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League of Women Voters
The League Update
January 3, 2019

Chris Carson and Virginia Kase at the 2020 Rose Parade

Friend,

I hope you had a rejuvenating New Year’s and are feeling prepared to take on all that is to come in 2020! Virginia and I rang in the new year on the Pasadena Celebrates 2020 float at the Rose Parade. Joining other women-led historic organizations and descendants of the original suffragists, it was an inspiring way to start our 2020.

Continuing our countdown to the League’s 100th birthday celebration, we are only 42 days away from our historic Women Power the Vote Day of Action!

So far, 90 Leagues have registered their events with us using the Day of Action sign up form!

Leagues have 7 more days to register their events with us by January 10th to be eligible for a $1,000 award! Shortly after January 10th, we will randomly select 5 Leagues to receive a $1,000 award that can be used for any League-related activity. Simply register your event(s) with us here!

National Staff have been personally calling every local League to share information about the Day of Action! It has been wonderful to connect with so many members, and we love hearing about your work! Thank you for sharing with us!

We just added Women Power the Vote logos to the Day of Action toolkit, and we'll be adding sample social media posts later this month—so keep an eye out!

In League, 

Chris

Making Democracy Work Campaign

Women Power the Vote Day of Action: One Week Left to Register Your Event!

We are just over one month away from our nation-wide coordinated League Day of Action set to take place on and around February 14th, 2020! We are so grateful to everyone who has shared their exciting plans with us, as we know that you are in the midst of preparing for all your activities this year. Leagues have one more week to fill out the registration form to be eligible to win $1000. Please register your events with us here!

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to organizing@lwv.org!

Updated Census Action Kit

Visit the newly updated Census Action Kit! The Action Kit has been updated to include resources from partners like the American Library Association, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and more! Most of the resources focus on helping Leagues during the “get out the count” phase of our campaign. Check them out!

Join VOTE411 in 2020!

It’s hard to believe, but the 2020 Election Cycle is here! Leagues from 24 states have already signed up to participate in the VOTE411 online voters’ guide program for 2020 – join your colleagues and be a part of this growing program to inform voters and gain significant visibility for your League’s work! Participating Leagues have said the program is “the most effective method of reaching large numbers of voters with information when they need it,” and that “VOTE411 lets candidates speak for themselves.” If your League is interested in creating a voter guide, or if you have any questions, contact Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org) and she’ll help walk you through the process!

Now Accepting Grant Applications: 2020 New Citizens Voter Registration

The League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) is pleased to announce the 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 on January 31, 2020, and grant decisions will be announced mid-February. Grants will only be considered for Leagues attending at least five 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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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

LWV of Nevada is fighting a legal challenge to their fair maps ballot initiative. Once LWVNV resolves this challenge, they will begin collecting signatures to get the issue on the ballot in November.

North Carolina has a less-than-friendly history with the 19th Amendment, as a small exhibit traveling the state to mark the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage makes clear. North Carolina finally ratified the 19th Amendment in 1971, as a result of significant lobbying and education from LWV of North Carolina.

2019 was filled with great moments for our citizen-led democracy, and the League was instrumental in achieving these milestone victories. Here are a few highlights from our CEO Virginia Kase.

Advocacy

Blog: 2019 Litigation Recap

LWVUS legal fellow, Kentiya Orange, drafted a blog post covering the 2019 litigation across the country that is related to the Making Democracy Work topics: voting rights, redistricting, money in politics, and improving elections. Read the blog.

REMINDER: Use the Federal Action Form Prior to Taking Any Federal Action

A new year means a new session in many states! Just a reminder that if you have any legal or legislative issues that are in the federal space, you must get prior approval before any action. Please use this form and LWVUS staff will respond to your request and offer support or guidance.

Does Partisan Gerrymandering Impact Gun Violence?

As Leagues all across the country begin doing incredible work around redistricting, LWVUS wanted to share a recent op-ed that asserts that partisan gerrymandering makes it harder to address gun violence. LWVUS recently sent a letter to the U.S. Senate addressing the need reduce gun violence as well.

