Important announcements for League leaders

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League of Women Voters
The League Update
March 12, 2020

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Friend,

As we continue to monitor the coronavirus outbreak, the health and safety of our members is paramount.  

LWVUS will follow the guidance from the CDC, and we recommend all Leagues also monitor the CDC as well as your state and local public health agency for updates. We encourage Leagues to proactively reach out to state and local election officials about their emergency preparedness plans for any upcoming elections. We have provided language and other resources on our new Coronavirus Prevention Guidance for Leagues on the League Management Site. 

Staff members or volunteers who have direct contact with someone positively diagnosed with COVID-19 should inform your League as soon as possible. The CDC has created a risk assessment that should be used to decide whether staff and volunteers should come into work or attend events

For the next two weeks, LWVUS staff are canceling all work-related air travel and events or gatherings with 35 people or more. We will reevaluate our travel at the end of this period. We know Leagues have a lot of spring events planned, many celebrating state conventions, but due to the severity of this outbreak, we urge Leagues to consider hosting any March events digitally or postponing when possible.

This is a critical time in a busy election year and primary voters are casting ballots every week. This virus could have a major impact on our ability to reach voters, and, when possible, we want to encourage people to take advantage of early and absentee voting options. We’ll be keeping VOTE411 up-to-date with any election changes related to the virus that may impact election administration.  

We will continue to update the Coronavirus Prevention Guidance for Leagues with additional information and talking points about voting during this outbreak. Please feel free to share our Twitter thread addressing the virus and how it may affect voters at the polls.  

We know with the Census and elections our work does not stop. As our office continually reassesses the coronavirus situation, we commit to providing updated guidance and resources to help your vital work on the ground. Voters look to the League during times of confusion and challenge such as this. Thank you for being the trusted leaders for voters in your communities. 

In League, 

Chris

Making Democracy Work Campaign

2020 Presidential Candidates Voters’ Guide and Outreach (Reminder) 

As we work our way through the 2020 election season, we wanted to send a reminder that LWVEF manages all outreach to the Presidential candidates, either for voters’ guides or other instances. Please note: if you are interested in undertaking any activities that involve the Presidential candidates, you must first submit a proposal to LWVEF. Please see the guidelines for this process. All requests should be sent to Jeanette Senecal (jsenecal@lwv.org). All Presidential candidate information will be published on VOTE411 and is available for your use in print or other voters’ guides. If you have any questions about the Presidential candidate information, please contact Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org).

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

One year ago we celebrated the passage of the For the People Act with members of the Declaration for the American Democracy coalition. But there is still work that needs to be done. Please contact your Senators to remind them of this important legislation and urge them to move forward with a hearing on this comprehensive democracy reform legislation.

Census Redistricting Handout Now on Merch Portal! 

Have questions about how to elevate your Census work or just need a resource to support your Census education work? Check out our new Census Redistricting handout that is now available on the merch portal in time for Census Day!  

UPDATE: LWVUS National Popular Vote Task Force Information and Resources

The LWVUS National Popular Vote Task Force (the “LWV Task Force”) was established in May 2019 to explore and evaluate state League support for the NPV interstate compact which, if enacted, would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The LWV Task Force has been working diligently to evaluate state League support for the NPV Interstate Compact throughout the country and to assess whether there is enough momentum and support behind the NPV effort. Read more.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Join Us for the March 19 Webinar

Our next DEI webinar is scheduled for March 19 at 7pm ET.  

Registration for this webinar and recordings and materials for past webinars are available 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

Our CEO, Virginia Kase, is one of People en Espanol’s 25 Most Powerful Women of 2020Check out the full list of inspiring women!   

Carrie Catt was recognized in Time Magazine’s 100 Women of the Year for her work towards women’s suffrage. Read about her influence on the passage of the 19th Amendment.

The LWV of Arkansas developed Arkansas Voters First to push for People Powered Fair Maps in the state of Arkansas. Read about Arkansas Voters First's proposed amendment for fair maps.

Advocacy

Next LWVUS Policy Webinar: Equal Rights Amendment 

Join us for a webinar on the Equal Rights Amendment, Wednesday, March 25. Legislation removing the ratification deadline on the ERA passed the House and is now onto the Senate. This legislation is needed to remove the ambiguity around the deadline and bring it closer to taking effect. Join us to discuss this issue, our work, and mobilization efforts around the country to move this forward. Please use our ERA Toolkit for talking points and resources around this legislation.

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!

League Sends Comments on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The League joined the Water Protection Network’s comment letter and submitted our own comment letter urging the Council on Environmental Quality to withdraw proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act implementing regulations that would remove public participation in and science-based review of large federal projects. Read the letter and the LWVUS comments

League Urges Support for the NO BAN Act  

The League joined coalition partners in supporting H.R. 2214, the NO BAN Act when it came to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on March 11, 2020. The legislation would repeal President Trump's Muslim ban, asylum ban, and refugee band and make necessary reforms to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to prevent future discriminatory bans. Read our letter.  

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. 

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

We are offering several add-ons to your Convention registration that includes: 

  • Lobby Day on Thursday, June 25 ($20) - The fee will guarantee you access to training and materials prepared by our Advocacy and Litigation team and access to the post-Lobby Day debrief at the Hyatt Regency on Thursday afternoon. 
  • Local Arrangements Committee Fundraiser ($45) - All are invited to attend a performance by the improv comedy group The Capitol Steps on Friday evening. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area. Please note the instructions on the registration page for how to add this ticket onto your Convention registration. 
  • Convention attendees are invited to choose one of the following add-ons for Saturday evening. Please note that neither is included in the registration cost and a ticket will be required for entrance. 
    • There is an optional $110 add-on fee for those who wish to attend the gala at the Hyatt Regency on Saturday evening. The gala will include a pre-gala reception with a cash bar, dinner, and a guest speaker. 
    • There is an optional $60 add-on fee for those who wish to attend the reception at the Washington Court Hotel on Saturday evening. The reception will include a cash bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and guest entertainers
 If you have any Convention questions or concerns, please contact cdavis@lwv.org. 

Update on Potential Impact of the Coronavirus

Please know that LWVUS's top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of everyone involved with Convention. We are taking all developments concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously. There are no plans to postpone or cancel Convention. We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure the highest possible degree of hygiene and safety is maintained.  Should the situation change we will issue updates as necessary. 

“Voting in a Time of Coronavirus” Blog Post  

Voters can find all the information they need to vote in the primaries In our “Voting in a Time of Coronavirus” blog post. Please feel free to direct voters to this blog post as they weigh their options on how they will cast their votes in light of the coronavirus. 

Fundraising 

As nominating committees wrap up their important work, it’s a good time to talk with new board members about what fundraising is and board members’ role in bringing in new financial supporters; how fundraising is connected to all the work we do in the League; and, how it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the League not only has the funding it needs now but also for future programs. If you are a new board member or know of new board members, please share and watch the Online Fundraising Training Modules to become more comfortable with the role of fundraising in the League. If you would like additional training, resources, or fundraising guidance, please reach out to Amy Hjerstedt at Ahjerstedt@lwv.org or text at 510-812-6410.  

BoardSource Subscription to Be Offered to All League Leaders 

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, and 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. 

Recruiting and Building Strong Boards  

As Nominating Committees continue with their important work and boards start to plan for their retreats and/or orientations, the Governance Committee wants to elevate a previously recorded webinar on Recruiting and Building Strong Boards and its associated resources as tools for your League.  

LWVEF is now on Twitter!  

The LWV Education Fund now has its own Twitter account: @LWVEdFund. Content on the Ed Fund account will focus on the c3 work we are doing across the country. Follow us! 

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