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League of Women Voters
The League Update
February 13, 2020

League staff at United State Citizen and Immigration Services giving voter information.

Friend,

Cheers to 100 years of Creating a More Perfect Democracy! The League has spent the last 100 years defending democracy, protecting voting rights, educating voters, and so much more. This work cannot be done without dedication from League members like you, so thank you all for your commitment to fulfilling the League’s mission! 

Although tomorrow is our official birthday, many Day of Action events have already begun. Remember the Day of Action toolkit is packed with tools, social media posts and graphics for you to use. We encourage you to tell the League’s story by using the hashtag #WomenPowertheVote and tagging us when posting on social media. Additionally, we invite you all to share pictures on our Day of Action event page on Facebook. 

This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to remove the ERA deadline. I can’t think of a better early birthday gift to the League! There is no deadline on equality, and now we must pressure the Senate to follow suit and help the ERA cross the finish line. Continue to use the ERA toolkit to elevate the importance of ratifying the ERA in the U.S. Constitution. 

Happy 100th birthday, Leaguers! Here’s to our next century!


In League, 

Chris

Making Democracy Work Campaign

Women Power the Vote Day of Action Debrief Call!

Tomorrow marks our 100 years of the League of Women Voters defending democracy and protecting voters. We are excited to be celebrating our 100th Anniversary nationwide as we celebrate our history, stand in our power, and roll up our sleeves to take on the work to come. Join the Women Power the Vote Facebook event to share information about your League’s activities! On Wednesday, February 19th, at 7pm ET, the national office will host a debrief call to allow Leagues to share what they enjoyed most about their Day of Action planning and activities. Register for the call here! In the meantime, we want to make sure we are able to tell our story and show the success of the work on the ground. Tell us how your event(s) went!

February 26th Policy Webinar: Get Ready to Get Out the Count! 

With the Census around the corner, this month’s policy webinar will be training leagues on how to build an effective and inclusive #GOTC strategy. We’ll be going over the new Census Action Kit, changes to the Census this year, and key strategies to help make sure you reach those most vulnerable in your communities. Join us on February 26th from 3PM-4PM EST. Registration for this webinar.

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!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DEI Resources on the League Management Site

The DEI section of the League Management Site offers a variety of resources to help you and your League with your DEI journey. You can find our webinars, League DEI Success Stories, our online guide to continued DEI learning, our DEI modules, and more. 

DEI Webinars

LWVUS will continue its DEI webinar series in 2020. We are moving the webinars to Zoom to allow for more interaction during the webinar and encourage members to join live as they are able or watch the recordings. Leagues are highly encouraged to watch recordings together and use them as a guide towards dialogue on the topic and how it relates to your League work. 


February 20: Researching Your League’s History with a DEI LensRegister Here.

Members of the LWV of Ohio will lead this session and share their experiences and offer tips on how to apply a DEI lens to creating intersectional educational materials. 


Information on our other upcoming webinars, as well as recordings and resources from past 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

The LWV of Texas claimed a victory for voters when, a U.S. District judge found that the state of Texas has been violating the Motor Voter law for online users. Read the story. 

Last week, Virginia Kase helped the LWV of Los Alamos celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Catch a recap of the event

LWV of South Dakota announced their support for legislation that would create an independent redistricting commission in the state. Read about it.

Advocacy

Equal Rights Amendment Keeps Moving Forward

Today, the U.S. House voted on H.J. Res. 79, legislation removing the ratification deadline on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). This legislation is needed to remove the ambiguity around the deadline and bring it closer to taking effect. Next week, our focus will shift to the Senate as legislators go home for recess. Please use our ERA Toolkit for talking points and materials to use when visiting with Senators at home. LWVUS will also launch an action alert focused toward Senators next week.

Upcoming Policy, Advocacy, and Litigation Webinars

The LWVUS Advocacy and Litigation team has scheduled a series of webinars through the spring. Please join us to talk about the Census, the Equal Rights Amendment, Democracy Reform in Congress and around the country, and for a litigation and advocacy wrap up. Check out all of the webinar descriptions on the League Management Site and register today!

LWVUS Board Sets Legislative Priorities

The LWVUS Board set the following as legislative priorities for the 2020 session of Congress.

1. Campaign for Making Democracy Work® (MDW), with special emphasis on redistricting campaign, voting rights protection, and promoting public financing under money in politics;

2. The Equal Rights Amendment and removal of the ratification deadline; and 

3. Watchdog: Respond strategically on issues with LWV positions when needed related to climate change, gun safety, and immigration.

Membership

Next Tech & Comms Webinar: Thursday, March 12

Technology & Communications Webinars are moving to a new day and time! The webinars will now be held on the second Thursday of every month and will move to 4:30pm ET. Our next webinar will cover cybersecurity & scam avoidance on Thursday, March 12 at 4:30 pm ET. Register now!

Convention 2020

Join us for our 54th National Convention in June 2020! Convention will be hosted in Washington, DC, June 25-28. Please check the Convention section of the League Management Site for information as it is added. 

All three hotels we have contracted with are now accepting reservations. Please use the instructions on the bottom of that page if you are experiencing any issues with your reservation. 

The following have a deadline of March 2:

  • Caucus Application Form. We have a limited number of rooms reserved for state and local Leagues to host caucuses. If you are considering a caucus please carefully review our criteria. 
  • 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.

Responses to the Program Planning Survey are due by March 10. If you have any Convention questions or concerns, please contact cdavis@lwv.org.

CENTENNIAL

NEW! 100-year Historical Timeline

Check out our History page on LWV.org, and you will find a new, interactive historical timeline highlighting the League’s achievements over our 100-year history. We hope this glimpse at the breadth of our work over these past 100 years will spark us all with inspiration and solidarity as we celebrate our birthday this week!

Seeking Intergenerational League Members

Are you an active League leader who joined because of your mother and you still go to League events together? Have you brought your own daughter to League meetings and trained her to register voters? Or maybe you know a League family in your community that has a powerful story. We are looking for an intergenerational story of a mother / daughter (and could include a 3rd generation) of active League leaders that demonstrates our commitment to building the future of our organization. We want to hear from you! Please email kvix@lwv.org with your story!

National Archives Suffrage Video Featuring Virginia Kase

The National Archives Foundation launched the first video in their series about the women’s suffrage movement and its lasting impact on future generations. The video features powerful women leaders and activists, including our CEO Virginia Kase! As part of a larger initiative in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, and in support of the National Archives exhibit, "Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote," this series illustrates the sacrifices women have made for equality throughout history and the continued importance of civic participation.

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