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League of Women Voters
The League Update
November 21, 2019

Friend,

Since our founding, LWV has attracted a tenacious and powerful membership focused on realizing the potential of our democracy. In line with the fact that we were born from the suffrage movement, the theme of our 100th anniversary year is Women Power the Vote.

On February 14, 2020, the League of Women Voters will turn 100 years old. For this milestone anniversary, we want to celebrate our history, our future—and most importantly, the power of our members. We know that each League has been working hard to prepare celebrations for our 100th anniversary, and we want to harness the power you are building in your communities by amplifying the League’s message and visibility through an official Day of Action.

The Day of Action provides a framework to capture the events happening across the country to tell a single story of our impact. The Day of Action is designed to fit seamlessly into your League’s current plans to celebrate our centennial. To support planning, we have recently hired our first National Organizing Director, Alma Couverthie, who, along with her team, has created a Day of Action toolkit to help you execute your events. In addition, we are hosting a kickoff webinar on December 6, 2019. 

At the same time, we are collecting information from Leagues that will help us tell this story for our League as a whole. In preparation for the Day of Action, we are asking state and local Leagues to sign up through this SurveyMonkey link so we can get a sense of what is planned. Having this information will help us bring attention to the work on the ground to paint a picture both at the state and national level.

To help us better deliver the tools around this day of action and our 100th anniversary, we’ve created a new section of this League Update newsletter. Toward the end of this email, you’ll find a Centennial section—a new place to find resources for activities around this milestone year.

Our founding is marked by our hard-won fight for women’s right to vote, and our legacy is marked by our ability to work across every state to ensure people power our democracy. This is our opportunity to claim and celebrate our power.

In League, 

Chris

Making Democracy Work Campaign

Women Power the Vote: The League’s 100th Anniversary Day of Action

On February 14th, the League of Women Voters will celebrate its 100th Anniversary—an achievement and historic moment that would not be here without each and every one of our League members. To celebrate our legacy, support the anniversary plans already scheduled, and leverage our power to amplify our League voice—we are holding an official Day of Action on February 14th, 2020, that can capture all of the activities Leagues have planned across the country! We want to make the most out of this opportunity by sharing one League voice on this historic League day.

U.S. House Set to Vote on HR 4, Voting Rights Advancement Act

The U.S. House will vote on passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act before the Thanksgiving holiday. This bill will restore and modernize the Voting Rights Act. The VRAA has always been passed with broad bipartisan support. Contact your Representative today and ask them to vote for the bill when it comes to the floor. For more information on the importance of this legislation, read our recent blog.

Now Accepting Grant Applications: 2020 New Citizens Voter Registration

The League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) is pleased to announce a 2020 New Citizen Voter Registration project. As part of this project, LWVEF will award pass-through grants to state and local Leagues to undertake voter registration activities at naturalization ceremonies. Grant applications are due by midnight January 31, 2020, and grant decisions will be announced mid-February. Grants will only be considered for Leagues attending at least 5 naturalization ceremonies within the grant year (January-November 2020). Leagues must agree to undertake activities in a nonpartisan fashion and must also agree to collect contact information from registrants, as allowable, in order to conduct Get-out-the-vote follow-up. See the application for additional information.

Take Action to Secure Our Elections

Election security should not be a partisan issue. We must invest in our elections and prevent meddling from the same foreign actors who targeted our elections in 2016. Contact your Senators and demand immediate action to secure our elections.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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. 

Upcoming Webinars:

Tonight (Nov. 21) @ 7pm ET: Navigating Difficult Conversations Around DEI Register
December 19, 2019: DEI Q&A Register

Recordings and resources from our previous webinars can be found on the League Management Site. We are planning our 2020 calendar of DEI webinars. If you have suggestions for topics and formats please contact cdavis@lwv.org.

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

The state of Georgia is planning to purge at least 300,000 voters from the voting rolls before its primary election in March. The LWV of Georgia is mobilizing to fight against this massive purge. Read the story.

LWV of New Jersey hosted a series of redistricting townhalls where members of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission spoke about how the fair maps are drawn in California. See more.

