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.
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.
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.