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The League Update
June 3, 2021

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Friend,

Our Nation

Happy Pride Month! On June 28, 1970, members of the LGBTQIA+ community held the first Pride March, commemorating the one-year mark since the Stonewall uprising in New York City, a pivotal shift in the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights.

Although members of the LGBTQIA+ community have greater visibility and legal protection today, advocacy for equal rights and fair treatment are still at the heart of Pride Month celebrations. While we celebrate those in our lives who are a part of this community, it is critical that we continue to do our part to advocate for them to be equally and equitably protected under law.

Our Legislature and Courts

The League is currently watching for Supreme Court rulings in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, Americans for Prosperity v. Bonta, and Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee. These rulings will have an impact on both LGBTQIA+ rights and voting rights, as well as the influence of money in politics.

We are also continuing to fight against the anti-voter bills and laws created by state legislatures across the country. We have created talking points to help Leagues message about combating these bills. Also, remember, if your League is considering taking federal legal action against anti-voter bills in your state, please let us know by completing the Federal Action form.

These anti-voter, anti-democracy bills remind us of why it's important for the Senate to restore the Voting Rights Amendment of 1965 by passing the For the People Act (S1). S1 will protect the integrity of our democracy and ensure that all eligible voters have equal access to cast their ballots. Please continue to educate your communities about the importance of this legislation and urge them to reach out to their senators.

Our League

This is a critical time for us not to let up. After an all-in successful election year like 2020, it is natural to sit back and take a breath. But please understand it is more critical now than ever that we not only continue our efforts in voter education and voter registration, but also that we do it now before the next national election and protect voters and elections that are happening across the country.

The nation is counting on the League to keep moving the dial on voter empowerment and the defense of our democracy. I am counting on you to continue the amazing work you do every day even as you take a moment to recharge.

Thank you for letting me serve this amazing organization for the past year. I look forward to seeing many of you at Council.

I hope you all continue to safely enjoy reconnecting with your loved ones in-person as we look forward to what is becoming “a summer of freedom” as the pandemic wanes.

 

In League, 

Deborah Ann Turner, MD, JD

Deborah

Webinars & Virtual Meetings

Upcoming

Recordings

Action

Enter for a Chance to Win $500 for Your League! 

Every Friday in June, seven lucky Leagues will be chosen to receive $500 for those who use OutreachCircle to empower voters and defend democracy. Want a chance for your League to win? Create an OutreachCircle account and post your first action by June 28th to automatically be included in LWVUS’s OutreachCircle raffle. Need to know more about OutreachCircle? Register for a demo to learn how OutreachCircle can help maximize your League work.

Complete the Summer 2021 Semi-Annual Survey 

Our ability to tell League stories depends on State and local League data. To this end, LWVUS is continuing our efforts to collect information through our Semi-Annual Survey. Please complete the survey by June 11th. Learn more about the survey here. For questions, contact Amilcar Guzman, Ph.D., Director of Evaluation and Outcomes, at aguzman@lwv.org. Find the survey here.

Last Chance: Free GOTV Postcards Available 

LWVEF is happy to make available free get out the vote/VOTE411 postcards (in packs of 100) to interested Leagues. These postcards are a great way to spread the word about local elections, follow up with individuals you’ve registered, share with partners to send to their networks, and support all you do to get out the vote! Please fill out the form no later than June 10 indicating how many packs of postcards you’d like to receive. Cards are available on a first come, first served basis, and we’ll work to accommodate as many Leagues as possible until we run out of stock! 

Last Chance: DEI Training Program

We have reopened applications to our DEI Training Program and encourage League members to sign up. This year-long program will include training provided by Leaderosity. Participants will receive access to a community platform and two self-led training courses related to DEI. More information is available on the registration form

Resources

DEI Success Stories: Land Acknowledgements

LWVUS has included land acknowledgements in its most recent national Council and Convention events and encourages Leagues to do the same, as all of us are on Native land. We spoke to two Leagues, LWV of Lansing Area (MI) and LWV of Seattle-King County (WA) about how they are honoring our Native lands by opening events and gatherings with the acknowledgement of the traditional inhabitants. Read their stories here.

League Governance Checklist

League leaders are encouraged to use this list to ensure their League business is in compliance with federal and state laws, as well as LWV organizational standards. State Leagues are encouraged to edit and tailor the checklist to include state-specific governance requirements. Find the checklist here.

Follow Us 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 ensure our supporters stay in the loop! Click here to follow the LWVUS OutreachCircle or search for “League of Women Voters US” on the OutreachCircle app today! (You will be prompted to create an account.)

Want to learn more about how your League can use this free digital tool? Join the OutreachCircle team for an OutreachCircle demo every Friday at 4 pm ET. Learn how Leagues across the country are using OutreachCircle to maximize their LWV power. Register today!

LWV Business

Council 2021: Register by June 7

We are encouraging all state Leagues to submit their Council registrations by June 7. This will help all states to take full advantage of the virtual Council opportunities. Information on Council and how to register is available here.

Letters & Memos

Leagues in the News

LWV of Michigan and its local Leagues, including LWV of Marquette County, have undertaken a campaign to drive public input in the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission. Read about their efforts.

LWV of Nebraska elected its first Black co-president last month, Toni Monette. Toni and co-president MaryLee Moulton hope to expand the diversity of the Nebraska League. Read the story.

LWV of Massachusetts is championing a bill to expand early and mail-in voting, establish same-day registration, and help certain incarcerated voters cast ballots. Executive Director Pattye Comfort weighed in.

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