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League of Women Voters
The League Update
August 29, 2019

VOTE411

Friend,

With summer winding down, LWVUS is gearing up for big plans in the fall. As we announced in the last update, we’ll be launching an exciting nationwide redistricting campaign next month. If you haven’t already, please register for our tele town hall next week, when we will present this new campaign to League members. All League members are invited to this League-wide online event, so please encourage your membership to attend or watch the recording.

We’re also getting ready for National Voter Registration Month in September, culminating on National Voter Registration Day on September 24. Time is running out to sign up your League as an NVRD partner! 

As we roll into a busy fall, we’ve also developed some tools to help Leagues as we ramp up for fall activities and elections, including fundraising training materials and election season social media materials.

August’s many celebrations around the 19th Amendment anniversary and Women’s Equality Day have been heartening to see and participate in. I encourage you all to carry the inspiration from these celebrations forward as we hit the ground running in September.

In League, 

Chris

Making Democracy Work Campaign

People Powered Fair Maps Campaign Tele-Town Hall

All League members are invited to join an online town hall outlining the People Powered Fair Maps Campaign at 6pm ET on September 4.  

This campaign is a powerful collaboration between national, state, and local Leagues with the goal of positioning LWV as the premiere on-the-ground leading organization fighting for fair redistricting. 

A recording of the town hall will be made available for members who are unable to attend at this time. Sign up now for this important event!

League Joins Letter Urging Increased Election System Security

Recent news reports have disclosed troubling weaknesses in commercially marketed voting systems and disturbing conduct by voting system vendors, raising significant questions. Voting system vendors have operated with little oversight and no regulation for decades. Given the gravity and urgency of this issue, LWVUS joined partners urging Senate committees to hold a hearing on election system security. Read our letter here.

Upcoming Hearings on Voting Rights Around the Country

The House Judiciary and House Administration committees are hosting a series of hearings this fall to build the congressional record in advance of the vote and hopeful passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR 4). Hearings are scheduled in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Memphis, TN, Phoenix, AZ, and Washington, DC. LWVUS will be connecting Leagues around the country with events happening around the hearings, but Leagues should work with partners in their states to get involved in planned activities. See the full schedule on the League Management Site.

Redistricting 202 Webinar Recording

A recording and the materials for yesterday’s Redistricting 202 webinar are now available. Thanks to our guest presenters, Chris Carson and Alison McCafree, for offering case studies on the implementation of independent redistricting processes in CA and WA. Visit the LWVUS Policy Briefings Page for the link to listen to the recording or download the slides.

Apply for LWVUS Redistricting Workgroup!

This week, the Advocacy and Litigation department hosted a webinar called Redistricting 202, for which we were joined by guest redistricting experts and even more subject matter expert attendees. If you have experience implementing redistricting reform in your state, WE NEED YOU. Whether you've worked on a ballot initiative, a constitutional or statutory redistricting commission, or anything else, apply to join a small workgroup that will leverage their expertise to create an updated toolkit that Leagues can use nationwide. To apply, complete this form. Decisions will be made by October 2019.

Election Season Social Media Materials

Join us in getting out the vote on social media this election season! Visit the League Management Site for sample posts and graphics to use. We will be adding new content—so bookmark this page and check back often!

Sign Up for National Voter Registration Day 2019

Time is running out to sign up for National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 24! Sign up your League now to help us meet the important goal of keeping LWV the single largest on-the-ground partner of this holiday! Simply host a registration event or publicize the importance of registration and voting in your community on 9/24. As a proud Premier Partner and founding organization for National Voter Registration Day, LWVEF is thrilled to once again join thousands of organizations, elected officials, celebrities, and other partners in this effort.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

Last Thursday was Black Women's Equal Pay Day, raising attention to the fact that black women will have to have worked all of 2018 and through Aug. 22, 2019, to earn what men earned in 2018 alone. League of Women Voters of Illinois Executive Director Audra Wilson contributed to an important piece on the topic. Read the story.

Meet Biddy Mason, One of LA’s First Black Real Estate Moguls

Biddy Mason was enslaved when she was brought to Los Angeles in 1851, but she died free—and one of the city’s wealthiest women. Read the story of this extraordinary woman.

DEI Webinars

LWVUS is hosting a series of webinars on DEI in 2019.  

We will be using this series to take a deeper look at the topics we’ve been exploring for the past year and offer tools every member can use in their League work. We encourage Leagues to watch together and make time for discussion afterward. 

August 29: League History Through a DEI Lens, Presented by past LWVUS President Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins Register

September 26: Intergenerational Equity Register

Webinar dates for October through December will be announced soon. If there is a topic you think we should cover or other webinar feedback you’d like to offer, please share it with the DEI committee by contacting cdavis@lwv.orgRecordings and resources from our previous webinars can be found on the League Management Site.

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

Local Leagues in Illinois are working with the DuPage County Clerk's office to recruit election judges and register voters at senior living facilities in advance of what's expected to be a high-turnout election cycle in 2020. Read the story.

LWV of Missouri urged Missouri Secretary of State to refrain from using misleading ballot language and instead "to summarize the proposals in clear, honest, and fair language." Read about the lawsuit.

