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League of Women Voters
The League Update
april 11, 2019

The For the People Act will improve American elections

Friend,

Next week kicks off a two-week Congressional recess, when Senators and Representatives will be back in their home states and districts. This is a great opportunity for Leagues to reach out to Senators to support the For the People Act. Last month, this bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives and was introduced by Senator Udall of New Mexico, but there has yet to be a Senate hearing scheduled. Please refer to our talking points on the bill as you continue to advocate for this comprehensive package of democracy reforms.

I also know this month kicks off a season of state conventions for many of you. As your members gather together to prioritize issues and strategize about mission goals, please know that LWVUS supports your great work throughout the year. I hope the tools we provide and the programs we offer will feature prominently in your strategies for the year to come. It is an honor to serve with all of you across the country in our mission to empower voters and defend democracy.

Chris

Making Democracy Work Campaign

LWVUS to Offer Policy Briefings

LWVUS will hold a series of policy briefings throughout Spring of 2019. The briefings will cover ongoing legislative and litigation efforts. Briefings will be offered on April 23, May 21, and June 11, and they will cover HR4 (the Voting Rights Advancement Act), HR1 (the For The People Act), and include a legislative and legal fiscal year wrap-up in June. Please visit the League Management Site to sign up for the individual webinars. Space is limited, so RSVP soon!

Take Action During the Next Congressional Recess! 

The U.S. House and Senate will be on recess between April 15 and April 26. We encourage all interested and available League members to support our campaign to get a hearing in the U.S. Senate on the For The People Act! To learn more about the For The People Act, check out our talking points on the bill and take action on our website.

Congressional Field Hearings on the Voting Rights Act

The House Administration Committee's Subcommittee on Elections is holding hearings around the country on the Voting Rights Act. Leagues are encouraged to attend these field hearings and submit written or oral testimony. Hearing dates and locations are posted on the League Management Site, and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

Blog: Insider Review of the SCOTUS Redistricting Hearings

LWVUS staff was inside the courtroom on March 26, 2019 to hear Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina and Benisek v. Lamone. Director of Advocacy and Litigaion, Celina Stewart, breaks down the main issues around which the justices framed their questions. Read her summary in our latest blog post.

Announcement: LWVUS National Popular Vote Task Force

At the January board meeting, the LWVUS Board voted to establish a five-person taskforce to evaluate state League support, assess momentum around the National Popular Vote effort, make recommendation(s) on the likelihood of gaining additional votes to pass the NPV interstate compact, and determine a plan of engagement for national staff by August 2019. After an intense search, application and interview process, the Board approved the following individuals for this task force: Chairwoman Toni Zimmer (NJ), Dr. Barbara Klein (OR), Karen Nicholson (TX), Sharon Mixon (FL), and Kathleen Crampton (FL). Congratulations to these taskforce members!

Census 2020: One Year Out

In less than one year, on April 1, 2020, the Census will be in full swing. This process of counting will ensure that the political power, health, and safety of every community is maintained or enhanced in the upcoming decade. Read more on our blog.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DEI Success Stories: LWV of Greater Lafayette (IN)

Barb Clark is the Executive for Business (part of their League’s core leadership team) of the LWV of Greater Lafayette in Indiana. She shared actions taken at their board’s leadership transition meeting last year to help them identify how their League could move forward with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work.

Read about the work her League has done and recommendations for your League.

#StandAgainstRacism Rally April 27 in DC

In light of heightened anti-immigration efforts and emboldened xenophobia, the YWCA National Capital Area is reasserting support for sanctuary policies and commitment to standing in solidarity with immigrants and communities of color facing the very real threat of racist and xenophobic attacks. If you are in the DC area, please consider joining this important rally – more info HERE. Even if you can’t be there in person, you can follow along on Facebook and share the hashtag #StandAgainstRacism.

Register for Upcoming DEI Webinars

LWVUS is hosting a series of webinars on DEI in 2018 - 2019. Topics will include knowledge sharing on terms and theories in the DEI space and how and why DEI should intersect with your League work. All League members with an interest in these important topics are invited to attend. 

Recordings and resources from our previous webinars can be found on the League Management Site. Our next two webinars are in April and May on the fourth Thursday from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm ET.

We want to hear from you!

Is your League embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in a new way? Do you have a special interest in this topic or expertise to share? The LWV DEI Committee, chaired by Dr. Deborah Turner, wants to hear from you. Share your questions, story or feedback by email to cdavis@lwv.org.

News of the Week

A new bill in the Tennessee legislature threatens to make voter registration a much harder and riskier process for groups like ours. The League of Women Voters of Tennessee is working hard to advocate against this dangerous bill.

The New York State Assembly passed a budget that included several strong election improvements, like online registration and electronic poll books. As LWV of New York pointed out, however, the next improvements must revolve around campaign finance.

LWVUS joined a coalition of advocacy groups in calling on 2020 presidential candidates to release their lists of campaign fundraising "bundlers." These bundlers can avoid disclosing their own names by gathering donations from their friends and acquaintences.

Advocacy

League Supports the NO BAN Act

LWVUS joined a coalition letter to express our strong support for the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act (NO BAN Act) introduced on April 10. The NO BAN Act would ensure no one can be banned from the country based on religious or nationality-based discrimination. The bill seeks important changes to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by outlawing discrimination in the entry of immigrants or nonimmigrants based on religion, and it repeals the asylum ban and enhanced restrictions preventing refugees from entering the country. 

League Supports the Dream and Promise Act

LWVUS supported the introduction of HR 6, an important bill that provides permanent protections for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries. The bill would help approximately 3.6 million Dreamers, and it helps families stay together to secure long-term economic stability, as well as enabling thousands of students to pursue their education and career goals. Read the bill in full.

League Opposes Anti-Democracy Riders

LWVUS joined a letter opposing the inclusion of three troubling anti-democracy riders from the 2019 spending package. These three poison pill policy riders that would keep our system rigged in favor of wealthy special interests are expressly removed from any future appropriations bills by HR 1, the For the People Act.

Membership

Technology & Communications Webinar: Recording and Next Session

Thank you to attendees of Tuesday’s presentation: Image Use & Copyright Recommendations. The recording for this presentation can now be found on the League Management Site.

The next presentation, Avoiding Scams and Securing Your Data, will take place on May 14.

Starting with how to spot a scam in email, and continuing on to your member and financial data, we will talk about some of the best practices for securing your data and avoiding scams that come in through a variety of channels. Register for the webinar on Tuesday, May 14 at 4:00 pm EST.

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