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League of Women Voters
The League Update
FEBRUARY 27, 2020

People standing on steps holding signs that say Women Power the vote, Vote and your vote counts.

Friend,

Our 100th birthday celebration was a major success! The 339 Leagues who participated in our Day of Action hosted 396 events that attracted over 100,110 people to celebrate our centennial. 

In addition to the thousands of people who attended Day of Action events, over 400,000 people were exposed to our #WomenPowertheVote hashtag on social media. We were mentioned in the media over 2,300 times, including two op-eds written by Virginia Kase in Ms. Magazine and Electionline. Additionally, we posted an open letter, Dear Women of America, in the Washington Post on our birthday that reached over 470,000 readers! Thank you all for using the hashtag, writing op-eds/letters to the editor, and engaging with the Facebook event page! This helps us to continue to tell our story and keep record of the amazing work that we are doing. 

Thank you to all the Leagues who participated in the Day of Action and who are still hosting birthday celebration events! Please don’t forget to complete your Day of Action post survey. We want to gather as much information as possible in order to tell our collective story. 

In other exciting news, Tuesday, March 3rd, is Super Tuesday! Several states and territories will be holding their presidential primaries and caucuses on Tuesday. Please continue to encourage residents in your area to use VOTE411.org for their voting needs! 

Happy voting to everyone heading to the polls over the next two weeks!

In League, 

Chris

Making Democracy Work Campaign

Day of Action  

Thank you for being part of history on our 100th year anniversary!  Across the country, 339 leagues demonstrated our League power through a coordinated Day of Action involving over 395 events! Through our coordinated action, we highlighted key issues from redistricting reform to voter engagement. We were able to reach 110,088 people through in-person events and social media to celebrate our day and share our work! 

Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment! 

We have already heard from 155 Leagues about their events, but we are waiting to hear from more. Please do not forget to fill out our short survey by February 28th! We want to collect as much information as possible to be able to share our collective story on this historic day. Thank you to everyone who has already shared their big day! 

LWVUS Has a Very Limited Partnership with Lyft for the Primaries 

You may have read that LWVUS is partnering with Lyft to provide rides to the polls this primary season. LWVUS has received a very limited number of free ride codes to distribute directly to voters in underrepresented areas for the primaries. Due to the small amount and some limitations on their use, we are at this point only inviting Leagues with active voter registration grants through LWVEF to apply to use them. We are hopeful that there will be additional ride discounts/free rides available more broadly for the General Election, at which point we will announce any and all information. In the meantime, if you receive inquiries from the public about rides to the polls, please connect them to any local services you're aware of.

Request Free Cheese Samples for Your Voter Registration Events

Our partners at Cabot Cheese have offered to provide free cheese samples for your voter engagement events. Fill out their brief application if you’re interested in providing treats to the voters out in your community this spring.  

Get Out the Count Policy Webinar  

For this month’s policy webinar, the Advocacy and Litigation team discussed how to successfully create a Get Out the Count strategy to ensure your communities are counted in the Census! Check out the link below to view the recording for the webinar and learn about changes to the census and how your league can #GetOutTheCount next month! View the recording.

Also, check out our new social media graphics in English and Spanish in the Census Action Kit.

One Year Anniversary of For the People Act on Sunday, March 8th

On the one-year anniversary of the passage of the For the People Act, members of the Declaration for American Democracy will come together for an activist webinar. The webinar will be an opportunity to get more information on the legislation and discuss grassroots actions to help keep building momentum for the bill in the next session of Congress. Register for the Zoom meeting on March 9th at 7 PM Eastern. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DEI Success Story: LWV of New York 

The League of Women Voters of New York has worked with its local leagues to identify areas that are underserved or have low voter turnout and find new ways to reach out to disenfranchised voters. 

Read their success stories and previous success stories on the League Management Site

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.

Information on our other upcoming webinars, as well as recordings and resources from past webinars, can be found on the League Management Site.