Last week, construction began on the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial in Virginia! The memorial will honor the women who fought for our right to vote, highlighting the women who were imprisoned at Occoquan, VA. Former LWVUS ED Nancy Tate, now a board member of Turning Point, and LWV of Virginia have helped get the memorial built. Read about the memorial.

Advocacy

SCOTUS Hearing on the Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On November 12, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of Univ. Of Cal., et al., which is a trio of cases suing the presidential administration over its decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The decision to end DACA was controversial because the president promised his administration would not end the program without a pathway for DACA-eligible people to remain in the country legally. Read more on our blog.

SCOTUS Hearing on LGBTQ+ Protections in Title VII

On October 8, the U.S. Supreme Court heard Bostock v. Clayton County, et al. and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. EEOC. The Court’s decision in these cases will determine whether it violates federal law for employers to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people. Read more on our blog.

Webinar Announcement Lobbying Tips and Tricks for State and Local Leagues

Join the Policy and Advocacy team for a webinar on lobbying tips and tricks. This webinar is intended to provide direction on setting up meetings, talking to legislators, leading a "hill day," and incorporating activists, new members, and coalition partners into the fold. The webinar is on Thursday, December 12, 2019, from 3 to 4pm ET. Register now.

Reminder: Guidance to Set Legislative Priorities

LWVUS has issued updated guidance to state and local Leagues recommending legislative priorities under the Making Democracy Work® Campaign. These recommendations allow for a strong unified "voice" at all levels of League across the country and align with the priorities of the People Powered Fair Maps™ Campaign. LWVUS wants to offer support to Leagues lobbying on these issues. Local Leagues should adopt these suggestions as they also make decisions about their priorities within their communities. A survey to assess the priorities of Leagues is now available.
Membership

Countdown to Convention 2020

Join us for our 54th Convention in June 2020! Convention will be hosted in Washington, DC, June 25-28. The first call with more information is on the League Management Site. Registration will be open by January, and in the coming weeks we will be posting the following on the League Management Site:

  • Hotel reservation links for the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill and Liaison Washington Capitol Hill Hotel. We have secured room blocks at both hotels at a rate of $199/night.
  • Caucus Application Form. We have a limited number of rooms reserved for state and local Leagues to host caucuses.
  • Hardship Designation Request Form. Use if your League is unable to fulfill PMP requirements due to serious financial hardship.
  • Wares Market Application Form. We will have a limited amount of space for Leagues to reserve a table to sell League related merchandise.
  • Process to Propose Bylaws Amendments.


2020 Women’s March

2020 marks the 4th anniversary of Women's March, and the League of Women Voters is proud to continue our partnership. Just announced this morning, the march will take place Saturday, January 18, 2020. There will be a main march in Washington, DC, with sister marches planned around the country. As in past years, we encourage Leagues to determine for themselves whether it makes sense for them to participate at the local and state level.

CENTENNIAL

LWV to Ring in 2020 in the Rose Parade®

The League of Women Voters is proud to announce the League will be featured on the Pasadena Celebrates 2020 float in the Rose Parade on January 1, 2020. Riding along with League president Chris Carson and League CEO Virginia Kase, the Pasadena Celebrates 2020 float will include a “Bouquet of Suffrage Descendants” - those in direct line to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B. Wells, Susan B. Anthony, and Fredrick Douglass. Read our full statement.

Women Power the Vote: The League’s 100th Anniversary Day of Action

On February 14th, the League of Women Voters will celebrate its 100th Anniversary—an achievement and historic moment that would not be here without each and every one of our League members. To celebrate our legacy, support the anniversary plans already scheduled, and leverage our power to amplify our League voice—we are holding an official Day of Action on February 14th, 2020, that can capture all of the activities Leagues have planned across the country! We want to make the most out of this opportunity by sharing one League voice on this historic League day.

STAFF HIGHLIGHT

Meet Our National Organizing Director

Alma Couverthie is the League's National Organizing Director. In this role, Alma is responsible for building and developing the grassroots power needed to defend, expand, and protect voting rights for all to achieve true democracy reform. Alma joins the League with over 20 years of experience in organizing for grassroots change.

Read more about Alma on LWV.org.

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