSNBC. For more of our take on Obama’s State of the Union, read President MacNamara’s blog post.

Relive LWV SOTU Bingo! (NEW)
Thanks to the many of you who played along with our State of the Union bingo cards during President Obama’s speech on Tuesday. We had a great time interacting with you as we live-tweeted the speech and we know there were at least a few Bingos out there! We’ve put together a Storify that compiles many of the tweets from the night.

Alaska Lt. Governor Honors National Board Member (NEW)
Alaska’s Lt. Governor honored carolyn Brown in Juneau for her election to the League of Women Voters national board.  Read the newspaper article here.

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Education Fund

Elections

Power the Vote 2012: How a New Initiative Launched Results for Millions of Voters (NEW)
LWVEF is pleased to release Power the Vote 2012: How a New Initiative Launched Results for Millions of Voters. This comprehensive report showcases the best accomplishments the League volunteers and activists achieved through unified and focused efforts during the 2012 election cycle. It also lays out a plan to continue to advocate for voters as well as strengthen and expand our electorate in 2013 and beyond. We encourage you to utilize the report as you plan future programs. Thank you for your incredible work to engage and empower voters!

Voting Rights Challenged - Join Us in the Fight! (NEW)
On Wednesday, February 27th, the Supreme Court will review Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, a case that questions the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965, the landmark legislation that outlawed discriminatory voting practices. The League firmly believes the Supreme Court must uphold Section 5 or it would erase 50 years of progress for minority voters. Please read President MacNamara’s latest Huffington Post blog about the continued importance of the VRA and Section 5.

We encourage all interested League members to learn more about getting involved with the DC rally and other community events across the country. Information on what LWVUS is doing and what you can do to join the fight is available here.

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Advocacy

Join the League for the Largest Climate Rally in History (NEW) 
Join the League and thousands of others from across the country, this Sunday, February 17th for the largest Climate Change Rally in history! The rally begins at 12 PM at the corner of 15th and Constitution Avenue NW. League members wishing to meet up with others from the League can gather at the corner of 14th and Madison Dr. NW beginning at 11 AM. For additional details or questions about the rally, please contact Jessica Jones.

League Submits Statement to U.S. Senate for Hearing on Gun Safety Proposals (NEW)
LWVUS submitted a statement to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights on February 12, 2013. The Subcommittee was meeting for a hearing entitled "Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment."

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Membership and Leadership

Promote Your LWV Wares on the National League Website (NEW)
Does your League sell logo items that make excellent gifts for speakers or great freebies to pass out at an upcoming event?  You can promote these items through the LWVUS website to share and sell to other League members across the country. Visibility for the League anywhere helps all Leagues everywhere! Please share your wares and sell them on the LWVUS website by emailing membership@lwv.org and including LWV Wares in the subject line.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love for the League in Surprising Places (NEW)
Gwen-Marie Moolenaar of the LWV Virgin Islands was discussing League issues with another member in St. Thomas when they were overheard by two tourists from a cruise ship. The tourists said, "Please let the LWV know how grateful all women are for your organization.  I don't know where this country would be without it.”  Cheers to all Leagues for 93 years of service to our communities and our democracy!

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OTHER

Help Plan the League’s Next 93 Years
The League of Women Voters Education Fund continues to be at the forefront of voter engagement and public policy issue education, which allows citizens to thoughtfully engage in the democratic process. We invite you to learn about planning your charitable gifts to the League in a way that will maximize your investment in democracy while providing opportunities for you to share the benefit. For information on how to include the League in your will—or to obtain a charitable gift annuity, participate in our pooled income fund, or find other ways that will provide income to you and your loved one while helping to ensure the League’s future—contact the national League Development office at 202-263-1355 or development@lwv.org.

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