Women's March 2020

2020 marks the fourth anniversary of Women's March, and the League of Women Voters is proud to continue our partnership. The march will take place in Washington, DC, on Saturday, January 18, 2020, 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. If your League is planning to attend, stay tuned to the Women’s March website for the march route to be unveiled in the coming days.

Program Planning 2020-2022 Leaders Guide

It’s program planning time! In the coming months, state and local Leagues and ILOs (Inter-League Organizations) across the nation will have the opportunity to offer program planning input for the 2018-2020 biennium. The program planning process is one of the important ways we focus our grassroots work to align the organization on our issue priorities and our mission. See LWVUS Bylaws, Article XII, Principles and Program, for requirements for the program planning and adoption process. Program planning will culminate with the adoption of a program of education and action at Convention 2020 in Washington, DC. Please visit the 2020-2022 Leaders' Guide to Program Planning, where you will find an overview as well as the survey to weigh in for convention. If you have questions, you can email us at progplan@lwv.org.
Membership

Roster Updates Are Due January 31

We are reminding all Leagues that roster updates are due on January 31st, 2020! To assist Leagues with this effort, we are offering training webinars in early January to cover both essential and advanced aspects of managing your roster.

Along with being able to celebrate our growth over the past year, it is important to have this count be accurate as it will be used to determine the number of delegates each League is entitled to at the 2020 Convention. Due to the high volume of activity during this time, you should expect longer than usual wait times when contacting Roster Support. We suggest you begin submitting your member information as soon as possible in order to ensure ample time for support should the need arise. To access your League’s database please visit the Roster Manager Portal.

Roster Support Office Hours

Roster Support will be experimenting with “Office Hours” on Fridays in January at 12PM ET. Office hours will be held via webinar. Join these webinars to ask questions and have them answered by our Roster Support Team. We are hoping that being able to ask questions in this venue will save some time for Roster Managers instead of having to go back-and-forth in email.
 
You can join from a computer, tablet or smartphone at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/612955693
 
Or dial in using your phone:
 United States: +1 (786) 535-3211
 Access Code: 612-955-693

Fundraising for Your League: Growing League Capacity

Kick off the new year by reaching out to members and supporters to thank them for their continued commitment to democracy and to the League’s work! As your League reviews end-of-year giving, consider ways to steward donors throughout the year. Assign a League leader(s) to help strengthen relationships and keep your supporters updated about the 2020 work your League is doing and how they can get more involved and make future investments in your activities.

As a reminder, the League Management Site has five fundraising training modules. Make it your League’s New Year resolution to watch all five modules and be intentional about incorporating fundraising into your League’s communication and outreach work. For development support, to share success stories, and to ask questions about fundraising for the League, reach out to Amy Hjerstedt at ahjerstedt@lwv.org.

Technology & Communications Webinar: Technology Roadmap 2020

In this session, we will review the technology accomplishments we made in 2019 and update members on technology plans at LWVUS for 2020, including changes to roster support, progress on building connectors to other systems, and the roadmap for the next two years at LWVUS.  The presentation will take approximately 30 minutes with plenty of time for questions following the presentation. Register for the webinar now! And remember that all Technology & Communications Webinars are available on the League Management Site following each presentation.
CENTENNIAL

Day of Action Logos: Women Power the Vote

Logos for Women Power the Vote, our February 14th Day of Action, are now available on the Day of Action toolkit! Two versions of the logo are available for use on dark and light backgrounds. We hope these logos will be helpful as Leagues promote their events in the next month!

VIDEO: Float Celebrating Women Suffrage Wins Best Theme in Rose Bowl Parade

The Rose Bowl Parade float which Chris Carson and Virgina Kase rode on New Year’s Day won recognition for the best theme for the entire parade. In case you missed it, you can watch a recording of the parade, in which you can see our League Leaders on the Suffrage float 34 minutes into the broadcast.
LEAGUE LEADERS

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