LWV of Wisconsin legislative coordinator Andrea Kaminski penned a persuasive and informative op-ed on gun reform in the aftermath of three mass shootings in California, Texas, and Ohio. Read the op-ed.

Advocacy

Climate Strikes in September

LWVUS has heard from many Leagues who are interested in getting involved with the Climate Strikes around the country. Leagues are encouraged to use the criteria for participation in marches and events to determine the level of League involvement at the state or local levels. For those states that do participate, we’d also suggest incorporating a voter registration component like we did with the school walkouts related to gun control in 2018. For questions on the climate strikes, you can reach out to Jessica Jones at jjones@lwv.org.

DC Statehood Hearing Rescheduled

The hearing on H.R. 51, the Washington DC Admission Act, has been rescheduled for September 19 in the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. LWVUS and LWVDC have put together materials for Leagues or others wishing to host parties around the Committee hearing. The materials also include a letter-to-the-editor template that you can adapt for your needs before or after the hearing. For questions about DC Statehood, please contact Anne Anderson of LWVDC at mobileanne@comcast.net.

Tune in for the UN Civil Society Conference, August 26-28

The 68th United Nations (UN) Civil Society Conference is being held in Salt Lake City Utah on August 26-28, and LWVUS will be there! Our delegation of 13 is led by Catherine Weller, LWVUT Co-President. The theme of the conference is Building Sustainable Cities & Communities (SDG11). We're hoping to get on-the-ground insights to the Conference, which will have 12 thematic formal sessions, an outcome document prepared by civil society, and lots of parallel events! If you're not in Utah but want to tune in, you can do so here.

Blog: Leagues Step Up for Climate Change

Since 2015, the U.S. federal executive branch has used extraordinary legal challenges in attempts to silence the climate case filed by 21 youth plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States. The plaintiffs in the case are represented by Our Children’s Trust and based in Eugene, Oregon. Both LWV Oregon and LWVUS have submitted friend of the court briefs in support of these youth plaintiffs. Read more on our blog.

COP25 Delegate Opportunity

Those interested in representing LWVUS at the UN Climate Conference, COP25, in Santiago, Chile, this December should contact Robin Tokmakian by September 1. Those interested in attending will need credentials through LWVUS for this self-funded trip. Robin can be contacted via email at trillerud@mindspring.com.

Membership

Evaluations & Outcomes: LWVUS Data Ambassadors

Participate in the LWVUS Data Ambassadors Program! The purpose of the program is to provide a space where state and local League leaders can play an active role in building the foundation for the evaluation & outcomes work within the organization. Our ability to tell our individual and collective League story directly supports increased engagement at the local and state levels and our ability to raise the needed resources to fund our mission, today and into the future. This program is perfect for individuals with experience or a passion for research.

The criteria to participate in the Data Ambassadors Program includes experience developing or implementing programmatic efforts for your local or state League, a desire to help shape the evaluation & outcomes portfolio at the League, and a passion to tell the League’s story through data. If you are interested in participating as an Ambassador, email Amilcar Guzman, Director of Outcomes and Evaluation, at aguzman@lwv.org by September 6th.

Apply to Join the 2020-22 LWVUS Board and Nominating Committee

Become part of the national leadership team! Applications are now being accepted for the 2020-22 LWVUS Board and Nominating Committee. To learn more about these amazing leadership opportunities, please review the FAQ and job descriptions for LWVUS Board and Nominating Committee or contact the LWVUS Nominating Committee at nominatingcommittee@lwv.org. Please submit your application or recommend another leader before the October 28th deadline!

Fundraising Training

Exciting plans and bold ideas are in the works for Leagues across the country. To help your Board and Development Committee get a strong start meeting programmatic goals, Fundraising Training Module #2 explains the Board’s role in development. It’s an online training module that is available to all League members! Accompanying this module are easy-to-use, easy-to-adapt resources to get your new Board and development committee started off on a strong fundraising foundation. For more fundraising training and resources, visit the Fundraising page on the League Management Site!

LWVUS Merchandise Portal

We are excited to announce the launch of the LWVUS Merch Portal, where Leagues can bulk order LWV-branded products created by the national office. It’s important to note that LWVUS will not be profiting from this Merch Portal, but we have created this site in order to provide brand consistent products for Leagues nationwide to easily order online. Leagues are not required to use these products and can continue to customize their own items using the official logos. Current inventory includes signs, stickers, buttons, and customizable business cards. Keep an eye out, as we will be adding more items in the coming months!

VOTE411 Brand Standards and Graphics

With the relaunch of VOTE411.org, we have also created a new logo and new assets for Leagues to use when promoting their activities. Take a look at our VOTE411 Brand Standards--which includes logos and social media graphics and cover photos--as well as our brand new Merchandise Portal, where Leagues can purchase VOTE411-branded materials for their election activities!

STAFF HIGHLIGHT

Meet Our VOTE411 Manager

Megan Brown joined the LWVUS Mission Impact team in 2012. Serving as VOTE411 Manager, she works on everything related to the Leagues election information website VOTE411.org. Megan brings to the organization over a decade of non-profit experience, both in the election and environmental spheres. Since joining the League, Megan, along with hundreds of State and Local Leagues, has grown the VOTE411 website to provide millions of voters with the election information they need each year.

Read more about Megan on LWV.org.

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