She Is Me: Carolyn

Former LWV president Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins is the latest member to be featured in our She Is Me campaign. As president from 1998 to 2002, Carolyn was the first African American woman to hold the position. As well as testifying on landmark democracy reform bills and launching the League’s first voter information website, DNet, Carolyn prioritized diversity in the League’s initiatives and partnerships. Now, she’s continuing that mission by highlighting the stories of women of color in the League with her new book, The Untold Story of Women of Color in the League of Women Voters. Carolyn recently received the Freedom Summer of '64 Award from Miami University, which honors leaders who strive to advance civil rights and social justice in America.

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

Virginia Kase was interviewed on the YWCA’s "Organize Your Butterflies" podcast, speaking about how her experiences have fueled the work she does today. Check out the interview!

The League of Women Voters of the Virgin Islands reflects on the League’s 100th Anniversary and how their League was initiated in the late 1960s. Read their story!

The League of Women Voters of Maine held their Day of Action event at their State House, meeting with their state legislators. Watch this news clip about the success of their event.

Advocacy

Supreme Court to Hear Landmark Abortion Case & Rally – March 4 

Next week the Supreme Court will hear the case June Medical Services v. Russo, which is a major abortion rights case challenging a law in Louisiana that requires abortion providers to have medically unnecessary and often impossible-to-obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital. LWVUS joined a brief that urges the Supreme Court to consider the real-world circumstances of Black women when analyzing whether the legislation creates an undue burden in accessing abortion. Amici also expressed grave concern that Act 620 will result in a two-tiered system in Louisiana, where wealthier, disproportionately white women will have greater access to their constitutional right to abortion care than Black women, who are disproportionately low-income. On Wednesday, March 4, we will rally for abortion access in front of the Supreme Court. Join us and learn more.

Equal Rights Amendment Keeps Moving Forward

On January 29th, 2020, the U.S. House passed H.J. Res. 79, the 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. Now we focus on 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 is also partnering with select state leagues on targeted advocacy campaigns to have their Senators cosponsor H.J. Res. 79 or S.J. Res. 6.

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!

Membership

Convention 2020 – Registration Is Open

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.

New this week: Directions to the hotels, schedule-at-a-glance, registration. 

Registration is now open. Please read the information on this page before registering as our options and process have changed. 

The following applications close next week on 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.

We will be sharing more information in the coming weeks on Convention Awards, Speakers, and Convention activities. 

Candidates for the 2020-22 Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Announced

The LWVUS Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the slate of officers, directors and members of the nominating committee for 2020-22. The Committee received many applications, and they are grateful to all who expressed an interest in serving in national leadership.

Messaging on VOTE411 Webinar: Re-record Available!

Our February Technology & Communications Webinar on VOTE411 messaging is now available as a recording. Unfortunately, technical difficulties meant we were not able to record the original presentation, so Kayla has re-recorded a walk-through of the presentation. Find the recording on the League Management Site. And don’t forget to register for our March 12th webinar: Cybersecurity & Scam Avoidance.

BoardSource Subscription to Be Offered to All League

LWV is partnering with BoardSource, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting excellence in nonprofit governance, to provide access to their online resources and tools. This includes hundreds of articles, monthly webinars, downloadable templates as well as access to their Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education program. Join an introductory webinar on Wednesday, March 18 at 1 pm ET, and watch the League Update for more information about how your League can take advantage of this opportunity.

Leaders 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 still-active mother/daughter pair (and could include a 3rd generation) of League members 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! Please note that we are looking for a pair who are both comfortable speaking in an interview.

CENTENNIAL

NEW: Virginia Kase on the Main Stage at Poderosas Live! In Miami March 14

Our CEO Virginia Kase will be featured on the main stage at the People en Español women’s leadership conference, Poderosas Live!, next month for a panel celebrating the centennial of women’s voting rights called “When She Votes, The Future is Bright”. LWV staff will also be conducting leadership trainings in Spanish, in partnership with LWV of Miami. League members who wish to attend the conference can use the promo code PoderosasPartner for a 25% discount

Staff Highlight

Meet Our Spring Interns!


Amala Karri is a freshman at the George Washington University majoring in international affairs. 

Shannon Kim is a junior at Arizona State University majoring in political science and social justice and human rights.

Kathryn Kleinhans is a senior at Kent State University majoring in political science with a minor in Spanish. 


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