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The League of Women Voters
The League Update
January 14, 2021

Purple graphic that reads This was a critical decision for the national board to make, but it was rooted in our mission. As an organization, we have fought for more than 100 years to defend our democracy.

Friend,

This has been a difficult week. And it comes on top of what has been an incredibly difficult year. Emotions are raw as we have witnessed an erosion of our democracy and an elevation of racism and hatred that has shaken all of us. 

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Trump for the second time. Last week, the League called for the removal of President Trump for his role in the attack on our U.S. Capitol.  

This was a critical decision for the national board to make, but it was rooted in our mission. As an organization, we have fought for more than 100 years to defend our democracy. This has included many times where we stood up to threats to our core institutions. From fighting to enfranchise women and others who have been denied the vote to challenging McCarthyism and working to reduce the undue influence of big donors on our elections, we have stood on the right side of history. Last week was no exception. 

As the process moves to the U.S. Senate, we encourage Leagues to sign and share our action alert and reach out to your Senators  

Unfortunately, what we saw last week may not be the end of violence. We must stay informed and alert. Efforts to undermine our democracy will continue in the days ahead of inauguration. Protests may also erupt into violence again this weekend around the nation, in Washington D.C., and in the future beyond next week. 

LWVUS will have no formal role in these gatherings (or counter protests).​ As an organization, we value political expression and protest – however, safety cannot be guaranteed at these protests. We encourage League leaders to monitor the news locally and connect with your members in advance of the holiday weekend. Please remind them of this safety message. LWVUS will continue to monitor the investigation in Washington and communicate updates with state Leaders. We are also reinvesting in our efforts to reform democracy through passage of HR1 and to ensure voting rights through the VRAA. Finally, we will continue to look at how we can help combat mis- and dis-information and strengthen foundational civics education. 

The year is off to quite a start, so we will continue to keep hope alive and take care of ourselves and each other. I encourage each of you to take a moment to disconnect from all that is happening for some self-care and time with your loved ones. Please be safe and don’t forget to wear your mask!  

 

In League, 

Deborah Ann Turner, MD, JD

Deborah

Campaign for MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK®

Sign up for VOTE411 in 2021 (NEW)       

Does your community have elections during the 2021 election cycle? Are you ready to provide voters in your area with the important, nonpartisan candidate information they need to successfully cast their ballot? If so, join with your colleagues across the country and sign up for the VOTE411.org voters’ guide program now! The 2020 election cycle was our biggest year ever for VOTE411, with Leagues from 43 states and DC providing detailed candidate information on over 40,000 candidates to nearly 5.4 million voters. Let us build on our successes last year and continue to provide voters with the candidate information they expect from the League, where they are looking, on VOTE411.org. If you would like to sign up for VOTE411 in 2021, please fill out this form, and LWVEF staff with reach out to you directly. If you have any questions, please contact Isamar Garcia-Hernandez via email at igarcia-hernandez@lwv.org.

LWVUS 2021 Congressional Interview Webinar Recording  

Thank you for attending our Rep The League! Congressional Interview Program webinar on January 13th. You can find a recording of our webinar and a copy of the slides on our advocacy briefings page. Additionally, materials from the webinar pertaining to our Congressional Interview Program are available on the League Management Site.

Impact on Issues 2020-2022 Now Available            

The updated version of Impact on Issues is now available on the League Management Site. Impact on Issues is updated every two years following the League’s biennial convention, where delegates vote on policy changes and additions. Amazon Kindle and print versions will be available soon! 

People Powered Fair Maps Landing Page Is Live      

We have officially launched the People Powered Fair Maps (PPFM) landing page! This is a public facing page where anyone can learn more about PPFM and get a glimpse into the work that is being done across our nation to ensure a fair and transparent redistricting process. Check it out

News of the Week

California is considering making permanent changes to voting following historic voter turnout in the 2020 elections. Read more about the proposed changes.

As Washington state prepares for redistricting, advocates reflect on the state’s redistricting process – highlighting areas to watch. Read more about redistricting in Washington.  

Congrats to the LWV of Buffalo/Niagara for being awarded the Inspire Change Organization of the Game award by the Buffalo Bills! Watch this short video highlighting them.

Advocacy

How to Effectively Assess Litigation Opportunities        

Join us for an interactive webinar, on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, to help take your litigation to the next level! The League’s mission to empower voters and defend democracy is often achieved through strategic litigation, particularly when centered around our Making Democracy Work issues. In 2020 alone, Leagues engaged in over 60 lawsuits in state and federal court on topics ranging from climate change to COVID-19’s effect on voting rights, most of which we have won. As the League evaluates how we can improve upon on our litigation successes, the Advocacy and Litigation department wants to help League leaders determine how to best assess opportunities and position your League litigation for success. Register Here.

Upcoming Policy Webinar Schedule       

Check our page on the League Management Site to see a listing of all future and past webinars from the LWVUS Advocacy and Litigation team! Webinars will cover everything from setting Legislative priorities, to putting together action alerts, to policy briefings on legislative issues, and preparing for your next legislative session. Currently, webinars are scheduled out through March 2021.    

