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The League Update
April 22, 2021

People Powered Fair Maps logo; text: People Powered Day of Action, National Kick-off Pep Rally Event, April 29, 2021, 10am ET; LWV, FIRM, Greenpeace, NAACP; Virginia Kase, CEO of LWVUS, Rabayah Akhter, Immigration project manager of Fair Immigration Reform Movement; Jonathan Butler, democracy campaigner of Greenpeace; Jamal Watkins, senior vice president of strategy and advancement for NAACP; Streaming on League of Women Voters Youtube live

Friend,

Our Nation

This week a rare event took place and justice was served – a police officer was held accountable for the murder of a Black person.

While the decision to convict George Floyd’s murderer was just, it does not remedy the fact that policing in America is fundamentally broken. True justice for George Floyd and countless other Black people who died at the hand of the police will not be realized until the systems that continuously rob Black lives of their constitutional right to due process are reformed.

We released a joint statement with the LWV of Minnesota and Minneapolis addressing the need for true justice and reform. And we continue to advocate for Congress to take action on police reform and pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021.

Another egregious crisis that continues to plague our country is gun violence. We cannot allow daily mass shootings to be normalized. It disheartens me when I reflect on the many families mourning the loss of loved ones from massacres and individual gun deaths. Multiple recent polls show that the majority of Americans support gun safety reform. Therefore, we will and must continue to push our Congress to listen to the will of the people and enact gun safety reform.

Our League

I am excited! We are a week away from our People Powered Day of Action! Join us at 10am ET on YouTube live for our National Kick-off Pep Rally Event, hosted by our CEO Virginia Kase, featuring our partners and voices from the League. Remember, today is the last day to sign up your League to participate and be featured on our day of action events page

As Leagues prepare for their state conventions or annual meetings, many of you are revisiting the decision made at the 2020 Convention to amend Article II of the LWVUS bylaws to include our DEI policy. Resources on how this applies to your League can be found here. League members can also contact staff with additional questions.

Final Notes

Welcome to our new and improved League Update! We have grouped similar items together, like webinars and resources, to help you better engage with the content LWVUS offers for Leagues. We welcome feedback on the new format.

This week is National Volunteer Week. Give yourselves a high five, a pat on the back, or an elbow bump. You have all earned it. Volunteers are League and League is volunteers, so take a moment to reach out to other Leaguers and your League partners with a special thank-you for giving their time and dedication to empowering voters and defending democracy.

Once again, I hope that you all are finding ways to care for yourselves, and please keep wearing your masks.

 

In League, 

Deborah Ann Turner, MD, JD

Deborah

Webinars & Virtual Meetings

Upcoming

Recordings

Action

Apply Now: DEI Training Series

All League members are invited to apply for a training opportunity LWVUS is offering in partnership with Leaderosity. Participants of the program will receive complimentary access to a customized training portal that includes two DEI self-led training courses and a discussion board to interact with fellow participants. Applications are open through May 7. Apply here.

Apply for United Nations Observer Corps

The League is actively accepting applications for the LWVUS United Nations Observer Corps! If you’re interested in being part of the League’s international work, please complete the questionnaire application to introduce yourself to the selection committee. The application will close on May 15. This application is only open to LWV members. Individuals who are selected for interviews will be contacted directly. All applicants will be informed of the status of their application by June 30. Find the application here.

Resources

People Powered Day of Action Supporter Toolkit

This toolkit includes social media content and graphics for supporters and partner organizations to spread the word about our People Powered Day of Action. Find the toolkit here.

DEI Policy and League Bylaws Resources

The LWVUS Bylaws were amended at the 2020 Convention to include our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This requires all Leagues to have a DEI policy. Check out this page for frequently asked questions, an informational webinar recording, and more resources relating to our DEI policy. Find the resources page here.

Recorded Sessions for State Conventions and Annual Meetings

This collection of webinars and resources has been updated with new material! Now you can find short wellness videos to incorporate time for rest in your agendas, a People Powered Fair Maps program overview, a new webinar titled “Representation, Redistricting, and Democracy Reform,” as well as the much-awaited keynote address by LWVUS President, Dr. Deborah Turner. Check out the recordings page here.

Suggested Messaging Calendar

Our suggested messaging calendar for Leagues includes important national dates for Leagues to incorporate into their social media media plans. This page is update often, so it may be helpful for League social media managers to bookmark it and check back regularly. Find the calendar here.

S1, For the People Act Talking Points

LWVUS has updated talking points for all Leagues to speak with one voice about the For the People Act. As local and state League leaders, you have a vitally important role to play in advocating for the For the People Act. Find the talking points here.

Letters for S1 Cosponsors

LWVUS has developed two letter templates for Leagues to send to their senators regarding S1. Find a letter to thank your senator for co-sponsoring S1 here. Find a letter to request that your senator cosponsor S1 here.

Impact on Issues Now Available in Print

The League of Women Voters policy positions document, Impact on Issues, is now available for purchase as a paperback book for $5.00 from Amazon. A Kindle version of the book is also available through Amazon. A digital version of Impact on Issues can be accessed for free on our website.
LWV Business

Council Registration Is Open

Our 2021 Council information, including how to register, is now available. State-level Leagues are invited to send up to four state leaders to this virtual event from June 24June 27. Check out the information page here.

Letters & Memos

Leagues in the News

FORBES: Dr. Turner was named to Forbes’s 50 over 50 list of women changing the world. Read the story.

LWV of Wisconsin won a state supreme court case last week, halting an unjust purge of voters from the registration rolls. Read their statement.

PEW: LWV of Florida President Patti Brigham spoke against anti-voting bills and the rhetoric surrounding them in this piece about the new wave of voting restrictions.

Staff Highlight

Meet Our Spring Legal Intern

Izzy Jensen is an intern with the Litigation & Advocacy team at the League of Women Voters of the US. She primarily supports the litigation team in coordinating litigation and researching legal issues. Izzy is a third-year student at Harvard Law School. Prior to interning at LWV, she interned at the ACLU Capital Punishment Project and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Baltimore, and she worked as a summer associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC. Izzy is from Washington, DC, originally and is a big Washington Nationals fan.

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