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The League of Women Voters
The League Update
JuLY 5, 2018

Friend,

Last week was an inspiring Convention of the League of Women Voters of the United States in Chicago. More than 1,000 League leaders convened for thoughtful conversations and important trainings with the focus of the future of the organization. We passed our budget for the upcoming biennium and set our program in place to continue the Campaign for Making Democracy Work®.

I was honored to introduce Convention attendees to the LWVUS incoming CEO, Virginia Kase. Since 2011 Virginia has been a leader at CASA, an organization at the forefront of the immigrant rights movement representing nearly 100,000 members. CASA is also the largest human service and civil rights organization fighting for social, economic, and racial justice in the mid-Atlantic region. Virginia has more than 20 years’ experience working in the non-profit sector and is a passionate activist and advocate for social justice. She starts in the national office on July 25. Please join me in welcoming her to the League! 

Chris

Making Democracy Work Campaign

Convention 2018 Highlights

Convention delegates worked on several important business items while in Chicago, some of which are highlighted here. Delegates approved the proposed program of Making Democracy Work®, which includes Voting Rights, Improving Elections, Campaign Finance/Money in Politics, and Redistricting. Delegates voted to add advocating for the National Popular Vote Compact under the Improving Elections section of the Campaign. Delegates also voted for LWVUS to prioritize advocating for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to be added to the U. S. Constitution.  

Convention delegates adopted the LWVUS budget for the 2018-2020 biennium. The Per Member Payment (PMP) rate will remain unchanged for the biennium. 

By acclamation, Convention delegates voted to elect the Nominating Committee’s proposed slate of new officers, board members, nominating committee chair and nominating committee members for the 2018-2020 biennium.

Read the full Daily Briefings and view the photos from Convention.

Election Year Goals

We have some major goals this election year. To help us achieve them organization-wide, we're making available lots of resources to help you succeed. We're also encouraging all state and local Leagues to focus on the activities we know voters need most from us, including: 

Sign up for National Voter Registration Day 2018

National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, September 25! Sign up your League as a partner in this celebration of democracy. Simply host or publicize a registration event in your community on 9/25. Join thousands of organizations, elected officials, celebrities, and other partners—including hundreds of participating state and local Leagues—by signing up today! The League has been the single largest on-the-ground partner for NVRD since 2012. Let’s keep up the trend!

News of the Week

In her first interview as incoming CEO of LWV, Virginia Kase tells Glamour magazine that what she saw the first time she voted makes ballot access a very personal matter.

"A convention could threaten the Bill of Rights itself." LWVCO president Toni Larson explains more in this op-ed.

The League of Wake County is advocating for the ERA, saying, "Something as fundamental as the rights of half of the population should not be subject to the legislative whims of the day."

This spring, the League of Palo Alto hosted an event to discuss the ability for electoral misinformation, disinformation, and fake news to undermine democracy. Read more about what policy, academic, and technology experts had to say, and what you can do to help.

Advocacy

U.S. House Fails to Pass Immigration Bill (Again)

The U.S. House failed to pass the so-called compromise immigration bill before the July 4th recess. LWVUS will continue to monitor future efforts by Congress and the Administration on this issue. We remain committed to activating the LWVUS Lobby Corps and our grassroots activated when the need arises. League members are encouraged to get involved with local partners and coalitions in their communities. 

NEW Census and Redistricting Action Kits Now Available 

Two new tool-kits are available on the League Management Site. Visit the Census Action Kit and the Redistricting Action Kit for tools and resources—including templates, messaging guidance, and background materials—related to the League's work on redistricting and the Census. Additional materials will be added as they become available.

Membership

Welcome to the NEW League Management Site 

This week national staff launched the new League Management Site (LMS) on LWV.org, replacing the old forum site. Any links you have from the forum site will now redirect to the League Management Site content. Staff worked with League leaders at every level to reorganize the content into the categories of: Manage Your League, Communications, Mission Impact Tools, and Governance. Watch a short demo video (no audio) about how to navigate the new LMS. If you have any questions about the new League Management Site, please direct them to communications@lwv.org. 

Updating Your League Page on LWV.org

The state and local League pages on LWV.org now connect directly to the member database, so roster managers can make updates, such as correcting League website links, or update the names and contacts of the League leaders. LWV.org will then update that information every 24 hours. Any questions on updating this information can be directed to rostersupport@lwv.org.

Seeking New National Coaches

The Ruth S. Shur Fellows (or national coaches) are a part of the support network provided to participating state and local Leagues through the Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) Program. The Fellows will mentor and build relationships with state and local League leaders around best practices to engage new members and volunteers, to employ a diversity, equity and inclusion lens, and to develop new leaders with the goal of furthering our mission impact work in communities throughout the nation. If you are interested in learning more about applying to be a coach, please contact membership@lwv.org.

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