Policy Webinar: Testifying at Your State Legislature           

Join us on January 27th, at 3pm, for our January policy webinar on Testifying at Your State Legislature. This webinar will cover the basics of how to testify at a state legislature, how to write a compelling testimony, ways to engage and keep up with legislative changes, and overall best practices. Register for this training on our advocacy page on the League Management Site.   

Blog: How Impeachment and the 25th Amendment Work        

The last few months have been a big ole civics lesson. And due to current events, people are raising questions about the 25th Amendment and impeachment. These processes are part of our constitutional checks and balances and were intentionally created to be a difficult bar to overcome. The Founders established a set of checks and balances to ensure the health and stability of our democracy, and that if impeachment or the 25th amendment is pursued that it is the best course of action. Learn more about these topics from the litigation team’s own Meghan Browder.   

Action Alert: We Must Impeach the President NOW         

This week, our nation saw horrific events unfold on the United States Capitol and for the world to see as armed white supremacist militias attacked a joint session of Congress meeting to count and certify the electoral college results of the 2020 Presidential Election. These individuals acted under the direction of President Trump, who has breached his oath of office to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States. President Trump is unfit to serve in the highest office of the land and should be disqualified from running for any political office in the future. Contact your Senators and ask them to support the removal of President Trump through impeachment and conviction

For residents in DC, we encourage you to join our fight for DC Statehood so we all have a voice in our democracy.   

How to Engage in Federal Advocacy Around HR1, the For the People Act          

Last week the House of Representatives reintroduced HR1, or the For the People Act. This bill comprises a bold, transformative set of reforms to strengthen our democracy and return political power to the people. A House vote on the For the People Act is expected to take place in the next couple of weeks. For anyone hoping to help advocate for the passage of HR1, LWVUS has put together a comprehensive toolkit on just how to do so. This toolkit includes sample social media posts and graphics, letter to the editor templates, talking points around HR1, and a summary of the bill itself. This is a great resource for any work you want to do around the For the People Act. You can find the toolkit on the League Management Site

Storming of the Capitol Shows Need for DC Statehood: LTE Template          

The DC Metropolitan Police were the first to respond to the scene at the Capitol on January 6, under a standing agreement between the Capitol Police and D.C., but because D.C. is not a state, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser did not have the authority vested in that of a state governor, to immediately call the D.C. National Guard to the scene. This highlights the need to grant statehood to the 700,000+ residents of D.C. The League of Women Voters of D.C. has developed a letter to the editor template for Leagues to publish in their home newspapers that draws attention to the need for statehood by explaining what happened at the Capitol. Find the template on the League Management Site.

Organizing

Follow LWVUS on OutreachCircle!        

Want to stay engaged with empowering voters and defending democracy efforts? Follow the League of Women Voters US on OutreachCircle, our one-stop-shop for resources, action alerts, and volunteer opportunities. You can even use this tool to send emails and texts to your network and post on social media! The LWVUS Organizing Team regularly posts updates on our Circle to make sure our supporters stay in the loop! Join the LWVUS OutreachCircle! Note:You will be prompted to create an account.

Membership

Roster Updates Due January  31      

All League roster updates are due in the Roster Manager Portal by January 31st. To ensure your roster is up to date, any members who will be considered an active member on January 31st must have a membership status of "Active." Any members not active as of January 31st should have a membership status of "Inactive." 

Let's celebrate the growth the League has seen in 2020 by ensuring that all new members are counted. 

The support section of the Roster Manager portal offers answers to common questions and is the best place to submit support requests. If you are unable to login to the portal you can contact rostersupport@lwv.org. We will work to honor any adjustments that need to be made to roster numbers for Leagues with pending roster support requests prior to the roster update deadline. 

Due to the high volume of activity during this time, Leagues 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, visit the login page.

Technology & Communications Webinar Feedback Survey           

In place of a January webinar, please take five minutes to fill out our 2020 Technology & Communications Webinar survey. This survey will help us improve this webinar series for 2021. Thank you for your participation in our 2020 webinars!

Join Us for a Series of Webinars on Nonpartisanship            

Nonpartisanship, along with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), are the principal tenets that we hold at the League of Women Voters. There are many challenges to remaining nonpartisan and presenting our work as nonpartisan in these hyper-partisan times. We are hosting a series of webinars that address this topic and invite all to register for those that best meet their interests and concerns. 

  • The monthly DEI Webinar on January 21 at 7pm ET will focus on how our nonpartisan and DEI policies intersect and how to navigate through DEI work with a nonpartisan lens. Attendees will hear a brief presentation from the DEI Committee and staff, have the opportunity to participate in facilitated group discussions, and ask questions around this topic. Register here
  • The monthly Community Call led by the Organizing Team on January 26 at 5pm ET will discuss how to remain nonpartisan in hyper-partisan times, and how to overcome those challenges by supporting one another. League leaders from around the country will share strategies that they have implemented to stay true to LWV principles. Come ready to share your own story! Register here
Please continue to check the League Update and League Management Site as more trainings around this topic will be announced. 

LWV Mourns Passing of Carol Jones, President of the LWV of Delaware 

Last month, LWV lost a passionate and dedicated leader in Carol Jones, who was the president of the League of Women Voters of Delaware. The Delaware League published a beautiful tribute on their website that captures Carol’s work for LWV, her community, and our democracy. Read the tribute here

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