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The League Update
September 9, 2021

Group of activists in front of the US Supreme Court; Dr. Deborah Turner speaks at a podium with a purple shirt bearing the logo of LWV; Signs held by ralliers read

Friend,

Our Nation

Last week we saw what feels like the time turning backward, but we must not be dismayed.

The Supreme Court failed to intervene on Texas’s new abortion law criminalizing abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. This infringement upon women and those who can become pregnant intersects with many of the issues we advocate for, especially racial and economic justice. Limits on reproductive health services disproportionately affect Black, brown, and low-income communities, therefore upholding and perpetuating income inequality and white supremacy. 

The League believes every person deserves access and the privacy to make their own reproductive choices, and we will continue the fight for reproductive justice in Texas and across the nation. Read our statement with LWV of Texas in response to this ruling.

On Saturday, October 2, the ‘Women’s March’ will convene in Washington, DC, with sister marches around the country to defend reproductive rights in light of the SCOTUS ruling. LWVUS plans to support the march by showing up in person and promoting it across social media. We encourage Leagues to determine if participation makes sense for their League at the local level. As always, please follow local safety COVID guidelines for in-person activities and refer to our protest safety guidelines on the League Management Site.

Our League

Weeks like last week serve as a reminder of why our work is critical. The pillars of Women Power Democracy are how we combat these attacks on our democracy and create equitable opportunities for all voters to have an equal voice. The League will continue to push President Biden and Congress to protect our freedom to vote by passing the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and signing voting rights legislation into law.

Looking ahead to elections this year, we have new VOTE411 PSA videos available in both English and Spanish encouraging voters to use VOTE411 to learn about their candidates. We encourage Leagues to share these videos, which can be found on the League’s YouTube

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Sept. 15! We will be celebrating the month by highlighting staff and League members with a blog and on social media. I encourage you to celebrate leaders within your League and community who identify as Latinx or Hispanic. 

Finally, as a nation, we are all feeling solemn as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this weekend. I am also thinking of those of you who may have been affected by Hurricane Ida and other natural disasters across the country. I urge you all to continue to find a balance between fighting the good fight and resting. This work and the state of the world can be emotionally exhausting, so we must care for ourselves.


In League, 

Deborah Ann Turner, MD, JD

Deborah

Webinars & Virtual Meetings

Upcoming

Recordings

Action

We Need Your Help to Reach Our NVRD Goal!

We need about 200 more Leagues to sign up for National Voter Registration Day 2021 in order to reach our goal! Whether you have in-person, virtual, or both kinds of activities planned to encourage voter registration this year, make sure you’re part of this huge annual celebration! Sign up today and receive free posters and stickers, training materials, and more.

Sign Up as a Partner for Vote Early Day 2021!

LWV is a proud premiere partner for Vote Early Day, which falls this year on Oct. 23. Vote Early Day is a collaboration among media companies, nonprofits, technology platforms, election administrators, influencers, and other advocates to encourage Americans to vote early and often – and we’re encouraging Leagues to sign up in support as well

Resources

VOTE411 PSAs

VOTE411 has created six new Public Service Announcements in English and Spanish to activate voters around the upcoming elections!

Culturally Inclusive History Curriculum Guidance 

LWVUS has developed guidance and talking points to help Leagues navigate discussions and advocacy relating to history education in their communities. Please refer to this guidance in discussions about Critical Race Theory and related issues.

Nonpartisanship on Social Media Guidance 

As nonpartisanship is a core League principle, it is very important for League leaders to exemplify this value in the public arena, including on their personal social media accounts. Leagues can use this guidance to help leaders know how best to behave as representatives of the League online.

COMING SOON: On-demand Board Management Trainings 

Coming this month, three pre-recorded, on-demand trainings for state and local Leagues by sought-after, nonprofit management coach Marla Weston will cover how Boards can most effectively conduct their work and better understand their roles. The sessions are: Serving on a Board of Directors: Governing Well; High Performing Board of Directors: Working Together; and Creating a Powerful Board-Staff Partnership. A live Q&A session with Marla about the trainings will take place Oct. 6 at 4pm ET.

LWV BUSINESS

Apply to Join the 2022-2024 LWV Board of Directors and Nominating Committee

Does this sound like you or a leader that you know?

  • Passionate about our mission to empower voters and defend democracy
  • Eager to help advance the League’s strategic goals and mission impact
  • Ready to leverage skills and experience — in and outside of the League — to create an even stronger organization  
  • Able to envision the League’s future power  

If so, please apply today for the National Board or Nominating Committee. We are also seeking recommendations for candidates. More information about the role and application process are available online. Applications are due by October 29, 2021.

Leagues in the News

Lucy Wilson Benson, former national president of the League of Women Voters, passed away in July, leaving a powerful legacy of activism and inspiration. In her time as president from 1968 to 1974, Benson oversaw the opening of membership to non-women members. Read more about Lucy Wilson Benson's service to American democracy.

LWVUS President Dr. Deborah Ann Turner spoke at a rally for the Equal Rights Amendment at the US Supreme Court on Women's Equality Day. Read about this inspirational rally from Ms. Magazine.

President Biden issued a proclamation on Women's Equality Day with promises to "rededicate ourselves to the work we still have ahead of us to protect voting rights across our country." LWVUS President Turner responded, calling on Biden to do more with this power to get voting rights legislation passed. Read about it.

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