July 25, 2013
In This Issue:
- Tell your Senators to Support Carbon Pollution Regulations (NEW)
- 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington(NEW)
- League Urges FEC to Take No Action on Enforcement Manual Before New Commissioners Take Office (NEW)
- League Urges U.S. House to Vote No on Repeal of Presidential Public Financing Law (NEW)
- Urge Your Representative to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform (REMINDER)
EDUCATION FUND- - Elections
- LWVUS Challenges You This Election Year! (NEW)
- Promote Your Candidate Debates and Forums on VOTE411! (NEW)
- Voting Rights Post Shelby – North Carolina Legislature shows why Sec. 5 is needed (NEW)
- Pennsylvania Voter Photo ID law before State Supreme Court (NEW)
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
- Membership Growth: Highlighting the LWV of New Jersey (NEW)
- Voting Rights Act Anniversary is August 6 (NEW)
- National Calendar Available (NEW)
- Help Plan the League’s Next 93 Years (Reminder)
Glad You Asked!
This new section of the Leaders' Update is dedicated to providing the information that you want to know.
What are the details of the 2014 National Convention – when and where is it and how much will it cost to attend?
The 2014 national Convention will be held in Dallas, TX, on June 6-10 at the Omni Dallas Hotel.
The registration fee is $335 per person.
The number of delegates that each League can send is determined by its membership count in January 2014 (as is outlined in Article IX of the LWVUS bylaws).
Leagues are encouraged to fill all their delegate slots and to consider sending an emerging leader to Dallas.
Many believe that there is not much happening in Washington, D.C. right now, but, in fact, there are a number of League priority issues that need our attention. The President’s plan to tackle climate change is a very important step forward and it needs your support; weigh in using our action alert. The upcoming August congressional recess will determine whether the House of Representatives can move forward with immigration reform. August is a critical time to attend town hall meetings and urge your Representatives to address this vital issue. And with the Supreme Court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act, we must educate the voters in our states and communities about how we can protect the voting rights of all eligible voters. Please submit this template letter to the editor and press release to your local and community media.
Finally, take the LWVUS challenge below when putting together your election plans for the upcoming year. Join hundreds of other Leagues in National Voter Registration Day (9/24) activities, pursue an online voters’ guide or meet with local elections officials to discuss their plans. Be sure to visit the members’ section of the LWVUS website for a variety of tools, templates and resources to help your League do this important work.
To help keep your members informed, please consider forwarding this weekly message. Please note that this is an internal communication that provides both announcements and opportunities meant only for your members and League, as well as updates on important news and events. This message should not be posted in its entirety on League social media channels or websites. Instead consider sharing the external (e.g. public interest/action) pieces such as blog posts, letters to Congress and press statements.
Tell your Senators to Support Carbon Pollution Regulations (NEW)
Power plants are the largest source of dangerous carbon pollution in the United States and carbon pollution is the leading cause of climate change. Despite this, there are currently no federal limits on the amount of carbon pollution power plants can release. Ask your Senators to support the Obama Administration’s plan to cut carbon pollution.
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington (NEW)
The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington is approaching at the end of next month and the LWVUS is beginning to gather details about this event and related activities. Watch the weekly Leaders’ Updates for additional information about the League’s participation. What we know so far: Events are planned from August 24-28 2013, with a kick off rally on Saturday, August 24 at 8:00 am at the Lincoln Memorial followed by a march to the Martin Luther King Memorial. LWVUS will participate in the rally and march. Members interesting in learning more about the range of activities can visit these two websites: http://officialmlkdream50.com/ or http://nationalactionnetwork.net/mow/.
League Urges FEC to Take No Action on Enforcement Manual Before New Commissioners Take Office (NEW)
The League joined reform organizations in sending a letter to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to strongly urge the Commissioners to take no action regarding the FEC Enforcement Manual until the two nominees who have been appointed to serve on the Commission are confirmed and take office.
League Urges U.S. House to Vote No on Repeal of Presidential Public Financing Law (NEW)
The League joined reform groups in sending a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to vote no on H.R. 2019, legislation that would repeal the presidential public financing system. The letter argues that H.R. 2019 would repeal an important anti-corruption campaign finance law which worked well for most of its existence and provided ordinary Americans with a critical role to play in financing presidential elections.
Urge Your Representative to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform (REMINDER)
The upcoming August recess provides a unique opportunity for Leagues to attend town hall meetings to address this issue with their Representatives. For information or questions about lobbying on this issue, please contact Jessica Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LWVUS Challenges You This Election Year! (NEW)
With summer already reaching its mid-point, LWVUS is ready to support state and local Leagues in making the most of the upcoming election season. LWVUS challenges all Leagues to: 1) host at least 5 registration drives, including on National Voter Registration Day (9/24); 2) host or co-host at least 1 candidate forum/debate; 3) pursue an online voters’ guide; 4) meet with local elections officials to discuss their plans, 5) identify 5 key media contacts and communicate monthly about your work; and 6) help get out the vote by reminding new registrants, volunteers and online networks to vote as Election Day approaches. Visit our Voters Service area in the members’ section for many more helpful tools.
Promote Your Candidate Debates and Forums on VOTE411! (NEW)
With the busy fall election season fast approaching, Leagues around the country are busy organizing candidate debates and forums. Promoting your events on VOTE411 can help spread the word about these events to voters in your communities. If you have any upcoming candidate debates or forums and would like us to post the information on VOTE411, please send the following information to Sophie Tarazi (email@example.com): event title, offices covered, date, time, location (venue name and address) and any other information voters might need. Enter “debates and forums” into the subject line.
Voting Rights Post Shelby – North Carolina legislature shows why Sec. 5 is needed: (NEW)
If anyone was looking for a reason that Sec. 5 of the Voting Rights Act is still needed today they need only to look at the state of North Carolina’s legislature. This week the North Carolina legislature is attempting to advance an omnibus voter suppression bill (HB-589) that would have severe consequences for voters across the state and damage the very foundation of our great democracy. The LWV of North Carolina has been actively opposing this legislation – read their press statement and watch a video of a rally held on Monday. Read more in depth coverage.
Pennsylvania Voter Photo ID law before State Supreme Court: (NEW)
The trial for a permanent injunction of Pennsylvania’s voter photo identification law has entered its second week in the PA Supreme Court. This week the State is scheduled to begin its defense of the law. The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania is the lead organizational plaintiff in the case. Read daily updates on their website or other media coverage.
Membership & leadership
Membership Growth: Highlighting the LWV of New Jersey (NEW)
Read about how the Membership & Leadership Development (MLD) program is strengthening the LWV of New Jersey – building their membership and leadership for future success.
Voting Rights Act Anniversary is August 6 (NEW)
Use this press release template to call attention to the anniversary of this landmark legislation and the League’s efforts to restore it after Section 4 was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court last month.
National Calendar Available (NEW)
Curious about when the LWVUS Board will meet this year? When National Convention will be? Check out the 2013-2014 calendar for all these important dates.
Help Plan the League’s Next 93 Years (Reminder)
The League of Women Voters Education Fund continues to be at the forefront of voter engagement and public policy issue education, which allows citizens to thoughtfully engage in the democratic process. We invite you to learn about planning your charitable gifts to the League in a way that will maximize your investment in democracy while providing opportunities for you to share the benefit. For information on how to include the League in your will—or to obtain a charitable gift annuity, participate in our pooled income fund, or find other ways that will provide income to you and your loved one while helping to ensure the League’s future—contact the national League Development office at 202-263-1355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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